Blogging A to Z Challenge – Halfway There! #atozchallenge


We are halfway through the Blogging from A to Z Challenge!  Today’s a day off and I’ll resume with a photograph for the letter N tomorrow, but I wanted to take a moment to look forward and look back at the challenge itself.

 

First of all, I’ve decided that for the letter R post that will go up on Friday, April 21st, I will be taking “Requests.”  Please use the comments below or tweet me at @othemts and give me a suggestion for something I should try to photograph for the day.  Keep your suggestion family-friendly and within the bounds of law and I will pick the one I find the most creative.

Second, here are some of my favorite blogs that I’m following for the A to Z Challenge with their themes:

Third, here are all of my posts so far:

Happy blogging!

The November 18th All-Stars


As a child growing up rooting for the Mets, I knew that Dwight Gooden (then Mets’ ace and arguably the 2nd-greatest Met of all time) celebrated his birthday on November 16 and the all-time greatest Met, The Franchise, Tom Seaver, celebrated his birthday on November 17.  With my birthday on November 18, I was a natural for future Met great.  There was one problem, I had no baseball talent.

I’m now 43, past retirement age for baseball, although as long as the ageless Bartolo Colon continues to pitch there will still be an active major leaguer older than me.   For fun, here is the all-time all-star roster for players born on November 18.

C – Deacon McGuire – known as a gentleman who played 26 seasons at the most demanding position
1B – Roy Sievers – hit nine career walkoff homeruns
2B – Gene Mauch – can also be the team’s manager
SS – Kermit Wahl – finding a shortstop for the team was tough,  could move over Sheffield and seek out another third baseman?
3B – Gary Sheffield – Doc Gooden’s nephew!  Wonder if they celebrated their birthdays together?
LF – Steve Henderson – his walkoff homerun at Shea Stadium in 1980 is one of the defining moments of my baseball fandom
CF – Les Mann – regular centerfielders were also hard to find, but Mann played a key role for the Miracle Braves of 1914
RF – Dante Bichette – I remember him being called “Bionic Fat” which was inspiring to us men of large girth
DH – David Ortiz – Big Papi is  without question the greatest November 18th baseball player of all time

SP – Jamie Moyer – pitched until he was 49!
SP – Jack Coombs – won 31 games for the Athletics in 1910
SP – Allen Watson – was born in Queens and was briefly a Met in 1999
SP – Jay Hook – pitcher of record for the Mets’ first ever franchise win in 1962
SP – Cal Koonce – a reliever for the 1969 Miracle Mets although he was a starter earlier in his career with the Cubs

CLOSER – Tom Gordon – the Red Sox star of the late 90s had a Stephen King book named after him
RP – C.J. Wilson – a 2011 All-Star
RP – Shawn Camp – was the 500th selection in the 1997 draft
RP – Mark Petkovsek – had his best season in 1996 working as starter and long reliever for the Cardinals
RP – Matt Wise – appeared in 8 games for the 2008 Mets

 

Happy birthday to all of the November 18th All-Stars!

The Comment Challenge (July)


I signed up to participate in another challenge, this one called The Comment Challenge.  It will be running in June, July, and August this summer.  I missed sign ups for June, but signed up for July and probably will sign up for August as well.
The basic gist is that participants are paired up to read and comment on each other’s blog.  That’s it, pretty simple!  I pledge to make 5-10 comments on my partner’s blog, although I hope I can do more.  Following up on my last post, I’m hoping this is a way to make connections and make blogging feel less solitary.

The Comment Challenge is hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense


While waiting for the Comment Challenge to begin in July, I plan to try to make two comments each day on blogs I read (not including responding to responses to my comments).

#humbleblog


Just want to take a moment here to point out that I have published at least one post on Panorama of the Mountains every day since December 1, 2015. As today is May 31, 2016, that means my posting streak is now at six consecutive months! In my nearly ten years of blogging, I’ve never even approached a consecutive day streak remotely approaching that long, so I want to take a moment to savor it.

In the past six months, I’ve published 306 posts (including this one). Dear lord, whatever did I have to say? I hoped posting more regularly would mean that I’d see an uptick in readers, commenters, and followers – which I have – but this is still a very lonely blog. If you like what you read here, drop me a note or share it with your friends on social media, won’t you?

According to my stats, these are the five posts from those 306 that interested the most readers:

 

Here are ten of my favorite posts  from the past six months which I think are worth reading, or re-reading, commenting, and sharing:

And then there are all 27 of my posts about Jamaica Plain for the Blogging A to Z Challenge!

 

Questions for my fellow bloggers:  How often do you publish blog  posts?  What ways have you found effective to attract more readers, and better yet, to make connections with fellow bloggers?  Have you have written anything you love and find it ignored?  I’d love to hear other bloggers’ experiences!

 

40 for the Forties


Today is my fortieth birthday. As I prepare for my next decade, here are forty things I’d like to accomplish in my forties.

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Me, forty years ago.

In no particular order:

  1. Become certified in First Aid and CPR
  2. Donate blood 6 times (the maximum) per year
  3. Visit Yellowstone National Park  and/or Grand Canyon with my family
  4. Travel to at least 5 states I’ve never been to before
  5. Attend games at least 5 MLB ballparks I’ve never been to before
  6. Visit two foreign countries I’ve never been to before
  7. Write a book (perhaps even try to get it published)
  8. Participate in Walk for Hunger  and/or Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon every year
  9. Audition (and hopefully perform) for the Revels again
  10. Enter (and hopefully win) USS Constitution turnaround lottery
  11. Ride in an open-cockpit biplane and/or a hot air balloon
  12. Take up birding
  13. Read a classic Russian novel
  14. Try singing with a barbershop quartet
  15. Participate in an atlas-based road rally
  16. Perform karaoke
  17. Take a martial arts class
  18. Paddle on the Charles River
  19. Play croquet in strange places
  20. Volunteer with Bikes Not Bombs and/or Boston Bicyclists Union
  21. Try rock climbing
  22. Visit the Great Dismal Swamp
  23. Write in my journal more regularly √
  24. Climb to the highest points in each of the New England states and ccomplete hiking up all the 4000 footers in New England
  25. Serve in a ministry in our church community
  26. Walk inside the Mapparium √
  27. Take the tour at the Sam Adams Brewery √
  28. Become a patron of the arts by getting a subscription to a symphony, dance, or theatre series
  29. Through hike the AT
  30. See the reenactment on Lexington Green on Patriots Day
  31. Go to a drive-in movie for the first time
  32. Take kids to the  balloon parade in Stamford, CT
  33. Complete my Around the World for a Good Book project
  34. Build a new playhouse for the kids in the backyard
  35. Take a storytelling class and perform a story to a live audience
  36. Attend 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada
  37. Visit maritime Canada
  38. Play curling
  39. Visit Susan’s Michigan
  40. Get an SLR camera and learn how to take photos √

If you have any suggestions for anything else I should try, let me know in the comments.

30 For The Thirties


Today is the last day of my thirties, so I thought I’d look back at thirty accomplishments and memorable events of the last decade.

The Most Important Things:

1. Married my wife Susan in 2005 with a lovely reception on a Boston Harbor Island.
2. The birth of my son Peter in 2007.
3. The birth of my daughter Kay in 2011.
4. Moved to Jamaica Plain in 2007 (and became homeowners!).

Professional:

5. Earned masters degree in Library & Information Science from Simmons College (2005)
6. Participated with my union as part of team in contract negotiation (2007)
7. Started a new position at my library in records management and archives (2008)
8. Promoted to a professional library position as Processing Archivist (2011)

Singing:

9. Participated in choral singing for the first time in my church’s Advent-Christmas concert (2005, & again in 2007)
10 . Took voice instruction courses (2006)
11. Performed in the Christmas Revels (2009)
12. Sang with my family in the SingPositive, JP band and chorus (2012-2013)
13. Helped bring Beck’s Song Reader to life as part of a 50 voice chorus (2013)

Sports:

14. Hiked to the summit of several tall mountains in New Hampshire and Vermont including: Washington (2004), Adams (2005), Monroe (2004), Madison (2005), Eisenhower (2004), Carrigain (2006), Osceola (2006), Pierce (2004), East Peak Osceola (2004), Cannon (2004), Camel’s Hump (2004), Hale (2004), Tecumseh (2006), Sandwich (2005), and NE Peak Cannonballs (2004)
15. Played on an adult kickball team (2004-2005)
16. Witnessed the Red Sox first World Series victory in 86 years (2004) and then two more (2007, 2013)
17. Shared my love of biking with my children through regular bike commuting and events like Hub on Wheels and the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon (2010-2013)
18. Coached my son’s childrens’ soccer team (2011)
19. Introduced Peter to the love of baseball and attended numerous games over the past three seasons (2011-2013)

Travel:

20. Visited Chicago and saw games at Wrigley Field and Comiskey Park (2004)
21. Acted as a sight guide for my good friend Anthony on a holiday to Cambridge, Oxford, and London in England (2004)
22. Honeymooned in Venice and the Dolomites Alps (2005)
23. Traveled to Milwaukee exploring museums, the library, Miller Field, and drinking lots of beer … not to mention winning a bet on a sausage race (2006)
24. Made a car-free journey to Southern California with side trip to Tijuana, visiting San Diego and Los Angeles, exploring museums and architecture, and taking in games at Petco Field and Dodger Stadium (2007)
25. Won a traveling fellowship to explore Amsterdam on foot with my wife and son (2010)
26. Experienced the joy of family camp in New Hampshire (2013)

Other things I can’t find a category for:

27. Started a blog (2006) and still write in it fairly regularly (I also have a bike commuter blog and a Tumblr blog).
28. Created lists of my favorite books of all time, my favorite albums of all time, and cataloged every book I’ve ever read
29. Researched and wrote manuals for two Boston By Foot Walking Tours Avenue of the Arts (2010) and Davis Square (2011), not to mention serving as co-chair of the Tour of the Month committee (2006-2007),  and leading several great tours such as Waterfront, Charles River BasinLittle Feet, and South End.
30. Found a new spiritual home at Hope Central Church (2013). 

There are things I’m proud of that I know I’m leaving off the list, and probably some things of great importance I’m sure I’ve forgotten.  Oh well, that’ what the comments are for.

To a great decade gone by, and another that is to come!

Happy New Year


Welcome to Two Thousand Thirteen!  Here’s hoping that this year brings peace and prosperity to all those reading this post and greater understanding and civility among people in our nation and world.

I thought I’d write down some goals (not resolutions) for the coming year:

Write – I always wish to write more and will endeavor to do so.  This includes writing on this blog, in my journal and hand-writing correspondence to friends.

Bike – When the weather warms up, I plan to resume riding my bike regularly for commuting and errands, including dropping off my daughter at child care.  I also plan to write more on my neglected Bike Commuter blog, participate in longer community rides, and teach my son to ride his pedal bike.

Sleep health – I will work on getting to bed earlier, getting better sleep, and waking up refreshed at a  consistent time (and getting to work on time).

Faith – I am going to resume regularly attending church services starting by seeking out a new faith community.  I hope to build on this with more time spent doing volunteer work and social justice.

Sing – I’d like to build on the success of 2012 participating with SingPositive, JP by singing in more choral settings, perhaps with other groups.

Six Years


Today marks six years since I made my first post on this blog.  I feel like I came late to blogging, yet here I am still plugging away long after the blogging trend has past.  Somehow in that time I managed to make 1,393 posts.

And yet I feel bittersweet about this anniversary as I hoped to do so much more with this blog.  I’ve not been very active of late, at least for the past year or so.  The list of book reviews I want to write alone is intimidating, not mention all the other things I want to write.  And that is the problem, in that I have so much I want to share on this blog, and yet I hardly ever do.  I rarely seem to have the time and when I have the time I have no energy and when I have the energy I have no inspiration.  Nevertheless, I’d like to keep going and see if I can become a more frequent, and more importantly, substantive blogger.

Knowing people are reading helps, so if you still manage to read this blog regularly, let me know what you like or what you’d like to read.  Or just say hello.  Feel free to leave a comment or contact me on my Tumblr or Twitter accounts.

And even if you have nothing to say, but you keep reading this blog, I thank you for traveling with me thus far.

New Bicycle Blog


I’ve started yet another blog, this one about bicycle commuting, aptly named Bike Commuter through the Boston Biker blog network. I’ve been thinking about starting a bicycle blog for a long time and have dragged my feet about it but with spring coming in, this is as good of a time to get started.

I don’t ride as much as I once did, but I hope to get back into more regular commuting and I intend to use this blog as a way of keeping me in check.  I also feel that my many years of experience as a bicycle commuter could be helpful to others.  Boston feels like a scary place to ride a bike, but I’ve found my experience riding in the city Here’s what you may expect to read on the Bike Commuter blog:

  • Ride Log – stories about my experiences biking in and around Boston.
  • Tips –  suggestions for how to make your ride in the city safe and enjoyable.
  • Advocacy – political action to support bicyclists and bicycle facilities (I may sometimes venture into overlapping issues related to walking, public transportation, and urban planning).

Things you won’t see on this blog:

  • Athletic pursuits – if you’re into bike racing, endurance rides, and/or mountain biking, I salute you, but you’re probably not going to find anything you’re interested in.  This blog is more geared to the everyday person who uses a bike to get around.
  • Rampant consumerism – much of what is on the internet about bicycling is geared toward convincing you that you need to spend money on the right bike, the right accessories, and the right clothing if you want to be serious about riding a bike.  This blog is here to convince you to get a bike that works, put on it what you need, wear what you have on and get on the road.

If you’re interested in bicycling or just like to read things that I write, subscribe to the feed at http://bikecommuter.bostonbiker.org/feed/.

 

Boston & Me: 30 Years Together


This week marks yet another anniversary in which the number of years being marked is increasingly baffling.  30 years ago on Easter weekend my father took my sister and I for my first visit to the city of Boston (Easter was on April 6th that year so let’s just say we arrived on April 5th).

Here’s what I can remember:

  • Our first day there it rained.  A lot.  I have a specific memory of walking past the Boston Massacre marker while being pelted by sheets of rain and wind.
  • Easter Sunday, however, was beautiful and sunny.  We walked around Boston Common and the Public Garden in our Sunday best.
  • It really annoyed our Dad that we insisted on walking toe-to-toe along the red paint of the Freedom Trail.  As a dad myself now I can understand how frustrating it is when the little ones dawdle.
  • I really enjoyed visiting historic sites like the USS Constitution and Bunker Hill.  From that point on I loved to read about history and visit historical sites whenever possible.
  • I’m pretty sure we went to the Childrens Museum too.  It was a busy weekend.  This was back when the Childrens Museum had the giant’s desktop and grandma’s attic.  I miss those exhibits.
  • It’s really eerie to think that this weekend really set the course for my future careers in museums and libraries as well as moving to Boston.
Me aboard the USS Constitution in April 1980.

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Ten Years @ The Library


Ten years ago today I began work at Baker Library at Harvard Business School, my first library job.  Ten years later I still work in the same building albeit I have had three different jobs (officially), survived a two-year renovation working in a windowless warehouse-like interim building, and find myself 21 out 53 staff members in seniority.  I’ve worked in 8 different offices and may be the only person to have office space on all four floors of the library building.

Here’s my progression of work:

…I started as an Access Coordinator, a position that involved both the grunt work of checking ID’s and bags but also a good introduction to  ready reference and bibliographic instruction.

…After a year & a half I moved into the Interlibrary Loan/Document Deliver office and learned the wonders of OCLC Passport and making lots and lots of photocopies.  I still worked a lot of hours on the desk  providing access and ready reference.  And I worked on Saturdays supervising the casual staff.  The Tue-Sat schedule helped with library school internships albeit it made life exhausting.

…In the summer of 2003, the library was closed for renovation and ILL was folded into something Article and Book Delivery Unit which provided access to print resources stored offsite.  My new digs were in a musty warehouse that also housed the university police rifle range and a kiln for the ceramics club.  My desk time was curtailed significantly and I spent many hours anonymously hidden in the stacks pulling books and journals.  Fun times.

…Moving into the renovated library in 2005, I resumed ILL/DocDel work and public service desk shifts but added more reference activities as a liaison to the reference team.  This included verifying citations for the faculty research division, creating a reference interview training program for my Access colleagues, and responding to email reference questions.

…In the summer of 2008, I made biggest job change yet joining the Information Lifecycle Management team taking care of the school records storage programs and working in the metadata and taxonomy team.

…Just over a year ago after the departure of the Information Lifecycle Manager and some budget considerations ILM was merged into the Archives.  I began reporting to the Archivist and taking on many new archival responsibilities including reference and processing.

I’ve been fortunate in that whatever my official job duties I’ve had the opportunities to learn new things.  While working full time I went to library school at Simmons College greatly eased by tuition assistance and release time.  Following a somewhat circuitous route I’ve found myself working in archives which is where I was interested in going from my earliest days in the field.

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At last, a 935th Post


Sure, blogiversaries are so uncool, but blogging itself is uncool these days too.  So let me uncooly celebrate the third anniversary of Panorama of the Mountains with a look back on the past year.

Three big projects of which I’m proud of are my Top 100 Favorite Books of All-Time, Top 100 Favorite Albums of All-Time, and my week long tribute to Sesame Street‘s 40th Anniversary, not to mention my ever growing Beer List.  Even reading a book turned into a big project, with that book of course being James Joyce’s Ulysses.

Here are ten more posts I’m proud to have authored.  The number in parentheses is the number of views for each.  Not a lot of people have looked at these posts, so give them some love:

Here’s to another good year – or an even better year – of blogging.

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2008 Year in Review: Favorite Books


Here’s my annual list of my ten favorite books read in the year.  As always, this is merely the best books I read this year not books published in 2008.  For previous years see 2007 and 2006, and of course Every Book I’ve Ever Read are cataloged in Library Thing.

  1. The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
  2. The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
  3. The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1 and The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol II by M.T. Anderson
  4. The Deportees and Other Stories by Roddy Doyle
  5. The Bloody Shirt: Terror After Appomattox by Steven Budiansky
  6. The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  7. This Republic of Suffering by Drew Gilpin Faust
  8. Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter by Mario Vargas Llosa
  9. A Crack in the Edge of the World: America and the Great California Earthquake of 1906 by Simon Winchester
  10. The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet by Neil Degrasse Tyson

Below is the list of all the books I’ve read in the past year.  Books actually published in 2008 are in bold.

Books Read in 2008

2008 Year in Review: Movies


Listed below are all the movies I’ve watched in the past year.  Much like last year, I’ve rated all the movies on a five star scale. Five stars is an all-time classic, three stars is the baseline for an enjoyable film end-to-end, one star is a bad movie with perhaps one good sequence or performance. A film with no stars has no redeeming characteristics at all.

At last, a 671st Post!


Today Panorama of the Mountains celebrates its second birthday.  Hurrah for me!  Now I’m the parent of a blog in it’s terrible twos.

A lot’s changed over two years, but much has remained the same.  Here’s what Panorama of the Mountains looked like on January 11th, 2007, the oldest page saved at the Internet archive.   Wow, there’s a lot of links in the blogroll I don’t read anymore.  In fact I don’t even blogroll anymore because it was getting cluttered (I do have plans to restore a more select blogroll, but you can always keep up with what I’m reading at Bloglines).

BLOG STATS

Total views: 56,372

Busiest day: 428 — Monday, September 29, 2008

Posts: 670

Comments: 701

Categories: 159

Tags: 342

6,531 spam comments (denied)

TEN MOST POPULAR POSTS OF ALL TIME

Title                                                              Views

Book Review: The Painted Veil by W. Some 2,530
Beer Review: Negro Modelo 2,282
Boston Walking Tours 925
Boston By Foot Tour of the Month: Art De 850
Book Review: The Great Divorce by C.S. L 809
Book Review: Mayflower by Nathaniel Phil 755
Books to Read in 2008 695
Mis pantalones son café: Mets Player 663
Weekend in New York 640
Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane 614

Frankly, I’m mystified by the appeal of some of these posts.  So here’s a list of my ten favorite posts of the past year, or at least the ones that deserved more attention for all the work and craft I put into them:

My hope for the next year is to have every post be as clever, witty and well-written as these ten.  Failing that, I need to find some way to better promote my best posts so this won’t become the blog known for Negro Modelo reviews.

WHAT’S NEXT

When I started this blog I intended it to be the liberal blog that would oppose all those conservative blogs (yet somehow I rarely write about politics), a progressive Catholic blog (I found other people who write about faith better than I can), the best Mets blog in New England (which bored me to tears), a library blog from a public services perspective (I ran out of steam on that too) and a source of commentary on all sorts of things like books, movies, beer, concerts, and special events (that I’ve done very well).  Unable to settle on one theme, I decided it would be a panorama of ideas until one central theme emerged.  Two years later its still a panorama.  I have some ideas to make it better that I’ll be working on over the next several weeks, but overall I have to say I’m pretty pleased I’ve kept this up so long.

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Meme: Dewey Decimal Classification Name, plus Blog Analyzers


Via Phil Bradley, a quiz to convert your name into a Dewey Decimal Classification class.

Liam Sullivan’s Dewey Decimal Section: 002 The book

Class:
000 Computer Science, Information & General Works

Contains:
Encyclopedias, magazines, journals and books with quotations.

What it says about you:
You are very informative and up to date. You’re working on living in the here and now, not the past. You go through a lot of changes. When you make a decision you can be very sure of yourself, maybe even stubborn, but your friends appreciate your honesty and resolve.

Find your Dewey Decimal Section at Spacefem.com

As an extra added bonus to this rather lazy post, Random Musings from the Desert posts links to various blog analyzers!

According to Typealyzer, this blog is:

ENTP – The Visionaries
The charming and trend savvy type. They are especially attuned to the big picture and anticipate trends. They often have sophisticated language skills and come across as witty and social. At the end of the day, however, they are pragmatic decision makers and have a good analytical abilitity.

They enjoy work that lets them use their cleverness, great communication skills and knack for new exciting ventures. They have to look out not to become quitters, since they easily get bored when the creative exciting start-up phase is over.

I’ve taken the Myers-Briggs test myself and always come out INFP, so my blog is more extroverted than I am.  Of course that text above is rather laughable.

GenderAnalyzer says:

We think http://www.othemts.wordpress.com is written by a man (73%)

Must be all the stuff I write about beer, baseball, farts, films with lots of ‘splosions, and nekkid jello wrestling.

Finally, the analyzer I fear the most, The Blog Readability Test:

blog readability test

TV Reviews

Ouch!

With a little Googlin’, I found one more blog analysis tool, How Much is Your Blog Worth?


My blog is worth $7,903.56.
How much is your blog worth?

That’s what I get for a high school education.

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35


I remember being seven years old when the realization came to me that in just…three…years I would be ten and I’d be so old and wouldn’t be able to play and have fun anymore.  It’s good to get one’s midlife crisis out of the way early because now that I’m five times seven I’m much more relaxed.  And I have fun and play too.

Link of the Day Reaches 500


Today I posted my 500th link in my link of the day series on delicious.  The story that gets the honor is this article about Harvard refusing Googles terms for book scanning in hopes of preserving open access to the scanned works.   I started Link of the Day on February 25th as a cleaner and easier way of sharing news articles and blog posts than my previous method of making posts here.  If you read in RSS, I remind you to stop by the Panorama of the Mountains blog to check out the delicious links in the sidebar.  You may also subscribe to my delicious feed at http://delicious.com/Othemts.

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 & humidity of Virginia and return to lovely four-season weather 1
  • Resume my identity as a New Englander 2
  • Live in a city and enjoy the cultural benefits therein3
  • Make good use of public transit and go car-free4
  • Continue my career in history museum education5
  • Live among a more liberal populace6
  • Form a circle of friends7
  • Find love. Get married.  Raise a family8

So I pretty much got that all covered.  Pretty good considering that I moved here with no job prospects, not really knowing anyone, and saving money by staying in a tent at Wompatuck State Park while looking for places to live.

Anyhow, it’s been a good ten years, and may the next ten be just as good.

Footnotes:

1 Virginia seriously has only two seasons: Summer which consists of 90° / 90% humidity from March to October and the rest of the year where it just rains. Of course, I didn’t realize that in Boston, Spring doesn’t start in May or that fresh snowfall is immediately packed down into bumpy and sooty ice formations, but at least it’s only hot for like two weeks in the Summer.
2People in Boston apparently do not consider southwestern Connecticut (where I grew up) to be New England. Screw them, I say.
3Check.
4Check.
5I did get a job offer at Plimoth Plantation but they were offering $8/hour, the same pay rate I made in Virginia where the cost of living is half that it is here.  So I went into libraries and haven’t looked back.
6Massachusetts isn’t as liberal as I imagined it to be, but I’m probably not either.  Also now Virginia elects Democrats and is now considered a swing state.  Go figure!
7They say it’s hard to meet people in Boston.  I found it easy to meet lots of people, extremely difficult to make lasting connections.  But persistence pays off and I’ve met some of the best people ever, mainly through work, volunteering, church, and alumni groups.
8None of this happened remotely in the way I imagined it would, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

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