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August 2014

New (to me) Books

I was on vacation, and so I bought some books. Well, I bought about 28 books or so. Hey, most of them were used (and the new ones were from independent bookstores, so that's cool.. right?).

10 of those books cost me $2. Marisa and I went into Bull Moose Music and saw a bunch of mystery bags filled with themed books. I had to pick up a sci-fi and Star Trek bag because I'm me!


The Star Trek bag had:


If you'd like to buy them for yourself here are some links to Amazon:

And here's the sci-fi haul (which included a bonus Star Trek novel!):


I've read a few of these (noted with asterisks) still, $1:

And here's a picture of all the books I bought in my travels. I'm not going to bother linking to all these books because I'm a lazy, lazy man.


Vermont and Maine

Over the last two weeks I've been on vacation (hurrah for working at a University!). Since Marisa had some book events scheduled in Vermont and Maine she suggested I come along, and a vacation was born!

Sadly, over those two weeks I also had to finish the draft of my latest book (details, details). However, it worked out well since while Marisa was out being famous I could write, write, write (also, thanks to my trusty laptop I could write and edit while we were driving).

Our first stop was the Ben and Jerry's Factory tour:



I like this motto:



The Flavor Graveyard is where late lamented flavors go to die.



The spoils of the tour! Honestly, the tour was fun but it lasts about 15 minutes and you don't see much. But they do give you a free sample.

Then it was off to Montpellier to visit the Vermont State House:


Ethan Allen, famed for his fine furniture.


Lincoln. Our tour was lead by a Vermont State representative. Who knew?



Every governor gets his portrait on the wall of the State House. When this one of Howard Dean was unveiled it was dubbed "L.L. Dean":

L.L. Dean

Back to the Bed and Breakfast which was right on the water:


Then we scoped out Brunswick, ME and visited an indie bookstore:


And Bull Moose where I bought two mystery packages of books (one marked Sci-Fi and the other marked Star Trek) and got 10 books for $2:


Returned to the Bed and Breakfast. This place was great, and we had lovely conversations at breakfast. Two old ladies who have been friends for over 50 years have vacationed together here for the last 12 years. Crazy!


Our dinner views:



Lobster dip:


I could have gotten a lobster roll here, or two full lobsters but I opted for the lazy lobster tails. They were great:


I couldn't resist:


The next morning included delicious donuts from Frosty's:


Then it was off to Portland. As we drove to our hotel we passed this place:


I thought to myself, I wouldn't want to eat there! But Yelp told me that Three Buoys had a great lobster roll so we went there for lunch. Yelp was not wrong:

We went to Eventide Oyster Company for a much more upscale dinner:

The lobster roll was fine, but this ice cream sandwich was really good:


When in Portland you're super close to L.L. Bean's flagship store which is gigantic and open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We decided to check it out around 10pm:



I purchased both of these items.


I did not purchase this:

When in Portland you have to see a lighthouse. On our way to the lighthouse I had my first Tim Horton's doughnut. It was fine.

This is Fort Williams Park:









A great time was had by all, and I kind of want to move to a cove in Maine or anywhere in Vermont.

Podcast appearances

When you host your own podcast (Random Trek, you should listen!) a funny thing happens: people start inviting you onto their podcasts.

I suppose it makes sense, really. When I think about inviting someone onto Random Trek I skew towards people I know will be able to hold up a conversation, so having podcasting experience is a good thing. Now, some might say, "But, Scott, you've been on the Incomparable forever! Shouldn't people have invited you onto their podcasts based on that?"

No. Why not? Well, I don't talk a whole heck of a lot on most Incomparable episodes that I am on. So, as a host looking for potential guests I wouldn't consider me either based on those appearances.

Anyway, a couple of people have been foolish enough to invite me on their podcasts as of late:

The other funny thing about having a podcast is that people ASK to be on it. This is something that has never even occurred to me, to be honest. I listen to a fair number of podcasts and I don't think I've ever emailed/contacted the host and suggested I be on (well, other than Your Daily Lex, but that suggestion was a joke which came true. I'm on episode 3!).

I don't think there's anything wrong with it; it just isn't something I would do. Maybe I should be emailing people asking to be on their shows!