stariel25: (mulitcolorstars)
When I started AMoB I confessed to [livejournal.com profile] meli88 that I might not be able to find 31 things that I love and will miss in Boston. Thus far some of them were even a bit of a stretch, but I went with it because things like the egg machine in Lorem Ipsum really *are* the kinds of nutty things that make me unreasonably happy.

So today it's the people. Because when [livejournal.com profile] theotheramanda visited, she commented that I haven't done any people. The thing is that the people I've met in Boston are not a part of a city, they're people in their own right. And I was thinking of things, not people, when I started AMoB. But as I've run out of things (I mean, I know you really want to hear of my love for Trader Joe's, but they have those in Seattle too!)...

There are a few non-tangible things that I'll miss about Boston. First and foremost my friends here. In my four years here I've made some great friends that I'm sure I'll keep in touch with long after I'm on the west coast. The primarily non-LJed Harvard knitting girls, the "yarners", [livejournal.com profile] bryghtrose and [livejournal.com profile] polarg88, the Boston knittyboarders... the list goes on and on, and knitting provides a common thread yarn for many of them.

I'll also miss all of the people that I've had the good fortune of meeting recently and will never really get to know. I'll miss my job and the people there too.

It seems the closer I get to leaving the more I realize how many great people I know here - people that I never knew really liked me that much. This week I've had coworkers ask me to eat lunch with them that I haven't eaten with before, and more than one suggest that we have some sort of goodbye lunch / after-work thing.

I've had a group of knitters who I wasn't particularly close with offer to rearrange the time of their next meeting so that I could attend. I've had my newfound Rock Band acquaintances offer to hold a Rock Band night at their house because there isn't another at River Gods before I leave.

The truth is that things like this always shock me a bit. I draw a pretty hard line between friendly acquaintances and the people I truly call friends, and it's always a bit humbling to have people who I don't consider particularly close do such nice things for me.
stariel25: (rock out)
On February 26th I discovered Rock Band at River Gods - and the world would never be the same.

I had never heard of Rock Band, and I had never heard of River Gods. I just went because it was in Cambridge and closer to home then where I was at that moment. It was a very good decision.

I should probably write this entry when I'm more awake, but you probably don't want to read me wax poetic about the greatness of River Gods and their fab pagan meets gothic decor or the fact that Rock Band is the awesomest game ever and has inspired me to become a rock start all over again. Suffice it to say that it has been an awesome experience in Boston second only to my fab knitting friends.

I look like an alien, but you need to see the awesome new shirt I got...

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It was my last night tonight, and it was so sad. But some of my rock band buddies who have the game at home are trying to make plans to hang out and play again before I leave. I hope it works out. :)
stariel25: (juliet)
Yes, Seattle has movies too. But it doesn't have [livejournal.com profile] caflygrl and [livejournal.com profile] orionnebula and occasionally [livejournal.com profile] grateblue2, my Boston movie buddies. All three of which were with me tonight seeing The Dark Knight.

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...and how could I not like a theater with flashing stars?

The theater in Fenway has played host to many memorable movie moments during my time in Boston. Hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] orionnebula for hours beforehand when the last Harry Potter movie was released - we didn't need to, apparently everyone came to the later showings. The cute blond employee with the bouncy walk. Seeing Narnia *and* Indiana Jones. Sadly I think the Golden Compass was at a the downtown theater, but hey, this is the all movie post!

This theater isn't special for any particular reason, it's not The Coolidge. But it is conveniently located...

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stariel25: (happystar)
In Davis Square there are a couple of coffee shops - Diesel is probably the most 'alternative' one. On Saturday I met [livejournal.com profile] bryghtrose there for some chai, some knitting, and some photo booth action.* When I walked up (across the street, so as to have a better photo taking opportunity) she was standing out in front!

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I think almost all the times I've been to Diesel have been with [livejournal.com profile] bryghtrose - and sometimes with [livejournal.com profile] polarg88 too I think. It's provided a good early morning meeting place for all of our adventures. :)

* I have a new obsession with old photo booths and [livejournal.com profile] meli88 and I went to one in a coffee shop in Portland, but that's another story.
stariel25: (legolas)
Right next to the Boston Common you'll find the Public Gardens - complete with the island, pond, and statues from Make Way for Ducklings.

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The ducklings in the aforementioned book come from this island, I believe.

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I have no idea what all their names are.

The pond is home to ducks, swans, and (in the background) swan boats.

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A nice place for a walk, even if they won't let you on the grass.
stariel25: (essex)
Despite the fact that I really don't care about baseball, the Red Sox have been a big part of my Boston experience. And really, what could be more Boston than the Red Sox? I arrived in Boston just before they *finally* won the world series and "reversed the curse" - I was more concerned with the fact that I couldn't sleep because of the people honking outside my window all night.

Well today I *finally* got to go to Fenway Park and see a Red Sox game. Ages ago I won the lottery to purchase tickets to tonight's game against the Yankees and [livejournal.com profile] orionnebula was nice enough to pretend to be me and buy the tickets. So tonight we went to the game. It was pretty cool except for the fact that the Yankees won. :(

I asked [livejournal.com profile] orionnebula and she agreed that knitting before the game started was completely acceptable, so I did.

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We took advantage of the sign for a photo op with socks:

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And then the game started. And this girl in front of us had this Madonna-head on a stick because apparently she and A-Rod had an affair or something, so we asked to borrow it and then the girl disappeared and we were left with the head for the rest of the evening.

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It made us very very popular.
stariel25: (happystar)
Berklee School of Music - not to be confused with Berkeley, which is in California - is located right across the river and very close to Newbury St.

The old, classic side:

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The new, modern side:

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And there's also the human side. It makes the neighborhood full of college boys carrying guitars - but you can be pretty sure that they're really good at guitar.

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You knew there was a reason I like Newbury so much...
stariel25: (rock out)
Today is a little bit different - for this AMoB I've decided to talk about one thing that *used* to be in Boston. There aren't any pictures, sadly, but do look at yesterday's graveyard post for better pictures of the old gravestones.

If you've been around my LJ for a while you'll know that Manray used to be a pretty big part of my life, and I could be found there many Wednesday and Friday nights dressed in my finest goth attire. Or, rather, my goth-est attire as I am not really that goth. When I had friends that wanted to go it was fun - it was a great and accepting place to get out my love of goth fashion, hear some good music, and admire boys in eyeliner.

I analyzed goth dancing.

It was a chapter in my life, for sure.
stariel25: (juliet)
Last night when I was out with the yarners (including [livejournal.com profile] theotheramanda who was in town!) I forced [livejournal.com profile] grateblue2 to take pictures of the Granary Burial Ground downtown. Now with new and improved pictures!

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Like I said, it's very historical:

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And Paul Revere is there:

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Unfortunately I don't have the pictures from her yet, so I'll have to recycle this old one:

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I'm a fan of graveyards. It's not just a Boston thing, [livejournal.com profile] chrssybr and I once walked up a huge hill on perhaps the hottest day of summer to visit the graveyard we could see from her dorm window at UW. We're clearly nuts.

Well, the little affection I had for graveyards really had a chance to blossom here in Boston. The graveyards here are just so much... cooler! Older, more historical, and honestly who can resist those old-style winged skulls on gravestones?

The Boston area has an abundance of really old gravestones which are endlessly fascinating to me. And a great many of them are on the Freedom Trail. I keep reminding myself that I need to get some more gravestone pictures before I leave Boston and return to the modern gravestones of the PacNW. Not half as exciting.
stariel25: (frogner)
Yeah, I know, Boston doesn't have a monopoly on thunderstorms. However, since I decided to move it seems that Thor has decided to take pity on me and come to Boston for a thunder-filled vacation so I can enjoy one my #1 type of weather all the time. The thunderstorms here are very different from the ones in Seattle - it's bolt lightning instead of sheet lightning and they come on and then leave very quickly, usually accompanied by pouring rain.

Thunderstorms are also very hard to take pictures of. Yesterday I was headed out to Allston to meet [livejournal.com profile] kale_eater when it started raining hard:

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That's the blue sky through the window of the T. Then our train stopped due to "power problems" and we all had to get off. And the sky went dark:

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The thunderstorm was right overhead and quite impressive, even though I didn't manage to get any pictures. I should have taken a video so you could at least hear the thunder!

I found out much later that the "power problems" may have been due to lightning that struck the train power lines up the street a ways, although that also might have been after our train stopped as I did still see trains running the other way after ours was stopped and the thunderstorm seemed to be moving towards the place where the lightning struck, not coming from there.

In any case it was pretty impressive.
stariel25: (mulitcolorstars)
It's not my favorite yarn store because I work there, I work there because it's my favorite yarn store. But regardless what order they go in, I really like A Good Yarn.

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Working there has the desired effect of actually making me buy less yarn (I can visit it and thus my yarn lust is controllable) and giving me a good discount when I do.

Obviously knitting is a big part of my Boston-life, and this yarn store is a big part of that. It is one of the places I will really really miss - my fabulous coworkers included of course.
stariel25: (start)
Cornwall's was my favorite bar ever, until I found River Gods. But that is another story. But this story is about how I went there last night and didn't get home till after 1am and thus will be posting two AMoB posts today, but one later.

What makes a great bar for someone who doesn't drink?

Board games!

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That's the solution (guessed by [livejournal.com profile] orionnebula) to our game of Simpsons Clue. I was Smithers.

And evening of fabulousness was also made possible by.... crazy friends:

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... and virgin Pina Coladas (not pictured). What a night.
stariel25: (jay)
Magpie, in its second location, is one of my favorite stores in Davis Square.

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Once upon at time I went to Bazaar Bizarre and saw the most awesome star bag at Magpie's booth, but decided not to buy it. I will probably regret that decision for a good long while - I even went to the store a day or two later but they didn't have it anymore. Sadly this happens fairly often with one or two of a kind things that they sell there. It's a great little shop for cute t-shirts and handmade goodies from plush cupcakes to jewelry to stationary and duct tape wallets.
stariel25: (stari)
Yeah, I know that yesterday was a place in Davis Square, but today is Davis as a whole. Davis is actually the first place I ever went in Boston (technically Somerville) on my first day exploring. It was relatively useless that day since it doesn't have a grocery store or anywhere to buy sheets and towels, but it does have a bunch of little coffee shops and such.

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Davis, like many of the "squares" in the Boston area, is not actually square. It is, in fact, a very odd shape which has been turned into a smiley character on t-shirts and such. Sadly I couldn't get a picture of one of those, but instead I got a picture of a street sign accurately depicting the traffic mess that is Davis "Square":

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I was standing in the blob between Holland St. and College Ave. when I took the first picture.
stariel25: (rock out)
Today I met up with [livejournal.com profile] polarg88 for some knitting at Mr. Crepe - a tradition we discarded a while ago but brought back for tonight.

Once upon a time I went to a knitting group in Harvard Square at Peet's Coffee. It was a great group and I eventually convinced her to start coming. Peet's was pretty crowded, but manageable, until they removed a large pew-like bench which was falling apart. Then there were no seats. We switched to Mr. Crepe.

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Mr. Crepe is in Davis Square in the old location of Someday Cafe. It's pretty awesome.

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I don't know if there's a better way to spend an evening.
stariel25: (legolas)
The Coolidge is an awesome movie theater in Coolidge Corner, my old neighborhood! I have many fond memories of it during my time in Boston - from the Buffy Singalong - also a picture there of the sign lit up - to seeing some strange movie there with Brit to seeing Brokeback Mountain with [livejournal.com profile] orionnebula and an entire theater of gay men... Anyway, it's great.

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stariel25: (jay)
If you want to get out of Boston for the day but you don't have a car, the Harbor Islands are perhaps the best place to go. For about $10 for the ferry you can transport yourself to a few different islands - the main one being George's Island complete with an old fort (Fort Warren).

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Sadly I haven't been there this year, so I stole these pictures from [livejournal.com profile] grateblue2 from when we went last year. I need to go again before I leave Boston.

When we went there was an interesting art installation - this strange plastic structure - inside a random munitions building which we were very excited about.

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On that trip we also visited Bumpkin Island which has the ruins of a old hospital - [livejournal.com profile] grateblue2 was sad to discover that "ruins" meant "pile of bricks". But it also had crabs!

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stariel25: (nemo)
Lorem Ipsum is a neat used book store in my neighborhood.

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I like it because of the name, because of the books, and because of the egg machine.

There is a machine where one can buy little eggs - the plastic Easter egg type - that are filled by other people who visit the bookshop. There is an "egg production" station where you can take a plastic egg and put in whatever you want, then add it to the machine where someone else can buy it for $0.25. I think it's one of the more awesome things I've ever seen.
stariel25: (cookie)
This crazy ice cream shop - also on Newbury Street - has flavors with crazy names and a tiny shop where four people can barely stand comfortably but celebrities are pictured on the walls.

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I don't know if the first time I went there was with Brit or if that was just one of the times. The ice cream is probably better than JP Licks, but the lack of a teacup and greater distance from the T stop means I've been there less.

As you might be able to tell, Boston is very big on ice cream. Kind of like Seattle and coffee. I heard from some unreliable source that Boston has the highest per capita ice cream consumption, but that may very well be false.
stariel25: (everafter)
Yet another place on Newbury Street.

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I have a lot of favorite places on Newbury - on the end closer to the common it's very posh and not my style at all. Pretty much anything before Copley is happily infested with tattooed bike messengers and people with lots of piercings. Espresso Royale is a great place to get some coffee, a bagel sandwich, or some vegan baked goods and sit down with a good book (or scientific journal article!). That is, if you can find a table.

Speaking of the tables... they're painted. Or otherwise artworked into oblivion.

And the barristas? Cute tattooed biker boys - same goes for many of the customers. They also make good jokes about vegan muffins and comment on Nine Inch Nails lyrics. See, told you it was my kind of place!

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