Wednesday, November 24, 2010

No Boundaries International Art Colony on Bald Head Island


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Three Wilmington artists started an art colony on Bald Head Island a few years ago. Now the No Boundaries International Art Colony brings artists from around the world to Bald Head Island for two weeks of art and camaraderie with fellow artists. I was lucky enough to visit No Boundaries for the second consecutive year and to attend their closing gala and gallery show. I wrote a story about it here.




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Friday, November 19, 2010

DryCASE - A New Toy to Keep My Toys From Getting Wet

Two weeks ago I got my hands on an interesting product that’s going to help me take my Adventure Blogs for Bald Head Island to a new level – a DryCASE. DryCASE is a waterproof, vacuum-sealed, crystal-clear bag for electronic devices.

I know what you’re thinking, Great, but how’s that going to make his Adventure Blogs better?

Well, for starters, if I’m paddleboarding, surfing, kayaking or doing something where I may get wet, I can leave my camera in my Sea-to-Summit dry bag and use my phone, which shoots 5 mp (plenty for web-quality photos) to get some action shots and even video.

I wish I had one at the start of summer when I went paddleboarding for the first time. I was way too nervous to bring my camera, but with my phone in the DryCASE hanging around my neck, I could have taken some awesome first-person shots to let you see what paddleboarding is all about. It would've been awesome to have when I went sailing too.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Kitten in a Duffel

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Good art inspires and I was inspired by Kitten in a Snifter by one Chester Geyemyer. I call this piece Kitten in a Duffel.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Kitten in a Snifter

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Lauren and I were in Halifax County, North Carolina over the weekend and we saw this amazing piece of folk art in nearby Weldon. Entitled Kitten in a Snifter, this original artwork by Chester Geyemyer was captivating to say the least. We searched high and low for the companion piece Puppy in a Stein but didn't see it.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Best Pizza in New York.


Nino's Pizza on Eighth and Avenue A. Best pizza I've ever had. 

I'm Goin' Back In Time

In honor of the 25th anniversary of Back to the Future, I went on a History Tour of Bald Head Island with the Old Baldy Foundation. The Old Baldy Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of and education about Old Baldy Lighthouse. You can read about my time-traveling ways (on a golf cart that hit somewhere around 18 miles an hour and definitely did not generate anywhere near 1.21 gigawatts) on The Island Times, the official blog of Bald Head Island.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Liver Pudding? No Thanks, I'll Have the Cat Barf.

I'm an adventurous eater. Sure, I have my food hangups (I like to eat even numbers of things) and personal food rules (meat should not be cooked in a ball or loaf, sliced tomatoes are horrifying, olives are grody), but I won't let any of it get in my way of enjoying a good meal or expanding my palate. But I do have one exception. One thing I have cooked and eaten once that I will never eat again.


Liver Pudding.


Liver Pudding, or Liver Mush, as they call it in some parts of North Carolina, is a horrible, horrible foodstuff that smells like burning hair when you cook it and tastes even worse. It's a "sausage" made of liver, spices, head meat and a binder, usually cornmeal. It comes in wax-paper-wrapped bricks or long, sausage-style links, like kielbasa. Below is a picture of one of the long, sausage-style links. Once you see what it looks like I'm sure you'll steer clear too.


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