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If the ‘writing’ and posting to this blog does indeed have roots, I am not aware of them. Random doesn’t happen with forethought.

I can say, roots be damned, that I do, as the mood allows, like to string a few words together. Some call it writing. That’s a classification more sophisticated than what happens here. I prefer to call it cuneiform or scrawling.

Travel is a topic as good as any to scrawl about.

As a strange habit, I shoot poorly composed photos of paths leading off into the distance. It is either inspirational or tedious. You can find a sampling of this nonsense on The World page.

I posted a few new ones to the page and included them below.

Fort Santiago, Manila, Philippines

Fort Santiago, Manila, Philippines

Harvard University, Boston

Harvard University, Boston

Capitol Crescent Trail, Maryland

Capitol Crescent Trail, Maryland

Mt. St. Helens, Washington

Mt. St. Helens, Washington

Billy Goat Trail, Maryland

Billy Goat Trail, Maryland

Harper's Ferry and Shenandoah River, West Virginia

Harper’s Ferry and Shenandoah River, West Virginia

Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C.

Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C.

Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

Upper Dark Hollow Trail, Virginia

Upper Dark Hollow Trail, Virginia

Tourist Information Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tourist Information Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Quad biking, Kenya

Quad biking, Kenya

 

Get back to your roots.

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As the Boston Red Sox are in the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, let’s muse on my recent visit to Fenway Park in Boston.

My quest to see a game in all MLB stadiums continues. Only seven more to go (San Diego, Colorado, Arizona, St. Louis, Kansas City, Houston and Texas).

Fenway Park (Boston, Massachusetts) – Home of the Boston Red Sox

Highs

  • Right in the heart of the Fenway neighborhood and near the Back Bay neighborhood, it’s the perfect place to watch a game and find a drink after (say at….The Baseball Tavern or Yard House – with a mere 150 beers on tap).
  • Cozy is the word. Very quaint (capacity is 37,400) compared to most other parks.
  • Old school design with green everywhere. I like how the concession areas are loudly labeled with arrows so you don’t go astray. Clamoring ‘Beer and nuts’, ‘Cold Beer’, ‘Pizza’ and ‘Burgers and Fries’.
  • The Italian sausage was solid. The beer was wet and frothy.

Lows

  • Boston squeaked by the lowly Chicago White Sox, 4-3, after almost blowing a 4-0 lead.
  • The Green Monster (the name of the wall in left field) is iconic lexicon in baseball. But not that interesting…although it does date back to the original 1912 design. And it had a longer history as not green and known as ‘The Wall’.
  • Wally the Green Monster (official mascot) is unnecessary. Stop that.
  • The bleacher seats are like squeezing into a matchbox. The guy in front of me gesticulated his arm into my space to talk at someone nearby and knocked my beer, spilling 18.7% on my lap (I measured). Not complete disaster as I didn’t lose all my beer and I don’t care what I smell like.

Verdict: In the top 3 or 4 of all 26 stadiums I’ve visited. But not the best! I haven’t really tried to rank them all. Someday.

It’s a home run!

Welcome to Fenway!

Welcome to Fenway!

Go

View from the bleachers

View from the bleachers

Play ball

Play ball

Just follow the sign

Just follow the sign

It's about that time

It’s about that time

Stop that, Wally

Stop that, Wally

Green Monster

Green Monster

Next up: PNC Park

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No context necessary. Indulge.

Kuma's life-long dream was to attend Harvard. And pee in the Yard.

Kuma’s life-long dream was to attend Harvard. And pee in the Yard.

Is that a Red Sox logo in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Is that a Red Sox logo in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

What happens when a Pittsburgh baseball fan discovers Photoshop.

What happens when a Pittsburgh baseball fan discovers Photoshop.

Jeremy and Kuma go to White Castle.

Jeremy and Kuma go to White Castle.

Conundrum of the day: Do people in Portland like beer?

Conundrum of the day: Do people in Portland like beer?

Random.

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If you have it in your head to drive to Boston from Washington, D.C., pause and reflect on the following treatise. I’m only going to say this once.

Reason 1: It costs $45 in tolls. Each way. That equals $90 for you mathletes. Re-read that so I don’t have to type it again.

Reason 2: Traffic. Seriously, Boston? You guys stink. You have the worst traffic! I’ve been to such places as Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Bangkok, Nairobi, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, D.C., London and plenty more. Based on my replicable and highly scientific opinion and the fact that I was there only a week ago, you win. Congrats.

Reason 3: The design of the city roads makes no sense. Zero. Zilch. Nada. You can’t get to Point B from Point A. Can’t be done. Don’t try. You can get to Point Z, if you close your eyes and don’t care where Point Z is. You can check-in anytime you like, but you can never leave.

Reason 4: Emergency and service vehicles clog the roads. Is that a dead guy with five police cars and two ambulances on this tiny one way street? Yes, turn around if you can. Oops, is that another accident two blocks away blocking your detour of the last accident? Why, yes. Now that you’re completely off track, is that bridge closed because some drunk dude is blocking traffic? Absolutely. Pat yourself on the back if you manage to somehow sneak through this labyrinth of craziness.

Reason 5: Construction. Unions must have a deal with the city to churn up every road at 100 yard intervals and then sit around all day long. I’m picturing something out of The Departed, with construction crews busy burying broken bodies…

Reason 6: Traffic lights. I spent 25 minutes at one intersection, that had to be the worst designed and most poorly timed light on Earth. But I rather enjoyed it, because at least I understood what was happening. Unlike Reasons 3-5.

Reason 7: Gas prices. That’s a solid 900 mile (both ways) road trip without detours. It won’t cost as much as a flight, but when you add in a rental car, it sure is close.

Reason 8: Enough complaining. Maybe now I’ll write something about my trip.

Good Reasons to Drive to Boston

Reason 1: You have a wiener dog riding shotgun.

Reason 2: Cool wind in my hair, the warm smell of colitas rising up through the air.

Reason 3: Detours. You can go to places like Newport, RI, Cape Cod, Plymouth Rock and Stamford, CT.

Reason 4: To listen to all the music and podcasts you need to catch up on.

Read this again for the first time!

Boston

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