newyear.pngJust a quick note. We had an incredible full day in the very heart of the Dean Machine. Dean and Trippi weren't there, but we did have the pleasure of meeting Trippi's charming pooch, Casey. Mathew Gross was most gracious and fluent as our host, tour guide, and interview subject. We actually witnessed the process of Joe Trippi posting about the $14 million raised this quarter, watched the designer make this baseball graphic, Mathew Gross hit "post" and 45 minutes later it was announced live on CNN's Inside Politics. Incredible! *

Did I say the center of the Dean campaign? I meant the center of democracy reinvented and reborn. We were truly inspired. More on that later.

I saw Jim Moore but he had a group of MeetUp folks from out of town, so sadly we never hooked up. I was also hoping to hookup with the legendary Christopher Lydon and maybe even Dave Winer at Harvard, but it was not to pass this time. I need a longer Boston Blogger visit, so I can talk to all these fine folks and get Halley to wine and dine.

I have to say though. Our first impression of Boston is: Aiiiigh! Fucking Boston streets MAKE NO FUCKING SENSE!!! Sure, I've heard people say this. Ha ha, yes, wacky driving in Boston. Driving around St. Paul doesn't make any sense either, how hard can it be? Let me put it this way. After 2.5 hours trapped in this diabolical maze designed by Hitler and M.C. Escher (with possible invovlement from 'Q') I was ready to stick guns in my every orifice and beg pedestrians to please, please pull the triggers. All of them.

Yeah, next time I'll just take a cab.

* Video coming soon. I promise.

Extended East-Coast Notes [hardcore connoisseurs only]

Lori and I spent Christmas Part III in Virginia. There's something really nice about a colonial Northeast Christmas. BBQ'd salmon steaks for dinner, Norwegian pancakes for breakfast. We saw Return of the King again and watched a bunch of Python and Mr. Bean with Lori's family. I can bond over britcoms.

Our second and final full day there was spent at the Smithsonian. I didn't think we'd want to spend much time at the National Museum of American History, but holy wow. So much cool stuff, and we only saw America on the Move and the History of the Information Age. I was particularly moved to feast my eyes upon the original wooden Apple computer, and my childhood love: the Commodore 64.

Lori and I then parted with the family action to sit and watch beautiful people of all shapes and sizes ice skating to Frank Sinatra. The sun was shining . There were holly trees bursting with berries. It was a delight.

The National Gallery of Art has a fine collection of Picassos, but right now they're exhibiting Picasso: The Cubist Portraits of Fernande Olivier an intense and melancholic series devoted to his ladyfriend Fernande, who was in failing health.

We then emarked on the 10-hour journey to Vermont. As the sun set, I marvelled at real live purple majestic mountains along the way. I'm sure Vermont is beautiful, but we only saw it in the dark. Shadowy mountains and frozen waterfalls stuck to roadside rocks. Magical syrup farms. Hippie ice cream, somewhere.

Now we're back home and addicted to the Harry Potter video game.

December 30, 2003 at 08:47 PM in Blogumentary, Personal Crap | Permalink


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Ha ha ha! Yes, the streets in the Boston area suck. All over the place.

You see, hear in Phoenix, Arizona, the streets are setup like a grid system. Very easy to get around. There is only a low percentage of streets that don't follow the grid system setup.

Too bad other cities don't follow this system. Its easy to memorize where everything is.

Posted by: Swami Prem at Dec 30, 2003 9:11:25 PM

Yes! Nice, logical grid system. Minneapolis is mostly that way, too. I think Boston is just a really old town that grew haphazardly into an ugly tangled mess. Poor usability marks. Someone needs to go Jakob Nielsen on their roads.

Posted by: Chuck at Dec 31, 2003 2:56:59 AM

welcome back, my friend. missed you while you were gone, but glad to hear that the trip was a success and you got a firsthand look at the Dean Machine in action. i'm sure it was very inspiring. we were at a Dean House Party last night and even that was exciting.

Posted by: lane at Dec 31, 2003 7:08:12 AM

As a resident of the UK I have to say that I felt right at home in Boston! The streets makes perfect sense to me, but then I live in the middle of this.

Posted by: Anthony at Jan 2, 2004 3:43:26 PM


I actually just watched on old Monty Python where they showed a street map briefly, and I realized that Boston inherited it's spaghetti roads from Great Britain...

Posted by: Chuck at Jan 2, 2004 6:35:33 PM

Oh come on, driving in Boston isn't all that bad... anyone can get around in a grid, but only the truly brilliant (insane?) get maneuver effortlessly in Boston!

Posted by: BM at Jan 3, 2004 9:14:07 PM

No, I'm sorry, it is that bad. Although I'll admit Bostonians must have developed some latent directional DNA that remains dormant in we grid-system folks. :-)

Posted by: Chuck at Jan 5, 2004 2:30:04 AM

u guys such

Posted by: Dean Valinten at Nov 25, 2004 8:52:30 PM

I love everything.

Posted by: Jonathan at Nov 25, 2004 9:23:22 PM