Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Captain Bubbles, the pirate-themed laundromat in Central Square

Not sure what to say besides it's a laundromat in Central Square, pretty nondescript, except it's decorated in a pirate theme. Oh, and there was a Chihuahua taking a break from doing someone's laundry (see the pictures). I have passed this place too many times to count, but today I noticed its door and had to step inside to investigate. The place was vacant, minus the puppy on the counter. I was quite impressed with the pirate theme that was obviously NOT in preparation for Halloween.

Fabulous pirate artwork!

Wash, Dry, and Fold for $1.00 by the puppy

I can only assume the chihuahua was taking a break from doing the laundry.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I [heart] the Housing Bubble

I love the housing bubble. I love thinking back to when I first moved to Boston, and listening to the MANY, the NUMEROUS, and OBNOXIOUS people insisting that the cost of housing in the fabled Massachusetts would never go down, and that I was misinformed, delusional, and rather ignorant to even begin to believe that there could be any possible negative issue arising in the real estate market. I still believe, as I did then, that a property's value is best realized by the rent(s) it will generate. Right now I live in a fabulous $1,200/month 2-bedroom unit 2 blocks from the Savin Hill station, making for a very lovely and easy commute to Cambridge. This means I am paying the equivalent of a $200,000 mortgage at 6% for 30 years. My unit is approximately 1,060 sq. ft, so at that rate it's $189/sq. ft. In my humble, belittled opinion, this is a below market rate per sq. ft. for Dorchester, sadly. Also, this is before the property tax and any maintenance costs associated with this unit. Thankfully I have kick-ass landlords who have owned this property since before the Sweet Jesus turned water into wine, so they're not the nickle and diming type of folk--I get the idea that this building is paid for, not like my last place, good fucking god.

Nevertheless, when I see the unit across the street, and one a few doors down, selling for $300K+, I wonder, "who?" "wtf?" "why?" "do they assume no one has a calculator?" More people should read Robert Shiller, or just go here.

And, if you are curious for some academic facts, check out this quack, who just recently owned up to the fact that despite his fancy status, he really hasn't a fucking clue as to what the market will do.

Friday, September 26, 2008

DNA Lofts and their ugly cabinets

This is my 2nd blog post regarding the now-on-the-market DNA Lofts in Dorchester. Once again, I'm not hating on someone for creating additional housing units in Boston, or for taking what is a very nice masonry building and converting it from its former industrial use to a residential one. I am, however, hating the ugly blue cabinets (see the Redfin listing here). One blog I read mentioned some of the design elements perhaps working in Miami or somewhere else, but not Boston. I think these blue kitchen cabinets should not work anywhere except in a Lego museum employee kitchen, if there is such a place. I like the site, I like the building, but I would prefer the unit delivered vacant and requiring me to install my own cabinets than buying a unit with these--because THEN I have to budget in removal and disposal of all this crap! Oh, Sweet Jesus, be a mirror!

Note to developers: Not everything from Ikea or Ikea-looking is good. It's a store where one gets cheap shit for their home, and we all know that. We've all been there, maybe not to Ikea, but we've had those experiences where we know it's just a cheap thrill and it's over, but paying $377/sq. ft. for it is laughable. If I wanted to live in a insanely weird kitchen I would pitch a tent in a 7-11.

Local Spice Rant: Office Computer System

Sometimes I hate working for a public entity, but most of the times it's fine. So I get that everything I seem to touch is public record, that I'm supposedly developing affordable housing for the public good, etc etc, and that's all fine n' dandy. But why must be have a completely back-ass computer system that filters the most trivial sites as either "game" or "pornography" among other tags. I now can't visit Craigslist.org or a restaurant like Harvest Cambridge. I have also discovered that YouTube is not universally blocked, nor Facebook or MySpace (not that I use those at the moment). All I want to do is look for a used washing machine for sale in the Boston/Cambridge/Brookline area!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

PETA and Breast Milk

An utter bust? PETA wants Ben and Jerry's to substitute cow's milk with human breast milk in their ice cream.

So what would the flavors be, then?

Is that coffee down my pants?

I snapped this pic today while at lunch. I love advertisements and the copy found within them. Oh, and I like Dunkin Donuts, it does the job well enough.

I like the MFA

One aspect to life in Boston I do enjoy is the relatively easy access to the Museum of Fine Arts, among other museums. I took this pic, however poorly, last weekend. I have a membership card and it's truly one of the best buys in this over-priced city. I saw the art nouveau exhibit a few weeks back, and that was alright, and I'm curious to see the new Assyrian art exhibit from the British Museum.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Elvis mural on the People's Republik

The mural on the People's Republik on Mass Ave depicts a man who really looks like Elvis Presley. That's all I'm saying. I'm not hating the bar, it's great, but the mural...

Text "COPLEY" to 46305

Saw this today in Copley Square, not sure if I'm 100% sold on how it looks right in the middle of the place, but it's fun I say. Now I'm on the hunt for more red pin things.

No oxycontin at Walgreens in Central Square

In case anyone may wonder, there isn't any oxycontin or equivalent generic available at the Central Square Walgreens. There is, however, plenty of Listerine to purchase and drink on the street. That said, I love Walgreens, I do.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Chris Martin is an Asian girl who uses Bank of America, not the Coldplay guy

Pulling yet more cash from my dismal bank account this week, I noticed the Bank of America ad next to the ATM. Apart from it's random and vapid attempt to get me to sign on to another credit card, it depicts an Asian lady holding a credit card with the name Chris L. Martin. This made me think twice. Chris Martin is the lead singer of Coldplay. I looked it up, and his middle initial is not "L", but still, it's quite the thing to see from a big ole' fat money-grubbing bank. Sure, the name "Chris" can apply to either a male or female, but it's odd in this sense. Next time I want to see an advertisement with the cardholder's name being Cher or Jay-Z.

This is where I work...

Make no mistake, Massachusetts bureaucrats like their coffee fixin's in a neat and tidy order. Looks like someone has been taking great liberty with the Dunkin' Donuts sugaah.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I found a Popeye's Chicken along the Maine Turnpike

God bless the Maine Turnpike service plaza for featuring a Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits. Despite what I or you may think, I'm a Southern Boy who loves his fried chicken, and coming upon a Popeye's in the lovely Maine of all places was quite the treat. And you know I feasted en route to Bar Harbor on lovely dark meat with mashed potatoes, plus the almighty biscuit.

(sorry I had already taken a bite)

Lobster Ice Cream

This past weekend I took a very brief trip to Mount Desert Island in the very lovely Maine. The hotel was mighty convenient despite it's awkwardly uncomfortable bed and sporadically designed bathroom. Regardless, I do have more to post regarding the very lovely Maine, but for now I want to share my new love of Ben and Bill's Lobster Ice Cream. So, fyi, I am a person who likes to eat lobsters, I do, they're delicious. I found an ice cream store in Bar Harbor that proudly features lobster ice cream. It was basically vanilla ice cream with buttery lobster folded into the mix, and it was good!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Possible names for Sarah Palin's future grandbaby

(Alaskans like Mardi Gras beads, too!)

My dear friend and coworker and I have fashioned a list of possible names of Sarah Palin's future grandchild. We were inspired by the insane names she and her very fine husband have assigned to their own children:

Track -- where one runs around
Bristol -- it's a county, a city...don't name your kids after municipalities!
Willow -- the movie with Little People and Val Kilmer
Piper -- no comment, it's too early in the mornin'
Trig -- high school math, maybe Sarah P. was really good at Trig?

Noting that the father-to-be is a hockey player (yay, Bristol gets to be a hockey mom like her mom), and that the family lives in the lovely state of Alaska, we created this list:

Tallulah Physics
Crimson Durango
Acacia Tarmac
Puckcheck Cheyenne

Let me know what all y'all think...or any other contributions.

One love!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

When the backside of a public sign or light pole won't work...

From my lunchtime stroll in Central Square. Someone found it useful to tape their "for sale" advertisement to the concrete pillar outside my office--because using Craigslist.org is too involved, too bourgeois? I love the composition, however, and the use of contrasting manila folder-color tape--very hipster-esque?