Friday, March 5, 2010

March 5, 2010

Worked in Brookline all day for a painter with a studio in the South End. Coolidge Corner has everything, and lots of it. Whatever you could possibly want is on sale there. What doesn't it have? Nothing. Went into the craziest tobacconists I've ever seen. And they had everything, all in one cramped, claustrophobic mon and pop hole in the wall, or perhaps just pop, with his hundreds of pipes arranged in cases like rare museum pieces.

Stopped for coffee and later had lunch at Panera Bread. Good onion soup, and I usually hate everyone's soups. Not a traditional French presentation, however - a sprinkling of grated cheese and a few repurposed salad croutons which didn't really fit, with a section of baguette on the side. Potato chips or an apple as an alternative. Go figure.

I do like the ambience of the place however, and the ambience of almost all restaurants is another thing I hate about them, bad or mediocre food being first of course. A big armchair in front of a (realistic) flickering log gas fire, with WiFi, on a chilly winter's day. You got me. Qualty chains can sometimes get things really right. But the other candidates currently escape me.

Renee's coming to dinner tonight. Our former house mate who we haven't seen in awhile.

The Boston Massacre [March 5, 1770, 240 years ago] is one of most important events that turned colonial sentiment against King George III and British acts and taxes. Each of these events followed a pattern of Britain asserting its control, and the colonists chafing under the increased regulation. Events such as the Tea Act and the ensuing Boston Tea Party were further examples of the crumbling relationship between Britain and the colonies. While it took five years from the Massacre to outright revolution, it foreshadowed the violent rebellion to come. It also demonstrated how British authority galvanized colonial opposition and protest. ... Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Image ... The Bloody Massacre. Paul Revere engraving.

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