Dan Miller noticed something amiss as soon as he left Park Street station: There wasn't a pigeon in sight. Then he saw something out of the corner of his eye:
... It's a huge gray hawk, its wing span at least three feet. Maybe more.
The hawk settles on the street lamp, looking down at the Tremont Street traffic and the passersby, including me. ...
Miller also explains why it's a good thing he shifted course and didn't walk right under the bird.
Skater dude tries to mock street preacher yelling to an audience of, apparently, nobody, on Tremont by the Common, but the preacher guy wasn't taking the bait and dude runs out of mocking moves after awhile, so it's probably a good thing a Boston park ranger pulled up and told him to knock it off because by then he was just sort of standing there like a lamer, even if you do have to wonder if park rangers have nothing better to do than drive on the sidewalk.
Lori Magno notices that before you get to the friendly balloons at John McCain's Massachusetts headquarters on Tremont Street, you first have to make yourself presentable and not look like a common bum.
What's special about today's date that would lead people to parade down Tremont Street in uniforms, shooting off cannons? At least, I'm assuming Downtown Crossing isn't under attack; our Downtown Crossing correspondent reports she is still free to walk around.
Jenny Frazier posts some cool photos, taken yesterday:
... I actually turned the corner onto Tremont Street in the South End, gasped at what I saw, immediately pulled over and dumped out the entire contents of my bag looking for my camera so I could shoot it. ...
Dan Miller did not have a good commute this morning:
... Three-hundred pound guy falls face-forward onto the floor of the Green Line, knocking into me on his way down and sending my poor, abused glasses sideways onto my head.
A quick walk up Tremont, the icy chill searing, intense. ...
Jenny Frazier decides she NEEDS that pair of USB-powered heated gloves:
Let's just say my walk to the subway was really, really awesome. Really.
Now I'm at work, trying to figure out if I've just not thawed completely or if this office has no heat.
Evan goes into Colonial Trading Company on Tremont Street to see if they might have an old postcard of Symphony Hall and promptly gets into an argument with the guy at the counter over whether they might have one (memo to guy behind the counter: The customer was right this time).
Or maybe it was the several empty wine bottles allegedly under her seat? In any case, a Holbrook woman was arrested on OUI charges around 1 a.m. today after Boston Police spotted her driving the wrong way up Tremont Street.
Also, an East Boston woman learned that if you sideswipe Boston officers writing out a ticket, when they get in their cruiser, chase you down and proceed to give you a ticket, there's only so much they'll put up with:
... As officers were handing the citation to Alpern, Alpern snatched the ticket out of the officer's hand. Alpern then drove away from the scene at a high rate of speed, kicking snow and dirt onto the hood and windshield of the officer's cruiser. Officers also observed the vehicle fishtail and almost hit a parked car. As a result, officers again activated their emergency equipment and pulled the car over for a second time. Officers then asked Alpern to get out of the vehicle. Still very angry, Alpern not only refused the officer's request, but she again began yelling and screaming at the officers. ...
This time, she got more than a ticket - she got a ride down to the nearest police station.