Boston Blog Posts

October 17, 2007

Visit Historic Concord, MA

If you plan on visiting Boston this fall, you should include Concord Massachusetts on your trip. Here are some places to visit in the Concord area.

Walden Pond
There's nothing like enjoying a nice fall day by walking around Walden Pond. Enjoy the sites and sounds of Concord Woods and enjoy scenic views of the fall foliage reflecting in the pond.

The Wayside and the Orchard House
The Wayside in Concord, Massachusetts is a National Historic Landmark lived in by three American Literary figures: Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Sidney and Nathaniel Hawthorne. The Alcott House is where Lousia May Alcott wrote her books and it is kept the same way it was when the Alcott's lived there.

Old North Bridge
The Old North Bridge is the site of the famous battle between the Minuteman and the British. You'll learn about the reason why the British wanted to cross the bridge and who the Minuteman were.

Colonial Inn
Enjoy an afternoon tea or lunch at the Historic Colonial Inn. The Colonial Inn was where many solders were treated during the Old North Bridge battle. Did you know that directly across the street from the Colonial Inn is a grave stone marker of a British Solder? Some people think the building is haunted.

October 5, 2007

Red Sox Baseball Tonight

MBL.com sent the following back on April 2, 2007. Let's see what the new faces can do about making 2 - 0 against the Indians!

Red Sox ready to roll
Three high-profile additions (Daisuke Matsuzaka, J.D. Drew and Julio Lugo) hope to blend in with the returning core to give the Red Sox what could be a special team. It all starts today - Opening Day 2007 - when the Sox travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals at 4:10 p.m. ET.

I can't believe that I didn't blog the 2004 World Series. Won't make that mistake this year!

August 28, 2007

Baseball Night in America

Yankees and Red Sox are meeting tonight for an exciting series in New York. While the Yankees are 8 games back, there's still plenty of time for them to catch up. They are a very talented team, so anything can happen. You can bet Terry Francona isn't thinking about the playoffs this week. Its one game at a time.

The Yankee and Red Sox rivalry is the best of any sport. Over the past five years the rivalry has intensified, with some Red Sox players joining the Yankees, the most notable is Johnny Damon. There has been numerous quotes between the two owners, with the most notable being called “the evil empire” by the Red Sox.

Expect an exciting game tonight as Daisuke Matsuzaka (13-10, 3.76) goes up against Andy Pettitte (11-7, 3.69). Andy Pettitte is the best pitcher that the Yankees have in the current rotation.

How this series plays out will certainly determine if the Yankees will be playing much baseball in October.

Go Sox!

July 26, 2007

Summer Cleaning

Spring Cleaning 2007

The above graphic describes what I'll be focusing on this weekend, cleaning the basement. I did this a few weeks ago and made tremendous progress, but the task is yet to be completed.

Yesterday I went to Target to get some more storage container bins. They had a good deal on 18-gal bins for $4.99. The only thing I don't like about them is that they aren't clear, so you can't see the contents inside the bin. I picked up three bins anyway.

The best place to get bins is at Target. Usually they have some bins on sale every week. When they run out, wait a couple of days and they will probably have it back in stock. Over time you'll see that they usually have the same bins on sale over and over again.

The Container Store has the best selection of clear bins, but they have it at a premium price. I would recommend getting bins for valuable items such as baseball cards and letters that you want to keep. The Container Store bins are pretty good quality.

Walmart has a pretty good selection of bins but I didn't find them much cheaper than Target. Walmart selection did seem a little smaller than Target, maybe Super Walmarts carry more inventory? Walmart quality is pretty good, but the bin section seemed very unorganized.

I recently purchase a few bins at Ikea and found the quality to be pretty good. My only complaint is that they charge extra for the lids. Not sure of the logic behind that: $3.99 for the base and $1 for the lid. I can't think of any reason of why someone would not want a lid. The bins are pretty good quality, almost like the Container Store and they stack very nicely.

My advice to those looking to declutter their basement/attic is to use lots of small bins that are stackable. I find sorting things between smaller bins makes things easy to find later on. For example, I have several small bins that I use to store some office supplies, that way it will be easy to find pens/paper and notebooks when I am looking for them. Use larger bins for storing seasonal clothes and large holiday items.

Its going to be a fun weekend decluttering the basement. I plan on having a Yard Sale in a few weeks so I need to decide on what to keep and what goes in the yard sale.

September 24, 2006

Mountain Dew

PitchBlack

Pretty soon Mountain Dew's Pitch Black will be back on the store shelves.

Expect CVS, Stop and Shop and other stores to have plenty of Pitch Black just in time for the Halloween season.

Mountain Dew Pitch Black combines the great taste of Mountain Dew with a blast of black grape flavor. It follows in the footsteps of Mountain Dew LiveWire, which grew the Mountain Dew trademark more than 10% during its inaugural six-month run in 2003. Building on that successful strategy, Mountain Dew Pitch Black will capitalize on excitement leading up to Halloween with a shorter, 10-week on-shelf stretch beginning very soon.

Its one of my favorite drinks and worth the 100 calories...

September 20, 2006

Sagamore Rotary

SagmoreRotary

Today the Rotary at the Sagamore Bridge will no longer exsit. Going to Cape Cod via Route 3 will no longer be the same. Its esimated that the new flyover will cut traffic down by 20 minutes.

I don't think this is the end to Cape Cod traffic at the Bridge. On Saturday and Sundays the traffic off the Cape is caused by the merge of Exit 1 traffic, right before the bridge.

August 3, 2006

Weight Watchers

Today I reached my 10% goal at Weight Watchers! In 11 weeks I lost 10% of my weight!

Here are the keys to my success:
  • Go to Weight Watchers with a Buddy.
  • Go to a meeting every week and mentally challenge yourself to loose weight.
  • Eat less FAT!!
  • Write everything down. If it goes in your mouth, then write it down! Learn the Weight Watcher's Point system, and stick with it.
  • Eat Healthy snacks! I enjoy Frosted Mini-Wheats as a snack. Mini-Pretzels are great too!
  • Goto a Weight Watcher's meeting with a great team leader and an interactive group.
  • Drink lots of water!
  • Eat more Fruit and Vegetables.

July 7, 2006

Salvi's Barber Shop

If you are looking for a Barber Shop that equivalent to the West Concord Barber shop, this one is pretty good.

Salvis Barber Shop
386 Watertown St, Newton, MA
617-924-9563
Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday 7:30 - 5:30
Tuesday 7:30 - 5:30
Wednesday 7:30 - 6:00
Thursday 7:30 - 5:30
Friday 7:30 - 5:30
Saturday 7:30 - 5:30

July 5, 2006

Towns of Cape Cod

Here is a useful list of Cities and Towns of Cape Cod:
  • Barnstable
  • Bass River
  • Bourne
  • Brewster
  • Centerville
  • Chatham
  • Cotuit
  • Dennis
  • Dennis Port
  • East Sandwich
  • Eastham
  • Falmouth
  • Harwich
  • Hyannis
  • Hyannis Port
  • Mashpee
  • New Seabury
  • North Eastham
  • North Falmouth
  • North Truro
  • Onset
  • Orleans
  • Osterville
  • Pocasset
  • Provincetown
  • Sagamore Beach
  • Sandwich
  • South Chatham
  • South Orleans
  • South Yarmouth
  • Truro
  • Wareham
  • Wellfleet
  • West Dennis
  • West Falmouth
  • West Hyannisport
  • West Yarmouth
  • Woods Hole
  • Yarmouth
  • Yarmouth Port

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April 10, 2006

Visiting Boston

Don't forget to bring a rock with you to Walden Pond. Here's why: The actual site of the cabin is marked with granite pillars. Nearby, is the stone cairn first started by Rollins to mark the spot of his discovery. It has become a tradition for visitors to add a rock to the pile. If you ever decide to visit Thoreau's cabin site, be sure to bring your own rock.

Also, if you plan on going on the Duck Tour of Boston, be sure to book it in advance as they do sell out! http://www.bostonducktours.com/

You mention Art Museums, don't forget to check out Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum of Art: http://www.gardnermuseum.org/

Don't forget other sites in Boston:

  • Cheers (The one across Boston Commons)
  • Fenway Park
  • Old North Church
  • Harvard Square (Out of Town News, and Harvard Coop)
  • Burdick - Great Place for hot cholate in Harvard Square
Concord
  • Alcott House
  • Wayside House
  • Old North Bridge
  • Visit Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
  • Visit Walden Pond
  • Walk the Minuteman trail

April 19, 2004

Patriots Day

Happy Patriots day!

While many runners in the Boston Marathon were struggling with the near 80's temp, visitors to Concord, Bedford and Lexington were enjoying the nice weather watching the various Patriots day parades and activities.

Traffic around the Boston area was pretty light this morning, since many schools are closed this week and some business closed because of the local holiday. My commute was interrupted by some boy scouts marching from Stow to Concord to reenact the minuteman walk.

Today is the 9th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, however most media outlets are focusing their coverage on tomorrow's 5th anniversary of the Columbine incident.

December 4, 2003

Downtown Concord Holiday Stroll

Tonight the town of Concord Massachusetts will be having a special tree lighting ceremony. Downtown will be closed to local traffic for two hours starting at 6pm. After the lighting of the tree there will be a parade and all the stores downtown will be open late.

I'll head downtown Concord after work to check out all the excitement!

Update: Lots of people were downtown! Since it was pretty cold out, most people took the time to visit the various stores downtown. The most popular stores were: Concord Hand Design and the Corner Toy Store. For some reason the famous Concord Cheese Shop was not open. Hot Chocolate easily beat out the Cold Cider that was offered for free by local merchants.

From: concordmachamber.org:
At 6:00 p.m the Starlight Women's Chorus will be performing at the tree singing holiday hits. At 6:15 the Middlesex County 4-H Fife & Drum Corps will lead the Parade of Giving from Stow Street to Monument Square. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. and Santa will come down Main Street by fire truck and arrive at the tree lighting ceremony at that time. Costumed characters will be welcoming characters at many sites including the Grinch, at Barrett & Co. Real Estate, Jolly the Snowman at Kussin's Childrens Shop, Rudy the Reindeer, and elves galore. There will be Hayrides by Arena Farms and the Concord Players' Mummers will be performing "Saint George & the Dragon" at 51 Walden Street from 6:45 to 7:45. Santa will be available for pictures after the tree lighting, at Coldwell Banker's 11 Main Street location. There will be hot chocolate served by the Rotary Club courtesy of Dunkin Donuts of Thoreau Street, and live broadcasts by the WIQH radio station.

June 13, 2003

Garden Garage

I drove into the city of Boston this morning, since I will attempt to drive down to Cape Cod after work.

On the way into work I drove behind a car with licence plate: EYE-FIX.

I parked at the 'GARDEN GARAGE' (617) 742-8025. I think it will only cost me $15 for all day parking. This is owned by Standard Parking (An APCOA/Standard Parking Company) I parked here since the location is perfect to get onto 93 South.

Update: It only cost $14 to park all day at the 'GARDEN GARAGE'! However, it took forever to get out of Boston to the Cape. (2.5 hours to be exact.) However, this might be due to an accident on 93.

March 16, 2003

Saint Patrick's day parade in Boston

When visiting the Saint Patrick's day parade in Boston be sure to arrive early and watch the parade near the Broadway T stop. (This is where the parade starts)

Most local bars along the route charge a cover fee. (One place had a $20 cover fee) Best Bet: go several hours after the parade is over.

Your best chance at getting a seat on the T after the Saint Patrick's day parade is getting on the Andrew station. You will find the Broadway T stop very crowded.

Starbucks at Newbury Street only has 10 seats! Not worth visiting for laptop use. Best Bet is Newbury Street Open.net nearby.

Street Parking is FREE on Sunday in Boston. There were plenty of parking along Newbury Street early Sunday morning. Its the best place to find parking!