This photo is dedicated to my daughter Kiah

This photo is dedicated to my daughter Kiah

OK, I’m home.  What an exciting time in La Guardia Airport yesterday.  I realize it’s an “indoors” experience, but thought you all might want to know.  If you decide to fly out of La Guardia, leave some extra time.  I arrived two hours early.  Good thing.  The security line snaked all around inside the building.  Behind the check-in, around by the Dunkin’ Donuts, all the way back around, wall-to-wall people snaked toward the TSA folks in their official uniforms so they could scrunch up their faces and study our identification and boarding passes. 

I said to the security guy (when finally we peered face-to-face):  “Busy day?” and he shook his head, No.  Not busy???  No, he said, when it’s busy the line goes way outside. 

Fortunately, hopefully, we all made our plane to wherever we were going.

Green chairs in park

Green chairs in park

I had another blog ready to write.  Honest.  All about the first day outdoors back in the beautiful Upper Peninsula!  The words were ready to spill themselves forth onto the computer.  But then I decided to scroll through the photos of the NYC trip, and really really wanted to post a handful more before wrapping up the trip and filing it in Memory’s folder.

Hope you don’t mind…  The photos insisted upon their rights.  They cajoled.  They begged.  And I finally succumbed to their snapshot pleadings…

What do you think of this awesome root statue?

What do you think of this awesome root statue?

I tried to post the following photo five times from Kiah’s computer.  It always appeared turned sideways or upside down, and it seemed impossible to re-arrange it.  It’s part of a statue down in Battery Park dedicated to the immigrants who settled in this country.  The statue is amazing!  I photographed little sections of it, as the individual faces and expressions seemed equally powerful as the larger statue.  Here is one, hopefully upright:

Prayer of the Immigrant

Prayer of the Immigrant

So the Internet refused to work last night after I returned home.  The Marquette Public Library announced brazenly that it closed at 6 p.m. on Friday nights.  Therefore, even though yesterday’s blog had been written early in the morning, a challenge existed how to post it.  I called Kiah and begged her assistance.  Would she please post?  She agreed.  Yesterday’s blog came to you courtesy of Kiah’s willingness to post.

What possibly could be wrong with the darned computer?  It looked like a discouraging weekend.  How to post blogs, how to get caught up on computer time, how to play Scrabble on Facebook with my son?  Oh the difficult questions of life.

Until we discovered a plain brown box next to the mail.  “What is this?” I asked Barry.  “Don’t know,” he replied, “it showed up in the door one day.”  I unwrapped it, and guess what it was?  A new Internet ethernet system, courtesy of the phone company (our Internet provider).  Apparently we’re blessed with an upgrade!  So we scrambled to figure out how to hook Wire A with Port B.  It still wouldn’t work.  But later, after sitting out on the deck (having my outdoor experience at 9:30 p.m.) we finally figured out why it might not be working. Success!!  Memorial Day weekend could now proceed smoothly, with Internet properly working.

Just look up.  and up.  and up.

Just look up. and up. and up.

And for you faithful readers who salivated so lovingly over the radish photo from the Green Market in…well, whatever part of the city we were in that afternoon…OK, you can view the asparagus photo.  Tonight we grilled whole asparagus on the grill.  It was yummy.  We even ate outside, although it wasn’t as warm as one might prefer.  But it IS Memorial Day weekend!  Maybe I’ll post more grilling photos as the weekend progresses.  Hurray!  Summer is here!  (yeah, right, maybe not in the Upper Peninsula…but it’s coming closer every day!)

Asparagus, anyone?

Asparagus, anyone?

Recipe for grilled asparagus:  Buy fresh asparagus.  Organic if possible.  Cut off tough bottom ends.  Drizzle well with virgin olive oil or brush with a pastry brush.  Heat grill.  Put asparagus on sideways (horizontally, not vertically.  Otherwise you’ll lose the asparagus in the bowels of the grill.)  Cook for 6-10 minutes.  Cook until crisp, el-dente, or cook until the asparagus melts in your mouth.  Use a knife and cut off a small portion to determine when the proper moment has arrived.  The asparagus will be tenderly browned and oh-so-good.

Promise.

Grilled Asparagus.  A culinary delight.

Grilled Asparagus. A culinary delight.

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