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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Peep of the Year - 2015

The Day has Come.
The Hour is Now.

I know that some of you live in anxiety for weeks before this date.... fretting, conspiring, praying, and hoping against all hope that you are either named the Nanepashemet Peep of the Year... or that you are spared the Honor/Disgrace.

Those who have been among the chosen are enshrined into a coveted/distained Brotherhood/Sisterhood that only they can truly experience.
  • Tom McMahon ~ 2007
  • Lauren Rathbone ~ 2008
  • Michael "Murph" Murphy ~ 2009
  • Jeremy Johnson ~ 2010
  • Tommy O'Shea ~ 2011
  • Kerry D'Orio ~ 2012
  • Brady Boyle ~ 2013
  • Kim Hause (now Kim Nestor) -  2014

  • Many of these people were profoundly changed during their POTY reign.  Others think that they emerged unscathed yet are obviously affected at a deeply psychological level.... It just hasn't manifested as of yet.

    Rest assured that the selection process was meticulously adhered to this year.... many were deemed truly worthy due to either inspirational or annoying happenstance... and the choice is never an easy one.

    A complex and scientific algorithm has been developed to guide the selection this year.... vs. the old days when the MOAM used to flip the dice and broadcast the momentous decision.   Many many factors have been considered.... none of which can ever be disclosed.

    But since even I am getting tired of slinging this Blog Bull...... it is now time to disclose the fortunate/disparate selection.

    ANNOUNCING the Nanepashemet Peep of the Year for 2015....

    PAM GEORGIAN
    https://www.facebook.com/pam.georgian

    Don't be getting all slobbery about this Pam.... and for the love of God.... don't starting wailing "WHY ME,   WHY ME   WHY ME", as has so often happened in the past by the flabbergasted recipients of this incipient selection.

    Your life has now profoundly changed, and it is time for you to start enjoying/enduring your reign until this time next year....when you will look back with appropriate amazement at the emotive and substantial power of the POTY.





  • Tuesday, December 30, 2014

    Day One - Big Guy Journey

    Yesterday, in a pique of frustration, I dropped my guard and let you Peeps in on my resolution to weigh less than 200lbs come August first of 2015.  Then to make things worse, I dedicated myself to keep you informed of the MOAM's progress.

    Probably not the best move on my part.... but a commitment is something that is kept seriously in this pathetic version of reality where the MOAM dwells.... most of the time.

    So this morning, waking up in North Conway, Joanne surprised me with a breakfast of pancakes and bacon after which I got caught up in putting out fires at Nanepashemet Telecom, grabbing a bowl of clam chowder as the fire raged in cyberspace until 2:00 in the afternoon.

    Then we motored back to Marblehead to check in on Kate's move.

    Some leftover chicken for dinner and the freaking day was over without any exercise of any sort other than keeping the Mach V on the road to Massachusetts.

    My friend Christos Laganos has recommended two books for me to read as I begin this challenge, which I ordered from Amazon right away.

    Chris is my age.... we were in the First Grade at the Highland School in Lynn together about a half century ago.....  and he "through hiked" the Appalachian Trail two summers ago.  If he says these books should be read, then I am freaking going to read them because he obviously knows his shit.

    Granted, I made absolutely no weight loss progress today.... but tomorrow will be another story.

    Also tomorrow is the selection day for the Nanepashemet Peep of the Year, so it will be no ordinary day.

    Monday, December 29, 2014

    MOAM Meditative Moments


    Peeps…
    Those of you who are particularly close to the Mountain of a Man know that the New Year is a time for solemn reflection and MOAM meditative moments.

    And rightly so…. Now is the time of year for both a review of past resolutions and and reconstitution of new ones.
      
    It’s always a downer to look at past resolutions….. things can get too critical to the point where self reflection draws a conclusion that your Mountain of a Man is a Pussy, Loser, Girly-Man.  Course we know that can’t be the case, but year after year, I resolve to lose weight and get in shape…. and year after year I end up during the Holiday Season struggling to find clothes that I can button without great exertion and discomfort.

    WTF….

    But this year is going to be different.  Mike gets married in August up in the White Mountains of New Hampshire this year, and the wedding photo will show a newly invented, lean and fit MOAM. 

    How will this happen???? 

    I really have no freaking idea… except for the fact that this year, I resolve to try, observe and record every aspect of my weight situation until that fateful morning, 214 days from today, when I will suit up in a rented tuxedo tipping the scales at below 200 lbs.

    Those of you who can guess my current weight will retort with a comment much like, “No EFFING WAY!!!”  And I don’t blame you.

    But I lay my claim here,… in front of all of you Pernicious, Pulsating, yet Wholesome and Benevolent Peeps….that I will achieve this resolution by August 1, 2015 or be a willing victim to your scorn and vilification.

    OK… I realize that you already send a great deal of scorn and vilification my way as it is…. but this is different
    .
    This time, I will join you in in you vile thought and emotion… and that I cannot condone.

    So I’ve made this resolution in front of you and the world…. And to juice things up a bit, I will be happy to report the progress in the March to August.  Not that I would counsel you to follow this pathetic and slightly narcissistic process on my part.   This is your burden, as a Nanepashemet Peep..... to mindlessly marvel at the MOAM moments that move towards you as we enter yet another mundane yet miraculous year in the Nanepashemet journey entitled 2015….

    Saturday, December 27, 2014

    Resolution Formulation

    Went to participate in some of the after Christmas sales today.

    For some reason, I have no problem buying 2xl sweaters and shirts, but it really galls be to buy anything larger than a 38 waist pant.

    So I can see a resolution starting to formulate which will deal with the long standing topic of weight loss.

    That and upping the quality of my banjo playing ability.

    Sunday, December 21, 2014

    Peep of the Week for the 50th week of 2014

    For the second time in the last few weeks, an enlightened soul has bestowed upon me the gift of 16 year old Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch Whiskey.  You will recall that my Son-in-Law, Brady Boyle, committed the class act at the Thanksgiving Bash.

    It may seem to the rest of you that this country is going to hell in a hand basket.... what with cops being murdered and racial turmoil erupting in the face of our first Black Presidency.... with North Koreans censoring American corporations and Muslim Marathon Bombers defended by nutcase protesters....

    Need I go on?

    No, I need not.

    But how can you not be upbeat when at the Nanepashemet Telecom Holiday Luncheon, our data input specialist, Catherine Elsier whips out a bottle of the King of Scotch and presents it to your MOAM?  Seems like she thinks that my letter to my alma mater, recommending that Catherine be accepted into the Masters of Public Health program at Boston University, held sway in securing her a spot in that elite program.

    In reality, BU probably is as knowledgeable about my attendance as Columbia is of our POTUS.... my records are not sealed but must have crumbled with age by this time.  Catherine undoubtedly got the nod because she is a promising young talent that Boston University realizes will add to its prestige and endow alumni contributions for the long term.

    Anyway....

    Catherine is an Automatic Peep of the Week in accordance with the time honored ritual that governs such selections.

    ANNOUNCING....

    NANEPASHEMET PEEPS OF THE WEEK FOR THE 50TH WEEK OF 2014.

    Catherine Elsier - Automatic
    Gilbert Shaw
    Jeb Bush
    Kim Nestor
    Vince Wilfork
    Megyn Kelly

    Nice to see a young lady like Catherine making such a big time gesture.
    It gives me hope for the future.

    Plus, Ryan polished off the bottle that Brady gave me.   I'm hiding this one from him behind the Vodka and Gin Bottles when he and Kim come by Christmas Eve.


    Wednesday, December 10, 2014

    Rigatoni Pasta Pie

    I copied this recipe from Facebook where it was shared by Judy Goodman.

    Rigatoni Pasta Pie:
    1 lb rigatoni pasta
    1 lb ground beef (I used ground sirloin)
    2 garlic cloves (minced)
    1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
    1 small jar size of your homemade sauce
    cooking spray
    salt
    1 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
    2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
    4oz cream cheese
    15oz ricotta cheese
    2 eggs
    1 tsp basil
    1 tsp oregano
    1 cup onion
    spring form pan
    DIRECTIONS:
    Boil the noodles according to the directions on the box. Stop cooking when they're still very firm and avoid stirring so they do not fall apart. Once done, drain and run cold water over so they are cool enough to handle. You can add a little bit of oil if they start to stick.
    Brown the ground beef and drain excess grease. Add chopped onion and garlic. After about 5 minutes add cream cheese and stir until melted. Add spaghetti sauce next.
    Use a small mixing bowl to mix the ricotta, Parmesan, basil, oregano and 2 eggs until smooth. Set aside.
    Tightly pack pasta into pan, standing each piece on end. Use cooking spray on the bottom of the spring form pan first to avoid sticking. Put a zip lock bag inside a tall glass and fill the bag with the cheese mixture. Close the bag and snip the corner of the bag and pipe a small amount into each noodle. After piping, pour the red sauce over the whole top and push down as much as possible.
    Top with 2 cups of mozzarella cheese. (Recipe calls for 2 cups but you could use low fat or skim to cut calories.)
    Bake at 350 for 20 minutes and then broil until the cheese turns bubbly.

    Monday, December 08, 2014

    Popovers




    50 min
    Prep:
    10 min
    Cook:
    40 min
    Yield:8 popovers
    Level:Easy
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    Ingredients
    3 tablespoons melted butter, divided
    2 eggs
    1 cup milk, warmed for 30 seconds in the microwave (should be lukewarm to warm)
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon kosher salt
    Directions
    Special equipment: muffin tin

    Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

    Using a pastry brush, coat 8 muffin cups with 1 tablespoon of the melted butter and put the tin in the oven for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the eggs in a blender until light yellow. Add the warmed milk and blend. Add the flour, salt and remaining melted butter, and blend until smooth. Pour the batter into the warmed muffin tin and return it to the oven to bake until golden, about 35 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

    Recipe courtesy Melissa d'Arabian

    Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/melissa-darabian/fool-proof-popovers-recipe.html?oc=linkback

    Sunday, November 30, 2014

    The Public Trough

    Peeps...
    There are those among you who know that this MOAM is a proud alum of the University of Massachusetts - Amherst where I earned a Baccalaureate Degree in Political Science with Honors no less, and learned a lot about a whole bunch of other stuff during my four formative years there.

    So you would think that when I watch the nicely done promotional ads that air on the Boston media detailing the positive environment at UMASS...... that I would have a sense of satisfaction and pride.... and you would be wrong.

    UMASS is a great place, a great school, a fantastic asset for the state.   But so is Brandeis, Harvard, NorthEastern, Boston University, Boston College, Holy Cross, Assumption, Merrimack, Hampshire, Amherst, Williams, Smith, Holyoke.... etc.   Where are the ads for these fine institutions????

    No Ads.  At least none of the scale and magnitude of the UMASS daily campaign.

    And why would that be?

    Simply put... it's because you and I pay for the UMASS ads.  They are funded by the bottomless trough of tax funds.  And the other schools don't have these unlimited budgets.   Are these ads necessary?  Apparently not for privately funded schools.

    So every time I see a UMASS ad.... I get pissed off... even though I love UMASS.

    Saturday, November 29, 2014

    Compost Bin Plan

    I'm thinking of building this compost bin.  The pile of shredded leaves in the backyard are starting to be a blight on the property and this bin may spruce things up a bit, as well us as maybe speed the composting process.

    Garage Design

    Friday, November 28, 2014

    Peeps of the Week and Bash Aftermath

    The Bash was a raging success this year as usual.   We had Peeps come from as far as South Africa and copious amounts of food and drink were consumed.  In retrospect, the call to keep firearms out of the affair was a good one in that not one shooting occurred.  In fact, no punches were thrown either as a testiment to the sophistication of this annual event.


    My best Son-in-Law, Brady Boyle, was a shining example of Nanepashemet Peepdom as he presented the MOAM with a bottle of the King of Scotch, 16 yr. old Lagavulin Single Malt, thus becoming an Automatic Peep of the Week.   A class move.   In an equally not classy move, Ryan Nestor consumed much of it in the following Thanksgiving Day haze.

    ANNOUNCING....

    NANEPASHEMET PEEPS OF THE WEEK FOR THE 48TH WEEK OF 2014.

    Brady Boyle - Automatic
    Ryan Nestor
    Steve Lewis
    John Garriboto
    Sarah Crawford
    Nathaniel Clarke

    All in all, it was a thankful event, and a beautiful Thanksgiving with all of the Nestor offspring and their significant others expressing their thanks at our turkey dinner the next day,

    I hope you Peeps enjoyed your day too.


    Tuesday, November 25, 2014

    Prelude to the Bash

    Twenty four hours from now, the low rumble that you hear will be the Night Before Thanksgiving Day Bash at the corner of West Shore Drive and Gerry Park in Marblehead.
    ~
    Despite warnings of an oncoming NorEaster, the Peeps will be in full Bash regalia as Peeps stream from all over Metropolitan Boston to be part of this social event of the season.
    ~
    If you didn't receive an invitation, no need to worry, as invites are never proffered.   It is come as you are.... or as you would like to be.
    ~
    Over the years, the much anticipated event has taken many forms, and this year should prove to be in keeping with the tradition of raucous yet refined interactions with an underpinning of sophisticated discourse punctuated by hysteria and gutter talk.  Dress is mandatory.  I hate it when people come naked and act as if they can meld in with everybody.
    ~
    Please leave your weapons and firearms at home. We have never had a shooting or even a stabbing at the Bash, and it would be nice to keep the streak alive at least one more year.
    ~
    And of course, if you bring a bottle of Lagavulin, the King of Scotch, you will be loudly and obnoxiously announced as an Automatic Nanepashemet Peep of the Week.   It is an Honor/Disgrace that not a few Peeps aspire to at the Bash every year,
    ~
    So, rack up your A-Game, and I hope to see you here tomorrow night!

    Sunday, November 23, 2014

    Bash Musings

    The New England Patriots are again playing professional football at a level that conceivably could be classified as mastery.

    Years from now, people will wonder what it was like to watch football games during the Brady-Belichick era.... much like people have asked what it was like to watch Bobby Orr play hockey, or Bill Russell play basketball.

    The game was even better today, because Joanne and I got to watch it with our Grandkids, Will and Ethan, and with Ryan and Kim.   

    The Hype is building for the Thanksgiving Eve Bash as well.   The highly anticipated annual event will be held in all of its Glory/Debauchery and the Beer will flow like Wine as in years past.

    As usual, there are no invitations, and much resentment and rancor will flow to those who do not attend, so I would advise you Peeps to come and partake of this pilgrimage for the sake of your social standing and psychological well being.  

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

    This little number may show up at the Night Before Thanksgiving Bash.

    Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
    Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
    Ingredients
      for the crust 
    • 2 cups all purpose flour
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup cold butter, cubed 
    • for the filling
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
    • 1 teaspoon flour
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
    • 1 full cup pecan halves
    • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
    Instructions
    1. Using a pastry blender, combine flour, brown sugar and cubed better until it resembles a cornmeal (this can also be done in a food processor.)
    2. Press crust mixture into an ungreased 9x13 pan. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
    3. While crust is baking, beat together eggs, corn syrup, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla and melted butter. Stir in pecans.
    4. Remove crust from oven and spread chocolate chips evenly over warm crust. Spread filling over chocolate chips.
    5. Cover with foil and return to oven. Bake for 15 minutes, remove foil and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool before serving.
    Notes

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    Immigration Kabuki Dance


    This whole Immigration drama being played out by the Obama administration reminds me of a Japanese Kabuki Dance.  Lots of arranged protracted movements and posturing that look really weird.
    Republican and Conservative pundits are in high rant mode as the President threatens to use the power of Executive Orders to give amnesty to Latin Americans who live in the US without a green card.
    The POTUS maintains that he has the power to wipe the slate clean  for these five million or so immigrants who have taken up residence in the US in violation of laws that regulate entry into this country.  Conservatives maintain that he is effectively enacting legislation which is the purview of the Congress and a violation of the checks and balances built into our Federal system of Government.
    Each side swaggers and postures away on what they will do if  Obama uses his "Power".
    The  thing about Power is that you only have it if people don't challenge your actions.


    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    POTW Week 46

    I've been on this super efficiency kick this week.... planning out everyday, and analyzing what got done, what didn't, and why.  Staying focused is the key to accomplishment.   Yet some diversions to the plan are important to follow as well.

    Another benefit of planning and evaluating your time is that when you get to the end of the day, after being pulled in numerous directions, your documented time gives you a feeling of satisfaction..... or at least verification that you didn't screw off all day. 

    Announcing....
    Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 46th Week of 2014 

    Bill Quirk
    Harvey Rowe
    Mike Rockett
    Dale Johnson
    Taylor Swift
    Pam Georgian

    We are cruising to the holidays.

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Veterans Day Post



    Thank you American Veterans.

    No matter what you did during your military service, you stood on the wall, ready to defend our way of life.

    Regardless of how aggravating our domestic politics can seem, we are Americans.... bonded together by a history that seeks freedom and the pursuit of happiness.

    Sometimes this history has taken a while to evolve, and we have made mistakes, but in the end, our country strives for justice and liberty.

    Those of you who served, who stood in the vanguard against those who seek to subjugate and subvert us....  I appreciate the time and sacrifice that you have made on behalf of all of us.

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    Stranger than Fiction


    This American Indian Harvard Law Professor is one of the US Senators representing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  The other is Ed Markey.

    Sometimes you wake up in the morning and say, "This can't be real.... I must be dreaming."  But this nice lady from Oklahoma, who claims to be an Indian, who rails against the cost of education after she made over $300k per year teaching one course at Harvard. is not only my Senator... she is being touted by "Progressives" as a serious alternative for President.

    Reality is truly stranger than fiction.







    Thursday, November 06, 2014

    Peeps of the Week - Week 45 - 2014

    Peeps....

    Those of you lost souls who are Nanepashemet Blog Purists know that Thursday Evening has traditionally been set aside as the time when the the coveted yet repulsive Peep of the Week selections are made.

    So... it's freaking Thursday Evening.... I guess I have to put out a little and get this tacky task underway.

    One thing that I forgot to mention in last week's POTW Refresher course.....

    There is only one way that an aspiring yet hapless Peep can be automatically  selected as a POTW.  That is the time honored tradition of bestowing a bottle of Lagavulin 16 year old Single Malt Scotch (aka the KING OF SCOTCH) on this most deserving Mountain of a Man.

    Since this process/scam has been instituted years ago, many satisfying 750 ML bottles of the revered nectar have been presented for which your MOAM responds with a POTW selection.  Some weeks, we have had multi Automatics... usually around the time of the night before Thanksgiving Bash.  but lately, the practice has seen a disappointing fall off.   Hopefully this will be remedied shortly.

    ANNOUNCING....

    NANEPASHEMET PEEPS OF THE WEEK FOR THE 45TH WEEK OF 2014.

    Gilbert Shaw
    Wayne Webster
    Yolanda Laganos
    Jim Lundgren
    Mitch McConnell
    Seth Moulton

    No Automatics this week.... will keep the porch light on during the coming holiday season though.

    Wednesday, November 05, 2014

    Election Enlightenment

    Peeps....

    You know I always exhort you to stay independent.... to stand on your own two feet... to make your own decisions....

    So why are you so pathetically sending me email after email..... voicemail after voicemail..... frantically asking me what the election results last night mean?????

    As you know, the Mountain of Man has a big heart and a wellspring of patience for those of you who annoyingly can't figure things out for yourself, and insist on getting a spin from the Nanepashemet source of truth and knowledge.

    So I reluctantly must tell you what happened in the United States of America last night.

    1.  Harry Reid.... the lying, despicable Majority Leader of the US Senate was fired..... and the 360 pieces of legislation that the House of Representatives have sent to the Senate can now be considered by the full Congress.

    2.  President Obama was repudiated.... he offered "Hope", was really a "Dope", and the people said "Nope".  His stupid policies of ObamaCare and Immigration will be subject to reasonable revision and overhaul.

    3.  My home state of Massachusetts elected a professional manager, Charlie Baker, and his opponent, the politically mean spirited, Martha Coakley, didn't even thank her supporters as she refused to concede defeat in a close, yet definitive result.

    4.  My second state, where I pay a fair amount of property tax, New Hampshire, turned away the chance to elect a straight and independent thinker in Scott Brown, and instead turned to the Liberal rubber stamp, Jeanne Shaheen as a US Senator.    They have changed the motto from "Live Free or Die" to "Live Stupid then Cry".

    5.  The Sixth Massachusetts Congressional District elected Democrat Seth Moulton, and Iraqi Veteran over Ricard Tisei, a bit over the top Republican.   The important point here is that they both played a part in turning way the old Guard, lock step Dem, John Tierney, who was a Pelosi puppet.  Verdict is out now on whether Seth can be a leader and break from the Democrat Herd.

    So your MOAM can sum things up this way.

    United States - HAPPY
    Massachusetts - HAPPY
    Sixth Congressional District - CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC
    New Hampshire - FREAKING DUMBFOUNDED

    Now, Peeps..... go forth and spread Nanepashemet Truth and Insight .... you are among the enlightened.

    Tuesday, November 04, 2014

    If the Republicans Win....

    Will Republicans take control of the US Senate tonight?

    I certainly hope so.... not because I necessarily favor the Republicans.... but because I hate the fact that the Senate Rules allow one man.... the despicable Senator Harry Reid of Utah as the Senate Majority Leader.... the right to control and stifle the efforts of the entire body.

    I believe that Harry is a corrupt pol, who lies with impunity... like the time that he said that Mitt Romney didn't pay his taxes.... just pulled a lie right out of his Ass with no basis in realty.

    There is no room for people like this to wield power in our nation's capital.

    If the Republicans have the majority in both Houses of Congress, then expect a range of initiatives to be passed and sent to the President to sign into law.   Course Obama is an ideologue.... an academician, and not a politician like Lyndon Johnson.   He will use the executive power to veto a good deal of the bills that come his way.  

    Yet that is a vast improvement over the system that we have today... where ideas among our elected leaders never even reach his desk because of disingenuous gatekeepers like Reid.    At least now, we can have a substantive debate... and break the gridlock of ideas and innovative solutions to the problems of a nation.

    If Obama vetoes legislation that comes his way, now we can ask why.....if the Republicans win tonight.

    Monday, November 03, 2014

    Your Right and Obligation to Vote.



    Peeps....

    Make sure that you get out and vote tomorrow.

    You pretty much know who the Mountain of a Man supports.... but the important thing is to put your own thought in, and vote your conscience.

    Our right to vote is a precious gift.   Don't insult the people who have made enormous sacrifices to give us this gift.   Throughout history, and even in the present day, the majority of people on Earth do not have ability to elect their leaders in a fair and unoppressive manner.

    You do.

    Don't let other people make decisions for you.    Stand on your own two feet.   Think.   And Vote.

    Sunday, November 02, 2014

    Listing Your Home with Nanepashemet

    There was a time when.... if you asked your MOAM to list your property for sale through Nanepashemet Real Estate Services... I would refuse.

    That's because the only way to get your house properly exposed would have been to advertise heavily in expensive newspaper print media, and a small company like mine, which did not list many properties, could not afford the massive advertising fees.  So I used to advise you to list with the big companies

    But this has completely changed.   Now, when I accept your listing, and present your property photos and marketing write up in the Massachusetts Multiple Listing Service, your property also gets extensive on-line exposure on national real estate sales sites like Trulia and Zillow.

    And now, practically everyone who looks for a house to buy starts with a web-based, online real estate site.

    Selling Mike's condo for a big score, and doing the same for Katelyn recently in South Boston has convinced me that accepting listings is now entirely feasible and now reside fully within our substantial skill sets.  And it doesn't really matter where your property is.... as Mike Murphy can attest.... we can handle your needs in Southborough  as easily as we do it in Southie ... or the North Shore.

    Course, I've always been strong being a Buyer's Broker,  negotiating the best deal possible for my clients, but now I have a new found confidence that Listing your Property with Nanepashemet Real Estate is the way to go for both Peeps and civilians, and we can provide all of the exposure that you need on-line.

    So this now begs the question....

    Why should I list my house for sale with Nanepashemet Real Estate Services?

    Notwithstanding the obvious... that you would have the MOAM as your personal agent... there are other, less noticeable reasons.

    The First is Attention to Detail and Attention to You, the Nanepashemet Customer.   Your home is typically one of your most important assets,  and you can spend a lot of money in real estate commissions and leave quite a bit on the table if you sell with bad advice.
    • When you List with Nanepashemet, your property is our only concern.  My committment to you is that..... if you hire me as your Listing Agent, I will not accept any other client  until your property has been brought under agreement with a price acceptable to you.  You have the full attention of Nanepashemet.
    The Second is the cost of  Brokerage Services.   Many people think that Real Estate Broker's fees are set and standard, but that is not so, and a violation of commerce laws.
    • When you list with Nanepashemet, we will thoroughly discuss fees and give you the best deal possible.  For  instance, if your intention is to List and Sell your home, and then buy a new home in the area within a reasonable time, Nanepashemet will substantially discount our listing fees based upon our subsequent role as your Buyer's Representative.  In a $500,000 sale, taking 1% off of a real estate commission represents a savings to you of  Five Thousand Dollars!  
    The Third is taking advantage of professional experience and expertise.  The proper presentation of your home for sale is a multidisciplinary exercise that involves both business and construction skill sets.
    • When you List with Nanepashemet, not only will we give you advice to maximize the value of your house in the market, but we can direct or manage improvements or repairs that will substantially upgrade the value of your property.   We have licensed construction managers on staff and partner with the finest craftsmen in the region.  Many times, the cost of improvements will add substantial value at the time time of sale, or make your property easier to finance for prospective buyers.  We roll the cost seamlessly into the final sale closing.
    So now that Nanepashemet Real Estate Services has decided to list properties, you should take advantage of the benefits that will come your way if you list with us.

    Peeps... it's a rising market.  there is a lot of money to be made .... and more if you make the right decisions.





    Lesser of Evils


    I've been sitting in my living room, this first Sunday morning after Daylight Savings time, watching the early Sunday local programming on local issues. Massachusetts is embroiled in a tight Governor's race between Marsha Coakley and Charlie Baker, and New Hampshire sees a good contest for Senator between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown.

    I'm also interested in the 6th Massachusetts District fight for Congress between Seth Moulton and Richard Tisei.

    My criteria for supporting politicians has less to do with party affiliation and more to do with the following.

    Who seems honest?   I hate it when candidate treat the electorate like a herd of sheep who will bleat acceptance with any baseless diatribe that is handed them.

    Who seems smart and based in reality?   Some candidates are mindless Moonbats that present themselves based upon urban myth and their massive egos.

    Who projects themselves as a leader?  Not interested in someone who is in lockstep with Obama or Boehner.  And I don't care what your opinion of your opponent is.... or how you distort his or her record.   I'm only interested in seeing what you think the problems are, and how you would wield the policy to solve them.

    Based on these standards, every candidate probably falls short.   But I believe that we all are human with shortcomings and our duty as members of a republic is to support and elect the lesser of evils.

    Saturday, November 01, 2014

    MOAM Broker Madness

    Peeps....

    In case your didn't know it, your Mountain of a Man is possibly one of the greatest Realtors who ever lived.

    Even though I don't sell residential real estate for a living, I get immense satisfaction by doing it for friends and family.... and the latest success story is the great deal that we just closed for Katelyn and Brady's South Boston Condo.

    Like Muhammad Ali said, "If you can do it... it ain't bragging."

    We'll bring this transaction in for a landing after only 10 days on the sizzling hot South Boston residential market.


    Wicked Saturday Workload

    So much to do this weekend.   Even a Mountain of a Man like myself can sometimes feel a bit daunted by the tasks at hand.   But there is nothing to it, but to do it.... one thing at a time.


    • Make the dough for the pizza's that we will grill during the Patriots Broncos game.
    • Rake and mulch leaves before the Nor'easter hits later this morning.
    • Process and execute the offer that we received on Kate's Condo last night.
    • Work on drainage in the backyard.
    • Make a dent in the pile of Nanepashemet Telecom outstanding action items.


    I know that it seems insurmountable....and that the majority of you pathetic Peeps would head out to Dunkin Donuts and console yourself with a chocolate cruller or two, rather than deal with this wicked workload.  

    But after all.... I am a MOAM, with more than enough stamina to plow through this Saturday.

    Friday, October 31, 2014

    Nanepashemet Peep of the Week - Week 44 - 2014

    It's time to rededicate to the time honored tradition accorded to the Mountain of a Man to select the Nanepashemet Peep of the Week.

    Those of you hapless Peeps who have followed this pathetic Blog over the years know the drill....

    POTW's must have done something exceedingly annoying and/or inspiring.
    POTW's cannot be an animal... if that was the case, Henry the Cat would win/lose all of the time.
    POTW's cannot be dead.... barely metabolizing is fine, but no pulse doesn't cut it.

    And.... you can never ask why a POTW was chosen.... ever.

    These rules have stood the test of time... and have the same gravity and effect that Global Warming has for Democrats.... they are "Settled Science."

    So now that you have had this quick refresher... it's time to get down to this serious/absurd adjudicatory business.

    Announcing.....

    Nanepashemet Peeps of the Week for the 44th Week of 2014

    • Anne Freeman Hill
    • Maggi Sides
    • Katelyn Boyle
    • Shalane Flanagan
    • Tom McMahon
    • Seth Moulton

    I had forgotten how absorbing and intense this selection process can get.

    Funny Patriots Halloween

    Spaghetti with Syrup

    My Grandson, Ethan, told his pre-school teacher that his favorite food is "Spaghetti with Syrup"  .... just like Will Farrell in Elf.

    When his teacher asked why,   Ethan responded, "Because it's Hilarious."

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014

    2nd Amendment Rules

    I pulled this off of Facebook last night.  Most of these rules were covered in the mandatory course for a Massachusetts Concealed Carry permit that I attended some time ago with a friend of mine.
    If you own a gun, you will appreciate these rules...  If not, you should get one, learn how to use it and learn the rules:
    RULES:
    A : Guns have only two enemies: rust and politicians.
    B : Its always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
    C : Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.
    D : Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside
    arms length
    E : Never say "I've got a gun." If you need to use
    deadly force, the first sound they should hear is the safety clicking off.
    F : The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes; the
    response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.
    G : The most important rule in a gunfight is:
    Always Win - there is no such thing as a fair fight.
    Always Win - cheat if necessary.
    H : Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets ....
    You may get killed with your own gun, but he'll have to beat you to death with it because it will be empty .
    I : If you're in a gun fight:
    (a) If you're not shooting, you should be loading.
    (b) If you're not loading, you should be moving.
    (c) If you're not moving, you're dead.
    J : In a life and death situation, do something ....it may be 
    wrong, but do something!
    K : If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. Nonsense!
    If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?
    L : You can say 'stop' or any other word, but a large bore muzzle 
    pointed at someone's head is pretty much a universal language; 
    and, you won't have to press 1 for Spanish/Mexican or 2 for Chinese or 3 for Arabic.
    M : Never leave an enemy behind. If you have to shoot, shoot to 
    kill. In court, yours will be the only testimony.
    N : You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save
    yourself and your family.
    If you believe in the 2nd Amendment, forward to others you know
    who also believe.
    "Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when
    everybody stands around reloading". . . . .
    Thomas Jefferson



    • Tuesday, October 28, 2014

      Nanepashemet Nod is Now Negated

      Charlie Baker, Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, started to cry in the debate tonight as he related the story of a New Bedford fisherman who is seeing his fishing business flounder under federal regulations.

      It was a genuine touching moment, but I wonder if this will be seen as a form of weakness in a leader.  Even your Mountain of a Man has shed a tear from time to time, and I am cognizant of the fact that there is no way to control this emotional reaction, but I fear that the political spin will be vicious with this one.

      Generally, I felt that Baker looked tired and stressed during this debate, and he never regained a sense of composure after his weeping.   He still has the Nanepashemet Nod.... although I can't say the same for Seth Moulton, who is hosting Joe Biden in Lynn tomorrow and has emerged as a totally partisan Democrat.

      I was looking for Seth to be a leader, but it seems that he is a follower of Liberal demagoguery.   Takes broad swipes at his opponent solely because his opponent is a Republican.... not because of a disagreement on the issues.   Stands next to phonies like Liz Warren, the despicable liar who claims to be a minority as an American Indian.  Sorry Seth.... I am so disappointed that you have become a Partisan Politician.  I had hoped that you would stand on your own two feet instead of filing in lockstep with the Herd.

      Enjoy your time with Nancy Pelosi.  Nanepashemet Nod is Now Negated.

      Sunday, October 26, 2014

      Open House Pandemonium

      It was pandemonium at Kate and Brady's Open House yesterday.

      Not looking forward to the crowds this afternoon for Day 2, but I advertised it and can't call it off now.   I'm surprised that so many people want to buy this condo in Southie, but the market is super hot.

      If you want to see the Mountain of a Man in full bore sales mode, drop down to 72 I Street between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

      Saturday, October 25, 2014

      Open House

      Peeps.....

      Please come to this Open House.

      Katelyn and Brady's South Boston Condo

      Open House - Saturday 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
      Sunday 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

      Don't be whining to me later that you lost the chance to have the MOAM sell you this super cool condo apartment in happening Southie.

      Tuesday, October 21, 2014

      Change in Venue

      Took a little time from Thursday to Monday to work from North Conway, NH.   Even a Mountain of a Man needs a change of  venue once in a while, and  though I was on line and got a lot of work done, we had the chance to meet with friends and enjoy the autumn mountains.

      A nice lunch with Christos and Yolanda Laganos at the Mount Washington Hotel on Saturday was followed by a visit to Brendt d' Orio and his trophy wife, former POTY, Kerry d' Orio with their cute kids at their new mountain house retreat.

      Christos was in the first grade with the MOAM, and is one of my favorite Facebook friends, and Brendt was Ryan's first friend when he moved to Marblehead in the 2nd grade.  Two great visits in the same afternoon.

      Brendt complained that I haven't been picking Peeps of the Week for awhile, and I guess I'll rev up that feature again.... as despicable/enjoyable as it is.

      Henry the Cat threw up in the Ford F-150 both to North Conway and back to Marblehead, so the cab is a little rank.  More than usual even.  He doesn't travel well.

      Wednesday, October 15, 2014

      Freud D1040X Diablo 10-Inch

      I picked up this cool Freud D1040X Diablo 10-Inch 40-Tooth ATB General Purpose Saw Blade with 5/8-Inch Arbor and PermaShield Coating from Home Depot today.

      I had hit a metal drill bit holder by accident with my Hitachi 10" Miter Saw, and it immediately dulled the blade.  Transferred the existing 10" blade from my DeWalt portable table saw to the Hitachi to finish the job at hand,  but then was left with the need to replenish the DeWalt.

      The blade has a lot of engineering features to produce a thin kerf cut for both crosscut and ripcut applications.  Only cost $29.97 at both Home Depot and Amazon.

      Freud is an Italian company that makes top notch saw blades and router bits, and it will be interesting to see how this blade performs as I put the finishing touches on the Secret Project.

      And no... I've decided to keep the Secret Project ... secret.

      You nosey Peeps already know way to much about the Mountain of a Man's personal life.

      Tuesday, October 14, 2014

      Support for a Veteran

      I never served in the military.

      Came close when I was a Corporal in the Horse Calvary at Army ROTC at UMASS Amherst.

      We were taught how to march, and spent a lot of classtime regarding military history, strategy and tactics.  The Army Captains also were talking up Vietnam.... what a beautiful country it was.... and how after the war it would be converted to a huge tropical resort.    It was propaganda pure and simple.

      But by the beginning of my Junior year in 1973, the Vietnam War had ended, and I had a draft number that insured that I would not be drafted, so I turned in my uniform.

      It just didn't seem necessary to continue, but there is a part of me that has always regretted the decision.

      My Grandfather,Jeremiah Nestor, served in WWI in the trenches in France where he  was gassed by the Germans, and never really recovered.

      My Father, John Nestor, served in the US Coast Guard during WWII, escorting shipping convoys across the North Atlantic.   He spent a year in the Hospital with Battle Fatique after being blown off of a ship and spending an inordinate time in the ocean.  He could never discuss the experience... would just choke up and I never prodded.

      My Cousin, Atty. John N. Nestor served as B-17 Flying Fortress pilot and flew 125 missions over Europe in WWII  - five times the required amount.  It was a miracle that he beat the statistics and didn't die.

      My Father in Law, Joe LeBlanc, was blown off of his jeep by a Chinese tank in  the Korean War and spent time as a Prisoner of War.

      But, my Father was staunchly against the Vietnam War, and was afraid that I would have to serve.   He once said that he would shoot me in the foot if I was drafted, and I believed that he was not kidding about that.   At his insistence, I joined Army ROTC at UMASS because he felt that as a 2nd Lieutenant, I would have a better chance of survival.

      There are a lot of stats regarding the mortality rate of 2nd Lieutenants in Vietnam... suffice it to say that I think that my Father's hypothesis was "dead" wrong.

      Regardless... if I had remained in ROTC and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant at graduation, it would have been a couple of years of peacetime service.

      Yet, I so admire those that have served.  Maybe it is in my blood from family veterans who served with distinction and made significant sacrifices  by their military experience.

       It is a central reason for my support of Seth Moulton in his bid to be elected Congressman of the Sixth Massachusetts District.   Even though I cringe at the Hard Line Democrats that are buzzing around him like flies on shit, I respect his four tours of duty in Iraq, and will support him based on that alone.



      I am with you there, boom master. I didn't cotton to them pickle-sniffing sorts.

      U-S-A! U-S-A!


      Monday, October 13, 2014

      Talking Politics

      Peeps....

      I've been noticing lately that some of my Friends really are uncomfortable talking about politics.

      I've never felt that way.   Maybe being a political science major in college, and always being interested in history and geography have given me a sense of security with the subject.

      In my own situation, I was brought up in an Irish Catholic working class democratic household.   Everytime I would ask my father who he voted for, he would answer, "The Best Man."   My mother always reminded me that Democrats were for the working man, and Republicans were for the rich.

      When I was in the sixth grade, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, which had a devastating effect on my family.   He was our first Irish Catholic President.   But the words that resonate with me to this day... "Ask NOT what your Country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country.".... told the Liberals of the day to stand for themselves and contribute.... not look for Government to take care of you.

      The Vietnam War raged through my high school years, and ended during my sophomore year in college.... it made no sense to me.... trying to interfere with the affairs of that country under the pretense of stopping communism.   And the Civil Right movement was in full swing,  with the inherent injustice of institutionalized racism being challenged and dismantled.   President Nixon lied about burglarizing Democratic campaign records, and I was happy to see him resign his office.

      I was a stanch Liberal in those days.  Liberals were for change, and I believed that change was right.   In fact, I could not understand how anyone could be a conservative.  We grew our hair long, our music was radicalized and we railed against "the Establishment".

      I think we were right... and things started to change.

      The environment was cleaned up with sweeping legislation and rules on the way business was conducted.

      Affirmative Action changed the damages caused by years of racism and created opportunities for the advancement of minorities in education, business, and over quality of life.  It grabbed racism by the nose and forged situations that our culture would have taken decades to overcome.

      Ronald Reagan stared down Communism and this oppressive Leftist system of large autocratic government  collapsed under its own ineptitude.

      In my personal business, I found the freedom to sink or swim based upon my own competence and business acumen.  I demonstrated to myself that I could survive by my own wits and never looked to others to provide a safety net.

      But slowly, Democrats started to piss me off....   Jimmy Carter was incompetent,  Bill Clinton diddled with an intern, while his wife Hilary claimed he was the victim of "a vast right wing conspiracy".  For the first time since Nixon, I started to feel that I was being lied to by the President.  There was a disingenuous slime factor about the Clinton's that I feel to this day.   I was happy when George W. Bush invaded Iraq to rid the world of an Hitler figure in Saddam Hussein... and proud that America led the world in this effort.

      I had a profound dislike for Al Gore, Jr. His global warming, Nobel Prize winning hypothesis on Global Warming and his claim to have invented the Internet started to sway me to the opinion that Liberals had gone looney.   And John Kerry... please.... coming from Massachusetts, I had watched his manipulative and conniving career first hand.

      But when Barack Obama was first elected, there was a part of me that was elated.  We had elected an African American to the highest office in the land.  I'm not going to rant here against Obama.  The kindest thing that I can say is that the country is guilty of wishful thinking and rushed to elect a completely unprepared and unqualified candidate.   We listened to our hearts and not our heads.

      Which brings me to my present situation.

      Winston Churchill said, "If you are twenty and not a Liberal, you have no heart... and If you are forty and are not a Conservative, your have no head."

      While I still protect my unenrolled "Independent" political party designation, I now find myself frustrated that Democrats have abandoned the exaltation by John Kennedy, and call for an entitlement state with no budgetary controls.   Does that make me a Republican or a Conservative?

      I wish it didn't, but that's where I see myself landing these days.




      Sunday, October 12, 2014

      Ryan and Kim Got Married

      It was another  wedding spectacular last night as Ryan Nestor tied the knot with Kim Hause at a Crocker Park harborside ceremony conducted by Reverend for a Day, Tyler Gill.  Chad Raleigh played the acoustical background guitar.

      After the outdoor ceremony held in perfect weather, the party walked next door to the Boston Yacht Club, and the venue didn't disappoint with great food and a killer band.  Chad sat in for lead guitar a couple times and ripped the place apart with his tremendous musical ability.  I doubt that the staid old BYC has witnessed that type of rock talent much in its stately history.

      To this MOAM, the highlights were too numerous to mention, but I would have to say that it was one of the most enjoyable weddings that I have attended.  Ryan performed his Johnny B. Goode routine as well as ever, and the Dark and Stormies flowed like wine.

      Johnny B. Goode Performance

      It was nice to reconnect with many of  Ryan and Kim's friends who I have known since they were little kids.

      The day was the culmination of a weird and totally unpredictable path that calls to the fact that everything happens for a reason, and everything ultimately happens for the best.  It's not up to us to evaluate or question God's plan too closely.... better just to trust and try to enjoy the ride.

      Friday, October 10, 2014

      Ryan and Kim

      Ryan and Kim are getting married tomorrow, and their rehearsal party was at Maddies Sail Loft in Marblehead tonight.
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      Tomorrow the nuptials occur at Crocker Park, with a reception at the Boston Yacht Club.
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      I love them both, wish them the best, and hope to observe their happiness long into the future.

      Let them Eat Cake

      This faux water tank is located in Creston, CA and stands roughly 53' tall and contains a conventionally framed roof. 


      Not for nothing, but I vastly prefer the look of a modern communications facility rather than an old fashioned water tank.

      I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

      Sometimes I wish that all of the carriers would just shut down the service for a day.  Then with all of the whining and gnashing of teeth,  we would reverse those naysayers who want Broadband but not Broadband antennas.   Classic case of the entitlement generation wanting to  have your cake and eat it too.

      Tuesday, October 07, 2014

      Nanepashemet Blog Ranking

      There are over 150 million Blogs worldwide on the Internet.
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      Teads of the United Kingdom rates this pathetic Blog as 11,447 in the World, and 5,757 in the United States.
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      What the Hell do they know?
      ~
      As far as I'm concerned, we are Number 1... or at least in the Top Ten.

      Monday, October 06, 2014

      Whacky Martha


      ~

      Peeps...
      Those of you who know me best know that the MOAM sometimes makes mistakes.... sometimes forms the wrong judgement... misses the mark once in awhile.
      ~
      Course... not nearly as much as the rest of you.... but it happens nonetheless.
      ~
      So I appeal to you to set me straight in the unlikely event that I am wrong.  But I don't think I am.
      ~
      We have the democratic gubernatorial candidate, Martha Coakley, running ads stating that her brother had a breakdown, and after her parents died, took his own life because "he had no place to go."   And then she grimaces.
      ~
      I'm sorry, but my only conclusion is that there was no way he could ask his sister for help after their parents passed, ergo he committed suicide.    So where the hell was Martha?.... and what is her point?  That Government should have nurtured and guided her brother???  What was Martha's role?
      ~
      And how, in God's Green Earth, does Coakley think this will get our vote to make her Governor of Massachusetts????
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      So Peeps.... What the hell am I missing?   There must be something because this one just seems to be the wackiest Liberal political ad that I've seen in a long time.

      Sunday, October 05, 2014

      Get It Done

      Working on the Secret Project this Sunday morning, and then I promised Mike that I would help him pick up his hardwood flooring stock at Lumber Liquidators this afternoon.

      By the Patriots kickoff at 8:00 PM tonight, this MOAM will be a twisted mass of fatique but I'm looking forward to getting stuff done today.

      Friday, October 03, 2014

      Worx Shredder

       I've decided to mulch the crap out of any leaf that has the audacity to fall on my property this autumn.   Bought this WORX WG430 13 amp Electric Leaf Mulcher/Shredder to back me up.

      Baker gets the Nanepashemet Nod

       Peeps... this is a personal plea.  
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      In the name of all that is holy and decent in our lives, please don't cast your Massachusetts Governor vote for Martha Coakley.    Her judgement as Attorney General has been arbitrary and vindictive in my opinion and she has been in pathetic lockstep with Liberal positions.  No wonder the First Lady is cheering like a Pep Squad Sophomore.
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      If you think that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will benefit from her stewartship as our Governor, then don't take my word for it... ask Betty Anne Waters, Dorothy Rabinowitz, or Tim Cahill.    She trashes lives with impunity.  There is a meanness and viciousness here that should never be part of the leadership of a democratic administration.
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      My greatest fear is the bureaucrat who decides that checking a box or making a resume entry warrants destroying another person's life.   If I'm wrong about Martha, then I'm happy to be corrected... but there is a pattern here that I find hard to deny.
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      It would be different if we didn't have an alternative... but we do...a very good one.

      Charlie Baker is a businessman with a proven managerial record of success in both the public and private sectors.  I recommend that you vote for Charlie.

      OK... I'm  asking you to vote for Charlie.

      After all... He just received the Nanepashemet Nod.

      Boothbay Harbor

      Monday, September 29, 2014

      Typical Political Posturing

      I hope that Seth Moulton runs on the issues, and not the usual drivel to the Democrat Sheep that spews  that Republicans are bad people.   I've already heard him blame the shut down of the Federal Government on Republicans, which is pure Bullshit.  Obama was the one shutting down national parks selectively.... not his military golf course, and shutting down the White House tours while the Capital tours stayed open.    Obama's failure to compromise due to his stubbornness and inexperience contributed at least 50%, Seth.
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      I know you have to get elected, but I sure as Hell hope that you can raise the bar, and not be the typical pol catering to an unthinking and base emotional electorate.

      Saturday, September 27, 2014

      Not Negating the Nod

      The secret Project has been progressing nicely.... ahead of schedule actually.  And I've been losing weight lugging 80lb. bags of concrete mix in the process.... so it's all good.
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      But what is really bothering me in the meantime is the way Seth Moulton, who has garnered the Nanepashemet Nod in his bid for the 6th Massachusetts US Congressional seat, has been cozying up to Democrat Hacks in the District.   I had hoped for a more individualistic stance, but I see him being swept up by hard liners.
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      The latest was his Facebook poses with Elizabeth Warren, our Massachusetts US Senator who runs fast and loose with the truth and has no problem lying about her claim to be a Cherokee Indian...  Sorry but I just can't let this one go... it speaks to the core for her character.... to lie about being a minority.   Anything else that she says just lacks credibility knowing that she has no problem letting a whopper like this stay with her.
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      Seth..... she also endorsed a liar, Congressman Tierney, before turning to you and your successful campaign with sloppy seconds.

      I'm not Negating the Nod at this time, but I have to see some better judgement from you, Seth


      Wednesday, September 24, 2014

      Evidence and Balls

      So last night, I'm cruising along on Facebook.... you know.... the usual attempt to amuse and annoy.... in no particular order.
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      I post a thread about Vanna White from Wheel of Fortune, who after Sarah Palin, is one of my favorite Hotties.  Then, I comment on a thread that a FB Friend of mine put up about the Public Broadcasting System, and how disingenuous they can be.
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      It was an enjoyable way to pass a Tuesday evening.
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      In the past year, I have blocked two people on Facebook.  They both decided to get personal and make false accusations about me.... and life is too short to put up with that crap.... so I decided to use the option that Facebook has which is the ability to block any posts from them, and deny them access to yours.
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      No harm, no foul.... and no more aggravation.,,,, so it was a fine solution for me.
      ~
      Over the course of the year, I would notice that some posts from old friends had comments that seemed out of context, and I ascertained that one of the Blocked parties was in the discussion.  Who gives a shit... right?
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      But then, in the middle of the thread tonight,  I get a post that says I'm missing the good stuff, and that I should kiss and make up with one of my antagonists.    Fair enough.... I like the guy who made the suggestion, so I unblocked the former offending party.
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      Immediately his posts show up in the thread saying that he notices that I must be participating in the thread, because he can't see all of the entries and that it was funny that I blocked him, and that I was a "Blowhard" and a "Coward".
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      So I call him out and tell him that he was hurting my feelings.
      ~
      Let's face it Peeps.... he was dead on that I am a "Blowhard".....  but I'm no "Coward" and have plenty of life's lumps to back that up.
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      But everyone is entitled to their opinion.
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      He posts that he has shamed me to unblock him.... so I glibly reply that he should be careful, or that I would have to give him another "time out".

      I've known this guy since high school... never really gave him much thought.... most of my recollection is that he seemed to be a nice guy..... showed a weird mean streak once.... but everyone is an idiot in high school, so WTF.
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      So Guess what... the guy who calls me a "Coward" because I blocked him..... immediately Blocks me.   His posts in the thread disappear.
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       Damn....
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      You do the math, Peeps.  If that is his belief, then Logic would dictate that he now has to paste the label on himself.
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      In the years I've been on Facebook. I've never gotten personal......never called people names..... and I didn't tonight either.   Course you have to make the exception for public figures like Chief Spreading Bull, our despicable lying US Senator Liz Warren, but public figures are fair game.
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      Here I go again... being a "Blowhard".
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      But don't ever call me a "Coward", unless you have the Evidence and the Balls to back it up.


























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