Piney Point

Last Night in Piney Point

by carbonboy on December 28, 2016

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Mission of this trip: move the shop tools, equipment and exotic materials to California in a shipping Pod, secure the house for the winter, and transport my little Ford Focus to the West Coast. No holiday cheer for me. Loading the Pod went faster than planned (I had some help). The house is clean and […]


The (very old) Sea-Fruit Oyster House

by carbonboy on October 18, 2016

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Fins + Claws is a curiosity here on St. George Island. It once was the Sea-Fruit Oyster House and is one of the last oyster shucking houses left in Southern Maryland. It was converted to an indoor/outdoor facility to host any kind of party you can imagine. Although this visit I must say that Captain […]


A Weekend Home in St. Mary’s County

by carbonboy on October 17, 2016

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October is my favorite month in Maryland, mostly because it finally cools off a bit. I had to take care of a few mundane tasks: clean the pine needles out of the rain gutters, endure an annual checkup and get my driver’s license renewed. By chance I was back for St. Mary’s Annual Oyster Festival. […]


An Uneventful Day

by carbonboy on June 24, 2016

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Oh, except two trillion dollars vaporized from folks investments because of Xenophobic old white Brits – but that’s OK because Donny Trump and Ronny Paul say it’s a good thing. People died and lost their homes in West Virginia from flooding, and people died and lost their homes in California from wild fires. But climate […]


A Walk Down Lighthouse Road

by carbonboy on May 24, 2016

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Finally the rain has stopped and summer has arrived. A walk to the lighthouse seemed in order. It was wonderful! Sumner begins in full force this weekend. I’m becoming somewhat immune to the humidity that follows.


Ready to Fly my Phantom 4 – Not!

by carbonboy on May 22, 2016

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I bought my home back in 2002 when I joined NAVAIR in to help rescue the V-22 Osprey from cancellation due to its horrific record of safety. It survived, and seems to be doing well. The first thing I was hoping to do this week was fly my Phantom 4 from the tip of St. […]


Infinity Ranch on Piney Point Road

by carbonboy on May 21, 2016

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Every late spring a rolling blanket of yellow “weeds” engulfs these two horse pastures. The folks at the ranch mow them down after they bloom, and the grass then thrives for the horses for the entire summer. I think there’s a lesson in that, but not sure what it is.


At Peace on My Porch

by carbonboy on March 27, 2016

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I wish you could hear the sound of the Piney Point Frogs (the bullfrogs are still adolescents). I wish you could hear the wind and the waves of the mighty Potomac River as the waters enter the Chesapeake Bay. If only one concept of the message of Christ could be adopted by all of humankind: […]


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Funny how the first sunny 60° day in February feels just so, so glorious, but then the first 60° day in September feels like it’s just plain chilly!


Déjà vu – Thinking Back to President’s Day 2003

by carbonboy on February 15, 2016

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View from my Backyard Today President’s Day 2003 I (foolishly) opted to drive from Maryland to Connecticut via I-95, as the worst blizzard of the season tracked behind me. I made it only by following the fresh tracks of a big truck for a few hundred miles. When I got through New York City, things […]


Winter Storm Jonas – Meh

by carbonboy on January 24, 2016

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I think that it is stupid to give winter storms a name, and likely a creation of the media to somehow cash in. Here in Piney Point the warm waters of the Chesapeake made this no major event – a foot of heavy snow. The biggest inconvenience was the crappy job the guy we pay […]


An Afternoon on Solomon’s Island

by carbonboy on November 7, 2015

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I’m guessing we had our last Indian summer day, as the temperatures reached the low 80’s, but a stiff bay breeze made it the type of day that you wanted not to end. I just had to get out of my office cave to maintain my sanity, as in an early morning meeting with my […]


Spared Again

by carbonboy on October 3, 2015

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My home in Potomac Beach experienced the highest tide since Hurricane Isabel. Oddly as we were preparing for a historic rain event, all we got (so far) is really high tides and nasty winds. It may not rain at all. Meanwhile the Carolinas have not done as well – with an onshore system sucking moisture […]


Four Decades of Keys

by carbonboy on September 26, 2015

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About twelve years ago, when I first brought my house, for some reason, I put a padlock on the master switch below the electric meter outside. I thought it odd that such a switch should be there, allowing anyone to simply switch it off. Perhaps I was thinking if someone was going to break in […]


My Tiny Yacht

by carbonboy on September 6, 2015

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What Fassbinder film is it? The one-armed man walks into a flower shop and says “What flower expresses days go by, and they just keep going by, endlessly pulling you into the future. Days go by endlessly, endlessly pulling you into the future. And the florist says “White Lily”. – Laurie Anderson So today, my […]


St. George Island and the PGA’s Whistling Straits

by carbonboy on August 15, 2015

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Yup – too much belly, even for a old fart – but it is going down – 25 miles a few times a week will do it! Boy, I needed a day off. In spite of past gloating, working from home can suck the life from you in ways that are unfathomable from working at […]


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M&Ms While Working a 12-Hour Nightshift at Bombardier in Santiago de Querétaro I’m working from my home this summer, and I must say it would be difficult to return to a “regular” job. Most people, of course, don’t have that option, and it is certainly not for everyone. My situation may well be short-lived, but I sure […]


Return of the Cast Iron Skillet

by carbonboy on July 10, 2015

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Pan Fried White Perch Now that I am home for the summer (and lovin’ it) I have the luxury of avoiding restaurants, except for an occasional Sunday Brunch at the Ruddy Duck just down Piney Point Road (think raw oyster bar & Bloody Marys). But mostly I eat at home, and as mundane as that […]


Saint George Creek

by carbonboy on July 3, 2015

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Clearly the best benefit of kayaking is the consequence of having no choice but to develop upper body strength. Fishing has it merits as well, but I get bored quickly. So I paddle to remote locations with my GoPro and newly waterproofed Canon S110. I miss all the great shots of ospreys defending their nests […]


Red Weather

by carbonboy on June 21, 2015

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One Nasty Storm Cell in the Direct Path of Piney Point One of the most helpful apps that I have on my iPhone/iPad is the NOAA Hi-Def Radar App. It uses Google Maps and allows for any number of overlays with the (most important) base radar as the default. While working in the Midwest I […]