“Objects which are usually the motives of our travels by land and by sea are often overlooked and neglected if they lie under our eye. We put off from time to time going and seeing what we know we have an opportunity of seeing when we please.”
So, in my quest to experience new things this year, by far the greatest assistance has come from my students and former students. And once again they've come through with a whole host of brilliant suggestions of New Things to try, all of them right here in Burlington or at least within an hour's drive. I've gotten a slew of new ideas, and am going to incorporate a whole bunch of them -- from volunteer walking of greyhounds at the rescue to shooting a gun at a shooting range and lots in-between -- in the next iteration of the list. But last night I did two new things (they went together) that it's ridiculous I've never done until now given that I've been teaching at Saint Mike's for over a decade. They were both suggested by members of the Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC), who are not only ardent AIDS activists but also share my interest in finding fun new things to do. Emily had suggested eating at our dinner restaurant, Knights of the Roundtable, much earlier in the semester, and she put in a reservation tonight for some of us to go eat there. Then during the day Kate suggested that we take the campus shuttle over (it's on North Campus about a mile from the Main Campus), since I had never done that either.
|The picture doesn't do it justice, but the risotto was really good!|
|The SGAC dinner crew -- Ellen, Kate, Mae and Emily|
|Kate and I were "dinner twins because we ordered all the same things. Here we are with matching desserts.|
|Could there be a more Vermont-worthy hat than the one that Emily was sporting in the shuttle on the way back?|
|Drisk, Anne Marie, Dan and Derek at Dan and Derek's last night out|