Penny Lane

A year ago, my housemate Sean Blanda and I had something of a mouse problem.

We weren’t exactly overrun with mice, but I had come across small ones in my kitchen and had our share of droppings.

Our friend was moving and couldn’t take her cat Penny Lane. We welcomed her, eradicated our mouse problem, had a little soldier for the occasional bug or fly and a very playful friend. One year later, she’s still cute and we haven’t had any signs of infestation since.

Other photos below.

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Tour Guide

 was walking through Old City with a friend and came upon my former co-workers at 76 Carriage Company, where I used to give historic tours summer 2007. Here is me with Brian (driver) and Tom (horse).

was walking through Old City with a friend and came upon my former co-workers at 76 Carriage Company, where I used to give historic tours summer 2007. Here is me with Brian (driver) and Tom Nick (horse).

Today I got my license to operate a horse and carraige on the historic streets of Old City, Philadelphia.

Wild Bison

In the beautiful South Dakota Custer State Park, I got my chance to happen by a herd of wild bison.

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Horse Riding

Riding outside West Fairmount Parks Belmont Stables, in early spring 2005

Riding outside West Fairmount Park's Belmont Stables, in early spring 2005

It took me to leave rural northwest New Jersey, where I grew up, and to go to Philadelphia, where I went to college, to saddle up and actually develop a small knowledge base about Western-style horse riding.

I cleaned stalls and helped out Ike Johnstone at Belmont Stables, an historic West Fairmount Park building where Johnstone hosts the Bill Picket Riding Academy, through which he teachs anti-violence and communication to North Philadelphia kids. In exchange, Johnstone taught me some rudimentary riding skills.

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