Saturday, August 22, 2009


I spent over an hour at Pittston's Tomato Festival yesterday. It rained early in the day, but by the time I got there it was really nice. There weren't any real surprises, just a very interesting time. It was a lot like the church's annual feasts. I still don't know very many people in this area so there weren't a lot of familiar faces. Uncle Frankie showed up so I ended up hanging around with him for a while. The only things I ended up eating were pizza & nuts. They have Italian, Greek, Eastern & Central European foods, beer & soda, all sorts of other ways of getting fat. As always I made my donation to the San Cataldo Society for a basket of cheer. There was a really good band. I was surprised to see that there was even a really nice fancy vehicle that was being raffled off for nothing. It's some kind of a promotional gimmick. Tomorrow's my nephew Michael's twenty first birthday. Time flies. It's also my friend Heather's birthday. We've never met in person. I only know her from sites like Facebook. She goes by the name Goosiegirl.

Friday, August 21, 2009


Uncle Frankie showed up for a while yesterday. Mary Anne called too. Sunday is Michael's twenty first birthday. It seems as if he were only born yesterday. I spent a while yesterday playing my guitar & reading "Don Quijote". Yesterday was the first day of Pittston's annual Tomato Festival. I made sure I went over at around 3:00 because I wasn't even the least bit sure of exactly when it was supposed to start. I parked on the street fairly close to the library & Domino's pizzeria on Broad Street. Unfortunately I was parked on a very steep part of the street & the main part of the festival is downhill & a few blocks away from there. It was an extemely hot day so I went nuts trying to get to the right place. Besides that, the woman at one of the stands said it wouldn't even start until 5:00 anyway. Instead of bothering to stay I left. I can go anytime between now & the weekend. This morning there was a bit of a summer shower. It felt especially nice.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Yesterday there was a torrential downpour during the middle of the day. Other counties got much worse than we did. With us it was more a case of twenty to thirty mile per hour winds. I read a lot of "Don Quijote" yesterday & practiced my guitar last night. Last night I went to O.L. Mt. Carmel. By the time I got ready to go the weather was much nicer. Ada, Lynn Marie, Jonathan & Neil were all there. It lasted an unusually long time, until around 9:00. Unfortunately there will only be one meeting next month because too many people will be unavailable. Before I pulled into the parking lot I made sure I got a full tank of gas next door to the church. It added up to exactly nineteen dollars. Today marks the beginning of this year's legendary Tomato Festival over in Pittston. When I went to the meeting last night, & Mass at St. John's this morning, I noticed that the neighborhood was all set up. The traffic on my way home on William Street this morning was an absolute nightmare but that was the only disadvantage.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009


Yesterday I read a lot more of "Don Quijote" & played my guitar for quite a while too. Pittston's tomato festival is just around the corner. It should turn out to be quite a very nice time this year too. Maybe this year I shall get some souvenirs. The only things I don't like about things like this are the traffic congestion & crowds. Tonight there will be yet another meeting at O.L. Mt. Carmel in Pittston. I should hope our ringleader will be available this time. She was forced to cancel the last one two weeks ago. So far the weather has most certainly been very nice for those of us who enjoy sweltering heat. I've heard there will soon be rain though. Today we wish happy birthday to Robin in Chicago. She's my cousin Leonard's daughter. It's also KrissyKrissyKrissy's wedding anniversary. She's my cousin Larry's daughter.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


The heat wave continues. I enjoy hot weather so I'm truly gloating quite a bit over it all. Uncle Frankie came over for a while yesterday. I spent a lot of time practicing my guitar & reading "Don Quijote". I've gotten up to the beginning of Part Two of "Don Quijote". Unfortunately my cough, from my annual hay fever attack, has been driving me crazy lately. My father & I went to Ashley to get our driver's license pictures at around 10:00 a.m. today. It only took slightly less than an hour to get it over with for us both. I took my picture without glasses this time. I was really happy I didn't need any extra paperwork or an eye test. Amazingly I looked very nice in this picture compared to others I've seen of me. On the way home we ended up having to stop at Burger King because my father needed food for his diabetes.

Monday, August 17, 2009


Lately there's been quite a significant heat wave around here. People always have their air conditioners on. It's allergy season too. I've been coughing incessantly these days. I went to the last night of St. John's annual bazaar on Saturday. I ate pizza & butter pecan ice cream & drank Pepsi. It's most certainly not the healthiest diet I know of. I made sure I entered a few contests but didn't end up winning anything this year. At St. Joseph's yesterday Fr. Marchetti announced the new Mass schedule that will start next month because of the school year. I've been practicing my guitar & reading "Don Quijote" a lot lately. Fran & Uncle Frankie came over for a while on Saturday to show us her new car. She got it over in Dixon City. We went to a local diner in Port Blanchard with them & Lisa yesterday for breakfast at 11:00. I ended up ordering a Sicilian scrambled egg breakfast with rye toast. Tomorrow my father & I both shall have to go to the Dept. of Motor Vehicles to get our pictures taken for our licenses. Both our birthdays are next month.