Author: capejohn

The Golden Globes

a star is born

I’m a big fan of going to the movies. There is nothing like the big screen, Dolby Sound and the general atmosphere of being in a theater. I have seen most of the nominees for this years Golden Globes and the following are my picks if I had a vote.

BEST MOTION PICTURE:   “A Star Is Born”.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” was a moderate 2nd place.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:    Lady Gaga  (“A Star Is Born”)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:       Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:   “Vice”  Although “Green Book” was a very close second.

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:  Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)  this is a crazy fun movie.

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy: Christian Bale (“Vice”). Bale did a spot on characterization of Cheney. 

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture: Emma Stone (“The Favourite”)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture:  Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”)

Best Motion Picture – Animated:    I’m not a fan of cartoon, monster or vampire movies. 

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language:  The only one I have seen is Roma. Because of that I can’t pick.

Best Director – Motion Picture:  I would be OK with a draw out of a hat for any one of them.  All were very well done movies.  But my vote is for Alfonso Cuaron.

Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”)
Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”)
Adam McKay (“Vice”)

 

On the TV side my picks are Jason Bateman, (Ozark),  Sandra Oh, (Killing Eve). Michael Douglas, (The Kominski Method), or Sasha Cohen (Who is America). The Alienist as the Best TV series.

 

New Year Day Fort to Fort Bike Ride

It’s going to be a nice day for a bike ride on Tuesday. 54 and sunny. Let’s do a bike ride.

Meet at Staples in Fairhaven at 9:30 for a 9:45 wheels up. Click Here for map. This is a 15.7 mile casual ride. CLICK HERE for the ride with GPS map.

Our first stop will be at Fort Phoenix to watch the polar plunge at 10 AM. We will then ride into New Bedford over the bridge on quiet back streets to the peninsula. We will ride along West Beach into Fort Taber.

Our return will be along East Beach and the Elevated Walkway before crossing back over the bridge and return to Staples on the Phoenix Bike Path.

It’s Winter. Finally

The winter solstice arrives tonight marking the beginning darkness and harsh weather. So what is the Winter Solstice exactly? It’s the day when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn (which means less light for us in the Northern Hemisphere).

Christian mythology is interwoven with contemporary observances of this holiday time. Parents can help their children develop an understanding of the multicultural and interfaith aspects of this holiday time and view “Christmas” as just another form of Solstice. Have gift exchanges and feasts over the course of several days and nights as was done of old. Party hearty on New Year’s Eve not just to welcome in the new calendar year, but also to welcome the new solar year.

As an added bonus, tomorrow is the full moon and we can also expect meteor showers the next few night. In short, everything is in line for a night bike ride. CLICK HERE for all the details. It’s tomorrow (Saturday ) night BTW.

Full Cold Moon Bike Ride

Hi Folks, 

I know we haven’t had a full moon ride in December yet.  I’ve been watching the weather predictions, and it looks like this year is going to be the one…  So with that in mind let’s celebrate the Winter Solstice (a day late) and the Full Cold Moon for our first “annual” December Moonlight Ride. 

There will be a Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Saturday 12/22/18, with two start locations.

The early start will meet at the Fort Hill Parking Lot in East Providence for a 3 PM wheels up. We will ride to Warren to meet the others and ride back to Providence finishing around 5:30 PM. The Warren group will then return to their start point and finish about an hour later.

Date: Saturday 12/22/18. 
Location:  EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade. 
Time: 
Arrive: 3:45PM 
Departure: 4:00PM promptly 
Sunset: 4:18PM
Moonrise:  4:29PM
Moon Name:  Full Cold Moon.
Distance is flexible. 

As the moon rise is shortly after sunset  it should be a perfect night for moonlight riding. 

As always rain cancels the ride. 
So does snow, sleet, nor’easters and sub zero temperatures. 
With that said I don’t expect any of that to occur on the 22nd. 

We will ride toward Providence till we decide to turn around. 
Turn around point will probably be India Point Park unless we decide to turn around sooner (or later). 
That’s around 20 or 22 miles round trip.
Other routes are also possible. 

Bikes should have adequate lighting. 
If you have a second headlight as a backup that might come in handy if the first one goes out. 
Bring water, snacks, cameras and anything else you might want or need. 
Helmets are highly recommended. 

Take note that it is cooler after sunset and dress accordingly (it is winter). 
If you have “booties” this might be a good time to take them out. 
If you don’t have “booties” this might be a good time to consider getting some. 

Happy Trails, 

Paul

Foggy Morning Commute

Foggy mornings on the waterfront remind me of so many old movies. Today was a pretty nice ride with the temp hovering around 45 F. The temperature of the bay waters is still in the mid fifties.  When they clash,  Fog.

Waiting for the bridge to open


At 8:30 the bell ringers gather at the office to get their assignments before loading into the van.

Saturday Night Full Moon Ride in Providence, R.I.

Pit stop in Barrington R.I.

I was bragging that six of us from Fairhaven would show for this brisk full moon ride. Two cancelled and one I never heard from.  We set a time to meet to caravan to Providence, R.I.  Only two of us showed up at the designated spot but just as we were about to leave, a couple with a tandem bike showed.  We had to make a stop on the way to pick up our fifth.

Our crew gathered in East Providence and as we were preparing for the nine mile ride to Warren, R.I. at 4:30 PM, Dave asked, “should I put on my booties”. I replied, “fercryinoutloud, it’s almost 50 degrees.”

Some, like me, want to start and finish earlier.  We start in Providence, ride to Warren and return with the group to Providence.  The Warren group then ride the ten miles or so back to Warren. Usually when it’s quite a bit colder.

We had one incident.  I was riding with the tandem couple and as we crossed a wooden bridge into Barrington, R.I. an older rider coming at us, moved into our lane. We all stopped, but when the tandem couple moved to the left, he blocked their way again.  He did this to complain that their headlamp was too bright and blinded him.   I saw through his rouse and laid into him. 
“You went through all that just to berate them for their light”?

“The light is too bright” he responded.

From me he got, “your and asshole” And we rode off.

Every once in a while we run into the self imposed bike police who feel compelled to make a fuss.  I kind of enjoy giving them something to fuss about.

As we were making our return ride to Providence, the temperature began to drop.  We were riding along the East Bay with a slight breeze in our face coming off the bay.  Everyone began to complain of having Popsicle toes. We had planned to ride into the city crossing the Washington Bridge, which was about a mile past the parking lot where we began.  Everyone decided to cut the ride short because of the toes.  Even Dave who had booties but did not have the sense to wear them fercryinoutloud.

Here are some photos


Full Moon Ride Tonight

A great night for a full moon ride

Caravan Leaving Fairhaven

We will form a caravan at the Packie on Rt. 6 in East Fairhaven. It’s on the corner of Gillette Road.

We will leave around 4 PM for the drive to Providence for the early start ride to Warren R.I.   We will meet the others in Warren and ride to Providence.  For the return, we have two miles to the cars while the others will ride the 12 miles back to Warren. Our total will be around 22 miles.

For the rest of the ride story. https://amidnightrider.com/2018/11/23/full-moon-ride/

Full Moon Ride

Full Beaver Moon

There will be a Moonlight ride on the East Bay Bike Path on Saturday

Date: Saturday 11/24/18.
Location: EBBP off Rt 103 near Del’s Lemonade.
Time: Arrive: 5:45PM
Departure: 6:00PM promptly


Alternate Location:  Fort Hill Parking Lot in East Providence

Depart; 4:30 PM
We will ride the 10 miles to Del’s and return with the group to Providence.
This eliminates the late night ten mile ride back to Warren when it’s also colder.


Sunset: 4:18PM
Moon rise: 5:49PM
Distance is flexible.
As the moon rise is before our departure time it should be a perfect night for moonlight riding.
Rain cancels the ride.

We will ride toward Providence till we decide to turn around.
Turn around point will probably be India Point Park unless we decide to turn around sooner (or later).
That’s around 20 or 22 miles round trip.
Other routes are also possible.
Bikes should have adequate lighting.
If you have a second headlight as a backup that might come in handy if the first one goes out.
Bring water, snacks, cameras and anything else you might want or need.
Helmets are optional.
Take note that it is cooler after sunset and dress accordingly.