I made it without any problems. It was a two hour bus trip from Boston to Woods Hole. After dropping my gear in the dorm room, a group of us went to the Captain Kid for dinner.
The Kidd is a local hangout where the food is okay. I think that most go there for a glass or two rather than the cuisine. The clam chowder was actually good. The Kidd has a lot of research vessel memorabilia. The name plate for the old R/V Chain is hanging on the wall. And there are many life rings on the walls, including one from the R/V Nancy Foster, a vessel on which I spent many weeks doing research.
I must have been asked 30 times about retirement. People most wanted to know my plans. I said that my plan is to wake up in the morning and decide what I may want to do that day while reserving the right to change my mind. It will still be one day at a time for me.
Sadly, an old friend told me that his 18 year old daughter tried to kill herself. She survived but her kidneys are permanently damaged. I asked him about drugs and alcohol, but that apparently wasn't the issue. But she seems to have had codependency problems compounded by exposure to alcoholism at a young age, death of her mother, break up with a boyfriend, and remarrying of her father. Her dad is deeply troubled and at a loss about what to do. His confusion and sadness was palpable.
Well, I'm off to a morning session. I will check in with you when time allows.