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Monday, February 11, 2008
Weekend Wanderings in New England
Sorry for the recent absence folks. It's been a busy week in Broadsheet land. I took another long road trip weekend up through New England to attend a concert in New London, CT on Thursday evening with five girlfriends.

Our seats were third row orchestra, with plenty of room in the aisle for dancing. The concert opened with Beau Soleil - perhaps the BEST Cajun band in the US. The fiddling was amazing (sis - you really missed out on this one!). The headliner was worth waiting for though - the one, the only - The Subdudes. I've been a fan a long time, but the last time I heard them live was at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2005 - just a few months before Katrina. They are on tour promoting their new album, and there were more than a few Katrina themed songs. The concert was in the old, very ornate, Garde Arts Theater in New London, which has recently been renovated with an old Moorish, Moroccan theme. Odd, but ornately well done.

It didn't take long for people to start dancing in aisles, and at one point, the whole band came down into the audience and stood right next to us and sang a wonderful song completely acapella - THAT'S talent.

The rest of the weekend was spent lurking in antique and book shops in Providence and Newport, having dinner with friends, a walk along the beach in Naragansett Bay, and general hanging out.

I know that the Great Wall of China is a remarkable feat of human engineering, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, but seriously, if you added up all the stone walls running through the countryside in Connecticut and Rhode Island, I'll bet you could circle the earth a time or five over. It's estimated that between 1750 and 1850, more than 240,000 miles of stacked stone walls were in use throughout New England. The Great Wall of China is only 4,000 miles long.

I didn't take my camera this trip - and the weather wasn't very good most of the weekend, but one of the US's great roadside advertisements is on I-95 South coming out of Providence, RI. The Big Blue Bug.

New England Pest Control Originally uploaded by So Cal Metro

The trip home yesterday was fraught with high winds so strong I thought I would be blown from any bridge or overpass, and a white out snow squall on the George Washington Bridge in NYC was something that I'd rather not have to drive through ever again. White knuckle time.

Another interview today and meetings all afternoon.... Back to work!
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