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Suburban Archaeology, McQuades Marketplace, and Colonial Market


The following pics were taken Sunday mornng, January 22nd. This is the local independent grocer, McQuades Marketplace. Compared to Stop & Shop or Big Y, the interior is more human in scale. It’s tough to get lost in this supermarket. Architectually speaking, it is pretty boring on the outside.

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Back in the 20th Century, there used to be an IGA called Colonial Market in  Olde Mistick Village (It’s an ersatz old village next to the Mystic Aquarium. I’ve never figured out its popularity.) Its spot was taken over by a seafood restaurant named Go Fish. It is in the process of being remodeled before the upcoming tourist season and you can see evidence of the old Colonial Market.

 

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There might still be a Colonial Market in East Lyme, Conn.

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Roadgeek Photos from I-95


These were shot on I-95 North and I-195 East on 1/31/17 in Warwick, Cranston,and Providence RI.

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Rhody is working on their bridges. They fixed the overpasses between I-195 and the Eastern Shore Expressway. But these paintjobs on the steel strike me more as a covering up than an attempt to protect the steel from rusting.

CLARIFICATION. These aren’t the Eastern Shore Expressway overpasses. These are surface streets overpassing I-95.

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Groton Shoppers Mart – Slight Return


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I’d like to give a tip of the hat to Pleasant Family Shopping. It’s a blog with pics of old chain stores that inspired me to take this and the other pic of this sign back on MLK day.

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Old Style Connecticut License Plate


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They should bring these back, IMO.

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A Post About Baseball


That’s what this blog is supposed to be about. I played Strat o Matic last weekend. We had the game at home when I was growing up, but we didn’t play it much. The box gathered dust. What I did play was Earl Weaver Baseball. My youngest brother and I would play it on the computer in the den on winter nights. I mainly recall historical All-Star teams. I’d pick the Negro League stars and take the extra base. Cool Papa Bell made going from first to home on a single a routine play. Marty would choose the 60s stars. He had a love affair with Sandy Koufax’s curve ball. But I could tell when it was coming and usually walloped it.

One of the guys at the Russell Library had a set of various great teams along with the 1969 set. I chose the ’69 Padres, he went with the Expos. Clay Kirby would be in his seventies were he still alive. Unless he did it in an exhibtion game, he never hit a home run as a pro. Yesterday, he hit one while going 3 for 5 and blanking the ‘Spos 10-0. It was an unlikely outcome, but it was a fun morning driving to Middletwon, listening to some collge radio and playing against a fellow baseball nut. I may do it again. I’d prefer to play a deadball style game next. This time, I think small ball tactics would’ve been too much. Once I get the hang of things, though, I’d like to try to integrate strategery to the game. I think these SABR dudes get together every couple of months.

 

 

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U Can’t Touch This


I saw this sign on the way to work one morning. In case you haven’t figured it out, I have a thing for signage. I think that I learned to read on car rides when I was a kid.

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Main Street, Middletown, Conn.


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Like the rest of these, this is a photo I took recently with my phone. This was taken on January 21st, around 10 AM.

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