Best Ice Cream Ever

This is a vacation post… yes, I’m blogging on vacation. We had the most amazing ice cream today and that is not hyperbole. A co-worker of mine is always looking for a franchise opportunity and I think I found it.

It is Mount Desert Island Ice Cream (slogan: Fearless Flavor); no website. They have the most spectacular ice cream you will ever taste. How good? Let’s put it this way, I probably eat a pint of ice cream a year (don’t like the stuff). I ate half a pint today and plan on going back. Technically, I had sorbet, but I sampled half their flavors before I settled on Blueberry-Basil Sorbet. J– had Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream (which I gratuitously sampled). Mexican Chocolate was a concoction worthy of Montezuma himself; a Mexican chocolate caramelized with brown sugar, curry, and cinnamon, all blended smooth as ice cream can come. We went back to thank them for the samples and, truthfully, tell them it was the best ice cream we’ve ever had.

We’re going back tomorrow. I hope anyone who Googles Bar Harbor, Maine sees this post and checks out Mount Desert Island Ice Cream.

Word of the day: Drudgery

Man, what a boring ass day. After a morning of repetitive edits, I got a string of repetitive meetings. Then, when the afternoon finally arrives, I get another, monumental, repetitive task. All in a days work (well, two actually, since I’ll be finishing the mind-numbing edits in the morning) for this little slave to higher education.

I’d log on to WoW, but I’m afraid I’ll just wind up farming $MINERAL. Less than 3 days until I climb into the Jeep, J– at my side, and head for the East coast. Oh, did I mention that the main road into the area we’re staying passes over a river that’s currently 8 ft (that’s 2.4 meters) over flood stage?

Ok, upbeat frame of mind (note, I will try to avoid using “positive” as anything other than a math operator from here on out): my current ToDo list consists of:

  • Reassemble cousin’s computer
  • Pray parts aren’t FUBAR‘d again
  • Complete a butt-load of mind-numbing work for work
  • Prep the Jeep
  • Load the Jeep
  • Pack
  • Unpack
  • Repack
  • Tire of packing
  • Complain about money
  • Curse iPod (can’t find accessories for a damn 3G iPod. WTF?!?)
  • Burn CDs
  • Avoid capital expenditures above $40 until shellfish is on the menu
  • Complete any tasks assigned to me on J–‘s list(s)
  • Stop using parenthetical pluralisation on words
  • Come to grips with realization that cabin (to be home for over a week) has no Internet access
  • Google WiFi hotspots at destination and strategic locations on the way
  • Suppress Canadian jokes (love you guys!) as we’ll be traveling through it
  • Find passport
  • Enjoy vacation

All in all, not a bad list. Of course, I haven’t seen J–‘s list.

This post brought to you by Ménage à Trois Red; I’m aware it may be the new White Zin.

New Gear – Camera

My weathered camera, an HP c610, finally started to have ghosts. It would randomly shut off on fully-charged batteries, constantly forget the date (which means that I’d have to set it up every time I started the camera), and generally was taking more and more time to get “quick” snaps. With vacation rapidly approaching, J– and I talked about getting a new camera.

Keep in mind that the last time I was shopping for digital cameras, I was on the bleeding edge; 2 Megapixels, built-in flash, auto focus with a bright LCD display ran around $500-600. Big cash for me back then.

But now, with the purchase of our new camera (which we independently chose), less than $200 gets us a pretty nice camera. We bought the Sony DSC-600, a 6 Megapixel unit that is half the size and weight of my old camera, takes clear photos and videos (which my old camera didn’t), and draws less power (two batteries have last through well over 6 hours of on-and-off use). All in all, pretty happy. With a 1 Gig expansion card, we can take over 300 photos in one go or almost 45 minutes of video.

Vacation will be the true test. I’m geeked just to have a new toy. (Stop rolling your eyes J–).