I have taken public transportation since I was 13. You name a train line or bus route and I've basically have been on it. The T is a necessary evil for me. It's a much cheaper option to get to and from work. With 27 years of T riding observations, here are some of my favorites.
If you're from around Greater Boston and you mention the City of Revere, most people will get snarky.
The city has a reputation; one that is rough, predominately Italian, mob heavy, politically corrupt and more.
Whether any of the above is true (it was heavily Italian, but not anymore and btw, who cares about the make up of the people) I like living in this city for three reasons.
1. The location. I can throw a stone to the city of Boston but we aren't IN Boston. I can jump on the Tobin bridge and be in town in eight minutes. We are close to all major highways. The furthers is about 10 minutes away. And, worst case, there's public transportation options all over the city.
2. The food. We have a slew of restaraunts that showcase the diversity of this city. Whether you are in the mood for Italian, Brazillian, Greek or simply in the mood for a homecooked-type of experience, Revere has it.
3. The beach. This city is known for having the country's oldest public beach. Back in the heyday it looked like Atlantic City. There were rides and thoroughfare. It was a bustling hub and a get-a-way for those that didn't want to treck to the Cape or hit the shores of New Hampshire or Maine. After years of neglect, the city made a concerted effort to revitalize the beach. It is filled with great reataraunts, local eateries and other businesses and residences that make it a bustling place to be. Spring is a time for awakening on the water. Summers are jamming. Fall is busy and comforting. Winter is beautifully cold. All year round we can enjoy the water and scenic view of Boston and the Harbor.
We visit the beach often. We live five minutes from it and in fact, our family has a private section of the beach that we use frequently when we want to enjoy the peace and quiet of the crashing water.
While many of my friends live in expansive houses with big pools and lots of land, we live in a quaint, comfortable and modest home. The selling point for us is that we can have a day at the beach, any day. Jump in the car and go. It makes city living feel less city.
p.s. I wrote this the day after the annual Sandcastle Event. We were there with friends and family, only on our private part of the beach. It reminded me again how many memories we are creating for our kids while hanging on the sand in our own back yard.
p.s.s. There are a handful of other reasons #WhyRevere but I figured three was digestible.
Check your social media feeds. It's filled with tweets, statuses of I can't waits, so pumped tos, looking forward tos and other proclamations of how awesome life is.
I have scaled back my gloating content, as I call it. I don't care where you're going. I don't care that you're moving here. I don't care what happened last night.
Well, I do care about all that, but let me explain.
We soend so much time talking about what's happening and what will happen. These moments are shared a zillion times a day. Here's the catch: you might care but no one else gives a rats ass what you're up to.
So my advice, live in the moment. Take it all in. It's ok to keep your memories floating around in your head as opposed to in an album on Facebook.
Now, please excuse me as I have some instagramming to do.
I've been to Fenway Park so many times that I've lost count. Despite the many visits, it never gets old. Never.
Last night I had the chance to watch the Field of Dreams on the big board at the old ball yard. The movie is one of my top five flicks of all time and to get to watch it at a Fenway Park was something special.
While I love the Garden, watching the Bs or tailgating at the Razor (Patriots Gillette Stadium), Fenway will always be a special place. Watching that movie in such a historic and majestic place was an experience of a lifetime.
Is this Heaven? No, it's Fenway, but pretty close.
Nothing beats summer in Boston. Beaches. BBQs. Fenway Park. Good seafood. Beautiful sunny days.
Long days on the sand turn into cool nights by a fire. Hanging out with family turns into storytelling sessions. Last minute plans turn into long lasting memories.
Summer in Boston.
If you've never had the chance to be in Boston on Marathon Monday, you're missing out. It's the best day of the year outside opening day at Fenway Park.
You're probably thinking, "Oh boy, what's this post going to be about?" Or, "This is quite the departure from the content he usually writes on his blog." Don't worry. I'm not becoming a holy roller on your, but I have found religion in a way that suits me.
Mistakes in business happen. We're human. Deal with it or learn from it. Your choice.
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