Sunday Brunch at the Ruddy Duck

by carbonboy on December 17, 2017

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Winters in Piney Point can become rather dull, especially when one is on a budget, as I now am. Trips to DC or Annapolis are rare, and the waters of the Potomac are a bit chilly for any summer activities.

Piney Point has a mini-mart and a historic bar/pizza joint, the OCI Pub, which once was a hotel with a colorful past. Today, the crowd it attracts is, well, nobody I’d care to have a beer with.

Starters – Grilled Peppers, Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella, Beet and Couscous Salad with Deviled Eggs

The historic Oakwood Lodge was a hop away from my house, but was destroyed when Hurricane Isabel hit. Too damaged to repair, it was replaced with million-dollar waterfront condos. It was handy, but the food a bit too deep-fried local.

Essentials – A Grey Goose Bloody Mary (well two)

A bit to the South of Piney Point, one crosses a well maintained nautical passage to St. George Island. Aside from two churches, one very old graveyard and the Happyland Campground, there are only residences.

Local Fruit – Three Fresh Oyster Varieties Shucked by the Guy that Harvested Them 

The Rudy Duck sits on the site on the island where Evens Restaurant used to be. For decades it was a family hang-out with the same fried seafood platters loved dearly by the locals. It burned down in a spectacular fire and the lot sat vacant for some time.

The Main Event – Fresh Lump Crab Tacos with Roasted Chicken, Sweet Sausage, Savory Bacon & More 

Chuck Kimble, a local developer that build my house, brought the property and built the current restaurant with a small hotel with great hope to revitalize the area. It opened as Evans again but both the restaurant and hotel when bankrupt within a year.

Finish – Fresh Fruit and Pastry, Hot Black Coffee and a Bit of Bacon for Balance

Folks from Solomon’s Island, a far more robust tourist area, took over the property some years back and opened it as their sister site. The food is far more progressive, and they seem to be doing OK.


Sunday brunch is a really treat. They also have morning yoga, entertainment weekly, and nice varieties of seasonal craft beers. I wish them well! We need them here!

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St. George Island Homestead Restored

by carbonboy on December 17, 2017

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I took this first photo in October of 2009 when I was playing with HDR photography. I never quite mastered it. The house is a historic homestead, but I don’t know (or care to look up) its history.


In November of that year we had a tropical storm roll through, flooding most of the island. I thought at the time the house was doomed, and that it would be torn down and replaced by a mansion like its neighbors.


To my surprise someone raised the structure with a concrete foundation to a level above the flood line – as is now required for all new structures. Looks like they did a fair amount of restoration to the building as well. It is good to see someone had enough love for that old house to do so!

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The Evolution of Tech Hardware

by carbonboy on December 16, 2017

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I am embarrassed to admit that I have eight personal computers at the house (of which I use three). As of today, I am down to seven. The Sony desktop I sent off for recycling was built like a tank. No wonder they cost $3000 a pop back in the ‘90s!

Two remaining laptops and one desktop need to be analyzed for any data worth keeping, followed by removing/destroying their hard drives.


Fortunately, there appears to be a nationwide recycling effort, but one can only guess once any value is extracted what percent ends up in a landfill.

In the future mankind will not have this problem. Our computer/tablet/smartphone will be a little micro-chip implanted in our skull. Or more likely, whatever the next evolution of a microchip becomes (think nano).

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The Pitch Deck

by carbonboy on December 14, 2017

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I am spending the rest of the year revamping my pitch deck on affordable carbon fiber furniture.

Given VCs and Angels piss away billions on dumb-ass ideas, I figure I’d in time I’d find one that would fall for a smart one. I’m not holding my breath!

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La Rambla II

by carbonboy on December 13, 2017

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I’m thinking now that I am semi-retired, taking consulting gigs at whim – what is next? Street photographer seems noble.

Of course, becoming the IKEA of carbon fiber furniture is still the mission. But having fun should now be the (2nd) priority!

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La Rambla

by carbonboy on December 10, 2017

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A Funny Thing Happens to Solar Power when it Snows

by carbonboy on December 10, 2017

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Yesterday it was overcast and snowing all day – first time ever my solar panels produce zero energy. They were covered in three inches of wet snow, and I wasn’t about to climb up on the roof to remedy the condition.

Today it was sunny, but it took near all day for the snow to melt off the panels. Got a 10% return on the day anyway.

I am thinking it snows so little here, but what about in areas where it accumulates for days? Elon?

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Park Güell Revisited

by carbonboy on December 9, 2017

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I found a long lost hard drive tonight with the images where I captured my visit to Barcelona.

Lot’s of bad photos, but so many great memories.

Thanks Anthony! I can’t wait to return!

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Winter has Arrived in Piney Point

by carbonboy on December 8, 2017

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Oh crap!

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Autumns’ End

by carbonboy on December 7, 2017

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Pulled out my North Face winter coat today, but it was not really needed. A cold spell is heading to DC, but we will be back in the fifties for a brief time.

Really the only thing that annoys me is that the furnace runs more than I think is needed – but in terms of temperature it is smarter than me.

Amazing this time – innovative designs haunt my dreams! Thinking a trip to Vietnam is next.

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De-cluttering My Life

December 5, 2017
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More bling up for sale. What better a time to rid myself of it?

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20+ Years of Notes to Myself

December 3, 2017
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I like to get up each morning and jot a note to myself, relating my feelings, shortcomings, hopes and goals for the day. I have been doing it for twenty plus years (well really more than that). Being back home, I gathered these notes. Wow! Novel or screenplay? Artsy of course, hardly blockbuster.

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Three Layers of Comfort!

November 25, 2017
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Given I program the thermostat to set at 65 F at night, I added an old cotton blanket to sandwich between my 1000-count cotton sheets and a really old goose down comforter. What a surprising difference! Who would of thunk? My dreams are so much more vivid! Still sunny and high-fifties here in Piney Point […]

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The Magic of Mushrooms

November 19, 2017
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I have been back in Piney Point two months and two days since leaving California. I returned at the absolute best time of the year – but now winter is coming. Winter sucks! I may move to Florida to ride it out. More on that later. For the time, I decided to cut myself from […]

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Healthy Quasi-Asian Food

November 17, 2017
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So, I googled “Is Chinese food healthy” and basically the overwhelming hits were (for American Chinese) “no fucking way.” The crappy oil and high sodium content topped the list, with calories exceeding the worst junk food coming in third. But what if one used a healthy oil, Jasmine brown rice and organic chicken breast? Throw […]

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Morning Start

November 16, 2017
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Being home “free to do what I want, anytime I want” (thanks Tom Petty) would seem to conflict with the routine of a daily habit. But habits and discipline are essential elements of maintaining that freedom. So . . . My mornings start with a mug of strong black coffee, 15 grams of dark chocolate […]

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Decluttering My Life as an Aerospace Contractor

November 11, 2017
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I generally leave with 1 suitcase; come back a year later with 2! A nice mix of Nautica, Chaps, Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein off to Good Will for a 2017 tax write-off. Shoes and pants next!  

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Fighting the Cold Weather Blues – 1st HIIT Workout on the Stationary Bike

November 11, 2017
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  Tomorrow the Weight Bench! My attitude seems adjusted already, with a plan to clean the house!

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High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for Old Muscles

November 11, 2017
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High-intensity interval training (HIIT) improved age-related decline in muscle mitochondria. 4 minutes on a stationary bike – 3 minutes off – 4 repetitions – 3 times a week! I can do that AND throw in some weight training on the off days! Here’s a link to the article: goo.gl/CFb82g

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The Return of Winter

November 10, 2017
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  Oh, this is going to be tough – substituting a mild Southern California winter for a moderate one in Southern Maryland. I am not ready, but thankfully 10 days of mid-fifties sunny days lie ahead after this first winter blast from the artic. I so miss California!

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