photo by Candace Benson
While this post isn't about any of my gondolier friends who are like
"brothers from another mother",
there are many of you with whom I really do feel a kinship.
No, this post is about something much more exciting: chairs.
Several years ago I was lucky enough to add the "Curci Gondola",
known as the "Lucia" to our fleet.
She was built in 1960 in Venice and brought to California a few years later.
I'm not really sure if she only ever had one chair
or if one was lost in the last fifty-five years.
I just know that I've wished I could find another chair to match the one.
Early this year we loaded a Tramontin gondola into a truck in New Jersey
and launched her here in Newport just in time for Valentine's Day.
The boat is believed to be forty years old.
Like the "Lucia", she came with only one chair.
After furnishing them both with new, matching cushions,
I put them next to each other, and surprise!
They're almost a perfect set.
If you look closely enough, you'll see a few minor differences,
but I know siblings that look less identical.