Author: Mark

  • Sox win! Sox win! After a jaw-dropping three-game thrashing at the hands of the Yankees, the most evil team in professional sports (at least, if you live around here), the Sox did what everyone thought they could do but no one really believed they would do and actually came back to win the ALCS by […]

  • Went to a couple of concerts the week before last that I keep meaning to mention. Tuesday was the first piano concert of the season at Boston Conservatory, and it was a packed house that assembled to hear Ursula Oppens and Jerome Lowenthal play two-piano works by Debussy and Messaien. I’ve never seen either performer […]

  • Our last full day in Barbados (which is already a distant memory) we had the choice of either hanging around the resort all day, or renting a car and crisscrossing the entire island. Beth preferred to do the car thing, so we got ourselves lined up with a mini Moke, a car with no doors […]

  • Fall is in the air up here in the arctic circle, but last weekend we were still in sunny, hot and humid Barbados. Sunday we took our time getting ready in the morning for the shuttle bus that was coming to pick us up at 9:00 to take us to Bridgetown for the snorkeling trip. […]

  • I posted some pictures of the trip here, but this time it’s just a link to Shutterfly, which I’m trying out as an alternate means of hosting the actual pictures. You put the originals up there, and then anyone who wants them can order their own copies (saving the lag time in getting me to […]

  • Our first real day was Friday, and the only scheduled activity was to meet with the travel lady at 9:15 in the lobby. This woman, named Gloriel, spotted us right away as we walked in, but while I was expecting more of the Maui-style travel agent on wheels, all Gloriel basically had was herself, no […]

  • Since our flight wasn’t leaving until 12:30 pm, we took our time puttering around in the morning, got the kids off to the bus, it was rather unusual not having to rush around to get to the airport at the crack of dawn. Even before we’d left the house, as it turns out, Chloe was […]

  • For some reason I’m having major troubles getting motivated to write anything lately, so I’m going to sit here and make myself expound upon the trip to Barbados that Beth and I just returned from tonight, and you’ll just have to suffer along with me. If I’d been really organized (and wanted to spend my […]

  • Another Worldcon is in the books, and if I can get over this cold I seem to always acquire after spending five days cooped up in windowless conference rooms with a bunch of people who don’t get out much, I’ll try to type up a more thorough rundown of what goings-on were worth mentioning. In […]

  • The Olympics is playing havoc with my free time these last several days, but there have been enough Americans in contention in enough different sports to keep it interesting. After the men’s road race was a washout for the US squad, it was good to see Tyler Hamilton >and< Bobby Julich come through in the […]