Tuesday, June 5, 2018

No,I'm not dead.

No I am not dead. There have other things preoccupying my time. I am not saying there were any dramatic changes to my life but I've been blogging for quite a while now, and I can't just write about getting up and going grocery shopping because I've already written of such drudgeries in the past. Also,believe it or not,there are still things going on that don't involve a computer screen much less a phone.

Before I go on with this stream of consciousness blog entry, I want to personally thank Nookworm and Suzie for always coming here and seeing what I'm going on about. I've been blogging for about 11 years  and I can always count on you two ladies for an intelligent comment. I don't mean to slight anybody else who may stop by here from time to time. I just want to say that I appreciate you ladies and your efforts! Thank you so much!

Boy do I have a lot of pictures and I still like to take pictures but Arlene and I don't take our little day trips like we 10-15 years ago. I suppose the trips to Martha's Vineyard took the place of trips to New Hampshire, Maine and the rest of New England except Connecticut. Nothing against Connecticut but that's the way things worked out.

I remember the time, 10 years ago, we took a ride to the western part of Massachusetts. I think we were headed to Mt. Greylock, the highest point in the state. We went out to the western part of the state a couple of times. The western part of the state is quite rural save for a few cities with 20 to 100,000 people. Anyway it was the fall in western Massachusetts on and or near Mt. Greylock.

It's a whole different world from where I live. I know I've posted these next pictures before but I am about to delete them from my computer. 

Ok It's been about two weeks since I wrote the above I have started two other blogs before I finally came back to this one. I guess I'll just finish it. Arlene and I will be going back to Martha's Vineyard for a few days in a few weeks. We really are looking forward to it. Arlene is feeling much better. It's been about 10 months since her surgery and she has had her good days and her bad days but her good days have been more frequent in the last few months. The reservation are made. Even though there are many seafood restaurants in the area I still can't wait to have the sea scallop dish I had at a particular restaurant a couple of years ago. I have not forgotten that evening. We ate outdoors on a balcony overlooking the harbor facing west as the sun set. It was magical.

I'm going to wrap this baby up. I have missed blogging but I seemed to get stuck in neutral. I'm gonna try to jam it back in gear.
I'm outta here.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

I was bored

Yup I was bored. I looked at my Chinatown pictures and for the most part I was pleased with them. One thing that I noticed was how clean the sidewalks were. At least when compared to how I remember the sidewalks were when I was a kid. Now by clean I mean no litter on the sidewalks or in the gutters, not clean like you could lick it with your tongue. When I was young Boston looked old and rundown. There was a litter problem. Beginning in the 1960's the city began a rebirth that continues to this very day. I don't know how or where they find the space to put another high-rise up. There are more or less twelve projects going on at the moment. Most have  buildings with office space, retail outlets, apartments and condos are 500 to 700 feet tall. Who's going to live here? What would it cost to live in a 500 foot tower? 

Still I suppose all of this development is a good sign. It's a busy place. You've got these tall modern glass towers next to a building that could have been built in the 18th century.   
 Here are two pictures I didn't post before. Why? I don't know.

As I said I was bored so I made a slideshow with the pictures. Now apart from that all I have to report was some nasty weather after a beautiful start to the day on Tuesday. By four in the afternoon there was thunder and lightning, wind and hailstones in some places. It was over by nine o'clock.

Here's the slideshow.   

I'm outta here.

Friday, May 11, 2018


The first thing I noticed about Chinatown is that it looked pretty much like the North End, the Italian part of Boston. Chinatown was the location of the Boston garment district. It existed from the late 19th century until about 1990. Much of the area was landfill of former tidal flats. Many of the buildings are former factories, apartments and various businesses. Now they are all pretty much apartments, hotels, new apartment and office buildings. A mish mash of old and new.

The streets are small and windy. There are alleys and a lot of people. It's very densely populated with 28,000 people per square mile.

I wouldn't call it picturesque but like the North End, there are plenty of restaurants, Chinese, Vietnamese and so on.

Below is a picture of where we had lunch. I imagine that most of these restaurants were much more authentic in their offerings on the menu than you would find in the Americanized Chinese restaurants, but then again what do I know? I like chicken drummers and spare ribs.
My friend got a sandwich/rollup deal with pork, veggies, some kind of sauce, wrapped in a pancake. I imagine it was different than what I first thought of when I read "pancake".
I on the other hand was not very hungry. I was not going to order something that I couldn't finish. Instead I went with what you would call, a  safe bet. A breakfast sandwich which essentially was a fried egg, ham, some kind of cheese and sauce on what appeared to be toasted American bread. I know, what a weeny choice. They even cut the alleged "crust" off the bread. On the other hand it tasted fine, wasn't very big and it only cost $4.00. 

Another thing I found unusual was the plastering of the menu's everywhere. Even in the restrooms. While you were "resting" you could check out all the restaurant had to offer. That was a first for me.    

It wasn't easy to take pictures because there were so many people. There were always people coming up behind you and the sidewalks were not wide. It wasn't easy to frame the shot. There were also many little gift shops. One we went into was down a small set of stairs that led to this subterranean bauble shop. There's apparently enough customer traffic with locals and tourist's to keep these tiny stores in business. 

There were things I didn't expect to see.

"Aww Ma! Not deer penis soup again!"

We left here at 10am and were parked at the train station in about 15 minutes. We didn't have to wait long for the train. It was an overcast, foggy morning but the trip in was uneventful and pretty quick. 

I played with some of the pictures. The buildings in the background are dim in the fog I tried to add a bit of contrast and darken the area a bit.



Oh no they're everywhere! Dunkin' Donuts in Chinese!
Below is an archway given to the City of Boston from the Chinese city of Taipei (sister cities).




 A brief video
So that was May 10, 2018. Boston is a collections of windy, small streets. As the legend goes the streets were originally cow paths. I guess that's what happens when you let cattle design your city streets. There's much construction going on. It has changed so much since the 1950's-60's. And this continues to this very day. Every tall, modern looking building was not there when I was a kid.  Still it is a wonderful, compact city chock full of so much. I don't know if I could live downtown but I sure like having it a stones throw away.
I'm outta here.