A Busy Saturday

So yesterday we rolled out by 09:00 and hit our new breakfast spot the West Side Diner. It’s an old diner that’s been rehabilitated.


Should have seen it before this – plus there’s a big addition out back that houses more table space and the kitchen. Kudos to the owners – really nice job on this one.

By 10:30AM we had hit the first of the Saturday circuit called Market Basket in South Attleboro, MA. I seriously love that place. Everything you need and not too outrageously expensive. We tend to gravitate toward fresh fruit and vegetables, but the store also has the most rocking Sushi in the region and it’s in a supermarket, they do Nigiri and Maki though I’m sure special requests would be honored.

Back home to stash the comestibles in the fridge. And then off to out other haunt, Trader Joe’s in Warwick, RI. There the biggest item we get is fresh flowers. Started the practice about 36 months ago and I love the colorful array of flowers. It’s a small price to pay to make me happy I suppose.

The reason we had to do all this on a compressed schedule was because we were to attend a Book unveiling in Newport, RI. The author is a good friend of ours and so this was obligatory.

The book if you’re interested can be purchased on Amazon. It’s called Newport Knights and was written by H. Beth Loomis. 

At the event the author made a rather emotional speech – the book is really about the character she’s met ever since she opened a shop in Newport, RI but also about the history of the area. But she called up what she calls her Knights – and my guy was one. I’m just the genius.


From left half of the couple of John and Rico, Jim, unknown, Meghan, Liew, and Keyron.

The best part though got to meet the gay couple who owns a shop down the street from the author. They’re older but very interesting guys. Rico and John have been in Newport for 34 years. So I bet they can tell some tales. We’ll definitely talk to them again.

And it’s funny I’ve learned over time I get one of three reactions when I talk about what mankind is in for in the near and long future. Those reactions are serious interest, utter horror, or deer in the headlights. When I mentioned life extending technologies John fell into the horrified category. Because when everyone hears we might be good out to 150 years or so. I think it’s the automatic automatic assumption that it’ll be 150 years of decrepitude. But it won’t be.

Another character I met last night was a gentleman dressed as what his interpretation of Merlin would look like by the name of Jim. Apparently Jim knows EVERYBODY in Newport and to paraphrase speaks fluent five year old.

What I thought would be a somewhat moribund evening ended up being fun. And the book, 30 autographed copies were sold last night. Ended up leaving sometime near 11PM and finding out you can get to I-95 south via RI-4, but you come out much further down I-95 than you’d have thought damn it. So that ended up with me coming northbound on RI-4 not once but twice.

Aborted that particular mission at that point and came home. Had a really late dinner steak with biscuits and roasted zucchini/grape tomato. I am really digging Home Chef – the three meals we get from Home Chef are pretty much a highlight every week. For the $60 a week I can only say it’s pretty cool.

And I do hope my friends book gets optioned for screen play or movie someday. That would be cool.




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