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Boston 2013 and a Complete Lack of an Interesting Title

I’ve been writing these blogs mostly because I like to write and since I always keep too much on sowaplate (and on Greg’s too for that matter), I’ll never get around to writing a novel or something… and because someday we might want to look back at the adventures we’ve had over the years… what’s been completely surprising to me is how much people seem to get a kick out of them… and I dig it! So here’s this year’s Boston adventure…

Because being a farmers market vendor can sometimes impair one’s brain (giving up all Friday nights of life, getting up early, all the lugging… you know), we felt it was a good idea to drive to Boston directly following market on Saturday… so having been up since 4am for market, around 2pm after we had unloaded like whirlwinds at the house, we hopped in the car and headed south… Long weekend equaled the longest line we’ve ever seen at the border… we waited about an hour (yes, yes, those who live in big cities, this is likely no wait at all… but there’s normally no more than a couple of cars for us… we are crossing into Maine afterall… there was even three lines open, and that’s unheard of… )… Continue reading

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Rock, rain, beer, and baseball in New England

1This isn’t really an uncommon trip for us, since we tend to make a trip down to Fenway at least once a year… we left in the wee hours of Friday morning… breakfast at a truck stop in Houlton after an uneventful border crossing, a stop for coffee at the start of the I-295, overpriced seafood lunch in Kittery (and a chocolate stop 🙂 … and on to spend a couple of days visiting the in-laws in NH. Weekend was uneventful… spent most of the time amusing two toddlers… we went to some uninteresting farm thing that doubles as a state park…though the trails up and around it might have been interesting, we didn’t see much of them… and to some indoor play place/science center because it was raining… (great idea if you are a kid, less interesting when you are an adult without kids and starving… but the kids loved it, and that’s all that matters really)… Sat night we headed to Mansfield MA to catch Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (my favourite!!) at the Comcast Center. I love that venue for a concert (well, I don’t love the hour it takes to get a car out of there afterwards, but otherwise I love it). I also find it amusing that Americans tailgate at concerts…and that we don’t really… and I’m not sure why… I blame the gov’t. Went to a place called Five Guys for burgers one afternoon… really great, with ingredients sourced local and stuff… Continue reading

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Weekend Roadtrip to Boston

17:30 am on Friday… off we head to Boston. No issues crossing the border, quick stop in Houlton for crappy Tim Hortons (pass) and away we go… stop again in Portland for lunch… we were going to go to Ginger Pad in the Maine Mall, but it’s closed now apparently… hit the Lindt store (mmmm spicy chocolate bars, conveniently all 50% off that day) and Bath and Body Works.. lunch at Macaroni Grill… starting to hate chain restaurants, but that one is fine (though the food is saltier than we would eat in real life for sure)… a quick stop an Hannafords for some fruit (though I also came out with 3 bags of organic coffee 🙂 … a wrong turn in Portland combined with construction delays us for a bit, but we’re off again… we finally hit our hotel in Boston (Holiday Inn Somerville – a few mins walk from the T orange line, FREE PARKING, reasonably nice, free shuttle to close attractions)… Continue reading