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Bob's Southern Bistro Closing

10/31/2007 01:40:00 PM 1 Response
If you haven't tried their Sunday Jazz Brunch, you better make your reservations soon because Bob's Southern Bistro won't be around much longer. An article in yesterday's Globe (here) talks a bit about what will be happening to the space after Bob's closes on November 25th.

Settles, whose name has been associated with Boston's jazz scene over the past decade, told the Globe yesterday that he is selling the South End institution to Malcolm Aalders, a 28-year-old Cleveland native who recently moved to Boston from the Netherlands.

Aalders will take over the space in December and plans to rename it Night Town. The menu will feature American cuisine, and live musical performances will range from rock to funk to jazz to "whatever people want," Aalders said yesterday. "We'll have the best burger in the Greater Boston area," he added.

The "best burger in the Greater Boston area." Bold claim. We'll see in December if Mr. Aalders pulls through. I will miss Bob's fried chicken, but a great burger would be a welcome addition. I'm still mourning the loss of Tim's a few years back.

Farewell Bobs, it was good knowing you. I'll be sure to swing by at least once before you close. And to those that will miss the chicken, there's always Popeye's in Kenmore.



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1000 Words - Red Sox Rally 2007

10/30/2007 01:20:00 PM 0 Responses












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A Night At The Rock Opera - Review

10/30/2007 11:19:00 AM 0 Responses
So this past weekend, I went to opening night of "A Night At the Rock Opera" at the Wilbur Theatre and it was amazing. I didn't know what to expect prior to going, all I really knew about it was what I saw off of the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra's website (here). But I was blown away. Twenty-three people on stage rocking out - it was very different and very cool.

I don't listen to old music. What I call old music, you may call "classic" music. I've never listened to the Beatles, the Who - old school stuff like that. I'm more of a "what's on the radio right now" type of guy. So anyway, the URO played their adaptations of a lot of "classic" music so when I first saw the program I was a little dejected. I hardly recognized any of the songs.

But when the music started, I was pleasantly surprised. Their enthusiasm and high-energy was so evident and contagious, that I didn't really mind that I didn't know the songs. I enjoyed them anyway. It was a great performance.

And yes, you're going to kill me after I admit this. They sang songs from The Who, Queen, The Beatles, David Bowie, and a few of their own songs. Number of songs I recognized out of the 28 that they performed? Two.

My favorite part of the show was the fact that the singers rotated for the various songs. Different folks sang lead for different songs. It was like multiple concerts mixed up into one performance.

There's 8 performances left, I highly recommend that you check it out. Click (here) for tickets. PS. It's also a plus that there are some pretty cute girls on stage. =)



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Half Price Sweeney Todd Tickets - 10/31

10/29/2007 03:45:00 PM 0 Responses
Sweeney Todd has been getting rave reviews in all the papers. Here's your chance to see it on Halloween for HALF PRICE!

I just checked the link and they definitely still have tickets available for the Halloween Promotion. Click (here) for the link to Ticketmaster and choose the Half Off Halloween Offer.

The legendary demon barber, hell-bent on revenge, takes up with his enterprising neighbor in a delicious plot to slice their way through London's upper crust. Justice will be served-along with lush melody, audacious humor and bloody good thrills.



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More Morton's for Boston

10/29/2007 03:18:00 PM 0 Responses
Coming soon to the Seaport District: Boston's 2nd Morton's. I'm a fan of Morton's - I'm rarely at the one in Boston though. I'm usually at the one in Richmond for client dinners.

With all the development going on in the Seaport District: the luxury lofts, Waterside Place, etc. The Seaport District is going to be a fast growing area. I loved the apartments at Parklane Seaport when I looked at them. It's just a little inconvenient in terms of public transportation.

Anyway, Morton's part II is coming to 2 Seaport Lane and opens its doors on November 2nd. Haru tonight, Morton's on Friday. Sounds like a good plan to me. Too bad I'm on a diet.


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Haru Opening in the Prudential Center Today

10/29/2007 03:01:00 PM 0 Responses
Has anyone eaten at Haru before? It's a New York City chain owned by the Benihana Inc. They took over the space in the Prudential Center previously occupied by Dick's Last Resort and according to a sign I saw this weekend while walking through the mall, it opens TODAY.


According a super old Globe article (here):

The 165-seat Haru restaurant will include a sushi bar, a lounge area, private event space, and outdoor seating, Boston Properties said.

"Haru is one of today's most renowned names in Japanese cuisine," Bryan J. Koop, senior vice president of Boston Properties, said in a statement. "Their innovative menu, partnered with the restaurant's Asian-influenced and stylish decor, is a perfect addition to the Prudential Center's restaurant offerings."

I am a big sushi fan, so I welcome the addition. I just wish it was Nobu instead of Haru. No offense to Haru, I haven't tried you yet so maybe you're terrific. But man, Nobu is delicious....

If anyone decides to go check it out on opening night tonight, please let me know what you think.
PS. Sorry for not posting this weekend, I was too busy watching the Red Sox kick the living daylights out of the Rockies. w00t.



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Comment Moderation

10/26/2007 03:27:00 PM 0 Responses
Sorry folks, but I had to turn on comment moderation today. Folks are starting to spam the comment section with links to online pharmacies selling cheap viagra and other such services that you and I get 100's of emails on each day....Bastards.

Anyway, just letting the real readers out there know that I'm not trying to censor you or anything. But I don't want the site littered with spam. Everything from a real reader will get approved.

Cheers, and happy FRIDAY! Thank goodness the weekend is here.



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New Discount NYC-Boston Bus Line

10/26/2007 01:47:00 PM 2 Responses
Now normally, I wouldn't be posting about yet another discount bus service going to NYC, there's already a ton: Lucky Star, Fung Wah (For those with a deathwish), Peter Pan, Greyhound, Limoliner, etc. Say hello to Vamoose.

What makes Vamoose special? Free WiFi access on the bus and guaranteed seating. It's a little bit pricier. $22 per one way trip in advance or $25 at the door. According to the Globe, the guaranteed seating is the big draw. But for me, it's the 4 hours of being able to surf the net and IM with friends while riding on the bus. I bet electrical sockets will be a hot commodity on this bus.

One odd thing that I need to check out, it seems like they pick up and drop off on a street corner behind Copley Place. Reminds me of back in the day when the Chinatown bus first started running and they picked up on the streets of Chinatown.

Anyway, click (here) to read the Globe article for yourself or click (here) to go to the Vamoose website. If anyone tries it out before I get a chance, leave a comment and let me know how it is.

Update: Vamoose got their permits revoked by the city of Cambridge two weeks after they started up. So, they don't currently serve the Boston-Cambridge area.



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Morissey Concert Tix for $20

10/25/2007 06:36:00 PM 0 Responses
I remember Morissey being pretty popular when I was growing up. He had a couple of pretty good songs if I recall correctly. Well, he's going to be in Boston on 10/30 performing at the Orpheum and there's tickets on sale right now for $20.

Regular tickets range from $40 to $65, so $20 should be a pretty good deal. Almost as good as my $10 tickets to the Hilary Duff concert a couple months ago. Click (here) to goto LiveNation and pick up your tickets while they last.

In other unrelated music news. I found out today that Aqua has reunited. You know them from about 9-10 years ago when they came out with the Barbie Girl song. Fantastic.......

Oh, and Ace of Bass has reunited as well.



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Skyline Condo Auction - 11/11

10/25/2007 11:01:00 AM 0 Responses
We're still feeling the pain of the sub-prime mortgage fallout. Housing prices continue to fall - bad for homeowners, good for renters. As a side note, according to an article from John Keith's Boston Real Estate Blog (here) Downtown Boston has been relatively unaffected. Anyhoo, although I'm not in the market anymore (I'm going to stick with renting for the time being) - I'm sure there are others out there who could benefit from this auction.

The Skyline Condominiums at Station Landing are going up for auction on November 11th. I'm sure you've seen the place, I pass by it everytime I go to the Costco in Everett. Does everyone remember the auction held by Folio Boston last year? People ended up getting condos for an average of 25% below asking price. I have an excel spreadsheet of all the Folio Boston results if anyone's interested. Email me and I'll send it to you.

I think the state of the market is even worse this time around. It'll be harder for folks to secure mortgages, which hopefully means less competition for those of you that have good credit and have been waiting patiently. Click (here) for a Globe article on the Skyline auction and then click (here) if you'd like to participate.


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World Series Game 1 Brace For Impact

10/24/2007 04:11:00 PM 2 Responses
Well here we go. Game 1 of the World Series is tonight. The weather keeps threatening to rain, but so far I've only seen a little bit of drizzle. So yesterday a client of mine calls and he's trying to get a hotel for last night because we had a meeting this morning. Every single hotel in the Boston area was sold out. One of the Doubletree Marriots had 1 room available for $855 and one of airport hotels had 1 room for $600. Needless to say, his company was not going to pay that kind of money for hotel room.

We eventually found him a room at a reasonable rate, but its pretty amazing. He called his company travel agency and the nearest hotel that had availability was in Andover.

What can we say? Red Sox Nation is a big one, and a little on the crazy side. But 2 world series in the past 3 years? Pretty awesome.

Where are folks going to watch the game tonight? Anyone out there going to the game? If not, which bars do you suggest?


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Belgian Beer Fest - 10/26

10/23/2007 01:11:00 PM 0 Responses
Coming up this weekend is The Return of the Belgian Beer Fest. This is a ritual amongst my friends. They go every time one of these fests comes along. Me personally, I've only been to one. I went to the American Beer Fest last year. It wasn't very good - no offense to the breweries that were there. I've heard though that the Belgian Beer Fest is a lot better in general

So if you don't have plans this weekend October 26-27, then head over to one of the sessions of the Beer Festival. Tickets are $60 and the event will be held where it always is, the Cyclorama in the South End.

40+ handpicked funk-a-licious beers, plus guest speakers, cheese samples from Cabot, delicious food from Sunset Grill & Tap, and addictive Belgian waffles from the Waffle Haus.

Click (here) to go to the official website and purchase tickets while they last.



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BostonPops.TV

10/23/2007 12:14:00 PM 0 Responses
Looks like the Boston Pops is entering the age of technology. They've recently launched a new website with downloadable podcast files and also streaming video. For their inaugural episode, they're featuring a 'concert' called "Tribute to Oscar and Tony" with musical scores from famous movies and musicals. Here's the rundown:

1. Lawrence of Arabia
2. Sound of Music
3. Titanic (My Heart Will Go On)
4. Chicago (All That Jazz)
5. Phantom of the Opera (Overture)
6. The Producers (Overture)
7. Out of Africa (Love Theme)
8. 42nd Street

Click (here) to see their new website and watch the concert. This reminds me, I need to pick up some tickets for this season. I'd like to go to at least one Pops concert this year.


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La Boheme Tickets for Half Price

10/22/2007 04:04:00 PM 0 Responses
Any "young professionals" out there that are into opera? Or maybe you have a date that you want to impress. This is the event for you. The Bravo Boheme event has half-price tickets for the Saturday November 10th showing of Puccini's La Boheme at the Shubert Theatre.

There's also an afterparty immediatly afterwards with the cast of the show at blu Restaurant and Bar @ The Sports Club LA. It should be a blast.

Click (here) for the link to half-price tickets and also tickets to the afterparty.



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Foxwoods World Poker Finals - 10/22

10/22/2007 03:53:00 PM 0 Responses
The Foxwoods World Poker Finals starts today and runs through November 13th. For those of you that are big poker fans, this could be your ticket to $$$. I know a fair number of folks that use poker to supplement their incomes - I'd do it too, except I'm not a big fan of gambling.

As my friends who play online always say. If you play blackjack, you're playing against the casino and the odds aren't in your favor. If you're playing online at 3am, you're playing against drunks and stupid people, and it's easy to take their money. I can't attest to this personally, but my friends seem to make decent money.

Well, it's time to leave the computer at home and head down to CT and interact with some people face-to-face. Put on your googley eyeglasses and crazy hats and what ever else you learned from watching the World Series of Poker on TV and hop in the car.

See below for the schedule of events.



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Red Sox, Red Sox, Red Sox

10/22/2007 10:42:00 AM 0 Responses
Congratulations to the Red Sox. You guys are on the cover of all the newspapers today: the Globe, the Metro, and BostonNOW. In addition to that, every single show on 96.9 talk radio thus far this morning has been talking about you.

Funny story, I was on a flight back from JFK last Thursday during the game and literally everyone on the plane was watching the game. They usually shut off the tv's on Jetblue for the safety announcement, but the game was so intense that the flight attendant actually came on the speaker and said "We're going to wait until the commercials to do the safety announcement." It was great.

I'm sure everyone watched last night. Great game. Great way to end the series. The first game of the World Series against the Rockies will be at Fenway on Wednesday night. Click (here) to read the Globe article.


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Bad Feng Shui on Newbury Street

10/20/2007 05:31:00 PM 2 Responses
I have always wondered about the perpetually changing restaurants that have occupied the space at 279A Newbury Street at the corner of Newbury and Gloucester. When I first arrived in Boston, it was Saffron. Then it was 279A, and then INQ, and then Luigi & Roscoe's. None of these restaurants have been able to make it in that space - which boggled my mind. How could there be so much turnover for prime real estate on Newbury? Bad feng shui perhaps?

Admittedly, I never ate at any of those restaurants while they were around. Nothing ever really caught my eye on the menus they had displayed out front.

Well, perhaps fifth time's a charm. One World Cuisine (owners of Kashmir, Diva, Mantra, etc) are turning the space into "Cafeteria." It's going to be an American-Italian cafe opening up at the end of October.

Just turn it into a Chipotle. Then I wouldn't have to drive all the way out to Medford to get one of their delicious barbacoa burritos. Yum. What can I say, I'm easy to please.



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Yakitori in Boston?

10/20/2007 05:17:00 PM 0 Responses
When my girlfriend first took me to yakitori in NYC (some area called St. Marks Place if I remember correctly) I found it to be rather awesome. Sure it's just meat on a stick, but boy was it tasty. They had a pretty extensive menu and you paid per stick, so you could order a huge variety.

What does this have to do with Boston? Well I've been hoping that eventually someone would open one in Boston, and it looks like someone sort of has done just that. STIX is opening up in the South End adjacent to 33 Lounge - where Bomboa used to be. According to Improper Bostonian, skewers constitute 40% of the menu and are served in sets of 3 for $9. $3 per skewer sounds a little expensive. I'll need to check out the places in NYC again, but I think they were $1.50-$2 per skewer.

There's a restaurant in Chinatown that's for sale right now (pretty good price too in my opinion). I'm secretly hoping someone buys it and turns it into a yakitori restaurant. Different is what works. Look at how amazing ShabuZen is doing in Chinatown. That's because it's different. If there are any restaurateurs out there that like this idea. Take the ball and run with it. I'd love to have some real yakitori in Boston.



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Bye Bye Jasmine Sola

10/19/2007 03:25:00 PM 8 Responses
According to an article in the Globe today (here) Jasmine Sola might not be around for much longer. Not that I know anything about women's clothing, but I was always under the impression that Jasmine Sola was a really popular store amongst the teenage and college crowds.

New York and Company purchased Jasmine Sola in 2005 and only 2 short years later, it's looking at getting rid of it.

They may have more fashionable shoes and sweaters, but JasmineSola has dampened New York & Company's profits. The boutique lost 3 cents per share in the second quarter while New York & Company earned 6 cents a share overall. For the full year, JasmineSola is expected to lose 13 to 15 cents per share.

Options being explored are either to sell off the JasmineSola brand or to convert the stores into additional New York & Company stores - which I'm sure would be the more upsetting outcome to fans of the store.

So anyways, shop while you can. Jasmine Sola might not be around for much longer.

UPDATE 11/6/07: As of this past weekend, the Jasmine Sola in the Prudential Center has everything on sale for 10-30% off.

UPDATE 11/16/07: I just walked past the Jasmine Sola on Newbury Street this morning and everything is on sale now for 20%-40%

UPDATE 11/21/07: This just in, apparently there are 2 Jasmine Sola's on Newbury. Both of which are now 30%-50% off. One of them is also starting to sell store fixtures.

UPDATE 12/9/2007: Walked through Jasmine Sola on Newbury today. Did a little shopping with the girlfriend. For those that weren't aware, apparently they sell some men's clothing at Jasmine Sola also.

UPDATE 12/26/07: Details on an article in Boston Magazine's January Issue about the Jasmine Sola affair (here).

UPDATE 1/25/08: Jasmine Sola will be reborn as "Mix and Company" in March. Read about it (here).



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Boston Comic Con - 10/21

10/18/2007 03:41:00 PM 0 Responses
Boston Comic Con is coming up this Sunday. I was never into comic books mostly because I was broke as a kid. Who in the world could afford paying $3 for 10 pages worth of reading. You'd be better off paying $6 bucks for an actual book that had content. Or going to the library and reading for free.

Anyway, I just recently got into my first comic book series thanks to my friend Erin. She recommended a comic called "Y the Last Man." It's a series about a guy named Yorick who, along with his pet monkey, are the only surviving men on earth after some sort of plague wipes out all the men. It's very addictive. I'm through the first six books. Books 7, 8, and 9 are on their way from Amazon.com right now. I'm psyched.

But even then, here's the thing. So, Amazon was the cheapest place I could find them: a little over $10 bucks per book (each book is a compilation of 6 comic books). With 9 books currently out (the comic series isn't finished yet) that's about $100 I've already spent on comic books. Each book literally takes me about 10-15 minutes to read. It's a great series and all, but even the 7th Harry Potter book took me an entire evening to read and that was only $20.

The cost to duration of entertainment ratio is way off on comic books. But, if you're a fan, head over the the Back Bay Events Center this SUnday 10/21 from 10am to 5pm for the Boston Comic Convention. Click (here) for the official website.



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Head of the Charles - 10/20

10/18/2007 03:32:00 PM 1 Response
Row...row....row...your boat. Coming up this weekend is the 43rd Annual Head of the Charles Regatta. For those of you that may be new to Boston, that means lots of crew teams from various universities will be in Boston to compete on the Charles River.

According to the Dig, 7500 athletes will compete in 55 events with other 300,000 spectators. What does this mean for you? Try not to drive because traffic will suck. Click (here) for the official website and schedule of events.

So if you've got some time this weekend, walk over to the Charles and cheer on your college crew buddies. Good luck to my friend Skip, if he's rowing in it.



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Miz Wizard's Science Secrets - 10/21

10/18/2007 03:22:00 PM 0 Responses
Two of my favorite things in life are science and girls. Biology was more my thing while in school. Physics was the bane of my existence. But, I digress. This Sunday, my two favorite things are coming together for an event called "Miz Wizard's Science Secrets."

Bring a friend-young, old, male, female--to this solo performance and see how many of the women scientists mentioned you recognize. Yes, we've come a long way. Yet, it's always good to be reminded of the often ludicrous barriers that female scientists over time has had to overcome. This is definitely NOT a depressing lecture, however!

Instead, Dr. Jane Curry will tell the stories of historical and contemporary women scientists and inventors with humor and fanfare. A few non-exploding demonstrations are included! So don't lament that none of the Nobel Prize winners in science this year are women!


This event is sponsored by several different groups for the purpose of promoting women in science. Click (here) for the official website and additional information.



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Church Grand Opening - 10/18

10/17/2007 02:07:00 PM 0 Responses
Looks like a new lounge is opening up tomorrow night. I mapped it, I'm not very familiar with that area. Looks like it's in the Fens. Anyway, it's called Church. Here's the invitation. RSVP if you want to go.



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Women's Health Conference - 10/19

10/17/2007 11:03:00 AM 0 Responses
Coming up this Friday, 10/19 is the 11th annual Women’s Health Conference. This annual meeting focuses on bringing together environmental and women's health leaders.

The Women's Health and the Environment Conference series explores the impact of the physical, psychological, and economic environment on the health and well-being of women.

This year Deirdre Imus is one of the featured speakers. She is the President and Founder of the The Deidre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology. She's also married to Don Imus, who despite all the bad press over his racial comments earlier this year, does great work with the Imus Ranch for children with cancer.

The conference runs from 9am to 4pm this Friday at Hynes Convention Center. Click (here) for more information at the official website.



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Celebrities This Week - 10/17

10/17/2007 10:09:00 AM 0 Responses
Looks like Bono from U2 was in town yesterday to meet with the Mortgage Banker's Association. Odd? Yes, I agree with you. Apparently, Bono was there during the MBA's convention as an advocate for aid for the poor and disease-wracked of Africa.

What does this have to do with Mortgages? Probably nothing, but in order to boost attendance and keep people awake, I guess the conference organizers called in the rockstar. Click (here) to read about it.

Also in town were: Mark Wahlberg & family, Andy Garcia, and Kate Hudson. Apparently Abe & Louie's is also a very popular place for the stars to dine. Andy and Kate were there having dinner on Monday at the same time but at different tables.

Oh, and Ben Affleck is around too. He's been promoting his new movie "Gone Baby Gone" and also giving speeches about healthcare reform.



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Rodrigo y Gabriela Tonight!

10/17/2007 09:41:00 AM 0 Responses
It's been a little while since I've been to a concert. There's one tonight that I'm really excited about. If you're into classical guitars and you haven't heard of Rodrigo y Gabriela, you're missing out. There's a brief article on them today in the Metro talking about their journey from Mexico to Ireland and how they "discovered" themselves.

I first found out about them when my friend Alain showed me a clip of them on YouTube. So I'd like to do the same here. Bear in mind this isn't my favorite clip on Youtube, but it is the fastest loading one.





They will be performing tonight at the Orpheum Theater at 7:30pm. Alex Skolnick is opening for them. If you're free tonight, it's worth looking into to see if tickets are still available.



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Fort Point Open Studios - 10/19

10/16/2007 11:56:00 PM 0 Responses
The 28th annual Fort Point Open Studios event goes on this weekend 10/19-10/21. The event is held every year by the Fort Point Artists Community (FPAC). The FPAC is a non-profit community organization founded in 1980 and run by neighborhood artists and volunteers.

Since 1978, Fort Point artists have opened their studios to the public during the third weekend in October. The Open Studios Weekend attracts about 10,000 visitors to our neighborhood. This event offers the public a rare glimpse into the living and working spaces of artists, while providing a valuable opportunity for artists to sell their work.


Click (here) for a link to the official website and more information on the FPAC and also the Open Studio event.



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Boston Startup Weekend - 10/19

10/16/2007 10:35:00 PM 0 Responses
This is a really interesting idea. I'd totally sign up if I didn't have to work this weekend. I'm always bouncing off startup ideas with my entrepreneurial friends. This blog is one of my little startup ideas. It's been going pretty well so far. Hopefully those of you reading have found it useful.

Have you ever wondered what a group of highly talented and motivated people could accomplish in a weekend? Could they start a company from concept to completion? StartupWeekend answers that question and more. A unique three-day experience, StartupWeekend brings the best and brightest people together in a local office space to select the concept, break into teams, and develop the product, marketing and revenue model.

The event is going to be held from 10/19 - 10/21 at Axon Labs: 320 Nevada Street Newton, MA. Friday they start at 6pm. Saturday and Sunday at 9am. Click (here) for the official website.



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Gary Kasparov, Stephen King, and More

10/14/2007 07:16:00 AM 0 Responses
This week is an exciting one for the Harvard Bookstore. They're hosting some really great folks at various locations to discuss their new books.

First off, on Monday 10/15, Gary Kasparov will be at the First Parish Church Meetinghouse at 7pm to discuss his new book "How Life Imitates Chess." You know Mr. Kasparov from his chess exploits, but if you've been reading the news lately, you'll know that he recently decided to run for President in Russia. Click (here) for details.

Second, on Tuesday 10/16, Stephen King will be in town to host a forum with other authors that contributed to "The Best American Short Stories 2007." This event is being held at the Memorial Church at 7pm. Unforunately the website says that this event is sold out, but who knows maybe people will be scalping tickets. Click (here) for more details and a list of the other notable authors that will be attending.

Wow, I'm going to stop typing now because I just clicked the "more events" button on the Harvard Bookstore website and they're basically an event every day. Click (here) to see the list of events for October.

I think I'm going to look into attending Frank Warren's (PostSecret) talk on 10/30 and Craig Venter on 10/31. If you haven't heard of PostSecret, click (here) and check it out. It's a really cool concept. It's also one of the most popular blogs in the world.



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The Wellfleet OysterFest - 10/13

10/12/2007 04:58:00 AM 0 Responses
This is going to be the 2nd year in a row that I'm missing this event and it has me really bummed out. A group of my college buddies make the trip out to Wellfleet each year to go to the oyster festival and I've hear it's an awesome time.

Coming up this Saturday and Sunday, 10/13-10/14, is the 7th Annual Wellfleet OysterFest.

Wellfleet comes alive for a two-day celebration of the town’s famous oysters, clams and shellfishing traditions in this street party that brings together locals and visitors alike for a weekend full of food, frolic, and fun. There is something for everyone: local cuisine, arts and crafts, kayak and road races, children’s activities, educational exhibits, walking tours, theatre, live music, and the Oyster Shuck-Off.

Click (here) for a link to the schedule of events. A 5K race, food, live music, dancing, the list goes on. If you haven't made a trip out to the Cape lately, this weekend is your chance.



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Martha's Vineyard Annual Harvest

10/11/2007 09:30:00 AM 0 Responses
I've only been to Martha's Vineyard twice. The first time was for a Kentucky Derby party that a client had. She has a very nice house out there, and I had a wonderful time. Barbaro won that year. The second time, my family was in town so we all went over to do a more touristy tour of Martha's Vineyard.

Coming up this weekend, a reason to head over a third time: The Martha's Vineyard Annual Harvest. From October 12th to October 14th brace yourself for a schedule of great food and great wine.

The Martha's Vineyard Annual Harvest Festival will celebrate a cornucopia of food and wine, promoting local farms and seafood as well as wineries from all over the world and chefs from both on-island and off, extending Martha’s Vineyard’s vibrant fall season. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum will be the primary charitable affiliation of this non-profit festival.

Click (here) for the official schedule of events.



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TJX Security Breach - Part II

10/11/2007 02:01:00 AM 0 Responses
I'm had just been updating the original post, but now that it looks like a settlement is going to be reached, I think that warrants another post.

Click (here) for my original post on the TJX security breach and my recommendation to use FreeCreditReport.com (at least for the 30 day free trial) to monitor your credit report.

Originally TJX had proposed giving $30 TJX vouchers to the customers that had been affected by the hack. The judge in charge (mad props to him for standing up for the little guy) told them that it wasn't enough and now TJX has come back with a proposal for $30 vouchers along with $15 checks.

Click (here) to read yesterday's article about how the judge is now leaning towards approving this new proposal.

And just to reiterate, the gravity of the situation. I'm mentioning again the real world situation that happened recently:

I just read another article last week about stolen credit card numbers and it said that in cases like this, the numbers are never used right away. The thieves wait 6 months to a year until you're not checking anymore and THEN that's when they start using the CC numbers and bushwhack you. Case in point, my girlfriend just started having mysterious charges on one of her debit cards that she never uses anymore (I hate you TJX). Luckily she had a service turned on that monitors suspicious activity and they notified her right away in addition to suspending her account so no more charges could be made.

More than ever, I'd recommend to folks out there to look into some sort of service like FreeCreditReport.com to watch out for you. I'm pretty OCD and I only check my online credit card statements a few times a month. Having a service like this enables them to notify you IMMEDIATELY when something shady happens.

Click (here) if you'd like to sign up for FreeCreditReport.com and their 30 day free trial.



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Dane Cook is Back on Tour

10/10/2007 11:25:00 PM 0 Responses
Dan Cook, a comedian with roots in Boston, is coming back for Round 3. I have yet to see a movie with him that has impressed me. But, I did catch a few minutes of one of his stand-up performances on HBO and it was pretty good.

Saturday, November 17 @ 7:00 p.m.
After performing 2 record breaking sell-out shows of 38,000 at the TD Banknorth Garden last year, Dane Cook is making his way back to Boston this November. A local favorite hailing from Arlington, MA, Cook was named a "comedian phenom and icon" by Entertainment Weekly, and has maintained his reputation as one of today's most prolific stand-up comedians.

Tickets go on sale this Friday 10/12 at 10am. Click (here) to go to Ticketmaster and pick up your tickets.



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The Dan Band Presale Password - 10/11

10/10/2007 11:17:00 PM 0 Responses
I love ticket presales. Even though, it's such a black box. I participate in all these presales and I still don't manage to get amazing seats. But I guess it's still better than buying them "before they are released to the public."

Coming up tomorrow, Thursday 10/11 is the internet presale for The Dan Band's Concert at the Roxy.

When is the concert? Thursday, November 29 at 8:00 pm
Where is it at? The Roxy (Theatre District)

Presale starts: Thu, Oct 11 at 10am
Presale ends: Thu, Oct 11 at 5pm

Presale Password: piano

Click (here) to goto the LiveNation site to get your tickets.



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Maroon 5 Concert Tickets

10/10/2007 09:04:00 AM 0 Responses
Happy Humpday folks. Hope things are going well for everyone.

I just received an email that their are still tickets available for the Maroon 5 concert this upcoming Monday 10/15. They're playing with The Hives and Kevin Michael.

The concert is going to be held at TD Banknorth Garden and it starts at 7:30pm. Click (here) if you've been procrastinating and haven't purchased your tickets yet. Time's running out.


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Salaries for Famous Bostonians

10/09/2007 11:34:00 PM 0 Responses
The cover story for the October issue of Boston Magazine is "Who Makes What, A Shameless Peek Inside Bostonians' Wallets." I always find it interesting to read about what famous/high profile folks are making. Gives me hope that one day I'll be famous/high profile and making that much money.

Corporate America
Henri Termeer of Genzyme: $22,448,918
Joseph Tucci of EMC: $20,213,028
William Swanson of Raytheon: $17,231,512
Ron Sargent of Staples: $13,711,035
James Mullen of Biogen Idec: $12,201,576
James Tobin of Boston Scientific: $8,360,566
Carol Meyrowitz of TJX: $7,585,246

Famous Faces
Manny Ramirez of the Red Sox: $17,016,381
Paul Pierce of the Celtics: $16,360,094
Tom Brady of the Patriots: $6,000,000
Randy Moss of the Patriots: $3,000,000
James Levine of the BSO: $1,536,769
Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops: $690,405

I'm a little surprised that Tom Brady makes that much less than Manny and Paul Pierce. Does he make up the rest in endorsements maybe? As of 2 weeks ago Tom is selling 2 condos on Beacon street (here) one for $3.99 million and the other for $4.59 million. You have to be making more than $6 million to afford places like that right?


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1000 Words - The State Room

10/08/2007 11:18:00 AM 0 Responses
I recently went to a meeting/reception held in The State Room @ 60 State Street. It was the first time I'd been there in about seven years. Way back when, the State Room was a restaurant called Bay Tower. Food was decent, but it was the view that made it an amazing place to take a date.


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Boston Comedy Festival - 10/7

10/06/2007 12:38:00 PM 0 Responses
Forgive me if i get some of my "todays" and "tomorrows" wrong. I just landed in Hong Kong for a week-long business trip and even though I am well aware that we're twelve hours ahead, it's still disorienting to try to figure out what time it is in Boston right now.

The Boston International Comedy and Movie Festival starts tomorrow 10/7 and runs for a full week until 10/13. Going to stand up in Boston is one of my favorite things to do, and I definitely don't do it often enough. Highlights were: seeing Darrell Hammond at the Comedy Connection (the guy who plays Bill Clinton on SNL) and Russel Peters at the Berklee Center (the Indian guy who does a better Asian accent than I do.)

Click (here) for a schedule of events. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe Dennis Leary is going to be in town for the festival amongst other famous comedians.

Check it out and let me know how the festival is. I'll have to live vicariously through you all while I'm in Asia.


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Cold Stone Creamery Ice Cream for $2

10/06/2007 12:26:00 PM 0 Responses
I found this advertisement in the Globe. Every weekend in October (Saturday and Sunday before 5pm), Cold Stone Creamery is offering $2 Signature Creations at participating locations. Of most importance to me would be the ones in the Theatre District and the Prudential Center.

I've been craving their cheesecake ice cream with a brownie mixed if the last couple of months. But I can't bring myself to go because I'm trying to lose weight. Traveling for work has been taking a toll on my body. Not only can I not work out, but I usually end up eating massive amounts of food at client dinners. Aghgh.

Anyway, for those of you that don't have a weight problem. Go grab some ice cream today or tomorrow from Cold Stone. No coupon necessary according to the ad. I scanned it, see below.



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Where Daisuke Matsuzaka Gets Sushi

10/05/2007 10:31:00 AM 1 Response
I was hanging out on Wednesday night with a few friends that are sushi chefs in the Boston area and heard on good authority that my former favorite sushi restaurant is in fact one of Daisuke Matsuzaka's favorites. If you don't know who Dice-K is, crawl out of your fallout shelter and watch a Red Sox game or two.

Why is it my former favorite? Well for one, it's a bit far away - my office used to be right out there in Natick, so I'd swing by after work to grab a bite to eat. Now my office is downtown. Weeks go by without me needing to hop in my car. Reason number two is that when eating alone, it's nice to be able to sit at the bar and chat with the sushi chefs. All of the chefs that I liked ended up moving to other restaurants.

As a result, I only make it out to Oga's once every few months. How often does Daisuke eat there? I was told once a week. How often does his wife eat there? Once or twice a week. Daisuke's a pretty busy guy, so often times it's just his wife and a few of her friends.

A few more factoids for you. Yes, there is a person named Oga. He owns the restaurant. He's a great guy and makes terrific sushi. When I used to go there frequently (over a year ago), Oga would work the sushi bar himself on Monday's and Tuesdays (his schedule has probably changed since then). I made it a point to eat there on those days. I'd just sit down, share a carafe of sake with him, and tell him that I'd eat whatever he made.



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Zombie Fest: From Dusk Till Dawn - 10/6

10/04/2007 02:06:00 PM 0 Responses
This one is going to be highly entertaining. The Somerville Theater in Davis Square is hosting Zombie Fest: From Dusk Til Dawn this upcoming Saturday night. Be forewarned, this is not for the faint of heart.

From 7pm until 7am (that's right 12 straight hours) they will be showing a veritable marathon of zombie movies. Tickets are $30 bucks at the door or $24 in advance. They've got some good movies lined up. Shaun of the Dead, which was hilarious. 28 Weeks Later, which I haven't seen but I'm sure it's good. And then various other zombie movies which may or may not be good.

But here's the best part: beer and wine is available. Soooo.......kick back, relax, have a drink, and watch a zombie movie (or 6 zombie movies for that matter). Bring your friends cause you're going to need someone to poke you when you start nodding off around 4am.

Brains! We Want Brains! What a coincidence, that's MIT's motto too.



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Oktoberfest in Newport

10/04/2007 01:56:00 PM 0 Responses
Last week was Octoberfest at the Harpoon Brewery (here). This week it's the 15th Annual International Oktoberfest at the Newport Yachting Center. This just in, apparently this upcoming weekend is Columbus Day weekend. I didn't even realize it since I'll be working anyway.

But for those of you who do have that extra day off. Oktoberfest will be going on Saturday-Monday in Newport, Rhode Island.

Can't get to Munich this year? Come to Newport! Enjoy the best German & domestic Oktoberfest brews, while folk dancing through the international biergarten and eating all the Bratwurst you can!

Saturday: 11am-9pm
Sunday: 11am-8pm
Monday: 11am-6pm

Click (here) for the official website and more information.


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Benefit Concert at Harper's Ferry - 10/6

10/04/2007 10:38:00 AM 0 Responses
The weekend is only one day a way. Technically two, I guess, since Thursday just got started. But at least we're getting close. Coming up this Saturday, 10/6 at Harper's Ferry is a benefit concert for Ben's Dream a nonprofit whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research toward a cure for Sanfilippo Syndrome.

Singer/Songwriters Ari Hest, Mieka Pauley and Tim Blane join together for an evening of music. Coming off the recent release of his latest album ‘THE BREAK IN’ on Red Ink/Columbia records in May, Ari has spent a good deal of 2007 touring. He just returned from a tour in the UK and Ireland and earlier this year toured with Brandi Carlile and The Damnwells. He became aware of Ben and the Foundation through his childhood friend and Ben’s teacher Michael Pollak. Ari contacted his friend Mieka Pauley who will be releasing her new album Elijah Drop Your Gun in November. The show is rounded out by Tim Blane who also just released a new album Clockwork.

Click (here) to purchase tickets to the show.


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Recent Comments

10/03/2007 12:45:00 PM 0 Responses
I've always done my best to respond to people's comments by either posting another comment in that same post or using the chatterbox on the sidebar. One of my fears, though, is that if the commenter didn't bookmark the page and come back often, they'd never know if they got a response or not.

So, I've added a widget on the right hand side to display the most recent 5 comments and removed the chatterbox to see if this helps. This way, everyone can have a little bit more visibility into the mini-conversations that are going on right now.

Let me know if you really liked the chatterbox and I'll try to find a way to squeeze it back onto the page.

PS. MissPiggy, if you're reading, someone was asking if you could provide the upcoming shoot location for the Pink Panther 2.

Cheers,

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Great Glass Pumpkin Patch - 10/6

10/03/2007 11:22:00 AM 0 Responses
I almost forgot to say it this week. Happy Hump Day Everyone! Work has been so busy that I almost forgot that it's already Wednesday. Halfway through, whew.

Anyway, if you have plans for Saturday morning, cancel them. I have something better for you. Coming up this Saturday is the annual Great Glass Pumpkin Patch at MIT. If you're not familiar with it, it's pretty awesome. Every year, the folks at the Glass Lab at MIT make a bunch of glass pumpkins that are absolutely beautiful and put them on sale in MIT's Kresge Oval.

In all my years here I have yet to make it over to purchase a pumpkin, but rest assured one of these days I will. Click (here) for a link to the Glass lab's homepage at MIT or see below for the schedule. Be forewarned, the line is crazy to purchase these pumpkins, so go early or don't bother going at all.

Preview Opening: Friday, October 5, 5-8pm
Pumpkin Sale: Saturday, October 6, 10am-3pm
Rain Date: Sunday, October 7, 10am-3pm


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Dewar's Debate: Meat vs Veggie - 10/4

10/03/2007 11:06:00 AM 0 Responses
Many thanks to Sarah for letting me know about tomorrow's debate. I'm not much into politics, but this is a debate that's worth hearing. Thursday, 10/4 Dewar's and Vice Magazine are hosting the next in their series of Dewar's Debates. The topic? Meat vs Veggie.

Our debaters are tackling the Meat vs. Veggie debate, with a healthy dose of humour & argument fueled by complimentary Dewar's.

Personally, I say, why argue? I love them both. Steak? Yum. French fries? Delicious. French fries are a vegetable right? You guys can pick a side, I'll be Switzerland. Nothing makes me happier than food and scotch and thus, I think we should all head over to Zuzu's in Cambridge, choose sides, and battle it out over a glass of Scotch.

As Ron Burgundy says: "I love scotch. Scotchy, scotch, scotch. Here it goes down, down into my belly..."

See below for the event flyer and then click (here) to RSVP. FYI, According to the flyer you need to RSVP if you plan on attending.




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Ringling Brothers Discount

10/03/2007 10:53:00 AM 0 Responses
The Greatest Show on Earth is coming back to Boston for their tour from October 5th through October 14th. and I'm going to get you guys a discount.

It has to have been 20 years since I've been to the circus. I remember going as a small child, my parents got me a set of binoculars and some sort of lightsaber-type toy. It was great, except the animals smelled. =)

So take your kids, they'll remember it for years to come. Here comes the discount. Getty is teaming up with Ticketmaster to provide a $5 coupon code for non-VIP seats to the Show from October 5-11th.

Click (here) for the secret link to the Getty promotion and don't forget to use the promo code "GETTY" when you're checking out. Oh, and click (here) to go to the official Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey website for more information.



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Chocolate Tasting at Finale - 10/4

10/02/2007 11:33:00 AM 0 Responses
Finale at the Park Plaza is hosting Derek Poirier, pastry chef from Valrhona (A French Chocolate Company) this upcoming Thursday 10/4. Poirier will be hosting a chocolate seminar and tasting. One event requires reservations and the other doesn't.

Valrhona Guest Chef: Exclusive Chocolate Tasting
Finale Park Plaza, 617.423.3184
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Be among the first in Boston to taste two new single origin chocolates from Valrhona when we debut Taïnori 64% (Dominican Republic) and Alpaco 66% (Ecuador) at Finale Park Plaza. Valrhona Chef Derek Poirier will introduce the chocolates and guests will taste desserts featuring the new chocolates paired with dessert wines and ports. $39.95/guest (includes tax and gratuity)
RESERVATIONS ONLY

Valrhona Dessert Night at Finale
Finale Park Plaza, 617.423.3184
8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Valrhona Chef Derek Poirier will present a special menu at Finale Park Plaza. Desserts from Valrhona as well as the regular Finale menu will be available. No reservation necessary. Groups of 5 or more may book a reservation.


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Grocery Store Coming to Harvard Square

10/02/2007 11:18:00 AM 3 Responses
Whenever my issue of Boston Magazine comes, I read it right away and then earmark pages that I want to blog about later. It's been a busy couple of weeks, so I just recently pulled out my issue from underneath a stack of unread mail and flipped through it.

I will admit that I haven't been to Harvard Square in a long long time. The square does have a few great places though. The Greenhouse Cafe (huge sandwiches), Border Cafe (decent mexican food), and Burdick (best hot chocolate ever). But I just haven't been there in a while.

The most interesting part about the Boston Magazine article is that it points out that Harvard owns 30 of the storefronts in Harvard Square and plays landlord. But with the grocery store that's coming, they've actually handpicked their neighbor. Harvard rented the space left vacant when Sage's Market closed and let it sit there vacant since 2000 until they were able to find someone willing to open another grocery store in the area. Eating 7 years of rent just to be able to handpick your neighbor - wow.

Anyway, coming to Harvard Square in the near future is Peter Whang's, Market in the Square. Click (here) and (here) to read articles about it.



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More Movie Filming in Boston To Come

10/02/2007 10:59:00 AM 0 Responses
Those new tax breaks being given to movie companies for filming here must be pretty awesome, rumor has it that two more movies will start shooting in Boston soon just as "The Women" is wrapping up.

So who might you expect to see in town in the upcoming months? Cameron Diaz is supposed to be starring in "The Box" which will be filmed here as well as William H. Macy, Morgan Freeman, and Christopher Walken who will be in town filming "The Lonely Maiden." Hmm... All guys so far, I wonder who will be playing the role of the "maiden."

And on the celebrity note (but not related to Boston). Yes, Britney Spears lost custody of her kids. We all saw it coming. No need to put it in every single newspaper and the front page of cnn.com.



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New England Aquarium College Open House

10/01/2007 02:33:00 PM 0 Responses
What I wouldn't give to still have a student ID. The New England Aquarium is hosting their College Open House tomorrow, Tuesday 10/2 from 5:30pm to 9:30pm.

Your college ID gets you in for free to the Aquarium as well as the IMAX theatre. Space is limited and it's first come first serve.



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Skirt Magazine

10/01/2007 01:30:00 PM 2 Responses
There's a new green magazine stand next to all the other free magazines/newspapers that you pick up on the street corner for a magazine called Skirt. The magazine dispenser started showing up about 2 weeks ago with a notice that said "Coming Soon - October 1st."

Being an avid reader of all the other free publications out there, it piqued my interest. Obviously with a name like Skirt, I figured it would be more geared towards the female population, but that it would still have some valuable information.

Not to be rude, but I was wrong. I picked up their first issue today as I walked to lunch and I'm a disappointed. There was not a single article that I found interesting enough to read in its entirety.

According magazine, Skirt is "a magazine that fits all ages and interests...that's local without being provincial, that's passionate about women's rights...that's part fashionista, part femenist."

Maybe it's because I'm a twenty-something guy that I can't relate, but the magazine is about 85% advertisements and the articles just weren't very interesting. I'll keep picking up issues though to browse through them. I just hope the content gets a little better. Otherwise, you're just killing trees.

Click (here) for the official website. But just like the magazine, it doesn't have any content yet. Hopefully they're working out the kinks and this new magazine will take off in the near future.



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Sports Club LA 50% Off Initiation Fee

10/01/2007 12:27:00 PM 0 Responses
I never realized the Fall was a big advertising campaign for gyms. Equinox just did it last week (here) and now the Sports Club LA just sent something out to me. I always thought January was the big push after everyone made their New Year's Resolutions.

Anyway, I was mailed a couple of 50% off initiation fee vouchers to give to friends. I count all my readers as my friends, so if you're interested in joining the Sports Club LA send me an email with your name and address, and I'll spring for the 41 cent stamp and mail the voucher to you. I only have 2, but if there is a lot of interest, I will go to the SCLA office and ask for more vouchers.

Don't quote me on this, but when I joined 2 years ago, the joining fee I think was about $500 for the regular membership. They've changed ownership since then, which is a good thing because the new owners did some kickass renovations last year. But that also means I have no idea what the pricing is anymore.

The voucher expires 10/31/07. I'll also be out of town on business during the middle of the month, so I can either mail the vouchers out this week before I leave, or I will get one over to you after I return from my trip.


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Free 60 Day Pass at BJ's Club

10/01/2007 12:17:00 PM 0 Responses
I'm more of a Costco guy myself, I go there every couple of weeks to pick up a case of water, Vitamin Water, and some fruit. Also, whenever I get a flat tire, which is way too often (Thank you crappy Boston roads), I head over to Costco to get a replacement.

There was also that PlayStation 3 impulse buy from last year. That one hurt. I went in to get a flat tire replaced, and was told it'd take 45 minutes so I could go into the main warehouse and walk around. Instead of spending 150 bucks on a tire, I spent ~$900 on a tire and a PS3. I couldn't resist. Everyone else was sold out.

But I digress, in yesterday's Globe, there was a flyer for a free 60 day pass for BJ's Wholesale Club. That's a far cry from their usual one-day passes that I see on occasion. For those of you that want to test the waters. I scanned the flyer for you. See below. I think if you click on the image it should enlarge.



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Winner of Free Tickets to NEFVF

10/01/2007 12:11:00 PM 0 Responses
Congratulations to Joy Xi for winning the latest contest for a pair of free tickets to Opening Night of the New England Film and Video Festival on 10/4 (here).

I hope you and your friend have a great time. Feel free to leave a comment or email me photos after the event to let everyone know how it was.


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