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Michael Is Hitting the Road May 30, 2006

Posted by Michael in Travel.

Tomorrow afternoon I am leaving town on business until Friday evening.  Saturday morning Mrs. Michael and I are taking off for a week in Boston to visit our son.  My attention to Innocent Bystanders during this period will depend on the availability of time and wireless access.  If you can't reach me and need something fixed on the site, or you suspect your comment got snagged by the spam filter, or whatever, you can try Brewfan at bkepapaATyahooDOTcom.

We're driving to Boston.  That's a pretty long trip by car, but Mrs. Michael found a special today — ten cans of Pringles for $10.  She bought just about every flavor you can get.  We also have several books on CDs to listen to, and a reservation at this really cool B&B in New York where we're going to stop on the way out.  Plus we have a new GPS system to play with, so hopefully this will be our first road trip in 30+ years without a fight about who was responsible for us getting lost.  I think we're all set.

Any Boston residents with suggestions regarding great neighborhood restaurants, bars, clubs or things to do would be very much appreciated.  We're already planning on the standards (Fanueil Hall, Freedom Walk, Museum of Fine Art, etc.). 

Note to Main Page Commenters:  In case you haven't noticed, the Spellcheck button above the Write Post window doesn't work.  It will tell you that there are no errors, but it hasn't really checked anything.  I notified WordPress, and they promptly thanked me for bringing this to their attention and said they would look into it.  Oddly enough, I seem to be the first person to have mentioned this to them, even though the function has not been working for quite some time.


1. BrewFan - May 30, 2006

I will be happy to help. I started a new consulting assignment today and the first few days are particularly hectic so if I don’t get right back to anyone, have a little patience. I’ll try and get stuff done in the evening.

2. harrison - May 30, 2006

Look up Ace while you’re there.
That should scare him.

3. Pupster - May 30, 2006

So, uh Michael… You, uh, need someone to, you know, look after the place…from like, say Thursday to Sunday? Cause, you know, I’m not BUSY or anything, and uh, I’d be happy to, you know, get the mail, water the plants, party like old school on steroids and feed the fish.

Isn’t there some sort of activity in Dublin this weekend? A parade, or craft show?

Anyway, you have my email.

4. Bart - May 30, 2006


Didn’t you tell her about the sale on Lays at Wal*Mart?

5. elzbth - May 30, 2006

How long does it take to drive from Ohio to Boston?

Oh, and have a great time! Aren’t you going to eat at your son’s restaurant?

6. Mrs. Peel - May 30, 2006

Sounds like fun. My parents and I went to Boston for a wedding a few years ago and we had a great time (although it got too cold for us on the last day, making me even more glad I didn’t go to MIT). The Freedom Trail is definitely worth doing. And it goes through part of the Italian side of town*, where there are a couple of excellent little restaurants. I think that was near the Old North Church.

*I find it seriously frickin’ weird that there is an “Italian side” and a “Chinese side” and so forth. I don’t even know what my non-American heritage is, so the idea of segregating oneself based on one’s ethnicity makes no sense to me.

7. daveintexas - May 30, 2006

Mrs. Peel. it is a holdover from immigration policy, late 1800s through the 1940s… most who in-processed through Ellis Island had to have local sponsorship (a relative usually); they tended to settle in neighborhoods close together for support.

Old North Church area of Boston was most definitely Italian-American; more diverse now.

8. geoff - May 30, 2006

making me even more glad I didn’t go to MIT

The weather is nasty, but once you’re in the buildings you never have to go outside. It’s warm and cozy. Students tended to radically underdress since they’d never need winter gear once they got to class. Of course, for those of us living on the other side of the Charles, the weather was a little more intimidating…

9. Michael - May 30, 2006

Isn’t there some sort of activity in Dublin this weekend?

No kidding. I live pretty close to the tournament course, so this week I actually need a special pass issued by the neighborhood association to get past the cops to my house.

10. Michael - May 30, 2006

Aren’t you going to eat at your son’s restaurant?

You bet! We’re staying at the Ritz Carlton where he works. I’m counting on him to get us a free appetizer or something.

11. Muslihoon - May 30, 2006

Look up Ace while you’re there.
That should scare him.

How would one do that? I doubt the phonebook has “Of Spades, Ace” in the phonebook.

Of course, there are people on this board who knew Ace personally.

Is he as entertaining in person?

12. Muslihoon - May 30, 2006

We’re staying at the Ritz Carlton where he works.

It’s stuff like this that makes me want to be a lawyer. I’m already LDS: am I not half in already? (Just kidding.)

13. Michael - May 30, 2006

Musli, I think I just need to find out where the Thai hookers hang out, and then look for a skinny little white guy drinking vodka who knows them all by name.

14. Bart - May 30, 2006

it’s not called the “Eye-talyun side” or the “Chineeze side.”

We call those parts of town Little Italy and Chinatown.
Chinatown just so happens to be the filthiest section of the city.
I don’t know what those people eat, but there dumpsters and back alleys smell like death.

15. steve_in_hb - May 30, 2006

Ace isn’t going to be hanging out with Thai hookers. He tends to like his women on the meatier side, and I’m not making a tranny joke. I’m the one who likes spinners.

16. Mrs. Peel - May 30, 2006

On the topic of pronunciation, one of my textbooks informs me that Southerners liked to drink corn liquor, and then snidely adds, “or corn ‘likker,’ as they called it.” My question: how the hell else do you pronounce “liquor”? “Lih-koooor” is spelled “liqueur,” not “liquor.” Dictionary.com backs me up on this.

Of course, the same textbook also remarks, “Sherman marched south through Georgia to the coast, and then returned.” And that’s all it’s got to say on that subject.

17. Feisty - May 30, 2006

He tends to like his women on the meatier side…

Just cancelled my Bally’s membership. Whew! That was a relief. That workin’ out was starting to get exhausting.

18. blogidaho - May 30, 2006

Mrs. Peel, it’s more of a spellin’ thing.
I usually tell people I was a Lightman in Vegas, shining lights on Nekkid Wimmin.

19. Bart - May 30, 2006

What do you expect from people who who attianed all their knowledge of the old South from the books by William Faulkner?

I’d love to know how the old writers would react to today’s colleges use of their work in the classroom to push the ultra-liberal agenda.

It would be great to hear Melville say, “It was a story about a guy who was obsessed with killing a whale. That’s all.”

Nope. All literature can be boiled down to the same issues — race, gender, and sexuality.

20. Dave in Texas - May 31, 2006

Geezer, in the South, there is a world of difference between the words “naked” and “nekkid”.

“Naked” means you don’t have no clothes on.

“Nekkid” means you don’t have no clothes on and you up to somethin.

21. blogidaho - May 31, 2006

Dave, Good Point.
That would apply to only a few of those wimmen. (showgirls)

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