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Whales and Baby Whales at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Kate, Peter, Raven and I embarked from Provincetown on the Dolphin fleet whale watch boat piloted by the amazing Captain John to the waters of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary teeming with humpback whales, baby whales, and dolphins, all of which were feeding before sunset (the golden hour), a few days before the equinox, September 2019. This trip made me really feel how awesome it is we have protected parts of the ocean, a trend I hope will grow exponentially, big thank you to everybody whose work contributes to the noble cause of protecting the oceans, and our friends the whales therein.

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Mount Tom State Reservation, Holyoke, Mass.

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Seeing that we were already on a “recreational adventure” to the great state of (legal recreational marijuana) Massachusetts, we stopped for some natural highs at Mt. Tom State Reservation on the drive home to Connecticut. I remember night skiing, under the lights, when I was a youngin’.

The drive we took (yes, we were drive-hiking on this visit) thru the park just before the sun started to set, was filled with so much natural wonder and memorable scenery and greenery that even I, an avowed (and par-for-the-course, lazy) pothead, am compelled to write this 5 star review, if only so that more of my fellow nutmeggers may have the same experience.

The most strenuous climb was handled by the Prius, but the most scary climb was up the wooden observation tower, with views over seemingly the entire Western half of the state of Massachusetts. If it was still open, and winter, and I still had the gear, and the weather was perfect, it was conceivable that I could still ski down, I told my girlfriend.

And then we drove home thru (and with!) the trees.

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Laveta Terrace Stairs

Iconic rows of palm trees lead to the Laveta Terrace Stairs. There the sun burned dark crimson as it headed underground. The new office building being rented by Stormy Daniel’s lawyer gleamed in the orange, purple and red glow of the sunset turning to dusk. This is a hidden gem of Echo Park.

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Lighthouse Point Sunset

Lighthouse Point Sunset

Visited for the first time in October 2018 and was blown away. Lighthouse Point Park was an unbelievable Connecticut shoreline sunset spot. There are large rock formations that make the ideal perch to watch the sun dip down into the Sound. I would love to return for the full experience: the carousel was closed for the season and the beach was almost barren in the hauntingly beautiful autumnal glow, with only a local fisherman as our neighbor.

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Me Voy Enamorando

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Now that I am all set up above the dojo and officially a South Sider, when I reflect back on the hard week behind me, I’m just gonna remember the good stuff like taking in this last rooftop sunset… falling in love, etc.

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Superdawg Equinox

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On the equinox, Raven and I drove up to the drive-in and she had her first Superdawg. It was a beautiful Sunday evening, the start of spring.

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Afterwards we stopped at the last large newstand in the city, and browsed magazines. We worked up enough appetite to share fresh cut French fries and a milkshake at Susie’s on the way home.

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AMOR HIVERNADO

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Mi amor habla en silencio…
Al tiempo no le corta espacio…
Surge de dentro, y no se extingue
Como las llamas del zarzal…

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Con promesas hacia el cielo
Me traspasa tras de un velo
Que me lleva a un nuevo mar.

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En el mundo que tú reinas
Hay opiniones bien opuestas
Casi un enjambre de protestas
Que se mueven con dolor

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Visiones de un futuro
Percepciones de un ocaso
No hay triunfo ni fracaso
Cuando haces callar la voz

Sensaciones de hace años
Guardadas en los armarios
Momento que ya no son nada
Porque el tiempo los venció

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Mi amor obra en silencio
Como en sueños congelado
Eternamente acariciado
Por la mano de algún Dios

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La noche impregna el Alma
El viento aúlla en la ventana
De lejos oigo las campanas
Que resuenan con mi voz

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Y espero tus llamadas!
Yo siempre supe que ahí estabas
Mi amor es pleno de esperanzas
Que al hielo fundirán.

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Mano Derecha

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As Chef Alfonso’s right hand man, I started working the weekends as a dishwasher, and pushed harder for 5 Rabanitos social media content. We started listening to my mix of cumbia covers called, “Me Juegas,” every Saturday. Chef decided I would be more valuable as a server, and I integrated with the team on the floor.

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Raven and I started spending lots of days in each other’s company. I wanted to show her some of my favorites before I had to move. Together we hit up all the best spots in the old neighborhood for bites: Filipino style breakfast at Uncle Mike’s Place, Cuban medianoche sandwiches at Nini’s, Italian pan pizza at D’Amato’s Bakery, New Mexican chile sauced sopapillas at Flo.

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Piérdete En El Baile

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I found myself most at peace on the roof of my old Chicago apartment. It was from there, in the warm light of the sun, that I was able to relax and contemplate my future.

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I had no regret about leaving my job: my first management position wore me out and I needed to take a break. I was thinking more about my heart.

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One of the biggest motivating pushes for California was to change my energy… with the stress of my old job, apartment, and relationship already in my wake, I felt that motivation slipping away like a setting sun.

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Get Lucky

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Tom Skilling Forecast: Wet Wednesday, flurries mixed with light drizzle.

Door: The all-day rain (knock on wood – at least wasn’t snow!) meant that web orders more than doubled in-house to-go. Looking out of the front pastry windows, it was like Xoco was going through a car wash for much of today. Our hosts, Nayeli and Miguel, were warm and extra welcoming for our dine-in guests who braved those conditions.

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Service: Great day for service. Maria and I had an hour in the AM to go over training on ADP adjustments. We will have another pay period to review together before she is ready to take over. Tomorrow we will make a schedule together (which we will also get to do a second time) and put in the orders for to-go supplies (we will do this 4 times together!) Maria and I will be at the vision meeting (we have worked on the Xoco 2016 vision together with the chefs) tomorrow as well. With the slower pace, we went with a 6 person team (including hostess) in the AM, and again in the PM. One of those 6 was Guadalupe, on her first day on the floor she did a great job, not just with our customers and the sidework, but also I got about an hour of menu knowledge and testing with her and Giovanni tonight. They are both building on a great foundation of Xoco knowledge.

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Guests: 3 Chicago police officers, including Officer Dan (check out our Facebook photo together!) Linda Berg. Older guest, friend of Linda (they ate at separate times.) Regular commuter from NYC. Kyle Patterson.

Mood Scale: This afternoon, while I was training with Maria on ADP, a guest called the HC about his web order. He was ordering for pick-up, planning on reheating the dish (ahogada) for dinner. We showed him how to order the meat and onions on the side, so that they did not sit on the bread until dinner time, and gave directions for reheating all the items separately. The guest really appreciated the extra care and instructions!

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