Gallagher's 30th Birthday Party
February 26th, 2000, "Drew Wants You to Be a
picture is of a friend of mine, Joe Esposito, who used to work at GPU.
According to Joe: "It was taken at the last game at Three Rives
Stadium. My brother is in the middle of the picture with the Kordell
jersey and I am in the far left of the picture playing with my digital
camera that I just bought a week before the game. The guy holding
the sign was from Allentown, PA. That was his first trip to TRS.
The picture must have been taken early in the game because the old man
standing behind us in the Picture had a bloody forehead in the 4th quarter
after someone threw a glass beer bottle from the upper level. I
wonder why they airbrushed over my Pirates hat?"
a picture of me and Bev from our treacherous Pocono Whitewater trip back
around 1995. Also on this trip was Pete Gabrielli, Steve Julian,
Jeff Harlow, Drew Nosti, Tony Rodriguez, Jeff and Kim Werner.
me, July 1970, one month short of my second birthday. I kind of look
like Dennis the Menace, don't you think? Such a cute kid. One
has to wonder...what the hell happened!
| Our San
Diego Vacation, March of 2000
our favorite part of our San Diego vacation was the day we spent
in Coronado. Coronado is a suburb of San Diego across the
bay from San Diego. We took a ferry to get there, and then
rented bikes and wandered through this old-fashioned oasis.
That's me in the picture above, as a matter of fact! It was
a great deal of fun, an absolutely beautiful place, and very
relaxing. Coronado is described as "a town so wholesome that
the biggest controversy in the local weekly paper may be a teen
reader protesting an anti-skateboarding ordinance." It has
fine beaches where you can catch glimpses of dolphins in the surf,
watch Navy planes make their long, low descent to the Naval Air
station north of the island. And, of course, the highlight
of Coronado is the Hotel del Coronado - shown partly in the
background in my photo above. It opened in 1888.
Countless celebrities have stayed, dined and played there.
The place is massive, elegant, and is a site to behold in and of
itself. We wandered inside just to check it out. I'm
going to go out on a limb and guess that we wouldn't be able to
afford to stay there!
Here's a cool picture of our house during the first snow of the year,
12/05/02. It turned out kind of interesting as the flash seemed to
make the snowflakes look like little glowing stars. The original
picture was almost 100% black because the camera underexposed
everything, as I expected it to. Then I lightened everything up in
Adobe PhotoShop. It really is amazing what you can do with a
digital camera and some good software.
managerial geniuses: Drew Gallagher (left) and Chris Malinowski (right),
former managers of the Antietam Indians 6-7-8 year old Softball team; and
Earl Weaver (center), former manager of the Baltimore Orioles. This
picture was taken in Cooperstown, NY in 1990.
|Our 2001 Vacation to Charleston, Hilton Head,
5/05/01 thru 5/12/01
When discussing where we would go
in 2001, Bev suggested Charleston, to which I responded "Huh? What
is in Charleston?" I did a little research and was
impressed enough to go there. I was not disappointed as it
turned out to be one of the best vacations that we have ever been.
Perfect climate, beautiful clean city, friendly people, great
restaurants, gorgeous scenery, plenty to do and plenty to see.
I could actually see myself living there some day - maybe after retirement.
The downtown Charleston area is almost bizarre in its beauty.
managed to keep the entire downtown area in its original
condition is amazing. There are just about no modern buildings to speak
of, and everything is kept in pristine condition. Just
wandering the side-streets and looking down back alleys was worth
the trip. I'm not sure how
they get EVERY home owner to take such pride in their upkeep.
If you looked
most of the homes you'd see mini-botanical gardens with water
falls, fountains - and some even playing soothing music for the
We hit Fort Sumter, Cypress Gardens (including a canoe trip thru
the swamp which, believe it or not was the highlight of the trip),
|Boone Hall Plantation
which has the last remaining slave homes, and Magnolia
Plantation which required a full day to explore the home and
surrounding property, and plenty of hot-spots downtown. (Be
sure to walk down to Rainbow Row and its beautiful and amazing
colorful mansions along the bay!)
And the food! WOW! If you go, be sure to eat
one or more of the these: 82 Queen, Poogan's Porch and
Magnolia's. Some of the best food I've ever eaten.
Then we spent a day in Hilton Head where we took a dolphin cruise
and spent the rest of the day riding rented bikes.
Savannah was not nearly as impressive as
fact, if we had it to do over, we wouldn't have bothered with
Savannah, and would have just spent more time in Charleston.
We didn't find there to be nearly as much to do in Savannah, and
the downtown area just wasn't anywhere close in
charm or cleanliness when compared to Charleston.
Here are some of the more interesting scenery pictures
that I took. This was before I bought a digital camera, so
these are scans which don't do the original photos justice.
my nephew Pierce from around 2000 at a McDonald's playland in Allentown.
Pierce is Bev's sister Deb's son.
Sky in Blandon, 9/11/02
guess this is sorta my 9/11 tribute. Like the sunset
pictures taken on "Picture
Page 11," these were taken just a few minutes from
my house while on my weekly bike ride. It was 9/11/02, one
year after the terrorist attacks. It was almost strange
just how beautiful the entire day was. I don't remember
the sun being so bright and the sky so blue.
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