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diannemcd on May 29, 2009

Love it, would love to go for a ride, but a bit expensive to get there. Dianne

Marbiz on May 30, 2009

Novel idea, would be an interesting ride on the river.

Bits-n-Pieces on May 30, 2009

Thanks dianne and marbiz - These are Boston's famous Swan Boats They're in a man-made lagoon in the Public Garden, and a ride on them is one of those required things to do during a summer trip to Boston. The 'history' tab on that link above is pretty interesting. I just happened to be driving by the area after it was closed, but last time I was by, there must have been 100 people waiting in line for a ride.

someGuyinmasset on May 30, 2009

Cool, great title, when were you in Africa? Didn't think anyone would notice this is actually Boatswana did you?

whoelius on May 30, 2009

It's Swanziland!

Norrel on May 31, 2009

I'd lurve to have a boat like this. I'd buy a 200 hp engine, and show off to the girls on the beach.

Bits-n-Pieces on May 31, 2009

LOL Guy and whoelius!

and even bigger LOL Norrel - I bet you'd try to jump the bridge as part of the deal! But haven't you learned from living in a house with 3 females: women want a slow and romantic boat ride, not 200 hp! Pedal Power all the way :)

not1word on May 31, 2009

These are pretty cool, and made neater by the link you provided, Bits. Thanks for the free cross-country visit.

Bits-n-Pieces on June 1, 2009

Thanks not1word - it's classic Boston. But no neon!

stoneboat on June 1, 2009

If you bought those glow-in-the-dark necklaces for the swans it would be like neon! I wanna go!

Norrel on June 2, 2009

That's far too expensive, stoneboat. Swan necks need hundreds of necklaces

not1word on June 3, 2009

Point of order! How are you pronouncing your title? Is is swan-DO-lahs, or SWAN-duh-lahs?

whoelius on June 3, 2009

The middle synonym involves a schwa.

It's swɒn'də'læ

Thank you very much.

not1word on June 3, 2009

So you're putting the accent on the first syllable, eh? Not so sure that I approve of that. But I do like the cut of your contestables.

whoelius on June 3, 2009

The accent is up to the, well, accent. As far as I know, the difference between stressed and unstressed vowel sounds (prominence) is only really insisted upon in "General American".

For me, the middle syllable is the one that couldn't possibly be "stressed". I imagine posh English people might give more emphasis to the last syllable (a near-open front unrounded vowel) than I would in my scummy northern Englishman role :D.

Swandola and gondola is a feminine rhyme, for me.

Bits-n-Pieces on June 3, 2009

Hmmm, yeah - definitely SWAN-dola. So the guy who sits on the back and pedal-paddles the boat around must be a Swandolier!

And the glow-in-the dark necklaces would be cool! But these don't operate at night :( I bet they'd get even more riders at night than during the day. They should think about Stoneboat's idea!

And whoelius - I'd visit your contest, but nobody has tags now so I can't find it!!

whoelius on June 3, 2009

I don't think I have a contest photo this month :(

someGuyinmasset on June 4, 2009

Is that kamaly over on the far side all preggo and still taking pictures? I dropped a vote on this one.

whoelius on June 4, 2009

I thought that was a woman with extremely large breasticles growing out of her back.

Bits-n-Pieces on June 5, 2009

LOL, that's just someone who stole some of these swan's cygnets and is carrying them away in a sack slung over her shoulder! I do hope that doesn't disappoint you too much Guy and that you won't take back your vote! Or maybe Who is a little closer, and the woman was so impressed by the swan boats she's starting to grow wings!

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