Last night I went to the Red Sox / Tampa Bay game. What a fun night it was! Great night for Red Sox Baseball, the weather was perfect and we had great seats!
First, it was sad the Red Sox lost. Its never fun going to a Red Sox game and seeing them loose. Who would have guess that a September Red Sox / Tampa Bay game would be more important than a Red Sox / Yankee game.
Three hot dogs and a large souvenir diet coke cost $19.50.
No problem finding cheap parking right before the game. I was able to find parking at the Landmark Shopping center. It cost $25 to park at Landmark, compare to $60 at the lot across the street from Fenway.
We got the game late because of heavy traffic and an accident on the Mass Pike. Once we past Newton Corner, we zoomed to Kenmore square.Permalink
Massachusetts traffic isn't normally that bad and this summer the commute was pretty good. However, today my commute time doubled. This was because I decided to go the "back way" and avoid the MassPike since it had a lot of traffic.
Going Route 20 through Wayland and Westin was not a good alternative to get from Framingham to Route 128. The roads were backed up the entire way. I believe that other commuters were looking to avoid the MassPike. It would have been better to deal with the backup on the MassPike, than the stop and go congestion on the back roads. At least on the MassPike the traffic does move.
According to a recent study, the worst traffic areas in the United States are:
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco (Bay Area)
- Washington DC
- Boston (Metro Boston)
- Atlanta, GA
This morning I drove from Framingham to Lexington for the first time since moving. I left the house about 7am and arrived in Lexington at 7:40 with no traffic problems.
The commute down the Mass Pike was no problem and there was a slight backup on getting onto 128. I believe that the backup would be longer if I left the house a few of minutes later.
There are some good back roads from Framingham to Lexington that I'll investigate over the next few months. For now, I think its pretty safe to go the Mass Pike / 128 route. I am sure that the roads will get busy once school starts.
I heard on the radio that some business, such as Staples and Kmart will be starting their back to school sales next week. Wow! Summer seems to get shorter when we get older. Also I learned that the back to school season is the second busy shopping season, next to Christmas. Which I guess if you think about it isn't all that surprising.
Update: Avoid Lexington Street in Waltham, Massachusetts this week. There's construction going on near the Burger King and it is causing all sorts of traffic tie ups. You are best to avoid the area.Permalink
Blackjack is one of the most popular games in any casio. Its the only game in the casino that gives the player the best odds in the long run. The key is to follow the basic blackjack strategy.
In 2000, I created a one page Blackjack cheat sheet to cover all the basic strategy at winning at blackjack. The goal of the Blackjack Guide is to have a quick one page reference on how to play the game. I wanted some way to learn the game quickly.
Download the orginal BlackJack Guide and start mastering the game today, who knows maybe your next trip to Las Vegas will be paid for in a couple of hours at the Blackjack table. There's lots of sites that you can use to practive Blackjack without loosing any money.Permalink
Real Estate Links
If you looking for houses in the Boston area, there's two good sites to look at:
Mass Land Records - Get information about houses that you might be interested in, such as getting how much the house is mortage for.
PropertyMaps - Good source of information on houses available and where they are located.Permalink
The American Dream
Yesterday we put an offer on our first house. The owners got notified of the offer this morning. We aren't sure if the owners will accept the offer but we are excited about the whole process.
This is a buyers market right now, we have a slight upper hand in the negotiation process.. The Boston area has a lot of houses on the market in our price range, so if we don't close this deal, we will still have some opportunity to find something.
This is our opportunity to get a little piece of the American Dream.Permalink
Snowy Evening Commute!
Another storm is now hitting New England during the evening commute. I don't think it will effect the commute as much as the December storm.
Things are a little different for me since I am not in Boston nor did I take public transportation this morning. I expect that the evening commute will be a little more challenging than normal.
I think the problem will be the "inch and hour" snow that will be falling when I drive home.
When I get home tonight, I'll post another update on the commute conditions. I am sure that I'll be happy that I still have my Subaru.Permalink
Snow Day 2.0
Today New England enountered a major snow storm that caused 457 Schools, Colleges/Universities and Day Cares to be closed.
The height of the storm happened during the morning commute and many commuters stayed home or took the MBTA. This is because of the storm that happened last month that cause a nightmare commute for many commuters. Newton, MA got about 7 inches of snow.
You can check out the complete list as posted on WHDH.com at 6am this morning.Permalink
City of Newton Recycles
The City of Newton has this great site: Newton Recycles. This list all the various items that can be recycled and where to properly dispose of them.
What a great list! A quick look around our apartment this weekend I can see how we can use some of the sites that are mentioned on the page and perhaps make some cash in the process. I am sure my landlord will appreciate it.
Another place that we found this weekend is that Goodwill will take about 90% of the stuff we have. The only problem is that the nearest Goodwill is in Summerville. Its a long drive to get rid of stuff.
I also found the United States Book Exchange to be a good source to recycle old books. However, don't be afraid to throw out those old Computer books, you know, how to install Windows 3.1. Hmmm, that might be a good book to throw on eBay...Permalink
There are many interesting things and places around Boston, MA that you should know about. Here are a few that caught my attention. From historical sites such as the USS Constitution Museum, the Freedom Trail, and the iconic Fenway Park, to modern attractions like the New England Aquarium, the Boston Public Market, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking for a fun family trip or a romantic getaway, Boston has it all.
Check out all the blog post.
- Alexander Hamilton Statue
- Fake Monks
- WeWork Boston Back Bay Office
- Samuel Adams Gravestone
- Boston 2024
- Thomas Seward Gravestone
- American Congregational Building
- Edward Everett Hale Statue
- Prudental Garage Parking
- World War II Memorial in Boston
- Ted William Red Chair
- Sacred Cod of Massachusetts
- Symphony Community Park
- Cows on the Boston Commons
- Senator Charles Sumner Statue