the vacation-that-wasn’t


the perfect storm:  leaving very early and driving 3 1/2 hours from brooklyn to new london, ct.; driving through sections of connecticut along the merritt parkway with less-than-wonderful cellphone reception so that messages went directly to voicemail and were discovered later; and an actual storm.  all added up to arriving at the block island ferry only to find out that, by 11am, all ferries were canceled due to bad weather.  so as the first 6 of us gathered at that location, we heard from another 2 who were unable to arrive from martha’s vineyard because their ferry out was canceled, and the last 2 who had taken a car up to the point judith, rhode island, ferry and – not knowing we’d be canceled, went onto the 10:30am ferry (car needed due to 2 senior citizens coming with us).  it all added up to a comedy of errors and a little sheer terror.  the 2 who bravely sailed forth called us 1.5 hours later to say that they had never been quite so scared nor quite so sick from the 8-10 foot waves hammering the barrier between the sound and the open ocean.  and 2 days later, they are still there…on the island having an enforced mother-daughter vacation even if part of the vacation entailed walking in gale force winds (the mother being one of our seniors) to get some dinner the first night.  rumor has it they are finding their way back on the last ferry tonite.  the rest of us took shelter in connecticut overnight in an attempt to make another attempt but that was quickly squashed when we got a call at 8pm from the ferry company politely informing us that no ferries would run the next day either.  sadly, we all end up having to pay a good portion of the hotel bill which we did not use.  didn’t like that innkeeper or her nasty attitude cloaked in righteousness.

good news: came home to sheet rock going up in the bare kitchen and actual insulation going into the cavity of the exterior walls – something that does not exist in the rest of my 1925 house. 

oh well, i’m oddly ambivalent about it all.  it just seemed like it was meant to not be. 


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