Saturday, April 12, 2014

John's Short Visit to Annapolis, Naval Academy, Docks

Tom and John at the Annapolis Docks
Our friend John came down from NYC specifically for the Annapolis Book Festival, and before he left on Sunday, April 6, we had a few hours to quickly tour him around Annapolis
 
John taking a pic of the Severn River and Tom in sunglasses

    So, we walked by the State House, took him down Antique row (we call it that), and took him in and out of some of the quaint shops on one of the main streets.
SUNNY BUT CHILLY - 
A dock pic
   We did manage to sit outside and have a sandwich, although it was in the 50s with a wind whipping off the Severn River that made it feel like it was in the low 40s. But, we toughed it out. The sky was blue and the sun was shining so it made it mentally easier to be outside.
Tom, Rob and John squint when the sun came out!
  We concluded his quick tour with a walk through the U.S. Naval Academy. What an amazing place, filled with great buildings and a great cathedral and campus. Not to mention thousands of hunky Navy guys walking around in their dress black uniforms and white hats. :)

JOHN PAUL "QUINCY" JONES - We took John to see the tomb of John Paul Jones and asked if he knew who John Paul Jones was. John said jokingly  "I don't know John Paul Quincy Jones" (Quincy Jones is a record producer) - so he found out when we went into his marble tomb that he was was a Scottish sailor and the United States' first well-known naval fighter in the American Revolution. Although he made enemies among America's political elites, his actions in British waters during the Revolution earned him an international reputation which persists to this day. As such he is sometimes referred to as the "Father of the United States Navy" (July 6, 1747 – July 18, 1792).   

WHAT IS THE NAVAL ACADEMY? -
Yellow daffodils greeted us at the entrance to the U.S. Naval Academy!
The United States Naval Academy, established in 1845, is the undergraduate college of our country’s naval service, the Naval Academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Naval Academy students are midshipmen on active duty in the U.S. Navy. They attend the Academy for four years, graduating with Bachelor of Science degrees and then commissioning as Ensigns in the Navy or Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps.
Naval Academy graduates serve at least five years in the Navy or Marine Corps

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14