We walked the merry streets of Allston today as thousands of students moved in - many with the help of parents, and under the watchful eye of ISD inspectors, police and signup-mad, red-shirted Comcast reps. Here are some photos.
Greg Hun found the perfect spot to watch the dawn break on Allston Christmas - a window seat at Twin Donuts.
OK, so we had a stuck truck on Saturday, but really, that was just a prelim. Place your wagers on times and spots for the Labor Day Weekend Storrow Pool.
GlenDiesel, meanwhile, suggests a new Boston fall tradition:
I want to drink a pumpkin beer on top of a bridge over Storrow Drive that has a moving truck stuck underneath it
Everybody into the pool: When will the first truck be peeled back like a sardine can on Storrow Drive?By adamg - 8/26/08 - 8:34 am
1:30 p.m., Saturday.
So of course the Brooks Pharmacy on Washington Street in Roslindale is out of charcoal but has a large selection of Halloween candy.
I got stuck in my apartment because a family was moving their kid in and blocked the stairwell with all their crap.
Riggs reports from the Green Line:
This chubby little broad starts asking how to get off the trolley. Everyone tells her to go to the front of the car.
She doesn't seem to understand which way that is. Instead she starts pushing on the (closed) door. When it doesn't open, she projectile vomits into the stairwell. ...
Ian watches as a couple of students who somehow wound up in Melrose get busted for having an MBTA bus-route sign (route 136, to be exact) in their trunk.
Photo: Lorianne DiSabato captures your basic scene in Cambridge.
It was less stuck and more torn open like a can of tuna.
WBZ-TV joins in the fun, noting that the driver was "young" (with the "and stupid" implied):
... It appears that instead of stopping immediately after hitting the bridge, the driver kept going about 25 feet under the bridge, causing the truck's roof to be ripped off. ...
Ooh, thank you, WBZ-TV, for also providing a slide show for those of us not stuck in the miles-long backup the young Mario Andretti caused.
Shelley spots the first U-Haul truck on Storrow Drive. OK, granted, the truck didn't actually get stuck or flattened, but it was on Storrow Drive, backing up. So when's the first pancaking of the weekend?
Fabulously Out There reports from the fabulous streets of Eastie:
... Someone with GREAT taste is clearly moving out of her apartment and I guess some of the stuff she didn't want to take or didn't have room for are now on the sidewalk. I scored almost 10 books. Several art books, novels, a brand new Lonely Planet Guide for China...YAY! I also scored a kick ass lamp. ...
No known connection to the trash, but she also reports a Kate Hudson sighting at East Boston High.
Photo of the scene near Tufts by Sixes & Sevens.
Jason reports on the scene last night in Hudson-free Brighton, where he was helping a friend move:
... Evidence of people moving was already in full effect, with boxes and discarded furniture on the streets, moving trucks and pickups double-parked, and people carrying lots of stuff into and out of buildings. ...
Michael Pahre also surveys Brighton:
The U-Hauls have started circling the block, and double-parked cars and trucks are all over the neighborhood already. I've already gotten stuck behind two double-parked cars on the Comm Ave carriage road. Walking is always a better way on days like this.
This weekend is Labor Day, and around here, of course, that means three things: Somebody will learn why U-Haul sucks, somebody will win the pool for predicting the time the first rental truck gets stuck on Storrow Drive, and students in Allston and Brighton will learn why those inviting mattresses on the sidewalk would not be such a good addition to their apartments, even if they are free.
The Allston/Brighton Community Development Corp. is seeking volunteers to roam the local streets this weekend, to slap warning stickers on all curbside mattresses and to call the city to have them hauled away pronto.
For those of you new to the area, GreenLineBoy sums up what you're going through:
... For those of us not moving, such as myself, the only plan is to avoid the city at all costs. Traffic will be terrible. There will be people guarding couches in the street. Yes. Guarding. Mass hysteria ensues. Go to Target and try and find anything 'Rubbermaid'. I challenge you. ...
... There is a whiff in the air. It's truck exhaust. The city has become the UHaul capital of the world. UHauls and their ilk double and triple park as people unload their stuff onto sidewalks crowded with garbage bags and old sofas. ...
Manton doesn't need perspective:
... Finally. The day has finally arrived. It's not even the eve; it's the actual day I have longed for since May 6th. Salvation. Moving day. In a few short hours (who needs sleep when you have coffee?) I shall return to Boston for the third September in a row. ...
Starting with Spatch's account:
I saw two guys sitting in a couch as it rode on the bed of a pick-up truck. Folks were cheering 'em as they drove into Davis Square. I was kinda hoping they'd fall out, but that's just me. ...
BigRock reports on a truck getting jammed under a bridge on Storrow Drive eastbound around 10 this morning:
I had a bet with my friend about when a truck would get stuck on Storrow Drive this weekend. I lost, I picked Saturday. ...