Boston Blog Posts

February 5, 2009

Things to do in Boston

The winter weather in New England has been pretty cold. We have gotten more snow this year than we have had in the past few years. Lucy for me that I have a snow blower to help clear the driveway.

The Boston area isn't a popular place to visit in the winter time, as most people would rather spend time in warm climates. However, with the economy the way it is, some people are putting off traveling outside of New England.

Here are some ways to have fun in Boston:

A Day in Boston

When was the last time you went to the lighting exhibit at the The Boston Museum of Science, checked out the artwork at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum or remember some of the best paintings in the world at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts?

How about going to the Boston Public Library and looking up old newspapers? What else happened the day Fenway Park opened? What were the media have to say the day Larry Bird officially signed up to be a Boston Celtics? (June 8, 1979)

Boston is famous for its restaurants and there's lots of good places to eat. Some of my favorite places to eat: Cheers, Durgan Park, Union Oyster House, La Summa, Mike's Pastry, Bova's Bakery and LA Burdick Chocolate.

January 27, 2009

Bargain Becky

Bargain Becky is reporting the following:

SHAW'S TO CLOSE STORE - Shaw's Supermarkets is tightening its belt, and that could mean the loss of jobs for as many as 110 workers at its southside store. The store, at 2077 Main St. near the West Bridgewater line, is being closed for failing to meet business targets. The owner of Shaw's parent company, Supervalu Inc. of Minnesota plans to close 50 stores this year, including the Shaw's in Brockton and stores in North Reading, Westport, Conn., and Gorham, N.H.

December 17, 2008

Mass Pike Traffic

This mornings commute from Framingham to Lexington was pretty bad. I left the house at 7:15 and didn't arrive until 8:52! It usually takes me about 45 minutes to make the drive.

The big problem was the traffic on the Mass Pike. I spent an hour on the Pike! I don't think taking the back roads would have been any better because the roads were more slippery from the fresh ice and snow.

I'll be working late tonight since I bet the evening commute will be just as worst. New snow is arriving on Friday, and that means the fun starts all over again.

December 8, 2008

Theodore Parker

Lexington Massachusetts is a famous town where the birthplace of American was fought. You can find lots of monuments all over town of famous houses or battles.

If you are ever at the intersection of Concord Ave and Spring Street you may see a monument near the Community Therapeutic Day School. However the location of the white fence makes it hard to read.

The monument marks the birthplace of Theodore Parker. He was born at the house in 1810. From Wipedia:

Theodore Parker (August 24, 1810 May 10, 1860) was an American Transcendentalist and reforming minister of the Unitarian church.
In 1850, Parker quoted and made popular the words of John Wycliffe in his Prologue to the first English translation of the Bible to use the phrase, "of all the people, by all the people, for all the people" which later influenced Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
September 11, 2008

Fenway Park

Last night I went to the Red Sox / Tampa Bay game. What a fun night it was! Great night for Red Sox Baseball, the weather was perfect and we had great seats!

First, it was sad the Red Sox lost. Its never fun going to a Red Sox game and seeing them loose. Who would have guess that a September Red Sox / Tampa Bay game would be more important than a Red Sox / Yankee game.

Three hot dogs and a large souvenir diet coke cost $19.50.

No problem finding cheap parking right before the game. I was able to find parking at the Landmark Shopping center. It cost $25 to park at Landmark, compare to $60 at the lot across the street from Fenway.

We got the game late because of heavy traffic and an accident on the Mass Pike. Once we past Newton Corner, we zoomed to Kenmore square.

September 8, 2008

Boston Traffic

Massachusetts traffic isn't normally that bad and this summer the commute was pretty good. However, today my commute time doubled. This was because I decided to go the "back way" and avoid the MassPike since it had a lot of traffic.

Going Route 20 through Wayland and Westin was not a good alternative to get from Framingham to Route 128. The roads were backed up the entire way. I believe that other commuters were looking to avoid the MassPike. It would have been better to deal with the backup on the MassPike, than the stop and go congestion on the back roads. At least on the MassPike the traffic does move.

According to a recent study, the worst traffic areas in the United States are:

  1. Los Angeles
  2. San Francisco (Bay Area)
  3. Washington DC
  4. Boston (Metro Boston)
  5. Atlanta, GA

August 15, 2008

New England Weather

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What's with all the bad weather we have been having in New England, seems like every night that we had some really bad storm with lots of lighting and thunderstorms. Is this what Al Gore was talking about in An Inconvenient Truth?

Maybe I should go and see the movie.

July 7, 2008

Boston Commute

This morning I drove from Framingham to Lexington for the first time since moving. I left the house about 7am and arrived in Lexington at 7:40 with no traffic problems.

The commute down the Mass Pike was no problem and there was a slight backup on getting onto 128. I believe that the backup would be longer if I left the house a few of minutes later.

There are some good back roads from Framingham to Lexington that I'll investigate over the next few months. For now, I think its pretty safe to go the Mass Pike / 128 route. I am sure that the roads will get busy once school starts.

I heard on the radio that some business, such as Staples and Kmart will be starting their back to school sales next week. Wow! Summer seems to get shorter when we get older. Also I learned that the back to school season is the second busy shopping season, next to Christmas. Which I guess if you think about it isn't all that surprising.

Update: Avoid Lexington Street in Waltham, Massachusetts this week. There's construction going on near the Burger King and it is causing all sorts of traffic tie ups. You are best to avoid the area.

June 6, 2008

Blackjack Guide

Blackjack is one of the most popular games in any casio. Its the only game in the casino that gives the player the best odds in the long run. The key is to follow the basic blackjack strategy.

In 2000, I created a one page Blackjack cheat sheet to cover all the basic strategy at winning at blackjack. The goal of the Blackjack Guide is to have a quick one page reference on how to play the game. I wanted some way to learn the game quickly.

Download the orginal BlackJack Guide and start mastering the game today, who knows maybe your next trip to Las Vegas will be paid for in a couple of hours at the Blackjack table. There's lots of sites that you can use to practive Blackjack without loosing any money.

March 16, 2008

Real Estate Links

If you looking for houses in the Boston area, there's two good sites to look at:

Masslandrecords PropertyMaps

  Mass Land Records - Get information about houses that you might be interested in, such as getting how much the house is mortage for.

  PropertyMaps - Good source of information on houses available and where they are located.

February 26, 2008

The American Dream

Yesterday we put an offer on our first house. The owners got notified of the offer this morning. We aren't sure if the owners will accept the offer but we are excited about the whole process.

This is a buyers market right now, we have a slight upper hand in the negotiation process.. The Boston area has a lot of houses on the market in our price range, so if we don't close this deal, we will still have some opportunity to find something.

This is our opportunity to get a little piece of the American Dream.

February 22, 2008

Snowy Evening Commute!

Another storm is now hitting New England during the evening commute. I don't think it will effect the commute as much as the December storm.

Things are a little different for me since I am not in Boston nor did I take public transportation this morning. I expect that the evening commute will be a little more challenging than normal.

I think the problem will be the "inch and hour" snow that will be falling when I drive home.

When I get home tonight, I'll post another update on the commute conditions. I am sure that I'll be happy that I still have my Subaru.

January 14, 2008

Snow Day 2.0

Today New England enountered a major snow storm that caused 457 Schools, Colleges/Universities and Day Cares to be closed.

The height of the storm happened during the morning commute and many commuters stayed home or took the MBTA. This is because of the storm that happened last month that cause a nightmare commute for many commuters. Newton, MA got about 7 inches of snow.

You can check out the complete list as posted on WHDH.com at 6am this morning.

January 7, 2008

City of Newton Recycles

The City of Newton has this great site: Newton Recycles. This list all the various items that can be recycled and where to properly dispose of them.

What a great list! A quick look around our apartment this weekend I can see how we can use some of the sites that are mentioned on the page and perhaps make some cash in the process. I am sure my landlord will appreciate it.

Another place that we found this weekend is that Goodwill will take about 90% of the stuff we have. The only problem is that the nearest Goodwill is in Summerville. Its a long drive to get rid of stuff.

I also found the United States Book Exchange to be a good source to recycle old books. However, don't be afraid to throw out those old Computer books, you know, how to install Windows 3.1. Hmmm, that might be a good book to throw on eBay...

December 28, 2007

Wireless at South Station

In the past, travelers to Boston's South Station used to be able to get free WiFi while waiting for their train. If you google WiFi South Station you'll find several article about the free wireless access at South Station. However, the Free WiFi is gone in favor of a paid service provided by GuestBox.com.

So how is the wireless service at South Station? Is it worth the $9 month fee or $8 hourly fee? Don't ask me, it appears that the service isn't Macintosh friendly.

I am unable to login to the service using my Powerbook G4. I had no problems with the signup process, it went very smoothly and I was very excited to get online. However, I can't get past the login screen. I don't get any error messages, its just the login screen keeps showing up asking me to login everytime.

Problem is that I already put in my credit card number for a monthly subscription. I am unsure if this is related to having Macintosh 10.5 installed on my computer. I'll check to see if I have the latest patches. I am currently using Mac OS X 10.5.1 (9B18) on a Powerbook G4. I am also using the latest versions of Safari and Firefox.

If you have any support issues with South Station wireless, you should contact GuestBOX, you can call them at 888-999-1299.