It was one of those great weekends where I did all sorts of things I wouldn't normally do. We had friends visiting from out of town (I'll call them MUSEUM GUY and THEATER GIRL). Normally, I'm the world's worst tour guide. Wherever I go, I'm much more about people and conversations than historic sites. It's just the way I'm wired. If you visit my hometown in Maine, I can give you directions to the beach and a couple of great restaurants, but I have no clue what the current population is, or if a certain historic-looking building is of actual historic interest (unless it's in the Historic District, and then I can say for certain that it can't ever be painted purple or magenta). It's even worse here in Cambridge/Boston: I drive visitors around while attempting to appear knowledgeable, but my tour basically consists of: "Um...look! There's the Charles River, Harvard, AND MIT! And Fenway Park is over there on the other side of the river under the giant Citgo sign!" It's dismal.
But MUSEUM GUY and THEATER GIRL had specific requests: they wanted clam chowder, and a tour of the Sam Adams Brewery. That I could work with. The brewery was great...totally worth the the sub-zero temps we braved and the long wait to get in. As was the restaurant that served us clam chowder and perhaps the finest shrimp/crab/artichoke heart dip of my lifetime so far.
Here's what I learned (besides that I need to advise all visitors that I need specific requests to be of any use at all...) Both of these experiences are things I wouldn't get around to without a little push. It is good for me to be pushed. I'm a nester by instinct. I like to curl up in flannel PJ's on the couch. Hibernation is my natural winter state. But one's world gets mighty small with too much of that. And I want my world to be big.
How about you? If I visited your town or city, would you love to show me around, or hand me a map to the most obvious landmark and wish me luck?
And on an unrelated but important note, THANK YOU for your awesome encouragement about A MAZE OF GRACE! I'm grateful to have blog friends to celebrate with :)