The Japanese defense forces couldn't stop Godzilla.....I captured the beast!

The Japanese defense forces couldn't stop Godzilla.....I captured the beast!
Spied this over Route 128 on my way home from work. Dirty windshield and strong sun glare I had to darken the image and crop out the sun. That's the only edit to what's probably my worse quality image. I figured some would get a kick out of it so I posted the pic on facebook. A few shares later it's gone world wide! Who would of thunk it?

Why I created this......

Born and raised in Gloucester, Ma fishing gets in your blood. Surrounded by the sea, kids here have a boat almost as much as kids elsewhere have bicycles! As I grew older my fishing ambitions gave way to what's around me. Although I still "drop a line" every so often, my attention wanders to the majesty of the natural light that make this place so special. Never is each day the same. The subjects may be the same but the light from the sea & sky will morph the subject into a form of art. For that reason artists have been drawn to these shores for several hundred years, they followed the light painting and sketching these surroundings. What artists capture with paint on canvas, I attempt to capture with a click.....if I'm lucky!

I guess that's a sort of Fish'n!

Jay Albert

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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Battle of a Lifetime!

For me this story began back in 1983,my 2nd year as an assistant football coach at Manchester/Essex High School. We were having a staff meeting prior to the new season when then head coach Fran York said to me "Albert,I got a project for you! He's a fellow Gloucesterite"! York added "He's big,he's a character and he lives and breathes football"! A few days later and of all places to meet this new player was the weight room. It was the time we hand out the eqiupment. With upper classmen picking first there is not much left to choose from size wise for the freshmen. Through the door the wide eyed freshmen shyly explore the boxes. About half of them try on shoulder pads and put them on backwards! But one freshman looks as if he's been here before, not afraid to dive into the boxes and grab what looks close to fitting him. He kinda acts like a frenzied shopper on the biggest sale of the year! Nothing fits, shoulder pads, helmets, cleats. He sizes up other freshmen with gear for a possible trade, but no one is his size. It looks like I'm taking this behemouth to see Jack at Palazola's Sporting Goods Store. Duncan Ryan is his name and at 240 lbs this freshman is about to take the gridiron.
Duncan was a better than average high school football player,he knew the game.Smart and tough,a coaches dream. But one battle that he fought through his High School career was in weight. Even though he had a very good junior year his weight was approaching 280 lbs. With hard work during the summer he brought it down to around 190 lbs !
I lost track of Duncan over the years but when I started a new job at Bomco there he was. Me the inspector and Duncan making parts. This time he was big, up to I'd say 300 lbs. Back around April of "07" he was around 450 lbs! It was getting tough for him to breath at times,and after several years of asking him to go for walks every day I was now telling him to. Nope,he wasn't going to change.Then in the morning of January 3rd of this year I saw him at his machine with the biggest MacDonalds bag they have.It was filled with pancakes, hashbrowns and everything else they carry for breakfast! I told him right then and there "If you eat that, you'll never see your kids graduate high school"! He ate it! Then that night walking up the stairs at home he couldn't breath!His wife Kristin rushed him up to AGH where for a couple of days they treated him for a possible heart attack. Further testing revealed he had pneumonia.For awhile it was touch and go.When they had him stabilized it was no food for three days...IV only. He fought with his wife to bring him a fribble, sandwiches, chips anything! No dice she wouldn't give in. A week later he was released from the hospital and returned to work. What I couldn't do to motivate him his children and wife did. With diet and exercise 480 lbs slowly began to fade. Hitting the "Y" after work everyday and long walks Duncan has done the impossible! He's now at 217 lbs! He went from a 64" waist to 36"! And there's no one as proud as his wife Kristin,5 year old daughter Laura and his son 14 year old Sumner. Oh...this "old" coach is proud of him too!




5 comments:

Kathleen Valentine said...

Wonderful story, Jay. You must be so proud and he must be so thrilled.

Thanks for a wonderful and inspiring story.

Anonymous said...

i work with Duncan every day and i am just so impressed & driven by him. He just set his mind to droping the weight which he did so impresivly. It's amazing what diet and exersize can do for the strong willed people. just look at the pictures they just speake for them selfs.

chris mccabe said...

Are you Duncan with mother Carol, father Bob and sister Shannon?

Jay Albert said...

I believe it is Chris.

chris mccabe said...

I lived in FL and was friends with the family in 1974. Hi to all.

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