(July 1) Northwest loop. It was the first nice day is about as long as I can remember. Very, very light traffic for some reason. Everyone must be on the interstates or something. Took the Minuteman to Bedford, then to Kimballs in Carlisle, to Carlisle center returning through Concord, by Walden, Lincoln, and Belmont.
Stopped at Kimball’s in Carlisle on the way out and got a small cup cherry choco chip. After I got home, a couple hours later, my BG was 145. I guess I should probably not do that again.
First time out since swapping the cassette. There’s a grinding in the smaller gears. Maybe I need to swap the chain out after all. Can’t think of what else that would be. But if the chain has stretched a little, and the cassette is brand new, maybe they don’t mesh quite right on the smaller gears.
(July 3) It was a beautiful day. I got an e-mail last night from Victor wondering if I wanted to do a lobster run to Cape Ann. As it turned out, I was able to get out of work, so "yes" was the answer to that.
We took the 8:30 train to Beverly Depot. I almost missed the train because everything near the Hatch Shell was all blocked off. All the bike paths were blocked, and even after going cross-country, it was still blocked as the Pops were arriving for a morning practice. Got through it and got to North Station with about 4 minutes to spare.
The rest of the day was spectacular. Victor is a faster rider than I am, which is good. It helps me to get faster, but I think I slowed him down a bit. He wanted to head back to Boston early, but I don’t like making that sort of trip without a good, long ride coming out of it. We got to Rockport around 11:30 and he wanted to go for lobster, but there really wasn’t time as the train back left at noon. So we got ice cream instead. Richardson’s sugarless black raspberry was mine and it was quite good although there was some ice in the center. That means careless storage.
I decided to continue on but decided also to get something more substatial to eat, so I went back downtown and did get the lobster (sorry Victor but there really wasn’t time). It was delish! So was the tomalley. $12 from Rays or Roy’s or Ron’s or something. It’s just a shack along the wharf in Rockport. Ah! Roy Moore, Google tells me. So as I was sitting on the bench gnawing away, I saw a woman with a most distinctive chewing gum mastication pattern. Sure enough, it was Lisa from Appleton Bakery.
After that, I headed back to Gloucester, but I think I got on the wrong Route 127. I was trying to follow some pavement markings ("Dan Henry’s") but they were weaving up and down and in and out and some were even marked out, so I eventually ended up in a "Private - do not enter" driveway. I circled back and found some markings that led me to a pedestrian bridge and when I crossed over I think I was on the inland 127 and not the one the follows the coast. But, now that I look at the map, I’ve changed my mind. I was definitely on the coastal route. I got twisted up somewhere around Hodgkins Cove. The route was following all those twisty turnys around the cove.
Anyway, back to Gloucester and I decided to get the 3:00 train back from Ipswich, so I headed out Route 133 through Essex to Ipswich. Route 133 isn’t a very nice road for most of the way, but it does have a wide, clean shoulder, so it works. Got to Ipswich about an hour before the train was due, so I decided to head to the next stop at Hamilton/Wenham. Got there with about 1/2 hour to spare.
Train home in a non air conditioned car (are they ever going to fix those?). Altogether about 65 miles and now I’ve done a full circuit of Cape Ann.
Changing the chain seemed to do the trick w/r/t the grinding. Smooth as silk the whole way.
Other weekend highlights:
Number of times dog puked on bed: 1
Time of puking: 3 AM
Fireworks watched: None at all. I guess I hate America. I don't normally go. It's a zoo down there. But I do usually watch a bit on tele. I'm really glad I didn't. When CBS took over broadcasting it, it really really sucked. Still does. Who do they have as emcee? Dr. Phil!?!?!?!?! Oh puleeze. Exactly what connection does he have to 1) Boston 2) 4th of July 3) History 4) Music 5) America 6) any demographic whatsoever. What were they thinking? Why not Simon Cowell? The consensus around here is that he was embarassingly bad. The Globe agrees.
Got Partician Magic installed and it worked perfectly. I now have enough room to install both Visual Studio and SQL Server 2005. Also, found buy.com has free version of Ghost 10.0 if you're in need (offer ends 8-July).
Phone is still out. Will be calling repair tomorrow.
My whiplash is back again. This time is worse than ever before. I need to find out what to do about this. My arm is going numb.
Super Size Me
ndependent filmmaker Morgan Spurlock takes a look at the state of diet and nutrition and its related health effects on modern American society. Using a "30-day McDonalds-only binge diet and no exercise' as the plot device to move the film along, he looks the health effects and societal "costs of fast food and its supporting industry.
The film works on many levels. It’s humorously presented, but there are a few spots where it gets notably serious, partcularly about 3/4 of the way along 30 days when the three doctors Spurlock consults during the month grow so concerned at the quick degeneration of his condition that they recommend he abandon the experiment.
Part of the film has a sort of Michael Moore quality where you can’t really tell how straight the information really is, but on the whole it’s a believeable and startling investigation, particularly with respect to the involvement of fast food in the school system. For whatever else you might think about fast food and "personal responsibility", schools present the industry with a captive audience. I recently did some volunteer work for Boston schools and I have to say I was shocked at the amount and type of blatent advertising in the hallways and cafeteria. There was nothing like that when I was in school (granted that was "quite some time" ago). Still, enormous advertisements for local television stations, Coca-cola (disguised as Minutemaid), and others was eye opening. But then, back when I was in school, the government still placed at least some value on education.
This is definitely a film worth watching.
; would watch again
Fiend by Harold Schechter
The last of the four serial killer books my freind lent me.
This one is particularly interesting to me as it takes place in Boston in the last quarter of the 19th century, a period I’ve spent some time studying. What strikes me about this book is the sloppy fact checking. Whether this is true of the other Schechter books or not, I have no way of knowing, but things as simple as place names are way off. For example, Boston does not, and as far as I know, never has had a jail called "Tombs": that’s New York; there is no Dorchester Street, it’s Dorchester Avenue (although I’m willing to consider there may, at one time, have been a Dot Street); there is no such thing as South Boston Bay, it’s Dorchester Bay; and on and on. None of this is materially significant, but it diminishes the book’s credibility somewhat.
It’s also very repetitious and constantly drawing parallels (whether warranted or not) with modern serial killers like John Wayne Gacy and Jeffrey Dahmer. While I suppose some comparison can be made, at least with respect to the psychopathy of all of them, the point really only needs to be made once. Likewise, endlessly comparing the point about the public blaming dime novels, in Pomeroy’s case, with violent video games and movies in later teen killers.
All that said, the book is worth reading to shed light on a "trial of the century" about a century ago. Pomeroy was imprisoned in 1874 and finally died in captivity some 60 years later, with nearly 50 of those years spent in solitary confinement. Is that humane? Just? Necessary?
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