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Boys Like Girls

Yesterday was a great day!

Wednesdays are always my favorite day of the week, but yesterday was extra great because Boys Like Girls was at the Boston Common for free!!!! As some of you may know, all week is the Outside the Box Performing Arts Festival in the Commons. If you haven’t already, I really suggest heading down there and just walking through to see what they’ve got. The whole schedule of events can be found here.

When I found out that Boys Like Girls were coming back to Boston for a free concert, I flipped! They are one of my absolute favorite bands! So I braved the heat to head back downtown for what turned out to be a truly amazing concert!

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All of my pictures are pretty bad, but that’s okay because I got to live it. They played a couple of new songs but the majority were all of their old songs and it was great! They even threw in some nods to other great songs like Midnight City, Some Nights and even Hey Jude. And a lot of just guitar and drum jam sessions in between. It was just an excellent show all around.

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He invited this guy on the stage to come pump everyone up. It was so funny. Any dance moves the guy from the audience would try, Martin would try to copy it while playing and singing.

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He also invited this girl on stage to sing Two Is Better Than One in place of Taylor Swift. I don’t know how she kept it together because I would’ve been freaking out with Martin Johnson singing that song inches from my face, but she did really well.

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Paul DiGiovanni jamming out on guitar.

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After the show I stuck around for a bit to see if they’d come out and Paul DiGiovanni came over to take a picture with me. He was so sweet and awesome!

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(And I definitely managed to keep it together way more than when I met Robert Downey Jr, not that they can really compare. No offense, Paul.)

It was overall a great night and so cool that the team at Outside the Box could bring them back to Boston for free. I briefly walked through everything at the Commons, but it looked like they had a lot of cool different things going on. Head over with the kids or just to grab some lunch and catch a free show or two. And I promise that there’s a nice breeze that rolls through the Commons so you won’t melt too much.

Coming from me, that means a lot.

Have a great rest of your week and stay cool!!

Right.

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A crazy few weeks on Causeway Street

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It’s about time. But not soon enough.

So if I haven’t made it obvious on here (if you’ve seen my Twitter I’m sure you know) I am kind of in love with Tyler Seguin. Yes, for some superficial, girl-type reason. But also because he was coming into the NHL right as I was really getting into the NHL. He was having his big breakout season and kicking ass in the Playoffs in my first year of actually vigorously following the Bruins. So there’s that.

To say I took the news on July 4th a little hard might be the understatement of the year. I know this could be a good thing. Apparently Chiarelli knows what he’s doing? Still not convinced of that. But what’s done is done.

I think all of these rumors that are now circling this poor 21-year-old kid are ridiculous, but I won’t get into that or I’ll go all Chris Crocker, “LEAVE TYLER ALONE!!!”

 

I understand Nathan Horton’s decision. But it still sucks. He gave up playing in a city that loves him on a team that has a good chance of winning a cup in the next few years just to be closer to his home and be with his family. I get it, but come on man! It’s the Boston Bruins! “Horton hears a ‘WOO!'” shirts were my favorite!

 

If I wasn’t emotionally prepared to deal with the Seguin trade then I don’t even know if I can talk about the gaping hole in Boston’s heart that Andrew Ference once occupied. Of everyone who left these past couple of weeks, I will definitely miss him the most off the ice. He is just simply a really freaking awesome guy.

The stuff he has done for the city of Boston has been incredible. Whether it’s reaching out to the community, leading the way in creating a greener city or visiting children’s hospitals on his days off, Ference has been one of Boston’s greatest citizens for several years now.

I mean, just check out one of his last stops in Boston! To retire the Army Ranger Jacket to Matt Brown.

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Brown was paralyzed in 2010 after breaking his fourth and fifth cervical vertebrae in a hockey game and Ference has been a great friend to him these past couple of years. And what a goodbye present!

I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to say Goodbye and Good Luck to Ference at the November Project last week. He’s such a down to Earth guy to wake up at 6am to come work out with the people of Boston. He even bought us cupcakes as a goodbye present.

And naturally we serenaded him with the Canadian National Anthem because why not?

Goodbye, Andrew. And good luck!

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Come back and visit soon!

 

Of course with all these goodbyes come some pretty exciting hellos. Obviously there’s Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith, and Matt Fraser from the devastating big Seguin/Peverly deal. But there’s another name I’m also pretty excited about: the Swedish Linus Arnesson. Time will tell if he can replace the guys we’ve lost on the ice, but he has certainly been replacing the guy we lost on Twitter.

Arnesson’s tweets crack me up! From his first one after being selected by the Bruins. (his first tweet ever to appear in English by the way)

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To all his attempts since then to prove that he is assimilating into Boston culture.

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So. Adorable.

We can’t wait to have you, Linus!

 

And to wrap everything up I saw this on Stanley Cup of Chowder the other day and fell in love with it!

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I will miss every single one of them so much!

Is it October yet?

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Independence Day

My favorite day of the year.

Especially when I’m in Boston.

And this year was no different although it definitely took me on a roller coaster ride.

My morning began as my mother, roommate and I decided to go to Zaftigs Delicatessen in Coolidge Corner for brunch.  As per usual, there was about a half an hour wait time. But that’s where the ordinaryness of our brunch outing ends. As we are about to be seated standing by the door, I notice that the host goes outside to get someone who is next on the list without calling out their name. I didn’t really think too much about it at the time. But then my mom leans in and whispers, “Is that Robert Downey Jr.?” My head whipped up and I stared him down. It really looked like him! I stared for a few minutes, convincing and unconvincing myself, until we got seated a little ways across the restaurant.

His back was to the rest of the restaurant, but his wife and child was facing us. So I did what any sane person would do and made my friends and stepmom and anyone who would answer their phone first send me a picture of what his wife looks like. We then held up that picture to this woman, who had almost no makeup on, and realized that it really could be the same woman.

So we I just kept staring and staring until I officially convinced myself that it had to be him. He has a very distinct look and the staff was definitely acting different.

Needless to say, I was freaking. out. He is one of my 3 favorite actors. But I had no idea what to do. I was so distracted through the whole meal that I downed my food without even tasting it and didn’t take pictures or anything. (So I guess I’ll have to go back again to officially review it when I’m more focused.)

So then he was standing up and leaving so I did what any completely crazy/creepy/fangirl sane person would do and jumped up and followed him outside. The Zaftigs employee who was walking him to his car just glared at me like, ‘walk away!’ But I didn’t.

The conversation that ensued:

“Hi, Robert.”

“Hi, how are you?”

“I’m good. I just wanted to say Hi and you’re awesome/I love you work/ohmygod have my children.” (I still can’t exactly remember what I said here…it’s all a wonderful blur.)

“Thanks. Happy Fourth!”

“Happy Fourth!”

And that was that. Life=Made.

You think you can keep it cool when you meet a celebrity but it is a whole different story when it’s actually happening to you, I was freaking. Hands shaking, hyperventilating, smiling from ear to ear and giddily giggling. Bad.

So yeah, that was my morning. And I should have known that things could only go downhill from there, but I really wasn’t prepared for the devastating heartbreak that was to come.

So me and my roommate, Vic, headed to our standard spot on the Cambridge side of the Esplanade to camp out for the day. We found the perfect spot right near the Mass Ave bridge in front of MIT (and more importantly MIT’s air conditioning and wifi), right in front of the food and ice cream trucks, in the shade!!!!, and right behind this adorable dog.

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We sat with our books, music and snacks starting at 2pm for a long, relaxing, hot afternoon. Perfect.

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But then tragedy struck.

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Heart=Broken

Devastated.

Chiarelli, why?????

But more on that later.

Back to happier times…

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As the day went on I took a few trips through MIT just to cool off in the AC, but it usually made it worst because I felt 15 times as hot once I stepped back into the heat, but it was really nice.

And then it was ice cream time!

My first visit to Frozen Hoagies was last fourth of July and I fell in love. So I was super pumped to see that they were back this year!

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And then later I stopped by Chicken & Rice Guys for dinner. Those guys must have made so much money off of hungry Bostonians! They were the only real food truck right there and everyone was going there, but they were cranking that delicious food out like nobody’s business.

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Delicious.

And one of my favorite parts of the day is watching the sky and lighting on the buildings change as the evening goes on.

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Notice the police boats in all these pictures. They were super strict and really getting on any boats who got near the no-sail zone. But I guess it’s a small price to pay.

One thing I do have a beef with though is the restriction on garbage cans in the area. I get it. They are targets for people placing bombs, but to not have a single garbage can on the entire Esplanade? That’s ridiculous. You’re just asking people to litter and make a mess.

But like I said, I get it. It’s just annoying.

It was really creepy for me to think the entire day that they were supposed to have attacked Boston on that day. Where would it have happened? Would someone I know have been hurt? What would that day have been like? I can’t even imagine. It just really creeps me out to think about.

Okay sorry, I’m done with the sad talk again.

Say hello to glow sticks!! Or should I say, glow earrings!

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And then finally, about 8 hours after we sat down, it was firework time!

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I wasn’t too impressed with the fireworks this year. Especially the finale. If the entire crowd says, “Is that it?” at the end then it wasn’t a good finale.

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My absolute favorite part of the show though was the reflection of the fireworks in the Pru! I don’t know if you have to be at a specific angle or what, but I don’t remember seeing this last year. Check out the video I took and watch the Pru. I was mesmerized!

I hope you all had a Happy Fourth! And be on the lookout for RDJ, he’s out there filming a movie in Boston! Just try to keep it together. Do as I say, not as I did.

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Boston Pops Preview Concert

So these posts are going to be a week late because life has been absolutely crazy lately and I have not been able to find any time to blog. Apologies. But I still wanted to share everything with you so let’s just rewind back to a week ago, you were all probably sitting out in the yard drinking a beer and eating hamburgers with friends and family waiting for the fireworks and thoroughly enjoying a day of no work. Good times.

On July 3rd my mom and I went to the Boston Pops preview show. We fought the heat and the long lines and the ridiculous amounts of security for the chance to see it a year when my mom was finally here in Boston with me.

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For those of you who aren’t already in on this little secret, every year the Boston Pops and other performers do a full dress rehearsal (sans fireworks) on July 3rd at 7:30pm. It’s perfect in my opinion. The lines aren’t nearly as long as July 4th (and they were MUCH shorter than last year, maybe because of heightened security) and you get to see the same exact thing without having to get there 12 hours early. Also, you can’t actually see the fireworks from inside the oval so I don’t know why anyone would want to go there on the actual fourth. The fireworks are the best part!

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A Boston Policewoman walking away after trying to photo bomb us. At least the billions of police people present were friendly!

I was so happy to get one of these hats this year. And even more ecstatic when I realized that it fit perfectly around my braid! (Almost as excited as when I finally learned how to do this wraparound braid and wore it like that for almost a week straight.)

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My mom and I started out sitting on the outer edge of the oval in the grass, but there were a lot of empty seats in the VIP section so the man came over and told us we could sit in there if we wanted. Score!

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I love watching the sky change between 7pm and 9pm. It’s my favorite.

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Aren’t we adorable?

I’m wearing my Roxy’s shirt because I had to sprint from work to meet my mother and then get us there on time. Sorry if I’m not very patriotic.

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Stars & Stripes Forever! And some mini fireworks!

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Confetti!!!!!

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So if you’re in the Boston area, I highly recommend checking out the concert on the 3rd and just kicking back on the Esplanade for the 4th where you can hang out with friends all day and get a great view of the fireworks. More on my Fourth of July experiences tomorrow…

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Inevitable MBTA rant

Can I bitch about the MBTA here for a minute? I feel like it’s been awhile since I last went on an angry T rant so I’m about due. Also, I apologize for this basically just being a Boston Bruins blog as of late. If  you hadn’t noticed, hockey basically just takes over my life. And I’m also working 3 jobs this summer so I really haven’t had that much of a chance to go out and do fun stuff around Boston lately which is unfortunate, but c’est la vie.

So anywho.

I have found it increasingly more difficult to deal with subway shenanigans now that I have been to Europe for several months and seen how wonderfully efficient subway systems can work. Subway systems in cities that are literally thousands of years older than Boston. How is that possible? I’m actually pretty sure the Native Americans built the Green Line and it was just rediscovered in the late 1800s. It’s just ridiculous. If you have a transportation system that you can’t even track well enough to through ETA signs up then something is wrong! Or maybe they’re just bull-crapping us and saying that the Green Line can’t support those signs when actually they just don’t want us to be able to physically see how long we’re waiting.

And even so, 90% of the waiting I do for the MBTA takes place after I’m already on the train! I came across 2 disabled trains the other week in one trip. How is that possible?! We were stuck before Kenmore for 10 minutes because of a disabled train there and then we stopped again in front of Boylston (like half an hour later) and the conductor finally came on the PA system to say, “Sorry guys, but we’re actually stuck behind another disabled train.” Really?

And even on the lines that have ETA signs, it doesn’t mean much. I was waiting for the Blue Line yesterday and it was due to arrive in 3 minutes. 2 minutes. 1 minute. “The next train to Wonderland is now arriving.” And then….nothing. Nothing for 7 minutes until robot lady finally came on and said, “The Blue Line is experiencing delays due to wire problems.” Cool.

I leave for work at the same exact time every single day and I either get there 15 minutes early or 15 minutes late. Every single day. It’s just been especially bad this summer and I don’t know what the deal is. It’s so frustrating.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the T. I would obviously be lost without it. And I know there are about a million problems that they just can’t solve because of financial issues, but come on guys! There has to be something we can do!

Well anyway, I’m off to work now and luckily it’s close enough that I can walk today. For those of you taking the T, good luck! May the odds be ever in your favor.

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The Heat: Movie Review

So I’m not really a comedy kind of person. At least not of the kind of comedy that is being spewed out of Hollywood lately. The so-stupid-it’s-funny just doesn’t cut it for me. Napoleon Dynamite, Borat, basically anything Will Ferrell (besides Elf of course), no thanks. I’m just more of an action/adventure/suspense/drama/anything else kind of person. But there are definitely some major exceptions.

The Heat is one of those exceptions that can now be added to my list.

I was very skeptical seeing trailers for this movie. It seemed like the kind of comedy that would only get its laughs from its high ratio of F-bombs to lines of dialogue. Don’t get me wrong, the ratio is in fact incredibly high  (I think Melissa McCarthy says the F-word more than any other word in the English dictionary combined), but The Heat doesn’t rely on that alone to get its laughs. The dialogue in this script is comedy gold and had me laughing from start to finish.

The Heat tells the story of Special Agent Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) an FBI agent who is all about the job and the rule book. Because of this she hasn’t made many friends in her department or anywhere for that matter. She’s vying for a promotion but her boss sends her on a mission to catch a drug lord in Boston as one final test to prove that she deserves it. Enter Detectice Mullins (Melissa McCarthy), a crass, foul-mouthed, larger than life detective for the Boston PD. Mullins and Ashburn are complete opposites who clash throughout the movie. Mullins has absolutely no respect for the rules, but she does care about catching her bad guy, even when it’s her own brother who’s gotten mixed into the wrong crowd.

McCarthy and Bullock are perfect together. Every single thing that came out of McCarthy’s mouth had me doubled over laughing. And Bullock’s transformation throughout the movie from uptight FBI agent to well, you’ll see, was brought to life beautifully. And these two ladies managed to throw in just the right amount of sincerely touching moments that made you truly care for their characters right before they had you doubled over laughing once again.

I would have liked to see more of Boston played out in the movie, but you’ll definitely recognize a lot and McCarthy’s character’s family is classic Boston white trash that will have you practically crying from laughter anytime they’re on screen together. “Are you a nahc?”

The ending was pretty predictable and there were definitely some, errr, strange moments in the script, but overall this was a highly entertaining comedy with an actual plot and characters that you truly care about that will keep you laughing your ass off every couple of minutes.

I highly recommend this movie if for nothing but to make you feel better after a long, rough day. I promise you’ll leave the theater still laughing for another half an hour.

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