Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cadillac Mountain...

The storm was pretty tame here in Eastern Maine. There was some damage though.

This basketball hoop...

Used to live up here...

The heavy winds pushed it to here...

Yep, it landed right on the actors car and put a dent in it.

Since it was such a nice, clear, post storm day, we drove up to the top of Cadillac Mountain.

It was gorgeous.

Brad, Liz, Mel and I wandered awhile looking at the view.

We learned from Brad that the top of the mountain is the first part of North America that sees the sun on most days of the year.

We climbed down so we get could get some better vantage points.

It all looked great.

Afterward, we went to Rosalie's pizza. Brad posed for some photos while I was looking away.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Calm Before The Storm...

While we're not going to get hit with the heavy storm fallout, Maine is in preparation mode for Hurricane Irene.

The normally busy streets were pretty empty this afternoon.

Before coming in today we gassed up the car and bought lots of water.

Since it was so empty, there was no traffic and we got into town super fast.

I walked around and enjoyed the peacefulness of the town.

There is an island directly across from Bar Harbor that is only accessible when the tide is out.

Since the tide was out, I walked across the sandbar and visited the island for the first time.

This is the view of Bar Harbor from the banks of the other island. I used a new app to stitch together a panoramic photo. Click on it and it should be pretty big.

I walked up into the island and enjoyed the forestry of the island.

Storms a'comin everyone!
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011


We went to get lobster yesterday at Trenton's.

It was Laura's first time eating a whole lobster.

She was very excited.

Mel was a lobster eating veteran, but she was still creeped out by it.

I made a mistake and ordered a lobster that was too big and too expensive.

We had a lot of fun.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Bar Harbor...

In Maine.

Took a train to a plane to a car to a bus to a car to get here.

Here I am with my traveling buddy, Mel Evans.

She joined me on the "bus to the car" leg of my journey.

We got in Saturday afternoon, cleaned up then headed to the theater to watch the first set of shows.

They did a great job. After the first show, Mel and I headed back to the island to get some much needed rest. Since we've been traveling for 2 days we needed to catch up on some much needed sleep.

Here's how tired I was: We stopped off to grab some supplies so we would each have some food and drinks and bathing supplies. I left a whole case of Diet Coke setting in the parking lot! I had set it down so that I could put my other bags in the car and completely forgot it.

Once I realized I'd forgotten to put it in the car I drove back to retrieve it, but it was already gone.

Last night we did our first show. It was a lot of fun. Afterward, Laura, Mel and I took in some late night ice cream.

You can see, it was heart wrenching decision as to which flavors we were going to choose.

I went with the peanut butter iditarod. Look at how much peanut butter they put in.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Next leg...

I've been in Chicago since early, early Sunday morning. That day was spent mostly catching up on my sleep. I landed at 5:00am, which is midnight Hawaiian time. So, I was landing at the time that I was usually starting to get ready to go to bed.

Sunday night, I played with my team Deep Schwa. Monday, I caught up on more errands and did Armando at IO.

Most of the week has been spent running errands for the wedding and trying to get things set up for the new apartment.

I was very proactive regarding an apartment. In mid July, I found a place in East Lakeview off of Addison that was advertising a one bedroom that would be available Sept. 1st. I pounced on it.

This week I've spent quite a bit of time getting this set up so that when I get back to Chicago I'll be able to move right in. It'll be the first time in 3 1/2 years that I will have a home.

Right now, I'm sitting in the airport, waiting for my flight to Boston. I'll be in beantown one night before taking a bus to Bangor. From there, someone will pick me up and drive me the rest of the way to Bar Harbor.

I'm headed back to perform at ImprovAcadia for the first time in four years. Looking forward to it.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Leaving Hawaii...

Sitting on the plane, waiting to fly to Chicago.

Had a great meal and show with the cast last night where we gave her her birthday gifts. Phil picked out Batman underwear for the cast to give her.

This morning we had breakfast with our Laughtrack friends.

Jeannie had a giant hot chocolate.

Great contract. Great summer. We will miss Hawaii and all the friends we've made here!

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Friday, August 12, 2011


On Thursday, Jeannie and I took Bud on a full day of excursions.

We started off by tubing down the mountains of a sugar plantation.

We didn't take camera's so here's the closest we could get to showing you what it looked like.

We did the tubing at Kauai Backcountry Adventures. If you ever come here, I highly recommend you tube down the ditches. Jeannie thought it was the most fun excursion we have done in our entire 3 1/2 years of cruising.

From there we drove down to Poipu. We stopped in and got our last Puka Dog.

So good.

We went to the beach for a couple of hours and saw 3 enormous sea turtles swim to the shore. An old lady behind us came back to her family and assured them that it was a waste of time to go look at the turtles because. She said she took about 30 photos of the water before she realized she was taking pictures of a coconut floating in the water. "It's all a hoax," she said. "There's no sea turtles here, just a coconut on a rope."

I looked out at the water and saw that about 30 feet from the turtles, there was indeed a coconut bouncing around in the water.

Why she thought it was tied to a rope, I have no idea. Grouchy old lady completely missed the turtles and deprived her grandkids of seeing them. Bet that whole family is having a delightful vacation with that old bat.

After the beach we drove up to the North Shore to play miniature golf in a new course they built in a botanical garden.

The sun was setting and it was a beautiful evening.

It's a very gorgeous, Eco-friendly course. We even saw bullfrogs.

It was an epic game. Jeannie was 5 strokes back after 9 holes, but tied me for second place on the 16th hole. We were both one stroke back from Bud. On the last hole, Jeannie and Bud both caught bad breaks on the hole and I won the game. Here's Bud falling down laughing when Jeannie's ball hit the hole and bounced out, giving me the win.

It was a long, full day. A perfect day for our last full day on land in Hawaii.

Today we leave Kauai, do two shows and sail to Honolulu.

Tomorrow, we fly home.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Game Night...

Had our final "Game Night" with the cast on Monday evening.

Before the games began we had a couple of treats. First, I brought some poi for everyone to try.

They hadn't had any so I bought some in Maui since I figured it was the last time anyone would have chance to get some.

It was not a hit.

After the Poi, we were treated to the "is it just me" comedy stylings of Jeannie Cahill.

It was a much bigger hit than the poi.

I mailed all of my games back to Chicago so we instead played a game that we think Jen and Larrance or Deanna and Rance left behind.

Joe Latessa won and we gave him a standing ovation. It was the first time in his life that Joe has ever won a game. That's not an exaggeration. He has never won a game, ever.

It was a well deserved win. He stomped us.
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