Boston Blog Posts
On my train commute, I have been spending my time reading. I notice that a lot of commuters read on the train. The most common thing that I see people read is the 'Boston Metro.'
The Boston MBTA has a quiet car, but I have found that most of the train is pretty quiet with people busy reading books or doing some work on their laptop. Every once in a while you'll hear someone on the phone.
From Framingham to Boston is about 45 minutes, in which I read about 25 pages. The number of pages depend on the level of book. For example, it took longer to read the 'Brief History of Time' because the complex subject matter.
Here are the following books that I have read since October:
- Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
- The Brothers Bulger: How They Terrorized and Corrupted Boston for a Quarter Century by Howie Carr
- 2020 Vision by Stanley M. Davis
- Inside the Tornado: Strategies for Developing, Leveraging, and Surviving Hypergrowth Markets (Collins Business Essentials) by Geoffrey A. Moore
- If it Ain't Broke...Break It!: And Other Unconventional Wisdom for a Changing Business World by Robert J. Kriegel and Louis Patler
- A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
- Moneyball by Michael Lewis
On the ground in front of the building on 116 Huntington Avenue in Boston is a plaque which reads:
The CARYATIDS that support the arch over the large
oculus of this building were designed by Boston Artist,
Syma. The figures reference the original sculpted
Caryatids who supported the pediment of the Temple of
Diana in ancient Greece. Diana was the Greek
Goddess of dance and dreams. Seven stars adorn each
panel, a reference to the Pleiades, which, according to
Greek Mythology, were the seven Caryatids or
priestesses of Diana who were places among the stars
by Zeus. Each of the stars has six points, a
traditional symbol of harmony and transformation.
The waves underfoot recall 19th century Back Bay,
once covered with water.
The distance from the Backbay train station to the Christian Science Center is a 1/2 mile. The quickest route is to go through Copley Plaza, take the Pedestrian overpass and then walk down Huntington Ave.
Cheap Copley Square Parking
If you are visiting the Copley Square area in downtown Boston, you should consider using the parking garage at 100 Clarendon Street. The parking garage is located near the John Hancock tower and the Back Bay T stop. You are within walking distance to the shops at the Prudential, the Boston Public Library and the Trinity Church.
If you check online you can find discounts that allow you to park for 6 hours for only $14. Which is a lot cheaper than many of the parking garages around Copley Square.
The Prudential Parking garage charges $35 for 2 to 10 Hours!
Seals at Chatham
If your looking for some Seals on Cape Cod, the best place to go is Chatham. Some people have seen the Seals on the beaches of Chatham Light during low tide, but the best place is Chatham Pier.
Located about a half mile from Chatham Light is Chatham Pier. This is where fisherman come in to send their daily catch to various places on the Cape. You can even purchase some fish right off the boat. Talk about fresh!
If your looking for Seals, head to the second floor and look straight ahead. Just in front of you will be lots of Fishing boats and a sandy island called Tern Island Sanctuary. During Low Tide, you'll see lots of Seals hanging around this island. Look around the boats and you may see seals playing around.
Some Inspirational/Motivational music that is on my iPod's Business playlist. Most of these can be found on iTunes.
- (I Wanna) Be Like Mike (Teknoe)
- Alone in the Universe (Seussical)
- Back in the High Life Again (Steve Winwood)
- Champion (Queen Latifah)
- Dream On (Aerosmith)
- East Bound and Down (Jerry Reed)
- Heart Of A Champion (Nelly)
- I'm Still Standing (Elton John)
- Im Alright Theme (Kenny Loggin)
- Its Possible (Seussical)
- Live Like You Were Dying (Tim McGraw)
- Theme From "Greatest American Hero" - Believe It Or Not (Joey Scarbury)
- Up! (Shania Twain)
Four key restaurants to try in Boston
84 Beacon Street Boston, MA 02108-3421
This is the original Cheers restaurant that the NBC Cheers! TV show was based on. To get the best experience at this restaurant, ask the host that you want to be seated in the main bar area. Well worth the wait!
11 Thacher St Boston, Mass
Once of the Original Pizza places in the North End. On Friday and Saturday nights you'll see long lines of hungry Bostonians waiting to go inside.
340 Faneuil Hall Market Place
This is one of the oldest restaurants in the City of Boston. You'll find a lot of classical New England dishes here.
Union Oyster House
41 Union Street, Boston MA
Great Raw Bar! Worth stopping in to check out the historic raw bar and try some wonderful New England seafood.
82 Lansdowne St, Boston MA
If you're a Red Sox fan, this is a great way to see Fenway Park! You can dine on some great food while you have a centerfield player's view of Fenway park. The restaurant has great photo memories all the wall to remind you of the good old days.
Boston Places to SeeThere's lots of good places to checkout in Boston, Massachusetts, here are five little known places to check out:
Swan Boat on the Boston Garden
Take a nice relaxing ride on the Swan Boats in the Boston Garden. There really isn't much to see on your short tour, but it's a nice relaxing way to spend the afternoon. A fun thing to do is see if you can find the hidden swan boat symbol someplace around the swan boat pond. Hint: Try looking up.
On Marshall Street near Fanuel Hall Marketplace is where you'll find the historic Boston Stone. This stone used to mark the center of Boston. There's nothing to do but take pitures with you and the Stone and walk on historic Marshall Street which is a cobblestone street.
Mysterious Grave in the Boston Commons
In the Boston Commons, near Tremont Street and Boylston Street, lies an old graveyard. William Billings is buried someplace in the graveyard. There is a sign just outside of the gate letting you know about the mysterious grave.
Museum of Science
The Boston Museum of Science is a great place to spend a day, but there are two exhibits you may not know about. On the third floor there is a library filled with all sort of science books, and a live bees nest. Yes, a live Bees nest! Just inside of the library is where you can see and hear the bees. Bonus: Ask the librarian about the Owl display. That's a secret display on the fourth floor. You can only get there if you are a Museum of Science worker. If you ask nicely someone may show you the display.
Boston Marathon Finish Line
Right in front of the Main Entrance of the Boston Public Library on Boylston street is the finish line of the Boston Marathon. You can see the Finish line almost any time of the year.
Asian Longhorned Beetle Report
If you have seen the Asian Longhorned Beetle in Massachusetts, you should report it to the authorizes and let them know about it!
There's quite a few look-a-likes, use the reporting page to determine if it's the correct beetle. Also useful are some of the tree markings.
Speed Traps in Waltham and Lincoln
I just notice some new speed traps that seem to be generating some revenue, a couple of cars were caught.
- In Waltham, on Spring Street near the Concord Ave intersection.
- In Lincoln, on Trapelo Road near Minebrook Road. (Just before the Lincoln Public Library.)
Also it looks like another speed trap will be coming soon to Lincoln Road in Lincoln, Ma near the Old Town Hall. There's a speed monitor tracking cars heading north bound.
Boston Commercial Real Estate
It wasn't that long ago where the Commercial Real Estate in the Boston area was the place to be. This snip from the Boston Business Journal shows how things have changed:
There is approximately 3,709,000 square feet of sublease space in the suburban market, and about 57 percent of it is considered Class A property. Of the available sublease space, 39 percent is in the Route 128 West submarket.
Along 128 in Waltham, construction is almost completed in several large office complexes. Between Trapelo Road and Route 117 commuters will see construction just about completed on three new office buildings. With the recession just about to end, it will be interesting to see how these new building fair out.
One thing that may worry those that drive by these buildings everyday, what will this mean for my commute? How many new cars will I have to deal with?
LG vx8360 Charger
If you have a LG vx8360 phone, you don't need to spend a lot of money on a charger. The phone can be charged via USB cable with a Micro connection.
I just got a USB2 cable from eforcity.com for $5. Much cheaper than $15 that it would cost to get a cable at the Verizon store. I simple plug the USB2 end to an open USB2 slot on my computer and the other end to the phone. Works great!
I only mention this because on eforcity they have a disclaimer that says that the cable may not charge all phones. It works fine on the LG VX8360 phone!
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Needham has free wireless internet access in their waiting room. So bring your iPod Touch or Laptop while you are waiting.
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital is located on 148 Chestnut St in Needham, right across the street from Friendlys.
Ted Kennedy Passing
Today is the first day since November 7, 1962 that Massachusetts will be without Edward M. Kennedy as a United States senator. He would have served sooner except that he didn't meet the age qualification set by the US Constitution.
Obviously there's a lot of coverage in the Boston media about Ted Kennedy passing and what his legacy means. He was a valuable Senator and has done a lot of good for the state of Massachusetts.
If your in New England right now, take a look around. See anything strange? No? Well look at the top of some of the oak trees. Yup some of the trees have started to change colors!
Yes, the fall foliage season transformation has started! Some of the top of trees have started changing colors. This happens every year, so its not so unusual. However, it is weird to see some of the color changes in the middle of a heat wave.
Check out some of the fall colors that I have taken in the past in the Photo Gallery. There's some great colors! If your building a fall website and looking for Fall Color Palette to use, check out the chart.
The best time to be in New England to enjoy the fall colors is about a month from now. Start planning your travel plans now, don't wait til it too late!