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

Both of these kinda bother me


Two stickers today, both a little weird.

OUT OF OTHER - MBTA Commuter Rail from Lowell to Boston
“OUT OF OTHER” | On the train this morning.
 

WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE BOSTON - Somerville Bike Rack
WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE BOSTON | On a bike rack in Somerville

The web site for the World Naked Bike Ride has lots of details. They describe it as grown-up, very respectful, party time; as bare as you dare!
Yeah, I won’t be there.

[1] MBTA Commuter Rail from Lowell to Boston MA
[2] Elm St Somerville MA

Cheap seats, cheap beer, cheap ice cream, good time.


We caught a Lowell Spinners game tonight.

Lowell Spinners Minor League Baseball at Lelacheur Park, Lowell MA
Lelacheur Park’s a perfect place for summer baseball.

Mascots!  Lowell Spinners Minor League Baseball at Lelacheur Park, Lowell MA
The running of the mascots – The Canalagator is in the lead!

Rain delay!  Lowell Spinners Minor League Baseball at Lelacheur Park, Lowell MA
A 5th Inning rain interruption.

Lelacheur Park
Home of the Lowell Spinners
Boston, MA

Seven pictures of big concrete blocks.


On the way home tonight, I wandered around this public art storage area.

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

City of Lowell's Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office Block Project | Lowell MA

The artists featured here were selected by the City of Lowell’s Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office “Block Project” whose aim is to transform crowd safety concrete into festival-ready works of original art in preparation for the 2017 Lowell Folk Festival, July 28-30, 2017.

In the Prep Area
Between the Pawtucket and Hamilton Canals
Lowell, MA

“Festive” is not a word you think of about Jersey barriers.


On the way home tonight, I saw this gentleman reworking a dozen Jerzey barriers into works of contemporary art.

Artist Bret Weese: Under contract for the Lowell Folk Festival.  Painting safety barriers.  Lowell MA

Artist Bret Weese: Under contract for the Lowell Folk Festival.  Painting safety barriers.  Lowell MA

He is Bret Weese, one of the artists selected by the City of Lowell’s Cultural Affairs and Special Events Office “Block Project” whose aim is to transform crowd safety concrete into festival-ready works of original art in preparation for the 2017 Lowell Folk Festival, July 28-30, 2017. Four other participating artists painted the giant concrete cubes in the background.

In the Prep Area
Between the Pawtucket and Hamilton Canals
Lowell, MA

They’re selling naming rights?


Odd sign “YOUR NAME HERE” outside a vacant office building:

YOUR NAME HERE - Office Building, Boston MA
 

Every time I pass by it, I think:

My name there!
Yeah! Much better!

Soldiers Field Road
Boston, MA

They stopped the bulldozers.


When I was last here a few weeks ago, a group of schoolchildren were fixing-up this decades old mural. I still wish I got a picture then. The mural is signed “LaCasse et al” and dated 1980, 1995, and 2017.

Back in the late 1960s in Massachusetts there were plans for miles and miles of new highways, many of which were eventually stopped by citizens who were unhappy to see their cities plowed-under so that cars could go faster.

The (cancelled) Inner Belt Highway would’ve totally screwed up the neighborhoods of Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston. One of its ramps would’ve been where this MicroCenter store now stands, just before crossing the Charles River.

Mural: Citizen protest of I-695 in Cambridge MA.  (On the side of MicroCenter).  LaCasse et al 1980 1995 2017
The complete mural.
 

Mural: Citizen protest of I-695 in Cambridge MA. Close-up of protestors.  (On the side of MicroCenter).  LaCasse et al 1980 1995 2017
Close-up on the citizen protestors.
 

Mural: Citizen protest of I-695 in Cambridge MA. Close-up of bulldozer.  (On the side of MicroCenter).  LaCasse et al 1980 1995 2017
Close-up on the bulldozer.
 

The shadows in the mural are wonderful.

Magazine Street just before Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA