Southern New Hampshire… May 6, 2007

May 6, 2007 23:26 – 23:26

Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua

We began the day by driving to Nashua to hear Rev. Steve Edington deliver a sermon about Kurt Vonnegut. It was good and engaging, although the sound system could use some work. I definitely need to read Vonnegut’s stuff.

The people were quite friendly, and Steve was familiar with the situation at MVUC, having been one of the ministers who was so sincerely flattered by a former MVUC minister. Although the service was over at about 11:15, we didn’t leave until 12:15 or so.

Nick’s Roast Beef

After church, we were feeling lunchish, so I polled the GPS for any restaurants that contained “roast beef”. We really wanted Kelly’s Roast Beef, but the closest one the Garmin knew about was down in Boston, so I settled for Nick’s Roast Beef, which was about 10 minutes away from the UU church.

The sandwiches and fries were really good, although Karen didn’t like it as much as Kelly’s. I found the atmosphere interesting. It was like watching one of those movies about New England. There was a bevy of young NH guys in there, all with very shortly cropped hair, and all appearing to be in their early 20s. They definitely didn’t seem like college kids, and I never did figure out what they do or why they seem to come in bevies. But, they did. They talked a good deal about local stuff and baseball. Go figure.

America’s Stonehenge

Following Nick’s, we tossed a virtual coin and decided to go to see “America’s Stonehenge”. It’s a 6,000 year old archeological marvel. It appears to be some kind of ceremonial site like Stonehenge, but a different design. It seems to have various features that are keyed to different celestial events.

It’s hard to believe that something built over 6,000 years ago would be so substantially intact today.

A class of some kind from Merrimack College was there, armed with sighting compasses, taking a variety of measurements. They were gathering information and trying to figure out something for an assignment. They arrived and left in two yellow busses.

There’s one tunnel they call Oracle Chamber. Below, Karen emerges from the hole in the ground. She ultimately did see her shadow, so I guess that means there will be at least six more days of New Hampshire.

Look at the rock slab below. See the rectangle etched in it?

Look more carefully. This was called the Sacrificial Table. Care to guess what that groove is for? Yep. Didn’t think so.

Below are a couple of alpacas that appear to have been given poodle cuts. And I thought it looked weird on poodles…

University of New Hampshire (Manchester)

Following that, we set a course for UNH and then Southern NHU. The latter was substantially larger. I’ll have to see what openings they have there.

New Hampshire Institute of Art (Manchester)

Following the Universities in Manchester, we decided to go see some art. So, we hustled off to the NH Institute of Art. The only art on display was a series of mostly nude photographs by someone whose name escapes me.

St. Joseph Cathedral (Manchester)

Next door to the NHIA is St. Joseph’s Cathedral, built in 1869.

Petey’s (Rye, NH)

Following all that art and architecture, we were feeling hungry for dinner. Karen looked through her books and found a place over in Rye, NH on the Atlantic. Petey’s came highly recommended – especially the lobster and fried clams. The market price of lobster would’ve cost too many clams, so we settled for fried clams, scallops, and shrimp. The food was okay, but overcooked. The shrimps were tiny and paltry. The Hingham Lobster Pound still wins.

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