Monday, May 26, 2008

Eternal q

Why do people insist on crossing railroad tracks when the gates are down?

It seems to happen a lot.

I don't get it.

Memorial Day

Took a long walk today, down to the Square to do some errands, grab some coffee and check out the annual Memorial Day parade.

It's a cool little parade. ALl the regulars were there: Hibernians? Check. Amvets? Check. VFW? Check. WWII POW? Check. Crazy city counselor? (townies know the one I mean.) Check. Bagpipers? Check.

One question: What's the Memorial Day significance of the fat kids on mini motorcycles and itty-bitty cars?

Some photos from Teddy's blog here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Celtics' golden oldie

One of the best things (aside from the obvious) about the Celtics making it back to the eastern championship finals vs. the Pistons is the continual reruns of Robert Parish pile-driving Bill Laimbeer to the floor in 1987.

Not to be a goon, but that truly was a great moment.

Video is embedded here.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Jason's golden thong

In New York this Subway Series weekend, this story was the talk of the town.

The New York Daily News headline: You're wearing WHAT??

Giambi was two for four with a homer Saturday against the Mets so the thong might be at work. But the Yanks lost 7-4.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

No love for Babwa Wawa

If The Wall Street Journal is any indication, Barbara Walter's autobiography (Audition) is not getting the love.

Money quote:

"Ms. Walters has interviewed many frightening individuals (Saddam Hussein, Moammar Gadhafi, Tom Cruise) and every U.S. president from Nixon on. She is an eyewitness to history, but then so was Forrest Gump."

Monday, May 12, 2008

Best Boston view in town

If you want the best view of Boston from around Boston, check out the Tavern at the Quarry Hill Golf Course in Quincy.

There's a patio near the bar so you can stare at the city at sunset. Only negative is the broadcast tower.

The old quarries played a pivotal role in The Departed, but you wouldn't recognize them from this place. A betting person would wager that some of Whitey Bulger's old buddies ended up in those holes.

The developers apparently cut a sweet deal to haul off Big Dig rubble to fill in some of the 26 granite quarries, leaving others intact. Rumor has it not only did they get the actual landfill free, they may have been paid to haul it away. Doubly sweet. The Tavern stands at the lip of one of the pits so you can stare out past that at the skyline.

My buddy spent his child hood sneaking into the old quarries and diving from ungodly heights. He said other kids did the same but didn't survive. His dad, the fire chief, had to fish people out all the time and promised hellfire if his kids were caught up there.

Funny thing, my buddy said, was all the kids he used to see there were sons of firemen and cops. "We all should've known better."

Friday, May 9, 2008

Lead Sox No More

Here's a factoid to raise eyebrows: The Red Sox had 21 straight successful stolen bases going into tonight's game.

21. Bases. Stolen.

In a row.

The phrase "Running Red Sox" no longer drips with sarcasm.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Clemens opts for Giambi defense


Roger Clemens is sorry.

He's not saying for what, exactly. It isn't for sleeping with an underage girl, because he insists he didn't do that. Nor is he sorry for taking steroids or HGH. Because he didn't do that either.

Glad that's settled.

Roger Clemens is indeed sorry.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Can you say demagoguery?

Hillary Clinton and John McCain, with the proposed gas tax respite, have proved beyond any doubt that they will do anything to get elected. No matter how craven.

And Thomas Friedman, despite his really, really bad initial call on Iraq has it right this time .

Here's hoping Obama will resist the huge pressure to cave on this. So far, he's hanging tough.