Monday, August 14

1) Awake since 4 AM, up since 5 AM, dentist appointment at 8 AM.

2) That's Boston for you. One moment you're sitting in the Bornheimer Room of the Athenaeum when a party of ladies and gentlemen in Victorian costumes pop in to look at the pictures, the next you're walking past a late-night basketball game outside English High School.

3) Dinner at C***** N***** with a seldom-seen friend: bacon-wrapped shrimp, surf and turf with a slab of au gratin potatoes and a gesture of spinach, and wonderful conversation.