July 31st is always the most bittersweet day of the year for me; it marks the end of my favorite month of the year and the countdown to autumn begins in earnest. True, fall does have it's redeeming virtues, like cooler days and nights, foliage, Halloween, and of course football. But I'm like most people....I live for summer. And it's always a little sad when you get that first inkling that summer is slipping away. Those feelings become more marked and poignant with each passing year.
But it's still summer, and there is a lot of time to celebrate it. Today I made my midsummer pilgrimage to Rutgers Gardens in North Brunswick, NJ (near the Cook College Campus) for their summer open house. It was crowded, but a warm and pleasant 80 degree day, with wine tasting, vendors, and Jersey Fresh produce for sale (can't beat a half dozen large ears of corn for four bucks).
And there were the sights of the Gardens, which like all gardens this summer took a bit of a beating from the extreme heat and mini-drought we'd been experiencing in the region. Some flowers were past peak prematurely, probably because of the stress they were under. But some displays weathered the conditions extremely well.
I took my camera and tripod, and here's a few of the sights from today's open house.
I was among the last people in the New York- New Jersey megalopolis to learn of the death of the mass murderer- mastermind of the 9/11 atta...
Eric LeGrand was paralyzed in the Rutgers- Army football game. To send Eric a "Get Well" message click his photo.
Eric LeGrand BELIEVE Fund
Click the picture for more information on the Eric LeGrand BELIEVE Fund, established for the longterm care and rehabilitation of this seriously injured Rutgers Football player. Thank You!
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Its called "Useless Trivia and Mindless Rants". That's because I adhere to the principle that you can't please everyone, nor should you try to please everyone....so before anyone else rips this blog for being a waste of time or having faulty logic, I thought I'd beat them to the punch, and zing just a bit of self deprecating humor into the title....hey, some people think that's an endearing quality.
Seriously....I hope to entertain and maybe inform, and even teach the reader about a few subjects. And don't be alarmed by the political trappings you may see here. I'm upfront about my political beliefs and affiliations, but I don't wear my politics on my sleeve, and have and always will refuse to be locked into a rigid dogma. This is not really a political blog; its just disguised as one.
My model is probably CBS SUNDAY MORNING, a magazine format. I'll talk about news, sports, TV and films, about music, literature and pop culture, and about the famous and the infamous....and about some people who are out there trying to make a difference in a world that seems to get just a little tougher everyday.
Oh yes...there will be some politics as well.
So pour a cup of coffee, cut a piece of cheesecake.....and stick around for a few minutes.
Occupation- If you believe my conservative friends, I'm a pinko commie socialist out to destroy the very fabric of America's core beliefs.
Liberals think I'm an old school moderate Democrat, and that a guy my age needs to get his hair cut more often.
Just put away that broad brush....
I'm just a "Blue Jersey Guy" who happens to "Bleed Scarlet".