Archive | October, 2007

Book Him

31 Oct

Not too long ago I wrote about A.J. Jacobs‘ new book, The Year of Living Biblically, and how much I was enjoying reading it. Well, A.J. will be at the Barnes & Noble in Kenmore Square tomorrow night, November 1, at 7 p.m. I’ll be there. If you live in the Boston area, you should come on down and meet me, have a book signed, get to know the man himself. I’m sure it’ll be a fun event. If you don’t live in Boston, head over to your favorite local bookseller and pick up a copy for yourself. Year of Living Biblically is a very good, thought-provoking, and also very funny book. (And that’s my friendly plug for the day.)

Boo!

30 Oct

Happy Halloween, y’all! Do you know why this day is important? Because starting tomorrow, I am in full-on compilation mode for this year’s edition of A Very Marty Christmas. That’s right, kids: It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the offices of Martin’s Musings. I can’t believe it’s less than two months away. Talk about scary! But for now, go out and eat all the candy you want and enjoy your Halloween.

Good Times Never Seemed So Good

30 Oct

What a great day for a parade!

Perfect fall weather, with blue skies and mild temperatures, plus my boss gave us her blessing to go … it all worked out perfectly.

And the parade itself was awesome. I headed down to Copley Square around 11 to meet up with Nina, staked out my place in front of 545 Boylston St. (not too far from where I was in 2004), and was ready for when the Sox came rolling through.

I thought the parade would lose something without the water component, but I have to say, the second the duckboats got to Copley Square — coincidentally, the same time as when the sun moved to be right in the way of some picture-taking — and the crowds went crazy, I forgot there was anything lacking. Continue reading

Raise That Flag High Again

28 Oct

RED SOX ARE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS for the SECOND TIME IN FOUR YEARS!!!

YEEAAAAHHH!!!!!! This is AWESOME!!!!!!!

Mike Lowell is Series MVP!!!!!

WOO HOO!!!!!! Bring on the parade!!!! Continue reading

WOW!

28 Oct

52-7? Holy frickin’ cow! That’s amazing! It’s just a shame that’s going to be totally overlooked in tomorrow’s papers due to the Sox winning the Series (if they can do it tonight).

One More Reason to Be Nice to Your Neighbors

28 Oct

Yes, I know. Sometimes I can be a real jerk.

Case in point: I saw this sign hanging in the lobby of my building this afternoon. Now, I don’t know who this person is, but I know it’s been about two months and she still hasn’t taken the old resident’s name off the mailbox and replaced it with her own. I also know that I don’t like any of the new folks who live in my building. If I liked this person, I wouldn’t mock her poor spelling or bad grammar. I mean, how do you misspell lost?? And if you do, wouldn’t you just start over on a new piece of paper? Also, who (mis)spells “thanx” with the k? I mean, really. Use a computer, where you have the luxury of spell check. Maybe then your sign will get attention for the right reasons. I don’t have this woman’s “pavcel,” and this sign — not to mention all the other crap I’ve had to deal with — doesn’t make me want to help her find it.

Falling All Over

28 Oct

Some days just scream out to be photographed. Today is a great example. Perfect blue sky, colorful leaves in trees … awesome. Thank God I had my camera handy. This pic has desktop written all over it (if you have a Mac, that is).

Welcome to Boston, Dice-K

28 Oct

Well, that was close. Or at least it was for a little while. The Rockies realized their season didn’t actually end after the ALCS, played a couple good innings of baseball, but then went back to their winter break. Meanwhile, Dice-K … what can I say? I haven’t been his biggest fan — or any fan, really — this year, but the guy was great in Game Three. It only took six months, but he finally showed up, just in time for the World Series. Great pitching, great fielding, and some great hitting too. Jebus, it’s about time. And Ellsbury (Series MVP!) and Pedroia, well, it’s just exciting watching those guys play. I love when they hog the spotlight and take all the attention away from Papi and Manny. Not that I dislike Papi and Manny, but everyone’s favorite rookies make these games more fun. We’re now one game away from winning it all for the second time in four years, and while Sox fans know not to be too confident, things sure are looking good.

Where Art Thou

27 Oct

Amy and I were supposed to go with John to WaterFire down in Providence today, but the rain sure did put a crimp in our plan.

So, we decided to make our way over to the ICA finally. And I’ve gotta say, I wasn’t impressed.

Generally, I prefer contemporary art to the stuff that’s typically at the MFA, and I’m a guy who practically sprinted through the Louvre, so I thought it’d be cool to visit a place that featured an exhibit where advertising and Nike sneakers were looked at as art. And some of it was cool, but the museum itself was lackluster.

It’s smaller than it looks in pictures (all the exhibits — and by all, I mean all two — are on one of the ICA’s four floors), and the industrial design of the place is so cold and unwelcoming that I didn’t enjoy looking at the exhibits as much as I wanted to.

I just can’t say I found the ICA to be a must-go destination with out-of-towners or a place to go when I’m looking for something to do.

Oh well.

But on the good side, because we didn’t go to Providence, we were both home in time to watch Game Three.

So it wasn’t allbad.

Yawn

26 Oct

One big difference between ’04 and ’07 is the fact that I just haven’t been able to stay up to watch the baseball games this week like I could three years ago. I was falling asleep during game one, and because it was a blowout, I almost called it a night somewhere around the fifth or sixth inning — until I forced myself to stay awake and I got a second wind. No such luck last night. Despite a close game, I nodded off on the couch late in the game and totally missed most of the eight inning and the top of the ninth. I woke up to the sound of Maria Stephanos’ voice and just went right to bed, without even knowing if we’d won or lost. And I’d be totally embarrassed to admit that, except that as I walked into the kitchen here at work this morning, it seemed to be a common type of story. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still wicked excited about the World Series, and I still want the Sox to win (although I’ve changed my prediction from six games to five), but there’s something about this series that just makes me so … tired. (Yeah, I’m totally getting old too soon.)

In related news, it’s worth noting that — WOO HOO!!!! — we’re up two games to none! I mean, hey, Sox fans know as well as anyone that that means squat. But given how the series has been going so far, it’s all good. And kudos to the Boston Herald headline writers for their cover line today: Old Faithful, with a picture of Curt Schilling. Nice job. And muchas gracias to Jacoby Ellsbury for the free taco. Bueno! I’ve never once eaten at Taco Bell, but in your honor, I may have to make an exception. But I still want to know who that guy Royce Clayton is. I know he’s an actual player, but of all people, why was he miked up by Fox? The way he was going on with Coco about the tacos on Wednesday, and then again last night with Jacoby after the big steal, it was like the guy was a total plant. Who is this guy??