Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Stowing a Spare in Boston

photo by Efrain Jovan

This absolutely gorgeous image came in from Joe Gibbons in Boston yesterday.

Like many gondoliers, both in Venice and other cities around the world,
the gondoliers at Gondola di Venezia have strong feelings about being prepared, and as such, they carry a spare remo.

Joe writes:
Hi Greg 

Thought you may enjoy this photo for your blog. The old habit of a spare oar on the floor never dies. For 13 years now we have carried a spare oar on each of our 2 gondolas. This season, almost half way through our season I discovered that we forgot to place the spare oars. Oh yea they can be a nuisance but the day will come when it is needed. Being that it is 2013 and our 13th season maybe there is some message there. Its a good feeling to know that those remi are back where they belong.

Thanks for the photo, Joe.
As John Kerschbaum in Minnesota likes to say:
"Better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it".
As an aside, now that we've got this image up, I'd like to point out something I've always loved about the boats in Boston.  They're not really part of the boats.  They are...the chairs.  This design is unique, and was crafted by Thom Price, who is responsible for the gondolas there on the Charles River.

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