March 2007

Editor's Note - March

Author: Maggie Washo

In Search of a New Hobby…

I quit smoking last month. You wouldn’t think that smoking takes up a lot of time every day- but I suddenly feel that I have been handed two hours a day. Now whether this is because I just have more energy (because I can breathe properly) or because I truly did waste two hours a day smoking I am unsure. The fact remains that recently I have been in search of a new hobby to fill up those two hours a day.

So I started taking long walks with Woody, my canine companion. Then I decided I was going to iron every article of clothing in the house. Shortly after that I re-organized everything in my closet. Twice. And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my recent attempts at culinary greatness.

Two weeks ago I really decided to step out of the box, however, and at the urging of my good friend, Melissa, decided to take a “Hip-Hop Dance Class” at Breakthrough Fitness. Now let me start by saying that “hip-hop” is not necessarily my favorite kind of music and I’m not sure that I’m the ideal candidate to be shaking my booty around in front several men and women on treadmills just trying to get through their work-out. I am pleased to say, however, that I probably kept them amused through those last 100 steps on the Stairmaster.

Even though it’s a pretty safe bet that I won’t be invited to choreograph and star in the next Beyoncé video, I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I had. Meeting several new and interesting people as well as bravely trying something uncharacteristic is invigorating.

I encourage you to try the same this month. And while you are out there trying new things, don’t forget to make public appearances at all of the March events the Island has to offer. The Island Rec Center’s WingFest is back for its 12th consecutive year (page 22), as well as the Hospitality Association’s biggest yearly event, WineFest (page 16). Be sure to “Celebrate the Irish” and make it to the Saint Patrick’s Day parade on March 11th. And to read a little bit about how the tradition was started, see our feature story on Island icon, Tom Reilley (page 26).

Enjoy our March issue! Until next month…

Maggie Washo

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