photos by Rick Rosen
we did the best we could with the resources we had.
It all started with a blessing of the oars - presided over by the highest ranking clergyman available.
Everybody was on their best behavior through the ceremony,
and then they messed around a bit with the remi.
It was nine years ago, but it feels like it was "forever ago",
and a lot of things have changed (including my weight - yeah, I'm the fat little guy on the far right).
Some of the gondoliers in these photos are still piloting boats, some are alumni, but all are friends. We had a great time that day back in 2003 - one more link in a chain of fond memories.