Archive for December, 2004

Happy 2005

The final hours of 2004 are upon us, and I for one am happy to see it end. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good year all in all, but there’s something about the fresh start that the New Year brings which makes it feel like the possibilities are endless. 2004 was not all bad, I mean the freakin’ Sox won the World Series.

I’ll be playing cards in Southie with friends, and, regretfully, drinking Diet Coke all night as I am the designated driver. Maybe I’ll post some pictures of the festivities.

Here’s a test to see if I get the linking right. It was taken after the big snow storm, in Hyde Park:

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Anyone have resolutions? I’m quitting smoking and I’m going to be writing a lot more. I spend lots of time on Chuck Palahniuk’s fan site – which has essays by Chuck and a number of writer’s forums. The site is down today, as it will be a different environment as of tomorrow.

Happy New Year! Play it safe, and have a ton of fun!

The joys of the holidays…being over.

I got trapped in a wicked snowstorm on the way back from my parents’ house on Long Island. We took 95 instead of cutting through Connecticut, hoping the roads would be better, but, alas, we saw a bunch of cars in fender-benders and two cars that were completely flipped over on their roofs! We wound up staying in some little hotel in Rhode Island and driving back the next morning. Now its just cold as hell, and, being on vacation this week, I have barely left the house since the 26th. Did Santa bring you everything you wanted?

Harvard Square Holiday Crafts Fair

December 16th (that’s today!) – 19th
@ The Unitarian Church, 3 Church Street, Cambridge, MA
Weekdays 11 AM – 7 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 7 PM
Sunday 12 AM – 6 PM

“An exciting mix of artisans from all over New England!”

Here’s what’s weird

Riding the T back from Harvard to Kendall at lunch and between Harvard and Central there is suddenly a video/film strip style ad for Target playing on the tunnel wall. Wha? It was so futuristic for the beat up Red Line and I might have been hallucinating about Target…AGAIN.

Has anyone else seen this there or elsewhere in the city? I didn’t know we were doing this now…

Bye Pedro

The Herald has the scoop on Pedro Martinez. He’s going to New York – the Mets that is. I’m just hoping that Jason Veritek stays – he is the heart and soul of the World Champion Sox.

Gubood bubye Zuboom

This editorial in the Globe alerted me the impending death of WGBH’s Zoom.

“Zoom” will end after its 2005 season.

WGBH officials say they had hoped to keep “Zoom” going. But officials at PBS, the Public Broadcasting Service, want to take the best elements of “Zoom” — its live action, kid-run style, curriculum-based content, and highly interactive website — and put them in a new frame.

First The Electric Company and now Zoom. Big Bird, watch your back.

Lets go Patriots!

Even though the Sox get more attention than the Pats, its nice to know that we are heading to the playoffs, baby!

Its getting cold, now its REALLY the time to enjoy football.

Is it really going to be in the 20s on Wednesday? /shudder

My first day at South Station now that they’ve remodeled the Red Line T entrance. It looks…. fine.

Old Sox Fans Dropping Like Flies?

In his new blog, Loren Coleman takes a fascinating look at new media myth.

….[T]he media are reinforcing a long-held belief among Red Sox fans that people were actually waiting to die, even if there is no statistical truth to that bit of folklore. By noting and unconsciously copycatting each other, in these accounts of the death of especially the very old, that they were Red Sox fans, one does get the feeling the mythical epidemic death predictions were true.

What about all of the folks who briefly thought they’d already died and gone to heaven when the Sox clinched it?

With Every Christmas Card I Write

L.Prang card from 1877This is the first year we’ll be sending a photo card for the holidays. I’ve never liked the postcard-ish ones that you can generate at ofoto and elsewhere. It doesn’t seem like a Christmas card unless you can open it and find a note scribbled in the hand of a friend. So, we are doing photo insert cards. Good ones that don’t cost a mint are not as easy to come by as you might think.

Why am I telling you all of this? Well, in my search for the perfect card, I ran across more Boston history. Did you know that the father of the Christmas card in America was Boston’s Louis Prang? From Greg Livaudais’ swell site:

“It was in 1875 that Louis Prang introduced the first commercial printing of Christmas cards in the United States. As a young man, Prang, a German lithographer, came to New York and migrated to Boston in 1850….He felt that Americans, known for their free spirit and roughness, longed for some sensitivity and beauty in their lives. He sensed a need and would strive to fill it. So he printed highly colored and beautifully designed cards that immediately became popular with Americans.”

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Sue

I just saw on Tapped that 12 former armed forces members filed suit on Monday in the federal court in Boston challenging their dismissal based on sexual orientation.

What is it about Boston that makes it, again and again throughout our history, the crucible for civil liberties and human progress? Is it the free-thinking environment fostered in the universities? Our proximity to Europe? Something in the water? Or is it a lingering reaction to the stain of the witch trials or our Puritan settlers?

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