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Posts tagged ‘Boston’

About two months back, a drunken idiot plowed his pick-up truck into a group of motorcyclists in New Hampshire, killing seven of them. It soon came out that the driver of the truck shouldn’t have been behind the wheel — neither drunk nor sober — because he’d been picked up on Connecticut on a DUI […]

After putting in a couple of years at UMass Boston, Lil Bro transferred to the Amherst campus because they had a far more robust earth sciences program than their coastal cousin offered. It was the first time we’d been separated since his birth (if you don’t count the month he spent living with my aunt […]

Got the world up my class

September 15th, 2016

“Then Harvey said yes Leningrad was wonderful, and how it was called the Venice of the North on account of how wonderful it was. The man at the other end said yes, and how did Mr. Dempsey like it, and I said it was wonderful but I hadn’t ever heard anyone call Venice the Leningrad […]

Just so ya know, kid

April 1st, 2016

This is a tricky one. Forty-four years of utter immersion and infrequent travel have put me in a place where I don’t realize something is a regionalism until a non-New Englander points it out to me. I was familiar enough with the limited geographic reach of terms like “bubbler” (water fountain) or “elastic” (rubber band) […]

Hell bent for Leather City

November 11th, 2015

When rumors began circulating that Fallout 4 would be set in the post-nuclear ruins of 23rd Century Greater Boston, I wondered if my hometown of Woburn would be making its AAA videogame debut. When the rumors were confirmed by the developers and more details began to trickle out about some of the in-game locations, it […]

Gone with the gold

July 29th, 2015

While I have my doubts that the world needs another Boston 2024 post-mortem, my public rep as “that guy from Boston” kind of requires me to weigh in on the subject. The Boston Olympics dream is dead, and good riddance to it. It was a bad idea executed badly, but I would have been opposed […]

Almost forty posts in and we’ve reached the last day of 1991 and the birth of The Walk. The Walk came about for two reasons: My chronically impoverished pal Leech’s lack of subway fare and a need to kill time. In this case, the clock being run down was for a New Year’s Eve party […]

I love Massachusetts — specifically the northeast quadrant of the Commonwealth where I’ve spent nearly my entire forty-two years — with the same fervor that the stereotypical Texan is perceived to love the Lone Star State. It’s geography as identity, ophthalmologist and I’ve fully embraced my provincialism and its associated characteristics. Not all of those […]

Pissah off

May 6th, 2013

I can take the trash-talking about Boston by outsiders. No matter how nasty their put-downs may be, recipe I’ll still wake up in the nation’s last bastion of sanity the next morning while they are stuck in some backwards shithole. Or someplace even worse, syringe like Portland, Williamsburg, or Austin. What I can’t take is […]

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