Steve Sherlock photographs that wire dropping into a trash basket surrounded by stanchions at South Station and explains why you should remain calm: It means they're getting ready for the annual model-train installation.
Margaret and Rich take the kids to the Quincy Market tree lighting tonight, which featured Tom Menino, Wally and Santa Claus:
... And they threw the switch and the whole square lit up and they blew millions of white, swirling pieces of rectangular paper over the crowd. The effect was reminiscent of standing in a snow squall but it was quite pretty. ...... Read more
Jim Sullivan has nothing against Christmas - except for before Thanksgiving. He begins a list of the worst offenders and explains:
... I'm a Christian, so I have more than an annoyance factor at work here. I think that cheapening the holiday, by expanding it beyond reasonable bounds, does a world of disservice to my religion. It gives people a false view of it,... Read more
Oh yeah, it's Veterans Day, so what better time for Oldies 103 to go all Christmas all the time?
In which Dominic Luberto discusses his light-related charity effort for Children's Hospital; what he does with his lights after Christmas and the bogus story about him and the fireworks. Oh, yes, and he shows off the 10-foot Star of David he's putting up this year.
You'll probably find this exceedingly hard to believe, but... Read more
So, of course, that means the Mad Lighter of the Jamaicaway is already hard at work on his annual neighborhood-brownout project. After all, he has 500,000 or so lights to install.
Miguelina grows disgusted at all the recalls of toxic Chinese stuff and vows not to buy a single made-in-China toy this Christmas:
... Non-Chinese toys too expensive? Great! We'll buy less toys - but better made ones. That way there will be less plastic crap all over the house. ...... Read more
Santa brought Jody's son a handheld electronic game - that only her husband was able to get to work with a technique that dads have used for decades.
Can't somebody do something before the guy who owns the Arborway Castle does some real damage?
In case you missed it, the Globe reported today that NStar has had to put in a new electrical main to support those 250,000 lights he has on between 4:30 and 1 a.m. - although it says it's not sure all those lights are what's causing brownouts... Read more
Sarah must have missed the circular about "All against All" Day at the mall, because when she went yesterday, it was one long struggle of kill or be killed. One example:
... [T]hen there was the woman who hit me with her bag because I had the nerve to walk quickly past her slow-moving ass. I mean literally said something along the lines of... Read more
Yesterday, Margalit and her kids helped wrap hundreds of presents for today's Christmas in the City for needy kids:
... We had 220 kids on our list. Think about that for a second. Two hundred and twenty children in just one shelter out of many. This event feeds, entertains, and hands out presents to over 2500 children in the Boston area. If they could... Read more
Jennifer Garrett tries to do some holiday shopping at Target:
... "Do you sell ashtrays?" I kindly inquired after searching high and low. "What do you use those for?" I am not kidding, people. ...
Jesse dishes on the strategies she's sometimes forced to use to get little kids to smile for Christmas photos:
Tonight at work one of the other photographers was teasing me because she overheard me proclaiming ecstaticly to a three-year-old during a sitting, "You LOVE benches!" ...
Karrie reports what happened when she walked into Stellabella Toys in Inman Square this morning:
As we walked into the store, a rather stern looking, middle-aged woman was raving "It's MERRY CHRISTMAS! DO YOU HEAR ME? MERRY CHRISTMAS!" She caught my eye and barked: "None of this Happy Holidays bullshit!"
Hark the batshit crazy angels sing, lady. I heard you. ...... Read more