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I'm baaaaaaaaaaaak....

...from a month--a whole month---back East. Steve (rootbeer1) is creating a detailed chronicle of our extended vacation, which he will post on his journal and I will link to. But in the meantime, here are a few highlights of the trip:

Steve flew, while I took Amtrak. Next time, I'll fly, at least one way. The Rockies in Colorado from the train are phenomenal. Too bad we had to go through boring Wyoming on the way back.

Swam in the Victoria Pool in Saratoga Springs

Saw Andrea and her family. My, how those kids have grown!

Hung out with Tom and spent a morning packing our remaining books from his basement, then visited his new Mid-Century Modern furniture store/gallery in Troy.

Spent a day at my niece Tara's house, and got reacquainted with my very cool grand-nephew Kameron. Went to dinner with them and my big sister Judy and her husband John.

Dropped off boxes at Judy's house, then drove to Gurleyville, CT, to visit Vic and Dave. They have a fabulous MCM house in the woods near UConn.

Had dinner with the local bears. Food was so-so; service was abominable. Vic nearly melted down.

Drove to Boston and tooled around Harvard with Pete (quirkstreet). Then went to Quincy Market.

Drove up to Melrose to stay with Joe and Bill, the East-coast versions of ourselves.

Dinner in Boston (Fajitas and Ritas). Lots of local LJers.

Drove up to Ogunquit, ME for the day. Had hot dogs at the legendary Flo's on the way. Very nice resort town.

Picked up Pete, drove through the Big Dig (yay--road geek moment) and on to Provincetown. Stayed in a lovely house with Joe and Bill, and Dave, who is as sweet as pie.

Ptown--what can I say? It was like coming home. Walk walk walk. Shop shop shop. Dance dance dance. Eat eat eat. Lots of pool time. And so many bears!!! (Well, it was Bear Week. We highly recommend it.) And LJers, which Steve will enumerate. Vic and Dave too. Saw a drag comedy show. Saw Fahrenheit 9/11. Got sick on a bad clam belly.

One week later, drove back to Albany for brother-in-law John's surprise 60th birthday party. Saw nephew Rod, his wife Mary, and their daughter Amanda. Saw nephew Bill, his wife April, and their son Nicholas. Saw Tara again, her husband Joe, Kameron, and Emma, who is still inside Tara waiting to be born any day now. Highlight--softball game, Joe yelling "Slide, Tara, slide!!!!" Saw drunken brother Billy and his wife Elaine. Assorted cousins, friends, John's family members.

Left party and drove to Manhattan. Met up with Michael and picked up keys to Douglas' apartment, where we stayed. Douglas, alas, was in San Francisco at Lazy Bear.

Hot and muggy in the Big Apple. Hooked up with Dave and Seth. Went to Ground Zero. Ate real pizza for lunch (and numerous bagels). Sammy's Noodle Shop for dinner. Took lots of cabs (Subway is $2.00 a pop now!)

Next day went to Museum of Television and Radio. Saw old Time Tunnel episode. Went to Lidia Matticchio Bastianich's reastaurant Becco for dinner with Mark (beeftenderloin) and Eli. Fabulous food, and Lidia herself came around and saw how everyone was doing.

Saw musical Wonderful Town. Couldn't get tickets to Avenue Q *sob*.

Drove to some wee town north of Philadelphia to visit Pat and Jane and their genius children Jack and Liz (formerly known as Betsy). My, how they've grown!!

Drove to Stamford CT to visit Madeline and Greg and daughters Alexandra and Victoria. My, how they've grown!! The girls are practically adults now (18 and 14) and are both so cool. We expect Alex to visit us in SF sometime this year.

Drove back to Albany. I went into my old office while Steve transported boxes of books to the post office to mail home.

Drove down to Binghamton for the day to see brother Jim, his wife Lori, and nephews Jimmy, Mathew and Christopher. My, how they've grown!! And they have a trampoline!

Back to Albany. Final dinner at Grandma's pie shop (goodbye diets!).

Brought Steve to airport. Trolled around town. Visited alma maters RPI and UAlbany. Up to brother Billy's house to hook up with big brother Fred. Family reunion mission complete.

Farewell breakfast with Judy, Tara and Kameron. Drove around old neighborhoods. Back to Tara's to hang out until she brought me to train station. Tearful goodbyes.

Three days of fun on the train. This country sure has lots of cornfields. Four hour layover in Chicago, during which I left the station and explored. What a beautiful city! The Millenium Park is especially nice, with the new Frank Geary amphitheater (yay--architecture geek moment).

Home again last Thursday evening. Steve picked me up at Emeryville. Glad we got to go, glad to be home. There's no place like home--both of them. And the house--it's so clean!!!!!!

Comments

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fuzzygruf
Jul. 31st, 2004 08:16 am (UTC)
Great! Good job, Jack!

Welcome home!
qbear
Jul. 31st, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Gary!! Great!!

Sorry to hear about the layoff, but at least they're giving the same severance. Let me know if you want Kathleen's email address at Wells.

God only knows what I'll find at DBRM when I go back on Monday. I may just send Kathleen a resume too.
fuzzygruf
Aug. 1st, 2004 01:49 am (UTC)
Please send Kathleen's email to me at fuzzygruf@yahoo.com.

I saw a Schwabbie at the Lone Star tonight. He said that on Tuesday the new CIO cut lots of executives and their admins and chiefs of staff. I guess all of Geoff Penney's direct reports got cut. David Dibble, Beth Devin, et al. Sounds like a bloodbath for STECH execs.
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qbear
Jul. 31st, 2004 09:03 pm (UTC)
It was great seeing you guys, and dinner was spectacular. We're enjoying the refreshing San Francisco fog after the heat and humidity in NYC.
beingmee67
Jul. 31st, 2004 08:43 am (UTC)
This is a MONTH? Damn! I'm jealous!!!

Was nice meeting you and Steve, dinner was great, pity we didn't had the extra time for more. Maybe in SF sometime, if the dates fit with beeftenderloin for a reunion. ;-)
qbear
Jul. 31st, 2004 09:04 pm (UTC)
Absolutely--we had a wonderful time with you guys, and also wish it could have been longer. By all means, come to SF--we'd love to show you around.
beingmee67
Aug. 1st, 2004 02:25 am (UTC)
Will you send us THAT picture? Instead of posting it? ;-)
quirkstreet
Jul. 31st, 2004 09:20 am (UTC)
You're back! YAY!

It was SO good meeting you and Steve. I have many happy memories of lounging by (or IN) the pool at Bear Week. :-)

Now I have to plan a trip to the City.
qbear
Jul. 31st, 2004 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yes, you do. And you have to stay with us.

It was great meeting you in person and spending time with you--hopefully longer next time, here or there.
quirkstreet
Aug. 2nd, 2004 05:47 am (UTC)
There's a good chance I'll need to be in Salinas again before the end of the year, to pick up any of my Mom's unwanted stuff that I want from storage with my Uncle. I've been considering making a real trip out of it.
excessor
Jul. 31st, 2004 09:41 am (UTC)
It sounds like you had a terrific time! And welcome back, both of you. It's good to know you're home. I want to hear all about Bear Week.
qbear
Jul. 31st, 2004 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks, honey. Steve is going to post at length, but hopefully we'll see you in person soon and tell all. We're going to the FCD intro class this Tuesday, and it looks like we'll be taking the course. Rick finally recruited us. :o)
dr_scott
Jul. 31st, 2004 09:53 pm (UTC)
OMG! More cult members.

They don't tell you about the initiation rituals until you're hooked. :)
backawayslowly
Jul. 31st, 2004 11:56 am (UTC)
holy FUCK. sounds FABULOUS!
qbear
Jul. 31st, 2004 09:09 pm (UTC)
It was....exhausting at times, but worth it, considering all we did. Now it's my family's turn to come out and visit me--in 7 years, not one has made it out here.
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qbear
Jul. 31st, 2004 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thanks---let us know if you want to stay with us for a few days. The Marcia Brady Guest Room™ is all ready.
castrowoof
Aug. 1st, 2004 08:10 am (UTC)
Welcome home and thanks for journaling your journey. Sounds like Bearweek in Ptown is a blast!
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