Sunday, January 23, 2005

Cup 43: Before the Storm

Originally uploaded by matt_leclair.
Location: Middlebury, VT
When: January 22, 2005, 8:45 am
Present: many, many Brakeleys
Coffee: Unknown
Mood: nervous

A blizzard hit southern New England overnight, and was still going on and it was snowing and blowing up in Vermont. We had to get back to Orono. Jessie had school and I had an important conference to attend in Augusta. About half the number who had been there the previous night showed up for breakfast. There was a lot of tension though. Some lived locally, but others had to travel to get home, so we were all trying to find out what the weather was like. Listening to the news, checking the internet, making phone calls, reading the paper. All these researchers gathering data then meeting to collate information and analyze data and make a decision to go or stay. We decided to go, but we were nervous about it. It was a six hour drive under the best conditions. This time of year six hours is a very long time. The blizzard seemed to have decided just to sit on top of New York and Boston and not come north, but that kind of thing can change in a minute. We had two mountain ranges to cross, so things had the potential to get very messy.

I was still full from the night before, so I pecked at a grapefruit and had a sticky bun with my coffee. I was suprised. Gigi usually has the best of everything and in large quantities. For gin it is Bombay Sapphire, for Scotch it is Lagavulin. She has a separate freezer for Ben and Jerry's Peace Pops and other frozen delights. Yet her coffee is just okay. I wonder why?

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