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!]

Sep 192010
 
Three More Poses from the #1 Sexiest Boston Building

When you’re beautiful, man, you gotta pose… and one article about you really isn’t enough.

Thus it was that I was strolling over the Mass. Ave. bridge to meet a friend in Central Square when a voice whispered through the balmy air: “Take me.  Take another photo of me.  Now.”

“Huh?” I gulped, whipping toward the glistening Charles River in confusion.  And it was then that the glory of the scene exploded into [...Read More!]

Sep 082010
 
This Site Featured in the Boston Herald, Tiger-liciously!

“Please please don’t write anything awful,” I begged the reporter over the crackly cellphone line.  “I just got this new job and I really like it and I’m not trying to get thrown out!”

Darren chuckled and calmly replied, “I’m a reporter.  No one would talk to me any more if I violated their trust.  This will be a positive, inspiring story, really.”

The Herald reporter was true to his word, and what [...Read More!]

Sep 062010
 
Back to Boston Public Schools, but the Blog Lives On!

Tomorrow, after a year-long Leave of Absence to circumnavigate the globe, I return to being an English teacher in the Boston Public Schools!

I am super, super psyched.  A year away has given me massive new appreciation for living in beautiful Boston, for the great people here, and for being a teacher in BPS.

“But,” some of you may be asking now, sniffling slightly, “does this mean the end of this blog?”

No, no, [...Read More!]