From the Blog

Apr
16
Posted by Jake DiMare at 1:08 pm

Let me tell you something Bostonians: DON’T fucking change a thing about your life today. Do not let the bad guys win. Go about your lives secure in the knowledge that even if there was a September 11th scale event every single month, in this country, the most dangerous part of your day would still be the time spent in your car, on your way to wherever it is you are going.

This is Boston. Title town. We’re not going to let some cowards get to us that easily. Go to work. Hug your loved ones. Go out and say hello to your neighbors today. Shower each other with peace, love, and understanding.

DON’T let the bad guys win Boston. Don’t you do it.

Last Friday night I had an incredible, cultural experience with my lovely fiance and best friend Jackie. It featured Italian men in ridiculously tight pants, women wearing far too much make-up, lust, sex, street brawling, double suicide…Frankly, more drama than you can shake a stick at. I’m talking long drawn out death scenes, and young Italian women throwing themselves on the ground and wailing at their father’s feet for not allowing them to date who they want to. Total chaos. The kind of stuff MTV makes hundreds of millions of dollars peddling to young people every year.

Sounds like Jersey Shore eh? At the time it was written it just may have been. However, I am pleased to report I still have not watched a full episode of ‘the shore’. Everything I know about that stain on our nation’s cultural heritage is still gleaned through trusted, third-party reports.

The show we attended was the Boston Ballet performance of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Aside from the Nutcracker, which every kid in Boston sits through eventually…This was my first experience with live Ballet. I’m not afraid to admit I was incredibly impressed.

Link to Romeo and Juliet That the Boston Ballet is a world class dance company and it was a flawless performance should not come as a surprise to anyone. However, being somewhat uninitiated with the art, I was genuinely blown away. The level of athleticism, grace and elegance demonstrated by ballet dancers at the height of their game is truly impressive.

However, that’s only one part of the pageantry that make up the overall experience of attending this show. The performers are supported by breathtaking sets, gorgeous costumes and a phenomenal orchestra. The combination of these arts transports the audience to another time and place where the scenery may be different…But what motivates the characters are remarkably identifiable aspirations…passion, romance, respect.

It seems appropriate at this time in our history to point out there are amazing alternatives to the entertainment provided by television. So I’ll end with another nod to the ongoing movement to occupy our attention. This holiday season, consider supporting the arts instead of enriching the bank accounts of greedy corporations.

May
14
Forest Hills Station

Forest Hills Station

Back in December of 2010 Jackie and I purchased our condo in Forest Hills…Making us not only residents of Boston but tax paying property owners. Suddenly, my relationship with my surroundings took on a whole new meaning. What was once an area I wouldn’t want to accidentally end up in has become my home…And a part of Boston whose future we are betting on for the long run.

Recently we learned our bet may start to pay off even sooner than we might have supposed, thanks to the long overdue announcement of the Casey Overpass project. Our condo faces the east end of the overpass and an access road runs right past our front door. It’s pretty likely the construction phase will mean a really rough traffic situation but in the long run this should be good for Forest Hills and good for Jamaica Plain.

So far there’s been a lot of talk about paying close attention to bettering the area, more trees, improving views and luring businesses back to this corner of Jamaica Plain.

Since I have such a great vantage point I hope to take some good pictures and share them here. Not sure when ground is going to break.

 

 

I can’t help but find humor in this story. I met Kevin Smith once and I have to say…he was a really nice guy. Even though I interrupted him at a late night sandwich place in Pittsburgh just to say I was a big fan…the guy was kind and generous about it.kevin-smith-too-fat-to-fly-kicked-off-planejpg-96b111afde2b7d48_medium

To echo the sentiment I read on my friendMichelle McCormack’s blog: http://www.lovethecool.net/ this morning. Go Kevin!! And anyone else who receives less than satisfactory service from any organization. This is what the Internet is all about…the playing field is level. Every individual has the same potential reach as every organization.

On the topic of people reaching people on the social web, Michelle recently launched the Secret Boston Facebook page and it is growing geometrically. Like the wildly successful Secret London, this Page is for Bostonians to share the secrets of their city with fellow Bostonians. It’s going to be interesting to see how it works out.