I was flying from Denver to Dallas when all the shit when down yesterday.
The guy next to me asked, “You have a connection to catch?”
“Yeah, heading to Boston.”
“What’s going on there?”
“I got an email from my son, who lives there. All he said was ‘I’m fine.’ Didn’t know what he meant.”
I pulled up Boston.com and read all about it. And kept reading as I took the SkyLink through the airport and caught my plane. To Logan, which you may remember as an airport of … infamy?
These are hard times. Every time a person, or a group, or a giant squid attacks a city, its citizens near and far bond together. But it’s not a time to shut down.
Stop crying. Get off your couch. That’s what these assholes want, whoever they are. And that’s not what Boston does. You love this city? Find someone you care about, hold their hand and get out and fucking love this city.
What can you do?
- Make a list of the 36 stalls in Quincy Market and see how long it takes to eat at all of them. And The Chipyard twice (or 36 times).
- Dance your tits off at The Pill.
- Go clomping down the musical steps at the Museum of Science, which you haven’t done since you were seven.
- The Celtics are going to be a seven seed in the NBA Playoffs. Go cheer on them on.
- Find your new favorite art at the MFA. I dig the musical instruments.
- Visit Newbury Comics for Record Store Day this coming Saturday.
- Go see a concert this summer. May I suggest The Postal Service with Mates of State? Or CHVRCHES? Or Belle and Sebastian with Yo La Tengo? Or She and Him with Camera Obscura? Meet me there. We’ll get some beers.
- Reward your inner nerd at the weekend’s Boston Comic Con. Beers are also promised with this one. At Buk’s!
- Speaking of beer, take a tour of the Sam Adams or Harpoon breweries.
- Pick your favorite Boston movie like Good Will Hunting, Ted, or even The Town and find the filming locations. (Sorry about the Hunting ones in Toronto.)
Kitchen readers have heard of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel before. Carol is Boston’s premiere superhero. So on a more serious note, Tumblrer Flatbear has called on the Captain Marvel’s fans, collectively known as the Carol Corps, to donate to the Red Cross. A similar campaign was undertaken by DeConnick and husband Matt Fraction for Hurricane Sandy relief. Part of this is entering a special name in the “Make this Donation in Honor of” box. For Sandy, the code was “I’m Great at Boats.” For Boston, it’s “Carol Corps.” Donate money. Donate blood. Donate what you can.
There were a lot of feelings going through my head as I flew back to Massachusetts yesterday. Confusion. Anger. Disappointment. And I may be what you call “emotionally unavailable,” but I didn’t even think to be scared. I’m from Boston.