Hello all, I hail from Portland, Maine. I haven’t really seen it in daylight yet, but I have a feeling it will be very pretty.
After I left work on Saturday, I hopped a flight to Atlanta. Yes, Atlanta. I know it’s stupid. I don’t really understand the stupid hub system. So in order to go from Kansas City to Portsmouth, I have layover in Atlanta. Dumb. But the next flight was to Boston, which at least was going in the right direction. I hate to fly, because it gives me motion sickness. The Delta pilots knew about my problem, so they flew through every patch of turbulence they could find, and then smashed the plane into the runway with enough force to dent the concrete.
The plan was to stay in Boston Saturday night and then rent a car to drive to Portland. That meant I got to spend the entire day today wandering around Boston. Of course, the fact that the convention was happening starting tomorrow meant it was a very unique time to see the city. I visited the USS Constitution, which is a beautiful commissioned tallship. Because of all of the terror threats that Boston has gotten of late, the security was insane. There were Boston police, State police, ATF agents, Secret Service, SWAT, Navy police, Federal agents in full armor. I’ve never seen that much of an armed presence. The USS Constitution is parked about a block from the convention center, so I suppose it’s understandable. Here is a picture:
I really enjoy taking pictures of tallships. My living room is tallship themed. So I took a bunch of pictures today and hopefully at least one of them will join the decor. Here are some samples…
I’m not sure where the fascination came from. I’ve never owned a sailboat. I don’t know how to sail a boat. I grew up in Kansas, for pity’s sake. But nonetheless, the fascination is very real.
While I walked around the city, I also got to see some serious preparations being made for the convention. I saw the FEMA staging area, where they were setting up a huge triage area, I suppose on the chance of a terrorist actually doing something. I also got to see all of the heavily guarded back entrances to the convention center. Each street leading up behind the center was barricaded and had at least 8 or 10 armed guards. There were dozens of helicopters circling around, many of them military, some of them coast guard. They seem pretty serious about not having an incident.
I will probably visit Boston again this week sometime, since it’s only about 80 miles from here, but I won’t be doing it the first couple days of the week, because the are closing Interstate 93 during the convention. I-93 runs under the Atlantic, right next to the convention center. I guess they decided it was too big of a security risk, so they just chose to shut it down totally. Many Bostonians have taken the week off so they won’t have to find a way to get to work.
The best thing so far about the Northeast, is the food. I’m telling you, every restaurant is awesome. I haven’t had anything yet that wasn’t perfect, and I’m a PICKY eater. Just ask “Lynne” and “Andrea.” I do “Quality control” on my food, even on McDonalds fries…
I will have more to report once I’ve actually seen my true destination, but for now, I’m going to go watch TV till morning. Bye.