Massachusetts trip part 2

Day 4

Our fourth day there turned out to be the 4th of July. Originally we had planned to make a return to Boston for the “Pop Goes the Fourth” celebration. The boys were there as nearly 1 yr old babies and it would have been neat to do. It turned out though to be the best day for me to visit with my friend Chris and Alex to spend time with her friend Suzie.

I took the boys over to Chris’ and we spent about 3 hours there. Mostly reminiscing about the old days and talking a little about work, etc. The boys were bored understandably, but had their 3DS’s to keep themselves occupied as needed. A neighbor of theirs apparently had invited them (and us) over for a cookout but nothing materialized with it. Strange. Chris is out of work and his eyesight is deteriorating unfortunately. He is still in good spirits though and married to his loving wife Beth. I didn’t take any pictures there, Chris usually doesn’t care to have it taken and I didn’t even think of asking.

I believe we ate at Friendlys for dinner. I’ve eaten at this one many times across from Building #19 in Norwood. We did not have the best service though. It appeared the waitress was more interested in conversing with her regulars (making an assumption here) than making sure we had what we needed. My measure for service quality is refilling of drinks. If they do it without asking then they will get a good tip. Doing it too early doesn’t help though as it encourages you to drink more of the over charged drink. This waitresses did fill Kyle’s glass but totally ignored mine even when she stopped nearby a couple of times with mine empty. I shouldn’t have to stop a waitresses to ask for a refill. It is part of their job and shows you are paying attention to your table.

Day 5

We planned a couple of different things for this day. Firstly to spend a little time with Jean’s family. She and Paul are always very busy so we weren’t able to plan much this time around. Their house is undergoing a transformation, at least outside and it is looking very nice. We did take a moment to walk to a neighbors to see their animals. A couple of screenshots below.

Alana and Alex with Llamas

Emu at Jean’s neighbors house

Alana spent a lot of time with Alex as she did the last time we visited.  Alex is like a big sister to her, good to see. Cameron on the other hand has grown tremendously in height. Last I saw him he was still a kid, now only 3 years later and his voice is deeper and he is a shade taller than me. He didn’t really visit with us though. Those wonderful teenage years at play I imagine.

Unexpectedly Jean and Paul put together a quick cookout for us. We didn’t plan on it and didn’t really think of doing it until that day. I wish they didn’t have to go buy stuff that day and do that for us like that, but it was nice of them to do it. The food was very delicious as well.

After our visit we went off to two tours of factories. The first one was for Finagle A Bagel a popular chain the Boston area. It wasn’t so much a tour as looking in a window at a few people. It mentioned there was construction so I’m sure it is normally a bigger tour. We saw them making bagels, lots of them, plus some history of the company.

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Massachusetts trip

It’s been nearly a week since I returned from our trip to Massachusetts. I say “our” because my twin sons came with me for the trip down there and my daughter was also there during the same time. The trip there was relatively uneventful, took about 11 hours. Our first stop was at my favorite restaurant Papa Ginos. We had an enjoyable pizza.

Thanks to my parents we had a place to sleep each night. Without that we would have not been able to do the trip. There place isn’t ideal due to my mom being a hoarder but it is manageable. I am glad I do not have to live in or see it everyday. Although do think constantly about what will happen when my parents pass and my brother, sister and I will be left cleaning up the accumulation of junk.

Day 1

Bruce’s house – his children, Papa Kyle in background

We spent this day with my brother Bruce and his family. Wife (name removed), daughter (name removed) and son (name removed). It was my first time meeting (name removed). He is 3 and quite a character. He has interests like playing drums and being flipped upside down. We were kindly served pizza by Bruce and (name removed) and took a tour of their garden areas. We also spent time at their church cookout with food and entertainment.

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Vacation Planning

I’m sure many of you have planned a vacation or two. The last time I made a trip to visit Massachusetts (my home state) was in 2009 and there was very little planning done. It might have been better to plan things more, but overall it was still a fun trip but maybe we missed out on some things if we planned more.

One thing that is really neat is collaboration. I like in Akron, my kids live in Mansfield and the rest of my family in Massachusetts. We can share the same document via Google Docs so that we can edit and see changes easily. We are using Facebook as well to communicate those changes. It would take a many phone calls to organize all this otherwise. Some may have done this before, but I never have had a need.

Due to the shortness of the trip and two days taken up just driving there and back (11 hours each way) we are trying to cram a lot in a short time. Not only trying to fit in visits to landmarks or sites in the area, but keep them fairly cheap and also provide time to visit with family and friends. It is quite the tightrope to walk.

It is taking shape though. Most of all I hope it to be a fun time with my adult children as we may not be able to do something like this again.

I reserved the rental today so that is one less worry. Enterprise is so much easier because they pick you up, plus get a discount there through work so that helps.

The below image has nothing to do with the trip, but recently upload some photos from my phone to my laptop and this was one of them. Unfortunately my lens wasn’t clean when I took pictures of my boys for graduation. So don’t have those to share.

Nature Realm where I usually walk