In about 4 weeks…

Everything permitting, especially a lack of Icelandic volcanoes erupting, I could well be meeting a couple of Garden members in, or around the Boston area.

One of those people, beyond her postings at the Garden, I really dont know all that well. Her name is Kate (well I assume so?), she has a dog named Fenway, anyone would think she was a Red Sox fan or something? She has an Adored One, doesnt adore US Airways, and beyond that…well I know she works hard, to put it mildly!

The other one, I feel I know a lot better, a lovely gentleman by the name of James. I’ve known him a lot longer at the Garden, had the privilege of role playing with him over a good period, something that was great fun, even if I was starting to think of him as Henry, not James at one point! Mind he might have been doing the same thing with me as Siobhan lol!

James has a similar style to me in postings, you get to know a lot about the person through his words. And James is a very fine wordsmith, and poet, even if he wouldnt admit to it. I’ve seen a picture of James, not just his avatar one, and look forward a lot to meeting him soon. I know some would say its silly to see someone as a true friend, when you’ve never met them, and really one know them through a forum, and few brief chats on Yahoo, but I can do that with James.

Thanks for everything you’ve done for me up to now, including sorting out my accomodation for my trip across, all very much appreciated. Indeed, without him, I probably couldnt have budgeted a stay in Boston to be honest. I really look forward to meeting you in just a few weeks, and dont worry, if you cant make it to Boston for personal reasons, then I thoroughly plan to come to you, I’m sure Amtrak wont mind that, lol! All I say, is that I hope I’m not a disappointment to him in the flesh.

It should be a good week! 🙂

Nothing to do with robots! Shock horror…

But entirely to be with somewhere I shall be visiting in just over 5 weeks time, well alright, 5 weeks tomorrow! I could make some witty comment about MIT working on a plan to robotise me, but as I promised not to mention robots, thats it!

I have been to Boston before, and what I remember of the place, I really liked it. Snag is, that was 23 years ago, now I’m showing my age! So my memories of the exact details are rather vague to say the least. Funnily enough that was also in September, but no idea what date it was lol! My partner at the time had an aunt living in Groton, so the main purpose was to visit her, though both of us also planned that the main part of our 2 week trip would be just us, and so it proved.

2 Firsts happened then, though neither in Boston. First ever Ice Hockey match in Hartford, though neither of us knew anything about the game, we got invited, said yes, and well, I dont remember much. All I know is that the Hartford Whalers are now in Carolina, hope that wasnt anything to do with us! Other first, and of more interest to me, my first ever live game of American football, a college game at Yale, against Columbia. All I remember is Yale won, seeing the public parts of the college beforehand was interesting, and Sheila’s fascination with the guys shouting, and selling ‘Soda’! Nothing like that happens in our country, even now!

Oh, alright, Boston. We spent the first few days there, before heading down to Groton, and saw a lot of the sights. The topical one at the time was the ‘Cheers Bar’, though as we saw it at 9 in the morning or so, we didnt go in! Memories otherwise are very vague, other than the Heritage walk, and Feneuil Hall to be honest, so it will be more like a first time visit I guess? Saw somewhere called Fenway Park from the observation platform somewhere, I think it was the John Hancock Tower, but could have that totally wrong? Been told I might see more of Fenway Park this time lol!

It seems 2 ‘Gardeners’ seem to want to meet up with me this time around, one of whom is a lovely guy I’ve ‘known’ most of my time at the Garden, and hey, I even know what he looks like! Pretty much fitted my image of him too in all honesty. Hopefully he will be able to get across at some point, if not I might be doing an Amtrak trek to meet this wonderful person, but that wouldnt be the biggest hardship in the world, other than it would mean an overnight stay away, and I’d hate to be a hardship on him.

The other is a lady I know far less about, certainly have no idea what she looks like, and to be honest, no great image in my head either. Oh, and she has a dog named after a famous baseball park, or is that the other way around? 😉

Guess they might sound familiar to some?

5 weeks from now, I should be in bed, as I’ve got an early start the next morning, but here and now, I can blog about a trip I’m really looking forward to.

Its NASCAR, but not as we know it!

Apologies for the play on the Star Trek thing, if any trekkies get to read this! Ironically its not quite Jim that provides a lot of the entertainment, but its close, being James.

Alright, this posting only really works for Garden members who read this, but I suspect the majority are anyway.

Most weekends, generally on a Sunday, there is soimething called NASCAR racing in the US, I know its car racing, but beyond that my knowledge about it could be written on a postage stamp! I have a handy website which helps me to be competitive, but I’m not giving away trade secrets here lol! Without it, I wouldnt have a clue, and couldnt pick out one driver if they stood in front of me. Mind, they are so well clothed (much needed) that I suspect I might not be the only one.

In theory there are 11 of us in this, though 2 seem to focus on picking via the lucky dog method only lol. So that should leave 9 trying hard to win it? Nope, leaves 7 trying to win it! And 2 trying their hardest to be, err, well, last! Give James credit, he’s got this off to a fine art, much as Freeze Frame has got picking good drivers off to the same fine art. But this year James has had competition on the bad driver front, much to people’s amusement. Trouble is, Rosie isnt so good at it lol! Good enough to be well and truly one but last, but nowhere near as bad/good as James at it.

I like James a lot, and plan to write more about this great guy sometime soon. But yet again this week, James seems to have stopped his driver, and Rosie hasnt! Its probably just as well the drivers dont know about all this! My driver yet again seems to have run well for most of the race, then drops right back when it counts. I’m not competitive, but all the same…

One day I must watch one of these races lol!