Sunday, February 20, 2011

Really, Boston?

  • Streets without street names—seriously, only half of them have a sign to them.
  • No rules on the road. Not your right-of-way? Not a problem. If there’s space, pull on in, if there’s time, go on through. And if you don’t, you’re going to get honked at. I could make a list of all the illegal traffic maneuvers I’ve seen just this weekend.
  • Our church building has gated underground parking.
  • Every Sunday, atleast a dozen of the sisters are wearing slacks to church. Apparently, this is the "Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints of New England".
  • Everyone wears these long super puffy coats in ugly colors. It’s a fashion trend I’m having a really hard time accepting.
  • It’s getting better each day, but when we first moved in, it was starting to get dark at 4pm, and completely dark by 4:30pm.
  • Having a compact car is definitely the way to go. Every time we have to parallel park, which is everywhere except church, I’m glad I was inspired to buy my stubby Hyundai years ago. (PS—our town of Somerville is the most densely populated city in New England, with more than 11,600 registered vehicles per square mile!)
  • Dunkin Donuts are EVERYWHERE
  • Whatever time Mapquest quotes, it will take you almost exactly 3x as long to get to your destination
  • Babies are so novel around here! Everywhere we go, its like people have never seen an infant in this town.
  • No one uses their blinkers. I feel like an out-of-towner every time I do.
  • They're 'rotaries', not roundabouts, and 'carriages' not shopping carts

    (On our weekly shopping trip to the local "Market Basket", where shopping on an evening or Saturday will make you want to shoot yourself)


Melissa said...

It's a whole different country up there, isn't it. I grew up in Maine and we called them "buggies", lol. I thought maybe the puffy coats had gone out of style. I guess they are still sacrificing Chic for warmth. It used to be if you didn't get your clothes from LL Bean or Chadwick's you were not fashionable. It didn't matter if you never went hunting or even outdoors, LL Bean hunting boots were a must! Have fun discovering the world that was my home!

A Close Family said...

Oh that's awesome Poppy! Thanks for shedding light on your great adventures and letting us experience a little of it. Love you!

Allison said...

sounds like your haveing some fun!

Natalie said...

Yeah. Your Boston traffic and street signs made us really really appreciate Chicago!

Mike and Val said...

Sounds a lot like Atlanta, except they're called "buggies" here. The hardest thing I had to get used to was the no-street-sign thing. SOOO annoying!

Dani said...

I just found your blog and I love it!
And this post TOTALLY made me laugh because I posted something so similar after we moved here. It's a crazy different world here. I hope you like it. Or at least learn to find enough good to endure it. I go back and forth depending on the time of year. You moved here at the absolute yuckiest time of the year so it's only going up!