WE NOW RETURN TO OUR REGULARLY-SCHEDULED BLOG, ALREADY IN PROGRESS

The FD family is back from a week's vacation at Cape Cod, and feeling not the least bit refreshed, thanks for asking. Highlights of the week away included:

* Mystic Seaport: We stepped aboard the Amistad - well, it's actually a recreation of the Amistad, but they shrewdly don't tell you that until you've already contributed some cash for its upkeep - as well as a (real) whaling ship, where Fellow and Tiny spent the better part of the afternoon climbing in and out of the sailors' filthy bunks.

Images * Whale Watch!: The FD Family spotted 11 humpbacks this year, plus a basking shark with a big green maw that could have swallowed the family whole, had it been a carnivore. (It isn't.) (And that's not our photo.)

Teamlogo_brewster2003* The Cape Cod League: Tickets are always free for this longtime summer showcase of the country's top collegiate players, which has 10 teams across the Cape. The players lodge with local families, carry their own bags, and do skateboard tricks with neighborhood kids after the game. We took in a Bourne Braves-Brewster Whitecaps clash, which ended in a 2-0 victory for the visiting Braves. As the game progressed, we and Fellow snagged front-row seats in the cozy bleachers and watched the action up close. And if there's a better bonding moment than filling out a scorecard with your son for the first time, we're unfamiliar with it.

"M IS FOR THE MANY PILLS I BRING TO HER,
O MEANS ONLY THAT SHE'S GROWING OLD(ER)"

Sixty-two-year-old child psychologist Patti Farrant has given birth to a baby boy in London, making her the kingdom's oldest mother ever. We don't begrudge anyone the benefits of reproductive technology (the baby was conceived via fertility treatments) but we find it dubious at best that a bird who already has three grown children (albeit from a previous marriage) sees a need to give birth at 62, an age at which, if she beats the odds, she'll likely only be of any material use to the child until it turns 14. But what truly gets our knickers in a bunch is that Farrant, being a child psychologist, really ought to know better.

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