Nov 202010
 
Awesome Public Art: a True Gift to our Cities!

I am currently half human and half icicle due to wandering outside in Boston’s winter for 3 hours with a foolishly thin jacket, but that’s all right.

Why?

Because the reason I was outside was to go on a famous Context Tour of Boston’s Big Dig!

I am thrilled to report that thanks to the tour, my noggin is now sparkling with countless new Boston facts, and my camera now brims with 100 fresh [...Read More!]

Nov 082010
 
Two Sexy-Ugly Buildings of Boston

We’re deep into our discussion of Sexy Buildings of Boston, but what about those buildings that are sexy because they are so… how shall we put this… freakishly strange?

To explain where the term “Sexy-Ugly” is from, let’s flash back to the 2001 flick, Kissing Jessica Stein.

Specifically, let’s recall the following chat between the two leads, as they discuss Jessica’s inability to find a man who matches her dream:

Jessica: If [...Read More!]

Nov 032010
 
Mystery Glittery Photo Challenge!

Hello pretty people!

So maybe this here “challenge” will be ridiculously easy for you all, or maybe it will take years for the correct answer to be guessed…

…but the simple fact is that I have just graded 300 hunks of paper (one essay test and one term paper from each of my 150 students) over the course of seven long days, and now everything is a bit hazy and swirly…

…so, dagnabbit, I [...Read More!]

Oct 292010
 
On Mafia Wars Addiction, or: How Blogging Saved Me

Confession: I used to be a Mafia Wars addict.  Like… a REALLY bad Mafia Wars addict.

For those who are blissfully unaware, Mafia Wars is a game through the Zynga platform on Facebook which involves clicking buttons over and over (and over) again to “Do Jobs” and perform “Hits” against other players in order to gain loot and status.  It’s brainless.  It’s utterly enjoyable.  It’s magnetically addictive.

In 2009, before I left America [...Read More!]

Oct 252010
 
The Un-Sexiest Building in Boston

It’s not pretty.  And, yes, we make fun of it all the time. Normally I stand up for such outcasts in life, but in the case of this ugly brick-ling, I’m with the bullies: “Ew.”

Boston City Hall: not even being guilded in gold like your State House sister would help you.

Online research about City Hall is sending me into gales of laughter.

Here are some gems of knowedge from Wikipedia:

Boston City Hall, [...Read More!]
Oct 122010
 
Of Boston Harbor Boat Cruises and Beauty

If you are headed to Boston, or if you’ve lived in Boston for a while but are a lazy landlubber, get thy dry butt to the water, pronto!

Boston’s infamous harbor has now evolved to be inspiring.

On land, the Harbor boasts a gorgeous, sculpture-filled “Harbor Walk” which is so long and exciting that it makes for a great field trip or date.  But the real thrill begins when you hop aboard a [...Read More!]

Oct 052010
 
Flying a 4-Person Plane Over New Hampshire!

My friend Colin told me he had a surprise activity for Sunday, and, like a fool, I thought it would be something tame like a stroll through the woods, or a tranquil boat ride.  In retrospect, how naive I was!

The car was chugging North to New Hampshire when Colin turned towards me.

“I probably should tell you now what the activity is,” he said.

My innocent eyes were sparkling with youthful excitement.  “Oh [...Read More!]

Oct 022010
 
The Sexiest Buildings in Boston: Part 4

I will make you a $1 bet based on 28 years of experience.

If you are strolling with a new-to-Boston buddy, the moment you point to the Massachusetts State House dome and explain: “That dome is coated with real gold!” your companion will INEVITABLY spout out some version of the following:

“Let’s go scrape that gold off now and sell it for a million bucks!”

Perhaps you think I’m a daredevil for wagering money [...Read More!]

Sep 262010
 
The Fifth Annual Marshmallow Fluff Festival!

The first thing you should know about the annual “What the Fluff” Marshmallow Fluff Festival of Somerville, Massachusetts is that it is delicious.  You will gain five to ten pounds between 3 pm and 7 pm.  The second thing you should know is that the Fluff Fest is freaking hilarious.  And the third thing you should know is that it is jam-packed with fluff-themed… burlesque dancers.  They wear fishnet stockings and [...Read More!]

Sep 242010
 
Coordinating Boston's Meet Plan Go Career-Break Travel Conference

The Meet Plan Go career-break travel conference rocked out this past Tuesday evening, September 14, in 13 cities across America and Canada… and I coordinated the Boston chapter!

The next article will dive into the play-by-play of the event itself, but for now I’m vibrating with eagerness to share four overall revelations.

“Are you nuts?” gasped my friend a few months ago, “Why would you agree to coordinate a giant conference when you [...Read More!]