Why am I writing about this? Well, this past weekend Ray went with his brother, Donald, and his sister, Susie on their annual visit to Calverton National Cemetery on Long Island where their Dad is buried. After visiting the cemetery they usually drive to the beaches that they used to summer at as kids. While hiking the shore of Long Beach in Smithtown, Long Island they came across this:
WARNING! DON'T LOOK ANY FURTHER IF YOU ARE AT ALL SQUEAMISH!
PICTURE OF A CARCASS IS BELOW!
Okay, you've been warned! If you're still with me here goes!
Susie and Donald think it's the carcass of a dog.
Ray thinks it's the carcass of a raccoon.
I don't know what to think! I only hope it's not any kind of waste from Plum Island!
I seriously have to think about moving out of this state!
(Actually, we have been seriously thinking of moving. Ray is always concentrating on the negatives of living in New York, and I've been mulling over some of the sore points lately, I still feel New York is a major target for a terrorist attack, the value of our home is plummeting, our state has one of the highest income taxes, and the second highest property taxes. Ray will most likely have to work into his eighties in order for us to afford to live here. And a Mercatus study [Mercatus Center at George Mason University did a "Freedom In The Fifty States" study] ranks New York as dead last of all fifty states for personal and economic freedom!. I don't think it will be too long before New York State is much like the carcass that washed up on it's shore!)
But there are also a lot of good things about my home state that I love too. And I will be posting about the good points over the next few months.
Plus, I often think of that couple that studied, explored, and did in-depth investigations to find the most peaceful place on earth to live, and after much research they settled in the Falkland Islands only to have a war break out soon after! I guess you can't run from your destiny.
Okay, enough of the negative, I have some really pretty beach pictures too, but I don't want to put them in the same post with this!
I'll post pretty beach pictures later in the week, and then on Veteran's Day I will post some of the pictures taken at the cemetery.