Saturday, October 3, 2009
OKTOBERFEST ON THE BEACH -- Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. New London, CT. What I Liked: Being outdoors of a dark, cloudy night, on the beach, a brisk breeze blowing my hair as ferry boats sailed the choppy seas. -- AND -- donating to a good cause, the New London Rotary Organization. For one, they donated to the Tercentennial Playground at Toby May Field on Ocean Avenue, up the street from where I live, in New London. For more info, go to: http://www.newlondonrotary.org. Also, surprise! As a wine aficionado, I found the autumn beer flavors to be a delight (not the next morning, however). BLUE POINT BREWERY: Blueberry. ANHEUSER BUSCH: Jack's Pumpkin Spice. FRANKLIN DISTRIBUTORS: Dogfish Pumpkin and Flying Dog Dogtoberfest. HEINEKEN/MEXICO: Dos XX Lager. BOSTON BEER CO: Sam Adams -- Lager. Cherry Wheat. ...What I Didn't Like: Forty five minutes into the Fest, I felt overwhelmed by the crowd of "the important people of New London" and "the college kids." OK, so I'm not looking to "hook up" with a college boy. So I guess I fit in more with "the important people of New London." Everyone was relaxed and friendly, in good spirits. Not enough FOOD! I will look forward to the bountiful banquet at "Ocean Beach Celebration" at Port 'n' Starboard next week on Saturday night, October 17. What did I end up doing? Gave half of my beer tix away to some very happy "college boys" and walked up and down the boardwalk. Jeans getting tight due to end-of-summer blues and afternoon donuts! I talked to Paula as I walked. I told her I've decided I'm not going to try to be something I'm not. I'm not outgoing. I don't like crowds. I rarely approach someone I don't know well and start a conversation. I like ballroom dancing better than swing dancing -- the romance, drama and intrigue of it. The considerable skill it takes and the fun in learning all of those new dances! I prefer to attend the live symphony concerts rather than rock concerts -- although Ocean Beach had some great rock 'n' roll bands all summer long! I love The Great Outdoors. And most of all, I love the beeeeeaaach! (Had to become one in order to survive :)... I like being alone SOME of the time. It lends itself well to my creative vocations. Being alone is fine SOME of the time. But not ALL of the time. (Anyone listenin' out there?) That's why I chose to get back on Facebook....What am I going to do next?... Walk on the Ocean Beach boardwalk most mornings about 10-11am. (Invest in a new jogging suit for the cold brisk autumn weather which I love!) Have lunch at Subway. Maybe try walking along the Thames River at Waterfront Park, afternoons. Go to the FREE ballroom dances with the FREE hour lesson in two different dances, at the Coast Guard Academy about once a month. Rather than the Shoreline Swing Dances in East Lyme. Go to the FREE monthly Coast Guard band concerts and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra at The Garde. And...relax at home...watch the Turner Classic Movie channel! And...OASIS has moved indoors for the winter, northeast corner. There is only one thing left to do. Get busy! I must carry on! Land ho! (Denise...Denise Dances...2009.)
In light of the recent scandals which have rocked the City of New London, I would like to express my humble opinion today. GOOD GONE BAD. In the past few months, I've often quoted the Book of Job on several occasions. Job is the story of an upright man. Of how a good person with the ability to excel will have a thousand more trials and tribulations thrown his way than the average person. (To whom much is given, much is expected.) When temptation comes, God always provides a way out, I've learned through lifelong study of the Bible and living. You alone have the power to choose whether to walk in the light or the darkness. Who knows why anyone would choose the dark side? It is my opinion tht some people get comfortable with reputation and well-deserved success through good works. They think no one will find out their dark side. And so they make a conscious decision in choosing to follow it. (The truth always comes out.) GOOD GONE BAD. The need to control and protect, so evident in some professions can reverse itself: into a perverse need to dominate, I believe. Sometimes we are given a second chance. Let's hope and pray for others, that they choose to walk in the Light. Let's pray for second chances. (Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.) Step outside that lens, my friend... Once again, I would like to give public thanks to the New London Police Department, my guardian angels.
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
"Too Perfect" -- New London, CT. (Where else???) Something wicked this way came. (Well, it is almost Halloween!) I could feel it. Been away all day 9/29/06. Entering the too perfect lobby, from below. Climbing up the too perfect staircase upon the too perfect red carpeting. Walking down the too perfect, white washed corridor. Not blood on the walls. No, not exactly. Something else. I could feel it. Having been away all day. Stomach curdled. Throat - nausea. Hurry up! Get inside. Lock your door! I don't know anything. Something wicked this way came. I could feel it. The side stairwell. Leads to the carport. Long abandoned by me! On a rainy night last December. Standing outside my door, one evening, early November 2007. Had an 81-year-old lady, ex ballroom dancer over for dinner that night. Just because. Sixty something chain smoker standing outside. Word got back to the old couple down the hall. "The Europeans have wine with dinner. We don't." (Had never bothered me over anything at all before.) Standing outside my door. Never had a guy sleep over. (Too perfect.) When whom sudden calamity starts to befall -- DON'T YOU DARE GLOAT! "Watch what you say to those people." (Why don't you step out from that lens, my friends? And capsize, with all the lies, that you've been living in?)Oh, yeah. Almost forgot. VOCAB: modus operandi: [NL] a method of procedure. module: [L modulus] 3b: a usu. packaged functional assembly of electronic components for use with other such assemblies. modulation: 4: the process of varying the amplitude, frequency or phase of a carrier or signal in telegraphy, telephony, radio or television....(...MORE VOCAB: lynch: to put to death by mob action without legal sanction. lynch law: the punishment of presumed crimes or offenses...without due process of law...(I've got to see this movie. I've got to see it; I've got to see it. Are we going? We're going, aren't we? If we don't go, I'm going to be mad!!!...* * * :).
THE ARCHITECTURE OF FORT TRUMBULL: A Curious Experience...THIS ONE'S FOR YOU, KELLEY! All of that war talk in the dioramas and displays gave ME a headache! In 1798, Napolean Bonaparte of France was inspired by his travels to Egypt's Nile River Valley and commissioned scholars to write about the influence of Egyptian Revival Style architecture. It conveys "a sense of strength, permanence, and death." The elements of Egyptian style architecture of the early nineteenth century add to the elegance of the fort. A "Third System Fort" is an unusual place for such refinement. The main gates are crowned by a coretto cornice motif. The temple entrance motif is most evident in the entrance, chimneys, staircase exteriors, and molding at the top of the courtyard walls, featuring angled sides and flared cornices with intricately carved columns. (I stand corrected, Kelley!) Based simply on aesthetics, the spiral staircases have cornice motifs. There is splaying at the sides of the chimney flues with lines that taper to the top. In the courtyard, the transom design is evident over the doorways. Splayed design elements are evident in doors, windows, main gates and chimney flues. Two spiral staircases lead to the top of the rampart's symmetry. Garrisoned men lived on site. Robust, but refined, nothing added to the resistance of the Fort. COMING SOON: Photos of Ft. Trumbull taken during my tour. (For more info, search the archives for: "A Curious Experience," by Mark Twain, Commander of Ft. Trumbull, Winter 1862-63. Short story set during the Civil War and seen through the eyes of a teenage boy, Robert Wicklow. Published in "Century Magazine," 1881.)
WAR, WAR, WAR! New London, CT. DEP FORT TRUMBULL 09-23-2009 WED #28. ADULT ADM 5.00. "War, war, war! This war talk is spoiling all the fun at every party this Spring. I get so bored, I could scream! Besides, there isn't going to be any war...If either of you boys says 'war' just once again, I'll go in the house and slam the door." (Vivien Leigh is Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind." Produced by David O. Selzncik. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Winner of 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture 1939.) "They thought none the less of her for her lack of interest. Indeed, they thought more. War was men's business, not ladies', and they took her attitude as evidence of her feminitity." (Clayton, Georgia. 1861. "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell. Copyright 1936. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.) THE FRIENDS OF FORT TRUMBULL STATE PARK IN NEW LONDON, CT WANT YOUR SUPPORT. Ft. Trumbull represents over 200 years of local history, from the only CT battle of the Revolutionary War to the development of sonar technology during the Cold War Era. For more info, go to: http://www.fortfriends.org. During the 18th century, the maritime economy in New London made it one of the most prosperous cities in America. On Sept. 6, 1781, General Benedict Arnold (1741-1801, Born in Norwich, CT) led the British troops in an invasion on both sides of the river. Both Ft. Trumbull in New London and Ft. Griswold in Groton fell and New London was set afire! The attack remains one of the most notorious incidents in the American Revolution. Some 12,000 years ago, Native Americans lived across the river in Groton. In the 1500s, Pequot and Mohegan tribes lived along the Thames riverbanks in wigwams. The Pequot War over the land between the Colonists and the Native Americans was fought from 1635-1637. The colonists won and European settlers arrived in 1637. Decades of peace ensued. The Native Americans had called the rocky promontory "Mamacock," which was situated on "one of the best natural harbors in North America." New London was founded on May 6, 1646. During the 18th century, New London became one of the wealthiest and largest towns of the Connecticut Colony. Ft. Trumbull protected New London from the South and Ft. Griswold, on Groton Heights overlooked the center of New London Harbor. The Colonial era fort was earthen, no timber. It included three ramparts (walls) measuring 80 feet on each side. Fire embrasures on each bank housed cannon. The Western side of the fort was left open with no defenses.OK. I've had enough of this war talk. I just want to know more about "The Burning of New London." For more info, my next visit will be to the SHAW MANSION to learn more about the privateers of New London. Land ho!
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
COMING SOON: "War, War, War," my recent visit to Fort Trumbull State Park and re-rendering of "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe -- just in time for Halloween! Also, more on: "Forgotten but Not By Me" (the estate now known as "Paula"). Excerpts from "Behind the Smile" and "I Don't Get No Respect" plus "Rails to Trails." THIIIIINK SUNSHINE! Denise.
9/29/09: Today marks the three-year anniversary of my nearly passing out in a middle school class one day, ending up in the ER and getting the help I needed. I would not be myself if I did not pay homage to this day and "give back" to society by offering this simple, time-tested advice. It is the advice that DIET & EXCERCISE prolongs life. I could also add: "Hugs, not Drugs!" (Once a teacher, always a teacher!) HOW WALKING PROTECTS YOUR HEALTH (from Women's World magazine): Extensive research, including the famous Harvard Nurses' Health Study, has found walking can do the following: Reduce risk of heart disease by 30% (30 minutes per day)...Reduce risk of Type 2 diabetes by 50% (30 minutes per day)...Reduce risk of catching a cold by 50% (45 minutes, 5x a week)...Reduce risk of breast cancer by 20% (one hour per day). "When walkers switch to a diet that's high in fiber but low in fat, they feel fully satisfied after taking in a small number of calories. And simply digesting 30 grams of fiber burns 270 calories." A STUDY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA FOUND THAT WALKERS AND OTHER MODERATE EXCERCISERS WHO ATE A HIGH FIBER DIET LOST FOUR TIMES MORE WEIGHT THAN DIETERS WHO SKIMPED ON FIBER. (Here, Dr. Stutman's plan) Snack on nuts and raisins. "The Power Walker's Diet"...Each day, you'll get 30g fiber and no more than 30g fat. You'll also get lots of high energy nutrients while capping calories at 1500. Drink at least six glasses of water a day. BREAKFAST: Choose one daily -- One bowl of cereal, 1 cup fat-free milk, 3/4 cup berries OR 2 sl whole grain toast, 3TB low-fat cream cheese, pinch of cinnamon, and 1 large nectarine OR 1 Fiber bar, 1 cup yogurt, 1 apple. LUNCH: Choose one -- 1 can Campbell's Healthy Request or Progresso Lite Soup OR 1 can water-packed tuna, 2 TB each, chopped celery & carrots, 1 TB low-fat mayo, rolled in 4 romaine lettuce leaves OR Anti-Hunger Salad: 1 1/2 cups baby spinach leaves, 1/3 c. cooked chickpeas, 1 small diced tomato, 1/4 c. red onion, 1 tsp. minced garlic, 2 TB low-fat vinaigrette. DINNER (Choose one daily): 4 oz. grilled fish, 1 cup grilled asparagus, lemon wedge, 1 baked potato, 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream, chives. OR 3 oz cooked ground turkey breast, 3/4 cup cooked black beans, 1 cup shredded lettuce, 1/4 diced avocado, 1/4 c. low-fat cheese, 3 TB salsa, 1 minced scallion, and fresh cilantro to taste, warmed whole wheat tortilla. OR 2 c. tomato soup w/fresh basil, South Beach Diet Frozen Pizza, (or other whole grain frozen entree up to 340 calories), 1 1/2 c. spinach w/lemon wedge. SNACKS: (Choose two daily): Smoothie -- Blend 1/3 c. fat-free milk, 1/2 c. each fat-free frozen yogurt and sliced strawberries, until smooth. OR 1 mini box (1.5 oz) raisins and 100-calorie snack pack nuts. OR 3/4 c. fat-free cottage cheese, 1/2 c. pineapple or canteloupe OR 6 oz. sugar-free pudding, 1 medium banana OR 3/4 c. shelled edamame (fresh produce -- resembles peas in a pod) OR 2 1/2 c. sliced vegs, 1/4 c. fat-free dressing. OK. You get the idea. Pick and choose. Who says I don't work??? It's "budgeting hell." Now get busy! Don't hate me because I'm beautiful??? LOL (one time only) (Denise...Denise Dances...2009)
Monday, September 28, 2009
The Ninth Annual OCEAN BEACH PARK CELEBRATION...Port 'n' Starboard Banquet Hall...Saturday, October 17, 2009...Featuring "Rock & Soul Revue"...Hosted by non-profit SAVE OCEAN BEACH, INC...Live Band & Dancing...Buffet Dinner at 6:30pm...Dancing 7:30-11pm...Cash Bar...Raffle...Prizes...Tix $25 in Advance...$30 at the door...PROCEEDS USED TO BENEFIT THE REVIVAL OF OCEAN BEACH PARK. For tix, send check and SASE to: SOB, Inc., PO Box 147, New London, CT 06320. Or call SOB at 447-3031, x 132. Or Marie at 447-2504. Or Adma at 442-1502. As always, honeeeeey, see you at the beeeeeeeaaaach! It doesn't have to be over! (THIIIIIIIIIINK SUNSHINE!)
Hi! The legacy of Ocean Beach lives on! Come to...
Friday, October 2, 2009
OCEAN BEACH PARK
$25 Advance Tix Per Person available at Gordon's Yellowfront Pkg Store & Stash's Cafe
in New London
(For more info, go to: http://www.newlondonrotary.org/
$30 at the gate
Music by The Rhythm Method
(must be Catholic!)
Includes 15 Beer Tix & Plenty of Chowder
Featuring 30 microbrew companies with over 100 domestic and imported beers
Positive ID, 21 or Older
All proceeds benefit New London Rotary Foundation
Come join the fun! Get a buzz while donating to charity!
P.S. See you there. (It's a favor to Paula :)...