Boston.com used to be a useful website. But something happened earlier this year that has turned the site into one of the biggest piles of drivel I have ever come across. The content that is truly useful and entertaining—Weather Wisdom and Love Letters—are absolutely buried on the site, at least two clicks which in web terms is almost dead and gone, without any links on the front page. If Boston.com weren’t such a hack job nowadays I would kind of understand (but only kind of) making readers walk to the back of the store, but the front page content is so awful now that I don’t want to take the time to dig any deeper than absolutely necessary. Boston.com has become this confusing mix of poorly written editorials mixed in with articles somewhat resembling news (though largely unimportant and much of it having nothing to do with Boston) and not much visible, cohesive organization.
I have been told that the part of Cape Cod where I am staying is considered the “Irish Riviera.” I’m not sure whether this is based on a misunderstanding of what comprises the Riviera or the Riviera has been knocked down a few notches over the years. I don’t think I have ever seen a denser concentration of ice cream, pizza, and seafood than here. Seeing signs like “Finest Quality Fried Seafood” is laughable. The food here is, in a word, shit.
Cape Cod is nice, but it’s not “every summer for multiple generations” nice. If anything, Cape Cod is seasonal townie hell.
Immutable rule: The dirtier and more illegible the old school green on white license plate, the worse the driving.
Listening to the Dr. Who theme song while merging with traffic is generally not a good idea. Especially when it gets to that bit of fanfare after the creepy opening part.
That’s it for now.
East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’
We gonna do what they say can’t be done
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ Bandit run
“Eastbound and Down,” Jerry Reed
Turns out this is a really great song for passing through the tolls on the Pike, especially during vacation week when fewer people are on the road. Yeehaw!
Dear Massachusetts Drivers,
Please consider some pro-tips about driving from a displaced Californian…
- Merging is most efficiently achieved with alternate feeding of cars into the merging lane. Doing so will mean less traffic snarls and frustration. If you are racing ahead of the other drivers getting into bumper-to-bumper traffic, you are just playing with yourself.
- When you change lanes behind me, regardless of direction, and decide to make a statement by coming within inches of my rear bumper (whatever statement that may be, I have no idea), please understand that if you hit or clip my car, the fault will lie with you since you rear-ended me and should have been in control of your vehicle at all times particularly in regards to the car immediately in front of you. This is doubly true for drivers of all sports cars, construction, and landscaping trucks.
- When you change lanes to get in front of me, going at a speed that is at least matches mine or faster would be best, otherwise get out of my way.
Until such time that you see fit to follow these suggestions, I would hold you dear in my heart as your own class of stupid crazy. Especially those of you on Route 128 north of the Pike.