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A Sunny Saturday in Northport

If you spend any time with me, you’ll know that I’m a Boston-boy through and through.  I love my Sox and Pats and B’s and C’s.  I think the world revolves around the Hub.  And, because of that, I tend to be a tortured soul since I live on Long Island.  I don’t tend to see what so great about New York or New Yorkers.  I’ve even gone so far as to generalize all of them as wimps because New York was the only colony out of thirteen that abstained from the vote for independence.  But, even I have to admit that life down here isn’t all bad.  I have met some great people – shocker, some of them are even native New Yorkers! – and been to some very cool place.  Northport, NY fits into that latter category.

I had always heard about little waterside town that can trace its farming and fishing roots back to the mid-1600’s from friends and colleagues.  It was supposed to be this quaint little town on the Long Island Sound that was a great place for a stroll on a summer weekend afternoon.  Up until recently, I had never had the chance to go.  I finally got around to it on Memorial Day weekend and can say that I really enjoyed it.  My wife and I packed up our twin girls and headed on up.  The town itself is only about a twenty-minute drive from our house, but there are no main roads that go there.  Perhaps that in and of itself is what has allowed Northport to maintain its rustic charm all these years.

We parked near the water and began to walk around – the harbor is right there and there’s a big grassy park area right near where all the boats come in and out.  It’s a perfect people-watching area.  We meandered through there, noting that it was one of the few places on Long Island that encouraged you to bring your dogs.  When we finished taking in the scenery, we walked down Main Street.  Shop after restaurant adorned the .  Nothing was a chain – everything seemed to be owner-operated.  We were lucky enough to find a swing set that our girls had a blast on.  After that, we took a walk deeper into town and found a great ice cream place called Lics.  Check out the write-up I did on EatingEverywhere.com about it.  We strolled back to the park with our ice cream in hand and proceeded to spend about an hour in a shaded, grassy area just enjoying our time together.

Overall, our day in Northport was probably one of the top five days we’ve had as a family so far.  I’m very much looking forward to going back and exploring more – some of those restaurants looked delicious!

Red Sox Rock O’s

Boston Red SoxSorry for the absence of new posts here. Between the holiday weekend and travelling for work earlier this week, I haven’t had a whole lot of time to post.

Fear not, however, as I have been keeping up with my beloved Red Sox and not-quite-as-beloved-but-still-loved Celtics. And yesterday was nothing short of enjoyable as the Red Sox whooped up on the Baltimore Orioles 11-0. Clay Bucholz made Red Sox history as he became the first pitcher in the franchise’s storied history to win nine-straight road starts (this win was also his fifth straight win). He made his place in Red Sox lore by spreading five hits over nine innings of shutout baseball, leading the team to a win. The win was also Bucholz’s eight of the season, putting him in a tie with Tampa Bay Ray David Price for the lead in the AL East.

The O’s, who now have a MLB-worst record of 15-40 lost this game after their manager, Dave Trembley, was fired. They will try for their 16th win of the season on Saturday at Camden Yards against Jon Lester (10-0 lifetime against the O’s) and the Boston Red Sox.

Clay Bucholz
Clay Bucholz
Photo: Boston Herald

Orioles awful in Samuel’s debut as manager – Baltimore Sun
About last night: Another gem for Buchholz – Boston Herald
Buchholz isn’t lacking – Boston Globe
Worth a million Buchs – Boston Herald

Magic Making a Series of It

Boston CelticsThe Orlando Magic have now taken two straight games – the latest a 113-92 drubbing – from the Boston Celtics. All of a sudden the previously assumed entrance of the 2009-10 Boston Celtics into the NBA Finals is not such a done deal. Boston fans are reeling after the Bruins major letdown after going up 3-0 in their playoff series…could the C’s be next?

Kevin Garnett not enjoying the view Wednesday night Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Kevin Garnett not enjoying the view Wednesday night
Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Eye-opener: Is now the time for the Celtics to panic? – USA Today
Magic stays in the hunt by beating Celtics, 113-92‎ – LA Times
2010 NBA playoffs: Boston Celtics lose Game 5, but retain confidence‎ – ESPN
Celtics’ Frontcourt and Momentum Are Shaken‎ – NY Times

Stay of Execution: Orlando Wins Game 4

Boston Celtics Dwight Howard scored 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds as the Orlando Magic got a stay of execution in Game 4 of the Easter Conference Championship.
Orlando Wins Game 4
Dwight Howard and teammates celebrate Game 4 win.
Photo courtesy of Reuters

Magic stave off elimination with Game 4 overtime win in Boston‎ – USA Today
Magic take Celtics to OT and on to Game 5‎ – The Associated Press
Suddenly in Boston, no lead appears safe‎ – Boston Globe
Celtics Run Out of Gas – Boston Herald
Still some Magic left, Orlando stops Celts – NY Daily News

Rondo Makes Top Plays of Weekend

Boston CelticsBoston Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo made the SportsCenter Top Plays Of The Weekend!

Check out the video here: Rajon Rondo Top Plays