We needed this. After days of life in Ice Station Zebra, we've all gotten cranky and surly.
So what better thing to lift our moods, if even for a moment, than something so out of the ordinary, so completely ludicrous as a yacht stuck on a snowbank in the middle of downtown Boston?
No doubt the trucker hauling the Maggie Mae out of Jamestown, RI to the boat show at the South Boston convention center had absolutely wonderful reasons to take a route through the financial district only a couple days after our latest major storm. But those reasons proved no match for the accumulated snow on the island in the middle of the intersection of Summer and Lincoln streets, which snared the big rig and the yacht-laden trailer it was pulling around 1 p.m.
Kendra gave us a bird's eye view:
The Maggie Mae became an impromptu downtown gathering place: People from all around came down to see it. Most did the same three things in sequence: They shook their heads, they laughed and then they took a picture. Many people took selfies with the yacht.
Meanwhile, all the Downtown Crossing "ambassadors" showed up with snow shovels:
A local construction company sent a backhoe. A towing company sent an extra big tow truck to pull the diesel. And after two hours of shoveling and backhoeing and pulling, the tow-truck driver honked his horn a couple times and the mini-flotilla headed down the street. The assembled throng clapped and went "Woo!"
Prairie Rose Clayton commented:
Wake up, Maggie, I think I got something to say to you
It's downtown Boston & you're a friggin' boat in the road
What the hell
Or as Rev. Hank Peirce puts it: "GILLIGAN!!!!"