Sunday, June 22, 2008


After leaving Monhegan on 6/19 we drove to Boston. It was about a 4 hour drive. We left at about 3 pm and arrived at 7 pm. We stayed at Frost House in Apt #3. It was a very convenient location in Porter Square. There was no breakfast but there was a Shaw's nearby so we got some supplies. The partment was very comfortable and very roomy since it had a separate kitchen, after the 1 bedroom in Monhegan. I had expected the futon the take up the whole living room but it not only had a futon which folded out into a bed for K1 and K2 but also a sofa and a small dining table. There were a lot of pretty furnishings that they liked.

Porter Square has changed a lot since I was last in Boston which was about 20 years ago. There are a lot more dining choices (besides Unos and Christophers's) - Wok and Roll which we tried, Tamarind House (which I would have liked to try) and a Korean place in the Porter Square Exchange (which we tried). The Porter Square Exchange also houses the Lesley University (used to be College when I lived in Boston) and the Porter Square Tavern which seemed a little noisy to us. Mostly we did take out since all these places were about a block or two away from the Frost House.

I never really liked Boston when I lived there - the main reason was that Boston sports fans can be obnoxious on the T and it seemed like there were always obnoxious sports fan on the T - if not Red Sox fans then it was the Bruins or the Celtics. Fortunately, the Celts had already won the 2008 NBA when we got there. I wasn't looking forward to riding the T with drunken fans. Mostly Bostonians which seem to be identified with the label of Brahmin liberal northeasterners and can be summarized by what I read here:

John Quincy Adams had seen this day coming for years. His only consolation was that he had helped postpone it till now. The son of the man he considered most responsible for American Independence, Adams felt a peculiar responsibility for the outcome of the republican experiment. And these last few years the experiment hadn't been turning out well at all. His father, John Adams, and most of the other Founders had feared that republicanism would degenerate into democracy: that government of the people would become government by the people. Nothing in history disposed them to look hopefully on such a development, for never in history had ordinary people run their own affairs without very quickly running them into the ground. The elder Adams linked arms after the Revolution with those who sought to curb the popular excesses of the revolutionary era; at Philadelphia in 1787 they wrote a constitution that took power from the states and conferred it on the central government, and in doing so diminished the influence of the people in politics generally. As vice president and then president, John Adams continued to work to keep power out of the hands of the unlettered and incompetent, and in the hands of those best suited by education and experience to exercise it responsibly.
-Preface to Andrew Jackson, His Life and Times, by H.W. Brands -
(Emphasis mine)

Perhaps things must be different now since Mitt Romney became governor.

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