The Wire, March 3, 2004
Thirty years from now, I’m going to be helping my grandkids get dressed to go snowboarding or snowbiking or whatever it is they’ll be doing. We’ll be getting into my antique SUV, and I’ll be listening to them whine about how cold it is outside. I’ll stop them, pause for a dramatic moment, and then launch into a diatribe about winters past...
The Wire, November 19. 2003
The Wire, December 3, 2003
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Brave Soul Completes Solo Circumnavigation on Raft
(AP Moultonborough, NH) Josh Pierce, a noted and intrepid explorer from Portsmouth, NH completed a fete of extraordinary fortitude on Sunday when he completed a solo circumnavigation of Loon Island, a small bird sanctuary located on a tiny island situated in a cove on Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough Neck.
“He said he was going around the island with the loons on it, and I said ‘whatever’,” said friend Stephen Blasko, who opted to lounge in an inner tube near the dock instead. “He disappeared for fifteen minutes, and when Jay (Jason Farias, another friend and son of the owner of the camp and dock) came back from getting a beer he said, ‘where’s Josh’?” Mr. Blasko added. “I sat up and looked out over the lake and saw him coming around the far side of the island, arms all flailing in the water. He was splashing around a lot, trying to go real fast, and I said, ‘there he is’.”
When asked why he had performed the feat, Mr. Pierce said, “It was just staring at me. I knew no one had probably ever done it before, and after I started going I realized I could go pretty fast on that raft—frontwards or backwards.”
Mr. Farias confirmed that in all his years at the family camp he had never heard of anyone going around the tiny island on that raft, a “Sun Tanner Floating Mattress” or any other raft for that matter. “I guess it’s cool. I’m not sure why anyone would want to do it,” Mr. Farias said as he stood pondering the question.