Monday, June 16, 2008

Like son, like father; or, How I finally beat Eric at Monopoly!

After Eric's graduation, our time with Jim was pretty low-key: lots of eating, lots of lying around, and a little bit more tourism. To pass the time, we played a couple games of Monopoly. Eric won the first game (and fairly quickly too). Of course. Eric NEVER loses at Monopoly.

However, at long last -- ten years of going against the titan and losing -- I won. I won I won I won I won!!!

These are pictures of my victoriousness -- the board with Eric's properties liquidated, and all of his deeds turning over to ME. All hail the new champion, Sara!

While we did spend the better part of a day on campus for Eric's graduation, there wasn't time (or space) for a tour, so we made a return trip to show Jim some of the buildings at the law school.
This is inside Langdell, the law library.
Jim is just so studious, isn't he? I mean, making time to catch up on Missouri case law while on vacation? -- that's dedication to one's craft. ;)

One of our favorite things to do in Boston is go out for dinner in the North End for scrumptious Italian. Although there are some 85+ family-owned Italian restaurants in the 1.5 square miles that make up the North End, we go to the same spot time after time -- L'Osteria

The food there is just fantastic. It won't blow your mind, and it probably can't give Emeril a run for his money, but we love it... and tend to get the same thing every time. Here's us enjoying our meals.

Yummmm... spaghetti and meatballs!

Besides playing Monopoly and eating (really, is there anything else in life?), we also took Jim on a duck tour.

Although you can't see it, we rode on Arborway Alex, a modified duck. We love the duck tours because you get to see everything from Boston Common and the Garden, to back bay and Newbury Street, to Charlestown and the U.S.S. Constitution, and then you go down into the Charles River to see both Boston and Cambridge from the water. It's a fun way to see a ton of stuff in a short amount of time and pick up some handy city trivia.

All in all, it was wonderful having Eric's dad stay with us. We have a wonderfully comfortable couch and a few more weeks still before we move home. Although plane tickets are prohibitively expensive, you always have a free place to stay while we're here, so please come visit if you can!

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