Waterfire weekend

August 18, 2008

Ok, well not a whole weekend. But on Saturday evening S, A, and I journeyed two hours south to the beautiful little city of Providence, RI, for the annual Waterfire event, where numerous bonfires are placed along the Providence river and lit for all to enjoy. There was music and street food and drinking in public and a really good time.

I hadn’t visited Providence since the mid/late Nineties and honestly, the city was sort of a shithole at that point in time. It has seriously undergone some huge turn around because it was clean and well lit and beautiful.  I could see myself living in a small city like that – somewhat bigger than Portland, with a “real” mall, and lots of college students to keep things interesting.  It was fun because A had worked at one of those colleges not too long ago and it was interesting when she bumped into people (like campus safety officers) who still called her out by name – and it was nice to have a knowledgeable guide to the town.

Can I mention again how much I loved the mall? No, we didn’t spend a tremendous amount of time there, just money. Have I ever mentioned how Nordstrom is perhaps the only retail store that S REALLLLY loves shopping at? I mean, she loves shopping but she REALLLLY loves Nordstrom and their “personal shoppers,” who make perfectly sized garments appear if by magic in the dressing rooms.

That’s not to say that I didn’t have my fun too – I dropped some change at Dave and Busters, one of my favorite places.  Both of the other members of my entourage quickly realized that taking me somewhere real to gamble is probably not a good idea – my favorite thing is dropping the coins into the games that push other coins over the ledge….I could sit there forever blowing money away like that.  It was awesome – well, except for the one moment when I realized that my brother, sister, and I went to a DnB the night my dad died – I hadn’t remembered it until I was actually there, about to get some coinage off my power card.

After playtime we headed back up the hill to wander some more, eat some food, and um, then S decided that she was going to get pierced below the neck (I’m not going to say where, but I’ll say she only got one of them done though she was born with two) and though she’d talked about it a few times recently it was still the most spontaneous thing I’ve ever seen her do. Yay S. Way to let loose. I can’t always be the crazy one and it’s nice to have you join me for the ride.

Everything after that was anti-climatic and it was getting on in the day – so we headed home and it was LOVELY driving North – as (you New Englanders will know this well) traffic was backed up from the Hampton tolls all the way through Portsmouth and into Maine. NUTS! I’m glad we were going the other way.

It was nice to get out of town for a little bit, relax, enjoy a newish city, and a really beautiful event that I wish our town had something like. It was also nice for it to not rain for once in the….month.

And: Confidential to all of you who commented on the last post. I love you all very very much and your support is so much appreciated. To answer the questions? Morrissey, yes (but more The Smiths,) 3 pairs of Doc’s, and Queen.



  1. I LOVE the coins dropping off the edge games too. I found though, at Chuck E Cheese since it only costs one coin and you can win tons of tickets it is way more satisfying playing there than at a regular place. lol

    The Waterfire even sounds awesome!!!

    I am pierced everywhere but had to take them out when I was preggers, my nips are still pierced though, even though I haven’t worn anything in years.

  2. currently 5 pairs of docs.
    2 pairs of black 3 eyes
    2 pairs of black 5 eyes
    1 pair of purple 3 eyes

  3. oh and waterfire happens throughout the summer

  4. wow- that sounds like quite the awesome weekend! & Go S with your bad self! Does she feel lop-sided??& seriously Nordstrom is so where it is at.
    love to you all.

  5. So, S and I are Nordie sisters, eh? My favorite place to shop, evah.

  6. Oh yeah, Providence had a MAJOR overhaul several years back. Buddy Cianci took a bunch of mob money and rebuilt Providence. He got arrested for it (the mob stuff) and is in jail, but I’d bet all the money I have that Providence would elect him again if they could because he really made an incredible difference.

    I used to hate PVD but now I love it. I could totally live there.

  7. Go S! That’s very cool. Well, now I know who to take to Vegas with me. 😉 Glad you had a fun weekend. Love ya.

  8. Glad you enjoyed Providence, where I *do* live!! (emilyj67 from IVP)

  9. Ugh, Hampton Tolls! Will be headed through those on Friday and then back on Sunday. I used to hang out in Providence in the 90’s and go to many-a-show at many-a-shithole club and haven’t seen it since. Sounds cool!

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