Shred Fest


I went through my paper files last night, as I do at the end of every year. I looked at my pile of utility bills from the year and wondered if I needed to keep them. I hopped online and searched “how long does one need to keep utility bills.” I looked at a few sites, just to compare their answers. I trusted this CNN page more than the answer.coms and wiki sites.

Great, I could shred those utility bills! And wait, I guess I didn’t need my bank statements from 2006…and I could shred all of my credit card statements, too. My little baby shredder is going to be on fire today! I hope not literally; that dang thing gets hot.

Happy shredding! And a happy new year to all. I came across this site today and thought it would serve as a good resource for starting off a new year…

The End Is Near


The end of 2011, that is. Hope everyone survived, maybe even enjoyed, the holidays. I can’t quite believe that it is over. The lack of snow has thrown me for a loop. I am still listening to Christmas music and slogging my way through the remainder of the baked goods explosion in my kitchen.

I am not sorry to see 2011 in the rearview mirror. I hope that 2012 brings some positive change. Here are a few quotes to ponder:

“The object of a new year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes.  Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions.  Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.” —G.K. Chesterton

“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.” —T.S. Eliot

“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.” —Abraham Lincoln

Wide Right


I’ll be starting my birthday list with a bang on January 1. I scored free Pats tickets for being a dedicated volunteer. The Pats gave a number of free tickets to the organization that I volunteer through, and I was lucky enough to get a pair!

This will be my first time attending a professional football game. It is especially poignant because the Pats are playing the Bills = my hometown team growing up. Now, I do not follow any sport whatsoever. I don’t particularly care for sports. I don’t like that there are losers in every game…which is the whole point of sports. What can I say, I don’t have a competitive bone in my body.

I can pinpoint the moment when I stopped watching sports. Although I have never loved sports, I remember watching games as a teenager, probably out of boredom. Anyway, the moment.

It was Super Bowl XXV. Poor Scott Norwood missed the field goal and the Bills lost the Superbowl. I was crushed. I felt SO bad for Scott Norwood. I remember feeling quite emotional and thinking, no more. I cannot take this excruciating devastation.

I’ve been to a few live soccer, hockey, and baseball games in my lifetime, and they have been fun. I have felt like an anthropologist at the games, busy studying the sports fans. I am interested to see what football fans are like…

A Christmas Miracle for Boston


The OtherSide Café is NOT closing. The deal fell through to sell the building. I feel bad for the mattress store next door, which was selling off its inventory. Well, I hope that the OS is safe and sound for years to come.

In other news, I have my first birthday list item lined up. I’ll be going to the Brighton Musical Hall in February. It used to be called Harper’s Ferry. Harper’s Ferry was on my birthday list for a couple of years, and I never got around to checking it out. This is the year, thanks to Saul Williams.