Archive for September, 2004

i am officially now an old lady

So, does anybody know what time Boston high schools let kids out? Since I’m around during the day now, I keep noticing packs of schoolkids around 1:30-2 p.m., and my old lady voice takes over, and I mutter, “Damn kids, blocking up the crosswalks… shouldn’t they be in school?” I thought maybe Brighton schools let out around that time, but then I was in JP today around 1:30 and some school was clearly ending its day. It just seems so early to me. During high school I had to be at school by 7:40 a.m. and I still didn’t get out until 2:10 p.m., and I’m (fairly) certain that all public schools in Massachusetts need to be in session for a certain number of hours per day, or per week, or something. I don’t remember.
So, either I am an old lady, or those kids are getting to school by 7 a.m.

Boston Music Awards

Here are the winners. It’s a weird mix in my opinion. Aerosmith wins best album? Well, okay. To each their own…

like Taking Candy From A Baby

Former payroll supervisor, Nicole Bartlett, is accused of stealing over $200,000 from Boston’s Children’s Museum and its employees. I’m on the board of a nonprofit that had a similar situation at one time. Most nonprofits don’t have programs or procedures in place to prevent theft and fraud. They are spending what little money they have on their programs.
Worse yet, nonprofits can least sustain this kind of hit. Unlike profit-making enterprises, a single major theft of funds can completely wipe out a charitable organization. They don’t just have less dough to play around with; if the theft becomes public, usually the community doesn’t rally around them. It negatively impacts future fundraising and decreases public goodwill. People think “Hey, I’m not giving them my money only to have some knucklehead walk away with it.”
Stealing from The Children’s Museum is like taking candy from a baby or beating up a homeless person. It’s easy, hard for the victim to prevent, and twice as mean as picking on someone your own size.

Some people *love* the T in Boston
Can’t really say I blame them either :)

Genius Among Us

The 2004 MacArthur “genius” grants were just announced, and three out of 23 are here in Mass. This year’s John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellows include:

Each will receive $500,000 in “no strings attached” support over the next five years.
My wife knows Vamsi (they are the same age in the same field at the same institution). When I told her he’d won a MacArthur she said “the bastard,” and quickly followed it up with “he deserves it.”
Now, if only they gave out Underachiever grants for folks like me….

Boston Celebrity?

I was looking for Boston Coach today and accidently ended up at Boston Cab. Apparently this is a site devoted to Boston Celebrity? I think. It is kind of hard to tell just looking at it for a second. But there is Mark Wahlberg and Ben Affleck, so alrighty then. Anyway. Boston Celebrity…hmm. Who knew?

you have the power

Hey, you there! Are you registered to vote? Did you know the last day to register to be able to vote in the presidential election is Oct. 13, 2004? Are you aware that this date is just over two weeks away?
If your answer to any of these questions is “No,” you should get your fine self over to this page and check out the ways you can register.
And, of course, make sure you actually do vote this coming Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2.
What are you waiting for???

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Deadly Suburbs

Poor Skadz just got out of the city and now Reuters reports the suburbs may be bad for your health.

Living in the suburbs may have once been part of the American dream but it can lead to nightmares such as high blood pressure, arthritis and headaches, researchers reported on Monday.

They didn’t mention ennui or tooth decay, but apparently cities, those densely-populated, concrete accretions of iniquity, are healthier than your average bucolic McMansion-strewn town. Boston was one of the densely-populated cities that were part of the study in October’s issue of Public Health, so we can’t even claim that they must be talking about Atlanta or Miami.

Finneran to resign?

Just heard on WBUR (NPR) that Finneran is probably going to step down as House Speaker sometime today, as he’s accepted a job with The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (article here, from
Finneran has been Romney’s whipping boy ever since Romney got into office, but I don’t feel too bad for Finneran — he’s ruled over the Legislature with an iron fist. As the article says:

Finneran has been on Beacon Hill since 1979. In his eight years as speaker, he has maintained an iron grip on the House, employing his mastery of arcane legislative rules to bolster bills he supports and bury those he opposes. In a largely anonymous body, he is well known from the Cape to the Berkshires.

He’s also under some kind of cloud with regards to possible perjury.
Good riddance, but I don’t know who his successor would be, or if said successor would be any better.

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