Boston Update 3

Posted in Boston on November 30th 2007 by Randy Reichardt

.: The Boston trip is over, ending today with two uneventful flights from Boston to Edmonton via Minneapolis. I found Boston’s Logan Airport to be very efficient, no time delays, and as is typical with Northwest Airlines, the flights were orderly and on time. I was happy to have no one sitting next to me on either flight, along with having an aisle seat both times.

I spent Wednesday afternoon and Thursday with my friends Stu and Susan, who live in Brookline. Wednesday night was pizza and a movie, the extended version of Planet Terror, which I found funnier and grosser second time around. On Thursday Stu and I did an extended wine run, as Stu had to retrieve cases of wine from a wine storage facility, and take them to The Country Club for a Saturday event. This was followed with a brief tour of Harvard, which included some time in the Widener Library and a brief walk around Hah-vahd Yahd.

In the evening, the three of us had dinner at Giacomo’s Restaurant (pronounced JAW-ka-mo, so I learned). The food was incredible – I had a dish of linguini with shrimp and scallops in a scampi sauce. Ensuring Sue was able to secure a cab ride home, Stu and I walked to the TD Banknorth Garden (no longer called The Fleet Center) to watch the Celtics play the Knicks. With the Celtics ahead 82-41 by the beginning of the fourth quarter, we decided to leave to beat the traffic; I had to get up at 05:00 anyway. The game was fun, my first NBA game ever, even if it was a cakewalk for the Celtics.

I returned to -15C temperatures and snow everywhere, but it is still good to be home.

Boston Update 2

Posted in Boston on November 26th 2007 by Randy Reichardt

.: I spent some time this morning at the conference, and then repaired to my hotel room to do some “work” work – answering e-mails, editing a column. Then, despite heaavy mist and light drizzle, I took the subway to see Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, and walked around soaking (no pun intended) in the sights, sounds, and wonderful smells of many kinds of cuisine. I had dinner at the Salty Dog Seafood Grille & Bar, where I sampled the Seafood Fra Diavolo: shrimp, sea scallops, calamari, fish, and mussels, simmered in white wine, olive oil, garlic, spices. and tomato, served over linguine.  I also had a nice conversation with the server, talking about the Red Sox, Bruins, and about how friendly I am finding the locals in Boston to be towards strangers and visitors from elsewhere.

Tomorrow is the Library Advisory Board meeting at the conference in the morning. In the afternoon I hope to be able to check out Boston Common and the Public Gardens, as it is forecast to warm up to 10C with a few sunny breaks in the afternoon.

Boston Update 1

Posted in Boston on November 25th 2007 by Randy Reichardt

.: Slept in the nice king-size bed until 10:00 or so this morning, and then really didn’t get active for another hour.  Wandered about Copley Place and the Prudential Center malls, spending the majority of my time in Barnes & Noble (where else?)  I planned to buy some DVDs and books there, given the strength of the CAD vs USD these days, but was surprised to find that some of the DVDs I wanted to buy, like My So-Called Life, are $20 cheaper on Amazon.ca.  I had breakfast at Au Bon Pain.  It is sunny and pleasant here, and it is surreal walking around hearing Christmas music everywhere, including the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas in many places.  It just doesn’t feel like Christmas yet.

In Red Sox Nation

Posted in Boston, On The Road on November 24th 2007 by Randy Reichardt

.: I am in Boston, arrived about an hour ago.  Flights to Minneapolis and Boston were uneventful and efficient.  Northwest Airlines is a solid operation when all cylinders are firing; they make Air Canada look even more pathetic than it already is.   For now, I think I’m going to rest and then later this evening investigate what is near and about this hotel.  Being a lazy and uninspired accidental tourist, I’m open to suggestions.

Update

Posted in On The Road on November 19th 2007 by Randy Reichardt

.: It’s been pointed out by a couple friends that my blog is still in Winnipeg, so to speak.  So to update, I did return from Winnipeg shortly after the previous post, and have been in Edmonton since that time, with the exception of a weekend trip to Toronto some time ago.  Up next is a trip to Boston, to attend a meeting of the Library Advisory Board of the Materials Research Society at its Fall Meeting.  I’ll keep you posted, so to speak.

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