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First times a charm

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase April 23, 2007 11:34 AM

I experienced a number of firsts last weekend: First haircut at Judy Jetson (not nearly as snobby and shoddy as a number of postings made it out to be); first time at Scullers Jazz Club (a divine evening hearing the smokin' hot Bettye LaVette, below).

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On Sunday, I tried the Elvis pancakes at the B-Side for the first time (granted, it was just a bite of my friend's chocolate- and banana-coated cakes, but that's all it took to know that breakfast will never be the same) and took my inaugural boating trip on the Charles River. It was a gorgeous sunny afternoon, and we rented a canoe and two kayaks from Charles River Canoe & Kayak. We found an old three-story fort built on an island not from the Newton Boathouse and spent a while exploring the surprisingly sturdy structure, which was cobbled together with scrap wood and a lot of insulated wire. There was a hammock, a grill, a bricked-in but flooded patio, even a number of electrical outlets. We didn't dare put any of the dangling plugs into the sockets, but imagine: a fort with electricity!

We definitely plan to go out on the river soon (the Boston location to rent boats opens May 4), and next time we're bringing hot dogs and heading straight for the fort.

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