There needs to be some Wawas in New England. They’ve only got them from Jersey down to Virginia. None in this neck of the woods.
Wawa is cool. It’s kind of like a 7-11, only nice. They have their own brand of ice cream which is awesome. My dad used to buy the brownie one and it was really good. Whenever I go down to the Jerz to visit my friends I stop at a Wawa. And often I’ll purchase a TastyKake.Filed under New Jersey | Comment (0)
I’ve always lived in a major metro area. (New York, San Francisco, and now Boston) Because of that, I’ve always had access to seeing fabulous concerts. My dad is a huge music fan, and he took me to my first rock concert when I was 12. (Elvis Costello)
Matt and I hit it off so well at first because we shared some of the same favorite bands. “How wonderful!” I thought, “He and I can spend summers to going to concerts together!” Last summer we didn’t, really, with the exception of the Lowell Folk Festival, attending assorted small clubs featuring live music, and seeing Rush who I decided I find intolerable. And I’ll tell you why we don’t go to more. MONEY.
Is anyone else outraged about the ticket prices for big name acts? I feel like a sucker even considering paying so much!
I went to the website of the Fleet Pavilion — oops, I mean Bank of America Pavilion! Some awesome upcoming concerts…
Mark Knopfler, Elvis Costello (with Emmylou Harris), Crosby Stills & Nash.
Mark Knopfler tickets are $35 for the cheapest tickets. Good god. Same with Elvis. CS&N’s cheapest tickets are $36…to be sitting probably a mile away from the performers. And it’s not even CSN&Y. Young is vital for them to truly rock ‘n roll. I paid $50 to see CSN&Y at a stadium a few years ago. Well, my dad paid it, actually. :-) Anyway, it was fun, but we were SO far away. After that I decided that I’m not a fan of seeing a band perform in such a large venue!
$35 for lousy seats to see TOM JONES at the Fleet!?!?! Come on! I can only think of one person who would enthusiastically see Tom Jones perform. My mom.
The Allman Brothers Band is playing at the Tweeter Center and the cheapest tickets are $30. I love the Allman Brothers. I spent $50 to see them 2 years ago in Berkeley, CA, and they still put on a great show. But I saw them at a general admission venue, so my dad and I weasled our ways down to the front. Great seats.
These classic rock acts are expensive because they know people will pay it. A friend of mine in California spent $100 on a really horrible seat to see Simon and Garfunkel. No way, dude.
These $30-something prices are not bad….but I think they ARE bad when you take into consideration that you are seeing these performers from so far away that you need a pair of binoculars to determine who is who! And when you’re sitting that far back, the sound isn’t even very good.
And think about the other costs. One pavilion in California does not let people with lawn seats bring in their own beach chairs. You are forced to rent one of theirs for $5. RENT. For five bucks. And don’t forget the cost of beer and food, because you’re not allowed to bring your own!!
So, give me an outdoor festival (NOT in a pavilion!) or a little club anyday! :-) I can see some awesome performers at the Cantab Lounge on any given night (including Matt and Brian on some Mondays) for free. :-)Filed under Greater Boston (General), Music, Things to do in the Boston Area | Comment (0)
Okay, now Stop ‘n Shop generally does have sub-par produce. However, the one at 700 Pleasant Street in Watertown has downright DISMAL produce. You should have seen these pathetic excuses for onions and peppers I purchased today. It was depressing!!!
I do tend to favor Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, but the latter has a pretty bad produce selection as well. (Although their trio of peppers is usually a pretty good bargain and puts the awful Stop ‘n Shop ones to shame!)
As far as produce, Russo’s is la creme de la creme. Their produce is much higher quality than you can get at your local Shaw’s/Star or Stop ‘n Shop. The prices are good, and they have all sorts of good stuff. A nice bakery section featuring your Italian favorites. Pre-made food. Cheese. Pasta. Jellies and jam. Beautiful flowers. Good stuff.
I like to support local farmers too, and I plan to begin scoping out farmer’s markets. I found a website with a list of Massachusetts farmer’s markets. Many of them aren’t at the most convenient of times (weekday mornings/afternoons), but some of them, like the Waltham one, are on Saturdays. I’ll write more about farmer’s markets when I start visiting them regularly.Filed under Greater Boston (General), Organic Living/Environment/ETC | Comment (0)
I really did love Lilly’s on Galen Street, but it burnt down back in February. They are supposed to reopen at one point, but they haven’t made any progress so far. Whenever I visit my great-aunts, I like to bring some fresh baked goods for us all to enjoy…so I really wanted to find a good bakery. Enter Antoine’s at 317 Watertown St in Newton. Fabulous. There’s muffins, danishes, cookies, cupcakes, awesome looking cakes, prepackaged panetone, and bags of imported pasta. Recommended. :-)Filed under Greater Boston (General), Greater Boston Restaurants | Comments (2)
Here are the top ten:
4. New Jersey
6. New York
The rest is here:
I don’t like the title to the article “States Ranked: Smartest to Dumbest”, becausze it’s, well…obnoxious. Conservatives are declaring that the list has a liberal bias because, apparently, liberals think they’re smarter than anybody else.
It’s not what the article is trying to say. It has nothing to do with intelligence, the headline was just poorly named. The rankings have to do with public education and the quality of it. The factors are things such as graduation rates, average class size, per-pupil expenditures, etc. I’m happy to see Massachusetts as being so high.
I did most of my public schooling in New Jersey, and, for the most part, had good experiences there. Small class sizes, mostly good teachers, etc. However, for the last two years I attended public school in California and those schools were absolutely terrible. The textbooks were older than I was, the classes were huge, there weren’t enough lockers for even half of the student body, and the teachers were lackadasical. And the school I attended was in an upper middle class area, and considered to be one of the best in the state!Filed under Greater Boston (General), Local News | Comment (0)
Litterbugs are a pet peeve of mine. Are people that lazy and disrespectful that they think that it’s acceptable to throw their trash on the ground? Back in April, Matt and I did a Charles River cleanup with WUMB and it was amazing how much litter there was. And of course, all of the hard work that we endured cleaning has been undone already.
But here’s what I’d like to address…it seems that there are two things people throw on the ground and do not consider it to be littering. Cigarette butts and chewed gum. Why do people think that those do not count as litter? For one thing, it’s dangerous to discard a cigarette butt while it’s lit…well, not as dangerous here as it is in California because of the dry grass and brush, but nevertheless, it’s not safe anywhere. And it’s an eyesore. I hate walking around and seeing crushed cigarette butts littered all over the area.
If there’s not a place to put out your ciagrette, like an ashtray or a garbage can…just hang on to it until you find something. The world is not your ashtray, thank you very much.
Okay, and the other disgusting thing that people litter and don’t think it’s really littering: CHEWED GUM! I don’t want to step on some ABC gum…it’s disgusting. Especially when it’s hot, and the chewed gum gets gooey and melty…I accidentally stepped on some chewed gum in Watertown Square the other day, and it was so sticky that it pulled the clog right off my foot when I tried to move.
In the words of Woodsy the Owl, “Give a hoot, don’t pollute!”
Thanks! Now enjoy the chilly, rainy day. I’ve never been so excited about this kind of weather, but I am today! Woohoo!Filed under Greater Boston (General), Organic Living/Environment/ETC, Uncategorized | Comment (1)
I have no interest in science, which is ironic since Matt is a biologist. However, The Museum of Science is pretty cool. I’ve always gotten in for free with the kids I babysit for because they have a family membership…but I think it’s definitely worth checking out, whether you’re into science or not. It’s in a neat location, too…half in Cambridge, half in Boston, which means it’s over the river. Very nice views.
They have some pretty interesting exhibits, and one exhibit they have now is The Butterfly Garden. It costs extra to see it, but it’s pretty cool. You actually get to go in there with the butterflies…they’re really pretty.
The only downer to the museum is that 90% of the employees there are extraordinarily surly. They’re as bad as the staff at Newark Airport or the DMV in Walnut Creek, CA. If you choose to eat the overpriced grub in their cafeteria, do not sit on the right side of the cafeteria, the part with the long tables. A big nasty lady might come out and reprimand you for sitting in an area reserved for school groups.
Looking for another fun thing to do when it’s too hot/too cold/too rainy/otherwise inclement to hang outside? Paint your own pottery at Made By Me in between Porter and Harvard Square on Mass Ave. I’ve painted things there about three times…and I love it. It’s fun and relaxing.
Lastly, if you want some soft serve ice cream (my ice cream post concentrated on hard ice cream), allow me to recommend Celebrity Pizza on 684 Mt. Auburn St. in Watertown. They’ve also got subs, pizza, burgers, etc…but I go there for the soft serve ice cream. It’s inexpensive, too. They’ve got parking, outdoor seating, and they’re right off the 71 bus line.Filed under Greater Boston (General), Greater Boston Restaurants, Things to do in the Boston Area | Comment (0)
I bet some of you have wondered why there is no “A” line on the MBTA green line. Newton Transportion Guide explains it:
When the MTA/MBTA lines were color-coded, the trolley lines using the Tremont Street subway became the “Green Line”. There were 5 branches, labeled A through E from north to south. The Watertown line, which ran from Brighton to Newton Corner (then Nonantum Sq, and the original location of Mt. Ida College and the old Newton Library) from the late 19th century, and to the Watertown Car Yard shortly thereafter, became the “A” line. The Highland Branch became the “D” line.
Fate of the A and E lines: There were soon to be even fewer branches. The MTA had intended to replace all streetcar lines with busses, and ran their fleet of PCC’s into the ground. In 1969, the MBTA (name change: 1964) terminated service on the A line, due to severe car shortage. The unexpected success of the D line also contributed to the car shortage. The tracks and overhead lines* remained until 1998, partially due to the influence of Newton’s Mayor Mann, who wanted to see service restored. This line is now served by the 57 Bus (Kenmore-Watertown Yard via Newton Corner). In December 1985 service on the E Line to Arborway was “temporarily” suspended; the line now terminates at Heath Street and the 39 bus fills the service gap.
Pretty interesting, huh?Filed under Greater Boston (General), MBTA | Comment (1)
About a month ago, I wrote this in my LiveJournal:
While waiting for the bus, this little old Irish woman sat down next to me. She kept talking to me, and she saw me fishing in my purse for change, and she offered me a bunch of coins. “For good luck,” she said, “because you’re a wonderful person.” Cute, huh? She was like a little leprechaun.
Today I saw her at the Park Street station and we both got on the green line. I’m sure she didn’t remember me, or if she did, she didn’t notice me. She was engaged in what appeared to be a pretty heavy conversation with herself. But the leprechaun lady brought me luck a month ago…and I hope today I will have good luck again! Erin go bragh!
I need some luck…because I have some cleaning and much packing to do, but the house is like a sauna.Filed under Greater Boston (General), MBTA | Comment (1)