February 24th, 2004


Really cold fruit

Once in a while, one or two of the divisions within CIT has an office breakfast. Cindy Pataki, one of the middle managers in a division that works with mine a lot, started talking about a breakfast for our two divisions about a week ago, telling us to save the date, and plan on coming hungry.

Since I'm rarely at work before 10am, but I figured it would be good to be sociable and see some coworkers, I actually made plans last week to do this morning's sportscasting shift so I'd be sure to be awake and on the right side of town in time to get some breakfast!

Got to the office at about quarter to nine (a really unusual occurrence) and had a really good salmon and cheese omelet, a piece of challah french toast, and some fresh scrapple. (Mmm.)

Someone brought large bags of frozen fruit salad. I'd never seen this before, though it makes sense. Everything else is sold ready-to-eat these days! I took a bowl almost two hours ago and it's still too painfully cold to eat.
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Imagine it with snow...

At first, I thought the Miss Bellows Falls was a railroad car converted into a diner; that was common enough. But no, it was built by the Worcester Lunch Company as a diner, long enough ago (no one seems sure) that it's on the National Register of Historic Places.

My hockey weekend in the Albany area was bookended by overnights in Bellows Falls, Vermont, where Joy has been living since last June. I've been meaning to visit her for months, she had a free weekend and was interested in the hockey, and I wasn't going to be able to ride to RPI and Union with Age anyway, so I decided to extend the weekend and visit Vermont.

I'm not 100% positive, but I think it's my first trip to Vermont since Labor Day weekend, 2000, when I was in Burlington for the 2000 STARFLEET International Conference. There was a bit of a "can't get there from here" feel about that weekend, too. :-\

I really enjoyed seeing the house Joy's been working on, and meeting the people she's been living with. (She's helping renovate their Victorian.) It's always nice to have a personal context for stuff you're talking about with a friend, and now I can say I've been there. (The same way, I really appreciate meeting in person people I've only known online.)

The service at the diner left something to be desired, but the food was fantastic. It wasn't that they were understaffed, but the waitress was definitely not doing a good job keeping track of things, and was not being efficient. I really enjoyed my steak and eggs, though, and Joy's corned beef hash was the best I've tasted in quite a while.

Bellows Falls isn't that far from I-91, probably about a half hour, so I'm tempted to try taking the interstate route if I go out there again. It might be longer in miles, but not having to deal with all the little two-lane state and county roads might be worth it.
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