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Where It’s All Heading? A Quick Little Post.

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A trail in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 

Last month, Mad Man On A Great Lake received 122 views.  That dos seems better than one but, for me, it’s kind of makes me think.   After all, this is supposed to be an outlet to self publish things that apparently real publications such as Crain’s Cleveland business aren’t interested in (What Happened to the West Quad Project? March 7 2017).  It has also turned out, mainly in my quick little posts, a mean to articulate my voice on issues, for the most part lately political since in the real world I am pretty much forced to play the role of listener with people who basically want others to validate their own views, no matter how much I truly disagree with them.  That was not the plan for this.

While perhaps A Long Hot Stinking Summer probably deserves only 6 views throughout the world, I would have thought that Don Peck’s America Is Still In a Pinch would have received far more than the 14 views generated.   After all, a lot more time and effort was put into that.

Like many other things, I have to contemplate where I am going with this and if the direction is towards a cliff instead of a gate, I will just turn and walk away.  Well, enough self-pity, there are other things that need to get done.

Okay Ladies and Gentlemen, enjoy your Saturday Evening.  I sure plan to.

 

Photograph by James Valentino.

 

 

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A Quick Little Post

Fall in NE Ohio; Another Quick Little Post.

The North Chagrin Reservation Nature Center.

The North Chagrin Reservation Nature Center.

Oberlin November 1, 2015

A quiet street in Oberlin, Ohio.

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The view from Chalet Debonne in Ashtabula County.

One of the reasons that I haven’t come up with any in-depth posts for Mad Man On A Great Lake lately is because of the wonderful weather we’ve been having here in Cleveland Ohio.  The last couple of days we’ve had highs in the 70’s which makes everyone want to go outside and enjoy.  This made the last couple weeks a great time to hop in the car and see the leaves change colors.

A view of the Polly Harper Inn in Grand River Wine Country taken in October.

A view of the Polly Harper Inn in Grand River Wine Country taken in October.

Many locals complain about how the weather seems to change all the time.  The saying goes that you can have 60 degrees one day and the next snow.  Of course, it’s an exaggeration to a point.  We have four seasons here and while it does mean we can get hot and sticky humid summers which make me want to sit in front of the air conditioner (and cold snowy blustery winters that make the morning commute a mess), we usually happen to have very a nice spring and fall.  The warm waters of Lake Erie moderate the weather a little and, while killer frosts have hit places like Mansfield further inland, Impatiens are still blooming in my yard.  This must have an impact on the trees as well.  Even though it’s already November, as I drove through Rockefeller Park in Cleveland to get to the job Friday morning, I marvelled that most of the trees still had their leaves; and it made a nice show.

A view of Shaker Boulevard at Shaker Square in Cleveland, Ohio. Taken November 4th, 2015.

A view of Shaker Boulevard at Shaker Square in Cleveland, Ohio.

The autumn leaves at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid, Ohio.

The autumn leaves at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid, Ohio.

However, on this first full weekend of November, temperatures will be reverting back to seasonal 40s and 50s, at least for a spell.  Soon, the trees will be bare and pines will be brought inside for the Holidays.  The colors are fleeting but an annual treat.

South Ridge Road in Ashtabula County looking west.

South River Road in Ashtabula County looking west.

Photographs taken by James Valentino

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