BOSTON — I was not that familiar with Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey, but I was informed by the Ombudman’s attorney that it “the” Boston children’s book. Since I have a son, I decided to get it, though I wound up buying it outside of Boston in the Curious George bookstore which is located on the ground floor of CarTalk Plaza.
“Make Way for Ducklings” is about Mr. and Mrs. Mallard looking for a place to raise their family. They choose the pond at the Public Garden, but decide it isn’t safe for newborn ducklings after a close call with a bicyclist. They hatch the ducklings on an island in the Charles River near the Longfellow Bridge. The island isn’t there anymore, if ever was — perhaps a little artistic license by McCloskey. Anyway, after Mr. Mallard ditches the family for some reason for a week, Mrs. Mallard leads the ducklings across Storrow Drive and down to the Public Garden where Mr. Mallard is waiting for them. A policeman helps them along the way. McCloskey’s artwork is quite good and many of the illustrations are accurate today.
The book is celebrated with a sculpture in the Public Garden, not far from the pond and pictured above.
2010 Baseball Preview – The Post
Let’s see, an article on defense, meet the Nats, a Phillies article (Stan Kasten is excited) and more. No Baltimore crap either, so the Post is learning a little. I did expect more though.
The curious case of Garrett Mock – Nats Insider
Garrett Mock, though to be headed for a spot in the rotation, is in trouble. He’s allowed 31 baserunners in 18 2/3 spring training innings. The only thing that may save his chance is the Nats don’t need fifth pitcher until April 11.
WASHINGTON, D.C. to BOSTON — When searching for a flight to take me to Boston and back, I was kind of surprised that the best deal I could get for National to Logan Airports was on Delta Connection, but economy being a major factor in my decision, I went with it.
Both flights were aboard Bombardier Aerospace CRJ planes. Unfortunately, I do not recall the specific type of CRJ. I sat on the right side of the plane by the wing both times. The view up to Boston included the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, lower Delaware, South Jersey, Long Island and Rhode Island — oops. If I fly this route again, I’ll be a on the left side so that I can see the cities of the Northeast Corridor. On the ride back, I saw Hartford and that was about it, again sitting on the wrong side.
The CRJ is a small jet and the thought “Greyhound of the sky” came to mind. Headed to Boston we also had to deal with poor air conditioning and very limited drink service — nothing more than water and maybe Coke which meant I did not have my customary whiskey on the plane. I missed giving my usual toast — “to happy landings.” In retrospect, I should have complained to the airline in hopes of a drink voucher for the ride back. It would have turned out to be a moot point though, because the flight home was also dry, though it was air conditioned and had more soda options.
Though I am being critical of the flights, I would fly them again. Both flights took off on time and landed considerably early. I’ve had longer rides to work than these flights, so they exceeded my expectations and met the most important deliverable — getting me there on-time and safe.
The Washington Nationals sent out a transportation alert for Opening Day (not online for some reason) since the president will throwing out the first pitch. I read the alert and saw no mention of bicyclists, so I asked Lisa Pagano, communications manager for the team, if there were any. She reported that there apparently were not. I’ll keep my eye out to see if that changes.
I’ve been riding my bike to Nats games since the team played at RFK Stadium. Nationals Park has bike racks that accommodate 250 bikes as well as a bike valet. I still wonder if I should tip the bike valet.
Biking to Nationals Park – April 24, 2008
IN OTHER NEWS
The long journey pays off for new Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond – The Post
Opening Day shortstop Ian Desmond is finally in the big leagues, five years after being the Nats “first prospect.”
Strasburg officially set to debut at BCB – The Altoona Mirror
Stephen Strasburg’s first start for the Harrisburg Senators is scheduled for April 11 in Altoona, Pa. Welcome to the minors Strasburg! I’m sure he’s very excited to be debuting in the birthplace of Sheetz. It appears to be a nice ballpark though, I like the roller coaster behind the outfield.
Strasburg won’t be pitching in the exhibition game against the Red Sox on Saturday either. He’ll be spared seeing scores of pink hats.