March 14thMy last week in the city the cherry trees around the neighborhood were coming into bloom. This one is on 30th Avenue, and I'd pass it every day on the way to work. Behind it is Dillinger's, which was our favorite local spot to go grab a beer and great meal for cheap. I had no idea during my last week off in Astoria that I would never return for any length of time because I would be so busy with the new job.
But we know we will always have Astoria, Queens, only a couple hours away.
March 16This is Puck, aka the fat man, and the wonderfully dated kitchen floor in our apartment. It was a great home, and our landlady Pauline was the best. The kids had gotten pretty comfy there too.
March 17Last Saturday at the apartment. Mandatory afternoon NASCAR and suds following final packing session.
7:07amFirst day at the new job in the country I wake up to trees and fog, no concrete or skyline in sight for the first time in 9 years. It's so quiet, almost surreal.
6:17pmKrissy took me to work that morning and took a few hours before eventually hitting the road and heading back to Queens. She left me notes all over the house where I was staying for the six weeks we had to be apart. They made my day, and would for weeks as I kept finding them. Following my first day at the new gig and new life back out east this was the first one I found. What can I say, she is loving and very smart woman, and knows me all too well.
March 20There's an ocean out there somewhere. Indian Wells before work.
2:00pmHeaded to Shelter Island to be introduced to a wonderful couple and their most magnificent property.
A lot different looking than the north end of Central Park.
8:00pmIn the chicken shack rocking and rolling. Officially back in Bonac. Definitely a long way from Queens.
March 24A couple pics from the new office
March 25For the next weeks Krissy came out on the weekends with another load of stuff from the apartment. This was a Sunday afternoon trying to relax before I had to see her go back to the city for another week. We knew the transition was going to be tough, but we just focused on the end goal.
March 29The end goal: being able to have any kind of day, good or bad, and always being able to go to the water's edge and breath and put it all in perspective. Invaluable.