, Salem, MA


July 10, 2013

Column: A great vacation ... almost everyone survived


Sure was hot last week, wasn’t it? We were glad I’d purchased tickets to the Marblehead Little Theatre’s “Spamalot,” got there expecting the doors to open at 7 for the 7:30 production. For some reason two officious blondes kept people, including the elderly and handicapped, sweltering in the lobby until 7:20 — except for me, who probably embarrassed family by brushing past blondes to wait in the back of the air-conditioned theater. Always try to teach grandkids: Question authority, don’t be sheep.

The musical was great fun, though, especially for son who has during his 49 years memorized most of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” so could understand the accents. Wonderful voices, especially that of the Lady of the Lake. Family also enjoyed an afternoon on my friend Rolf Lofmark’s powerboat.

On July 4th, granddaughter had a lemonade stand in front of my house; lots of boaters walking to the dock from faraway parking stopped to drink. Grandson earned money stomping flat the boxes that had accumulated on my porch. Too bad they didn’t think to sell tickets to traditional political arguments between Gram and Daddy.

Partner Chip hosted a cookout for my family and some of his; then mine went to the harbor illumination in Marblehead, while his went down the street to Salem Harbor. Chip and I prefer to watch the fireworks through the trees from his tiny office balcony, while listening to the Boston Pops concert on television.

It was a great Fourth of July, for all but the lobster and the bunny.


Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation and a Salem News columnist.

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