Aby-a-Day – 12 Juni 2020: Chris lost his head (Friday Flashback)

Bear with me, here…I am sad and not just a little bit angry. Sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the Christopher Columbus statue in Boston’s Christopher Columbus Park was beheaded. It will now be going into storage for an undefined period of time.

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I have posted about this statue back when I lived in Boston. Politics aside, I have always admired the workmanship on this statue. It never felt like a “white man’s burden” statue to me (unlike so many other racist statues). Made or marble imported from Carrara, an ancient quarry in Tuscany, and erected by the Knights of Columbus, an organization dominated by Italian Americans, the statue (which is in Boston’s North End, the Italian neighbourhood), always seemed to be more about being of Italian descent than about Colonialism.

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We didn’t go to Christopher Columbus Park very often, as there were closer parks along the Harborwalk, but I always liked going there with Jacoby.

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It’s Boston’s oldest waterfront park. I wish we had gone there more often.

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But I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss the unconditional trust I had with Jake. I could put him anywhere and he’d pose for a photo.

Aby-a-Day – 7 Februari 2020: Shadows of Gun-Hee (Friday Flashback)

Looking for something else, I found these neat silhouette photos of Gun-Hee. This was out on the Harborwalk at sunset.

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This was when our refrigerator broke. Gun-Hee of course had to supervise the repairman as he worked.

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And this, of course, was the Red Sox in the 2007 World Series. Just like Jacoby, Gun-Hee was good luck for the team. I miss them both.

Aby-a-Day – March 12: “I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show. “

Last Saturday was bright and fairly warm – almost 40°f/5°c – so I took Jacoby and Angel out for some more snow photos.

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We were going to try to go into the courtyard, but the snow was still blocking the door, so we went to our little spot near Rolling Bridge Park behind the Welder’s place.

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Jake has been to this little park many, many times, and Angel has been there, too…but never with snow on the ground.

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Since it was fairly warm, I didn’t make Jake wear his boots (and I didn’t even try to put them on Angel). I think he was actually happier without them!

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It was really cute the way Angel stuck to Jake like glue. In the house, she hisses and growls at him if he even looks in her direction. But outside…

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…she loves him!

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(You may remember this from June 2013…at the same park!)

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Jake, of course, knew where we were, and went off to explore.

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Angel did not like that.

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When we’ve been here in the summer, Jake likes to go watch the cars go by through the chain link fence.

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At least, I think he’s watching cars. I really have no idea.

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I’m not sure why he likes to do this…

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…but sometimes he sees his friend Romeo from the welders’ place next to the park.

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Winter is apparently no different than summer to Jake.

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He went to the fence to watch the cars (or whatever), the same as always.

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So Angel went, too.

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I’m not sure if she wanted to see what he was looking at, or if she just didn’t want to be alone…

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…but dammit, she was going to go look at whatever Jake was looking at!

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She had a hard time finding a place to settle where she could see.

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I don’t think Angel knows what Jake’s looking at, either.

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Jake decided to move to a different part of the fence.

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“Are you kidding me!?”

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Apparently there were better things to look at through the fence over under the trees.

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Needless to say, Angel went trudging after him.

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And off they went to look through the fence, together. I wish they got along this well in the house, because it really is cute to see them as a team.

Aby-a-Day – March 11: Wordless Wednesday (Walking in an almost spring wonderland)

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Aby-a-Day – October 12: “In fourteen hundred and ninety two…”

Whether or not Columbus Day should even be a holiday anymore is up for debate…not that I care, since I never get it off anyway. But Christopher Columbus is kind of a big deal in Boston.

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At least, his park is. Christopher Columbus Park was Boston’s first waterfront park, opened in 1976 for the Bicentennial.

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A large Carrera marble statue of Columbus is a central feature of the park. In more ways than one; Chris’s statue gets beheaded and vandalised with red paint quite a bit by people who aren’t big fans of Columbus’ adventures in the New World.

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Be that as it may, here’s Jacoby and Chris hanging out at the park, waiting for their ship to come in.

Aby-a-Day – September 18: Waterfront walk

After our trip to Grafton on Sunday, Jake wanted to walk home, and since we don’t have all that many more nice warm days left, I indulged him.

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When he feels like walking, he just hops out and trots along next to the stroller.

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He didn’t walk for very long, though. We were both pretty tired.

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It was a long day. When we got home, we both took a nap together.

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Hard to believe that soon it’ll be too cold to take walks like this.

Aby-a-Day – July 2: Wordless Wednesday (Got Milk?)

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Aby-a-Day – July 1: “One step at a time is good walking.” (Cartoon Tuesday)

I’m really not sure what inspired this cartoon. I do know that the shading was inspired by watching Taeshi draw Bittersweet Candy Bowl characters during her live stream a week or so ago.

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I based the drawing of Jacoby and Angel on this photo I took last year:

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(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – June 26: A taste of the great outdoors

Funny things happen when you use the rapid-fire button on the camera…

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These photos of Jacoby chewing on some grass when we went out to the park just make me laugh.

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Although I do find it impressive that Jake can look so serious and so silly at the same time.

Aby-a-Day – May 18: Mother Goose story

Living next to Fort Point Channel is interesting.

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We have a little salt water ecosystem right in our back yard. I’ve seen cormorants, grebes, swans, ducks and herons in the water at one time or another. But the most common waterbird is the Canada goose.

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Just try getting a photo without a goose or two in it somewhere!

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Jacoby is used to them. He’s been around them since he was a kitten; to him, they’re no different than the trains, trucks and buses. They’re scary and loud, but harmless if you stay out of their way.

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Geese can be pretty mean, but the geese along the Harborwalk are fairly tame.

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I’ve seen people feeding them bits of sandwiches and chips from their hands.

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The only time you really need to be careful is when they have goslings.

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But even then, they’re so used to humans that they aren’t too belligerent unless you get too close.

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They almost seem proud to show off their babies.

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This story, as you may have guessed, hasn’t really got very much to do with Abyssinians or cats. But last week, as I was biking home along the Harborwalk, I saw a pair of geese with a new batch of goslings.

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Naturally, I stopped to take some photos of the little babies.

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We were on the Harborwalk at the stretch that is entirely fenced along the water, and the geese were walking along the inside of fence.

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Some of the babies, however, were walking on the outside of the fence!

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And one of them fell off the ledge into the water. Now, this should not have been a big deal: geese, after all can swim. And the baby was completely fine, too, swimming around and peeping up to the rest of his family. But the parents started to freak out and crawl under the fence to get to their missing gosling! Yes…under the fence. And they were too big to squeeze underneath the bottom bar of the metal fence. Of course, you would think they would simply flap their wings and fly over the fence…but it was like they’d forgotten how to fly! They just kept trying to either bash their way though the upright bars of the fence or squeeze underneath.

It was seriously like an old Warner Brothers cartoon, where Daffy Duck is falling off a cliff and smashes into the ground because he forgets he’s a duck. So, I decided to help. I started trying to scare the geese into remembering to fly. I am sure I looked ridiculous, waving my arms around and yelling “Come on, you can fly! Come on, FLY!”

Finally, I managed to get one parent, I believe the father, to fly over….

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…like this (this isn’t him).

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One baby and parent down, four babies and one parent to go.

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I started trying to shoo the babies into the water with their father. One fell into the water by himself, but the next one fell into a crevice between two of the granite stones.

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So I had to pick him up! I then held him out over the water and dropped him as softly as I could. He splashed down, unharmed, and swam over to his dad and siblings. And there was just mom and two babies still up on the wrong side of the fence. A couple of other cyclists stopped to see what I was doing and offer help. Another little baby plopped into the water on his own and there was just one left. I managed to catch it and drop it to join the rest. And only the mother goose was left on the seawall with us humans.

She was completely freaked. She could see her family in the water, but despite seeing her husband fly over, she still didn’t remember that she had wings. She kept trying to squeeze underneath the fence. I actually tried to help push her through at one point – she was so upset she let me touch her back! Finally, one of the other bikers came up with a plan: we would corner her and sort of boost her over the fence. That didn’t really work. We got her about halfway up and then she smacked the guy in the chest with her wing and he backed off. But after that, she was even more upset than before, so I just ran at her, yelling and waving my arms. At first, she just ran away from me with her wings out…

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…like this (this isn’t her). But then the light seemed to dawn and she took off and finally – finally! – flew over that damn fence.

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And at long last, the family was reunited and they swam off into the sunset.

It wasn’t til a few days later that I realised how lucky they were. It was a fairly high tide that afternoon when the first baby fell in, and the baby landed safely in water. But had it been low tide, that baby would have landed on rocks…

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…which you can see in this photo of a heron at low tide. You can also see what a long stretch of fence that is – there was no way those geese were going to be able to walk around to the unfenced part!

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I’m not going to lie, though…I did think, when I was holding the first gosling, how much fun this whole thing would have been had Jake been with me!

Aby-a-Day – January 12: A winter’s walk

The downside of winter is that Jacoby and I can’t take as many walks and go on as many outings as we can in the summer.

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So, when we get a semi-nice day, Jake and I seize it, bundle up, and go outside. Christmas Eve was such a day.

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While it was in the 50’s that day, there was still snow piled up from a storm the week before (this was before the New Year’s storm hit Boston).

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Jake wouldn’t wear his boots…but I think he wished he had.

Aby-a-Day – November 25: On the fence (Hipstamatic Monday)

Jacoby never fails to make me laugh.

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Here’s some more photos from when he tried to climb that fence on our walk.

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He stood up and looked through the mesh at the park and the traffic beyond it for quite a while.

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Then he decided it was time to climb.

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Alley-oop!

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You see? I wasn’t kidding when I said he’d have gone over if I wasn’t on the other end of his leash!

Aby-a-Day – November 23: “Over” (Saturday Photo Hunt)

This week’s Photo Hunt subject is “Over.”

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A couple of weeks ago, Jacoby and I went for a little walk out to Rolling Bridge Park and on the way home we walked along Foundry Street.

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There’s a chain link fence there at the back of a little park.

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For some reason, Jake decided he felt like climbing!

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I bet dog people never have this problem when they go out for walkies!

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He totally would have gone up and over, too, if I hadn’t stopped him!

Aby-a-Day – October 8: Stormy weather (Cartoon Tuesday)

This was inspired by something Abyfriend Kelli said about her two girls, Allie and Emmy.

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Jacoby doesn’t seem to mind the rain…but neither does anyone else in our house.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – July 11: Out and about with Angel

Since Jacoby steals the lion’s share of the spotlight around here, I thought I’d share a few more photos of Angel outside along the Harborwalk.

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Just because she’s a 6-year-old, one-eyed rescue doesn’t mean that she doesn’t enjoy a little fresh air and sunshine.

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And grass.

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She’ll even put up with a harness and leash if it means a break from routine.

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I guess it’s her inner Aby shining through.

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Even though she wasn’t raised on a harness and leash the way Jake was, and despite never even wearing a harness or a leash until she was over a year old, she handles herself remarkably well.

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In some ways, she’s actually braver outside than she is in our apartment.

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Perhaps that’s because Tessie isn’t out here with her..?

Aby-a-Day – July 3: Wordless Wednesday (Walking the cat)

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Aby-a-Day – July 2: Catalogical humour (Cartoon Tuesday)

One of the photos I took of Jacoby and Angel on the Harborwalk really looked to me like Jacoby was telling Angel a joke. I thought it would make a good cartoon.

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So I drew it.

(Click cartoon to embiggen, or you can view all cartoons in Slideshow mode on Flickr.)

Aby-a-Day – June 23: The dangling conversation

I love this set of photos I took of Jacoby and Angel along the Harborwalk.

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It looks like they’re having a conversation.

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Jake is telling Angel something very important and interesting.

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Either that, or he’s telling her a hilariously bad joke.

Aby-a-Day – June 13: I’m walkin’ here!

Turns out, Angel is pretty good at walking on a leash. Sure, Jacoby gets all the attention, but Angel can hold her own.

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She decided all on her own to jump out of the stroller and walk alongside it.
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Jake was already walking up ahead with me, and I think it was a case of “Aby see, Aby do.”

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Cats do learn by observation and imitation, after all.

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I was very impressed – and proud!

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She trotted along like a real pro, which is really awesome considering she hasn’t been outside since (I think) the summer before last.

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I wonder if walking on a leash is an inherited trait?

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It seems to be in Angel’s bloodlines!

Aby-a-Day – May 30: Into the sunset

On Monday, Jacoby, my husband, and I took a little walk to the Post Office and South Station.

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This is one of Jake’s favourite places to walk. And who can blame him?

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He gets to a point on the way home where he decides he wants to walk, and then he hops out.

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He just trots along the seawall, happy as can be…

While we were walking, I made a little video; I know, I forgot to turn my iPhone sideways. Sorry about that. But you can see how he walks along until he gets tired and decides he wants to get back into his stroller!

What’s interesting is that Gun-Hee also loved to walk along this same stretch of the Harborwalk. This video is from 2007, and it’s November, not May, but you can see how similar they are.