By - 7/12/06 - 10:17 am

Tim Lavallee took a deep breath then drove home via the Big Dig last night:

left work tonight expecting the longest commute home ever. Instead, the Big Dig was empty like a Sunday morning. Traffic on the southbound side was very, very light. Even the usual slow down areas, such as the tunnel exit to the South Bay mall, was a speed limit breeze. ...

By - 6/29/06 - 5:31 pm

On Boston Crazy Driving, Tim notes the latest appearance of SYMS graffiti in an improbable place, this time on the giant sign hanging over I-93 alerting drivers to exits 11A and B in Dorchester:

... But he ran out of room and could only paint SYM on it. It was painted in black with a white outline. There were other markings in red paint that said R.I.P. for someone, apparently turning the tag into a tribute. ...

By - 6/29/06 - 8:18 am

John Daley reports that the giant Fortress lock is back by the side of I-93.

And thanks to Tim from Boston Crazy Driving, here's a rare look at workers pulling the lock up the side of the building so it can be inflated.

By - 6/27/06 - 6:47 pm

On the one hand, Tim admires the graffiti tagger who has gotten his giant "Syms" on locations that are obviously difficult to reach - such as the side of the I-93 upper deck.

On the other hand, Tim wishes the guy would knock it off already:

... There's a lot of graffiti out there that actually makes things look better. This doesn't. This is just about ego, and Syms should be ashamed rather than proud.

By - 6/24/06 - 10:14 am

Eka's son needed to be rushed to the Children's emergency room yesterday - forcing her to make this request:

... Please - if you see an ambulance behind you with glaring lights and it's sirens on full blast - MOVE OUT OF THE WAY. It was awful - I was terrified that something was going to happen while we were trapped on 93 and that the ambulance wouldn't be equipped to help him. An absolutely awful feeling. ...

By - 6/18/06 - 6:09 pm

On Boston Crazy Driving, Tim says good-bye to the old Sunbeam billboard on I-93 in Dorchester, which came down last week:

... The change leaves me cold because now it seems like driving into Boston is no different than driving into Cleveland or Jacksonville. It wasn't a major landmark, but it was one that reminded me of some great childhood memories of coming into Boston.

By - 4/1/06 - 8:48 am

On Boston Crazy Driving, Tim discovers he's not the only one to loop around Logan waiting for an incoming flight rather than parking, wonders why the lady in the minivan is going 25 in the HOV lane in the tunnel and concludes that the Big Dig has improved traffic:

... Everyone was supremely impressed, not in me, but in the fact that it seems like maybe the Big Dig might have been worth it after all. Or, as my sister-in-law wryly pointed out, our traffic is getting better because everyone is leaving.

By - 12/15/05 - 3:57 pm

Tim takes an amazing photo of a Masshole BMW driver on I-93 with a ton of snow on his roof SIX days after the snowstorm.