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Trip to Boston

Happy labor day guys, Workers Unite!

I have just gotten back from my trip to Boston. Katriona was kind enough to invite me to visit her, and stay over while she was there. Oh, I had a wonderful time!

The hotel was very fancy, and it was right down on the water front of Boston, (Where  the redcoated  soldiers came in from over the ocean to occupy the city. And there were stamp taxes, and tea taxes,  and an ugly scuffle over some  snowballs thrown, and then   the real  trouble started...)

I had lived in the Boston area years ago, and am somewhat used to it as a city, but had not been there to walk around in decades. For this reason I was not a very good guide-- but Katriona is a world traveler, and very handy with a map. We ended up just strolling and talking for hours.

We talked about books and movies, and actors, (duh,) And she was so kind and such good company I felt I had known her for years. She is a real expert on Robert Lewis Stevensen. So I learned a lot about him .I had had the vauge feeling that he was from Scotland, and had TB and went to the tropics for a while, but that was the extent of my knowledge. But of course, being with someone who knows all the facts and the dates makes it so much more interesting.

And we taked about Hornblower, and Marlowe, and rabbits, and traveling, and LJ and many other things. And went out to dinner and ate codfish.
The next morning, (This morning, although it seems a long time ago now,) I parted from Katriona and went to meet up with my brother. He took me to sit in Harvard Yard. Very green and sunny.  (Brother went to Harvard in the 1970's.)

Today seemed to be the day that new students were arriving. (At least some of them,) It was very sweet, they seemed so young!

And then I caught the Amtrak home. And that is now.

So tommorrow I will write something fictive and useful. (I got some little scraps done on the train.) See you all then.



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Sep. 3rd, 2012 09:52 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had a spiffy time. *hugs*
Sep. 3rd, 2012 01:27 pm (UTC)
Boston is where my hubby and I both grew up, and we live just outside it now in a small suburb, Dedham. The Fairbanks house,oldest wood frame house in America is here, 1630. It was built with the timbers of the ship that brought the original inhabitants, and the chimneys were built with the ballast bricks.

I hope you got a chance to visit Boston Common and the Boston Public Gardens, maybe even a walk in the Frog Pond and a look at the State House? Fanuiel Hall and Old State House? Old North Church? Paul Revere's House?

I hope you'll come again and get to see more of our 'treasures'!
Sep. 3rd, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
She had not been to Boston before, or not much. But I lived in Allston for several years, so the city was more familiar to me. (The T goes more places now though, than it did!)

We ended up just walking and talking and looking around the Waterfront. We walked through Quincy Market, but that was about it for sights. (She did the Constitution before I arrived.) Not very organized, but lots of sunny day fun.
Sep. 3rd, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
Awww I'm so glad you two managed to get together! It sounds like you had a fabulous day. I can just imagine you both strolling about blethering about Navyboys, rabbits and Marlowe. It must have been lovely :)

I have a bit of a soft spot for Boston, it was one of the few places I used to travel to in the US for work that I really enjoyed visiting. More often than not we tended to end up in the middle of nowhere in Silcon Valley. That was less fun :/
Sep. 4th, 2012 07:26 am (UTC)
I had not wandered Boston for fun since-- 1987. (!!) Still, I knew the city well back then. It was so fun to come back.

Also, I love that icon. Archie has a particular face he makes often that seems to say 'I am unconvinced.'

JB must spend a lot of time unconvinced I think. (More reason Archie is a terrier. I find they are often dubious about things.)
Sep. 4th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
I can't remember the last time I was in Boston, a few years before daughter was born, so maybe 2004?

Archie has a particular face he makes often that seems to say 'I am unconvinced.'
I agree. Archie makes absolutely the best "I am unconvinced" faces.

JB must spend a lot of time unconvinced I think.
I suspect you are right. Particularly given that he has three lively girls at home! And talking of JB's face, did you see all the pics zegeekgirl posted here? I think she managed to capture every expression imaginable!
Sep. 4th, 2012 09:50 pm (UTC)
Including unconvinced!
Sep. 5th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
Every shade of unconvinced you could possibly desire!
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