Sunday, July 19, 2009

I just realized, it's been days since I posted

So...for your reading pleasure, I present some links you may find interesting:

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'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.

Last note:

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

Aux armes, citoyens

Formez vos bataillons
Marchons, marchons
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

Sunday Sails Success

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

Saturday Evening Post

...yeah...I guess that's not around anymore.

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

from Sadly, No!

Here's a little advice...don't mess with Massachusetts...dammit!

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!
Posting from my phone

Hellhole father Atrios

He (Atrios, Duncan Black) even includes some pictures, when he posts about his urban hellhole.


Urban Hellhole and what it means

I live in Boston (not B-town, beantown, or any other crap name you want to call it)!

I also follow a blog called 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!")