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Had a great time on my vacation.

I stayed in a gorgeous early 20th century house, surrounded by natural greenery, decorated with Asian, African, and early American furnishings. It was just lovely. There was an 18th c. grandfather clock that (so the story goes) had been spared by the British while ransacking some long-ago house because the metal face said, "London"! The coasters were bits of polished granite, or little rubber sticky things that said "Kawasaki" (one of the housemates was an avid motorcyclist.)

The bathtub was claw-footed. I am not immune to the charm of the claw-footed bathtub, but found myself wondering why a bathtub would need defensive claws. Also, wouldn't it have to flip on its back, cat-like, to defend itself?

There were cats: an amiable, sweet-faced, perpetually hopeful kitty of vast age, who looked like an ambulatory sheepskin rug with coffee and ink stains, and her daughter, a glamorous longhair with classic tricolor markings. My hostess also had a personal cat, a sleek gray beast with pointed yellow eyes and a smile one can only describe as feline. She reminded me of Egyptian cat sculptures.

We met up with earlgreytea68 and jlrpuck, who are everything one would hope they would be, and more. We visited Tealuxe in Harvard Square, which I am happy to report does really exist and is also everything one would hope it would be.

We visited various things, of which the one that made the most impression on me was the Science Museum. I fell in love with the Van de Graff generator. There is probably some reason more complicated than it looking like an old cover of Analog, but that really was what I was thinking.

We took a lot of public transport, and were surrounded by people whose picture I wanted to take, but didn't dare. Lots of interesting faces, interesting stances, interesting clothes. I discovered I'd long ago lost my sea legs: I nearly pitched on top of my seated neighbors a couple of times while strap-hanging on the Green Line.

One advantage of visiting a city like Boston is that if a film is playing in "eight cities nationwide", there's a good chance that one of them will be Boston. We saw Cold Souls, which I recommend. I had the soundtrack running through my head the next day.

I was admitted to MIT as an undergrad, but didn't go, and it was interesting to walk through the MIT neighborhood and wonder what it would have been like. I know enough now about MIT as it was (and probably still is) to know that I would have had a miserable time there, but I still sort of wonder.

It would take a much longer visit to get a full picture of Boston, but I had a lovely time and want to go back!


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Sep. 2nd, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you had fun in Boston! It was great meeting you!!
Sep. 3rd, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
I had a fantastic time! And it was wonderful to meet you! I felt like I'd known you and jlrpuck for years! (Which, um, I guess I have! But you know what I mean!)
Sep. 2nd, 2009 07:00 am (UTC)
Looks like you had a nice trip. Glad to hear you got well in time to enjoy it. :)
Sep. 3rd, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
Thank you! It was lots and lots of fun!
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