Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Posted by Jason at 7:48 PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Posted by Jason at 8:06 AM
Monday, January 29, 2007
Posted by Jason at 7:39 AM
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Posted by Jason at 8:17 AM
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
OK, so this photo was obviously not from last night's "snowstorm." It's from the blizzard of January 2005. That's my car. That was my spot for a couple weeks. I parked there with intent, to be at the end of the aisle, preventing a car from parking behind me, and making it easier for me to come and go by avoiding a tight parallel parking job until the city took all the parking spot markings after a few days. Southie becomes lawless after snowstorms, as someone did park behind me (note blue chair) in a spot that would normally have generated a ticket.
If you look closely enough, above the front wheel well, you can see the dent and scratches one of my loving neighbors gave to me after they negotiated the turn poorly, hit me, and did what all city drivers do when they slam into parked cars - continue driving and pretend it never happened. Note to self - never park on the end of a street during a storm again.
After yesterday's dusting, should I see any chairs, garbage cans, children's kitchen play sets, or (my favorite) walkers marking any Southie parking spots this morning, I am going to hurl said items into Dorchester Bay in my show of protesting the Southie mentality of "any amount of accumulated snow" equals "don't touch my parking spot!"
Posted by Jason at 7:19 AM
Friday, January 19, 2007
We had a ground delay on the flight to Orlando on Wednesday. We boarded the plane about 15 minutes after the scheduled departure time, but I figured that was time that could have been made up in the air.
After getting situated on the plane, however, we had another delay - this one over an hour. Seated, at the gate, waiting. Apparently, a woman was not feeling well, and elected to deplane and not take the flight. Unfortunately for us, she elected to check the medication that was so critical to her health rather than, more smartly, carry it onto the plane. Why do people do this? It baffles me. I don't use my inhaler regularly, but when I bring it, I most certainly carry it with me. An asthma attack is much easier to remedy when you don't need to crawl into the cargo hull at 36,000 feet.
Of course, the delay was entirely manageable because I flew jetBlue, and their TV's were on from the moment we sat down. Live TV makes flights pass so quickly. Citizens of Airworld would be much happier and complain less if all airlines had this feature. Continental, my former BFF, would have fewer people complaining about their stuffed-to-the-gills cramped coach cabins if they had Live TV's.
The best part of the entire delay was that it put me in the air during almost the entire Wednesday 8-10pm American Idol episode. I kind of didn't want to deplane at 9:50, because I missed the end!
Posted by Jason at 7:58 AM
Thursday, January 18, 2007
I haven’t taken too many flights since the liquid / gel rules were established….and then made more lenient…so I was a bit confused about what to do with my lip balm. It remained in my jacket pocket, and I wasn’t flagged.
3 lessons learned already, even before my flight:
Lesson 1 - Just because Central Parking at Logan has all of these spiffy new spots….does not mean than on a Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 PM the Central Parking Guardians will permit you to park there if you’re going to be gone “for a few days” as I accurately, yet stupidly, told them. “Overnight” was the secret word that would have allowed me to pass and not receive a pink sheet of paper with directions to Economy parking basically in Revere (a farther distance than I live from Logan).
Lesson 2 – upon being denied from Central Parking – Terminal B Parking could be the solution. It was today. Plenty of spots there, and just about a 10 minute indoor walk to the jetBlue ticket desk!
Lesson 3 – if “you have a flight in 10 minutes” and are so thoughtless that YOUR delinquency caused you to cut right in front of someone who was there on time, AND then forget to remove your laptop from its case when putting your bag through an X-Ray machine, the TSA employees take “extra time” searching your bag, simply out of spite. “Have a flight in 10 minutes is a warning sign for us,” I overheard as I watched the dumbass who cut me await his bag while I purchased and sipped my latte at the Starbucks right after security.
Posted by Jason at 8:40 AM
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Eateries fall into a number of categories - with the scale being "I absolutely love this place, it's one of my favorites" to "Veto List."
Restaurants appear on my Veto List for a number of reasons. Currently, 4 establishments or chains reside on my Veto List.
1. Chili's - Life is too short to have to eat at Chili's. My final Chili's dining disaster was in Harlingen, TX, after which I vowed never to return.
2. Qdoba - I pronounce the Q "hard," though I'm told it's correctly pronounced like a "Cu" as in "cut." Regardless, I always used to go there with high expectations, and leave entirely unsatisfied (unlike McDonald's, for example, where I enter with low expectations, and those low expectations are met). Chipotle and Baja Fresh are similar and both better than Qdoba.
3. Brasserie Jo - We went there in December 2005 after a winter concert at Symphony Hall, and the bartender was a complete and utter prick to us and to others. It could not have been more blatant. If that's his "schtick," that's very sad. Too many good places to eat in Boston. Not to mention a lunch I had there in June 2005 which was far below average. Bad food and pricks behind the bar, no thanks. Veto.
4. Laurel - It's too bad Laurel is on my veto list, but it is. The food isn't too bad. This was my friend's cash-money bring-a-date place, and the bartender knew him here very well. That same bartender - Errol I believe - is proudly Welsh. I am proudly ignorant about Wales. Well, not proudly, but I just am. We had a loud and vocal argument after many cocktails on his watch about the Welsh language (I didn't know they had one) why they had it (apparently you lose your language, you lose your soul, I'm told) and whether or not Wales was a country (I completely insulted him by insisting Wales was not a country, it was part of the UK similar to how Connecticut is part of the USA, and there were no delegates from Wales in the UN). I gave him a good tip and walked out. Forever. Laurel - done, veto.
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Posted by Jason at 7:27 AM
Thursday, January 11, 2007
I sprained my ankle yesterday after completely missing a step on one of our staircases at work.
Our building is a 4-story mansion near Kenmore Square, and after turning the lights off on the top two floors in anticipation of being the last one out for the day, I had to go back upstairs and make a photocopy. In lieu of turning the lights back on, I elected to go the ankle sprain route instead on the descent back to the second floor. I'm all about energy conservation - not just electric, but also my own internal thermal energy. 5:30am gym runs are now on hold.
I'm so lucky that I live my life vertically - four flights up to my desk, one flight up to my condo.
I'm getting two different acronymnal treatment methods. PRINCE from WebMD and RICE from Wikipedia.
NSAIDs or acetaminophen.
I like Prince's music, and Rice is too high-carb for me, so I'll stick with the former.
Between my cold and my ankle, I'm now broken, damaged goods. I am feeling a couple "on the couch" days in my short-term.
Posted by Jason at 6:50 AM
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Posted by Jason at 7:37 AM
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Posted by Jason at 7:10 AM
Sunday, January 07, 2007
I wanted to thank you so much for allowing me to listen in on your chat with a random stranger on the train back from Gillette Stadium. It was enlightening to learn so much about you during the entire ride. Who needs a cat nap anyways?
I had no idea that:
- You work for a private equity firm, but you don't invest in fashion or real estate since those industries are so prone to changes in personal taste. Good thinking!
- You live in Cambridge and love it sooooo much because you can walk to Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and have sooooo many great restaurants nearby.
- You love Germany because it's so fun. I had no idea that you have also been to Amsterdam! That's awesome!
- You went to Suffolk business school, and used to have your own company making jewelry and repurposing clothing, but now you don't have much time for that.
- You were actually working at the game today, schmoozing in a luxury box. That sounds so fun! Too bad none of the people you're friendly with at work were there to join you. I bet you would have liked to have drunk some booze at the game (after all, you did mention that it was an open bar), but you were working, and you never know what you might say to those other financial types with a little sauce in ya.
- You loooooved the food in the luxury box. It sounded so delicious - "stadium food but more upscale" as you put it. Bratwurst, Angus burgers, jalapeno poppers with cream cheese and chives wrapped in bacon - it all sounded so yummy. And that dessert cart that goes to each box? Yum. Way to be in the presence of things so delish.
- You barbecued yesterday because it was 70 degrees here in Boston. AND you wore flip-flops. Way to take advantage of that global warming thing Al Gore mentioned in that movie.
- You don't have a car. How surprising, being that you mentioned that you're originally from New Jersey.
- You have such liberal parents. Wow! They really didn't mind that you smoked pot because they thought it was just like getting drunk? You mentioned that they were fine with it if you remained responsible about it, but still - quite progressive of them!
Chatty girl, I'm not sure if you read this blog, but if you do - again, truly, THANK YOU for letting be a part of your life, albeit a small role in such a grand production. I REALLY didn't want to doze off. My eyes were closed the entire time because it allowed me to focus better on your words.
All the best,
Posted by Jason at 6:48 PM
Friday, January 05, 2007
Posted by Jason at 7:29 AM
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Not only do I love purchasing and browsing for music on itunes, but I still buy CD's the old-fashioned way as well.
There's a bunch of great Christian artists. Some downplay it after they become big (Evanescence, Creed). Others seem to bridge the gap well even after they score crossover hits (Switchfoot, Lifehouse, MercyMe, Jars of Clay, Relient K, dc Talk). Then, there is a third category of Christian artists who don't cross-over, but sound identical to the type of artists who could. Third Day, Audio Adrenaline, and Jeremy Camp fall into this category.
Posted by Jason at 6:58 AM
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Posted by Jason at 7:36 AM
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
Posted by Jason at 7:26 AM