Thursday, May 26, 2005

Jeekers Creepers

I just got back from Starbucks, where I received and unexpected glance from everybody near me when I ordered an iced coffee. Normally ordering such an icy beverage on May 26th wouldn't elicit much of a reaction, but given the current cold weather snap, that has been May in Boston, people shook their heads in confusion. Luckily I was quick on my feet and joked that it is only a few more weeks until spring starts, oops I mean summer. Phew I made it out of that one unscathed.

Well the 2004-2005 television season officially ended last night with Vaughn telling Sydney he was not really Vaughn, just before they were sideswiped. ABC did a good job this year of keeping lots of things up in the air, Lost was out of control, we basically learned nothing and were only more confused at the conclusion of its finale. Now I just have to wait four months to be teased a little bit more. I am looking forward to having my mornings and nights free and I am sure my VCR is looking forward to some much needed rest.

On Tuesday night Andy, Mark and I went to see Star Wars at Loews Boston Common. We showed up a half hour before the show and weren't able to find any seats together or apart for that matter and were forced to sit in the second row. Needless to say it was an interesting, neck bending experience. We sat through around 12 previews which took about 25 minutes before the movie started. As the words scrolled up the screen in typical Star Wars fashion we were so close we had to turn our heads back and forth, as if we were watching a tennis match. I did enjoy the movie and look forward to seeing it again with my neck in line with my torso and not tilted at a 60% angle from vertical.

Sitting in the second row made me think how seating is one of those situations where the definition of good is relative to the event or object. At a concert second row is fantastic, same with a sporting event, but not when it comes to the movies. Another one that goes either way is riding on a bus, apparently in the time of segregation the back was a bad place to be, but ask any kid on a school bus and he will tell you that is where all of the cool kids sit. Its similar to beverages, you want a coffee to be hot unless its iced coffee in which case you want it to be really cold. Milk needs to be cold, soda cold, tea hot, soup hot. It is amazing how much preference can be so different among such similar types of situations. Just a thought!!

Monday, May 23, 2005

Chocolate Lucky Charms

I just finished a bowl of Chocolate Lucky Charms and I am not impressed. They were just missing a real chocolate taste and ended up tasting a lot like regular Lucky Charms. Lately I haven't been eating "junk" cereal, but they were on sale at 66% off and I had never tried them before.

So I just had another weekend away from Somerville this time we spent the weekend at the Riebe's cabin in Vermont. I hopped on the train Friday afternoon and Jennifer picked me up at the Lawrence train station. A brief stop at McDonald's, a few hours of driving and we were at the cabin. It wasn't long before it was time to go to sleep. The next morning we woke up bright and early and had breakfast at around 6 AM. It was clearing in the morning and we just hung around doing not much of anything. Later in the day we actually did some work and lopped the trail all the way down to the stream.

We left for Somerville yesterday morning and drove back. The weather was crazy, it would rain like crazy for a few minutes and then it was sunny. I am really sick and tired of this rain, I can't believe it has rained the last three weekends in a row and doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon. Could we please have spring?

Vermont Pictures

Friday, May 20, 2005

The Best CD Ever (except for your choices)

Hi everybody,

It is finally time to make the CD we have always talked about at BoCaNO. For those of you not familiar with the CD I am speaking of here is a little background...

One night many years ago there was a discussion about songs that remind people of a bad time, person, situation or moment in your past. Now those songs could be songs that remind you of a past relationship, or that remind you of a shitty time in your life, or even songs that you used to love, but can't stand now. The theory is that most likely since you did like those songs at one time they are pretty good songs, but eventually you soured of them. Now if you took one or two of these songs from each person and put them on to a CD it would turn out to be a really good disc with the exception of the songs you contributed. We have talked about this CD in BoCaNO for years and I think it is time to actually make this dream a reality.

So think of one or two songs you used to throw down the windows and crank up the volume for, but now would rather just roll down the windows and throw out the radio.

Post a comment below for your choices.


Click for organized list.

Happy Birthday Amy

Last night to celebrate Amy's 30th birthday ten of us went on a Horizon's Edge Casino cruise out of Lynn. It was a great time. I did a little gambling, okay I basically spent four dollars on the slot machines and ended up with six dollars. The buffet was fantastic and I think everybody had a good time. Hope you enjoy the photos.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Photos from the annual canoe trip down the Agawam

Mark, Kate, Andy, Jennifer and I battled the thick under brush with canoes in tow yesterday. It was a great time as always although there was one spot where the trees had all toppled over blocking our way. We made it through and finally had clear sailing from there on out.

More details to follow.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Tuesday, May 10, 2005


The latest album by Dave Matthews Band has now been officially released. Pick it up at your nearest record store or at the iTunes music store. I have had a copy for a week or so and it might be the best album so far for the band, they definitely take it in a new direction.


Monday, May 9, 2005

Boy Am I Tired

Here I sit back in Somerville on a cold and dreary night, wishing I was sitting out on the porch at my grandmothers in Florida. The only bright spot about being back here is that I am listening to a live Dave Matthews Band webcast from the Roseland Ballroom in NYC. So far they haven't played any new songs, but I think one will be coming up very shortly.

You probably want to know how the trip to Florida went, so I guess I should tell you it went very well. The flight down was fine and when we got there it was a bit humid, we remedied the situation by swimming in the pool that afternoon. On Saturday we drove down to the beach in the morning, but forgot towels and couldn't enjoy the beach to its fullest potential. Despite the lack of a towel I still went swimming in the eighty degree water and it felt fabulous. We drove around a bit before closing out the morning by the pool. In the early afternoon we drove up to our hotel in Vero Beach and checked in. After showering and ironing we were ready for the wedding which was scheduled to start at 5:30. We got the beach club a little after five and had the car valet parked. Once there we found the rest of the crew and took some pictures before finding our seats. It was amazing, the weather was perfect, the waves were crashing behind the altar and the brass band was perfectly in tune. One by one the wedding party walked down the aisle and finally Jennie appeared and looked fantastic. The ceremony was relatively short which I really appreciated especially since I was baking in my suit out in the sun.
After the rings were exchanged and "I do's" were said we enjoyed cocktails and hors'd'ouevres next to the pool. We stood in a circle, chatted and kept an eye open for the trays of food. My personal favorite was the cheesy poofs which tasted a lot like fried Cheez-Its.

Once the cocktail hour was over we started across the street to the golf club. On the way I noticed Ryan Hogan from Amesbury High and chatted with him for about fifteen minutes. Its very strange running in to somebody from good old AHS especially in Florida of all places. Once at the golf club we found our table and it was conveniently located right next to the band and the dance floor.

As soon as the band started playing their first song there were people out on the floor dancing. I found to be somewhat refreshing since at the last few weddings I went to it took about half of the reception for people to warm up. Of course being so close to the dance floor made it hard for Jennifer and I to just sit there so we were out there dancing 80% of the night. I have to admit we did get a little bit crazy out there dancing. At times it felt like we were in our own little world. We were really cutting up a rug and were getting comments from people constantly about our dancing. It was great and since Jennifer and I just love the attention it only encouraged us to dance more. Needless to say we had a great time dancing and met some really nice people. I can't forget to mention the food, I had an amazing piece of beef that just melted in my mouth. The cake was also yummy, we were confused because it wasn't the actual cake Brett and Jennie cut since it stayed whole even after we had finished our cake. By eleven I was a sweaty mess in my suit and the reception ended with all of the guests tossing rose petals on the happy couple.

We went back to the hotel and passed right out. The next morning we packed up the room and headed back to the beach club for brunch. Once again the food did not dissapoint. I loaded up on pastries and had some fresh squeezed orange juice. We all hung out in the sun for a couple hours and then we jumped back in the car and headed south towards West Palm Beach.

We spent the afternoon lounging by the pool and then came back and had a dinner of pork chops and meatloaf. It was the biggest meal I had eaten in quite a while and could barely finish the amazing chocolate cake we had for dessert. It was great staying with Meme and I was really glad she got to meet Jennifer. It was great to hear so many stories about her, she has certainly had a ton of crazy experiences. It was also nice to see David and Sally since I hadn't seen them in so long. They were also kind enough to help in our West Palm Beach orientation and transportation to the airport.

Overall the weekend was very relaxing and a lot of fun. I was able to do so many different things in such a short amount of time. We also found time to just chill and enjoy being in 80 degree weather for a change. Florida isn't my favorite state ever, but it was a pretty good place to go last weekend.

Hopefully I will have pictures up soon. Stay tuned.

Friday, May 6, 2005

Florida Bound

I just wanted to check in before we left for Florida. Jennifer and I are flying out of Logan this morning at 9 AM for sunny West Palm Beach. It is currently 70 degrees there and the forecasted high is 84. We are going down and staying with Meme tonight and then driving to Vero Beach tomorrow evening for Jennie's wedding. It looks to be an interesting weekend all around.

Have a good one,

Monday, May 2, 2005

New Womens Vibrating Razor

Jennifer and I were in Brooks Pharmacy the other day and came across the new Venus Vibrance razor for women. I think Gillette maybe trying to expand into a different line of business. Okay now stop and think for a few seconds about what I am getting at. I can't imagine the designers didn't immediately think of the dual usage their razor might have. Okay I am late for work but wanted to share this observation.

Venus Vibrance

Here's the official press release from Gillette on the Venus Vibrance
Venus Vibrance is the world's most technologically advanced women's razor. Utilizing the advanced technology that Gillette pioneered with the introduction of the M3Power men's razor at retail in May 2004, Venus Vibrance delivers gentle pulses to the shaving cartridge to provide the closest, smoothest Venus shave ever.

Venus Vibrance also features Gillette's proprietary Comfort-Coated blades, which provide the closest shave for women. In addition, new Moisture Glide� strips provide a gentle and smooth shave.

Venus Vibrance will be available in North America early next spring in food, drug, convenience and mass merchandise stores. The shaving system, which includes the refillable razor, one cartridge, storage compact and an AAA Duracell battery, will retail for approximately $9.99 - $11.99. A package of four refill cartridges will retail for approximately $9.99 - $11.99.