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So my father died on February 6th of this year
after a quite rapid decline over the last year, one that accelerated in the
last two months of his life after he was diagnosed with ineoperable renal
cancer. In his younger days my father was intolerant of heat but not bothered
much by the cold. In his old age, though, he hated the cold and kept the house
temperature in the high 70s F year round and even kept his room over 80* once I
bought him a ...
The aim today was to drive to the Green Mountains in Vermont - the **** sat nav we've hired likes to take us on long routes so today's drive was 6 hours long! This included driving the length of Manhattan in rush hour in heavy rain and getting lost in a car park. Luckily ...
"You're looking for players whose name on the front of the sweater is more important than the one on the back. I look for these players to play hard, to play smart and to represent their country."
-Herb Brooks, U.S. Olympic hockey coach of "Miracle on Ice" gold medal team, 1980
After a free breakfast (one of the few!) at Denny's we were on the road again. We ...
... miles or so on to Rutland, a much bigger town hampered by major roadworks on Main Street. We reached our motel, the Highlander (the dearest and worst we've experienced so far). The family diner opposite did supply a splendid supper special of beef liver and bacon with mash n onions n gravy. Yummy, for me; less so for Steph, who went for a chicken stir-fry. Would have ordered grits, if we knew what they were!
A good day in pleasant sunshine. Probably freezing again ...
... So we organised everything, and I made a box full of presents that I planned to send home (since my suitcase is already at a bulge and we're only 2 weeks in).
We then decided to hit up the Rutland State Fair that had its opening night tonight, conveniently just down the road from where we were staying. Now for a country town fair, it was actually pretty fun. There were petting zoos, shop stalls, food stalls, rides; about the only ...