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A piggyback ride?

Posted: August 1, 2013 in Uncategorized


Yes, that title is a very deliberate pun. Here I was, this morning, driving through the center of Woburn after dropping off the kids at daycare, when I saw a cop – yes, a bonafide Woburn city policeman – hitching a ride on the back of a construction truck.

That’s something you don’t see everyday.

I have to say that after nearly a year here in Massachusetts, I’ve found cops to be a somewhat different breed than their peers in Vancouver. More relaxed isn’t the right term, but I do find them a little more easy as they go about their business, not quite standoffish like they are in Vancouver. And, weirdly, less intimidating, if not more glum faced and serious looking.

But their ease of being with the community is on display here. You’ll never find a cop hitching a ride on the back of a construction truck in Vancouver, that’s for sure.


Hot stuff, part 2

Posted: July 18, 2013 in Uncategorized


See there, that’s proof of the hotness that has descended on this dear state of Massachusetts. Apparently heat records being set all over.

Hot stuff

Posted: July 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

Dressed in a leather bodice over a double-layer floor-length skirt complete with a tankard and pistol, Kat Kingsley, 28, a tour guide at King’s Chapel, prepared for her performance as Loyalist sympathizer Baroness Agnes Franklin. (COLM O’MOLLOY FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE)

Allow me to extend to my few (many?) readers a sincere apology for the utter lack of content on this blog since the week of April 15, 2013. It’s been a few months befitting the life of a lunatic – in-laws have been staying with us, a few other guests here and there, and in the midst of it all we are working on a big move to a new home in Malden.


As a kid, I always liked to watch the Boston Bruins on Hockey Night in Canada. For some reason, every single game – or really, every game and a half – seemed to be the Bruins versus the Montreal Canadiens, and being a long-suffering Vancouver Canucks fan, this was always a treat to see.


The news came as a blip on my smartphone:”Connecticut elementary school district in lockdown”. I closed the window thinking it was just another thing in the news, maybe some yahoo had fired a bullet into the air or there was an orange alert, or something else.


Those damn flag waving patriots?

Posted: October 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

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Where Keith sits down for the first time in two weeks, taking advantage of the precious couple of hours in the afternoon when his son is fast asleep in his crib:

KIEFER: OK, Keith, let’s get started.

KEITH (bleary eyed): Let’s do it.

KIEFER: So, how you doing these weeks?

KEITH: I’m all right. It’s sunny today for the first time in some time. (more…)