Boston: The Other White Meat

Hello all, I hail from Portland, Maine. I haven’t really seen it in daylight yet, but I have a feeling it will be very pretty.

After I left work on Saturday, I hopped a flight to Atlanta. Yes, Atlanta. I know it’s stupid. I don’t really understand the stupid hub system. So in order to go from Kansas City to Portsmouth, I have layover in Atlanta. Dumb. But the next flight was to Boston, which at least was going in the right direction. I hate to fly, because it gives me motion sickness. The Delta pilots knew about my problem, so they flew through every patch of turbulence they could find, and then smashed the plane into the runway with enough force to dent the concrete.

The plan was to stay in Boston Saturday night and then rent a car to drive to Portland. That meant I got to spend the entire day today wandering around Boston. Of course, the fact that the convention was happening starting tomorrow meant it was a very unique time to see the city. I visited the USS Constitution, which is a beautiful commissioned tallship. Because of all of the terror threats that Boston has gotten of late, the security was insane. There were Boston police, State police, ATF agents, Secret Service, SWAT, Navy police, Federal agents in full armor. I’ve never seen that much of an armed presence. The USS Constitution is parked about a block from the convention center, so I suppose it’s understandable. Here is a picture:

I really enjoy taking pictures of tallships. My living room is tallship themed. So I took a bunch of pictures today and hopefully at least one of them will join the decor. Here are some samples…

I’m not sure where the fascination came from. I’ve never owned a sailboat. I don’t know how to sail a boat. I grew up in Kansas, for pity’s sake. But nonetheless, the fascination is very real.

While I walked around the city, I also got to see some serious preparations being made for the convention. I saw the FEMA staging area, where they were setting up a huge triage area, I suppose on the chance of a terrorist actually doing something. I also got to see all of the heavily guarded back entrances to the convention center. Each street leading up behind the center was barricaded and had at least 8 or 10 armed guards. There were dozens of helicopters circling around, many of them military, some of them coast guard. They seem pretty serious about not having an incident.

I will probably visit Boston again this week sometime, since it’s only about 80 miles from here, but I won’t be doing it the first couple days of the week, because the are closing Interstate 93 during the convention. I-93 runs under the Atlantic, right next to the convention center. I guess they decided it was too big of a security risk, so they just chose to shut it down totally. Many Bostonians have taken the week off so they won’t have to find a way to get to work.

Crazy.

The best thing so far about the Northeast, is the food. I’m telling you, every restaurant is awesome. I haven’t had anything yet that wasn’t perfect, and I’m a PICKY eater. Just ask “Lynne” and “Andrea.” I do “Quality control” on my food, even on McDonalds fries…

I will have more to report once I’ve actually seen my true destination, but for now, I’m going to go watch TV till morning. Bye.

  24 comments for “Boston: The Other White Meat

  1. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Incredipete That’s not one of the words I censor…

  2. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Jackie fuck

  3. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Incredipete Well, it’s that very right to free speech that allows me to delete comments from my site if I don’t like them. **** you if you don’t ******* like it. 🙂

  4. HRT
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: HRT What do you mean I can’t use certain ******* words? This is a *** **** free country you ***** I should be able to say whatever the **** I ******* want to!!! You ******!!! *** **** I can’t stand ******* censorship you ***** this is supposed to be the *** **** Internet for ****** sake? How the **** do you think you can ******* censor me you *************** piece of bull-****??

  5. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Incredipete Oh, and Anisettekiss, there are definitely no rules on my comments. If you use certain words, I might delete them, but you won’t know what they are until you use one on the list. Feel free to visit anytime!

  6. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Jackie I enjoyed reading your update so much,it was very interesting.I hope you will write about more of your travels. Nice pictures too. We have an obbsession with ocean pictures.

  7. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Leah You were in Boston?! That’s 15 minutes from where I live !!!

  8. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Anisettekiss Nothin’. Just dropping by to say hello. You can’t expect everyone to have a point. I didn’t see any comment rules posted, so bite me.

  9. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: JoeCartoon Ahhh… Hartsfield International Airport… That brings back some memories. Kinda like the old Chrisitan Okoye murals they used to have in MCI. Nothing beats good ole 5th Ward Hobby down here in Houston though. It is the most ghetto piece of trash ever. Oh, and see how much easier this is to read when it’s not radioactive orange!

  10. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Incredipete I can’t wait to take all of you to the “Biggest Prairie Dog in the World”!!!

  11. HRT
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: HRT In the future I’m going to create a e-pal’s travel agency. Basically you will pay a small fee and then get to visit towns and cities around the world where your Internet pals live. Each e-pal will be the host city at least once. When you’re the host, people come from wherever and you visit all the touristy crap you bypass all the time. This way when say someone from Denver is hosting you’ll go to the Rockies and do all that stuff. When DC is the host city everyone will go to the White House and all that crap. When NYC is the host city, ground zero the Statue of Liberty. etc. It’ll be just like a regular travel agency, but at least this one you’ll have an actual native showing you both the touristy sites and the cooler underground stuff. Plus you finally get to meet all of your e-pals. It’ll be cool.

  12. Ms.
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Ms. Right Literally, I have only been to the ocean one time in the 6 years I’ve been living here. Pathetic. Spankin time!

  13. HRT
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: HRT Dyslexia and bad typing skillz is a Biatch… Here?

  14. HRT
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: HRT The Philosophy, Sociology & Senility 101 class is begining here now. Bring hot strong coffee and your notebooks, there may be a quiz later…

  15. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Incredipete Ok, HRT. For you, I will do anything. The emails are gone forever.

  16. HRT
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: HRT Yes Incredipete, I am a loser. I did do it twice. It’s a habit. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, and you need to change your freaking e-mail settings on your comments page.

  17. HRT
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: HRT Ok I lived at the beach for two summers and got in the water a sum total of 3 times. For you math majors (Incredipete) that breaks down to 0.016 times a day. But even THAT is entirely better than never seeing the ocean. I hope that what you mean is that you don’t REGULARLY see the ocean. Please tell me that in the time that you have lived in Seattle, you’ve seen the ocean…before. Even if it’s not regularly.

  18. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Incredipete I think you are right, HRT. For instance, I live within 100 miles of the “Biggest Prairie Dog in the World” and I didn’t see that till I was 25. I guess you just don’t appreciate the things you have near you.

  19. Ms.
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Ms. Right I live in Seattle, and I never see the ocean. Does that make me a loser?

  20. HRT
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: HRT Well I live near where the Constitution’s twin sister the Constellation is docked. And I guess like a lot of things, familiarity breeds contempt or something like that. Because even though I’ve lived within 100 miles of the Constellation (now within 15 miles) and within 100 miles of the White House, all of my life, I’ve never been inside of either. But then I wonder how many people who live within the shadow of the St. Louis Arch have never been up that.

  21. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: chadly Hey man, glad to hear you’re having fun. And get some sleep!

  22. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Wendy Well then we are quite the little Incrediphotographer aren’t we? Very nice pictures.

  23. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: wilberteets Cool pictures. My sister was born near Boston. I haven’t been there for years though.

  24. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    AUTHOR: Incredipete There will be many more updates and pictures this week, because alas, I am a loser and that’s the most entertaining thing I can think of to do at night.

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