Sunday, August 14, 2011

Please Come to Boston

As you may have picked up from some of the comments yesterday, it was my birthday.

No biggie.  I'm a few couple years away from AARP-ville.

As luck would have it, we went to Boston for a get-away.  It was not planned for my birthday, as I don't really believe in that (at least until I turn 50!).  It's just that we had not taken any days off since we got married last November.

I know, I know.   We are horrible at taking vacation time.  And we are horrible at planning, but it works for us.

I am envious of Morty and George on taking months or years to plan their excursions.  We take hours - and rarely plan more than a month out of our departure date.  Sure, it leaves some limitations, but when we decide to go, it works for us.

As you can see, the streets of Boston knew of my special day.  g-d only knows what people thought as they saw me squat down for my red-hot photo session.  'Squat' being an appropriate word.  I had done too many of them the day before at the gym and each step, let alone going from sitting to standing, was painful.

But we had a full day.  We had a few things potential to do and left for our flight at the crack of dawn - or before.  Before 14:00 we put in a full day, but kept going. 

I love walking around the city - and we did.  At some point by the end of the day we jumped on the T, but the rest was all cardio and some quad workouts when it came to Beacon Hill.   I totally pre-worked off the ice cream I would eat after a late dinner. 

That being said, I didn't even finish my one beer (I know, right??) because the local wheat beer was just not good.  And I didn't finish the bread either, so I earned my dessert.

One of the things we did was head to the brand new Institute of Contemporary Art.

....a very cool space with some very average to above average art.  Nothing moved me - not really.  And the main exhibit was on music.....and you know how I feel about that.

I take that back. One piece I loved - and thought of my cousin David.  Guards were all around, and there was no way to take a picture of it - and I don't think a casual picture could have gotten the essence of it anyways:  Olympus 2009.   Even the link does not do it justice.

Boston, it is worth noting, is a great town. I am liking it better than the other two times I've been here, though it hasn't been as touristy for us this time. The first time it was 100% work, so I saw nothing that wasn't Boston Medical Center. 

But the people here do not smoke very much at all - unlike my trip to Denver.  ...and there are some really attractive men here.  Wicked hot.

It was a great day, birth one or not.  We did nothing special meal-wise or dessert-wise for the day.  My gift was getting away with the man I love and that was enough.  I didn't even get a t-shirt out of it - and the museum had two really cool designs, but they were in black.  I'm not a black t-shirt kind of guy.

So...............that's my story.  At least for today.

Song by:  Dave Loggins


Buddy Bear said...

Happy birthday! Sexy legs, by the way ... those squats really paid off!

anne marie in philly said...

I did some squats yesterday, along with lunges. the trainer tells me I am getting stronger. don't know if that's true or not, but it's only been 2 months since I started this experiment...

happy you had a nice birthday!

PS - detroit better start tanking so the tribe can regain 1st place - looking for you guys to meet us for the WS in october!

BosGuy said...

Happy Birthday... I'm so bummed I've missed you and by only a day at that. I'm ensconced in my little doll house for Carnival Week.

I so wish I could've met up with you in person to play the role of concierge.

I emailed you my phone # should you have any questions.


Mike said...

Happy belated celebration of your birth. Just saying that while you were at the ICA in Boston, you were just down the street from our place. I know we were out of town and couldn't meet up with you anyway, but I'm just saying...

Glad you enjoyed the city -- hope to catch you on some future trip.

Will said...

I lived in Boston from 1962 (arrived for college) until 2007 when I retired early from MIT and moved to NH to finally be with my husband full time. I fell in love with Boston within two weeks, one of its great attractions bring how easy it is to walk it. Glad you had a good time there, and happy belated birthday!

Erik Rubright said...

Happy Belated Escape from the Womb Remembrance Day!