We've done several small vacations at Ocean Grove , a quiet little town just south of Asbury Park on the Jersey shore. Great beach, clean and well groomed sand with excellent lifeguard and beach operations staff. Plain boardwalk that's well maintained, with clean changing facilities and showers. Ocean Grove is particularly interesting as it started as a Methodist camp town. The original tent homes are still used and definitely worth a town committee tour. My wife loves checking these house tents out every time we go.
There are no bars, so Ocean Grove attracts more family oriented visitors. If you like your beach without rowdy, partying crowds check out Ocean Grove.
The shops are neat and Barbaric Bean on the smallish main drag does a fairly decent espresso.
For fantastic, fairly priced ice cream: Forgo the mess over at Nagles on Main and walk several blocks over to 48 Pitman to relish the superior product and service at Day's Ice Cream.
We made the trip to Pine Island, NY for METRA's NERRF 6 rocket festival on June 25-27, 2010.
Like last year it was oppressively hot. Thank god for EZ-Up tents, ice cold water and good company.
The kids and I were joined by my brother Dave and his wife Pattie, Friday and Saturday. Our friends the Walkowiaks came on Saturday.
|L-R Myself and brother Dave prepping Smoke|
|Smoke launching on KBA L2300-FAST!|
Level 3 Certification
Still chugging along with my Level 3 certification scratch-build rocket, Cerberus. My unique homebrew carbon fiber rocket design with outrigger engine pods. I plan to make major progress with this build in September 2010 and flying it at Red Glare 9.
Mixed Martial Arts
My MMA/Kick-boxing training at Tiger Schulman's in Hoboken proceeds well however I did pull my right calf muscle last month during training. Occurred when I was starting to execute a right roundhouse kick. My legs are pretty strong and I did stretch well before so who knows why it happened.
The calf was pretty swollen so saw an Orthopedic doctor. She said it was a partial pull but didn't seem like any ligament damage. So my kicking exrcises are keyed down until I see the Ortho later this month.
Been training twice a week with 9 PM core courses and one adv kick boxing class. Currently a high-white belt with a secondary stripe. I feel much stronger and look a lot fitter than when I started 8 months ago. Go me!
Our sensei, Kat Diaz is competing this September in a pro MMA tournament at the Capitale on Bowery St. It will be the first MMA pro event I attend and my wife will be coming with me. Buddy Jeff and some other friends at class will be there.
I finished reading Windup Girl. It was...exquisite. As one reviewer mentions, it's similar to Neuromancer but without computers..I really hope Bacigalupi offers us more of this world.
What's funny is the cover art put me off when I initially saw it--the picture of the elephant and bazaar background...just ew....
To-read list: Amazon just delivered my copies of William's Machinery of Light the third and final book in the Autumn Rain trilogy. This one looks to be the best of the three. Also got River of Gods, the first book I'll be reading by McDonald.
Some great science fiction discussion can be found here at SFF World Forums