May. 17th, 2009

The Day

May. 17th, 2009 08:54 pm
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I'm just got home from the afternoon's benefit concert for P.V. O'Donnell in Glastonbury.

Very nice show, lot of different people. John Whelan on button accordion with Joe Heeran on guitar and Brian Conway on fiddle ended the evening, and then we got a bit of a session--three sets of tunes,maybe--in before we had to leave the place at six. Saw some Hartford people I've not seen in a good while, since the gasoline got so expensive after Katrina that I stopped going up for the Wednesday night session.

Didn't go to the pub belowstairs for the further session, as I was with my folks and they wanted to go--besides, I've stuff I need to work on.

Still, it was a good day--I only wish it hadn't been P.V.'s cancer bringing us out.

Mini Moke

May. 17th, 2009 09:59 pm
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Saw a Mini Moke in the parking lot at a Friendly's restaurant in Southbury, Connecticut this evening.

Tiny little thing, sort of like a jeep, except much smaller and with very low ground-clearance. My first thought on seeing it was actually "flatbed golf cart."

This is remarkable enough--I don't think I've ever seen one before, and certainly not in the US.

What's more remarkable, however, was the licence plate. Not the original 60s-style UK one, but the US one. It was a Pennsylvania historic vehicle plate.

For those who don't know the geography we're talking about here, I fed Bethelehem, Pennsylviania (right on the eastern (New Jersey) border) and Southbury into GoogleMaps. 165 miles (265 kilometres). I suppose you could do it without driving on the highways, but even then, the thought of driving that thing that far is scary.

Perhaps they brought it in a trailer, and haven't yet got new plates for it, but thought it was a nice day to take it out for a drive? I hope so.

I could kick myself, actually--I had the camera, and could have taken a picture. But I felt vaguely embarrassed taking a photo of somebody else's vehicle, even though I've probably even done it before, at least if you count the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile as somebody else's vehicle.


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