Can I use my Charlie Card?

December 5, 2010

At the Alewife T station the other day, I  noticed that the MBTA has found another way to market us to our corporate masters.  They’ve allowed Best Buy to add a Best Buy Express kiosk at the station (there’s also one at Forest Hills).

That means that if you’re riding public transit around the city and you need an iPod or a video camera RIGHT NOW!, you can get one.  Of course, it’s useless until you charge it so instant access isn’t terribly useful, but whatever.

The sad thing is that Best Buy isn’t paying for the privilege.  Instead, the MBTA gets 7% of the gross profits, if any.  C’mon, guys.  If you’re going to sell off our public spaces, you should at least make sure we get something for it.


…and not a second more!

December 4, 2010

This may be the world’s most over-specific expiration date:

MAR2611 11:52:42pm

Especially if the crackers we bought in 2010 don’t expire until 2611.


2010 SRR Halloween Party

October 28, 2010

My favorite part?  The barfly shaking his head in dismay as we headed out of Casey’s for the run.

Click on the photo to see the album:

2010 SRR Halloween Party

Contradiction

October 25, 2010

The Minuteman Bike Trail has a large gap where it runs through the center of Arlington, and many riders travel on the sidewalks while they traverse the gap.   There have been complaints, and the city has posted signs in a new effort to get bikes off the sidewalks.

Arlington has also been installing new sidewalk bike racks around town.  The result is situations like this, in front of the library:


Just passing through…

October 20, 2010

The books come in…

…and the books go out…

…(Felix helps).

Order your copy of “Chasing the Runner’s High” online today!


Ergonomics

August 22, 2010

I’ve been using a Logitech Comfort keyboard and mouse with my main computer for awhile.  Over the past year or so, I’ve been doing more typing (and playing a lot of Spider Solitare) and that’s caused some carpal-tunnel-ish problems with my right wrist.  In particular, using the mouse was getting uncomfortable.  So I decided to try some new equipment to see if it would help.

First, I tried the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000.   The mouse was an improvement, and the keyboard was fine, except that the spacebar wouldn’t register reliably.  That was a big problem, and seemed to be inherent in the design, so I returned it.

Now I’m trying out a Evoluent wireless VerticalMouse 3

and a Goldtouch Adjustable keyboard

that I ordered from Amazon.

I love the mouse. It’s comfortable to grip, even better than Microsoft’s, and the buttons and scroll wheel are responsive – not too firm and not too sloppy.   The keyboard is taking a little longer to get used to, but I think it’ll work out.  It’s very flexible, so I’ve spent a little time trying different configurations.  Once I quit messing around, I expect that soon enough I’ll be back to my usual (poor) level of typing accuracy.  Time will tell whether it helps with the wrist problems.

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Vacation!

August 15, 2010

For our vacation, Ruth and I spent two weeks at my family’s camp on Lake Champlain in Alburgh, VT.  Alburgh is right on the Canadian border and just a short drive across a bridge from New York State.  We ran and biked and kayaked, and we also spent plenty of time lounging around, watching the sky and the lake.

We took a few pictures while we were there.  Click on each of the pictures below to see the album that goes with it.

The first day we were at the lake, a gentleman walking along the shore asked us if we’d crew for him on his sailboat the next day.  His family was coming to visit later in the week, but for now he was alone and he needed a hand if he was going to go out.  We said, “Sure, why not?”.  He was Roger Rosenberg, a neurologist from Texas.  We had a great time and we learned something about sailing while helping Roger with his boat.

We really like watching the weather over the lake.   Ruth and I took lots of pictures, trying to capture it all.   Many were sunsets, of course.

But any time of day, there was grandeur.  Or nearby, mailboxes.

I stitched a few pictures together to try and give a better perspective of how much sky there really is.

From time to time, we left camp to go out and do something.  Thursday, we met our friends Mark and Karen for the weekly free concert at the Snow Farm Vineyard in South Hero.

Friday, we went to Burlington for day one of the Festival of Fools.

On Sunday, our niece Katie married Dwayne Ballard at Katie’s grandfather’s farm in Grand Isle.

The day before we left, we went to day one of the Lake Champlain Bluegrass Festival.  Eight hours of music on a beautiful summer day, roast pig, and some maple-bacon ice cream too.

Summer in Vermont – it’s great.  Almost great enough to make you forget the winters.  Almost :-)

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Doing the Lord’s Work – Free Estimates!

August 15, 2010

We saw this posted in the laundromat in Alburgh, VT:


Psalm 24:1 (New International version) says “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”

And for a small fee, they will move as much of the Lord’s earth as necessary to get the job done.

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Pretty Port-a-potties

August 14, 2010

My niece was recently married at her grandfather’s farm in Grand Isle, VT.  It was an outdoor wedding, and she needed to ensure that the appropriate facilities were available.  Luckily, Classy Potty’s was ready with a “Touch ….of Class”.

“Elegant”?  “Lavish”?  They were certainly the fanciest portajohns I’d ever seen.

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Tourism? In Manhattan?

July 27, 2010

I went to New York Monday to write a story on Doug Fitzgerald’s first trip to the city to do standup.  That didn’t work out exactly as planned.  But the bus tickets were cheap, and while I was there I managed to find some time to indulge my inner Vermont yokel.

Click for pics

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