JWG (jwg) wrote,

2014, Year in Review

2014 was another fine year with lots of dancing, travel, socializing, theatre, concerts, opera, watching baseball, volunteer work as co-chair of the Cambridge GLBT Commission, member of organizing committees for the JP Contra dance, the JP English Country dance, and Lavender Country & Folk dancers).

I have rsc, my husband/partner/boyfriend - 41 years and going strong, and our family of 58 "people" as companions. (We supposedly had a moratorium on family expansion but this year a kangaroo and her child were a birthday present for Robert and I received 4 more from friends to help me recover in the hospital). I have lived in our house in Cambridge for 48 years and our summer house in Gloucester for 37 years.

I lost a month and half with 3 1/2 weeks in hospitals for spinal surgery and rehab + lots of Physical Therapy resulting in pretty complete and steady recovery from when I could barely walk. And I have to commend all the people who worked in the 2 hospitals who were all genuinely friendly, competant, helpful and nice - which made the stays much more pleasant. The previous time I was in the hospital was in 1957 for an appendectomy.

By rough count I danced (Contras or English Country Dance) on 76 days in Jamaica Plain, Cambridge, Concord MA, Woodstock CT, Becket MA, Gloucester, Florence It, Mansfield MA, and New York City.

For Organized Entertainment:

29 concerts, theatre, or operas in Boston and NYC

Opera: Aida at the Met, Rigoletto, I Puritani, La Traviata, and The Love Potion at BostonLyric, Die Meistersinger Met-HD.
Theatre: The Magic Flute (Isango Ensemble), King Lear (Shakespeare Globe, Trip to Bountiful, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well, Auld Lang Syne (Jack Neary), 400 Miles (Amy Herzog), Fences (August Wilson) at Gloucester Stage; Trip to Bountiful.

12 RedSox games in Fenway Park

For Museums: MOMA (Matisse Cutouts) and the Frick Museum in NYC, PeabodyEssex in Salem MA (JMW Turner exhibit), MFA in Boston (Goya), Currier Museum in Manchester NH (Escher exhibit).

Dix days at Guana island, BVI; Two weeks in Italy; Pisa, Cinque Terre, and Florence; 2 short trips to NYC; Long weekend in Portland, ME for the soc.motss.con (XXVII - we attended all but the first three).

Where I slept in 2014:

Home in Cambridge & Gloucester

And for travels:
San Juan Airport hotel, San Juan, PR
On Guana Island, BVI
GEM hotel in NYC
On LH425 (BOS->MUC) on the way to Italy
Hotel Bologne in Pisa, Italy
An apartment, Le Coste, in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy
Bernini Palace Hotel in Florence, Italy
LCFD Dance Camp in Woodstock, CT
HoJos Plaza in Portland, ME
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston
Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Salem, MA
LCFD Dance Camp in Becket, MA
Fairfield inn and Suites in NYC
LCFD Board retreat at Senexet House, Woodstock, CT

Because of the my spinal situation I missed the opportunity to sleep in the Comfort Inn in Rutland, VT for the Worlds Longest Contra Line attempt (not successful), and at a Camden Hills State Park in Maine for the Labor Day camping trip.
Tags: baseball, contra dance, guana island, motss-con, museums, personal, travel

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