My neighborhood is so quiet today. My neighbors work hard all week. So today is their one day a week to do nothing. Not to do yard work, not to work on cars, not to repair their homes. But to do nothing.
Dogs are not being walked, laundry is not being done. And since it is coldish out, in the mid 70's there are very few people walking to the beach. So the road is quiet. This day is cool, cool enough so that for the first time this week, all the air conditioners are just boxes in the windows. A light breeze plays with the trees, not strong enough to turn the leaves or threaten rain, but enough to rustle the grass and keep the birds and squirrels hidden away.
On Thursday, UMass Boston Chancellor Michael Collins updated the university community via email on the state of UMB's crumbling garage:Â
"I am writing to share a development regarding the original parking garage. Last night, several sections of pipe fell from the ceiling of the Lower Level. Thankfully, no one was injured, and since we had closed the garages on July 19, no vehicles were struck by the debris."
The Department of Homeland Security raised the terror levels for domestic air travel and all flights bound for the United States from the United Kingdom to high (orange) and severe (red) respectively. This move comes with the news that a major terrorist plot was foiled in Britain.
The Sox are to say the least, returning to the not so glory days of the Sux. The amazing ability to walk into a major league park and completely forget what the heck they do for a living. To swing the bat as if Pitchers are throwing golf ball. I would say they are fielding with all the prowess of me, but I have caught a baseball once.
At the same time, I am watching my friends and neighbors, get bored with the Sox. People who in years past i.e. pre 2004 could not find Fenway Park on a map. Who became fans somewhere in the middle of the Dave Roberts run from first to second on October 17th, 2004 and Opening Day of 2005. These fans do not keep up with the players, or know who the team is playing until they turn on NESN. But what they lack in knowledge, they make up for in enthusiasm, and noise.
In an ideal world, the treatment received by a private citizen calling 911 would inspire confidence in the ability of the police to protect people from crime and terrorism. In reality, it seems designed to inspire confidence only in the criminals and terrorists.
Read more about my recent unfortunate encounter with the men in blue (or at least their 911 dispatchers) here.
My wife and I just returned from our summer vacation but not before she insisted on a trip to Barnes and Noble in order to augment her supply of summer eading materials. We are new to the "empty nest" situation but have lost little time in adapting to our new lifestyle. I was intigued by one of my wife's selections written by a Mr. Paul Ruditis. This particular tome introduced me to an altogether new meaning to the phrase "rainbow party." The unfortunate reality is that when I googled the phrase, it confirmed a suspicion harbored by my wife and I for the last 5 or 6 summers.
I just got a phone call with a prerecorded message about House BIll 4493, which you can read here. The message claimed that the bill was going to be passed "tomorrow" and that I should call the backer of the bill (Senator Jack Hart) and the director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (James Rooney) to complain. The message directed me to visit the site mccabillexposed.com for additional information. But something's not right about this.
THIS CAMPAIGN IS FUNNY I GREW UP IN MILTON NEAR PATRICK HE LIVES NEXT DOOR TO JOE DEBESSE AND NOW LIVE NEAR CHRISTY AND GOT PAID FROM TOM RILEY RECENTLY,AND I HANG AROUND WITH WILLIAM GALVIN THE NEPHEW IN HYANNIS SAME NAME,AND MY GIRL FRIEND CLEANS TEDS HOUSE MANSION FROM BRAZIL SALETE BATISTA AND ISABEL THEY SEE MISTER WILSON THERE INVENTER IN NORWOOD FIRST INETERNET BUILDER NAVY VET STEVE MACMILLAN PO BOX 1114 FORSTDALE MA 02644 I WAS TRAINED BY THE TOUGHEST IN THE NAVY AND PERFECTION WAS A MUST THATS WHAT I BRING TO MASSACHUSETTS I WILL GET THE STATE HOUSE IN SHAPE IN TWO WEEKS LIKE MY DRIL
In an interesting twist of public relations fate today, two public figures have found themselves fending off allegations stemming from the use of language considered racially or ethnically charged.
One is a Mormon governor. One is a conservatively-Christian Hollywood mainstay.
In the first example, Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney used the phrase "tar baby" to describe the Big Dig. The story started out on the local television and radio programs and made national headlines this morning.
Today as I walked to work I made my ritualistic glance at the Roundhouse that at first I never noticed and ever since I have it has haunted me. I am on a quest to learn as much as possible about it and this seems to be a good venue to share things I find and get in put from those of you who know more about certain aspects of the house... so today I have compiled a list of links (this is my first step of course):
I finished the first draft of my first novel last week, which gave me a great sense of accomplishment and pride, along with excitement and some relief.
Since then though, as I've been reading the whole book from start to finish for the first time, I've realized that a whole new project has begun. And this is not the part of writing that I find to be fun; the editing and the re-writes...
It's an amazing process though really. You can almost see that I was probably in a different place in my life during different sections, just by the writing, and scenes that I thought worked for me then, need to be tweaked some now. I know full well that going through this process will make the novel much better in the end, but right now, having to actually do the work just sucks! :)
I am offended as a man and someone who lives in this country...
I just saw another disgusting HUMMER commercial. A guy is in line at a supermarket and the clerk is scanning his package of tofu (which I don't like, by the way, so this is not a vegetarian rant. I love meat!) and it won't go through. He looks behind him and sees that the man to his left has a pile of meat on the belt. He looks embarassed and then flees the store, runs out and buys a Hummer!
And the AD say, "Restoring the balance of man."
So is it not manly to eat tofu or NOT drive a Hummer?? These commercials, the Hummer in general, insult me in so many ways that I can barely explain them all.
I'm working on a story about the materials failure within Boston's Big Dig/Central Artery Tunnel Project. I'm hoping to find engineers, etc.. who would be wiling to offer me their thoughts on what has happened to this multi-billion dollar project. And how this type of failure leads to all sorts of speculation and second guessing.
My mornings have a basic routine. I stop at the Dunkin near my house and get my morning fix of coffee. Turbo ice, with two shots of espresso, no sugar and a splat of cream. No matter what else changes about me, I always take my coffee the same way.
I have been on a diet since the first of the year, dropping over 50 pounds and 6 clothing sizes. While I have regained a few of those pounds, I have promised myself I would get back on track, moving more and eating less. Which has worked for me so far.
Until today, at Dunkin Donuts.
A recent article in the Boston Globe, asking the question why another donut chain failed in Massachusetts mentioned DD sales more coffee than donuts. Even the newest adds for DD mention their coffee, and other drinks ignoring the donuts for which the store is named. Because, America, or at least this American runs on Dunkin. Coffee, not donuts, but this morning, they got me.
LONDON - Jockey Paul O'Neill apologized Tuesday for head-butting his horse at a race last weekend. The Horseracing Regulatory Authority is holding an inquiry after reviewing TV footage of the incident at the Stratford races on Sunday.
Um...There's nothing that I can say here that will be any funnier than the real headline...
IRVING, Texas -- Terrell Owens says plenty in his new book. Except for one word he now claims he didn't say. But making a big deal of an apparent misquotation -- despite the sentence being written in the first-person -- is the kind of media nitpicking Owens would lament in his 242-page book.
Only sport's biggest blowhard would claim he was misquoted in his own autobiography... When I was a kid, were the athletes that I looked up to really this much of a jackass, or is this a recent phenomenon?
Former CIA officer sues Cheney, Libby, Rove over leak WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court, Valerie Plame and her husband, Joseph Wilson, a former U.S. ambassador, accused Cheney, Rove and I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby of revealing Plame's CIA identity in seeking revenge against Wilson for criticizing the Bush administration's motives in Iraq.
Good for them! I swear our country is being run by 4th graders...
"Hey, Dicky, did you hear that Joey was making fun of the way we were playing dodgeball?" "Yeah, I heard, Scooter (no need to make up a nickname here...). Let's go tell Mrs. Post that we saw him and his girlfriend making out in the bushes."
By Pete Yost, Associated Press Writer July 12, 2006 WASHINGTON --Now that Karl Rove won't be indicted, now that the president won't fire him, now that it really doesn't matter anymore, more details of the Valerie Plame leak investigation trickle out. In his latest syndicated column, released Wednesday, columnist Robert Novak revealed his side of the story in the Plame affair, saying Rove was a confirming source for Novak's story outing the CIA officer, underscoring Rove's role in a leak that President Bush once promised to punish. As Rove's legal problems grew a year ago, the president qualified his earlier pledge to fire anyone involved in the Plame leak, saying it would apply to "someone who committed a crime."
The tragic story of the car being crushed last night in one of the Big Dig tunnels got me thinking...
I am not sure that I believe in a God, certainly not one that most organized religions feel the need to pray to, and worse, fear. But, I know that I believe in something, some force (no Star Wars jokes, please...)out there stronger than you and I that is playing a part in our lives, maybe keeping a balance between good and bad, right and wrong. Maybe something like Karma...
Now, I am not in any way saying that the poor woman who was killed by that giant block of falling cement had it coming or had lived her life in a way that would have some bad karma due to her. But, it does make me think that life can't be totally random. She was in the passenger seat of that car and the driver was able to walk away from this incident with nothing but scratches. Physically unscathed that is...I'm sure he is going to have some emotional trauma to deal with for a long time to come from such a horrifying ordeal.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m trying to decide if this is feminism in action, or young woman looking for attention. Looking to punish, or annoy the parents, who must have forced twelve years of tap and ballet on their daughters, then business management in college. While I am pleased to see woman be proud of their less than Hollywood perfect bodies, I was not as comfortable with the obligatory walk through the crowd Ã¢â‚¬Ëœpassing the hatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ for tips. Or the behavior of some members of the audience, and I do not mean the birthday boys in the corner, or the bachelor party at the bar.
Perhaps it was the patron next to me who really caused me to freak due to his behavior. Really, Mr. State Rep, I was glad to see you patronizing a business in your district, but did you really have to toss that much money in the hat. Or request personal attention from the dancers. And as politician you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be a very good reader of body language, as you made the ladies, who agreed to pose a little uncomfortable. Not to mention the lady with the pen and paper sitting next to you, writing all this down. You had to notice me, the B cup in the red shirt, who was so unsure it was my own elected representative I had to stop you and introduce myself. I almost could not stay for the show, and I was glad to have been carrying a shawl to cover my bare shoulders with. You will not be getting my vote next time, not after this.