Archive for March, 2005

Bye Bye BK

The near-perfect Theo Epstein has made one notable mistake in his 3 year stay as the Red Sox GM. Today he corrected that mistake by unloading Byung Hyun Kim to the Colorado Rockies. While on paper the deal looks like a cash dump for the Sox, it actually results in more than $300,000 in MLB luxury tax savings.

Epstein has clearly shown he can make the tough calls to help the Sox. Last year’s Nomar deal would have been unthinkable by previous GMs and this move shows that he’s not too shy to admit when he’s wrong.

UpComing(.org) in Boston

Upcoming.org is a new social event calendar, completely driven by its users. You can manage events, share events with friends and family, and syndicate calendars to your own site.

So far it looks like a concert listing site, but I’ve been looking for an alternative to “Evite” for a long time.

Check out the upcoming.org events in Boston.

Happy Easter

Hope everyone is having a Happy Easter. Have you seen the Easter Bunny? Hope you found all the colored eggs!

Please be sure that none of your eggs are colored with trademarked colors!

Gillette dropping $200 Million on Boston Razor Plant

While they are still talking over the takeover by Procter & Gamble, Gillette has promised $200 million for capital improvements to the flagship Boston razor plant over the next three years. Good news for Southie. I’m not sure how many layoffs are predicted, but this is certainly good news in a town where ‘blue collar’ and manufacturing work is getting increasingly hard to find. The general trend in the US to become a ‘services’ or technology oriented economy is a little scary at times. Where’s the pride in Made in the USA? Let alone Made in Massachusetts?

Jimmy Fallon Sucks?

I was checking out Universal Hub while drinking my coffee, when I came across this interesting post.

Seems as if someone has seen Fallon and Barrymore in Fever Pitch and is not too happy about it.

The novel by Nick Hornby is all about soccer (excuse me, football) but somehow the film is about the Boston Red Sox. The person in the aforementioned post is VERY upset about the movie, and is asking people to boycott it. Has this movie made it to the theaters yet? Is anyone going to see it? Will this give a bad rep to Sox fans? Will there ever be (or has there ever been) a movie that paints Boston in a positive light?

How’s that snow?

Looks like I lucked out being in St. Louis. I just checked out the video weather on Boston.com and it looks like Boston’s getting 7 inches of wet, heavy snow. Sorry I can’t help you shovel, Steph! Luckily I’m not here during the Final Four – I’ve heard that hotels are sold out for miles around St. Louis.

People in St. Louis have been very friendly – even after learning I’m from Boston. Lots of questions on how the Red Sox will do this year. Most people think that the Cardinals would have had a better shot against the Yankees – but the momentum that the Sox had from the ALCS was unstoppable. Lots of comments on how expensive Boston is. Many of the people I’ve spoken to have been to Boston or the Cape, and everyone thinks its beautiful, just expensive. Not the worst reputation, I was expecting people to assume that we’re all rude, and poor drivers.

One person did ask me what I thought about Boston Rob from The Amazing Race. Normally, I don’t watch reality TV – because its evil – but I did catch the first episode of the new season while at a hotel in North Carolina. Now, I regret to say, I’m hooked. As for Boston Rob, I think he’s giving Bostonians a bad name, but, after talking to people about him, they think he’s alright. Driven. Wily. Fun. Not the worst reputation. Perhaps I bring a bad perception of Bostonians with me – a perception that is undeserved.

Do you think that Bostonians are poorly represented? Ever have a problem while traveling from someone who thought less of you because of your “Bostonness”?

Princess Ida and the Boston Flickr Group

I was surfing around the Boston and Surrounding Burbs flickr group when I found this post:

The Harvard-Radcliffe Gilbert and Sullivan Players present
Princess Ida

Produced by Jess Bloom ’07, Celia Maccoby ’07, and Margaret Maloney ’06
Directed by Charlie Miller ’08
Music directed by Ben Green ’06

Agassiz Theatre, Radcliffe Yard
April 7-16

Sword fights! Drag! Feminism! Eunuchs! Written at the height of their
careers, Princess Ida may be one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s lesser-known works, but is loved by those familiar with it for its unusually romantic score, striking ballads, and genuine love story that set it apart from the other operettas. When Princess Ida, the leader of a woman’s college, refuses to fulfill her obligation to marry Prince Hilarion, a battle of the sexes ensues. Will a dastardly scheme ruin everything or will love conquer all? Ida’s fate depends on the answer…

Tickets available from the Harvard Box Office in the Holyoke Center in Harvard Square, online at www.fas.harvad.edu/~hbo, or by phone at (617) 496-2222.

Sounds like a fun time. I’d never heard of this show before.

The Boston Flickr group is interesting – there’s even a post which states that The MBTA has banned photography. That’s a crying shame.

43rd best skyline

I was looking through some of the other Metroblogging cities, when I cam across this story in the atlanta metblog.

According to this site Boston is number 43 in the top 100 cities in the world – as graded on our skyline. The formula for grading a city is based on the ‘floor count’ – how many floors there are in a given city (I think).

Personally, I like Boston’s skyline – not too plain, and not too obnoxious.

Fenway Is Here to Stay!

We’re the World Champions, we have the smallest stadium in MLB, and we’re happy about it. Fenway is staying!

I like the Herald’s story – nothing like quotes from Trot Nixon to give that human interest. Trot mentions that Fenway is Boston’s number one tourist attraction – is that true? I would think that Fanuiel Hall would attract more people, and how would you count visitors to the Common?

Fannie Farmer born today

It’s the birthday of Fannie Farmer, born in Boston (1857). She was the headmistress of the Boston Cooking School, when, in 1896, she published the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book, which revolutionized the field of cookbooks by giving standard measurements

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