Cityblog: Boston

I was having a discussion with a friend today and I completely forgot about the one time I went to Boston with the family. I'm unsure why I forgot that because by this standard I should definitely write about Philadelphia and Chicago (I've been twice but few enough times that I should have a cityblog).  As such, this means there will probably be more cityblogs to come.

Anyways, let's discuss the patriotic and historically colonial city of Boston!
If you have no idea about Boston's history and you're an American, you've probably been living under a rock as during the 1700s most of the opposition against Britain occurred in this city.  Therefore, Bostonians are the most fiercely loyal Americans I've seen outside of Texas. Also, the accent is still prevalent in most of the people of the city.
          The reason I went to Boston is that my dad's good friend Doug invited him out there and we figured we would go from Boston to Chicago on one of the longer and larger family trips we've had.  During my time in the city, I got to see Tufts and the Freedom Trail - 17 historical stops that take a whole day to see: Bunker Hill, the churches, plaques and especially Fanuiel Hall (one of the most visited places in the world & great places to eat) make for an insightful look into Boston and America's history. I would also see Zakim bridge, Hood milk bottle from afar, TD Garden, Fenway Park, the North End (Mike's Pastry), and lots of strange roads & freeways - worst drivers ever!  While I did see the sports arenas, those that know me know I can only somewhat tolerate the Red Sox; as for the Bruines, Celtics, Patriots, and Revolution, I hate all of them with passion.  As such, I always thought I would get into fights if I lived in Boston…more on that later though.
           Outside of the city proper, my dad's friend, Doug, would take us to a BBQ in one of those nice summer Massachusetts homes. Beyond the huge mosquitos/bugs it was quite nice.  We also would go on a little cruise in Boston harbor at night and have some great crab. My dad's friend was very happy to know my dad and just wanted to continue treating him.
            We would also stop off in Cambridge to see Harvard, MIT and more of the 176 or so colleges found in Boston.  The city boasts more colleges than any other city in the country and is a haven for young college students. There's a lot to see here but I would never live here for two reasons.
           One reason I won't live here is that while NYC is cold, places like Boston and Chicago are even colder which I really can't deal with. It goes too far for what I'm willing to deal with.  The second reason is the lack of diversity (I know I say this a lot, but this is really important to my psyche, I think I naturally feel more comfortable in diverse settings) in terms of color.  People tell me there are blacks, asians, and latinos around…but I have no idea where they are - minus the black couple from our plane trip.  However, there is some diversity here within the white population.  There are actually quite a few poor whites, as well as diversity amongst Italians, Irish and British/Direct Colonial descendants.  It's an intriguing look to see, but it's still not my cup of tea.

Overall, I think Boston is a fun time, especially if you're into Irish bars and sports teams.  However, if you're looking for a world of diversity you won't find it there.

Next cityblog perhaps Philadelphia? or maybe Chicago (as I've only really been there twice), I might do Denver, but I don't think I've seen enough of the actual city.