It was supposed to be very wet and very windy, so my bike was at home.


While we were trapped on the Red Line on the Longfellow Bridge, we were watching this Duck Boat splash around in the Charles:

Duck Boat in the Charles River on a gray October day.
Duck Boat in the Charles River on a gray October day.
 

Meanwhile, back on commuter rail on the way home, a uniquely-written story of a kid from Iceland in the early 1900s…

“Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was”
Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was
 

[1] View from the Red Line
[2] View from the Lowell Commuter Rail.

Even the bike lanes are mobbed nowadays.


I had a rough commute this morning.

Nashua Street Park
(Along the banks of the Charles River)
Boston, MA

Screw the witches. There’s too much else to see.


We went to Salem Massachusetts for the Peabody Essex Museum’s special exhibit of horror movie memorabilia.

Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA | “Blackula” movie poster
Marlin hamming it up with the “Blackula” movie poster | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA.
 

Outer space alien | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
Please do not touch the exhibits, Tom! | Outer space alien | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA.
 

Carved wooden figures | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
Carved wooden figures | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA.
 

Light and Shadows | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA
The amazing Light and Shadows Room | Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA.
 

“AIN'T NO PLACE FOR HATE IN MY TOWN OR STATE” | Downtown alley, Salem MA
“AIN’T NO PLACE FOR HATE IN MY TOWN OR STATE” | Downtown alley, Salem MA.
 

“REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS WELCOME HERE. NO MUSLIM BAN. NO BORDER WALL. OUR CITIES STAND TALL.” | Ugly Mug Cafe, Salem MA
“REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS WELCOME HERE. NO MUSLIM BAN. NO BORDER WALL. OUR CITIES STAND TALL.” | Ugly Mug Cafe, Salem MA

Men's bathroom art | Gulu Gulu Cafe, Salem MA.
Men’s bathroom art | Gulu Gulu Cafe, Salem MA.
 

[1,2,3,4] Peabody Essex Museum
[5] An alleyway
[6] The Ugly Mug cafe
[7] Gulu Gulu Cafe
Downtown Salem, MA

Celebration of Southeast Asian Culture in New England


One of the largest Southeast Asian River Festivals out of Asia happens every year in August on the Merrimack.

Lowell Southeast Asian River Festival - Music and Culture
Music and culture.
 

Lowell Southeast Asian River Festival - Boat Races.
The boat races – competitive (and controversial!)
 

Along the Merrimack River
Lowell MA

Wavy siding, smooth water


This beautiful building houses Boston’s Community Rowing.

Community Rowing, Boston MA
Community Rowing, Inc.
 

Keeping kids on the water and out of the way of grumpy old men like me is a good thing.

Along the Charles River
Nonantum Road
Boston (Brighton), MA

Every lunchtime bike ride needs one of these trucks


Along the Charles River Bike Path in Boston, in the park in Brighton, are a couple of ice cream trucks. Not only do they have popsicles and ice cream sandwiches and drumsticks… They have soft-serve ice cream cones!

Ice Cream Truck next to the Charles River Bike Path, Boston MA
Proof of the existence of the benevolent Flying Spaghetti Monster.
 

Herter Park
Soldiers Field Road next to the Charles River
Boston, MA

Kollege kids kan’t kount.


The order of these sailboats is the worst possible thing that has ever happened in Boston.

Boston University sail boats, Charles River, Boston MA
14, 15, 13, 16, 17, 18
 

Boston University
DeWolfe Boat House
Along the Charles River
Boston MA

Two ways to move.


A wicked nice summer afternoon for a bike ride, hot but not too muggy, nice breeze. And these kayaks were waiting for their absentee paddlers:

Kayaks for Rent, Charles River, Boston MA
Kayaks, Charles River
 

“Liar Liar! Hair on Fire!”   That’s the rhyme, right?

Person with hair on fire, tour bus, Harvard Square, Cambridge MA
Huh?
 

[1] Along the Charles River, Soldiers Field Road, Boston MA
[2] Mt Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

This is totally invisible to people in cars


On the way to the bike shop at lunchtime, I took this weird little tunnel detour:

Sacramento Street underpass, Somerville MA
The royal entryway.
 

Sacramento Street underpass, Somerville MA
Prehistoric critters trapped underground.
 

Sacramento Street underpass, Somerville MA
Somerville’s answer to “Fraggle Rock”?
 

Sacramento Street underpass, Somerville MA
Yikes, that’s a big rat!
 

Sacramento Street underpass, Somerville MA
Underground worker.
 

Sacramento Street underpass, Somerville MA
I dream of genie in a deep, dark cave.
 

Under the railroad tracks
Sacramento Street Pedestrian Underpass
Somerville, MA