|Earliest: March 16, 2003||Latest: January 17, 2019||Total: 257|
|January 25, 2018|
This year our company annual Holiday party was at the House of Blues, which is directly across Fenway Park.
We had a company party last night, we reserved the entire venue. Here are some notes about the event specific to it being hosted at the House of Blues:
|January 18, 2018|
There are three states in the United States that don't offer residence to the sitting Governor: Arizona, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
When Massachusetts Bay Colony was originally founded, the forefathers thought having a Governor residence was a necessity. It was so important, that they made it the second item mentioned in the Massachusetts Bay Colony Record in 1655 (336 Years ago).
The founders did this because the locals complained that the current Governor, John Endicott, wasn't spending enough time in Boston.
Here is the entry from the Record of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Vol III (May 23, 1655). (This is unedited in the original Old English spelling)
It is ordered by this Court, that who sour shale chosen Gounor from yeare to yeare shall, wth the first oppertunity, make his abode in Boston, or some adjacent town or place within fowre or fire miles of Boston, & shall there contynue his abode dureing the tyme of his government, that so he may be the more serviceable to the country in general, both in respect of straungers & otherwise ; & it is further order, that wither now or next sessions suteable acomodation may be pvided, which may encorage the same for the future, & for present doe desire the Governor to reside at Boston, or neere thereunto, as much as his own necessary occasions will pmitt.
Once Massachusetts Bay Colony adopted the rules, John Endicott moved to Boston where he spent the last year of his life serving the people of Massachusetts Bay Colony. He died a year after moving to Boston.
John Endicott contributed a lot to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He had a very impressive resume:
When Massachusetts became a State, the need for a residence for the Governor was no longer an issue and was left out of the Constitution of Massachusetts.
Today, those that argue for a Governor's Mansion, have brought up the above rule of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. They argue that it makes sense to have a nice secure location near the Governor office. "It makes just as much sense today than it did 336 years ago."
In Pemberton Square, just behind the Center 3 Plaza, near Government Center is a plaque to remember where John Endicott house once stood.
The plaque was done by John Francis Paramino. It was placed in 1930 by the City of Boston.
John Francis Paramino other Artwork include:
|January 11, 2018|
If your looking for a fun practical place to take your team for team building - try Blazing Paddles. It's not your ordinary Boston Sports bar.
There are a lot of choices on tap at Blazing Paddles, you don't have to settle for Bud Lite Lime (Unless that is your thing.) Budweiser, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Harpoon, Harpoon UFO, Blue Moon, Stella, Sam Adams Seasonal, and Yeungling are some popular choices.
There's lots of really good food here too! Game On! has a great selection of stationed hors-d'oeuvres.
Ping Pong is a great strategy game. There are six tables around Blazing Paddles. You can create a Ping-Pong Championship bracket and see who is the best Ping-Pong player in the company.
Even if you're not serious about playing the game, it's a fun way to break the ice and have a little fun at a company event. (Nobody likes to sit around and chat about how the last project could have gone better.
Serious Gamers should bring their own paddles. The ones at Blazing Paddles are a bit used.
What makes Blazing Paddles unique is that you have the opportunity to practice hitting baseballs. No, this isn't some little arcade game. This is a real batting cage, real baseball, real fast.
Paddles has an exclusive access to the visitor batting cages of Fenway Park. That's right, you have the opportunity to try to hit the same baseballs as the major league's players do.
The Batting Cages isn't always open, it's closed on game days and other functions. You should call ahead to see if it will be open when you visit.
Blazing Paddles is located on the outside of Fenway Park in the basement of Game On at 82 Lansdowne Street, Boston Massachusetts.
|January 4, 2018|
The Great Molasses flood occurred in Boston in January 1919. A tank explosion causes a sea of Molasses to cover parts of the North End of Boston.
Location of the United States Industrial Alcohol Company is now a Park and Ice Rink.
A list of the fatalities can be found on Wikipedia.
|December 28, 2017|
This was a great year for creative Boston Blog post. Lots of great content was discovered this year.
It was a lot of fun researching different topics and learning more about the city along the way. Hopefully, the post was entertaining and informative.
In no particular order....
There's still lots of great content planned for 2018. If you have any topics that you would like to see get covered let me know.
|December 21, 2017|
There are lots of places to park in Boston. I thought it would be interesting to find out the size of the parking garages in and around Boston.
These were gathered from various sources:
The Prudential Center Garage biggest claim to fame is they are the "Largest Parking garage in New England with 3,600 spaces." Actually the largest garage in New England is the Mohegan Sun garagewith spaces for 13,000 vehicles.
Here's an interesting list of other parking garages sizes in and around Boston. This information is accurate as of December 21, 2017.
|Copley Place Garage||1,400 spaces|
|100 Clarendon Street Garage||2,000 spaces|
|Boston Commons Parking Garage||1,350 spaces.|
|Motor Mart Garage||1,037 parking spaces||Once the largest Parking Garage in the World!|
|Government Center Garage||2,310 spaces||Also known as the One Congress Garage.|
|Harbor Garage (New England Aquarium)||1,300 spaces|
|Parking Garage at North Station / TD Boston Gardens||1,275 spaces|
|Boston Museum of Science Garage||850 vehicles|
|Logan International Airport Central Garage||12,000 vehicles||1,700-spaces were added in 2016|
Some Parking Garages along the MBTA routes:
|Alewife Parking Garage||2,733 spaces|
|MBTA North Quincy Station||1,206 spaces|
|MBTA Wonderland||1,862 spaces|
|Amtrak Garage on 128||2,589 Spaces|
|December 14, 2017|
Next to the Trinity Church, in Copley Square, is a statue of Phillips Brooks.
|December 7, 2017|
Last year I blogged about all the finish line locations for the Boston Marathon. It was a fun project to research the locations and the history of each site.
I looked at the blog content again and thought having a map would be a nice visual enhancement to the content.
Back bay has changed a little over the past few years. So using a standard Google maps isn't going to help in this situation. Fortunately, there is a map in the Back Bay MBTA station that is about 20 years old. So I'll use that to show where the finish lines were located.
I took a picture of the map on the Commuter rail platform and then used Super Vectorizer 2 to convert it to an SVG image. I did this to allow the lines and shapes to be more define and make the map a bit clearer to read.
|November 30, 2017|
John Brooks was a well-admired doctor, respected military officer, and politician from Massachusetts. He served as the 11th Governor of Massachusetts from 1816 to 1823 and was one of the last Federalist officials elected in the United States.
There is no statue or monument in Boston for John Brooks. There is just a simple painting that is hanging at the Massachusetts State House a few feet from where he once held office. In Medford, there is a tablet honoring her famous resident.
Picture of John Brooks hanging in the Massachusetts State House.
There's a lot to tell about John Brooks, here are a few things that I found interesting.
Rev. Mr. Foster says of John Brook services of April 19, 1775,:
"On the morning of the 19th of April, just at sunrise, alarm-guns were fired. The regulars had gone to Concord. I ran directly to Major Brooks and asked if he were going to Concord, and when. 'Immediately,' was the answer."
"As the enemy passed the road from Bedford, they met a body of minute-men, commanded by Major John Brooks. A little below Bedford Road there was a sharp action, and several of the British were killed."
General Lafayette says of John Brooks in a letter dated September 20, 1824,:
My dear Friend, Col. Huger, my noble deliverer from the Olmutz prison, whose enterprise and sufferings you well know, is going to Boston. I am sure you will be glad to see him (John Brooks), and I take this opportunity to let you hear from me Receive, my dear Friend, the affectionate and grateful wishes of your old brother soldier. Remember me to family and friends, and believe me forever most tenderly attached to you.
|November 23, 2017|
It?s a tradition for a state governor to have a proclamation for Thanksgiving. It?s a special way to give thanks and encourage people to spend time with their families.
Every President has given a Thanksgiving Proclamation - with the exception of William Henry Harrison as he only served office for 32 days in 1841.
Governor John Brooks was the 11th Governor of Massachusetts. He served from 1816?1823.
This is part of the Thanksgiving Proclamation that John Brook gave back on October 29, 1817 (200 Years ago!):
For a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer.
The innumerable mercies and blessing which the great Ruler of the world and Disposer of events, has been pleased to vouchsafe, in the course of his providence, to the people of this State, the past year, demand their best tribute of praise and gratitude.
I have therefore, in conformity to ancient usage, thought fit to appoint and, by with the advice and consent of the Council, I do hereby appoint THURSDAY, the Fourth Day of December next, to be observed throughout this Commonwealth, as a Day of Praise and Thanksgiving to God, the Father of lights, from whom cometh down every good and perfect gift. And the people of all religious denominations, are requested to assemble in their respective places of public worship, on that day, that with United and devout affection, we may acknowledge our dependence upon the Divine favor, and present a willing offering to the Lord, the source of all our mercies; more especially that, when the hearts, not only of this people but of a large proportion of the civilized world, were sinking within them, from an apprehension of scarcity and want. He has been graciously pleased to manifest his great benignity, in granting us a favorable seed time ; in blessing and rewarding the labors and toils of the husbandman, in causing the earth to yield its increase, and giving us occasion to rejoice in the fulness of the former, and of the latter harvest: That He has been please to grant signal success to our fisheries, and permitted us to partake largely of the abundance of the seas: That our navigation and commerce has experienced so great a degree of safety and success: That He has been pleased to preserve us from wasting sickness, and all other desolating judgements: That our Nation has been preserved in peace and internal tranquillity, and in the enjoyment of a high degree of social happiness; and that the year has been richly crowned with the goodness of God: But above all, that, in infinity compassion to us as sinners, He has seen fit to continue to cheer, to animate, and bless us with the light, the influences, and the homes of the Gospel.
When this speech was given, there were only 19 states in the United States! The State of Maine was still part of Massachusetts, it wasn?t until March 15, 1820, when Maine became an independent state.
Thanksgiving wasn't moved to November until 1942. On December 26, 1941, a joint resolution of Congress designated the fourth Thursday in November to be the new Thanksgiving Day.