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Seeing new places

February 1, 2012

I spent a good deal of time in high school traveling to different campuses for speech and debate, but because we were in high school then, we didn’t have that much freedom to wander around, not to mention that there were rounds to get to. So it was nice to be somewhere for speech and debate but to have “grown-up” freedom.

In college, I’ve been happy to chaperone a trip to Appleton, WI and Omaha, NE. And I usually helped out at practice whenever I was home on break and judged at The Holly, the biggest state tournament of the school year. This year, however, despite my living in Boston, I hadn’t judged a single tournament. I’ve had other commitments on the weekends, Nick is not doing speech and debate, and most of the local tournaments are in suburban towns rather than Metro Boston.

Last Saturday though, the tournament was at Revere HS, accessible on the Blue Line. If you’ve been reading this blog, you already know about my successful trips to East Boston’s Maverick Station for work and fantastic Hispanic and Latino food. But this was my first time riding all the way to Wonderland, completing the Blue Line. And Revere Beach is quite lovely early in the morning:

I should mention that I also got to chair my first final round and saw an excellent debate. Halfway through, I also whipped out the HBIC and kicked a cellphone offender out of the packed room.

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