June 15th, 2006


Scene from final night of Passport

SCENE: The show begins with the spotlight on a gondola in Venice (cleverly constructed of suitcases). A couple sits in the front; the gondolier belts out an aria in the back.

Blonde: It's our last night together.
Man: Well, we knew it was coming.
Blonde: So much good food, so many beautiful places ...
Man: None of it has really stuck in my mind.

All stage lighting is extinguished. The actors carry on without missing a beat, including this line ...

Blonde: It's really been a pretty good trip, except for the eclipse.

Crew class day 5: at last we row!

Alrightie! Despite the wind (nearly 12 miles an hour, which is apparently the cut-off point), we went out on the water today, three boats of eight, three coxswains, and three people riding on the support boats. I was with an all-woman crew (3/4 of our class is female, not sure why), and I found getting the boat off of the rack (and, later, out of the water) HAAAAAAAAAAARD! It was heavy and I am weak.

Seemingly seconds after we got in the water, the boat bleeeeewwwww away into the middle of the lake. Behold, houseboats! Behold, barge towing sand! Behold the sea plane! All of them seemed aimed toward us and we did worry about the possibility of a collision.

The next hour and a half (we were out there over the normal end of class), we tried to paddle a little, turn, paddle, split the paddling with left "rowing" and right "pulling" (or something like that), just have the front paddle, etc., etc. I was able to do a good job of getting "right" and "left" correct (it's reversed for crew, and it's "port" and "starboard" just to be extra special), but when I was supposed to row backwards I kept, um, going the right way, which actually is backwards, but it was supposed to be the other direction. Behold, I am dyslexic.

At any rate, it seemed that whenever the teacher wanted some muscle, she asked me to pull (but maybe it was just because of my position in the boat), which I found flattering ... so even though I was working hard, mentally and physically, I was having a really good time.

Afterwards, it was off to Piecora's for a refreshing bout of slices and salad. I'm looking forward to Saturday morning's class, and I'm feeling very enthused about the possibility of keeping this up after this class is done!
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It's how many days until summer?

I forgot to mention: when I was on the water, it was COLD COLD COLD! I was expecting to be moving around a lot, but instead, I spent a lot of time hunched over my oar, trying to keep the boat level, with the wind blowing on my bare arms and legs. BRRR! Supposedly it's 59 out, right now, but on the water it felt like 53! Next time I'm wearing sleeves if it's under 60.

Of course, this being Seattle, it won't really warm up until the 4th of July. I suppose I should just get used to it.