Monthly Archives: July 2005

Paper House

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Becky took me on a mystery tour this morning. Our destination was The Paper House! Yes… It’s a house furnished with paper! The Paper House|http://www.essexheritage.org/visiting/placestovisit/listofsitesbycommunity/paper_house.shtml is located in the Pigeon Cove neighborhood of Rockport, Massachusetts. Though the frame of the house is made from wood, the walls and all of the furniture are lined with newspaper, covered with varnish. Desks, beds, bureaus, mantels, and more, all made with newspaper. It’s quite a piece of Roadside America… and it truly has to be seen to be understood. Amazing! Check out our photos|http://gallery.prwdot.org/paper_house.

Something Exciting? I don’t think so.

You may (or may not) be keeping up with the merger of the two major department stores Macy’s and Filene’s. As it stands here in New England most of the Filene’s stores will close…and a couple Macy’s as well. The assumption is that all of the Filene’s will be replaced with Macy’s.

This makes me pretty sad. I do 85% of my clothes shopping at Filene’s. They have super sales almost all the time and I can actually find clothes that FIT, I feel good in and are not too expensive. Macy’s just doesn’t do that for me. I find their stores (well, the few I’ve been in) to be messy, unorganized, and full of clothes that are either too expensive, too young or too old for me. I can’t think of the last thing that I purchased there…it may have been a frying pan. (just try wearing that to work!)

Bloglines alerted me to another post in the Boston area written by someone with similar views as mine. Check it out here|http://www.bigdumptruck.com/2005_07_01_oldblog2.php#112260117103279878 and leave me a comment if you have something to add!

I think I’ll be headed to Filene’s today, coupon in hand, to try to savor my last few moments there. Alas!

Our Netflix Queue

I’ve created a page that utilizes Netflix|http://www.netflix.com/‘s RSS feeds to display up-to-the-minute information on the items currently in our rental queue, as well as recent shipment activity in our queue. So if you’re interested in what we’re watching on DVD here at World Wide Wood, you’ll want to check it out|http://prwdot.org/netflix.html! You can always access the link from our navigation bar under ‘Site Content’.

Feed Information Page

I’ve written up a feed information page|http://prwdot.org/feeds.html for World Wide Wood. This page has some basic information on feeds, a list of the feeds available here, and a description of each feed. So if you’re already a subscriber, you might want to check it out to see if there is a better feed for you. And if you’re not already a subscriber, you can find out what a feed is, what feeds are available, and which one would work best for you. You can always find this page linked from our navigation bar, under ‘Quick Links’.

Just another way to enjoy the content here at World Wide Wood.

Whither 1A?

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So this past Saturday, Becky and I wanted to visit the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets. We also wanted to do something interesting and/or adventurous. Noting that Route 1A passes right by the Outlets, we decided to take a trip in the style of our previous exploration of Route 62: we explored the length of State Route 1A in Massachusetts, from its start in Salisbury to its end in Attleboro.
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Felicidades

We’ve got some celebratin’ to do today!

ggg|mystic_meetup/IMG_9862|Happy Anniversary, Bob and Leah!|ggg

Bob and Leah are friends of ours from Gordon|http://www.gordon.edu/. Bob lived in Tavilla Hall|http://www.gordon.edu/about_gordon/buildings_tour/tavilla.htm with Jeremy|http://www.thebiggspicture.org/ and me during our senior year, where we spent many an hour hanging out in their room playing computer games and discussing theology. Bob and Leah were the previous tenants of the apartment we’re currently living in. We haven’t seen them much since graduation, but we did get to see them twice last year – once when Bob and I were groomsmen in Jeremy and Angela|http://www.thebiggspicture.org/‘s wedding|http://gallery.prwdot.org/jeremy_angela_wedding, and again in the winter for our meetup in Mystic, CT|http://gallery.prwdot.org/mystic_meetup.

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Happy Birthday, Scott!

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Scott is a cousin on my dad’s side of the family. He lives in NYC and works as a composer, as you can see at his website|http://www.scottethier.com/ (I had considered counting him in our earlier survey of family members with personal website, but his website is not really personal in the same way that ours is… it’s more of a business/portfolio site.). He is available for a multitude of musical services, including composition, arrangements, and coaching. Just drop him a line|http://www.scottethier.com/allFiles/contact.htm!

Potter Potter Potter Potter Potter…

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Our copy of aaa|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince|0439784549|aaa arrived today, courtesy of Jenn|http://junefourteenth.blogspot.com/! Jenn picked it up for us at Barnes and Noble|http://www.bn.com/, at which there was an unexpected (to her) book signing|http://junefourteenth.blogspot.com/2005_07_01_junefourteenth_archive.html#112165374777365434 by the illustrator of the Harry Potter novels, Mary GrandPre|http://www.marygrandpre.com/! Jenn was able to get both her copy and our copy signed. Woo-hoo!

Becky’s already devouring it, and after she’s done, I’ll be reading it too. Exciting!

Mouth-Watering

Last week, I wrote|http://prwdot.org/archives/002634.html about visiting the Slice of Life restaurant in Oak Bluffs. Now I’d like to expound on my experience there.

The Slice of Life is an offshoot of the Sweet Life Cafe|http://www.sweetlifemv.com/, and is located just across the street from its more expensive counterpart on Circuit Ave. There is a cafe counter where you can order baked goods and sandwiches for take-out, and there is also a fairly small selection of inside seating. We were able to get seats in the front of the restaurant right at street level. Very good for people-watching on Circuit Ave.

The Slice of Life menu includes soups, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and more. Most items are priced at $8-$15. I ordered a burger with bacon and cheddar, and a side of fries. It was good.

Wait, let me rephrase that.

My burger started out with a ‘rustic’ bun – a hearty, country-style bread with a very thick, porous crust. It was crusty and delicious. Upon this bun rested what was surely about a half pound of black angus ground steak, cooked to order at medium well. This was topped with a slice of tangy cheddar cheese and two thick strips of fresh, juicy bacon. Finally, there were some fresh cut pickles, a thick slice of ripe tomato, and some mixed greens. All of these combined to deliver a burger taste like none other.

And then there were the french fries. Ohhhhh, there were the french fries. Every person at the table sampled them, and all would agree they were the best fries in the world. They were hot, crispy, and light, sprinkled with sea salt, and oh so delicious. Just thinking about the fries makes me salivate. Surely such things are proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy (apologies to Mr. Franklin).

The ingredients in the food overall were extremely fresh, of the highest quality, and very well prepared. None of the food was even a bit greasy, soggy, stale, or otherwise bad tasting. Each bite left a delightful taste in my mouth, and even afterwards, the food sat extremely well in my stomach. I truly felt as though I had eaten a delicious, wonderful, nourishing meal. I felt full, but not the bad kind of full where your stomach cramps up and you groan about eating too much. It was a good, happy full.

The burger itself was about $8, the bacon $2 extra, the cheese $1 extra, and the fries $2.25 extra. All told, it was $13.25. Let me tell you, it was worth every penny – even if my parents hadn’t footed the bill (thanks Mom and Dad!). Seriously. I think this will be our new favorite place to eat on the Vineyard – it’s much easier to get to than Espresso Love, and definitely worth the money you pay for it.

P.S. If any of the other meal attendees feel like reviewing their experience at Slice of Life, please feel free to do so in the comments of this entry. 🙂