Rally in Raleigh

I was going through pictures on my aging iPhone last week, trying to cut back to no more than two or three hundred of our two photogenic cats, when I happened upon this batch that I had taken late last year.  Mrs. Working Stiff and I had gone to Raleigh, NC, to visit my brother and sister-in law at their cool pad – a Boylan Heights bungalow.

We had a great time as always. One fun thing in particular that we did was to visit the North Carolina Museum of Art to see a temporary exhibit of beautiful classic cars.  I’m sorry that I’m just writing this a few weeks after the exhibit has ended, but it was really something to see and at least I have these pictures to share! read more

The Green Light Bar

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Wow how time flies! Part of me feels like we are “gearing up” for summer, though in fact here it is!  The Dog-Days are upon us and it is going to be in the mid-nineties today.  When I was a much younger Working Stiff growing up at the Jersey Shore, it was understood that the unofficial beginning of summer was Memorial Day weekend.  I guess that had to do with businesses opening up and rental rates increasing, but didn’t really make much sense, to me anyway, as a marker for the start of the summer season in part because the kids were still in school at that point.   Living in Cape May and working at a busy restaurant it always seemed to me that the season really kicked into gear with the Fourth of July weekend.  That’s when things really took off.  That was the point at which the Monday morning following any weekend was NOT substantially quieter. read more

Leprechauns in North Carolina – oh my!

Special Leprechaun entrance at The Hibernian in Raleigh.
Special Leprechaun entrance at The Hibernian in Raleigh.

Mrs. Working Stiff and I visited my brother and his wife at their cool pad in Raleigh, North Carolina this past weekend. It was a long drive south on Thursday and a slightly longer drive north on Sunday (thanks to a wrong turn on my part!)  Aside from the simple pleasure of visiting people dear to us, we went seeking an infusion of the elusive and ephemeral “holiday spirit”.  We did in fact have a liberal daily infusion of various spirits which may well have included some “holiday spirit”. read more