Weekend of July 9-11
07.14.2010 72 °F
It is official: Boston traffic is worse than Chicago traffic. Hell, Cape Cod traffic is worse than Chicago traffic. My poor steering wheel was the recipient of a lengthy and profanity-laced tirade this Friday evening while ‘driving’ through Boston, far worse abuse than it has ever received crawling along the Dan Ryan. Worse still, being stuck in traffic in Boston means you stuck in a claustrophobic tunnel underneath South Station. At least in Chicago you can agonize while catching some rays.
But it was well worth the wait. I visited a friend from school, Alex Grip, at his place on Cape Cod Friday night. I got to see the bayside beach and eat some first rate haddock. I had never been to the Cape before and it was awesome to see. Now I just got to make it to a Hyannis Mets game, right?
Saturday I made my way to Newport, Rhode Island and met up with my Aunt MarrGwen and my uncle Stuart aboard their sailboat, Virago. All of MarrGwen and Stuart’s sailboats have bore this name—and I was curious to know the actual Italian definition of the word. When I got back home, this is one interpretation I found—Virago: A noisy, scolding, or domineering woman. While the sailboat Virago is undeserving of any of these attributes—it is actually quiet, welcoming and, (okay fine, it does have a dominating presence but that is not a bad thing)—I still find it to be a great name. We went to a charity event Saturday night at IYRS in Newport, and had a gorgeous sail Sunday morning and afternoon. The sailboat is captained by a Englishman named Richard Archer who is assisted by his wife Carole. Michael, the boat’s chef, provided welcome relief from my own failed cooking experiments at school. Thanks to all of them for a great trip—especially MarrGwen and Stuart for their hospitality. I’m looking forward to the next one!
This week is pretty crazy at school, wish I could write more…New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking this Friday on campus so hopefully I can let everyone know how that goes…Pictures are all aboard Virago[i].