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

“I do believe it; I do believe it’s true.”


The snow leopards and the goats share a rocky hill here.

Barriers are here for your protection. Do not cross. | Stone Zoo, Stoneham MA
What could go wrong?
 

Caution. Animals Can Bite. | Stone Zoo, Stoneham MA
No, really. What could go wrong?
 

Arctic Fox | Stone Zoo, Stoneham MA
Bite? This pretty little puppy would never bite.
 

Eagle and Owl | Stone Zoo, Stoneham MA
These little birdies couldn’t hurt anybody!
 

Nursing Monkeys | Stone Zoo, Stoneham MA
Oh my goodness! The momma monkey’s tits are showing!
 

The Stone Zoo
Stoneham, MA

“It’s . . . A L I V E ”


This is what happens when railroad freight car graffiti develops its own intelligence.

Railroad graffiti making railroad graffiti | FAKES - 15 | SAEME - SPEK | PEST - N4EM | RENO CITY. Railroad freight car, Lowell MA
FAKES – 15 | SAEME – SPEK | PEST – N4EM | RENO CITY
 

Railroad freight lines
Next to Lowell Commuter Rail Station
Lowell, 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

This morning on the wrong side of the tracks.


This car’s impressive! Even with the ribbed surface, the circus-style lettering is perfect.

PELY JAWZ: Freight car train graffiti, Lowell MA
PELY JAWZ
 

2PELY JAWZ (close-up): Freight car train graffiti, Lowell MA
PELY JAWZ – close-up of the Z
 

A few cars down, a paisley-feeling work:

IiN: Freight car train graffiti, Lowell MA
IiN ?
 

Freight railroad tracks
Lowell, MA

It’s a toothy kind of morning.


This xray looks like toes:
(But it’s my teeth.)

Teeth xrays that look like toes.
 

Meanwhile, the Hatch Shell is looking like a land shark with big teeth:
(But they’re just getting ready for the big Boston Pops Fourth of July Concert.)

Hatch Shell with big teeth.  Boston MA
 

[1] At the Endodontist (in the West End)
[2] The Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell (at the Charles River Esplanade)
Boston, MA

I think blue herons and people can both cross here.


Took a lunchtime ride to Waltham and crossed over the Charles River on this beautiful trail bridge.

Massachusetts DCR Blue Heron Bridge over the Charles River, Waltham MA
 

Charles River Reservation
Blue Heron Bridge
Charles River
Waltham, MA

I didn’t drop it, but…


Had a great ride today to and through the Lowell Dracut State Forest on a *perfect* summer afternoon. You, gentle reader, might note the lack of knobby tires and suspension on the bicycle, but when it comes to roads and trails, this bike puts a grin on my face that can’t be beat.

Lowell Dracut State Forest and my Bianchi bike.  Lowell MA
Not a mountain bike
 

Lowell Dracut State Forest
Carney Road area
Lowell, MA