It was a beautiful day here in Eastern Massachusetts. Perfect day for a hike, and for getting some Summer wildlife photographs.
I drove up to Mardslay State Park in Newburyport, about 40 minutes north of Boston. The park has many trails with easy terrain. Not very large, but I was there for a few hours. It is adjacent to a farm, and I believe you can borrow horses there, as I saw many people riding through the trails.
While I wanted to get an outdoor workout today in lieu of the gym, my main purpose was photography, and the ongoing exercise of learning how to take proper shots. I brought my new zoom lens with me (a Tamron USD 095 Di, SP 150-600 mm f/5-6.3) in hopes of getting some wildlife close-ups. And at my novice level, aiming to take one step closer to figuring out the right aperture, shutter speed and ISO for my shots.
Last June, I visited Amsterdam for a few days. I had never been, and was told that Amsterdam was amazing and beautiful. But when I first arrived, I was less than impressed. However, that changed. Follow my story…
The Streets of Amsterdam
As the taxi drove my partner and I to the hotel, I noticed garbage. Everywhere! All over the streets. In large piles. It was so dirty. Add that to the large amounts of smoke I was second-hand inhaling and I decided I didn’t like Amsterdam very much.
I went to see the newly released movie, “Spy”, starring Melissa McCarthy, at the AMC Theatre at Assembly Square in Somerville.
First let me say that it was my first time at this movie theater. Love! is all I can say. The seats were plush, with what I assume to be a faux-leather, and had extra cushion space in-between the seats for cuddlers (you, know,… if that’s your thing).
There were even seats on the sides of the theatre that were full-blown loungers with tables for your food. Did I mention the reserved seating? You can choose your seats while purchasing tickets on your mobile. I’m not sure I can go to any other movie theater now that I have experienced theses luxuries.
In my attempt to get my sh*t together and dedicate myself to writing consistently, I joined a local writer’s group. My goal is to explore a new genre of writing and get good at it; comedy. I wrote some sketch comedy in college with the Stageless Players, but haven’t written anything formal since.
I decided going into this group meeting, which was focused on workshop exercises, that I would not hold back. I would put forth my best efforts to improve my writing and work towards my goals, without fear of embarrassment.
“…You with your theme park, multilevel, homogenize-the-world mochaccino land. You’ve deluded yourself into thinking that you’re some sort of benefactor, bringing books to the masses. But no one will ever remember you, Joe Fox. And maybe no one will remember me, either, but plenty of people remember my mother, and they think she was fine, and they think her store was something special. You are nothing but a suit…” – Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan), “You’ve Got Mail”