August 28th

Day 5, Part II: Gluttony in Newport

So last night, while dining at the amazing Castle Hill, some guy from Chicago recommends this place near the beach, called Flos where you can get Clam Cakes, Chowdda and a Beer all for $5 while watching the surf . And after my the grueling hike, it’s just 5 minutes away. Then I get there and I see this line, Line Goes On and Onwhich reminds me of the line in NYC in front of the Shake Shack and I wonder if this is only because …

 
 
August 28th

Day 5, Part I: Hiking and bathroom basics.

You know when you just really have no idea how your day is going to turn out and then you get such a rich experience, just simply from living? Ok, ok, it only happens on vacation and when you don’t give a damn about anything else but enjoying your last friggin’ day despite the fact that you started with Hurricane Bill and ended with Hurricane Danny…more men than you’ve had all year. Anyway, now that I’ve just gobbled down two horrible “TURN DOWN” chocolates despite the fact that I’ve had a day complete with gluttony, here it goes. …

 
 
August 28th

The mansions and other Newport doings: Day 4

It’s hardly possible for me to beiieve that I only have ONE day left of vacation.  And, although many of you haven’t been on vacation yet this year, let me remind you that this one hasn’t been all wine and roses.  Like the mornings for example.  Do you know what happens about 5AM everyday when you vaca near bodies of water?  Well,  I didn’t either and I couldn’t figure out why I kept dreaming of screaming neighbors until today, when finally,  I realized the screeching I was dreaming  was no nightmare, but the God Damn seagulls screaming about …well whatever …

 
 
August 26th

Day 3: continued…

Well, Phyliss, not being much help, and not wanting to go the MANSIONS that everyone is raving about because I couldn’t imagine being inside when the whole bleeping summer it’s been raining and today is hot and sunny.  And I guess they can be pretty spectacular…if you want to see how all the rich and very very rich and famous lived.  But it’s like, if I can’t ever get that in my life, why the HELL do I want to drool over someone else’s lavish lifestyle?  (Except of course, now that I am a CEO, I assume that it …

 
 
August 26th

Teddy Kennedy passed away while I was on vacation

Very sad news indeed. And, not so old these days considering he was only 77 — just about average for US males. But, just about 49 years older than Mary Jo Kopechni when she died (at 28).

 
 
August 26th

Lara’s lousy vacation, day 3: Have a nice day!

Today is day 3 at the Hyatt in Newport, and not that I’m running out of things to do, but after 3 days alone (not that I’m LONELY mind you) well it was time to check with the conceirage (yes I know it’s spelled wrong but I’m on vacation leave me alone) to see what else was up in Newport. I mentioned to Phyliss that I had drinks last night at the glorious Castle Hill (at $1200 a night it better be friggin’ glorious).
And Phyliss was all like, …

 
 
August 24th

Lara’s not so lousy vacation: Day 2

Vacation is supposed to be a time where you figure out what you want to do with your life. And I figured it out. I like, no LOVE just to talk. To people. About anything. So today I spend about an hour talking to this antique dealer, in her roasting oven store (no AC) about distressing the beautiful 1930’s mahogany dining room set that she was selling for $650 (and couldn’t give it away–if only I had the space for God Sakes SOMEONE buy it!), and about how bad things were in Newport for all …

 
 
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