The Thinker in The Gates of Hell at the Musée Rodin Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France -  Le penseur de la Porte de l'Enfer (musée Rodin)

The Thinker in The Gates of Hell at the Musée Rodin
Jean-Pierre Dalbéra from Paris, France -
Le penseur de la Porte de l'Enfer (musée Rodin)

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Milestones come hurtling past.
One friend texts with photos of her 8-hour old child.
Another phones with a just-diagnosed terrible illness as he boards a medivac which will take him, wife, a nurse, and two drivers, from Florida to Boston.

Milestones interspersed with routine.
Meal-planning for the next few days and upcoming events.
Listing phone calls we need to make.

The clock ticking.
The calendar page turning.
And us asking, What is this about?

No one answers so we make our own judgments,
Continuing with our routines,
Responding to milestones hurtling past.

A lovely day in the high forties and into the fifties under sunny skies.  Tick Tock. In clock language:   Enjoy today.

A lovely day in the high forties and into the fifties under sunny skies.

Tick Tock.
In clock language:

Enjoy today.

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Postings Count, Weather Brief, and Dinner

Thursday, March 28, 2019

My 356th consecutive posting, committed to 5,000.
After 356 posts we’re at the 7.12% mark of my commitment, the commitment a different way of marking the passage of time.

Time is 12.01am.

On Thursday Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 52* with a feels-like temperature of 46* under mainly sunny skies.

Dinner of London Broil, Slow-roasted then Seared/Broiled.

So good.

So good.

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Question of the Day:

What is the Northeast Kingdom?

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Love your notes.
Contact me at existentialautotrip@hotmail.com

This from Gary Kilzer:

Dom,

Loved the parrot joke.
Made me laugh out loud or LOL as they say these days!
Also the sunset comments.

Web Meister responds: Thanks, Gary.

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Chuckle of the Day

The mathematician who was so averse to negative numbers he’d stop at nothing to avoid them.

Euclid (holding calipers), Greek mathematician, known as the "Father of Geometry"

Euclid (holding calipers), Greek mathematician, known as the "Father of Geometry"

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Answer to the Question of the Day:
What is the Northeast Kingdom?

The Northeast Kingdom is the northeast corner of the U.S. state of Vermont, comprising Essex, Orleans and Caledonia counties and having a population at the 2010 census of 64,764.

Panoramic view of Willoughby Notch and Mount Pisgah Patmac13 - Own work

Panoramic view of Willoughby Notch and Mount Pisgah
Patmac13 - Own work

In Vermont, the written term "NEK" is often used.

The term "Northeast Kingdom" is attributed to George D. Aiken, former Governor of Vermont and a U.S. senator, who first used the term in a 1949 speech.
The area is often referred to by Vermonters simply as "The Kingdom."

Because of its three-county extent, it includes several "gateway" towns: at the southeastern corner, St. Johnsbury, just a few miles from the New Hampshire border; to the north, Newport and Derby, close to the Canada–US border; and to the southwest, Hardwick and Danville.

Interstate 91, Interstate 93, U.S. Route 5, and U.S. Route 2 are the main roads that connect travelers to the Northeast Kingdom.

The Northeast Kingdom is bordered on the east by the Connecticut River and on the west by the Green Mountains.
The highest point is Jay Peak, a summit on the main ridge of the Green Mountains, at 3,858 feet (1,176 m).
The highest point outside of the Green Mountains is East Mountain in East Haven, with a summit elevation of 3,439 feet (1,048 m).

The Kingdom encompasses 55 towns and gores, with a land area of 2,027 square miles (5,250 km2), about 21% of the state of Vermont.
The city of Newport is the only incorporated city in the tri-county area.
The largest municipalities in the Northeast Kingdom are the towns of St. Johnsbury (population 7,603), Lyndon (5,981), and Derby (4,621), and the city of Newport (4,589).

As of 1997, 80% of the Northeast Kingdom was covered by forest; 59% was northern hardwood, 29% spruce or fir.

Burke Mountain is a mountain located in the "Northeast Kingdom" of Vermont. The bulk of the mountain is in Caledonia County, but its southeast side is in Essex County. It is flanked to the east by Umpire Mountain.  Burke Mountain, Vermont Patrick McCaffrey - Patrick McCaffrey

Burke Mountain is a mountain located in the "Northeast Kingdom" of Vermont. The bulk of the mountain is in Caledonia County, but its southeast side is in Essex County. It is flanked to the east by Umpire Mountain.

Burke Mountain, Vermont
Patrick McCaffrey - Patrick McCaffrey

The Northeast Kingdom has been listed in the North American and international editions of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, the New York Times best-selling book by Patricia Schultz. In 2006, the National Geographic Society named the Northeast Kingdom as the most desirable place to visit in the country and the ninth most desirable place to visit in the world.

I bought a Congrats card. And a sympathy card.

I bought a Congrats card.
And a sympathy card.

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Good Morning on this Thursday, the Twenty-Eighth Day of March.

Today we talked about bringing meaning into our lives.
About the weather, calendar, and a steak dinner.
We posted a note from Gary K.
And we posted a joke and talked about the Northeast Kingdom.
 
And now? Gotta go.

Che vuoi? Le pocketbook?

See you soon.

Your Love