Thursday, February 27, 2020

Fistbumping Again

It happened again.
Parker Harrison and I passed each other on our gondolas and someone was there to capture the action.

A few years ago my friend Ruben snapped this shot from the Newport Boulevard bridge on a brilliant sunny day in spring.

 photo by Ruben J

Gondoliers in Newport do this all the time.
whenever we see each other and manage to pass by close enough. 
It's a fun exchange.

Oh sure, we've done other things:
- there's "high sticking" (whacking the ends of our oars), 
  which sometimes frightens passengers,
- passing extra bottles of wine for passengers or water for gondoliers,
- the rare but appreciated sandwich hand-off,
- and there was that one time when two gondoliers actually swapped boats...and kept rowing each other's cruise.

Most of the time though, a fistbump will do 
(although I'm always up for a sandwich).

Here's a link to the original fistbump post:

So as I was saying, it happened again.
This time the sequence was caught by the passengers on my boat.

Here's the play-by-play:

The recognition.

The hat tip.


Just before impact,

aaand the actual bump!

And of course, reveling in how fun that was.

As you might guess - we love our job.
we get to be on the water with happy people.
We're often part of big moments and positive memories.
We get a workout while we're at it,
and our fellow gondoliers are great people.
So it's no wonder that we enjoy seeing each other while out on the water.

Sometimes it's the little things that make my day,
and this was one of those times.

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