Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Posted by Jason at 5:37 PM
Monday, December 25, 2006
....when you wear your fat jeans, leave them unbuttoned but zipped, and switch to the looser belt hole BEFORE you even leave the house to go to Christmas dinner....
....and then switch to stretchy-waist shorts IMMEDIATELY upon returning home.
Posted by Jason at 7:52 PM
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Usually the holidays are pretty busy with parties, friends, nights out, family events, and miscellaneous end-of-the-year work projects. It typically begins with my birthday in mid-November, so I get a week's jump on the festivities from Thanksgiving day.
This year has been no exception. It's a nice problem to have, actually! I am fortunate to have such an excellent crew of friends and family, a great place to live, a sound mind and a (too) full belly. I am appreciative of my new job and everyone at work, and am fortunate that I have been given (and taken) plenty of opportunities throughout my career.
I must now resume the creation process of the gifts for my parents. That's my project today. This year, I'm appealing to sentiments rather than buying much "off the rack." Usually, these types of gifts are winners.
Lots of travel will resume in in Jan 07. I'm sure the stories of my friends in Airworld will abound. Until then, I can cheerfully enjoy the remainder of 2006 without my fellow citizens, and prepare for my time in 2007 as merely a (gasp) Silver Elite. There goes my scarlet P.
Usually a few interesting or offbeat stories occur during the week between Christmas and New Years. If so, I'll be sure to post.
Posted by Jason at 8:38 AM
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Last night was game night. We decided to play Balderdash, a game I had never played before but thought was right up my alley. The premise is pretty much to lie, attempt to get others to believe your lie, and at the same time attempt to learn the truth through others' lies.
I think I'm pretty solid at knowing when others are fabricating things. I'm also known for convincingly spinning a tall tale at times, all in good fun.
Complete with my toolbox, needless to say, last night I got smoked.
Posted by Jason at 7:31 AM
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
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Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Posted by Jason at 6:56 AM
Monday, December 18, 2006
My moments of clarity seem to occur in the shower and at the gym. I could shower longer, but that would be wasteful. I could go to the gym longer or more often...but, well, y'know...
I was just thinking this morning (at the gym) how I haven't been to LA in 5 or 6 months - probably the longest amount of time in years. My trips there were never by choice or for fun...always work. I'm a fan of components of the LA metro area, just not the entire thing (it would be unfair of me to bash the entire city since this blog seems to get hits from LA). Any city with such an overabundance of In-N-Out burgers gets bonus points.
I know that my business travel in 07 will take me back to LA at some point. It will also take me to places I'm now fine with (Austin for example), and others I'd prefer just to use for flight conenctions (Houston comes to mind).
Where it won't take me are places like Burlington, VT - which is such a cool and charming city all by its lonesome way up I-89, removed from the rest of New England in a world unto itself. It reminds me so much of Boulder, CO, another place I probably won't see again any time soon.
It also won't take me to McAllen, TX. Thank God. 5 trips there in recent years. No photos. No need.
Posted by Jason at 7:34 AM
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Next stop was John Harvard's Brew Pub for some necessary lubrication before doing battle with the parkers at Shopper's World in Framingham.
The parking lot at Shopper's World was surprisingly tame, and plenty of spots existed throughout. Stop 1 there was Babies R Us, a store I hadn't ever stepped foot into. We bought some pajamas with feetsies and some infant flash cards (a la The Royal Tenenbaums) for an undoubtedly gifted 6 month old. When my friend checked out, I realized that he hadn't asked for gift boxes, so I asked for him, only to hear from the cashier that they had none. Me, in my impatient irritated tone, asked, "ran out or never had any." They never had any. That tells me that some geniuses at Babies R Us corporate decided that gift boxes were unnecessary for their retail outlets through the holiday season. What morons.
Posted by Jason at 6:47 PM
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
But can consumers betray companies? Is that a true definition of betrayal, or just an expression of choice.
I chose to fly more Delta and JetBlue (who are now flying nonstop BOS to San Juan, PR) because their extensive nonstop direct options from Boston match my new job's travel needs quite well.
Continental from Boston, besides some odd turboprop routes to places like Rutland, VT and Islip, NY, is a journey of flying through their hubs.
Though their ship isn't sinking, I'm glad to be one of the rats who already jumped off that boat. Their proposed merger with United stinks of the fatcat investors getting fatter, and the consumers losing out. When airlines #2 and #5 merge - that can't be good for competiton.
And in a separate but related story, there is a proposed AirTran / Midwest hostile takeover on the table.
Posted by Jason at 7:07 AM
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
It's always an added plus when I happen to drop in on meatloaf night.
Posted by Jason at 7:42 PM
Monday, December 11, 2006
Posted by Jason at 7:12 AM
Friday, December 08, 2006
I myself have stolen six rides in the past week.
I bought a $10 Charlie card at the Andrew Red Line station, in anticipation of a few after-work T rides and such.
Last week, I found myself with 4 others, 3 from out of town, as we shifted from our office in Kenmore to dinner at Bouchée Brasserie on Newbury St. (aside - this restaurant is very good, but I have seen some odd "just ok" reviews online, I would imagine because of price. The food, service, and atmosphere are all really terrific).
I asked if I can get tokens off the card (of course I can't dummy...how can he determine the value? Wouldn't a card reader in token booths have been a wise investment for people in my situation?). He said the reader on the turnstile would read my card (well, no it won't...this isn't a monthly pass).
Finally after a few moments of confusion and planning, I made an executive decision and told everyone to simply walk through the iron gate THAT WAS ALREADY OPEN FOR MANY OTHERS TO ALSO WALK THROUGH, WHICH MANY WERE DOING.
How many $1.25 fares is the MBTA losing because of this guy, this gate, and the station? My lord let's enforce some of the rules here. I'm more than happy to pay my way because the MBTA doesn't run for free.
Posted by Jason at 8:29 AM
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Matt was not playing in Boston on this leg of his tour, and I missed him last time he was in the area. Luckily, I was in town to catch him this time. The crowd wasn't huge - maybe 450 people of so. But they were into him. Sing alongs to most of his music.
The evening was entirely nostalgic, given my history in Providence and the multitude of shows I have seen at the venue. I forget the specifics of how Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel now operates where The Strand used to, but that's the deal these days. The venue is currently such a letdown. I hadn't stepped foot in that building in over 11 years, and the interior looks like the owners haven't spent a dime on improvements since.
I remember seeing Tori Amos, Tool, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Oingo Boingo, Joan Jett, Sheryl Crow, Belly, and countless others at the old Strand, not to mention the WBRU Sat night alternative dance nights we used to sponsor (our nights were so popular, we used to sell the place out - over 2000 people - every Saturday. Around that time was the very start of moshing, and it got so out of hand there at times, they installed a "no moshing" policy that still stands today. I still have an old Strand T-Shirt with the anti-moshing policy on the back).
I have a photo I took from the stage right before introducing Sheryl Crow. I still think that was the biggest crowd I have been in front with a microphone.
The old Lupo's had a ton more character, but its layout caused for many sight-line blockages, depending on where you found a spot to stand. I still regret spowing up late for a Juliana Hatfield show where I caught just the final song of her opening act, Jeff Buckley (Grace is one of my favorite CD's from the 90's).
'BRU let me down as well - it was a "Cheap Date" show they were promoting with $12 tickets, but there wasn't a single mention of WBRU, no banners, no band into, no van - nothing. Why bother getting a co-promote if you're not going to show up?
Posted by Jason at 12:38 AM
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Unfortunately, while this is true because Jamen is a good guy and finally accepted me as a MySpace friend, this posting is not about that.
I signed my name 300 times today. Though I wish it was for adoring fans, I had to sign 300 recruiting letters to prospective candidates for our programs.
It's amazing how different my signature was on each letter. I figured my signature was my signature, but it tends to degenerate into an amporphous cursive mess after the 237th autograph.
Posted by Jason at 10:09 PM
Monday, December 04, 2006
In anticipation of my forthcoming trips to Austin (currently unscheduled...but looming), here is a photo of a wild creature I captured in its natural habitat - atop a bed at the Courtyard Marriott Arboretum.
The towel bunny (terriclothigus bugsii), spotted in warm-climate economy-lodging properties, is a rare creature known for its edible hard-candy eyes and absorbant fur coat. When the towel bunny senses a sudden change from darkness to light, it usually assumes an attack position (note vertical ears for acute sensing of business travelers).
Posted by Jason at 7:38 AM
Saturday, December 02, 2006
- My friend Brian purchasing an entire box of limes for $2, and bringing it to Hennessey's on a rainy afternoon for an alcoholic warmup. We sat there, along with 4 other friends, surrounding a soggy carton containing many limes.
- Spending $20 for an insanely huge amount of crudite vegetables for our First Fall Fiesta in Sept '01. We never had a Second Fall Fiesta for some reason.
Posted by Jason at 1:11 PM