Rockin’ and Shockin’: The Holiday Weekend Edition


Mini Burning Man-style burn in the back garden. Noel gets his first glow stick.

The new Dr. Who is the best Dr. Who ever.

Mama’s Boy opens in Phoenicia. Not an empty storefront in the whole village.

Hunter Mountain opens its Zipline Adventure Tour. 60mph journey through the trees.

Long overdue new Podcasts from Pretty Much Amazing.

Chrissie Hynde benefit at the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary raises tons of money, draws 250 people to a picnic at our fave local location.

Kids skyping with their granny wirelessly from our back garden. The concept just boggles my mind!


The wife’s birthday falls on a Sunday in the middle of a holiday weekend. She gets to do what she wants. (She goes for a bike ride.)

The pie we buy from Alyce and Roger’s for the wife’s birthday is not just freshly baked. It’s hot to the touch.

Neighbors open up their swimming pool on a hot hot hot day.

Take kids to not one but two playgrounds set in idyllic locations in one afternoon.


Catamount Dog Park opens at the Emerson Hotel in Mount Tremperwith an outdoor party including DJ set by New York’s Miss Guy

Hanging at our friend’s house later than night by the Phoenicia Green making acquaintances of new New York weekenders

Lots of football on TV

The Woodstock Races. One of the top events on the calendar. Finish my 15k in 1hr:04, just under a 7-minute pace, and feel good at the end of it.

Dozens of local runners at the Run Vermont Marathon in Burlington qualify for Boston.

Memorial Day is stunningly beautiful. Parades in Woodstock and Phoenicia by VFW and others who deserve to be honored.


Friends up from Brooklyn at the Kenneth Wilson Campground. Holiday Monday afternoon spent lounging in and out of the lake catching up with them and watching Noel make a new best friend in the lake.

Twitter keeps me in touch with the world.

Finally get to watch Zombieland with Campbell. Funniest film I’ve seen in years.

Summer white wines to salivate over: Yves Martin Sancerre Chavignol 2008/Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet Sevret et Maine 2009/ Good Vinho Verde for once.

And a red for the burn pit: Rosso Toscana Cerbaiona Sangiovese 2006



Campbell and Tony not going to Burning Man this year

Didn’t quite make it to a 50-mile running week. Would have been the first of my life.

Ashes to Ashes is not as good as Life On Mars

Still too many stores out of business along Route 28

Zipline Tour costs $60. I think I’ll wait for the ski season

Desperately want a bunch of new albums but don’t feel I have time to listen to them.

Chrissie Hynde/JP Jones play short set, no Pretenders songs. Just as well that $30 went to charity.


We can skype across the world by wireless but we can’t plug a man-made hole in the ocean.

My own bike is so crappy I’m boycotting it.

The freshly baked pie is not vegan.

I only need 15 minutes in the sun to burn.

Campbell comes down with bug in middle of holiday weekend.

The outdoor dog run DJ party finishes too early.

Designated driving can be such a pain in the mountains that it’s sometimes easier just to go home.

Millwall get promoted

Somehow still only finish 11th in the 15k race. And that with most of our star runners missing.

Finish time of fellow runners in Vermont further reminds me that I’m really not that fast.

Spend post-race hours at Home Depot and other big box stores on wild-goose chase for deer fencing

Noel bursts into tears when new friend has to leave. “I don’t want him to go,” he cries.

Shit. CPFC may be going bust.

Watching Zombieland while eating dinner.

Too much wine, not enough time.


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