October 13, 2010

I was planning on using this post to link to a bunch of (at least for me) interesting stuff, but my 100.0 Mbps Internet connection here at the Crowne Plaza suspended over the Mass Pike here in Newton, Massachusetts is acting more like a 10.0 Mbps. Hard to believe in this day and age that you can get crappy Internet in a hotel like this. But that’s OK, I’ll make due with a few non-linky observations:

October in New England is beautiful. The colors seem to be a little dull, but the shimmering golden sunset to the west (it wouldn’t be to the east, right?) tonight was glorious to behold.

Most of the cabs in Boston now accept credit cards, and I say it’s about time. If there’s one industry that was slow in embracing the technology of the times it was the taxi industry. I understand why cabbies wouldn’t want it – they’re used to getting their payment on the spot instead of waiting for 3 or so days for their fares to process, but really, how many people carry cash around with them? I know I don’t. The only times I ever carry cash is when I travel; back in Gilbert I can count the number of times I’ve actually had money in my wallet this year on one hand.

Yesterday they were talking as if we were going to get a full-blown nor’easter this Friday – that would have been very cool – but now it looks as the storm isn’t going to blow up off the New Jersey coast like they originally thought. Instead it’s just going to be your average rain storm. Too bad.

Celebrated my birthday on my own in Boston’s North End at Pagliuca’s. “Try the veal, it’s the best in the city.” (Now what movie might that quote be from, eh?) The two glasses of house chianti I had weren’t bad either, and their bread is top notch – you simply can’t get bread like that in Arizona. Must be the dust.

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  1. Are you aware of an album of Brian Wilson’s called Reimagine Gershwin? Rod mentioned on his site and apparently he is covering standards…gotta check this out.

    Comment by Jana — October 13, 2010 @ 6:12 am


  2. Know that movie. The guy who said that didn’t fare very well. 🙂

    Comment by Rob — October 13, 2010 @ 8:25 am


  3. Happy birthday, GWS.

    I know that place. It’s a small family place, good food. Everyone minds his business. It’s perfect.

    Comment by Dave E. — October 13, 2010 @ 5:35 pm


  4. Thanks, Dave E – always good to hear from you. I knew Rob the movie buff would catch that line. I love it, it’s priceless.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — October 13, 2010 @ 7:06 pm


  5. Looks like Dave got it, too. 🙂

    Comment by Rob — October 14, 2010 @ 8:38 am


  6. Doug:

    Maybe Johnny Fountaine will sing at
    Killa’s wedding. That’s if we make him an
    offer he can’t refuse.

    Cub.

    Comment by Ron Cubby Myerow — October 14, 2010 @ 4:43 pm


  7. Happy birthday!

    Looks like you were staying in the Crowne Plaza as I was driving underneath it. I should have honked! 🙂

    We hit up ‘La Famiglia Giorgio’ in the North End on Friday night. If Pagliuca’s is as good as Giorgio’s, then your dinner had to be spectacular…I know mine was. I look forward to trying Pagliuca’s next time I’m in Boston.

    Comment by Dan — October 19, 2010 @ 7:12 pm


  8. Sorry for your comment not being posted immediately, Dan – I’ve fixed my spam filter so your future comments post immediately. Post away!

    I’ll have to try La Famiglia Giorgio next time I’m in town.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — October 19, 2010 @ 11:29 pm


  9. I think I’m going to need to work in more “The Godfather” quotes into my posts to keep everyone honest!

    Comment by The Great White Shank — October 20, 2010 @ 12:14 am


  10. Sorry for the delay in posting your initial comment, Jana – this WordPress comment authorization thing is making me crazy.

    I’ve heard clips from the Brian Wilson Gershwin CD, Brian’s best since “SmIle”, I think.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — October 20, 2010 @ 12:17 am


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