My family an I go to New Hampshire every year for vacation. We have a trailer on a plot of land in Moultonborough, and it’s a pretty nice place. Right on the edge of Lake Winnipesaukee, which luckily is a much better place to swim than the shitty beaches we have here in Middletown RI.
It usually takes around 4 hours to drive up, depending on traffic, and if you cut through Boston, that shaves off about a half an hour.
The scene is Summer 2009. Going up, we mosey on through Boston and back onto the highway without a hitch. We get there in record time. Now in Moultonboughrough, we don’t have much cable, so we get by on local (some national) news and good radio. The day we leave we decide to get going early. I have a bagel and start packing my things. I urge my mother to eat something, but she insists that we’re going through Boston so she won’t be hungry until we get home anyway. We say goodbye to Mohoughilultonmikerough and get going.
Then we get to Boston.
Things are smooth, we’re almost in the tunnel. Then we see a massive backup of traffic. It’s only about 9:30 in the morning, so it definitely isn’t rush hour. As we look around to get an idea of where this traffic is coming from, one of the billboards changes to read “In Memory of Ted Kennedy”. We turn on the radio to a Boston based station and her that they’re driving Ted Kennedy’s body around Boston because he recently died yesterday. Traffic is majorly backed up.
Now, I mentioned we watched the news all week. Mostly because that’s all that was fucking on. But not once did they mention Ted Kennedy having a stroke! That’s kind of big news, a senator dying! A Kennedy no less! You’d think that would have made a headline or two.
So we end up stuck in Boston for 3 and a half hours. Stuck in a small car with your hungry, tired, and irritable mother is not the best of situations. The moment we got back on Aquidneck island my mother called home and left a message saying just “We’re back on the island. Get food.” The last word of which sounded more like an animalistic growl than an English word.
We now check to see if any senators died recently before leaving for any long trip.