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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

No Heavy Lifting

Lots of feedback on the movie idea.  I'm actually working on plans for the sequel.
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Other than that, the Sundance house renovation is going the way of most projects... overly optimistic schedules, sabotaged by unforeseen techical mishaps.
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It's not for lack of trying, as my pain wracked body can attest to.  And I will get to the finish line.... the instatllation of the downstairs carpet... by this Thursday, but not without some huge contingencies.
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The major issues on the woodwork schedule occurred when the raised panel stile router bit chipped when the router spun out of its router table cradle.   I hadn't locked it down before I turned the router on for a classic idiotic move.    Luckily, the Gilbert and Cole lumber yard in Marblehead had the same Freud bit, but I had to buy the whole raised panel set to get it.   A $150 mistake.
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That set the workwork completion schedule off.
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But the biggest mistake was relying on my HVLP paint sprayer to do the priming and paint job.  Naturally, it wouldn't spray latex at any production rate.  So I went to Home Depot and bought a Ryobi sprayer that clained that it would handle latex with no dilution.  An $80 mistake.   The freaking thing is useless and made a huge mess.
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So the contingency plan is to prime and paint by brush all baseboards that will be in contact with the carpet this Thursday.   Then I'll tape down plastic everywhere, and finish the spackle and paint job.
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That takes the craziness out of the schedule, plus the need to finish this part of the project slacked off after the kitchen cabinet delivery moved to January 25.
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That's the new deadline for all of the main living area to be complete, with the hardwood floors being the gating factor.
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In the meantime, I have to fit in some work at Nanepashemet Telecom, and rent Beverly Ave. 
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I agree that this is beyond the capacity of the average man, but no heavily lifting for a Mountain of a Man.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Nanepashemet - the Movie

This morning, around 7:00AM, someone from a server in New Hampshire hit the Blog for the 100,000 time.
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Yet everything seems the same. 
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I still hold out the hope that the Nanepashemet Blog morphs into some kind of Facebook phenomenon that will spill out millions in cash and end up in a movie about me.  I'm thinking maybe Harrison Ford for the starring role because of his toughness and rugged good looks.   Or maybe Chevy Chase for other reasons.
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Ben Affleck can play my son Mike with Sandra Bullock in the Katelyn role.  Not sure who would represent my wife Joanne, but there are a lot of hot, sizzling actresses who could handle the part. Probably would have to go with Michelle Pfeiffer.  For Ryan, it would be Mark Wahlberg.  Course the grandkids, Will and Ethan will play themselves, because there just isn't any other kids as gifted or talented.
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The story line is obvious.... how a rough, tough, hard to bluff, mountain of a man builds boats, makes a killing in business, scores some Lagavulin and constantly seeks a path of isolation from annoying, irritating Peeps who won't leave him alone.
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It will be a dramatic, comedic shocker... with plenty of gratuitous sex scenes.


Maria Rowen said...
Mitch Rapp should play the MOAM...The casting couch coach should also consider the cast of characters you call friends... How about...The incredible Mr. Limpet for the fish with lips...and...Pierce Brosnan for Harvey...This peep prefers to play a peep...gratuitously...

dougmaxfield said...
Should Harrison need a stunt double for those sex scenes I would love to throw my proverbial hat in the ring. Just saying...

TommyO said...
I am thinking the role of TommyO would be played by some sort of cross between Richard Gere and Lenny Clark.




Saturday, November 27, 2010

POTW Week 48

This week featured the renowned Thanksgiving Eve Bash at our Beverly Ave. Marblehead House.  Hopefully it is the last one that Ryan will miss but even without his hijinx, it was a raucous affair.
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We have a lot to be thankful for this week, and even though you have your share of challenges and heartache, there's always ample blessings around if you take the time to recognize and cherish them....
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So stop your whining and self-centered bullshit, and thank God for the good stuff.

Announcing......
Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 48th week of 2010.


Brendt D'Orio (Automatic Lagavulin Selection)
Maria Rowen (Automatic Lagavulin Selection)
Bob Wojcik (Automatic Lagavulin Selection)
Kim Reny
Emily Engardia
Brady Boyle


Next year, the Bash will be a whole lot different at the West Shore Drive house with Ryan back.  Better start planning now.





Friday, November 26, 2010

100,000 Hit Milestone

Sometime this weekend, one of you hapless Peeps will hit this Blog for the one hundred thousandth time.  That's 100,000 occasions when you have sought the solace, knowledge, wisdom, and aggravation that flows freely from this little anchor in cyberspace.
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And yet, I have not received dollar one for this immense contribution to humankind's body of knowledge.
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Granted.  I've picked up a couple dozen bottles of Lagavulin, the King of Scotch.... and maybe that is compensation enough.   And for those of you who think that the Nanepashemet Blog is just a big scam so that I can score Lagavulin from you.... maybe you're on to something. 
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But a bottle of the King of Scotch from time to time seems fair trade for the psychological benefit/trama that this Blog exudes to the clamoring masses.  Plus, the donors get the ultimate recognition.... automatic selection as Peeps of the Week. 
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So, I think that you are really getting the better deal in this scam.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bash Aftermath

If you want to know what happened at the Bash last night, you won't be finding it in the Marblehead Police Log.... because there were no reported incidents whatsoever!
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That's always a big accomplishment, and an annual source of pride.
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But it's not to say things didn't get loud, obnoxious and a bit over the top.
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For starters, there were THREE AUTOMATICS!!!  That's three Peeps who were courageous and audacious enough to show up with a bottle of Lagavulin, the King of Scotch, and will be enshrined in perpetuity as Automatic Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week when the selections are made later this weekend.
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For the record, the enlightened and high class peeps were Maria Rowen, Bob Wojcik, and Brendt D'Orio.  They deserve  the vast amount of recognition and praise that undoubtably will be coming their way during this holiday weekend.
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Mark Vona claimed that he searched three liquor stores for the King, and came up short.  Normally, I would dismiss this like a pile of horse manure, but since it was Vona, he gets a pass.  I believe you Mark.
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I really can't name anymore names and events, not because I don't remember, but the details are fuzzy.   However....Firepits, Scotch, Dark and Stormies, and Macaroni and cheese come to mind.  Plus, if you weren't there, it's none of your business, and if you were, you know what happened anyway.  So there is no need for me to memorialize any of the frivolity.
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I did get a chance to play my banjo riff that always sets Steve Lewis off though.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bash Rules

The frenzy has begun.
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It's like a huge drum is beating louder and louder.
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I don't get it.
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Every year for the last twenty years or so, the night before Thanksgiving Day Bash at Nestor's has been a ritual event with the same rules.
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1.  There are no invitations, but if you don't come, we will be insulted, and talk about you behind your back.
2.  The Cuisine is classic American Trailer Park-  lots of stuff deep fried in the Turkey fryer.
3.  Be prepared to drink with moderation - the beer will flow like wine.  Plus, we have wine.
4.  Clothes are mandatory.  Commando will not be tolerated.
5.  Bad jokes and loud, obnoxious behavior is encouraged.
6.  And, what should go without saying, the gift of the King of Scotch, Lagavulin Single Malt, will win you an automatic selection as a Nanepashemet Peep of the Week.
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So that's it.   Six pathetic rules.  You would think that it could be easy enough for people to remember. 
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This is the last year for the Bash to be held at Beverly Ave.  Next year, we will be up at the West Shore Drive house that borders Gerry Playground......  which may require the promulgation of additional rules.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Bash Preview

It's only two nights to go before the biggest event of the year... the Thanksgiving Eve BlowOut Bash at the Nestor's replete with Buffalo wings, White Trash Balls, Macaroni and Cheese, and of course... the King of Scotch, Lagavulin Single Malt.
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For those insidious Wussys among you who complain that drinking Lagavulin is like drinking terpentine (BLASPHEMY!) there will be Sams and Guinness flowing like wine.   And there will also be wine.
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This year, like every other in the pathetic series, we have not issued invitations... but if you don't come, you will be talked about incessantly concerning all of your earthly foibles and weaknesses.... so I'd come if I were you.
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This year, as a special treat, we've asked Prince William and his newly betrothed, Kate to attend and they've graciously accepted.   The word is that the Prince is a big fan of my Wings and White Trash Balls, so come early in case he decides to make a pig of himself and eat the whole platter.
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Judiciously, I've decided not to invite Sarah Palin.   Joanne knows how she turns me on, and I don't want to make everyone uncomfortable.  So as a Mountain of a Man, I've taken the high road once again.
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Most of the usual suspects will be here though, and I'm pretty sure that Tuna Lips will make his annual appearance, even though his identity can never be revealed.
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For those of you who continue to ask me the annoying question of dress code, my answer is the same now as it's always been.  Clothes are mandatory.  Anybody showing up in full commando will be turned away.
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This is a classy affair... for Cripes Sakes.
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See you there.... or feel your ears burn.

Maria Rowen said...
I am looking forward to many white trash balls...Prince Harry is much more interesting and...Will there be full body scanners or pat downs by any chance...? 

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Maria -
We will provide as many white trash balls as you can handle.  Didn't invite HarryToo much red tape, plus he doesn't have a hot fiancee.   And yes.....  There will be a lot of full body scans, especially in your case.   Good luck with the pat downs.
- MOAM



Security Measures

I don't get the beef over the new airline safety procedures.
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The TSA is just there for our safety. And even though every single airline terrorist has been a Muslim, let's not profile. Let's feel up everyone.   Let the minimum wage TSA professional morons grope away. 
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And... while they have the rubber gloves on, might as well go with a full body cavity search. 
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Can't be too careful!  The government is there to help us.
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Tuna Lips said...
I has no problem, filosifizin wise, about pullin my man tackle out fer thems to check. "Shock and Awe" and just some Gulf War jingoism.


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cornhusker Ass

Texas A&M had a nice 9-6 victory this weekend over eighth ranked Nebraska.
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No surprize to me.
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The Aggies are the Official Nanepashemet Division 1 NCAA College Football Team, anchored by our own Benny Martin, who is an offensive line coach.
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So it just goes without saying that they would manhandle a wussy team like the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
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Ben had a small contingent of Marblehead Peeps help him with this one though.   Not sure what help Scott McBurney could bring, but SuperPeeps Nate Clarke and Mike Nestor obviously added some value to the win.
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I hope the post game festivities didn't get out of hand.
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Way to go Ben.   Kicking Cornhusker ASS!!!


(just kidding, Scotty Boy.)


Saturday, November 20, 2010

No Comparison

89 year old Geneva Sozanski was outside of the Lynn Eastern Ave. two family  home where she has lived for fifty years or so.  
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At one o'clock in the afternoon,  a 30 year old punk, named Nicholas Christian, made it his business to jump out of his car, slam her to the ground with such force that she was bleeding and unconscious so that he could steal her purse.
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Christian is 30 years old.
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Mrs. Sozanski is a greatgrandmother with two sons... both Dentists.
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She has lived a long life of grace and dignity... and you can even now see the goodness in her beaten face.
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I first met Mrs. Sozanski when I was in the 7th grade, hanging out with her son, Stephen.  She was instrumental in my decision to attend graduate school at Boston University.  I ran into her outside of a bakery on Lewis Street in Lynn in the summer, shortly after I had graduated from UMASS and taken a job as a Planner for the City of Lynn.
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Mrs. Sozanski was happy to see me and we exchanged greetings, then she asked me where I was going to graduate school.  I explained to her that I had a job now and probably wouldn't be going back to school.  The look on her face was of shock and concern.  "Oh, you shouldn't stop now, John,  You have to get your Master's Degree,"  she said in a firm voice that I thought was uncharacteristic of her.  We exchanged a few more niceties, then went our separate ways down the street.
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Later on that week, I looked into the Master's Program of Urban Affairs at Boston University and enrolled in night school for the fall semester.  The firm nudge from Mrs. Sozanski was the catalyst.
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She is a warm and kind lady, and her comments to the media about the incident characterize her perfectly.
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So Christian... back to you.  If you have to knock old ladies senseless so that you can steal the paltry contents of their purses for your addictive fix, then, the worth of you as a human being speaks for itself.  Sadly, there will always be slime at the bottom of the barrel like you.  
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But what makes me high on life is the Geneva Sozanski's that I have run into.  People like Mrs. Sozanski make our lives so much richer, that we can afford to dismiss the depravity that you have made of your worthless life.   She makes us able to endure the likes of you.
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Good luck in the future, Christian.  People like you rarely make it to age 89 like Mrs. Sozanski ... odds are, you won't be seeing 39.

Friday, November 19, 2010

POTW Week 47

Tommy McMahon, former POTY took the time to remind me that I missed the Peep of the Week selections last week.
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No shit Tom.
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Maybe I didn't miss it though... maybe I chose to ignore it.... and maybe I had a real good reason to do so.
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Or... Maybe not.
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Anyway, I'm going through the pathetic process today, so that I don't get any annoying reminders in a day or so.
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ANNOUNCING....
Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 47th week of 2010

Barbara Kessel
Tommy McMahon
Sam Khairi
Bill Hillegas
Susan Raiche
Eugene Noel

On to the Weekend.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Breaking News

Prince Will is getting married to Kate Middleton.
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I know this.... because that's the only thing that the "Newscasters" on ABC can talk about for the last few mornings. It's even bigger news than Bristol Palin making the finals in Dancing With the Stars.
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Neither issue concerns me.  When you're a Mountain of a Man, you can't be detered by trivial voyeurism... even though Kate seems pretty hot.
Jim L. said...
It will be a great irony if Queen 'Liz outlives Charlie Boy. He has been the man who would be king for four decades since his playboy days in the early '60's. And now, the Brits are rooting for Liz to hang on. The crowd favorite for the king job is Will. And, of course, they are falling in love with Kate just like they did with Di.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bank of America Scam

So I bring the check that I received from the United States Treasury to the pleasant teller in the Bank  of America, Vinnin Square, Swampscott office and make the deposit.  She politely informs me that there will be a hold on the check until it clears.
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Honey.... I don't mean to sound condescending, but if that check doesn't clear, then you and your big bureaucratic, faceless bank can kiss your ass good-bye.   If a check from the US Treasury bounces, then we all better buy a 22 caliper rifle from LL Bean and head to the woods to kill rabbits, because we won't be eating otherwise.
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Let's face it.  Bank of America is holding my money because they are scammers.   They just want the free use of it. I put up with this Bullshit because I have so much time and information invested in their on-line Internet payment system to my vendors and creditors.... and that's it.
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One of these days, I'll stop being so lazy, pull my money out, and find a better deal. 
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Stupid, big, bureaucratic bank.  I feel bad for the people who work there, because they are eunuchs, with absolutely no decision making power whatsoever.

Alex Ferrier said...

With interest rates where their at your better off just keeping your money in your house hidden in a safe.

dougmaxfield said...
Personally, I like small, local community banks that care. Anyone know where I can find one?

Tuna Lips said...

In the great American tradishuns of our forebears, Ise will be stuffing myself a bird and giving thanks fer such. Henrietta Thistletwat is Ole TL's latest muse.





Monday, November 15, 2010

Panel Cutting Rack

This week is crucial to getting things done.  Next week is Thanksgiving which will be full of nice disruptions and distractions.  Got  a ton done on the Sundance building this weekend, but this week will be key to meeting the deadline of carpet in the first week of December.
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Yesterday I got the system down for transporting sheets of MDF.  Have some Home Depot guys help in the loading at the store, and when I get to Sundance, slide it off to a cutting rack of 2x4's that are mounted onto portable work benches set up at pickup gate height.  The MDF slides off of the back of the F150 and onto the rack with literally no heaving lifting, where they are cut to sizel using a 7 1/2" circutlar saw with a straight cut jig.
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Pictures to follow.

Tommy McMahon, former POTY said.....
You realize you didn't do a peep of the week for last week when probably the most deserving peep, Shalane Flanagan, should have been named?



You're better than that J, come on now.
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You're right, Tom.... I'm so ashamed.  Flanagan did deserve it.... with her second place in the NY Marathon.  But then again... she let that African beat her, which was hard to overlook.




Saturday, November 13, 2010

No Doubt on Deadline

We're half way through November and the deadline to complete the ground floor of the Sundance building is starting to loom large.  Plus we have Thanksgiving and the Annual Night Before Bash within that timeframe.
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I've got a ton of stuff to finish, including drywall mud, raised panel wainscotting, crown moulding, baseboards, and finally painting all of it.  The carpet is due in the first week of December.
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There's no way that I won't be ready.  As I Mountain of a Man, there can be no question that the work will be done, and at the highest quality by the time the carpet is delivered.
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Pictures to follow.
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That's how I roll.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Stupid Costco Run

Peeps...
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 Remember when I told you how stupid it was to have a couple of beers at lunch on a Friday afternoon, then stop in a Costco on the way home?
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And how you end up buying $300 bucks worth of bulk goods????
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Like 16 sticks of salted butter, 40 packets of microwave popcorn, three pairs of boxer shorts, two gallons of margarita mix (naturally a liter of tequila... and I don't even drink tequila), and 2 lbs. each of slice provolone, cheddar and harvarti cheese.
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Because when you have two beers and a scotch chaser in you, money is no object.  You can afford anything because nothing can stop you.   
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But by the time you pull up in front of your house, reality sets in. 
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Stupid.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veteran Service

Today is Veteran's Day.  I'm not a Veteran.
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My Grandfather, my Father and my Father-in- Law served in World War I, World War II and the Korean War respectively, and all three were disabled American Veterans.   I'm so proud of them and thankful for their service.
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My turn was Vietnam.  A decent amount of guys who graduated ahead of me at Lynn English did tours there.  In those days, the draft was in place, and you had a number placed on yorur birthday based upon a drawing.
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I was at UMass, Amherst, and had gone through the first two years of a very unpopular Army ROTC program where I had attained the rank of Corporal by the end of my sophomore year.  I actually enjoyed it.  We learned about military strategy in wars from the ancient Greeks to World War II.  We learned how to march and conducted drills in the athletic field.
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It was tough in the dorms, because we had to wear full military dress uniforms and had to keep our hair short, which was a problem in the early 70's.  We were open targets to anti-war hippy types.  That never bothered me though.  I think I intimidated the Hippy's a lot more than they did me.
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Those of you who know me can probably picture that.
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Aaron Boykin and I were the only kids in the James House dorm who dressed up in uniforms twice a week to go to ROTC Class.  Aaron was a black kid from Springfield, MA in the 70's with a full 70's afro that went way past the ROTC dress code.  He played lead guitar in a rock band, and most of the time, really looked the part.
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The morning before each ROTC class, Aaron would grease down his afro so that his hair would fit under his military dress cap.  Since we never took those hats off in class, he got over every week.
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The morning came when Aaron didn't have the time to go through the greased down hair routine.  He lived across the hall from me, and we got dressed in our uniforms and headed for the half mile walk to the ROTC building.  The whole way, Aaron kept trying to stuff his Afro hair into his Cap.  When he stuffed it in one way, it stuck out the opposite site.   It was freaking hilarious.
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By the time we got to the ROTC building, we were running a little late, and the Captain in charge of the program was standing outside the door.  I forget this guy's name, but he was bit of a Psycho, had a bad temper, and there were a lot of wild stories circulating around about what a crazy bastard he was.   Plus he had a huge scar on the side of his head.
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Right away, the Captain started in on us.  "Gentlemen, you are running late... don't you know what time class starts?"
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Aaron and I tried to shuffle by quickly , but then the Captain zeroed in.  "You... Corporal Nestor... fix Boykin's hat."
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I positioned myself behind Aaron's head so that the Captain couldn't see my face. Aaron had his back to the angry Captain.  So there we were face to face positioned so that the Captain couldn't see either of our expressions.  Every time I tugged one way, that freaking cap popped up the other way.
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Boykin and I were killing ourselves with suppressed laughter.  I was summoning every ounce of my then developing Mountain of a Man power to keep from breaking out into an unrestrained howl.  Finally the Captain ended our predicament by bellowing for us to "Get the Hell into class".
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After that Sophomore year, my draft number came up at 354.  There was no way that I would be drafted.  I folded up my uniform, took it to the ROTC building and handed to the officer there, telling him what my number was.  We both understood that Reserve Officer Training Corps had ended at UMASS for me and I would not be signing a contract in my Junior year.
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Vietnam ended anyway a short time later, and I never would have gone.
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So I never served.   Which I regret today.
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But there is a deep resevoir of gratitude that I hold for those who did.  It is incomprehensible how different our life would be today, if those in our direct families hadn't made such sacrifices for us.
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For starters... we don't talk German, Japanese or Russian.  English is still the official language here.... although that is probably the topic for a different post.

Thank you American Veterans.  For preserving our way of life in the greatest country in the world.

Pisc said...
Good story, good thought. Thanks.



Addiction Fix

Even though Nanepashemet Telecom is crushing it with the normal end of the year  business crunch, I've still found a way diversify our site acquisition offering with our highly touted Buyer's Brokers services.  It's important to remember that the final output of any business is not just a product, service or a sale.
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It's customer satisfaction.... or dissatisfaction as the case may be.
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So when I found out that some Peeps had been screwed around with in the market and needed some real estate service to purchase a home.... what choice did I have????  We had to rectify the situation... creating some satisfaction.
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But the funny thing about making people happy, is that it's a two way street.  The happiness comes back to you exponentially.  To the point where it can be addictive.  Given my experience, strengths and weaknesses... the Buyer's Broker service that so many of you are asking for, is the perfect fix for me.

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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Real Estate Opportunity

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Ever since I've offered a $2,000 American Express Gift Card to anyone who closed on a real estate purchase using our Buyer's Brokers Services... It's been havoc.
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Peeps... if you think that you are putting me to the test.... you're fighting out of your weight class.
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I don't care how many of you sign up.... I said it and I'll do it.  The more of you that sign up, just means that I have to dig deeply into my Mountain of a Man reserves.....
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It's a Buyer's market now, and you have to make hay while the sun shines.   With prices remaining stable and mortgage rates at an all time low, you'll be happy in a short time that you decided to buy a new home. 
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If you're willing to make the move, I'll be there to see this through with you.
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Many of you don't know that former Peep of the Year, Michael "Murph" Murphy was one of the first to jump on this offer, and ended up with the home of his dreams.
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Murph said....

"The best thing that I did was to hire J. Nestor to represent me and Beth as our Buyer's Broker. There are so many sharks looking to take advantage of you in the real estate business and we met our share of them until Nanepashemet stepped in and paved the way for us to fnd and purchase the house of our dreams.. I would recommend J and his company to anyone."
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Contact jnestor@nanepashemet.com for details. Or call 781-727-6516 anytime.
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Just don't wait to buy Real Estate.... Buy Real Estate and wait.
 
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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Checking the Polls

So many of you Peeps have emailed me, called me, or stopped me on the street to ask me what went wrong.... Why did the Democrats carry the day so completely in Massachusetts????
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What the hell do you think I am?.... some sort of poltitcal pundit prophet???  I don't have any freaking  definititive answers.   I do have a theory though.
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In Massachusetts, the Democrats had a huge wake up call with the victory of Scott Brown over Martha Coakley for "Ted Kennedy's" Senate Seat.   The lesson learned was... nothing is given, and you have to work for things.
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The Dems in this state may seem stupid and naive at times... but they are not lazy.  And when it comes to elections, they know that, regardless of the issues, a political organization that is organized at the precinct level can guarantee election if the effort is sustained.
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This involves the initiation and organization of precinct captains, poll checkers, telephone callers and drivers to the polls to a minute detail.
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In the City of Lynn for example, there are seven wards and twenty eight precincts.  With a separate precinct captain in each, and a small cadre of poll checkers and telephoners, it used to be a simple process to determine who had voted on Election day, and who had not.   By the end of the day, with a little motivation like picking up people and driving them to the polls, we were able to guanrantee that all of the people who were in favor of our candidate had voted.
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Every time we worked this system, our candidate won.... without fail.   And I'm talking about some guys that were elected, who the pundits had ruled out without a doubt.  It was a mechanical process... make sure that your supporters made it to the polls, and ignore anyone who was neutral or against your candidate.
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By virtue of the fact that the majority of the voters in a community don't vote in elections, this process was highly successful.
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Last Tuesday, as I went to my polling place in the Marblehead Senior Center, I noticed poll checkers sitting behind the ballot workers for the first time since I moved to Marblehead over 25 years ago.  When I asked the checker who he was working for, he said, "the Democratic Party".
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In Massachusetts, Democrats carried every Congressional seat as well as the Governor.  The Democratic sweep here completely bucked the trend as nationally, Republicans picked up over 70 seats to capture the majority of the House of Representatives.
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Did Scott Brown wake up the Democrats in Massachusetts?  Maybe he did.


Tool Shop Owner said...
Time to get to the bottom line. We need to stand for something.

Offers Open for Heaven in Marblehead

Peeps....
Maybe I'm naive, but my expectation was that minutes after announcing that 32 Beverly Ave. was for sale, that you would be flooding me with offers.
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Even if the Nanepashemet Blog had not started here, and even if boats that are works of art had not been crafted in the hallowed garage... 32 Beverly Ave. would still be a great place to live.
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Tommy O lives across the street.  That fact alone should spur you to make this life changing investment.  Plus, I've thrown in the American Express Gift Card.   Maybe I'll include a kayak or two.
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C'mon.... I'm getting sick of waiting.  Time to move on to West Shore Drive.

POTW Week 45

I know that I've let a couple of weeks lapse in this weekly duty.   Not sure why.  October was the slowest month in the 5 year history of this pathetic blog.
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I'll try to be a better person.
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Announcing...
Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 45th week of 2010

Brian Donovan
Pat Piscatelli
Stacey Butler
Charlie Baker
Emily Engardia
Tommy O'Shea

There.... now we are back to abnormal.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Raised Panels

I've been busy this week making raised panel wainscotting out of medium density fiberboard plywood (MDF) for the family room at the former Sundance Pre-School on West Shore Drive.  Still don't know if this is a good idea.
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On the one hand....
MDF is a stable material, with no voids like other plywood, and it routs and cuts very cleanly and crisply.  It doesn't chip like #2 pine,  requires virtually no sanding and you have the option of unlimited panel size.
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On the other hand....
It is heavy as hell.  Even a Mountain of a Man like myself has a hard time lugging the 97 lb. 4'x8' sheets around the work area.   And the sawdust that it exudes is fine and irritating.  A dusk mask and vacuum is crucial, but the sawdust still gets out of control.
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I haven't gotten to the point where I can evaluate the ability of the stuff to accept coats of primer and paint.  That will come soon though because I have all of the stock cut to rails, stiles and panels and hope to have all of the wainscotting assembled by the end of the weekend.
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I'm convinced that the raised paneling is a good idea though.  It lends a lot of character to a room and is worth the effort.   I had initially wanted to go with bead board throughout, but my daughter Kate thought that it looked cheesy compared to the raised panels.  I agree, but the raised panels are super labor intensive.
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Even with the router tables, and raised panel bit set that I invested in years ago, it is a time sucking activity.
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Ultimately, since raised panel wainscotting is so expensive, or such a pain in the ass to do from scratch as I am doing. it generally adds value to the property.
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That is my ulterior motive, but if I'm going to live there, I might as well be surroundied by the fine woodworking detail that I have become accustomed to.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Election Results

Interesting Election.
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From what I saw, Barney Frank is a pompous idiot, but kept his job and Nancy Pelosi, that out of touch Facist, lost her job.  So that was a wash.
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I was happy for reasons that I won't be sharing with you that Deval Patrick and John Tierney kept their seats in Massachusetts.

Tuna Lips said...



Ise thinks Nan is one good pleasuring from behind by ole TL from seein' the light. Not so many is such a way. My work is never done.


Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Sexual Preference

So today when I grabbed a quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich and glass of juice during a break in the action at Nanepashemet Telecom, I sat down and caught a little of the Oprah Show.   Ricky Martin was proclaiming to the world that he was a Homosexual.
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What a shocker!
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Lucky me that I picked that particular moment in time to randomly sit in front of the TV.  Otherwise I might have missed this momentous occasion.
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I probably don't have to remind you that this is one freaking phucked up world that we live in.  I mean.... who gives a greasy fart which side of the green that you putt from.    But just when we thought it couldn't get any weirder, I have this revelation to give to all of you.
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I am a Heterosexual.  A practicing Heterosexual.  In fact.... I try to practice as much as possible.
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All of these years, I've kept it pent up inside of me, busting to come out.... so to speak.
I've kept it from my family.... didn't think that they would accept my affinity for women.
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I feel so free now.

TommyO said...

Holy Cow,
Pardon the pun,,,,
But Juice with Peanut Butter and Jelly. Come on Man... Milk is the only way to wash that baby down.... TommyO




American Express Gift Card

The experience of helping Michael "Murph" Murphy and his wife Beth find their home in Southborough was really satisfying.  Regardless of some glitches in the process and a couple of hurdles to overcome, the result and good feelings in the end have made me decide to increase my activity as a Buyer's Broker, representing Peeps find homes and investment properties.
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Even though there is no direct cost for this service, I've decided to sweeten the pot by giving a $2,000 American Express Gift Card to any Peep who purchases a property through my help.  This will set them straight buying furnishings or appliances, and add to my overall good feelings.
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And feeling good is what's important... Right???  Plus, if anyone of you decides to buy 32 Beverly Ave.  in Marblehead, the Gift Card will follow as well.

32 Beverly Ave.


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