Boston By Foot Tour of the Month: Longwood/Cottage Farm


About twenty hardy souls braved the rain and stickiness to visit two neighborhoods in Brookline on the Boston By Foot September Tour of the Month of Longwood & Cottage Farm.  These neighborhoods feel like a remote English village although one is never more than two blocks away from Beacon Street and it’s trolley line.  The…

Shea Stadium: A Personal History


Beloved Mets mascot Mr. Met signs autographs during a 1997 game at Shea Stadium. Yesterday, the Mets lost to the Marlins and brought an end to their 2008 season as well as the William A. Shea Municipal Stadium.  The Mets will begin the 2009 season in a retro-ballpark modeled on Ebbets Field, but Shea Stadium…

Massachusetts & Me: A Decade Together


On this date in 1998, I pulled my rental van into Somerville and became a resident of Massachusetts.  Ten years later I’m still here, now in Boston, having now lead nearly a third of my life in this Commonwealth. Here were some of my hopes and goals when I made the move: Escaping the heat…

Book Review: Maps by Nuruddin Farah


Book Review: Maps (1986) by Nuruddin Farah represents Somalia for Around the World for a Good Book. The novel tells the story of Askar a boy whose father dies in the war before he was born and whose mother dies shortly after his birth.  He’s rescued and raised by an Ethiopian outsider Misra.  Much of…

Economics


It’s amazing what a major fiscal crisis can do to you.  I’ve basically have no interest in economics.  In fact I even managed to weasel myself out of the required economics course in High School by taking a special course in Japanese taught by a college professor (that worked out well as I know something…

Random Jots & Musings


For Sept. 23: I saw a woman in Harvard Square wearing a McCain/Palin t-shirt.  I immediately assumed she was wearing it ironically, but after a few moments it occurred to me that she may be for real. There was a massive line at Boloco.  Later I learned it was free burrito day.  What does it…

Food Meme


Here’s a food meme with a list of foods that apparently every omnivore should try at least once, via the Desert Librarian.  I’m a vegetarian (that is don’t eat anything from the animal kingdom but do eat animal products like milk, eggs, honey & cheese….mmmm, cheese), but I haven’t always been so I can check…

If the Mets Were the Yankees


All eyes in the baseball world this week turn to Flushing, NY where the New York Mets play their final seven games at Shea Stadium.  The historic ballpark has been New York’s home for baseball memories since it opened in 1883 as home of the New York Giants.  Originally named the Polo Grounds, the old…

Beer Review: Harpoon Octoberfest


No offense to Sam Adams, but Harpoon is my favorite Boston brewery.  Here’s a German-style Marzen for the Fall. Beer: Harpoon Octoberfest Brewer: Harpoon Brewery Source: Draft Rating: *** (7.4 of 10) Comments: This seasonal beer captures the feeling of autumn, crisp with the smell of burning leaves, and beautiful foliage all around.  Indeed, the…

Avast, me hearties…


It be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Before ye proceed further, click ye this link to continue readin’. More ways for ye landlubbers to cel’brate this great day: Pirate cartoons (with chickens) Read about women pirates Pirate riddles Watch Pirates battle with Star-travelers Talk Like a Boston Pirate Pirate Week at Geek Dad And,…