Saturday, June 27, 2009

Michael Jackson fans on the T

So apart from the tremendous shock of losing music superstar Michael Jackson, we (the populace) now get to endure the public showings of said shock, mourn, sadness, or perhaps pride in the life and creativity of Jacko. Case in point is the focus of this blog post.

Yesterday's commute home was highlighted by a distressed fan, who boarded the Red Line at Downtown Crossing, armed with his MP3 music player LOUDLY playing the Michael Jackson hits. My first thought of course was "is he really going to play that, right next to me?" and then it was "he IS really not going to turn it down" (it was VERY loud).

Then I realized how awesome this guy was, how awesome the scene on the trian turned out to be, and how engaged everyone on the train became, as they struck up conversations with him, traded high-fives as they exited at their stops, etc. He gave one person a music CD of Michael Jackson songs that he had put together himself (makes me wonder how many freebie CDs he had made, but I didn't ask). He took requests, later playing "rock with you" and then "Beat It" by the time I exited myself. I loved the looks on everyone's face as people got on at the next few stops.

Now I just want to see a crowd all wearing Farah Fawcett wigs.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Bunker Hill Day

Happy Bunker Hill Day! As someone lucky enough to have this very specific holiday off from work, I took the time to, yes, sleep late, then go shopping, but then I thought to myself "Why not go to Bunker Hill today...?" So, having my walking shoes on and not a thing else (or money) to do, I hiked over to Charlestown and played tourist. I've admittedly been to the monument before, but this was my 1st time scaling the monument's 294 steps, and then competing with the tourists at the top to get a look out the windows and take my snappy pictures. It was a beautiful day for the effort, great views, plus I went full-force and stopped in on the museum across the street.

Thankfully it was a beautiful and clear day. The views from the top of the monument were fantastic.

Hand rail at the monument's top level.

The National Park Service operates a FREE small museum across the street from the monument. I liked seeing the various drawings submitted during a competition in 1825 when the locals were planning the monument.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Dorchester Day

This is a late blog post. Times have been busy, and I've been admittedly lazy. I've lived in "The Dot" for a year now, and this was my 1st Dorchester Day. My street was closed down for a block party, and a parade passed down Dorchester Ave with everyone and anyone who thinks they should be elected to any office, anywhere. Regardless, please see (and maybe enjoy) the following snappy pics from this year's Dorchester Day parade.

Boston's own Mayor Tommy Menino (running for reelection) and Massachusetts' own Governor Deval Patrick, making the trek from Lower Mills to Columbia.

Carnival in Dorchester

The guys from College Hype (they make the Dot Rat tees)

The Sam Yoon Possee

I thought this woman was fabulous, and she posed for me. She was part of the Mike Flaherty posse.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Pole Dancing

I didn't know I could take pole dancing lessons here in Boston--who knew!? It's obviously a well-established company. Any comments from the locals? I saw their flag on Boylston Street in the Back Bay the other day.