Thursday, November 12, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Our season was incredible this year [this year so far, Michael...they just won't stop blooming!]. We've had an abundance all throughout the summer, starting in about April and they're still going.
Here are some pictures from this afternoon...I know...It's Fall and everything!
Enjoy...we still are.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Not too shabby.
Also, I saw this from Sadly No! a few days ago and became pretty proud of my Commonwealth. It seems my state is pretty good...living-wise. [Pre-supposing you want a state featuring urban hellholes, well designed suburban enclaves, and acres of farmland]
Lastly, the SN! post highlights something that every freaking state should remember...we initiated this little war for freedom! We also had to take some tough times with this, this and this...all a full year before the Declaration!
Enjoy the following I took on a nice walk along the Cambridge side of the Charles River.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
To wit: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB125011106498326993.html?mod=yhoofront
I'm really enticed by the following:
"We can't go back and recreate the neighborhoods of the 1950s and 1960s, but weThat's refreshing from the director of planning and development in Dayton, OH. I always thought that Dayton is very auto-centric. I've commuted on the bus lines that are sparce in frequency and routes.
have a huge opportunity to create a new form for our cities," Mr. Gower said.
"People want to live in beautiful places near green space."
That said, I would say that some of the parks in and around Dayton are GREAT!
The Carillon Park in Kettering
The Miami River Conservancy District parks
The many clusters of baseball fields along the Miami
I'm all for taking another look at form and function when thinking about redesigning a city. Good luck to you all: Detroit, Toledo, Cleveland, Youngstown, Charlestown (WV), Cincinnati and YES, Dayton.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The HuffPost did a little notice on Farmers Markets in the country. Mostly other cities, Boston is not highlighted. I remember going with my mother on Saturdays to the West Side Market in Cleveland. Those were good times, but also good training in evaluating what you eat. The most vivid memories include:
- The Mediterranean store in the corner that sold all sorts of olives, strange pastas, spices, cheeses and meats...and candy from all over the world.
- The Calabrese Produce stand, specifically 2 things: on cold (and I mean below zero weather) Mr. Calabrese would add an extra orange in for us kids; second item, he ALWAYS had a great smile and a warm hello.
- The Ehrenfeldt (Beef) Butcher...I don't know if they're still there. They don't show up on the vendor list.
I miss the interaction we used to have with our neighbors/vendors. I sort of have it with the dry cleaner woman (a brief chat about the weather...the smile and nod when she's busy...the "have a great weekend; should be nice...make sure you get out"); and, my Dunkin Donuts counter guy knows me; and, well...there are that many. Certainly, I don't have similar interaction with my fish monger/beef counter dood/veggie restocker at the neighborhood Shaw's (think about your local mega-supermarket, plunk it down in the middle of downtown and charge 10% more for everything...Hey FREE 1 HR PARKING! LOL)
I guess what I miss is called "familiarity". I think maybe I get a better product/service when I cursory "know" the person...oh well...whatever.
Topic 2 for you...I am removing the Twitter feed here...it's too annoying. But a few days ago (maybe even a week!) I showed you the free wifi spots near the Pru. The tweet didn't do them justice so I'm hoping to get better pictures. Stay tuned. For more info (the only info I found online...blerg), see here.
If anyone cares...and there are no comments so far (so I don't know if anyone is out there)...I am going to redesign the blog a little. I'm using a standard template, and I'm bored with it. It doesn't really add anything. So I'm hoping to change it. Your input is desired, wanted, needed...etc. I'm going to have to add some more graphics and pictures...especially of lovely Boston! Stay tuned.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Qu'un sang impur
Abreuve nos sillons
...that's the best part of La Marseillaise IMO!
It certainly is well remembered from Casablanca:
Here's to our friends in République française.
Happy Bastille Day
Sunday, July 12, 2009
This sort of stuff always happens in an Urban Hellhole near the ocean.
I'm very happy to learn that it drew a lot of people (2 Million?!)...seems a weekend with good weather and stuff to do will make people come downtown...huh?
Who da thunk it?
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Old media...LOL! Speaking of which, I heard the Old Grey Lady may begin charging for content (didn't they try this before?)...meh!
Nothing new in the UrbanHellhole...'cept, my Red Sox may be blowing an 8 run lead!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Enjoy the snark
Health Care here in the Socialist Republic isn't as bad as everyone thinks.
Also, isn't it funny that we (Massachusetts-ers? Massachusett-ians?) are the butt of a lot of cultural jokes and all; yet the stats show otherwise. Must be something in the water...I blame the flouride ruining our bodily fluids...heh!
I also follow a blog called Eschaton.com run by Duncan Black out of Philadelphia. In it he often refers to his city as an "urban hellhole" to really mock those who think living in a city of great size is a PITA. I agree wholeheartedly that his assessment of this very common thought is pretty much why people who live outside of cities denegrate urban living as either unhealthy, unappealing or simply unnatural. Eff 'em!
I love my city...I love my urban hellhole!
(Oh, and to quote from a very good movie "I'm black and I'm proud!")