Perennially Overdue at my Public Library

Sheepishly I handed the book to the desk clerk. “It’s overdue,” I whispered. Mrs. Posillipo pushed the book back and forth across the scanner and flatly stated, “$1.70.” “But it’s 2 weeks late. And I got it a little wet.” She picked it back up and examined the exposed edges. “$1.70.” I handed over my single and some nickels and dimes and scuttled through the metal detectors and out the door of my public library.

Stacks at the public library

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Back to the Garden: A Visit to the Museum at Bethel Woods

@The Open Suitcase LLCGroovy.

It’s the adjective that kept rolling through my head as I toured the Museum at Bethel Woods. As in, “Man. Dig those go-go boots. They’re groovy.”

Unless you’ve lived under a dome, you’re familiar with Woodstock, the legendary music festival that took place in upstate New York in August 1969. Despite its name, the festival was not held in the town of Woodstock. And it wasn’t held in the original planned location of Wallkill after promoters lost that site one month before the concert. But sometimes happy accidents occur and Max Yasgur’s dairy farm in Bethel became the perfect setting for “The Woodstock Music and Art Fair – An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music”. How the improbable concert came together and its relevance to the turbulent climate in America are explored in colorful and entertaining displays in the museum.

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A Hearty Thank You…

…to everyone who participated in my recent giveaway. The winner, as chosen by Rafflecopter is…

Chris Mooney!  Chris happens to be one of my original “followers” (the good type, not the creepy kind as in the Kevin Bacon series) so it’s nice to see him recognized for his loyalty. The Super Bowl XLVIII baseball cap will hit the post in the next day or so, weather permitting.

Enjoy the upcoming holidays – got any interesting travel plans? I am putting some distance between me and Old Man Winter and, if California’s as pleasant as I recall, I may not return!

Need a Special Valentine’s Day Gift?

shutterstock_93777649IMG_1061There’s still time to enter my giveaway for this great commemorative Super Bowl XLVIII official volunteer cap. Requirements are minimal; click the link to a Rafflecopter giveaway
then select one or more of the entry options: like The Open Suitcase Facebook page, follow The Open Suitcase on Twitter, tweet about the giveaway or leave a blog post comment. Just be sure to go through the Rafflecopter link to officially enter. Good luck; the contest ends Monday night!

A Football Season Ends, But a Giveaway Begins!

I always get incredibly sad on Super Sunday because, as the pre-game shows drag on, I gradually come to grips with the realization that another season has ended and I won’t be getting my weekly football fix for another 6 months. Thank heavens we have an Olympics this year to help fill the void. I forget how much I enjoy speed skating until it returns to television.

My Saturday volunteer shift in Times Square was a wee bit busier than Wednesday night. The dense crowds shuffled down Broadway between exhibits like extras in The Walking Dead. But everyone was in a very festive mood, enjoying the day and the excitement leading up to the game.

This NYPD mounted patrol was the subject of many tourist photos. The officers kindly allowed little kids to pet their horses.

Win this great, commemorative Super Bowl cap!

Thank you for sharing the excitement of the past few weeks with me. As a thank you, I’m running a Rafflecopter giveaway. The prize? Part of my official NFL volunteer attire. Continue reading