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Janet McClure Single mother to two amazing kids. James is 13 and has HCM. Emily is 11 and recovering from TBI. Find out more about Janet McClure
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  • Toogoofy317
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    That happened to me last year to with Air Tran. I asked that since it was due to a medical emergency and they still said I had to pay the fifty dollar charge. They gave me a voucher on the rest of the ticket price, but it just expired this year because, I found Jet Blue to be a lot cheaper and better. Leather seats and TV for 30 bucks less. So if they fly to where you live that might be an option.

    And the R I noticed that too. Especially when my friends "paked the ca in havad yad" . THey said I absolutly had to go there so they dropped me off in like 20 degree weather eeek. I really don't see what the signifigance of being able to say you've been there. I mean I didn't even get a t-shirt!

    OH, well

    Mary S.

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  • Janet McClure
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    Boston Is Beautiful

    Today was much better. We rented a car and drove down to Plimoth Plantation. James really enjoyed how everyone spoke in that period. They asked James if he was "slothful". I liked that word. We went over and saw the Mayflower II and Plymoth Rock. We then drove back and got lost on the way and ended up in Chelsea. Finally we found our way back to the hotel. Tonight we are going to see "Phantom of the Opera".

    I have come across quite a few nicer people. One doctor at the hospital heard me speaking and asked me if I was from Tennessee. Also, I would like to know what happened to the "r" in the alphabet in Boston. It seems no one uses their r's here.

    Anyway, I am really enjoying our trip here. Tomorrow James has to get blood work done tomorrow and then on Tuesday they will do their thing. I had scheduled to go home Wednesday but Dr. Link does not want us to go until Thursday. I am afraid I am going to be hit with the $50 changing fee as well as the difference in airfare rate. We flew Air Tran. Any suggestions as to maybe how I can keep from paying so much?

    Thanks for all your help! We'll be here until atleast Thursday. We'll keep you posted! Thanks Janet

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  • Pam Alexson
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    Janet ,

    I am glad to hear all is going well and today is not so bad weather wise so I am sure you are out enjoying it. I was in Boston on thurs and was thinking of you both. I was 2 floors below the HCM clinic. If it had been Friday I would have tried to meet you. Hope all goes well on Tues., I am sure and confident it will.

    Do you find us northerners a little stand-offish? I have heard that said. Of course I live down near Rhode Island and I think we are a little more country down here. I find it a challenge to go into the big city, hee haww . Got to shake the hayseed out first.

    Best to you both .

    Pam

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  • Burton Borrok
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    Originally posted by Boz
    I hope you understand that I was poking fun at ya. Maybe too late for a good April Fools prank, but all in fun none the less.

    You have to understand that Boston is a little different today than it was in colonial times. Yankee means only one thing to virtually all that live here . . . it means pin-stripes, George Steinbrenner and the evil empire. It is amazing how united this city is when it comes to despising the town’s biggest opponent in Major League Baseball. Tune in to ESPN2 tomorrow evening to get a feel for the greatest rivalry in sports when the 1st contest of 2005 is played in Yankee Stadium.

    The Duck Tours kind of play into the “all-that-is-Boston” theme as well. To suggest that a visitor patronize another business to see Boston is kind of like, well wearing a Yankee’s baseball cap down Boylston Street.

    Sorry if I came off too snippy.
    Hey Boz,
    I really enjoyed your comments, understood it was all in fun, and I hope you realize I was responding in kind. (I really do know that the Duck Boats are not pulled by ducks.)

    So you claim that Boston today is different then it was in Colonial Times. (Did they finally get all that tea out of the bay? It was making the fish taste funny.)

    By the way, in my day I was a Yankee fan – but I haven’t been following baseball these past thirty years or so. So you say Boston now has a team too? Major league? And they all wear sox? Boy, I guess Boston did change after all.)

    And besides – if you did come off snippy, I never noticed it. So there!
    Burt

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  • bryan
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    Originally posted by Boz
    You have to understand that Boston is a little different today than it was in colonial times. Yankee means only one thing to virtually all that live here . . . it means pin-stripes, George Steinbrenner and the evil empire. It is amazing how united this city is when it comes to despising the town’s biggest opponent in Major League Baseball.
    This is more than true than ever!!!

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  • Toogoofy317
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    I remember when I was up in Bean Town in September it was awesome. All, there was was talk about this being "the year" would the curse be reversed and all that. I think the most interesting thing was the friends I was staying with. The grandparents were like 90 years old didn't own a TV. They didn't believe in it radio was always the best way. So, republican that my friend was still called a liberal because he voted for JFK once! But, back to the story when it was time for the Soxs to play. Well, it was a family affair! Everybody was over Grandparents, Aunts, Cousins, you name it. We, all sat on the floor ate pizza and rooted for those SOXs. Even though I'm a Florida girl I knew better than to root against them. It would have been a long walk to the airport. Afterwards, we would all sit down and play Aggravation. Has anyone else played that game before?Oh, my goodness I've never seen a four foot three 90 year old woman become so ruthless.

    Oh by the way Janet, if you get a chance to stop by the First Street Church they have some really cool historical stuff in that area. It was the place where America the Beautiful was ever sung and Paul Revere, Ben Franklin's Parents. and Mother Goose are all buried there.

    Mary S.

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  • Boz
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    Ahhh Good one Lisa!

    Two years ago our local Babe Ruth organization (Baseball for 13-15 year olds) hosted the Babe Ruth World Series. Part of the experience requires all team members – 11 Teams from all over the country, 1 International team - to be housed with local families – no hotels for the players.

    I was mortified to learn that the 3 kids we would be housing for a week were with the Mid-Atlantic Champions – Voorhees/Gibbsboro, NJ. I imagined a week of misery having to listen to stories about the NY Yankees.

    Turns out they were all Philadelphia Philly fans – hated the Yankees too, and all went well. In fact, they and their parents have become very good friends – sure to last a life time.

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  • Lisa Salberg
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    Boz,
    Being a NJ Girl - which as ya know is rather much like our neighbor NY - I must say that Boston will truely win those bragging rights when they get about 20 more WS under their belt :P

    Later!
    Lisa
    (in wise guy mode!)

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  • Boz
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    I hope you understand that I was poking fun at ya. Maybe too late for a good April Fools prank, but all in fun none the less.

    You have to understand that Boston is a little different today than it was in colonial times. Yankee means only one thing to virtually all that live here . . . it means pin-stripes, George Steinbrenner and the evil empire. It is amazing how united this city is when it comes to despising the town’s biggest opponent in Major League Baseball. Tune in to ESPN2 tomorrow evening to get a feel for the greatest rivalry in sports when the 1st contest of 2005 is played in Yankee Stadium.

    The Duck Tours kind of play into the “all-that-is-Boston” theme as well. To suggest that a visitor patronize another business to see Boston is kind of like, well wearing a Yankee’s baseball cap down Boylston Street.

    Sorry if I came off too snippy.

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  • Burton Borrok
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    Hey Boz,
    About your crediting me with two major Faux-Pax – let me just say this;

    The term Yankee is a derivative of Yankee Doodle; a term of derision used by the British against the American colonists, and actually was used with more frequency against the citizens of Boston then against the citizens of New York. The term however was used in regard to all the American colonists – or at least the ones who apposed British rule. Only later was it aimed at those from just the North East, and much later still, was it used as a name for a certain baseball team, who in deference to your feelings, shall remain nameless.

    As is frequently the case, a term of derision is turned around and it becomes a badge of honor by those it was used against. This is even true of the British Bulldog, originally used in a cartoon deriding the Brits.

    Now, about touring Boston – I didn’t know, nor claim to know, the best method of seeing the city. I was aware that Gray Line Tours conducts tours of many cities and places of interest so I mentioned them, or some other company that will provide a tour and let the observers relax while touring. (I did not mention the walking tour, although I was aware of it, for that very reason.)

    You recommended the Duck Boats, which come only vaguely to my mind – (but how you expect to see much of the city from a boat being pulled by a duck is beyond me.) Next thing you will know, you will be recommending ‘Pigeon Flights’ or some other outlandish method of transportation. Boy, it’s lucky for you I like you so much, or I might get those pigeons together and you’ll be reading a headline like – ‘Burt’s Birds Bomb Bean Town.’

    ‘B’ good now – and keep in touch,
    Burt

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  • mtlieb
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    Janet,

    This is all very good news to hear! Sounds like James is getting great care. Are you going to have a chance to meet any of our Boston area HCM'ers while you're there?

    Jim

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  • Lisa Salberg
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    janet,
    You have a very wise young man - and likely this is thanks to his mothers hard work. James is in great hands. Enjoy your weekend in Boston.
    If you need anything call the office - I will check for messages thoughout the weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Lisa

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  • Jillmgk
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    Janet,

    It sounds like things are going really well for your son and the trip to Boston is getting done what needs to be done. Your son sounds like he really understands everything, and that is important. I'm glad for him that he can return to rec ball too, and won't have to feel like an invalid. He can go home and be a kid once all this is done! That is really, really important! And now since you are there till Thursday, I hope you can get him to a Sox game. Opening games should be in the next few days (I know Cinci is Monday- the day my kids go back to school- we were hoping to catch a game during spring break.) Take care!

    Jill

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  • shirleymahoney
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    Janet

    That is great news and i will be thinking of you both with the ICD surgery, just tell James mine is my best friend, i would be more nervous without mine too

    Shirley

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  • Boz
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    Originally posted by Burton Borrok
    I don’t know, but you can check on the internet to see if they have Gray Line tours in Boston – or some other tour service. That way you can see the most with the least stress possible. Now that you’re up in Yankee land, you might just as well see all you can.
    Burt,Burt Burt- 2 major faux paws.
    If you're going to do a riding tour of Boston you do so by Duck Boat. They do have trolly tours, they do have bus tours, but Duck Boats are they way to see Boston!!
    2nd - This is baseball season and this is Boston - They word Yankee can not ever be used in a descriptive way when refering to this region.
    Ohh boy, even though its pouring rain I'm going to have to take a walk.

    Janet / James
    You're in good hands at NEMC. I don't know about finding biscuits or sweet tea, but make sure you try some 'chowda'.

    Good luck with the procedure.

    -boz

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