A Concise History of My Weekend So Far

by wjw on September 21, 2013

The following scene takes place at the Greenport Maritime Museum on the North Fork of Long Island.

A: We’re closed.

Q: The Greenport Maritime Museum is closed during the Greenport Maritime Festival?

A: We’re closed.

Q: Where are the tall ships?  There are supposed to be tall ships!

A: They only come once every four years.

Q: But there are tall ships on your web site!  There’s a tall ship on the cover of the free program book that you’re distributing to everyone!  The official schedule has ship tours and ship sail-aways!  We came thousands of miles to see tall ships!

A: We’re closed.

You can tell that this part of Long Island was settled from New England, because it has all the convenience and caring customer attention that I remember from when I lived in New England, thirty-odd years ago.

Paul Weimer (@princejvstin) September 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Oh carp!

Darn, if I known you wanted to see Tall Ships, I’d have tried to talk you to coming to Tall Ships Duluth (or one of the other stops on their tour).

I went to the website, and you have to work hard and read between the lines to suspect that there aren’t Tall ships this year. Awful!

Oz September 21, 2013 at 6:04 pm

I know where the caring New Englanders are…about 30 miles west of your current location. I offered, but no. It was to be the maritime festiveal.

TJIC September 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Not all New Englanders are unhelpful in that way.

…some of us are unhelpful in other ways.

Anyway, sorry that the SNAFU wasted your time. :-/

Gary September 22, 2013 at 3:59 am

Oh, the Tall Ships are in Hobart, in Tasmania, Australia, this week.

You took your holidays the wrong way around! 🙂

wjw September 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

It was a weird flashback to New England, circa 1975, where I couldn’t believe how hostile and unhelpful everyone was. Trips to New England in more recent decades encountered nothing like that.

But we’re in a little outpost here, so here the old attitudes remain.

Anyway, I’m with Kathy’s Aunt Dolores and her sister Alice, and Esther Friesner and Walter Stutzman, and Oz will be by later in the day, so it’s not like I’m lacking for company.

Dave Bishop September 23, 2013 at 7:57 am

I hope the you didn’t encounter too much unhelpfulness like that in your recent visit to ‘Old’ England.

Tall Ships 2013 December 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Hi Walter,

Here’s a great directory of tall ships and their storied histories, many with the same rigging types that visit New England coastlines.


wjw December 24, 2013 at 12:49 am

Cool! Thanks!

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