Southern Maine

Jen's Bday Southern Maine trip
Love Lane and Henry Street looks like London but it's Brooklyn Heights.

Bob donates his hair to Lock of Love, according to him about every 2 years.  He takes super good care of it and it takes him like 45 minutes to wash it.  Asian hair is worth a lot but some lucky kid is gonna get bob's hair.  "Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis."

Daniel Fishel's pizza party during illustration week

We we rented a Ford Fiesta (a pretty crappy car) and drove to Kennebunkport, Maine.  This place, The Maine Diner is next to it in Wells.  This is the seafood chowder.  Look at it go!

The Triple D, named because the Food Network show Diners Dives and Drive-ins came here.  The Triple D is seafood chowder, cod cake, and lobster pie.  chowder was good, cod cake was decent but the lobster pie was dissapointing.  It was loster cooked in that ceramic thing with oily breadcrumbs baked on top basically.  Better seafood was had later in the trip.

we stayed at The Lodge on the Cove.  Maine is all about coves, they're everywhere adding cuteness all over Maine.

across the cove

wine opener

it looks like the sun is always setting in Maine.

The Jenny in the willows

Kennebunkport is most famous for being the playland of the Bush family, as in the presidents George Sr. and W.  This is their compound.

The Fisherman's Grill in Portland, Maine.  The best seafood we had.  Scallops, clam chowder, lobster roll.  It's out of the way but worth it.  Sooner is better than later because I heard them talking about selling out of stuff way before their closing time.

8 oz of lobster piled high but it seemed like more.  the best lobster we had.

the Portland Head Light is supposedly the most photographed lighthouse in the world.  It's on Cape Elizabeth

old lighthouse

The Annie C. Maguire shipwrecked on Christmas eve of 1886 here despite the visibility being fine.

over at the Two Lights park looking for the 2 other lighthouses which ended up being down the road.

lighthouse 2

lighthouse 1 was decommissioned in 1924

Maps bar was a great Portland find.  Maps all over and great records playing.  Otis redding and Gladys Knight records are two I can remember them playing.  Run by a husband and wife

When they aren't playing records they have this awesome jukebox.  Patsy Cline, T Rex

Elvis Costello, Thin Lizzy and lots of songs by artists I know but have never heard.
lots of maps means lots of conversation.  Maps is a great bar

and I found this on their bookshelf.  I didn't know it existed.  The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, as in from the 90s David Lynch TV show, Twin Peaks.  Love that show

we went to dinner at Fore Street famous for its huge open kitchen dining area.  The food was great.  Their menu changes everyday.  We had a whole sea bass and some seafood sampler and it was all spectac.  It seemed like the place where start-ups went to have little company dinners.

their vegetable pantry.

Portland's docks

Bob's Clam Shack in Kittery an hour south of Kennebunkport.  It was also featured on the show Diners, Dives and Drive-ins so now it's super busy and probably has gone down in quality.  It seems to be many commenters opinions when you look up restaurants that were featured on the food shows.  These clams were good.  Lillian's style are dipped in an egg wash and fried and Bob's style are traditionally fried.  Both have their merits and both were delish.  Jen has a problem with the clam to fry ratio but I think that's just her problem.

ok see you later Maine.  6 hour drive back to NY.  We were happy to eat and nuzzle in to watch the Walking Dead (which I hate but keep watching).

Halloween 2014 Part Two

I told bob not to worry it would just take 2 hours to make each one.  He knew that wasn't true but I don't think he expected it to take so long.  Here he is ultra thrilled at his first fitting.  We had to keep cutting and rounding out the arm and face holes until it only hurt a lot to wear them instead of a F@#$@ing lot.  I still have a blood bruise on my right temple from wearing this thing.  But that's the price you pay for wearing a giant planed surface that could take flight in strong wind.

We power through and then take a nap

Bob is Psyduck and I am Jigglypuff, two of the "worst" Pokemon.  Psyduck is basically the biggest dumb@ss of all pokemon and Jigglypuff is an attention whore who likes to sing the jigglypuff song.  as with all pokemon their vocabularies are limited to their names or portions of it therewithin.  Example "jiggly jiggly, puff puff, jigglypuff jiggly jiggly!!"

we prepared a pretty nice cheese and meat board and wine and posted up outside handing out candy to kids.  No one knew who we were except the parents, the kids are all too young to know these first generation classic Pokemon characters and just thought we were weird or stupid.  We are old now.  In the past i've made these costumes completely out of garbage but now that I had to make two and the deadline we had to buy dowels at the hardware store instead of taping a broom handle and mop handle to the backs to prevent bending when the wind hits.

are these kids appreciating our efforts?  No not really.  Are the parents?  Yes.  Do our necks and faces hurt and our arms cut off from circulating blood?  Yes.

Jigglypuff carries around a microphone so I made a 2D one out of cardboard

a common question is do these costumes fit on the subway?  yes they do, they're designed to fold in key places and by designed i mean it was a happy accident the first time I made one 8 years ago.

there were lots of Pokemon out but no jigglypuffs or psyducks.  I don't remember seeing any other sexy pokemon, this is the sexiest pikachu there was, the rest were lame.  Everyone is pikachu or Ash Ketchum we wanted to really bring it and I think we did.  I don't want to brag or anything but I think we kinda won Halloween.  Also Jen got these yellow tights for bob to cut off and pin to his shirt so his arms were yellowish.  hahahah

who got more props? Psyduck or Pokemon?  The jury will forever be in delib.

you literally can't walk 3 steps without people stopping your for photos all the time

so we walked in the West Village Halloween Parade which starts at Canal street and goes up 6th ave to 14th street.  It's the most fun thing you can do in NYC on Halloween in my opinion.

There's about 20 minutes of being packed in, waiting for the next wave or paraders to be allowed to enter the parade.  Not so fun when you're a giant 2D plane of cardboard for Halloween.  it could be worse, we could have been 3D

I'd like to get pushed more please.  Oh, Thanks

Cousin It, Uncle Fester

Kermit the frog

Lots of music groups and floats going on providing music for Jigglypuff and Psyduck to strut down 6th avenue to.

its impossible to do anything cool in these costumes.  Here Jen somehow captured the one time we randomly tried to high 5 and failed.  Thanks to Jen for being the photographer/videographer

we can run in the costumes though!

would you let us in to your party?  Steven was a day of the dead guy because he was forced by his work's themed halloween party to be John Travolta in Grease and that wouldn't do.

at Union Square we were beckoned to get down with these rappers and like the good little weak minded entertaining knobs that we are we complied and for the next 2 minutes looked like total knobs as people gathered around to see the two pokemon dance for their pleasure.  Only we can't dance in these costumes so we can only sway back and forth.  We looked like total knobbers.

Misty is the female Pokemaster and the owner of psyduck.  If you already knew that and are reading this then you are a dork.....or age 28-36

No one cares about anyone else's costumes because ours were so awesome and theirs were stupid.  Adam was a frog prince, Liz was Betty Draper from Madmen and Jen just wore my Gatchapin suit because she was too lazy to get her Misty costume together.  Ok back to how awesome we are.

on the train ride home all of new york was drunk and so were we and everyone was singing jigglypuff's falsetto song.  Halloween 2014 was a success but I have no idea what we are gonna do next year.  Jigglypuff and Psyduck now live under our couch much to Jen's dismay.  And finally watch us in action in the video below.  You should press the HD button to watch it in HD which it will take you to the Vimeo site to do

Pokebros Halloween Parade NYC 2014 from Jason Raish on Vimeo.  You should press the HD button to watch it in HD which it will take you to the Vimeo site to do

facebook being creepy and knowing what bob looks like.