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Day 45: A big boat with a blue banner...

Posted by Adam Sell  August 14, 2008 10:36 PM

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boston60_logo.jpgI'm Adam Sell and I have two months left before I leave Boston. My challenge? Do something in the city every day. Have ideas for my adventure? Send me an email.

...that's playing the blues on a barge. At least, that's how it was sold to me. The Boston Harbor Hotel has a whole series of summertime entertainment, including Thursday nights with live floating blues music behind the hotel. I knew I was going to get to one of their events, it was just a matter of picking one. As much as I enjoy dancing, I think I would break some part of my body if I attempted to swing dance, so I thought something a little less active was appropriate. And the movies they've got going on may be classics...but I think I'd like to see something that was made while I was alive.

So blues it was.Two friends and I took the trip, hoping to catch some tunes and not some storms. I had a hard time convincing anyone to accompany me since I tried to do so right as the heavens unleashed. But thankfully the clouds parted for the barge, and we arrived just after 8.

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Sadly, we didn't stay long, although not because we didn't think it was a cool idea. We gathered that you had to be seated to remain in the audience, and every spot on the stairs was well and truly taken. A Boston Harbor Hotel employee told us we couldn't stand behind the tier of stairs, so we shuffled off to the side to observe for a bit. And after a song or two that we slowly, but rhythmically bobbed our heads to, we took off. Waiting for a table to free up wasn't going to be a productive night.

So here's a tip: if you're going to do something at the Harbor Hotel, don't go halfway through. Go early and stake your claim, or you'll have to find somewhere else to get a drink.

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