I have been viewing campfires lately, and I notice many beautiful ember patterns, especially when the campfire starts to die down. I love camping, and campfires, and go to many places on my own. Sometimes one or two of my children, and admittedly, they are not children anymore, but sometimes they come and we discuss all sorts of things over those embers. Other times, my wife will hide her hatred of camping and make a trip. Mostly, however, it is me by myself. That is just fine. I never go on specific days, but generally meld into my schedule. On the last trip, I took the day trip to Nantucket and got to explore an island. i had never been on an island before. There was a twenty dollar tour bus, and that took about an hour and one half, but there was a limited amount of places to see. Some country musician’s houses, people that I had never heard of, and there was the whaling museum. I have grown so spoiled with our local museums that i never realized how developed they were in comparison to other locales. It inspired me to work harder to bring a print museum in honor of Lowell’s printing industry, and a combined education/religion museum to Lowell. I will probably never get there but I just learned that the City Council had just ordered downtown streets to be two-way, something I asked for because Ipswich had them over fifteen years ago.
Maybe there is room for additional museums, nothing fancy but filled with history.
The television show is getting better. Nerves are not as noticeable now, and we get many impressive business people from downtown and other parts of Lowell. Last week we had our candidate for State Representative, Brian Donovan, and representatives from K Pharmacy in Cupples Square. They were interesting. If you want to be on, give me a call. I can be reached at 978-453-5932. I am trying to get David Ouellette who is also running for State Representative, and Rathy Mom who is doing the same. Let them know, will you?
My brother, Charlie, was in town for awhile and came up with a great television idea, the “You Cannot Get There from Here,” show. He found that it was difficult to get from one point to another in town because of fast highways like the Thorndike/Dutton Street interchange. I have no idea how the new two way streets will affect that effort, but it sounds like an interesting show, particularly if you are hampered with a cane, like I am now. What kind of effort does it take to get from one point to another if you are just slow of step, or if you are handicapped?
I do not hear much from this City Council. I would like to have Mayor Rodney Elliot on the show talking about changes to the city, both at the city and school level. I would also like Dr. Jean Franco on in her role as Superintendent of Schools. Time will tell, as they say. But, I would really like to have City Manager Kevin Murphy on, talking about all of his ideas for the city. That would be interesting.
I am pleased to see an increased police presence in the city. I find officers in cars, on motorcyles, in boats, on bikes, and even on Segways. I had a chance to run into my good friend, Timothy Golden on a Segway. That was a trip, let me tell you.
Speaking of trips, how did John Delahunt, former public servant, pick up three of the farms that will be growing marijuana for cancer patients. Three areas out of five is quite a find. I have no interest in the stuff, and that is true. I am the only person I know of from my generation who can honestly say he never used the stuff. Believe me or don’t, I do not care. It is the truth. My drug of choice when I was young was beer. Now, I stay away from that too and have for the past fifteen years. Speaking of drugs of choice, what is going on with the Red Sox? They go from World Champions to in the proverbial toilet in one year. Jon Lester deserved better treatment. The other four probably did too.
That is it for today. Hopefully, the two way streets will be a success, the Mayor will come on the show, which airs on Monday at 9:30AM and Wednesday at 7PM, and the Red Sox will have a better year next year.

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