After about a week of solid training in Boston, Joe Gibbons and his guys were ready to row. Eric and Sean from The Gondola Company were coming out from San Diego to pick up where I'd left off (and fix any mistakes I may have made). Joe, Thom Price and I had spent a lot of time together - Thom concentrating on the gondolas, and me training the gondoliers. Joe decided to get some publicity photos, so we suited up and were followed by Thom in the chase boat. Thom took some dynamite images that day, some of which are still on the Gondola di Venezia website today. This shot was taken as we passed under one of the bridges of the Esplanade, which lines the shore of the Charles River. The year was 2000, but it seems like it was just a few months ago.