A little over a week to go for a new deadline on documents for a residential hall. It’s not very much work, just need to make sure everything is coordinated. It’s actually a nice little lull in work at the moment, as I’m between a few projects starting and stopping. Got a haircut today, walked to the North End and went to Boston Barbers. I like going in the back entrance to the second floor, less busy. Walked right in and sat down immediately. The speed at which these guys work is mesmerizing, and the best part of the cut for me is the straight razor on the back of the neck, followied by alcohol, then talc. It feels great.
Well, it wasn’t much of a white Christmas here in Boston, but it was still lovely to have 3 days off and spend some time at home and relax. It seems Boston was a ghost town last week, and this week leading up the New Year holiday looks equally as dead. It certainly makes for a nice commute to work, however, I am certain the regular volume of people will be packing themselves onto the T once again after Jan 1.
While snow was not in the story line this year, it was still a bit chilly. Yet, with our new 1/4 chord of wood from Beech Hill Firewood, we were cozy and warm with a crackling fireplace all weekend.We did not stay inside all weekend, however, as we purchased tickets for the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One, and went to an 8pm showing at the Burlington theater. We arrived just a bit early to sample the bar selections, but were gutted to find no alcohol in site – the bar was closed. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the reclining seats and the latest chapter in the Star Wars saga.
For Christmas Eve we booked a table at Marliave, one of the oldest restaurants in the city, for a classic meal at an iconic restaurant. I’ll admit it was not my favorite meal, but the oysters were delicious and the cocktails were well concocted – I tried the Bourbon Democrat and was pleased with the selection.
After dinner we settled on a nightcap at The Last Hurrah. They were closing up shop, so we did not spend much time there. Just enough to finish our drinks and take photographs for some fairly inebriated patrons. They asked us to take a photo of them in the lobby, and a few minutes later asked us again to take a photo in the bar area as if we had never seen each other before.
With our new smoker, we attempted to make a porchetta for Christmas dinner. We purchased a pork tenderloin and a pork belly at Prime, a butcher shop in Arlington. Incredible selection there, and certainly a place I’ll return. They even had a nice selection of wine and whiskey, saving us a stop on the way home. The porchetta turned out really well, but the belly is just so rich, it’s hard to eat too much of it. The tenderloin had a ton of smokey flavor, really delicious. Using the smoker has been exceptionally easy, and produces some delicious meats.
I’m back in the office today, and headed to Boston Barber during lunch for a quick haircut. The banter in there between the barbers is great – deep Boston accents talking about suspect North End activities. I’m heading to a comedy show with Adam on Thurs, and then we are having dinner at his house on Friday.
Additionally, I’ve picked up a small side gig helping Olga and Dan draw plans for an addition to their house. It’s good practice for me, and I’m looking forward to helping them with their project.
It’s been a few weeks since my last post, and a lot of great things have happened; new job, new President, and new clothes. The weather is beginning to get colder, it’s a windy gray afternoon here in Boston, but the leaves are still bright yellows and brown, and the streets are still picturesque and make me smile every time I’m out walking the dogs or headed to the bus stop for work.
Speaking of work, I’ve officially rejoined the workforce, being fortunate enough to land a job with CBT Architects. Hard to believe it’s been 3 weeks since my first day, and 4 months since my last day working at Brophy College Preparatory. Work started pretty fast out of the gate, as I joined the Academic team working on an interior renovation project at Boston College, Devlin Hall. We had two weeks before a DD deadline, so I was thrown into the fray picking up red lines – and learning Revit along the way – helping to get everything in order before our deadline.
With our drawings in on time, we were able to relax a bit last week, but there was still a lot to do, as we had to get some renderings together and fix a few more red lines before a meeting next week. Everybody at the firm has been very nice to me, and I am looking forward to learning as much as possible during my time there.
In other news, we have a new President, and without getting too political, I’m concerned about what the next 4-8 years might bring. It was interesting to vote in a predominantly blue state for the first time, as I looked down the ballot, I was shocked to see Donald Trump as the only Republican on the entire ticket – for any race. It was nearly 100% Democrats running unopposed. I don’t prescribe to much (if any) Republican ideals, but candidates should not be able to run unopposed in such numbers – that can’t be good for anybody. As you might expect from Massachusetts, it was eerily quiet on the morning after the election, as you can see in this video.
Today the weather is quite cold, but it has been pretty mild up until today. That has not stopped me from buying another Goorin Bros. hat – a newsboy style head topper for weekends and more casual outings. So far I’m really enjoying being a hat wearer, and even bought some feathers (Amazon is truly amazing) for my pork pie.
Lastly, needing a haircut badly, I decided to head to the North End on my lunch break and try Boston Barbers. It was a great experience, and I was very happy with my barber, Arty, and will certainly be back for another visit. The man was a perfectionist with with every tool he used, scissors, straight razor, clippers – I was in awe. It was a nice old fashioned haircut – obviously my kind of thing. Looking forward to next time.
That’s all for now. Will hopefully get back onto my weekly rotation of posts.