Trip to Boston

I made a trip up to Boston last weekend. It was my first trip to Boston in over 5 years. I don’t remember the exact time I was up there last, but I know it was at least 5 or 6 years ago. I went up there by train from NY early Saturday morning and came back Sunday on the Acela, which was my first time on the fastest train in the U.S.  As a train buff I really enjoyed my ride on the Acela. I would definitely like to see more trains like the Acela put in to service in different parts of the USA, where it makes sense.

I really enjoyed seeing seeing some my favorite spots in and around the city. I stayed at a small hotel in Back Bay and I was able get around pretty easily on the T (Boston’s Light Rail & Subway). One of the highlights of the trip was go to see the Boston Bruins play the NJ Devils at TD Garden with a few relatives. That was my first visit to the “new” Boston Garden and I was very impressed by the building.It is a great venue. I would love to see a Celtics game up there one of these days, especially since the C’s are good again. I’m sure the atmosphere at a Celtics game would be electric.

It was very cold (sub 20 degree temp’s)  and windy last weekend in Boston (real winter weather, finally!) so I did not spend as much time walking around the city as I might have in a little bit warmer temp’s. But I did have an opportunity to walk around Back Bay and Boston Common. I also took the T out to Brighton, where I lived for a few years. I always find trips back to places where I have previously lived interesting just to see what has changed. I did notice a few new buildings in downtown Boston, but no radical change, unlike, say, New York City, where the skyline seems to be changing about every 6 months.

Here are a few pictures I took during my 24 hrs in Boston…















Would William F. Buckley support the Tea Party?

I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University. ”

William F. Buckley, Jr.

I think William F. Buckley would indeed be a strong supporter of the Tea Party movement if he were alive today. His famous anti-academic, anti-elitist statement, made over 40 years ago,  never seemed more relevant than it does today. The Obama Administration probably comes closer than any prior Administration to resembling an Ivy League faculty and the Tea Party represents regular, middle class folks. The kind you would likely find if you selected a random group of people from a phone directory, even one in Boston.

In some ways it was quite ironic that Buckley would make such a statement because he came from a very elite background himself. He was the son of a wealthy oil barron and educated at  a Catholic boarding school in England and Yale University, where he was a member of the Skull and Bones society. Buckley was very much an intellectual and yet he recognized that those who have spent their entire lives in the Ivory Tower probably would not exercise very good judgement as political leaders, no matter how high their IQ’s might be.