Off to Boston

We should be getting ready to board our JetBlue flight to Boston right about now. I might do some Facebook status updates, but not a whole lot else. Hoping to have some good food, take some good pictures and experience some good history. Back on the 20th.

The Encumbrance of Government

This grew from a comment I left on Niall’s blog, but I think it really sums up my stance towards government. The metaphor is fairly general, but it can be applied to many individual issues:

“As the burden of the government’s yolk increases, we transfer more of our economic and personal freedoms to those at the reins. Those at the reins increase the load on our backs hoping that it will make the burden easier to carry. If the burden does not break us, then eventually it will become too large for ourselves and even our masters to remove.”

And like Dennis Prager always says, I prefer clarity to agreement. Anyone else want to concisely sum up their philosophy?

Planning our trip to Boston

We went on a roadtrip to Arizona last August and decided our trip this year would be Boston over spring break. We’re flying out April 9th and coming back the 20th so we’ll be missing Easter with family. I’ve only been to the east coast in the middle of the summer so it should be a little more enjoyable temperature wise. We’re flying in and out of Logan so we’ll be Downtown for about half the trip. We’ll rent a car for the middle half and head up to Maine and then down to Cape Code and Martha’s Vineyard, but that all needs to be planned still.

The only snag we hit so far is that the Boston marathon happens to be on the day we leave. I went to book a hotel for the 17th-20th a couple weeks ago, found out about the marathon and fell over when I saw hotel rates. Nothing under $250 to be found. Your average Hilton or Raddisson were $300 and the nicer places were even more. For our first 3 nights in Downtown I booked a nice King room at the Omni Parker House for $150 a night and the 3rd night free on a Spring special. The next weekend before the marathon that same room was about $400. The only affordable option in Downtown would be a bed and breakfast. Emailed some B&B management companies to see if there was anything available and found a nice affordable room with private bath just a couple blocks south of Back Bay and the marathon route. Much better than the Holiday Inn Express, pretty much the cheapest hotel that whole weekend at $250 a night.

So all we have planned is that we’ll be in Downtown Boston for our first three nights, Maine/Cape Code/Martha’s Vineyard the next 4 nights and back to Boston for 3 nights. I got tickets to see the Presidents of the United States of America at the House of Blues on the 17th, but that’s really all we have set in stone. Just some of the things we’re looking at doing:

  • Boston Red Sox vs Baltimore Orioles on 4/18 at 7:30pm
  • Demetri Martin at the Wilbur Theater
  • Samuel Adams Brewery tour
  • Freedom Trail
  • Duck Tour
  • Paul Revere’s house
  • Harvard
  • USS Constitution
  • Lobster for dinner in Maine
  • Walden’s pond
  • Fenway Park tour

If you’ve been to Boston and the surrounding area before post a comment with suggestions of stuff to see and places to eat. Anybody stayed on Martha’s Vineyard before? Debating if we should spend the night there or just go for the day.

Books I’ve read from the list of 100

My compacted list of books from this bigger list: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=dg92b8kj_13hph36sfh

X means I’ve read it.
X+ means I read it and loved it.
X- means I read it and hated it.
* means I plan on reading it.

2. [X+] The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkien
5. [X] To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
6. [X] The Bible (not all of it)
7. [X] Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
10. [X] Great Expectations Charles Dickens
13. [*] Catch 22 Joseph Heller
16. [*] The Hobbit JRR Tolkien
18. [X] Catcher in the Rye JD Salinger
22. [X] The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
25. [*] The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
33. [X] Chronicles of Narnia CS Lewis
36. [X] The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe CS Lewis
52. [X+] Dune Frank Herbert
87. [X] Charlotte’s Web EB White
89. [X] Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
99. [X] Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Not represented here are thousands of read pages from the Dune and Song of Ice and Fire series.