It may only be the first week of July,
but my heart and mind are already in October,
already in Providence,
already rowing and racing and having fun with fellow gondoliers from all over the country.
The U.S. Gondola Nationals is just over three months away,
but it feels like it's just around the corner
(especially when I think about training for competition).
Gondoliers in many American cities are rowing in local waters...but thinking about rowing in Rhode Island.
Thinking about seeing their counterparts from other areas.
Thinking about all the great fun and fellowship we all had last year thanks to Tim at Sunset Gondola.
A friend of mine in New England posted recently about how there was a storm front approaching (real weather).
Meanwhile, Eric Bender (a.k.a. the "Oar Snapper") put up a photo of his own on facebook with the words "Storm's comin'" (proverbial weather).
Either way, it's brewing.
The U.S. Gondola Nationals will happen this October in the place where it originated - Providence, Rhode Island.
This will be the third installment and I can't wait to experience it,
see old friends, and row a gondola in the famous Waterfire that Providence is well known for.
I know I'm not the only one who's excited.
Marcello just sent out a mass e-mail entitled "Gentlemen Start Your Engines!"
I think that pretty much sums it up.
I can't wait til October!