Richard Patterson Jr

“Let your dreams stay big and your worries stay small”
— Unknown
This Holiday Sizzles: Happy ‘International Bacon Day’! (Scallops wrapped in bacon, my favorite…!) 8/30/14

This Holiday Sizzles: Happy ‘International Bacon Day’! (Scallops wrapped in bacon, my favorite…!) 8/30/14

I’m Trying To Get A Leg Up On This: Looking for the owner of this single sandal, which was mysteriously moved to various locations, in front of my office building, during the course of the day today… (The owner will be walking with a limp…) 8/24/14

I’m Trying To Get A Leg Up On This: Looking for the owner of this single sandal, which was mysteriously moved to various locations, in front of my office building, during the course of the day today… (The owner will be walking with a limp…) 8/24/14

So Don’t Be A Sap: Happy ‘National Waffle Day’! (On this date, in 1869, the 1st waffle iron was patented…) 8/24/14

So Don’t Be A Sap: Happy ‘National Waffle Day’! (On this date, in 1869, the 1st waffle iron was patented…) 8/24/14

From Finz To Shining Sea: The girls had a good time on our cruise last night out on beautiful Salem Harbor (and so did the guys, we just don’t take good pictures)  8/23/14

From Finz To Shining Sea: The girls had a good time on our cruise last night out on beautiful Salem Harbor (and so did the guys, we just don’t take good pictures) 8/23/14

How ‘bout Dem Apples?: Read all about it, the Salem Farmers Market went to the dogs today…(And how ‘bout dem corn…?) 8/14/14

How ‘bout Dem Apples?: Read all about it, the Salem Farmers Market went to the dogs today…(And how ‘bout dem corn…?) 8/14/14

'I know it hurts to say goodbye, but it's time for me to fly' ~ REO Speedwagon

 It’s with mixed emotions that I bid a fond farewell to wonderful Salem Massachusetts. I grew up in Peabody, but really fell in love with this place when I moved here almost 12 years ago. The history, culture, waterfront, architecture, bars & restaurants, Heritage Days, the Farmers Market and, of course, Halloween - it’s amazing how much you can pack into 8 square miles. Salem Willows, Winter Island, Pickering Wharf (where I lived for 9 years) and, of course, beautiful Salem Common…And I think I’ve walked it all, hundreds of miles, on foot; including walking to my office here in downtown Salem, every day, for the past 6 years. But I’ve been seeing someone else on the side, dear Salem. Much like when I first moved to Salem, when I first visited Hollywood Beach Florida, it was love at first sight…A funky little beach town, where I can (still) walk everywhere…7 years ago I bought a little place there, and I’ve been trending in that warm weather direction ever since… So, as some of you already know, at the end of this month I’m closing my law office, and the middle of next month ‘it’s time for me to drive…’ to Florida. No, I’m not retiring (I wish…), but need to find a full time job (or else I’ll be sleeping ON the beach, not by the beach…) But this all feels right (I’m super-excited), and it’s all about quality of life, and a work-life balance (less work, more beach-life…). I have a window of opportunity, so I might as well do it now, while I’m still  ‘young’ enough to enjoy it…So thank you Salem, I know you love tourists, so you know I’ll be back (which could always happen, if things don’t work out…but that’s not the plan…)  So, if you’ve read this far, thank you for your support. This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter in my life…I hope you’ll join me on this new adventure…

Supermoon, over beautiful Salem Common tonight… 8/10/14

Supermoon, over beautiful Salem Common tonight… 8/10/14

They were a huge part of the 2nd British Invasion of the 1980s, and had 15 Top 40 hits, including this Top 10 hit from 1982, where they were ‘on the hunt’ in the jungles of Sri Lanka…Happy Duran Duran Appreciation Day..! 8/10/14

(Source: youtube.com)

Sweet, Sweet Music: Security was tight for Sarah McKenzie’s performance at Derby Square this afternoon… (hosted by the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival…) 8/9/14

Sweet, Sweet Music: Security was tight for Sarah McKenzie’s performance at Derby Square this afternoon… (hosted by the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival…) 8/9/14