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Smoke on the water

July 6th, 2002 · No Comments · Uncategorized

If you are coming to New York, and plan on doing a Circle Line boat tour, my advice is to book early. This is even more the case if you want the prime sunset cruise. >Conny and I had learned this from past experience (read “spontaneous hey-let’s-go-do-the-circle-line” turns to “sullen damn-it’s-sold-out”). Today we got our act together. Tickets purchased at Noon for our cruise departing at 7pm. The ticket seller nodded and smiled at our foresight.

The temperature was great, but around 5pm the skies looked, well, weird. A strange overcast haze had developed. Worried that it was some summer thunder squall planning to rain on our bit of fun, I checked the weather at Weather Underground (I can’t stand weather.com).

There I learned we were under cover of smoke from a forest fire buring in Quebec, 700 miles away. Who knew there was a forest fire in Quebec?

When we went outside, sure enough, you could smell it. The slight hint of camp fire, or more accurately, burning trees. And visibility was bad, though the cruise was still enjoyable as hell. What a great way to see the city. Hardly worth taking many pictures, though, due to the thick haze.

So next time I visit Canada I’m shaking the buggers down for $40, which is the cost of the Circle Line tour for two. I figure they owe me. It’s their smoke, so I blame Canada.

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