Monthly Archives: April 2015

Exploring Quincy, a second recon run

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Wednesday, 15-April-2015

 

Today was gorgeous.

And what do we do on gorgeous days?  Do we stay at home and apply to jobs?  Do we sit at computers in the dark, not exploring or enjoying the sun?  Do we?!?!

Yes.  But then what do we do after?

We explore and enjoy the sun!

 

Which, incidentally, is exactly what Tara and I did with Quincy Quarries.  We drove down, and for once we didn’t even hit super horrible rush hour traffic at 2:00 in the afternoon!  It was just normal rush hour traffic at 2:00 in the afternoon.  Damnit Boston, your rush hour is ridiculous.

But past the driving adventure, the quarries were lovely – a huge departure from the previous time I’d been there (Ed Note: See post “A quick Quincy recon” for details, dear readers!) due to the… what’s it called… Ohh!  Ground!

Yeah, due to being able to see the ground.  Kind of crazy, there not being 3 feet of snow, right?  I mean, it’s not like Boston has been held hostage by nearly 10ft of snow this year… <cries in the corner>

 

Anyways.

The trip was lovely, please see the pretty pictures below.

 

 

On the excellence of microadventures

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Spring, 2015

Note: This post is based off the New York Times article on the same subject: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/22/travel/the-virtues-of-microadventures.html?_r=0

 

So, I’ve been stuck inside a lot recently – cold / dark winters can do that to you, especially when they’re combined with losing a job and needing to spend time doing the whole job hunt thing.  So when Daniel sent me this link, it resonated pretty well with me.  I could only do so much, but what I could do I’ve been working on vigorously.

First, I’ve been sleeping outside a lot more.  It’s not bad – I have a back porch that’s nicely secluded, and isn’t easily accessable.  It’s in the back, hence the name, and so street noises don’t transfer too much.  And by layering my mattress pad on top of the crash pads that I have for climbing, it’s actually really comfortable.  A zero degree sleeping bag does definitely help though.

And aside from sleeping outside, it’s finally warm enough to start biking again!  I’ve re-visited my love for the Boston Esplanade, but I’m also trying to explore more places around.  Instead of picking a destination and a projected path, I’ve been just following a circuit trail, and then veering off anytime I find something interesting.  I’ve been exploring a lot of the new construction around Storough Drive thanks to this plan, and it’s quite fun.

Outside of the city, I’m hitting up short daytrips more and more as well… an advantage to being unemployed, I guess.  I’ve climbed during the day a ton, and have gotten to get some early runs throughout Quincy – way earlier than I normally would have.  Climbing was cold, but it’s actually easier to climb when it’s chilly out; you don’t sweat, and shoes are nice and solid for holding onto tiny little edges.

 

Future goals with this entail doing more photography, and hiking around Boston some more.  There’s tons of construction, so possibly exploring those as they’re built?

Ben makes an Easter Ham for the first time – Easter Sunday, 2015

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Sunday, 05-April-2015

 

The family’s Passover Seder was finished, the leftovers sitting in my fridge just waiting to be warmed up and snarfed down.

But unlike most Jewish households during Passover, I had bread on my shelves.  I even had a ham sitting in the fridge!  Was I the worst Jew ever?  Nope!  I was the best, since I was being a good host!

But Ben!” you may ask, “How does any of that have anything to do with being a host?

Well, unnamed person who’s asking me questions in my own head,” I’d reply, “I’m being a good host by throwing an Easter Sunday dinner for my friends who’re far from home!

Ohh wow, you’re such an awesome person Ben!  I wish I was like you!

Ohh stop flattering me, voice-inside-my-head, you’re too kind!

 

Baseline, we made dinner.  Daniel and I did some climbing early in the day, hitting up the usual Yoga class with Emma, and then roping up for a few lead climbs.  I even finished my project cleanly!  Not just once, but twice in a row!  But we had to cut it a bit short, since the Ham was slated to take a while in the oven, and there was other prep work that needed doing before dinner could be served.

So Emma and I biked back to the house while Daniel hit up Whole Foods for the last few bits that were missing – including some Oysters for us prep people… simply to keep us fed and able to cook well, of course.

 

The rest of the night was finishing the food, hanging out with people as they trickled in, and generally having an extremely lovely Easter Dinner.  We had everything – ham, sweet potatoes, normal potatoes, bread, drinks, ginger beer, all the fun stuff that one expects from Easter when a Jew is cooking it.  We even had Mandelbread for me, so that I could rock some kind of bread-shaped-food!