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The “North” River

  The "North" River 
  Originally uploaded by fredwilson.

The Hudson River is also known as the North River (as opposed to the East River and the Delaware which was the South River). It runs 315 miles from Lake Tear of the Clouds in the Adirondacks and into the ocean at New York Harbor.

I’ve moved a lot in my 46 years, but one constant has been the Hudson River. I was born in a hospital that overlooked the Hudson in West Point NY. My bedroom in my teenage years (after we moved back to West Point) looked out over the Hudson and in the winter when the trees were bare, I could stare out the window and watch the boats go up and down the river.

Maybe that’s why I love riding up the Hudson River Park. I guess I just have a thing for the North River. And it shows no signs of abating.

The Barbecue Feast

  The Feast 
  Originally uploaded by fredwilson.

I promised photos in my last post and so here’s a photo of the barbecue feast before everyone went to town on it last night.

The menu was pulled pork (cooked for 12 hours indirect heat on our gas grill) and brisket (two of them cooked for 8 hours in La Caja China), cole slaw, watermelon feta salad, and way too much desert. We also served beer, sangria, water, and juices.

Hopefully, The Gotham Gal will blog the whole thing with recipes and the like. All I can say was it was awesome.

I posted a few pictures of La Caja China on Flickr if you are curious about that contraption.

And here’s the new Bruce Springsteen song that I couldn’t figure out how to get onto my Sonos last night when Cliff asked me to put it on. It’s nice to hear Bruce rock out.

Radio Nowhere – Bruce Springsteen – Magic (new record coming soon)

Send Me A jpeg Please

Everyone’s who has been to an amusement park has seen a photo like this. You get off the ride and they have them on screens so you can check yourself out as the roller coaster took the big drop.

This is Jessica and Emily yesterday at Busch Gardens. We liked the image of Emily’s hair standing straight up so we decided to buy it. The women at the counter asked what size we’d like to purchase.

I told her "send me a jpeg please". The girls laughed but I was dead serious. I was certain they’d just take my email address, charge me $5 or $10, and I’d see the email with the attachment in a couple minutes.

But it doesn’t work like that. They can only sell you a hard copy. They should fix that.

Lower Broadway Bus Stops

  Lower Broadway 
  Originally uploaded by fredwilson.

I noticed today that the city has taken over the right lane of lower broadway at various points between Houston Street and City Hall and put in these bus stop platforms.

I am not sure what the point is.

Won’t this increase the congestion on lower broadway which is already an incredibly congested street?

Does anyone know the reason the city put these in?

Steve commented with this link explaining that these things are called Bus Bulbs. Thanks Steve. I still think they are dumb.

The Learner’s Permit

  Jess Driving 
  Originally uploaded by fredwilson.

They make you take a test to get a learner’s permit in New York. I think they should make the parents take a test too.

I found myself in the passenger seat with my oldest daughter behind the wheel for the first time today and I realized that I had no idea what the right level of oversight was.

We were headed out to get coffee and muffins at Mary’s this morning and when we got there she was not parked exactly right. I grabbed the wheel from the passenger side and showed her how to get the car at the right angle. That wasn’t cool, she told me. She said I could tell her anything but grabbing the wheel was off limits.

I guess that’s a good rule until we are about to hit something or someone.

She drove three times today with me in the passenger seat. She did great. And I think I did pretty well too.