Thursday, November 30, 2006

Hezbollah cracks me up

I never thought I'd utter (type?) those words. The last organization you expect to use nonviolence to make a point is a group like Hezbollah.

I wonder if the headline was meant to be humorous?

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Turkey is overrated

My family actually voted against having turkey this Thanksgiving, so we had some roast chicken instead. The dry, tasteless white meat from a chicken is similar enough to that of a turkey.

It was a generally uneventful evening, minus the repeated declarations of one dinner guest (brought by the son of a family friend) that she was a Zionist. Literally, whenever talking about her upcoming trip to the Holy Land or the group she will be traveling with (which was often), she'd somehow work in the phrase "I'm a Zionist," like she was the only person at the table who was a supporter of Israel. I'm fairly sure that no one present at my mother's lovely Thanksgiving meal hated Israel. Heck, even right wing nutcase Jerry Falwell is apparently a Zionist.

I'm happy that our guest is one (a Zionist, not right wing nutcase) but as far as I know there was no prize for Best Zionist being given out after dinner. Maybe next year.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I work in advertising, therefore I must be....

I may work in advertising, but I like to think that I'm not as bad as this video makes me seem.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Bagel Sacrilege in West Roxbury

I watched as a woman committed bagel sacrilege this morning.

Cream cheese and meat do not belong together.

I grew up in a kosher home. That was definitely where part of the horror came from. But when I told my gentile co-workers about what I'd witnessed and they were grossed out as well, I knew that the woman in the bagel store had committed some sort of crime against food.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Noise Pollution

The neighbors are at it again- playing bad music at a volume that ensures that anyone in a 3 block radius can hear. And, of course, the baby spent a good portion of the day screaming, since he hates the music too. Perhaps his parents should get the hint.

I was pondering their choice of music earlier, lamenting to my roommate that not only do we have neighbors who play music at an ungodly volume, it's that they play bad music loud enough to wake the dead. In my roommate's ideal world, there would be Music Police top stop people from playing music like the stuff coming from downstairs. I think that's a brilliant idea.

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Chelsea's WWI Memorial 2.0

Went to the unveiling ceremony Saturday of the new WWI memorial in front of Chelsea High School (a friend teaches there). I'm not sure I've been to a formal celebration of Veterans Day ever before. It was an appropriate tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom.

From the Boston Globe:

Ernie Sullivan was searching for a hands-on project for his Advanced Placement U.S. History class when he told his students to research a World War I memorial near Chelsea High School. What he and the teenagers found, he said, was a "huge historical omission."
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The plaque didn't include the names of more than three dozen soldiers with ties to Chelsea who died during the war.

On Saturday, the work that began as a class project in 2001 culminated with the dedication of a new memorial with 99 names -- including 41 that weren't on the original. The ceremony was attended by Sullivan, his former students, veterans and city officials.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Kerry Fallout in Boston

I was checking out something on the Mayor's 24 Hour Constituent Service page today, and noticed that if you go to the drop down menu labeled "Code" and scroll down you'll see the option to choose "Kerry Fallout," among other options like "Abandoned Cars" and "Code Enforcement."

Umm.. maybe I'm a relative newbie to Boston (I've been here about a year), but can someone please explain what "Kerry Fallout" is, and why is it on the Constituent Service page?