If you asked me the question:
"What's it all about?"
My answer would be different at different times in my life
(although I'd probably say something about doing
the Hokey Pokey, and turning yourself around).
At this stage in my life, it's all about passing it on to the kids.
I've spent the last twenty years gathering gondola wisdom and passing it on
to my staff and others who I've had the pleasure of working with.
Now I find myself in the place and time where I get to pass these things on
to my children.
I'm fully aware that this is a time that I'll look back on with great fondness for decades to come. It's a time to savor, and I'm so very thankful for it.
Recently I added a pupparin to my fleet, with the main purpose being that the boat is the ideal training platform for young rowers who will eventually take passengers.
Above is a snap I took of my daughter Cassandra rowing the new addition on the evening she arrived in Newport.
Passing it on - that's what it's all about
(well, that and the Hokey Pokey, of course).
Woohoo! Cassandra may be the next Giorgia Boscolo in the making! Maybe American won't need to wait 1,000 years for a female gondolier.
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