Monthly Archives: April 2009

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The trip to New York was successful for many reasons, but the most important one is that we were able to go to a taping of the Daily Show.  Jon was funny in the pre-show question/answer period and he was really cute when a section was over and congratulated the kid who was playing Samantha Bee’s kid.  I just wish we had a better guest! Oh well…

We also went to the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, the Strand bookstore, an independent bookstore that was catergorized by country, and a whole lot of blocks. I think we walked about 10 miles one day because we went up to 82nd from 29th and then down to 11th and back to 29th. My feet were dead tired.

Either way, we are going back for a taping of the Colbert Report in June so I cannot wait for that!

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New York!

Tomorrow, I brave my first bus to New York. We did not book Fung Wah, but rather the Bolt Bus and hopefully it will be better than not. At least our hotel is close to the drop off point so we won’t have to worry about that too much.

Plans include:
Going to the Museum of Natural History
Going to see a taping of the Daily Show
Going to FAO Schwarz to look at the Muppet Factory
Walking through Central Park

We did also get tickets to the Colbert Report for June, so that will be our next trip. That one, though, might just be a quick in and out. Not sure yet.

Paul Revere

Tomorrow is the actual Patriot’s Day here in Massachusetts, we just celebrate on the third Monday of April each year. However, tomorrow is also the first day of tours for us and I have the afternoon tour.

I have spent the last hour or so, looking over my notes and books from last year to refresh my memory and hoping that the jerk from Concord who interrupted my talk the other day does not have a cousin who will be walking with me for an hour.

I mean, really, do you think that the tourists care what famous people came from my hometown? I can only name 2 anyways, most of the rest were imported for the private high school and left soon after.

Paul Revere Gets His Horse
Paul Revere Gets His Horse

Anyways, I have printed up a copy of the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere…generally, you have someone on your tour who is about 58-65 who was made to memorize the poem as a younger child. The last paragraph makes a nice ending for our long walk together, though…

“So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere”
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If you are in the area tomorrow night, the annual Lantern Ceremony is taking place at Old North Church. It is an interesting event to go to as you get to see the Church completely full, including a fife corps, and hear from a variety of people. There is also an event at the Charlestown Navy Yard after the ceremony.

After this weekend, work ramps up, school ramps up, my family situation ramps up, and parties galore are happening. Looks like I won’t get too much sleep till November.

PS GO BRUINS!!!

The Weather

Most of my job involves me talking to visitors from around the world, trying to help them understand Boston and getting around. The other day, we had about 300 people come in and I swear, most of them complained about the weather.

Now, this was Tuesday…so it was in the 40s and a bit windy, but nothing horrible. The sun was shining, no rain or snow. And it just started to get on my nerves.

So, the boy comes to pick me up from work and we go over to Kinkos to photocopy some papers, bitching about work while there and then start the walk back. Just before we got into Government Center, I exclaimed “Its just weather, people! Suck it up!!”

And I guess I said it louder than I meant…because two guys (who looked like construction workers) busted out laughing.

At least I was able to amuse someone that day.

Oh, and I saw a woman with mittens, a scarf, and winter hat on yesterday. When it was 60. So glad today is my Saturday.