Monday, August 16, 2004

Been having a pretty good time on vacation so far here in Vermont. We went to the nearby state park on Saturday, which has a beautiful lake. The kids had a good time swimming and watching people fish off the dock. Sunday was supposed to be rainy, so I promised to take them to see Yu-Gi-Oh - The Movie. J. is very in to the Yu-Gi-Oh cards and such and really wanted to go, especially since they were giving away cards that you could only get at the theater. The movie itself was terrible - really nothing more than a 90 minute commercial for the cards and other paraphenalia. I kept looking at my watch and hoping it would be over soon. J. loved it, of course. R. thought it was OK, although a little scary in parts.

Today it really did rain, so we went to the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, right on the Connecticut River. This is a great science museum. I'd put it up against any one in the country outside of the major cities. It has great interactive exhibits and an outdoor area with more exhibits and nature trails. We had a great time and even managed to get outside for a bit when it wasn't raining.

I'm really starting to come to terms with selling the house now that we're here. As much as I'll miss this place, it'll be nice to be able to try some other places in the summer - we're discussing the possibility of the Cape or the Rhode Island beaches next summer. Also, we've picked up some brochures and it seems that we can rent a place for a week up here very reasonably, so we can always come back.

One difficulty with being up here is that it becomes tough to follow baseball. Having the laptop helps, although with dial-up access it's become an exercise in frustration - I've really gotten spoiled with the cable internet. We have a TV, but it's mostly for videos. We don't have cable or satellite TV, so we only get two fuzzy stations. Radio reception isn't much better. Of course, none of that prevents me from being pissed off that the Sox dropped two to the White Sox over the weekend. The ChiSox are a mediocre team at best, especially with Magglio Ordonez and Frank Thomas out of the lineup. How do you lose 2 out of 3 at Fenway to these guys? The accounts of Sunday's game just seemed like more of the same of what we've been seeing this year - blown opportunities with men on base and playing just well enough to lose.


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