Lil Bro’s Visit


This is my brother.











He came to visit for the weekend and we had a blast. We toured the Harpoon Brewery; made our way through the crowds at Faneuil Hall; met up with Daisy, who happened to be in town; and saw the Blue Man Group. I don’t have visitors very often, but when I do, I enjoy it. I see the city that I’ve called home for 13 years in a different light. Even just riding the T with a non-city person is a hoot. When taking someone around the city, I am reminded why I live here, i.e., I am reminded why I continue to live in a expensive place that I really can’t afford. I need to be in the sometimes beautiful, sometimes frustrating, sometimes ugly, sometimes comforting city.

Back to my brother. He is always up for adventure, which is why he makes a great tourist and travel partner. He also makes mundane activities, such as grocery shopping, fun. I look forward to many more years of traveling and exploring with him. England 2013!





It’s Still Summer!


I winced when I looked at the calendar the other day and saw that August is upon us. To add insult to injury, I received my first “back to school” ad in the mail today. No. Just no.

In other news, dear readers…has anyone ever had an itchy rash that consists of a few clear, pimple-sized bumps sprinkled on the arms, back, and legs? I have no idea if I am suddenly allergic to something, or if I am being slowly eaten alive by microscopic insects. But I’ve had this issue for a week now.

And in other completely unrelated news, if I ever think about leaving Boston, remind me that Boston is the ninth best beer city in the world. According to a guy named Zane Lamprey. Boston beat out my other adopted home of London! Blimey.

Vive Ut Vivas


Vive ut vivas

Carpe diem

Memento mori

Dum vivimus, vivamus

Vivere disce, cogita mori

All different ways of saying “live life to the fullest.” I’ve been thinking about this idea for the past few days. Twelve people in Colorado were killed in a movie theater. A movie theater! Malls, college campuses, workplaces…someday some of us might just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s a sobering thought…the whole “you could get hit by a bus/be shot in a movie theater tomorrow”…

The upcoming Olympics has also spurred these thoughts. The closest I have ever been to a tragedy (knock on wood) is witnessing the aftermath of the London bombings in ’05. I think it was announced that London won the bid for the 2012 Olympics the day before the bombings. My mother and I were in England’s Lake District on 07/07/05, and a taxi driver broke the news to us. At first we thought he was going to talk about the winning bid, and then he said “…bombing.”

It’s hard to stay in the present…to seize the day. It’s hard for me to do, at least. It’s a lesson I hope I can learn someday.

Excursion to Harvard


In the near future, I am going to stand somewhere on the Harvard campus and have someone take a picture of me wearing this shirt:













I attended my 15th college reunion last weekend. It was nice to see my friends and walk around campus. I barely recognized the campus! Much has changed. My friends and I exchanged many laughs while reminiscing. We had quite a few adventures during our college careers in our small college town. I leave you with a photo of a Geneseo sunset. The campus overlooks a valley, and watching the sunset from “the Gazebo” is a popular thing to do.