The Society Has Returned………

Hello my fellow geeks, New Englanders, and those, like me, who are a combination of both.  I know it’s been a while, but I felt the time was right to try and bring back the New England Society of Geeks blog.  Of course, I suppose my blog never really got the proper chance to take off, but I would very much like to change that, and I think I have reached a point in my personal life where I will be able to focus on the blog more.  I would like to try to write this blog, along with my other personal blog, mindofderrick, on a more regular basis.  Perhaps I will switch off each week between writing an article for this blog, and writing a story for mindofderrick and see how that works out.

Whereas my mindofderrick blog has become a place for me to publish first drafts of stories and ideas that I have roaming around my brain, I had always intended this blog to be a celebration of both geek and New England culture, as well as the intersection of both.  I intend to get back into that by writing articles on broad geek topics, as well as local New England geek topics, and topics that appeal to me as both a geek and a New Englander.  I may have repeated myself a little there, but I hope you get the idea of what I hope to accomplish with this blog.

In the year and a half (yikes!) since my last article on this blog, a lot have things have happened in my life.  Some of those things were personal, which I will not be getting into, and some of those things I am happy to share with you now.  One of those things that occupied a lot of that time was the fact that my day job as a material handler, which I had grown quite comfortable in after eight years, was ending as the plant that I worked in was shutting down.  With that news, I spent time looking for a new job as time was winding down until the plant closed.  Then, in December of last year, I found a new job and left my old job before it ended on me.  That turned out to be a big mistake as the new job I took ended up being horrible due to one of the worst bosses I have ever had the displeasure of working for.  I lasted a whole three weeks before being let go from that job, thankfully, but it did manage to ruin my holiday season as I was constantly dreading going in to work every day.  For the next four months, I was jobless, and on unemployment as I searched for a new job.  I should have also used that time to refocus on my blogs and other writing, but I am sad to say that I did not.  Regardless, I finally found a new day job in April, and I have been working there ever since for a boss that I am much happier with.  Now that I have settled in to a new routine, I have decided that it will be a good time to rededicate myself to my writing.

Of course, there were some good things that happened in that time as well.  If you are not aware, I write a column titled Now Geek This! for the website http://www.webegeekspc.com in which I write reviews, news, and thoughts on all the latest movie and television related geekiness.  In addition to the column, I have recently joined the We Be Geeks podcast as an official co-host!  That means that each week, you can hear my dulcet voice as I discuss all things geeky with Mike, Julz, and Brett on the podcast.  If you haven’t listened already, I hope you will give it a shot.  You might just enjoy the experience.

To make it easier to find my work both in writing and on podcasts, I will be posting a daily note on this blog that I will call, “My Daily Media Blitz”.  I will try to post this note around the same time each day, probably around eight o’clock at night or so, and it will list the most current  blogpost, Now Geek This! article, and We Be Geeks podcast in one easy place for you to find.

Now, without further ado, let’s properly welcome back the New England Society of Geeks with our latest article:

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In this edition of Destination Geek, I will be writing about one of the most beautiful places in all of New England, Cape Cod. Recently, my wife and I spent a weekend down at the Cape, and fell in love with the area all over again.  It had been many years since either my wife or I had been to Cape Cod.  So long had it been in fact, that we had never actually been there together in the fourteen years we had been married, nor the several years we had been dating before that.  My wife’s brother, also known as my brother-in-law, and his wife had recently retired down to the Cape, and had invited us to there home to spend the weekend.  The moment we crossed the Bourne Bridge that crosses the Cape Cod Canal, and officially crossed over to the Cape, it was like entering a new dimension where everything instantly felt more relaxed.  Cape Cod is a beautiful area that I highly recommend you visit at least once in your life.  And if you are a New Englander, I think it should be law that you have to visit the Cape if you have never done so.  My wife and I fell so deeply in love with Cape Cod, that we have decided to dedicate ourselves to one day moving down there and becoming permanent residents of the Cape.  If you don’t believe me about the beauty of the Cape, just check out these pictures I took during our visit there and see for yourself.

Here is the afore mentioned Bourne Bridge, one of the gateways to Cape Cod.
Here is the afore mentioned Bourne Bridge, one of the gateways to Cape Cod.

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Our first day at the Cape was spent at the beach, naturally.  The beaches in New England are beautiful.
Our first day at the Cape was spent at the beach, naturally. The beaches in New England are beautiful.

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We saw a lot of shells on the beach, as well as seaweed and shells from horseshoe crabs that had molted.
We saw a lot of shells on the beach, as well as seaweed and shells from horseshoe crabs that had molted.
There was a beautiful resort near the beach we were on, and they even rented out jet-skis.
There was a beautiful resort near the beach we were on, and they even rented out jet-skis.

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After the beach, we ate dinner at this great restaurant called Captain Parkers Pub.  I always say that you can tell a lot about a restaurant by their clam chowder, and this place had the second best chowder I have ever had in my life I must say.
After the beach, we ate dinner at this great restaurant called Captain Parkers Pub. I always say that you can tell a lot about a restaurant by their clam chowder, and this place had the second best chowder I have ever had in my life I must say.

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After dinner, we took in the beautiful sunset.  I think this is the moment I actually fell in love with Cape Cod.
After dinner, we took in the beautiful sunset. I think this is the moment I actually fell in love with Cape Cod.
Even the seagulls in Cape Cod like to take in the sunset.
Even the seagulls in Cape Cod like to take in the sunset.
I think I found my dream house.  Secluded, overlooking marshland, with a perfect view of the sunset over the ocean.  Simply beautiful.
I think I found my dream house. Secluded, overlooking marshland, with a perfect view of the sunset over the ocean. Simply beautiful.

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The next day, we visited the town of Chatham, where they have a Coast Guard outpost, and a lot of shark sightings.  This summer alone there have been 17 great whites spotted in the area.
The next day, we visited the town of Chatham, where they have a Coast Guard outpost, and a lot of shark sightings. This summer alone there have been 17 great whites spotted in the area.
Here, a fishing boat leaves Chatham on it's way out to sea followed by its honor guard of bird-knights to protect it.  Those birds ate well that day.
Here, a fishing boat leaves Chatham on it’s way out to sea followed by its honor guard of bird-knights to protect it. Those birds ate well that day.

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Chatham has a lot of interesting shops, including Ducks In A Window (guess what they have there), and pubs like the Chatham Squire, an establishment that also featured this clever Dog Bar outside.
Chatham has a lot of interesting shops, including Ducks In A Window (guess what they have there), and pubs like the Chatham Squire, an establishment that also featured this clever Dog Bar outside.

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In the Chatham Town Square, they were having an auction in which local artists had painted designs on shark cutouts.  These creations were fetching high prices at the time, some in the thousands.  There were many more than I have pictured here, but these were some of my favorites.  I loved the Jaws themed painting.
In the Chatham Town Square, they were having an auction in which local artists had painted designs on shark cutouts. These creations were fetching high prices at the time, some in the thousands. There were many more than I have pictured here, but these were some of my favorites. I loved the Jaws themed painting.

As you can see, Cape Cod has a lot to offer, and what I have shown you here is just the tip of the iceberg as they say.  I can’t wait to return to the Cape, and I hope that I have inspired you to visit as well.  Spend some time down at Cape Cod, and I bet you will fall in love with it too.

That’s all for this visit to the New England Society of Geeks.  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had a good time.  I look forward to your next visit.

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