Vulcan’s Peak


November 13, 2006 1:13 am

A few thoughts on life in Boston.

Thumbs up:
WBGH is my local PBS station. I am such a huge nerd, but it really does make me smile.

Drizzly days remind me of London.

Public transportation. I don’t have to pay for gas because the T takes me everywhere I want to go. (We will ignore the fact that of course I pay for my T pass…but since that happens once a month, I can ignore it on the other 29 or 30 days.)

Cambridge is really pretty. I need to take more pictures of some of the pretty buildings around here.

I can walk to a natural foods store that carries things like soy whipped cream. I was sure that such a thing did not exist, until my roommate wandered off to the dairy section and came back with a can. “Will this kill you?” she asked as I read the label. “No,” I said, “but I can’t promise it will taste good.” She and her folks, who were here at the time, later said it was pretty decent.
Dialogue edited for pith (poke, Poke).

Thumbs down:
The pigeons in Boston Common are constantly underfoot. One of these days, I’m just going to kick one. Or I’ll start taking lessons from Tom Lehrer.

Movie theaters are outrageously overpriced — even more so than other places I’ve lived.

Bums. I hate them…and I hate that I hate them. The bleeding heart in me wants to help; the pragmatist knows that my spare change would barely be a finger in the dam. The penny-pincher is pinching pennies, and the cynic wants to hiss, “Get a job!” Especially to the one guy who’s always standing outside CVS and occaisionally calls you “honey.”

9 Responses to “Trivia”

Carmen wrote a comment on November 13, 2006

Every bum I’ve ever given money to has just run to a liquor store as soon as he thought I was far enough away.

I once told a bum who claimed he was starving that I didn’t have any cash, but I’d buy him a pizza with my bank card. He accepted for about the 15 seconds it took him to realize I would be taking valuable time away from his begging for booze money.

Odette wrote a comment on November 13, 2006

Thanks for the support. 🙂

Carmen wrote a comment on November 13, 2006

Sure, honey.

Spare a dime? 😀

Odette wrote a comment on November 13, 2006

Get a job!

Crunch wrote a comment on November 13, 2006

I know how to turn frown 1 and 3 upside down :). All it requires is the purchase of a pellet gun. Whether being used against small, winged parasites, or large, drunken parasites the laughs never end with a pellet gun.

Pug wrote a comment on November 14, 2006

So, honey, does WBGH remind you of WBGI?

Odette wrote a comment on November 14, 2006

Well, that’s cool too, but originally it’s me being a PBS nerd. 🙂 WBGH produces nearly a third of PBS’s prime time material (according to wikipedia as linked). Perhaps you’ve heard of Nova, Frontline, Mystery, Materpiece Theater, or Where in the World is Carmen Sandiago? And all this awesomeness is right here!

Pug wrote a comment on November 14, 2006

Wow, that’s even more nerdy than I expected! I rarely think about particular stations producing shows – partly, of course, because of my unfamiliarity with the medium of unidirectional communication that is television.

So… nifty!

Odette wrote a comment on November 15, 2006

Thanks! Chalk it up to enough years of “This program is produced by WBGH Boston…” Right up there with “This program is supported by viewers like you. Thank you.” It’s osmosis.

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