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Granary Burying Ground: Back in colonial days people really knew how to die!


Last week my in-laws came up to visit the grandkids (and Wendy and me, too). One of the places we visited was the Granary Burying Ground.

Now, I don’t mean to brag, but I know burying grounds.  My dad’s a preacher and when you grow up living near churches you grow up living near burying grounds.  In fact, we even used a fancy, specialized word for them (“cemetery”) because “burying ground” just sounds primitive.  I used to take my dog, Sandy, for walks through the cemetery behind one of my dad’s churches, but then somebody called my dad to complain that walking dogs in graveyards was disrespectful and that ended that.  Continue reading Granary Burying Ground: Back in colonial days people really knew how to die!


Cool stats about public transit use in American cities

Apparently, Boston ranks 3rd (behind New York and Washington) among American cities with the smallest percentage of people commuting to work by car – and a particularly large proportion of people who walk.  Much more info and brightly colored graphs after the link.

Three cheers for biking, walking, and transiting!

http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/10/us-cities-where-fewest-commuters-get-work-car/7390/

The primary difference between a New England bluegrass band and a Southern bluegrass band…

I’d like to enlighten you about the primary difference between a New England bluegrass band and a Tennessee bluegrass band.  I first realized the need for this post when we went to Canobie Lake Park for Screamfest last weekend.  In addition to screaming, Screamfest involved a bluegrass band.  Thanks, Deliverance, for painting rollicking good music as the stuff of horror.  (Before I proceed, let me be clear: the band at Screamfest was lively, the banjo player picked like a pro, and I don’t mean to impugn the skills of the musicians in any way.) Continue reading The primary difference between a New England bluegrass band and a Southern bluegrass band…

Franklin Park Zoo wants help naming their new baby Grevy Zebra!

According to the Boston Globe, the Franklin Park Zoo has opened up a poll to help decide on a name for their new baby Grevy Zebra.  The baby zebra was born at the zoo on October 16.  Grevy Zebras are endangered, so it’s pretty exciting that the breeding program at the zoo is so successful.

The zoo has narrowed the potential names down to 4: Jakobi, Hodari, Papi, and Koji.  To vote for your favorite just like the Franklin Park Zoo on facebook and then vote!  The poll closes at 11:30 on Friday.

Be cool, dude. The fuzz is coming.

I was doing laundry in my building the other day when I saw this note on top of one of 3 unplugged dryers:

"If you turn on machine, I will call police."
“If you turn on machine, I will call police.”

I was so tempted to turn it on, but I was able to control myself.  It really might have been worth the $1.75 to know that someone called the police.  I could almost picture it.  In my imagination, the police caller was lobster-red angry with little bit’s of spit in the corner of his/her mouth and was shouting into the handset of an old rotary phone, “You people need to get an officer here immediately!  Someone turned on the dryer!  Right here in my building’s laundry room!  I left a note telling them very clearly not to do that!”

But then I got worried that the police would come and haul me away, so I just used one of the other dryers.