Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas in Boston

Phoebe Hurd

There was not a lot going on today being Christmas and all. All the stores were closed and even if I were in a shopping mood (which I wasn't) most of my day was filled with lounging and reading.

I had picked up some novels, yeah okay they are Star Trek related, purchased from the Apple iBook store. It's the four part Invasion series where each book covers a different crew (TOS, TNG, DS9, and STV respectively). A while ago I owned the first book, part one, in paperback and read through about half of it before losing it into a box while moving apartments. That was a few apartments ago.

The reader for the iPad2 was a free download so I figured I'd buy the book and see if it was any good (the iPad2 as a reader). The night theme on the newer version of iBook helped. It was easier to look at a dark screen.

I am posting this blog entry before some of the days past. I'm trying to catch up on blog entries since RollerCon. So if you already know I'm in Boston then pay no attention to what follows.

I'm in Boston. I'm currently on vacation from working on a movie being filmed here and instead of going back home to Toronto I decided to stay here at Patrick's apartment for Christmas. I really didn't want to do any travelling during the holidays. So in exchange for staying at the apartment I'm taking care of the family dog, Phoebe.

Looking for a good place to poo.

Phoebe reminds me of an ewok if one were to be real. If the dog were to say 'yub yub' this would not be of any surprise.

Phoebe requires walking a few times a day. This is a good thing as it gets me out of the apartment even if it's only a few minutes. I then get out of that stereotype of being that guy barricaded in an apartment by himself (or herself; let's not be sexist) over Christmas with food and movies on DVDs, sandbags at the entrance, and a shotgun to drive the curious kids and nosy neighbours away. Yes, walking a dog makes you more normal.

Wandering at the nearby park

Not that I was looking for this to happen but according to Patrick, and other dog owners, walking a cute little dog is a babe magnet. I would like to blow that myth out of the water. I had not seen or talked to any 'babes' today. This could also be that it's Christmas. Who in their right mind would be outside when they could be opening presents, spending time with family/friends, or sleeping... oh wait across the street... yep... another dog walker (specifically a guy who looked like he was thrusted out of his house by his spouse/girl friend/person that wears the pants in the house). Geez, he looked in sadder shape than me.

Did I mention that it was snowing? Not enough to start calling for snow plows or to start the barrage of putting salt on the streets, just enough to notice that it was indeed snow and not some person with a dandruff problem on a second floor apartment shaking their head. The snow melted by the time it hit the ground.

Phoebe walks toward me and the camera

The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge in the distance


For dinner I had forgotten to take a chicken I bought a few days ago out of the freezer. So for dinner I had cereal (Krunch Heads) and a choice between two calm chowders I had bought at the grocery store (the same day I bought the chicken).

CHOICE A: Cherrystone Clam Chowder

CHOICE B: Snow's Clam Chowder

I went with Choice A. The Cherrystone. I wasn't really that impressed. It seemed to have more sand in it than I expected. That or hard shell like particles floating around. Also it wasn't that thick. Stay tuned for Choice B, which I'll probably eat tomorrow.

Close up of Phoebe

Phoebe, like most dogs, watches me without blinking (creeps me out a bit) while I'm eating. I suppose all animals are like that. She'll just sit there and stare until I have no more food left and have put the bowl in the sink. If I'm still holding the bowl she's still there... staring.

Suspicious but lazy

She also has a lazy side to her. If she's sleeping and hears me doing something not food related she'll look around with as little head movement as possible shifting her beady little eyes towards me to see what I'm up to. If it's food related she's up and as close to the bowl as possible.

Sunset over Boston.

And that was how I spent Christmas.


Happy walker said...

merry christmas~

Bowser said...

I got to work to see a blog entry on my feed from you. Judith and I were worried that something bad had happened to you over the last few months since there's been no activity on your blog lately.

It never ceases to astound me that you seem to have a talent for travel and making the most of things.

Glad you are well and Merry Christmas.

Lisa said...

OMG Phoebe is the cutest thing evar! You make me laugh. *** Merry Christmas ***

Patty G. said...

Hurray! Another post! I look forward to your posts they bring humor and excitement into my otherwise mundane life.

What happened between Las Vegas and Boston? How is Captain Hill?

Fizzgig said...

Seriously, what happened to you in the last few months?

Kilroy said...

Welcome back, merry Christmas, and get back to work blogging you lazy ass. I need to be entertained.

Anonymous said...

Cute dog. Let's see some more skaters! chop chop! Some girls in "fashion poses" would be good too.

Hurley said...

Glad to see you back online. Merry Christmas and ignore the other two people from the peanut gallery.

Anonymous said...
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Hurley said...

Dear Anonymous,

Please refrain from such harsh language on this blog.

BagelHot said...

Hi Hurley,

Yes I saw that and wiped it out. To people that are commenting please respect others around here. If you want to flame someone using colourful metaphors I'm sure there are better places to do so.

Sue M. said...

I think this blog is great! Why haven't I stumbled across this before. I'm going to try your mac and cheese recipe tonight.

StanTheMan said...

Welcome back to the land of blogging. A belated Merry Christmas to you sir. Here's to another year of Bagelhot Adventures!

Cheers mate

Bethany said...

You take such great photos and you have wonderful writing skills. Thank you for sharing.

ShadowFox said...

Thank the stars you're back. It's been months since I last read one of your posts. Was wondering if you started dating and it was taking up all your time.

Whatever kept you busy for all this time thanks for coming back.

It seems just reading these other comments I was not the only one to have missed your posts.