Archive for March, 2006

The Price of Gas

Gas sure has gone up lately. According to this Boston Globe article, it’s the second biggest jump ever, discounting Katrina. State’s gas prices jump 16 cents in single week – Boston.com

That’s why I drive a fuel efficent Honda Civic :)

Continued Global Unrest is listed as a reason for the increase … oh, that will change soon… I’m sure

Congratulations BU!

bu.gifCongratulations to the Boston University Terriers on their 2-1 overtime win over the Boston College Eagles in the Hockey East Tournament last night. It was a great game to watch live and being about 15 feet away from the winning goal was just incredible. On to the NCAA Tournament!

Boston is shrinking!

As I sit here waiting to go out for St. Pats, I came across this article which talks about Boston’s population dropping….

BostonHerald.com – Business News: Census shows city population dropping

Anyone have any insights into why?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Happy St. Patrick’s Day fomr all of us at boston.metblogs.com. Want to know the real story behind this holiday? The history channel has a good review: The History Channel – The History of St. Patrick’s Day.

The globe has information here on events, the Southie parade route, etc.

What’s everyone doing? I might lay low this year…

Remember, don’t drink and drive!

Slightly Surreal News, Part 394

via the Washington Post

Dave Matthews at Fenway Park

It’s official.

Just got this in the e-mail:

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND CONFIRMS TWO FENWAY PARK SHOWS IN BOSTON!

We are pleased to announce that Dave Matthews Band and special guest Sheryl Crow have been confirmed for two shows at the historic Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday, July 7, 2006 and Saturday, July 8, 2006. Reserved seats are $65.00 each.

It’s OK to have Meet on St. Pats

Bishop OKs meat on St. Patrick’s Day – Boston.com

Yes, friends. Although the Church has … issues (see my post from earlier today), at least they have come to their senses regarding St. Patrick’s Day. It is now OK to have corned beef on Friday. Whew… corned cod didn’t sound that good.

Anyone doing anything fun? Besides the obvious Dropkick Murphy’s gala, anything fantastic going on?

No more Catholic Adoptions

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Well, hallelujah back at ya: the Boston Catholic Archdiocese, seeking to deny gay couples adoption privileges in violation of Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws, decided to get out of the adoption business altogether. They are foregoing their $1 million in state funding for adoption services, and have fired their 15 adoption service workers.

The cause is religious freedom – yes, religious freedom. Because the Vatican in 2003 called gay adoptions “gravely immoral,” Massachusetts’ four Roman Catholic bishops decided on February 28, 2006, to seek regulatory relief from state anti-discrimination laws so that Catholic Charities can begin discriminating against potential gay adoptive parents. Though the agency had successfully placed 13 children with gay couples over the past 20 years with no reported ill effects, Boston Archbishop Sean O’Malley announced that the Archdiocese would insist that Catholic Charities desist in order that the exercise of Church’s religious freedom be preserved.

I don’t know what else to say. Catholic chartities can no longer adopt? Haven’t they been helping out foster children for ages? Why the sudden change? Oh, because you wouldn’t want a gay couple adopting a kid. That makes sense…. to …. wacko people. I don’t have time to adequately comment on this now, running off to work, but man this stuff just pisses me off.

Celtics, the NBA and Adam Morrison

I can’t stand watching basketball; the NBA disgusts me, the Boston Celtics haven’t put a quality product on the floor since the Larry Bird era, and no one really cares. Until there is some serious change in the NBA, I wouldn’t care if the sport just disappeared.

So why am I writing about basketball now? Because, once again, the Celtics are at the bottom of the standings and playing (or not playing I suppose) for the coveted top draft pick spot. Why should you care? Because a lanky kid out of Gonzaga University is projected to be the number one pick in the NBA draft later this year and he could save the NBA single-handed.

Adam Morrison is one of the most exciting college basketball players I have ever seen. He’s drawn me into a sport I can’t stand. A skinny white kid with an awkward mustache and a 70’s porn-star hair-do, Adam doesn’t look like a basketball player. But when he’s on the court you can’t look away. You never know what he’s going to do or where he’s going to score from. If he throws up a shot, it goes in, doesn’t matter where or how many people are covering him, the kid is ice on parkay. Add the fact that he has diabetes and Adam could probably win American Idol without singing a note, because people can relate to his homely, average-Joe persona.

Morrison has been compared to Bird by almost every sports analyst and not just because of his awkwardness or the color of his skin. Bird had an amazing ability to draw a crowd into a game. Adam does the same thing. With the clock winding down, these are the kind of guys you want to have the ball.

I know the odds of the Celtics getting this guy are slim, but the mere prospect of it happening excited me enough to write this. It pains me to say, but Adam Morrison is exciting enough to make me watch basketball regardless of the team he lands on… well maybe.

Thought I’d Mention

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