This is what happens when phones are wired.


At the MBTA Red Line’s Park Street Under (northbound) station, there’s a wall telephone (yellow circle) about 8 or 10 feet over the 3rd rail (pink circle).

Wall Phone on the Red Line, MBTA, Boston MA
Wall Phone on the Red Line
 

Marlon guesses it’s in the right position for the subway driver.
 

MBTA Park Street Under
Red Line (northbound)
Boston, MA.

LOVE WINS, but…


The fine print below the S says “You may selfie, snap (@seaportbos), and enjoy LOVE WINS but please, do not climb.”

LOVE WINS, Seaport District, Boston MA  USA
LOVE WINS Sculpture
 

It was on our way to the ICA.
 

Harbor Shore Drive
Seaport District
Boston, MA.

Some happy political news for a change.


Because we have a popular-vote-losing president, who has shown himself to be a sexist, a liar, a misogynist, a bigot, and a spreader of fear and distrust, good people all over the country have decided to take the real greatness of America into their own hands. And we’re very happy that the people of Alabama made some positive change of their own.

“No More Moore” - Mr Bartley's Burgers, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA USA
This delightful sign was outside Mr Bartley’s Burgers in Harvard Square today.
 

Mr Bartley’s Burgers
Mass Ave
Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA.

The first casualty of the season.


Every year, at least a dozen bikes chained to parking meters don’t survive the winter.

Möbius Bicycle, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA USA
The first Möbius Bike of the season
 

It’s even sadder than those ASPCA TV commercials.
 

Mt Auburn Street
near Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA.

A warm couch and a big pot of homemade soup are key to a successful snow day.


The first snow of the 2017-2018 winter season, and the neighborhood was looking darned pretty.

A backyard tree.  First snow of the season.  Lowell, MA
A backyard tree.
 

My house.  First snow of the season.  Lowell, MA
Just a few inches to shovel.
 

Lower Fort Hill Park.  First snow of the season.  Lowell, MA
Lower Fort Hill Park.
 

Park Ave East,  Fort Hill Park.  First snow of the season.  Lowell, MA
Fort Hill Park along Park Ave East, looking Christmasy and all.
 

Around the Fort Hill Park neighborhood
Lowell, MA

OK, so I moved the sign a little, but…


Stopped at the au Bon Pain just outside Harvard Square this morning. Three of Cambridge’s wild turkeys were waiting for me.

au Bon Pain Holiday Gobblers - In the flesh and feathers
au Bon Pain Holiday Gobblers – In the flesh and feathers
 

Close-up of the au Bon Pain Holiday Gobblers - In the flesh and feathers.jpg
We’re ready for your close-up, Mr. Turkey.
 

au Bon Pain
near Harvard Square
Mass Ave
Cambridge, MA.

Can’t quite read it, but I know what I like.


This week, a long freight train with some of the best graffiti we’ve seen in a long time passed through Lowell.

Freight Car Railroad Graffiti - CHEK AIC - Lowell MA
CHEK AIC – Freight car railroad graffiti, Lowell MA

The mark of someone who cares: They didn’t cover the numbers.
 

Near the Lowell Commuter Rail Station
Behind Thorndike Street
Lowell, MA

It was supposed to be very wet and very windy, so my bike was at home.


While we were trapped on the Red Line on the Longfellow Bridge, we were watching this Duck Boat splash around in the Charles:

Duck Boat in the Charles River on a gray October day.
Duck Boat in the Charles River on a gray October day.
 

Meanwhile, back on commuter rail on the way home, a uniquely-written story of a kid from Iceland in the early 1900s…

“Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was”
Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was
 

[1] View from the Red Line
[2] View from the Lowell Commuter Rail.

Even the bike lanes are mobbed nowadays.


I had a rough commute this morning.

Nashua Street Park
(Along the banks of the Charles River)
Boston, MA

The coast of Maine.


I’m scared of heights (any heights), but jumping around the Maine coastline does not bother me.

Bass Harbor, Maine | Acadia National Park
Marlin on the sand.
 

Little Sea Bird | Bass Harbor, Maine | Acadia National Park
A little sea bird.
 

Tidal Pool | Bass Harbor, Maine | Acadia National Park
Tidal pool.
 

Rocks on the Coast | Bass Harbor, Maine | Acadia National Park
Rocks. Lots of rocks.
 

Flock of Seagulls on the Rocks | Bass Harbor, Maine | Acadia National Park
A flock of seagulls.
 

Pine Trees, Granite, and the Sea | Bass Harbor, Maine | Acadia National Park
Pine Trees, Granite, and the Sea.
 

Acadia National Park
Bass Harbor
Maine