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Jumping off the Lt. Island bridge, aka meeting the third cousins twice removed (I think Jacob said)

So past days we have been hanging with distant relatives we'd never bet before

Jacob really wanted to jump off the bridge, so Andy and he rounded me up to jump off with them.

Then everyone else came out, Dan and Leah and Judy and Whitney and Serena and her kids... Dimitrius was the first to join us in jumping in the water,

High tide was around 8:30 p.m.

Leah and I, having not done any drugs except for a little alcohol and caffeine, but getting asked a lot what drug we are on, have decided to G. Hashbenleaphine

You can catch yourself with one hand

Helping clean Grandpa's boat, I was dumping some relatively benign cleaning water out of site of the harbormaster. This involved (not exactly out of necessity) climbing down the side of the boat with one hand holding the bucket. With hand on the top railing and toes on the first ridge, I lowered myself so that the toes were on the lower ridge. I estimated that I could let go of the top railing and grab hold of the cleat quickly enough to not fall backward into the water... and I was right.

Meetings: a couple of Mom and Grandpa's brushes with fame

Mom saw Ellis Clarke talk. She didn't remember the name when telling me but ambassador from trinidad & tobago 1965 meant there's no question.

She said he was an amazing speaker, expressed a love like unto the Dalai Lama. He went on to become the country's president and is still alive and the most venerated political leader.

"And I must say, too, my exposure to black people was very limited back then. There were a lot of Polish people" [in Webster].

Weird rules followed for too long

Manda: So you're pagan today? :P

Benjamin Melançon
8:37
this morning i was! Now passover has started and i stuffed myself to eat the remaining bread (poor me, it was a loaf of garlic bread) before sundown

Manda
8:37
haha, poor you :P

Benjamin Melançon
8:38
i think i'll explain religion to my nephews as, you know how when your teacher makes a weird rule? well religion is when that weird rule has been followed by too many people for too long :-)

Manda
8:38
lol
I think that's actually a perfect way to explain government

My third nephew was just born

7 pound 7 ounces or somesuch. He and Eva are doing well.

John Douglas Melançon

Journey to Massachusetts

Mom was not comfortable with Grandpa's driving so she was urging him to stop for a motel for the night.

The first exit, Grandpa didn't take, because Mom was looking for hotel signs, even though there had been a bevy of restaurant and gas signs and I told them the lodging was always listed first.

So we coasted by an exit that had four or five hotels and motels practically on the highway. (Two exits on, it turns out, also had lodging just off the highway.)

Helped Grandpa move the boat and ate like a couple of kings

The Instead is now in Sesuit harbor, Mom and I drove out to help Grandpa empty it and move it.

Ate a banana and a plum and a pear, and a few pistachios, but didn't really eat anything all day. Until dinner just now at Van Rensselaer's. My standard heaping, impossibly stacked salad bar plate, the spicy (not really) Thai tofu, bok choy, and rice early bird special, AND the portabello mushroom plate. Fantastic. And Grandpa's vegetables and some of his rice, and of course the bread, including at the end to leave the plate spotless.

What are you saying about West Virginia?

This one hits a little close to home:

Nothing says that poor people can't make good soldiers. But let's not kid ourselves. There's a reason so many of the dead come from high-unemployment, low-wage states like West Virginia. They're desperate. And desperate people are more tempted to accept a job that could cost them their lives.

Hi Dan!

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