Monthly Archives: July 2005

National League West

Here’s something I’ve not seen before, although I’m sure it’s happened. With the slumping Padres, the entire National League West is below .500.

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Lynn North Shore Spirit

One more ballpark checked off last night on what now seems like a quest to visit every pro-baseball stadium within a reasonable drive of Boston before the end of the summer. I know that for some readers this might seem … Continue reading

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Mondovino

Ok, most people liked this documentary on the global wine business, and I expected to but didn’t. I guess this is the new style of documentary filmmaking: hand-held, whimsical cinematography; impressionistic and understated but insinuating interpretation. Not everyone can pull … Continue reading

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White Mountains weekend

Saturday morning I headed up 93 to the White Mountains. The White Mountain trails are not known for switchbacks, so I ‘profened up the knees considerably in preparation. On the trail by 10:40, it took me two hours exactly to … Continue reading

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Lowell Spinners

Another New England minor league ballpark checked off this summer. Up to Lowell (New York-Penn League, A) tonight with Dan and Henrik, a Hungarian friend. I always enjoy trying to explain baseball to foreigners! It was a great game for … Continue reading

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Shelby Lynne

Back to the Paradise this past weekend to see Shelby Lynne (July 17). It was a very good show, though, for someone who in interviews says she lives for performing, I thought she was a little uneasy on stage. Her … Continue reading

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Kafka in the Condos

Our latest Communication to our esteemed Board of Directors. I guess the idea that someone would not have a car in CA is just too much for them. July 12, 2005 … Homeowners Association Board of Directors [snip] Dear Board … Continue reading

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Crossing the street in Cambridge

Lots of people ask me, “John, how do mamage to get across the streets in Cambridge”? Cambridge drivers, of course, see pedestrians as so many tin cans to flatten. Here’s my strategy: First of all, no one is going to … Continue reading

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The Four Feathers

Here’s a movie so unmemorable that it wasn’t until forty minutes into it tonight that I realized that I’d seen it before, and it’s only from 2002. With the first plot twist, I was thinking that maybe I’d read the … Continue reading

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The end of a great bar

I discovered this week that one of my favorite Cambridge bars has closed, the Plough and Stars. I walked in for lunch the other day and found the sad owner, George, closing things up. He thinks it will re-open soon … Continue reading

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