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Jun. 19th, 2008 | 06:44 pm
mood: refreshedBlogging at the pool
music: Here thar be straight people.

Boston, Part 2.

Friday, June 13 was adventurous, and I walked many miles. A good thing, considering I didn't otherwise work out during the entire trip. After having some much-needed yogurt and ensuring that Sam was still alive (though feverish), Emily and I went to the train station and took the T up to Cambridge. Overall it's a good train system, but it's just really old and is having quite a few maintenance problems. More about that in the next installment.


Downtown Crossing T station




When we arrived in Harvard Square I got a little tour of the area from Emily and we walked by her soon-to-be apartment on the way to the broker's office to (supposedly) get the keys. Emily initialed every which way and then we went off to lunch, running into Adam E. in the street on the way. After a quick stop in The Gap we ended up at Wagamama for fabulous ramen while we discussed Adam's potential post-graduation job ideas. It was a long and leisurely lunch, then we left him to go mirror shopping and we went back to the broker's office. He wasn't being very prompt, though, so we split up after walking around the neighborhood some more and I returned to Sam's house.


Wagamama seafood ramen aftermath




That evening was probably my favorite part of the trip; Adam, Adam, Sam, and I went to Columbus Cafe for copious drinks and ended up staying for hours. We learned the ins and outs of Massachusetts liquor laws from the bartender, drank vodka gimlets and Dark & Stormys, and were variously scolded and praised by our server. We also struck up a conversation with a guy originally from Sanford, NC and reaffirmed our Southern and gay pride all at once (his girlfriend was amused. Really). After a while, Emily, Patrick and Kelly showed up and that was our excuse to have even more drinks. We finally stumbled home around 12:30.

Saturday, June 14 was Flag Day, sure, but it was also Fag Day. That is, Boston Pride. We began our adventures with an 11:00 a.m. brunch at a cute little bistro near Sam's apartment. It was a little crazy, though, because we were a party of ten: me, Sam, Corrine, Lauren, Adam A., Adam E., Emily, Sam's work friend Jon, Kelly, and Patrick. Woo fun. It was a feat but we managed to have a tasty brunch that didn't take too terribly long, then we said our goodbyes to Jon and made our way to the Pride Parade.


Jesus loves you, little queer!



The magical confetti truck. Adam E. was very excited about this.



Chair-dancing bears




Many folks have written, on LJ and elsewhere, about the benefits of these events, why some folks don't feel the need to go anymore, and indeed why we someday may not have them anymore. For my part, this was my 9th Pride Parade and I still think they're amazing. Even though I'm not going for the newness of discovering other folks like myself anymore, they're still tons of fun because we know how to host open and crazy events in a way that other communities just can't duplicate. I don't feel that anyone should feel obligated to attend, though; if you're out and well-adjusted, you can go on with your lives just like any other day. Ooh, and the First Lady of Massachusetts was in the parade too!


Adam also stole a boy from H&M to join us.




Anyway, our fearless group then followed the parade through the closed streets all the way from Tremont St. to the Pride Festival location at Government Center. I'm still wondering why this venue was chosen over Boston Common; observe a comparison:


Boston Common/Public Garden ...



... vs. Gov't Center; yay concrete?




It didn't matter much, as we still had fun, but the trees and grass of the Common would have been preferable over the giant concrete patch where it was actually held. We got supplies at CVS, fended off a fundie lady that was trying to convince us we were hellbound, and walked around gathering stickers and condoms and stuff. Sam also bought an Obama Pride T-shirt for $5! Dude, are you really raising money at that price? Oh well. After a while we regrouped and sought out some coffee in the North End, a very old, adjacent neighborhood. The streets are narrow and there is a giant crazy produce market in the way, but it was an interesting adventure. Over iced coffee we plotted our moves for the rest of the day, including Adam's plan to cook dinner for us. Then we made the long trek back to Sam and Corrine's, and went grocery shopping for dinner after extended relaxy time. Adam's menu of pan-seared scallops with bok choy over risotto was well-received, and much needed after all the artery-clogging I'd done in the days prior.

I'll pick up there next time, but I just have one suspicion about this City Hall thing: they're trying to make it look less crappy by covering it in rainbows! Duh.



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Gregory

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from: ghstlght74
date: Jun. 20th, 2008 12:16 am (UTC)
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Hmm. . .whose the cutie in the red sweater??

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jun. 20th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
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He works at H&M, but I have no idea what his name is.

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Gregory

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from: ghstlght74
date: Jun. 20th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
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Adam is quite handsome as well. . .very handsome. But the geek boy will get me every time. I'd say bring him home with you and I'll just drive the 5 hours from SC to NC to pick him up. LOL :-D

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Stephen

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from: twencenboy
date: Jun. 20th, 2008 02:22 am (UTC)
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Wagamama's is in the US now? I used to love that place in London!

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jun. 20th, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
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Just 2 locations in Boston so far, but they are supposedly expanding to DC at some point. :)

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Brian

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from: bender772
date: Jun. 20th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
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I couldn't help laughing at the guy dressed as Jesus.

The reason I don't really like pride parades in Phoenix is that they seem to be so commercial. It's just one float for one bar after another. There isn't really any thing political about it.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jun. 21st, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
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Boston had a lot of overtly political themes in the parade and especially the festival afterward, which I was happy to see, I assume because in a state where gay marriage is legal and where the governor's daughter just came out it's going to happen.

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