The Decemberists (6/9/09)

•June 10, 2009 • Leave a Comment

IMG_0260After seeing the Decemberists last night at the Bank of America Pavilion (Yes I still call it Harbor lights) I have to say that it was one of the best shows of the year thus far. It was an awful day for an outdoor concert which it always seems to be whenever I go to Harbor lights in June. But despite the 50 degree weather and the constant rain, the band preformed amazingly. The first set consisted of the Hazard’s of Love Album being played in it’s entirety. This was nice as the album is a complete work not just a collection of singles and really shines when listened to in it’s entirety. The band did not pause for a moment during the first set and never paused to even address the crowd, which was entirely fitting for the flow of the show. In my opinion the band really could not have sounded any better. The music was tight and at moments I wondered if they were lip syncing as the sound was so clean. The second set and encore was a complete 180 from the first set. The band was more relaxed, engaging the crowd in sing-a-longs and dragging audience members on stage to play with the band. Which while it sounded pretty terrible made everyone forget that it was freezing and raining. The band was full of energy in the second set, which to their credit seemed to really carry to the audience who despite the weather was having a great time. The band’s energy carried so well that even in our last row seat I had to be reminded by my lovely girlfriend that I was air drumming just a little too enthusiastically. During the set they covered almost every Decemberists classic that anyone would want to hear. One of my personal highlights of the show was to see all the perplexed looks on the faces of all the hipsters when the band covered Heart’s Crazy on you.

Overall the show far exceeded my expectations for a rainy Decemberists show on a cold Tuesday night and I can’t wait to see how the band translates all this to Newport Folk in a few weeks. So if the opportunity arises I highly recommend that you go to a Decemberists show. Even if you are new to the band or not really into the band, I believe that a good live show is the best way to start listening to a band. For those of you who have been fans for years, your passion will be validated once again.

PS.> Sorry about the lack of pictures. There was a no camera policy at the show. I know smuggling a camera into a show is like the least dangerous thing you can do but hey I am pretty fucking old now.

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Onset, MA 2009

•May 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment
The inn where Patty plans on taking my singlehood from me.

The inn where Patty plans on taking my singlehood from me.

My parents sometime back bought a house in Onset, MA with the idea that they would rehab the house and keep it as a family beach house or possibly just sell it. It was supposed to be ready this year but we find ourselves still without walls. Patty and I have now determined that we will not only go down and help on our weekends off, we will also serve as a motivating force, which I think my parents need more than anything. We recently went down and I have to say that a town that my father once called Brockton by the sea, has really come up some in the last few years. Mark Anthony’s continues to make some of the best pizza I have ever had with great classic beach side seafood as well. Seriously, a pound of steamers, a large cheese pizza, and a pitcher of beer from this place maybe one of the best meals on the cape. The only thing that the town really lacks is a great more formal fish resturant.

Patty's Taffy Shack (we all have dreams)

Patty's Taffy Shack (we all have dreams)

Patty has dreams of buying the taffy place and making that into a great beachside resturant. We all have dreams… shit I want to open a papa gino’s in the Longwood Medical Area.

Nice day for May in New England

Nice day for May in New England

Wickett's Island, aka local teenage beer drinking island

Wickett's Island, aka local teenage beer drinking island

Boston Red Sox May 6th, 2009

•May 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

These pictures are from awhile back when Patty and I got to a redsox game with some really really sweet tickets from a girl I work with. Thought you guys might like them and that the ladies might like the pictures Patty took of Mike Lowell.

The zoom on my camera really sucks. These seats really are this good.

The zoom on my camera really sucks. These seats really are this good.

The seats are right at the player's entrance to the field which game Patty numerous opprotunities to make cat calls at Mike Lowell.

The seats are right at the player's entrance to the field which game Patty numerous opprotunities to make cat calls at Mike Lowell.

Patty has hung this picture up in our bedroom. She now also makes me wear a redsox uniform and fake beard in bed.

Patty has hung this picture up in our bedroom. She now also makes me wear a redsox uniform and fake beard in bed.

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BIDMC Nursing Awards

•May 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

A few weeks back I attended the BIDMC nursing awards ceremony at Fenway Park. It was kinda cool to be at Fenway park when no one was there. I received some scholarship which name I can’t remember and which I may or may not deserve. The ceremony was long, but there was free Fenway franks and beer which remained at standard Fenway prices of 8 dollars and a you just got screwed. DSC00625DSC00631n62501408_30959084_7212671After a little while I decided to take a few minutes and enjoy a beer in Fenway Park by myself. It was kind of a strange feeling but I knew it was probably an opprotunity I wouldn’t have again so it had to be done even if it meant missing some of the awards. DSC00641Fenway Park at nightDSC00654

Cat vs. Lobster

•May 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

After hiking the other day, we stopped by the farmers market. They had chick lobsters for $5.25. As a New Englander it is sac religious to not buy lobsters (which were caught the night before) at this price and support a local lobster man. DSC00765I had dreams of having my cat Harry fight the lobsteters. I thought he would pummel them in the kitchen and all hell would ensue. But instead Harry, who has serious single child issues, tried to befriend the lobsters. He rubbed against them and was really never the same after we cooked them. DSC00759

Whitney and Thayer Woods

•May 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

About a week ago Patty and I hiked the Whitney and Thayer Woods. It’s another one of the Trustee’s properties and a very beautiful place with a lot of acreage for hiking. Of course since Patty and I had planned to hike and since we would be on the South Shore, it had to rain. DSC00708Patty is a good hiking partner and really never complains about the weather, bugs, or the distance of the hike but she often does drink a large ice coffee from Dunkin Dounuts before we hike so she usually hike’s entirely too fast for me. DSC00732I usually like to hike slowly and take it in, take some pictures and enjoy the outdoors. Patty on the other hand had to pee so we spent about four miles hiking in a near sprint. I told her to pee in the woods but she wasn’t feeling it. DSC00739

The thing that was really nice about this hike was that the sun came out (which brought the bugs) and there was numerous flowering plants that were in full bloom. It was like hiking through the private garden of an old estate or something. The flowers and underbrush was so dense that is was tunnel like at times which made it even more interesting and somehow people ride horses on these trails. DSC00720

DSC00725DSC00743We also stopped by Weir Farm. Patty hoped for a bathroom but we were both surprised to find that this farm had some of the best views of the Boston skyline. DSC00746

Again you should join or support the Trustees. http://www.thetrustees.org/

Addition to the list

•May 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I almost forgot my farovite thing about Boston in the Summer.

6. College Kids Moving out- Ever June there is a mass exodus from Boston’s college neighborhoods down 95 and straight back to New Jersey. This is the one thing that truly makes me happy, to see college kids leaving and hoping that some of them won’t be back next year. Sure, there will be others to take their place but hopefully they won’t be from New Jersey.

2238811058_08740d888dThey came to Boston for an education,
Live in the dorms, join a frat,
Jam my bars and subway cars.
Now, what the fuck is that?
Spend year one having fun,
And causing aggravation.
Spending daddy’s cash on a toga bash,
When the hell’s graduation?
I was here before they came, I’ll be here long after.
Don’t want to swear, but it seems clear that I’m gonna have to.

– Mighty Mighty Bosstones, They came to Boston