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April Fools Day, Ticks, and the warming of Spring...

I stepped outside my home early this morning to retrieve the sunday paper, and it actually felt like Spring. In fact, I am going to go out on a limb and proclaim, that winter is officially behind us. It is over. I mean here on the seacoast. Done. Kaput.

There are still hints of snow in certain shaded areas in and around our community, but, it's over. Another winter has come and gone. And I am ok with that. I have many friends who love the winter. It is hands down their most favorite time of year. That would not be me. I like winter. I just don't love winter.

My favorite time of year is Fall. No question. That's my season.

The colors, the surf, the scents, the hint of chill in the air, with the waning warmer days and nights, slowly slipping away, to once again lay dormant, until Autumn comes again.

I do like Spring. And I do like Summer.

The problem with Spring is, the bugs. And I am talking about the nasty bugs. Ticks in general come back to life. Wait.. . I have seen ticks in the dead of winter. It's true. I have always owned sporting dogs. To be more specific. Pointers. I love my German Short Hairs. And well, you need to run them in the places where they shine. And for most good pointers, that would be the woods and fields. Where the wild game birds are.

And that my friends, is where the Tick also shines.

You know, for all the complaining I do about Ticks each year (and my cohorts who join me every fall will attest I do bitch about Ticks) I also admire them. It's true. Their sheer tenacity to survive harsh New England winters is noteworthy. It's like fighting an enemy who is both cunning and tenacious.



I take my hat off to the Tick. But I also crush the life out of them when I find them. Because they can mess you up big time. For instance, Lyme Disease is awful. Just terrible. Those little buggers can cripple a full grown human being. Seriously, Lyme disease can ruin your life.

I have no regrets in killing Ticks. They are as nasty an insect as there ever was. Except for maybe, the Greenheads in the summer. I call Greenheads "Satan's Little Helpers".

And quite frankly, that my friends, is a blog for another time.



One year ago today I took this photo in my yard. There's
nothing even close to this out there right now. Maybe by next weekend we'll be seeing the Spring Flowers. But right now? Those buds are still in hiding. But they're coming. We all know that.

I have to admit the surf has been pretty consistent as of late.

And if you were around on April Fools day night you would of seen the most breathtaking array of colors and surf. I shot a whole gallery of such images. I hope you take the time to look at a few. I came back from that photo shoot feeling so good. It's funny how a simple nature experience can change your mood.

I am not a big fan of April Fools Day. I just think it's silly.

Wait, that sounds like a contradiction. It is silly. It's supposed to be silly. I have some dear friends who used to say "April Fools is my favorite holiday!" And I would be like "Really? I don't really think of April Fools Day as being a holiday. Not like the big three. Thanksgiving. Christmas. Easter...etc" but I guess some do.
I'm just personally Not into the silly practical jokes.

And speaking of jokes...next week is our 9th Year Anniversary.
Can you believe that? I started this blog on April 14th, 2004. Now here we are 9 years later...still blogging. Still snapping pics.
Still posting video clips. All in the good name of surfing in New England. Who would of thunk it? Certainly not me. But I'm running with it. Until I can't blog anymore. Ten years.



Started on April 14th, 2004...next week is our 10th year!





 

 

 








Now for Some Of My Weekly Global Observances:
This week Lil Kim Young Un ramped up his wild and reckless rhetoric against South Korea and the United States. For some reason this little 22 year old hot head and his latest temper tantrum has the world on edge. I mean good lord Kimmy...are you crazy?

Do you have any idea who you are dealing with? Look you little spoiled brat (with NO military experience) you can't be saying that crap and thinking you can get away with it. Dennis Rodman has no pull with our military or our president. Dude go back to watching your father's old porn collection and knock off this bullshit.






"Hey Kim! You wanna mess with me? Say what? You talking to me?
You don't know me. I love the unmanned missile guided drones. I love them. And I will lob one of those drones into your bedroom at night,
and waste your chubby little crazy ass! Don't you dare mess with me"

Meanwhile back down in GITMO, Khalid Sheik Mohummed (KSM) was wishing he could join forces with North Korea. Can you find KSM?



*Note to self: Must pick up some drab farm clothes at Home Depot!

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Alex Bean April 7, 2013!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Rich Beauchesne April 7, 2013!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Karen Evans April 8, 2013!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Casey Lockwood April 9, 2013!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Demetri Vlahoulis April 9, 2013!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Duffy McCarthy April 9, 2013!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mike Keefe April 9, 2013 !
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jenny Priester April 10, 2013!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lisa McCarthy Sheehan April 10, 2013!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bob McNeil April 12, 2013!
*Remembering Chief Mike Maloney this Thursday
April 12th, 2013 it was exactly one year ago that he
was killed in Greenland, NH.


*On April 14th, 2013, this blog will be 9 years old!
Can you believe that? I started this RPOTW in 2004...
10 years later and tens of thousands of weekly readers
it's still going strong. ** A few Changes are in store. So stay tuned for the 10th anniversary on April 14th, 2013.

Best of luck to Mike Cropper who is heading in for hip replacement surgery soon. You'll be back in the water in
no time Mike.

Get Well soon Rick Savastano! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. *Thanks again to all who donated to the Fundraiser on Saturday March 23rd, 2013 at
the AMERICAN LEGION to help pay for Ricks medical bills.

Please Support ALL The photographers who contribute to Ralph's Pic
Of The Week
every
week for the last 9 years. **Think about BUYING a HIGH RES Photo from any of the weeks on RPOTW. Keep in mind the photos you steal from this site are low RES. You can't blow them up. Order HIGH RES photos that are suitable for framing. It's a GREAT Gift Idea. A nice framed photo of your favorite Surfer or Surf Break!
Remember my friends... Surfing Heals All Wounds....
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.


Ralph





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Yesterday- Look what the dog just dug up-from 30 plus years ago
(Below) There was a time in my life where I spent most of my time surfing instead of taking photos and movies of surfing. My friends all called me Vince. There is a popular surf break here in NH where we all loved to surf and hang out. In fact, it's still very popular. I remember one day we came out of the water and the town had poured fresh concrete in front of where we park our vehicles. I grabbed a stick and drew a wave and signed my name. I had the others who were there do the same. It was around for many years, and then with the storms, and construction, that piece of concrete graffiti disappeared. I lost track of it over the years. But every now and then I'd think about it. In fact, just a few weeks ago I was talking to some friends about it. Well out of the blue an old friend (JT) thought about it as well and he actually went digging around and found it! He sent me an email telling me about it and I rushed down to see it and take photos of it. It had been so long since I'd seen it. It was like some kind of surf history that was dug up and on display. There was my wave. And my signature. Vince. There were others too. Some of them are no longer with us. But surprisingly some are. To say this discovery made my day would be an understatement. It did that and more. Thank you JT.
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TODAY ... all the photos below were taken this week, unless otherwise noted.

Today- April Fools Morning- Monday April 1st, 2013.
Photos by RALPH




(Above) Mackey V was not fooling around out there. Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.








(Above) And neither was Wes Rogers. Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.





(Above) Nothing funny about this cutback. Mackey V Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.





(Above) Wes Rogers styling through a funky section. Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.









(Above) Mackey V over the ledge. Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.


Today- "Fools Day Gold" Afternoon- Monday April 1st, 2013.
Photos by RALPH





(Above) Unknown slotted in the afternoon light. Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.











(Above) Billy Keefe styling in the waning light. Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.





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(Above) Ryan Jackson lining up for vert. Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.






(Above) Unknown backdoor action late on Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.












(Above) The colors that night were insane. If you were there you know what I'm
talking about.
Monday, April 1st, 2013.

Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.



BRIAN NEVINS FLY BY April 7, 2013



(Above) Check out this amazing gallery of the White Mountains by Brian Nevins.
Photo by Brian Nevins *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.








Today- Empty Fools Day Waves. April 1st, 2013.
Photos by RALPH




(Above) This empty peak on this afternoon was beautiful to see. Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.




(Above) This wave off the jetty at 10th st. was always my favorite. Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.







(Above) Pretty hollow out there. Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.








(Above) Ralph's Rights off of 10th Street. Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.




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(Above) And this is 10th Street. A place that I have spent many many hours. From the first time I walked down those cement stairs in the 60's to last week. Hundreds, no scratch that. It's been thousands of hours. It's home to me. It will always be my home. This stretch of cement. And the waves that break in front of it. My home break. Monday, April 1st, 2013.
Photo by RALPH *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.






(TODAY) ONE PHOTO FROM BERNIE BAKER IN HAWAII April 1st, 2013



(Above) Not sure who this is...there was no name attached. But one thing's for sure.
He can surf. And this wave is so clean.
April 1st, 2013.
Photo by BERNIE BAKER
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Today- The Seeker of Fools Gold. April 1st, 2013.
Photos by The PHANTOM




(Above) Sometimes you leave the boat at home. The world is a big place. Our surf
world is limited at best. But if one can hop in the truck and take a short drive to find something like this...why the hell wouldn't you? April Fools Day, 2013.

Photo by The Phantom *Click on the photo above to see the Whole gallery.






(Above) A closer look at Fools Gold. April Fools Day, 2013.
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We welcome all Surf Related pics from our Readers. Just make sure they are at least 900 pixels wide. If you have any OLD photos of local New England surfers and or of local New England surfing, we would love to see them and share them with our readers.

We can scan them for you. And we get them back to you undamaged. Trust me.We can do this...people love the older stuff. So if you have any, please send 'em along. If you have prints/slides we can scan them for you.

And we don't care if you shoot pics with with your cellphones. I mean it. Most of the images you see on the news and on the Internet were shot with them Smart Ass Phones. Shoot and ask questions later.











(Above) Mike Cropper early to mid 90's. Mike is headed in for hip
surgery soon. It won't be long before he's back out and dropping
into some local NH juice. Good luck Mike!
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(Above) Somewhere out west. Snow waves. April 1, 2013.
Photo David Powers
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(Above) Cold Jersey juice. 2013. Photo via the Internet
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Published on Apr 7, 2013

The third in a series of old super 8mm movies of Surfing I shot back in the 70's, 80's and 90's. This clip features footage from the last 80's and early 90's. It was shot in Northern New England. The surfers are, Mike "Zappy" Paugh, Jay Gould, Kevin Grondin, Dave Eon, Steve Dillon, Dave Cropper, and myself (Ralph). The footage is grainy, but you guys seem to like it that way. I guess it lends to the old school look and feel.

Any ways, I hope you like it. I know you'll dig the tunes. It's Jimi at his best.






"An Ode To Joe" First published on Apr 15, 2012

A collection of stills and old super 8mm movie clips of my late best friend Joe Somogyi, and our old surf crew back in the early to mid 70's. This is part of the soon to be 10th anniversary of the weekly Ralph's Pic blog. The song is by the Nor'easters "Hey Joe old friend" and I wrote this about Joe back in the early 80's. Remembering our past, living in the present, and looking forward to the future. *Additional footage from Ed O'Connell.














 











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