Monday, October 21, 2013

Head of the Charles

Head of the Charles was this weekend!  This and Marathon weekend are the two big to-do's in the area that I look forward to every single year.  With a lot of my friends being current or former rowers, it's always a big weekend for us.  I live right on the river near the starting line, so I'm always in on the action right off the bat all weekend.  It's lovely to see all the boats getting ready to go and see all the teams from all over the world get pumped.  I took yesterday afternoon to go hang out near the water and see the races.  I ended up walking the entire course and taking a seat right near the finish for most of the afternoon.
Found an amazing place to sit
I got a nice cup of hot cider and watched our teams cross the finish line.  In between races I had a chance to walk around and see some of the booths set up.
And that's when I saw it, the Brooks Brothers booth.  While it is somewhat beyond me who would be at the regatta and be like "you know what I need?  A $300 sweater to carry around near the world's grossest river", I felt compelled to go in.  The reason?  The KJP table of course! 
I'm not going to lie, I was slightly star-struck when I saw Sarah Vickers in real life in person.  My friends laughed at me as I took about five minutes to build up the courage to go say hi.  You see, I'm a kind of shy person deep down, and it felt slightly stalkerish to be like "oh hey, I know you from the internet and you have absolutely no clue who I am but let's take a picture together."  Truth is though, she's kind of a role model for me.  Not only is she wonderfully dressed, but she and Kiel grew a company from the ground up to an incredible level of notoriety.  What is there for a 20 year old not to look up to?  I've followed her blog, Classy Girls Wear Pearls, for a couple years now and am always impressed, so it was a real treat to meet her in person.
Who'd have thought one day I'd be courageous enough to ask
a stranger to take a picture with me?
She was so nice and even took a moment away from her booth to take a picture with me, which was very generous because their custom HOCR bracelets were selling like hot cakes.  Personally though I was in love with the Vicker's Bow bracelets.  One day when I'm not student poor I'll get one!  They are just too cute!

In short it was a lovely weekend, and I'm looking forward to what the rest of fall has in store for me.

Have you ever been to HOCR? Dropping by Boston sometime soon? Let me know :)

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