That feeling when you finally get a three-day weekend after going through the ringer with this and with that and the other thing and your first thought is, “GREAT! Now I can cram in 18-hour days working on this OTHER volunteer thing that I’m too stupid to walk away from!”
And mean it sincerely.
This might not be a well thought out plan.
I don’t blame Vermont.
This version of a ham & cheese omelette wasn’t designed by any left-wing political movement in Vermont, or a vegan restaurant gone to extremes, or even an embarrassing mix up by our waitress.
No, indeed I give the waitress some serious props for diving with both feet into her role of deception and subterfuge. She made it happen!
I do not blame the perpetrator of this switcheroo. A tiger can not change his stripes.
No, ultimately I blame myself. After a lifetime of experiences that should have left me hyper vigilant, I blissfully went and danced on the Bouncing Betty.
At least I wasn’t surprised when the trap was sprung. It’s all good fun, right?
Then the monster sent me the video that I hadn’t even noticed him taking…
What a wonderful day with old friends, some of whom I see every few years, some of whom I haven’t seen since we graduated high school, 45 years ago.
It was lovely. I enjoyed every minute of it.
It’s full of mountains. They’re all really green. Say it in French, quickly.
We spent the day driving around a great deal of it with only the barest of plans except to meet dear friends for dinner at 18:00 and to stay off of the interstate as much as possible.
And to see deer, loons, and moose. (Two out of three ain’t bad!)
We got to Vermont after an overnight in the big metal tube flying through the troposphere, followed by a drive north from Boston.
In celebration, the great State of Vermont left us with some presents!
See, there’s our rental car parked out in front of the amazing Hartness House!
See, in the rain and wind we got a gift baby maple leaf! A symbol of the state and its wonderful maple syrup!
Wait, what’s this? Also a “gift,” but obviously not from any wonderful Vermont representative! This must be a “gift” from a New Hampshire or Maine bird!!
They’re closing the doors – I’ll see you on the other side. That’s it for tonight!
Last night we got home late and found a whole herd of rabbits on the front lawn – I figured it was like catching Santa Claus in the act and for sure this morning the yard would be full of Easter eggs!
No eggs found, but there are piles of chocolate-covered raisins everywhere!
They do seem a bit stale and chewy, and to be honest, they really taste like shi…
Sorry, gotta go!!
Apollo 1 (January 27th)
Challenger (January 28th)
Columbia (February 1st)
I’ll never forget where I was and what I was doing when I heard of any of them.
There are also air museums in Kansas City!
The TWA Museum was nice, with some amazing, knowledgeable, and very friendly docents!
The Airline History Museum and the TWA Museum are both at the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport.
This Sunday was more fun and had a more satisfying result than last Sunday!
Arrowhead Stadium is a holy place to my people…
We had really great seats and were playing our hated arch rivals, the Oakland Raiders.
WE STOMPED THEM, 35-3! And it really wasn’t as close as that score might indicate.
The Chiefs now have won the AFC, have a bye week next week, and now are just two wins away from the Super Bowl for the first time since 1969.
Meanwhile, we’re packing for a busy day of travel tomorrow. Back to reality – or at least “reality-adjacent” for a transition day.