So my Aunt, the excellent gardener that she is, set me up with a bit of color for the spring. The last time I visited, she sent me home with a set of Hyacinths; small bulbs in small forcers, just waiting to be put by a window.
They took a while, but the little bulbs that drove home with me from Connecticut finally found their stride, and opened up right as March was knocking on the door.
I can’t overstate how excellent it is to have flowers in the spring. Even more so when there’s still a pile of snow on the ground. See the background of the pictures? That’s my first story window… with 5ft of snow outside it. They brighten everything up, and make the cold and dark winter seem a thing of the past… even if the remnants of that winter are still blocking the view out of my damn window. Go away snow!
Being unemployed is no fun… but thankfully, I have a lot of friends who’ve been keeping me busy.
Busy being events like dressing up, and going to the symphony. Yeah, Boston Symphony Orchestra. Who’s fancy now, huh? Me. That’s who.
The show we went to see was the Legend of Zelda symphony – LoZ is known for its amazing music, so this was taking that video game score (music made up of, basically, beeps) and having it performed by a complete, world-class orchestra.
It was, in a word, excellent. I’m sure I could have gotten even more out of it if I’d ever played the games, but unfortunately those weren’t part of my childhood – Starcraft and Mathblaster were my growing up tools, and I can tell you honestly that if I heard an orchestra playing the Starcraft theme music, I’d be in tears within minutes. Even so, I very much enjoyed hearing the music from such a landmark series.
The way it was presented was almost like a fan-video. Basically, the orchestra would play, and there’d be a projected video going on for that specific piece, generally a compilation from the game that the piece was in. I loved getting the chance to explore the Legend of Zelda worlds… even the brief and shallow dip that I had in the ocean of what’s been made.
And yes, I did spend roughly three hours going through Wikipedia, learning the plotlines of the games I’d seen.
As we’ve discussed, Boston deals with this thing called “snow” during the winter.
It’s white, sometimes fluffy and light, and sometimes wet and heavy. So far this winter, it’s mostly been light and fluffy.
But in either case, it takes up a lot of room, and we have to put it somewhere. MIT is of the opinion that you should take an open lot, and build a mountain in that open lot. Using the spare snow, of course.
So when I had a chance to have lunch with a friend, and that lunch happened to be near where this mountain had been built… we had to go and explore.
We took the back route onto the hill, where some MIT kids had built a rather amazing sledding ramp, and ascended our way up to the top of the pile. The pictures honestly do it a little too much justice… it was a total of 25ft high, maybe 35 if you’re being generous. And it was packed pretty solidly – the way that they built it up was by packing it down and then driving excavation equipment on top of the pile, to pile more snow on top. So there were industrial ramps packed down leading up to the top for the drivers to use… impressive, definitely.
We couldn’t stay too long, of course, since some of the MIT facilities staff noticed us exploring and clambering around… and they started clamoring on their own for us to “get down from there you crazy kids!”. I can see their point – a few ice-slides had obviously happened around the base, so it probably wasn’t the most stable of mountains to be exploring…