So at least we beat Germany at SOMETHING.
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
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Friday, July 21, 2006
I'll probably not be posting much next week. I'll be on a much-needed vacation.
Four miles off the coast of Southport and the mainland, at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, is the island of Bald Head. The island is easily identifiable in the distance by the Bald Head Island Lighthouse ("Old Baldy"). Built in 1817 and retired in 1935, the lighthouse is cataloged as the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina.
Once a favorite hiding spot for pirates such as Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet, Bald Head Island is now a residential and resort community of about 220 year-round residents. It can only be reached by the island's private ferry or by personal boat. The island is open to the public, and the summer population can reach from 4,000 to 6,000, with visitors renting vacation homes and playing golf.
It is probably safe to say this is one of the most unspoiled beach and maritime forest areas on the North Carolina coast. The island's natural beauty is protected, despite residential development as well as a few commercial amenities such as a restaurant, bed and breakfast inns, general store with deli, marina, golf course, specialty store, and golf cart and bike rental business.
The island has 14 miles of beaches, dunes, creeks and forests. The 2,000 acres of land are surrounded by 10,000 acres of salt marshes. The owners have deeded nearby Middle Island and Bluff Island to the state and The Nature Conservancy. The Bald Head Island Conservancy, a nonprofit organization, was formed to ensure that the unique natural resources of the island are maintained and preserved.
Turtle nesting on Bald Head Island accounts for 50 percent of all turtle eggs laid in North Carolina. The Sea Turtle Program, featured on public television, protects and monitors these wonderful creatures. There is an Adopt-a-Nest Program that pairs concerned humans with turtles in an effort to protect the nest and encourage the hatchlings toward the sea. Studies in which female turtles were tagged have revealed that pregnant turtles return to the same site to lay eggs every other year. Due to the many species of birds found on the island, the Audubon Society conducts an annual count here as part of its national program.
Something quite special about the island is the absence of cars. Gasoline-powered engines, with the exception of security and maintenance vehicles, are not allowed. The residents and visitors who rent homes all drive electric carts or ride bicycles. The resulting lack of noise pollution and exhaust fumes is one of the finest features of the place.
A visitor can come for the day by private ferry service from Indigo Plantation in Southport. For a longer stay, there are many rental units on the island. The cost, compared to rental on much of the mainland, is slightly on the upper end, but so is the experience for the visitor who wants to really get away from it all in quiet style.Despite Bald Head Island's private status, the welcome mat is always out for visitors. The lighthouse can be toured for a small fee. The well-appointed marina welcomes transients.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Good luck to the 91 Navy girls!
Article below from Triangle Soccer Fanatics site (which is on my blogroll to the right, check them out!)
While many of their contemporaries are hanging out by the pool, vacationing at the beach, or whiling away their summer vacation on MySpace, the girls of Triangle FC '91 Navy are gearing up for the soccer trip of their lives. Bobby Lovelace's squad, who plays in the NCYSA U14 Premier Division, is set to leave Thursday to test themselves against some of Britain's top youth competition.
The girls will square off against youth sides from Leicester City, Sunderland, Lumley, Ashfordby and Blyth Town as well as be hosted in a homestay by their peers in Blyth. In addition to the competition, the team will get a chance to visit historic St. James' Park and see USA Internationals Demarcus Beasley and Lee Nguyen play as PSV Eindhoven visits Newcastle United for a pre-season friendly.
The team is traveling as part of Triangle Futbol Club's International Affiliate Program. The program helps TFC teams (usually U16 boys and U14 girls) organize an international trip, allowing the players to experience the culture of countries steeped in tradition and passion for the game. Previous destinations have included Germany, England, Iceland, Sweden, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
When asked about what the team hoped to accomplish on the trip, parent Scott Bosworth, whose daughter Chelsea will be part of the trip, said, "Our goal is to immerse the girls in a different culture -- for them to be exposed on a personal level with players and families in England. Soccer is the common love that the girls and and their host teams share."
When not on the football pitch, the team will get to see the sites on their 10-day trip as their travels include London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick, Durham, and Edinburgh.
The '91 Navy are working with Soccertours.net to arrange the travel and matches. Says Bosworth, "This is the 3rd year the club has worked with Soccertours.net, and they have been terrific. In particular, their broad network of club contacts throughout Europe enables them to arrange friendlies, home stays, facility tours, and intimate team get togethers with the European clubs and teams."
Sunday, July 16, 2006
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006
And puppies, too.
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Ok, I can see that. And I really don't even care who wins the World Cup today, anymore.
Maybe France would be nice.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Here's the piece from Soccer America (opens a PDF file.)
He went last year (he's 38th on the list of 2005 alumni if you're REALLY curious) and it was one of the most positive soccer experiences he's had so far.
Wish him luck! Wish I was there!
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Monday, July 03, 2006
(I'm still going for Portugal, though...)
(Which is better than my "Porn Star Name" Slick Quickie, my "Gangsta" name Whipped Canadian, my "Taxi Driver" name Feng Po Witherspoon, my "Pirate" name Pirate Kate the Ochre, or my "Mafia" name Serena Greco. Some people have way too much time on their hands, including, apparently, me.)