Hay, it’s Norwich, Vermont

On the way back from my White Mountain trip, I stopped off in Hanover, New Hampshire to visit cousin Monique at Dartmouth College. She is a Dartmouth graduate and currently employed by the school as a Residential Director. Like most successful US universities, there is always construction going on. At Dartmouth, it was right outside the window of her dormitory based apartment. When you an raise your prices 6%/year for infinity and grow your endowment by hundreds of millions of dollars annually, you can fund a lot of projects. It was great to catch up and hear about life in higher education. It was also great to get a pulse on the current generation of “kids” that she is responsible for. She taught me all about helicopter parents and said that she had recently attended a seminar where she learned that some Generation X (my generation!) parents are now being called “stealth bomber parents.” How grave. This was such a new term for me, and apparently the American lexicon, that it doesn’t have a Wikipedia entry yet. Google only found references to the B-2 Spirit bomber. I did find one link that explains the condition more.

Hanover is a hopping town, especially so, on the last big party weekend before final exams. Since we are both thirty-some-thing’s, we “escaped” to dinner at The Norwich Inn across the Connecticut River in Norwich, Vermont. They craft a very nice IPA, the Old Slipperyskin India Pale Ale at their brewery. The operation is self described as “perhaps the smallest brewery in America.”

After dinner, I got a tour of Mo’s plot at the Co-op community gardens. When I connected with her via phone prior to my visit, she had been on the hunt for more hay.

Mo poses with her plot.

Apparently, each plot was only entitled to one bale and she was running short. As it turns out, when we arrived, a couple of good Samaritans had left her their unused hay at the edge of her plot. This really made her day. We were about to leave, when I saw her turn and run back inside the fence. She came back out exclaiming, “I put it inside…so there would be no doubt!”

The Norwich community garden.

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