Travel Theme: Green

I’ll keep my “green” to the theme of the weekend, since St. Patrick’s Day is kind of a big deal in Boston. I have co-workers who’ve asked for Monday off, because they’ll still be drunk Monday morning. I must be old. Or not Irish enough. Or something. So, in the spirit of green, and the spirit of the holiday, some photos from last year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston’s South End.





If you want to play along, head over to Ailsa’s page, and post your green photos!

A Quick How-To Lesson for Boston Drivers

On a recent afternoon commute, I began mentally writing an instruction booklet for Boston drivers. When I (finally) arrived home, I posted on Facebook that I was writing said imaginary book, and asked for suggestions. I’ll share them with you here, but what I really want to know is: what’s the title of the chapter you’re contributing to this fine piece of literature? Any driving habits in your area that drive you crazy? Odd to think that just a year and a half ago, my biggest driving

These are tractors. They like to pull large equipment behind them and drive really slow on the highway. Usually when I'm in a hurry.

These are tractors. They like to pull large equipment behind them and drive really slow on the highway. Usually when I’m in a hurry.

pet peeve was when I got stuck behind a tractor (that’s an actual farm tractor,

not a tractor-trailer, for the record) and couldn’t pass.

Here’s the post (edited to remove comments that were not chapter titles):

AS: Mentally writing an instruction book for Boston drivers. Working title: “How to merge without bringing two lanes of traffic to a standstill.” Chapter 1: “Get out of the right lane, Moron!”

CW: Chapter 2 “Did you just use your baby and stroller as a battle ram against oncoming traffic?! I’m calling CPS.”

DP: Chapter 3: “That little lever on the left is called the Turn Signal. Use it.”

AS: Chapter 4: “When merging, it’s helpful to leave space between your car and the car in front. Two rows of cars side-by-side in a single lane, or ‘Merge Chicken,’ tends to slow the process.”

CW: Chapter 5: “The Clustah Fack that is a Red Sawks Game”

AS: Chapter 6: “Stop honking at me! I realize the light just turned green, but until the eight cars in front of me move, I’ll be staying right here!”

CW: Chapter 7 – “How to Triangulate Any Location Using Dunkin’ Donuts: A Map of All MA Dunkin’ Donuts Past and Present”

AS: Chapter 8: Lanes. Are an actual Thing, not a bunch of paint someone spilled all over every single road.

This is my car. As you can see, it's huge, so I use it as a weapon against crazy Boston drivers. They do not mess with me.

This is my car. As you can see, it’s huge, so I use it as a weapon against crazy Boston drivers. They do not mess with me.

ML: Chapter 9: You can’t use a blowup doll as your passenger for the carpool lane.

CW: Chapter 9 **Addendum** – There are exceptions made for MA’s more revolting neighbors. If you are caught with a blow up doll in the carpool lane, just tell the officers you are in a “Rhode Island Marriage” and they will charge you with only violating decency and not violating the sanctity of the carpool lane.

AS: Chapter 10: If a vehicle with flashing lights and siren is behind you, pull over and let it pass.

KW: Chapter 11 – If you are going to pull out in front of someone like a bat out of hell, you better keep on driving like a bat out of hell and not slow down once you get in front of them

Lastly, a new book idea!

CW: Public Transit Handbook “Chapter 1 – Your Backpack is Not A Weapon, Poles Should Be Shared So Don’t Lean On Them, and COVER YOUR F*CKING MOUTH WHEN YOU COUGH: Steps On How to Avoid Getting Murdered on the Way to Work.

Could be just me, but I think CW wins the comment section here (no, I am not CW, but I’m flattered you’d think so). What chapters would you add? Any thoughts on topics for the Public Transit Handbook?

Chinese New Year!

The Chinese New Year festivities originally planned for Quincy, Mass., had to be postponed after the storm Nemo dropped more than 30 inches of snow on us all. It was rescheduled for Sunday, so when we got 20 inches of snow on Thursday and Friday, I’m sure the organizers were getting concerned! But, the show went on as planned, and thousands of people packed into North Quincy High School to eat, drink and be merry. Here are a few images from the day.