A Day at the Jersey Shore

Took a mid week break yesterday and made a trip down to Jersey Shore yesterday. The weather was beautiful in the towns that I visited, that included Spring Lake, Sea Girt and Point Pleasant.

 

Washington Square Park on a Sunday

Another stop I made in Manhattan last Sunday was at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village. The park looked great on this nearly perfect summer day. Whenever I visit this park these days and can’t help but admire how much it has been been improved in last ten years or so. I’m old enough to remember what this park was like back to late 70’s and 80’s when it dirty and and dangerous and not a welcoming place.

Photo taken with iPhone SE

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The Liz Christy Garden – New York City

I made a trip in to New York this past Sunday, with stops a various spots in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Good trip, the weather was beautiful and the pace of the city seemed leisurely slow that day. Late in the afternoon I decided to take a load off my feet in the shaded Liz Christy Garden on the the corner of Houston and the Bowery. It is a small park, but it is a remarkably secluded island of calm surrounded by vast urban ocean.

I took the pictures below with my iPhone SE and modified them to the Tonality app.

 

 

 

The Budweiser Clydesdales visit Easton, PA on Heritage Day, July 9th, 2017

Another highlight of Heritage Day this year was a visit by the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales. The magnificent horses arrived in Centre Square at about 4;20 pm and they really captivated the crowd. The Clydesdales are well known for their size, but seeing them in person gives one a new appreciation for just how large and beautiful the legendary horses are. Each Clydesdale is between 1,800 and 2,300 pounds!!

After stopping in Centre Square for about 15 minutes the Clydesdales proceeded to head down the east end of Northampton St. toward the Northampton St. Bridge (the Free Bridge), which connects PA to NJ.

The Clydesdales then headed up Spring Garden St. returning to the point they started at….

Heritage Day in Easton, PA – July 9th, 2017

The Stage

Easton’s annual Heritage Day celebration, was held this past Sunday on July 9th. Easton, like every other town and city in the U.S.A. celebrates the 4th of July, but the big celebration of the American Independence in Easton occurs on Heritage Day, which is always held on the weekend following the Fourth of July. The highlight of Heritage Day is always the reenactment of the reading of the Declaration of Independence to the citizens the town square. Easton, Pennsylvania was one three cities where Declaration was read aloud to the citizens back in 1776. The other two cities were Philadelphia and Trenton, NJ.

Here is a video of the Declaration of Independence arriving in the Centre Square of downtown Easton. Fortunately, the weather was great last Sunday. I had my fingers crossed the the

And the Main Event…. the reading of the Declaration to the good citizens of Easton. The original reading took place on July 8th, 1776 at the courthouse that was at located in Centre Square. The courthouse is no there, but the stage is close to where the reading took place.

Pictures from in and around Centre Square on Heritage Day….

Thoughts on the 2017 NBA Championship and the Future of the Golden State Warriors

Well, I can honestly say the NBA Playoffs ended the way I thought they would end back at the beginning of the season. I wrote the following in my NBA pre-season blog post of 26 Oct 2016:

“I am tempted to really pick an underdog to take out the Warriors or the Cavaliers, but I simply can’t .

So,  barring major injuries, I think we will see yet another classic battle between Golden State and Cleveland. The addition of Kevin Durant to the Warriors will make Golden State too much for the Cavaliers and the rest of the league to handle. KD will finally get his first ring.

I was hardly alone in that prediction. Of course, a lot basketball analysts, writers and fans thought the Warriors with KD would  be unbeatable in the end, but it  was still highly entertaining to see Golden State actually live up to the high expectations, defeating a very formidable opponent in the Cavaliers.

With the Golden State Warriors winning another championship and 2 out of the of the last three Finals versus the Cleveland Cavaliers is it justifiable to state that a new dynasty has been born in the NBA? I think it may be a little premature to describe the Warriors as a dynasty, but I think it is likely that we will look back in a couple of years and describe this era as the Warriors dynasty. When you look back at NBA history and other great teams that have been described as dynasties they have all won at least three championships. So, right now I would say the Warriors are on the cusp of becoming a dynasty team , but I think they have to win at least one more championship to be put in that category.

Has Kevin Durant surpassed Lebron James?

Is LeBron James still the best player in the NBA or has there been a changing of the guard? Has the torch been passed? Has Kevin Durant now surpassed LeBron James with his brilliant performance in Finals? I can’t say that I think Durant has surpassed LBJ, but there is clearly not much separating the two superstars. Durant’s MVP award for the Finals was well deserved, but I think it is fair to say that he had the stronger supporting cast. What would have happened if LBJ and KD had switched teams? I think the Warriors would have won the series just as decisively, if not more so.

Can the Cleveland Cavaliers improve their team to regain the title next season?

Honestly, I don’t see how the Cav’s can make changes for next season that would ultimately result in a team that would be capable of defeating the Warriors, but it will very interesting to see what moves they make in the off-season. There has been some speculation that they might trade PF Kevin Love in order to bring in another elite player, but I think the only way that the Cav’s will have any hope of defeating the Warriors in a seven game series would be to add an elite player without giving up Love. If the Cav’s could add an elite swingman and bolster their bench with greater offensive threats than they have right now that could put them back in contention.

 

 

 

 

Hiking along the Delaware River

Here are some pictures I shot last weekend during a hike I made last weekend on the Delaware Canal State Park Towpath, which runs parallel to the Delaware River. Conveniently for me, the northern end of the Towpath starts in my home city of Easton, PA, at the Forks of the Delaware, where the Lehigh River meets the Delaware River.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


George M. Fattell.

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