Newport Beach is the only waterway I know of outside Venice, Italy where gondoliers from different servizios actually pass each other on the water.
Believe it or not, at one point we had as many as seven different gondola companies here.
You might think this would create a rivalry,
but the truth is that we are all friends.
As I've said for years:
"Nobody understands you, and that weird thing you do,
like someone who does that weird thing too."
Gondoliers in Newport encourage their passengers to toast folks in other gondolas with raised glasses, hearty "buon giorno" and "buona sera" greetings are exchanged, and then there are the fistbumps and such.
Here you see Parker and me carrying on the fistbump tradition:
Of course there are the high-fives, hat tips,
and the occasional "high-sticking"
(where both gondoliers reach out with the ends of their oars
and whack them together).
Big thanks to Ruben J for catching this moment on camera. We have such a great job, rowing these beautiful boats in this great place.
I know, it's a catchy title. Realistically I should have gone with "Another Miracle In Providence" because this is not the first time they've done such a thing at La Gondola.
Most people these days have a very short attention span. In fact you're probably already saying "Get to it Greg! What the heck is this about?"
Alright, alright. Just, just take it easy, man.
Today's post is about a remarkable gondola restoration underway in Providence, Rhode Island. And as interesting as that might be, it's even more fantastic to watch it in the time-lapse format that they've chosen.
This is not the link. I'm just teasing you with a cool screen-grab image.
If you're able to, you should get yourself to a larger screen to watch it. You just can't appreciate it on your little smartphone. Also, get something to snack on, cut out all distractions, and watch the whole thing.
Just trust me on this.
It's a rare view into the shop of some true professionals, who will likely surprise you with just how far they break things down in the process of restoring this Tramontin gondola.
There are lots of shortcuts and easy-to-do quick fixes. You won't see any of those here.
Now click the link, bring it to full screen, and watch the first phase of restoration - the first stage of this Miracle in Providence.