Monday, December 30, 2013

Mind Your Ducks...

I took this picture in front of Nashua's Crowne Plaza hotel last night. This city is funny to me sometimes, and these ducks being where they were is one case in point. On one hand, Nashua is chock full of what my old print shop colleague back in Virginia, Tom the Shipping Guy, would call "natural-born assholes" -- a description that I think is self-explanatory. On the other hand, there are duck-crossing road signs leading to this hotel, which is unusual in the midst of so many natural-born assholes. Several of my customers, all from out of town, have commented in roughly equal measures of amusement and approval on Nashua's concern for its duck population -- which makes me assume that there aren't too many other American cities with yellow diamond duck-crossing signs on their major roads, but I dunno.

Whatever the case, this is one thing about Nashua I like. Granted, these little guys make me a bit nervous whenever I drive up to the Crowne lobby -- I've seen more than a few squashed ducks in that very spot in the pic -- because they seem to have zero street-sense. Also, the group I brought to the Crowne last night made an emphatic point to warn me to watch out for the ducks. Like I needed to be warned.

Hell, look at the photo. It's a little blurry. It was cold and rainy, and I'm still trying to get the hang of taking pictures with a friggin' phone, but there were also about sixty more ducks that you can't see here, and most of them were waddling my way. People run these poor bastards over often enough to compel the city to install duck-crossing signs, and they still come right up to me? What are they, part zombie?!

So I took the pic and, having made sure none of them were in front of my cab, I split. It just spooked me a little. Go ahead and laugh. I get a little spooked when I'm driving along a southern NH back road at night and encounter a deer or two also, but I've seen that deer usually have enough street-sense to get or stay out of my way. The ducks around here are downright suicidal. They should substitute "duck" for "deer" with that "in the headlights" expression if you asked me...


Monday, December 23, 2013

Well, That Last Pic Sucked...

I'm not exactly accustomed to photo blogging, especially on this little phone with my big fingers doing the best they can with this damn stylus. So here's another pic: route 111 in Hudson, also in the wee hours after the winter solstice, but where I had a much better chance of avoiding a tragic encounter with Bambi's mom...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Ugh...

Here's a shot of a street in Hudson, NH in the early morning hours after the winter solstice. It's 45ยบ out here, and I can barely see shit.

As long as Bambi's mom doesn't run in front of me, things should be okay...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

As If The Snow Wasn't Enough...

Sometimes you have to wait for a damn train to move, too.

Wintertime in New England. Gotta love it...

Monday, December 9, 2013

Dog Blogging...

That little head hanging off the edge of that doggie bed belongs to my sister's mini-pin, Bailey. I snapped this picture at my parents' home on Thanksgiving day. She's a sweet old girl -- and since she's been with us at least a decade, I do mean old. Bailey walks with a limp nowadays, but that bark of hers hasn't faded at all. She aggravates my tinnitus every time she sees me, but I love her anyway...

Here We Go...

I don't know how well it can be seen in this shot, but we're getting a little bit of snow this early Monday morning. It's all right for now. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I like the snow. It's good for business, too -- people suddenly think taxis aren't so bad, in much the same way the Tea Party types think government might be a good idea after the shutdown they craved for a few years prevented them from visiting national parks. Funny how that shit works.

All the same, come the 26th, I'm all set with the snow until the next holiday season, thank you. Not that my opinion matters, since this is New Hampshire where winter is closing in on, but there you have it...

Monday, December 2, 2013

Photo Blogging...

Just a picture of Nashua's city hall I took yesterday morning after work. That's a bust of John Kennedy in front of some ice sculptures that were created for the city's annual Winter Stroll -- an event where you can spend the late afternoon and early evening walking around downtown while munching on fried dough and freezing your nipples off. (No, I don't see the appeal either.)

So I guess I can blog on a phone now. Blogger has an app for this. Can't wait to see my next phone bill...