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Monday, May 03, 2010


It hit me as I got off the train in Park Street, the smell of an electrical fire still in the humid early May air, headed in search of the oasis called Cambridge.

Are we nearing the Hubpocalypse, when life in the Greater Boston area as we know it ceases to exist? The evidence is troubling.

Since March, Greater Boston has seen two 50-year rain storms that left us with too much water. Now, thanks to the failure of a seven-year-old pipe, we're left with too little water of the drinking variety, leaving many without the wherewithal to boil water for a cup of coffee.

(Note to Globe ad department: a Dunkin' Donuts coffee ad in the middle of those online stories amounts to unnecessary cruelty).

In between, we've seen the MBTA electrical system fry itself, shutting down three lines even though the fire was only on one of them.

Archaeologists studying this era may find some other clues along the way. Some may say it started on Jan. 19, when Ted Kennedy rolled over in his grave after the election of Scott Brown to the United States Senate.

Think about it -- that event brought epic snows upon much of the Northeast -- except for Boston. Washington and Philadelphia shut down by blizzards and Boston schools closed for a few random flurries.

Still skeptical? I offer my proof of concept. The Red Sox have a virtually identical record to the most-hated team in baseball, but sit farther out of first place.

The End Times are near.

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Blogger Dan said...

This is why everyone should cash in their bonds and come out to the Berkshires for the summer. Between Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, The Williamstown Theater Festival (WTF), The Berkshire Theater, Shakespeare and Company, The Botanical Gardens, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Norman Rockwell Museum, The Berkshire Museum, and the Clark Art Institute, as well as the Hancock Shaker Village, Barrington Stage, The Colonial and the Mahaiwe Theaters, plus dozens of other artists, venues, and companies that I haven't mentioned, there is a lifetime of activities and things to experience in the Berkshires. All that and clean water and some of the best food in the state. Oh, did I mention the great historic sites like the W.E.B Dubois House or the Hoosac Tunnel? How about recreation like the tallest mountain in Massachusetts, Mt. Greylock or the state's leg of the Appalachian Trail? Arts, culture, recreation and a sense of history! WOW! Mmmm, Did I mention we've got water and Jack's Hot Dogs, the oldest continuously run hot dog place in Massachusetts? Man cannot live by water alone. Besides, this is where your water starts out. Come on and see it in its native Western Mass. habitat.

May 03, 2010 7:56 AM  

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