Tuesday, July 26, 2011

No Respect for History

Per MSNBC: "A post office that predates the American colonies is on the Postal Service's list of branches that could close."

It is painfully obvious that our government has no respect for history, and that the subject is so poorly taught here that sentences like the above quoted drivel become acceptable as journalism.

Predates the 13 colonies? No. As the article goes on to state, the post office there was established in 1775. Predates the United States of America, yes. The colonies? Uh, no.

Ben Franklin must be spinning in his grave.

Monday, July 25, 2011


One of our local churches hosts an annual Italian Festival, which starts and ends with fireworks. Mikro loves fireworks.

Sunday in the Park With Kev (and Mikro)

Beautiful Sennasqua Park, where the Hudson River tides carry all your troubles away...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

City of Water Day, Part 3 -- Ashore on Governors Island

After our wonderful boat rides, we explored the many City of Water Day activities for kids on Governors Island. There were touch tanks with live aquatic animals (including sea stars, spider crabs, horseshoe crabs, mussels, barnacles, etc.), live reptiles, exhibits on oysters, whales, seals and sea turtles, a fishing game relating to local fish species, puppets, arts and crafts, and face painting. Mikro enjoyed it all!

City of Water Day, Part 2 -- Fireboat John J. Harvey

The Audubon Cruise ended at Governors Island, where, as we disembarked, we spied the line for standby tickets for ships tours (sailing and dockside.) We decided to stand on line and see if we could score tickets, and we did! We were able to take a free ride up the East River on a historic FDNY fireboat, the John J. Harvey, and enjoy watching them shoot off the water cannons that they use to put out fires.

City of Water Part 1-- Circle Line Audubon Cruise

Last weekend, we took part in a wonderful NYC special event: City of Water Day, which encourages New Yorkers to appreciate their waterfront.

Our first activity was a free 2 hour Circle Line Cruise featuring birding commentary by the NYC Audubon Society. We traveled past Hoffman Island and Swindbourne Island, which are both havens for waterbirds. We saw egrets, great blue herons, double crested cormorants, herring gulls, laughing gulls, and terns.

And we got a close-up from-the-water view of NYC's landmarks, its working waterfront, and people engaged in receational activities on the Hudson River (including kayaking, riding jet skis, paddling an outrigger canoe, sailing, and a very odd new sport...)