Monday, March 31, 2008

Dancin' In The Streets Of Hyannis

Back on board the M/V Eagle again - this time heading back to Hyannis after two very relaxing days on Nantucket. Goof and I experienced Nantucket the way the island's earliest settlers must have - namely without Internet access.

Alas, the inn where we took shelter from the bluster of the four winds had just upgraded their computers and "network" and was unable to get their wireless signal working correctly. Some nerve they have... making us rough it like that. I thought about telling them I work in computers for a living, and offering to take a look, but Goof wisely pointed out that this would be a good opportunity to put the laptop away for a bit and enjoy some of the island's more simple pleasures. After all, did I go on vacation just to surf the Internet? Well... yeah, I did. But I wanted to surf it in Nantucket, which was not doable.

We made do, however, and still had a fantastic time. Much of our time was spent idling away the hours during long walks, browsing local bookstores, or hanging out with the vagrants in the local coffee shop. In between, we enjoyed some fantastic food, beautiful scenery, and charming old world atmosphere (we never did get the camera to work, so think cobblestoned streets, lots and lots of weathered grey shingled houses, and a fair bit of gas lantern style streetlights.)

We found out some interesting tidbits about the island, too. For instance, it is FULL of money. Not surprising, of course, but in looking at some of the realtor's listings (there are over 40 realtor's offices on the island) it was almost impossible to find a house for under $1,000,000. Those that did fall below that price were almost certainly fixer uppers. Just insane. This didn't stop one of the locals from telling me to apply for the open IT position for the Nantucket school system. Tempting, I suppose, but I don't want to have to rent for the rest of of my life. They have a beautiful library (they call it an Atheneum) and a pretty neat whaling museum. Or, at least, it looked really neat from the outside. We didn't actually go in. Don't think Goof is all that into hunting sea bound mammals (speaking of which - Can Whales Get Rabies? Seems like they can.)

Now, however, we're heading back to the mainland and our apartment's, situated in the plain of Jamaica. Nantucket was indeed a great little getaway, and t'wont be the last trip for us, methinks. In between now and our next visit, however, I'll be sure to stock up on Internet access, and maybe brush up on a little pirate talk. Arrrr.

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Blogger Mary said...

Wow, don't check for a week and 3 posts!
very fun. i've never been there either.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

Just be glad you're renovating your basement or we'd have taken over your house instead.

8:11 PM  
Blogger Melinda said...

Sorry the cameras didn't work....glad you had a relaxing time. Howdo!

3:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you had an iPhone you could surf the web anywhere!

12:56 PM  

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