Day 281, Year 11: Long Day in Boston
Date: Friday, July 29, 2016
Weather: A Tad Cooler, Sprinkles Early AM; High 80 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio #8, Falmouth, MA

It was a long day in Boston, but both the weather and the traffic were much better than predicted. Heavy rain with flash floods was the weather prediction, but all we had were sprinkles on our way to Boston this morning. We drove in just after rush hour, returned right in the midst of late afternoon rush hour, and somehow lucked out on both ends. The endoscopic procedure Mark was having done in order to get a lung biopsy was easy and quick, but he had to wait a long time before the procedure was done. We arrived at 11 am and left at 4:30 pm. I was not supposed to go today as it was a Camp Oma day. But Heather sent a text late last night when she got home saying that she and Jed could share the kid load today. She really wanted me to go with Mark. So I did. Thankfully Mary Ellen and Lee were with me as I spent most of my day trying to figure out how to send a document from my phone to the Key Bank headquarters in New York City. This is the bank that held our boat loan until it was paid off a week ago. My problem with them today was that they will not accept any paperwork via email. The quest started shortly after arriving at the hospital when we received an email from Sam Weigel who is trying to purchase Windbird. I say ‘trying’ because getting all of the paperwork together is being a bit of a challenge. I won’t bore you with the details, but it took over an hour to figure out that the information on the Key Bank website about branch banks in Massachusetts was way out of date. There are none. The closest branch bank is in New York City. So going to a branch bank to get the paperwork processed was not a possibility. I talked to the head office again and was told that faxing the paperwork would be the next fastest option. This required me to walk to Staples in Government Center to print the document on my phone and fax it to New York. I would never have left the hospital today if I had been alone. When Mark is having any procedure done, I am always afraid to leave for fear that something will happen with no one there to deal with the situation. But today I had Mary Ellen and Lee to stay at the hospital while I ran around town, and this allowed the work to get done. The document got faxed and Mark’s procedure went smoothly. But he was a hungry bear as he had to fast all night and day until the procedure was completed. I bought some snacks for him to eat on the way home, but since the traffic was light during today’s rush hour, we decided we could afford to stop in Plymouth to eat dinner and for Mary Ellen and Lee to see the Plymouth Rock and the Mayflower. They leave early in the morning and we are going to miss them. They helped us accomplish the impossible—being storage unit free. And we are so very grateful. Thank you, Mary Ellen and Lee.

160729 Day 281 Cape Cod, USA–Mary Ellen and Lee