As foreshadowed, it’s time for my “Cod-Bos-Duation-Polis” catchup post, which is an amalgamation of Cape Code, Boston, [SB’s] Graduation, and the Indianapolis 500. I have so very much to cover, in fact, if I were to cover all of it in my traditional fashion it would probably end up being one of those 10-15 thousand word long posts. While I probably have time for that, I figured I’d try something a bit different. At first I thought I’ve revisit my haiku style, and while I’ll most certainly try that out again, I thought that I’d mix things up and challenge myself in a different way.
One common critique of my writing is that I am way too verbose and that I need to improve my concision. If you’ve followed Dinosaur Bear for very long then you’ll have noticed that I rarely make anything short. For a personal blog, this is fine, plus it’s my blog so my rules. However, why not challenge yourself from time to time? So, this post is going to be an exercise in concision, and I’ve actually modeled the post after a presentation style called “PechaKucha” or more commonly, the 20×20 style. Essentially this boils down to 20 slides, each displayed for 20 seconds each. The result is an exactly 6 minute and 40 second long presentation. There is an even quicker presentation style than PechaKucha, called “Ignite,” which features the same number of slides (20) but each slide only lasts for 15 seconds, resulting in a total time of 5 minutes. That said, for this first attempt I am going to go with the more lenient PechaKucha style.
You probably get where this is going. Rather than having 20 seconds to present, I am going to limit myself to 20 words max per photo. There is no requirement that I use all 20 words, but I cannot go over 20 words. As with all my posts, the applicable text for an image will appear below the image. Also, these images might not be in perfect chronological order, that is a result of different devices being used to the take the pictures and me being way too lazy to fix 100s and 100s of images (I did that for Santa Fe and it took ages), but generally speaking the timeline is correct. With that said, here is my 20 word introduction:
We traveled to Cape Cod, then more family visited Boston, then SB graduated, then we saw the 100th Indianapolis 500.
The first lighthouse we visited was the Highland Light, you could even climb to the top!
The staircase was just a little bit steep and spirally, but still nothing like the Bunker Hill Monument.
All in all it was a great first day in Cape Cod! The Pilgrim Monument is seen above.
The next day we boarded a ferry to Martha’s Vineyard. Her name was the “Island Home.”
From there we headed to Aquinnah, where the incredible Gay Head Lighthouse and cliffs reside.
One thing SB wanted to see where the “Gingerbread Cottages” in Oak Bluffs.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but those houses were really cool and had a neat history.
The next day when we returned to Boston we went to the Samuel Adam’s brewery (again, for SB and I).
And the day after that, once the whole group was in town, we toured Taza Chocolate (again), also fun.
Most of the enjoyment came from our driver (helms-woman?) Flo, who I honestly remember more than the tour itself.
The highlight of the tour for me was seeing where the zambonis live.
After lunch I gave a Harvard tour, which was much more fleshed out than my last one was.
The next day family began to trickle out, but not before Zinnekan’s waffles (Meem) and Fenway Park (Dad).
At Fenway we got food and drinks at the Bleacher Bar which is actually “inside” (under-ish) Fenway Park.
There was a game that night (against the Rockies no less!) but we got out before it got too crazy.
Afterwards we headed home with the masses, because I was due in Montana the very next morning.
And there we go, I ran through a massive amount of material in a series of 20 word (or less) blurbs. The downside is that such a style cuts out a lot of details, but that’s half the challenge – selecting what you do want to include. Feel free to check my counts if you like, and if you find an numerical error I will give you the illustrious prize of being mentioned in a comment that maybe even 1 or 2 people will read! 😀
So now I’m cleared to get started on the Bozeman Check-in series, so with any luck you’ll see those start sometime within the next week.
Until next time,