Fenway, Photo of the Week

Photo of the Week: February 20, 2013

They say more snow is coming this weekend.

I say, bring on Red Sox spring training!

Tomorrow the Red Sox face off against Northeastern University’s and Boston College’s baseball teams, albeit with their relievers, down in Fort Myers, Florida.

While teammates Williams, Pesky, Doerr, and DiMaggio back in Boston may be getting a bit more than a dusting – sources are calling for “plowable” snow – think about that mid-80’s-and-sunny weather going on in Florida and the lucky ones of Red Sox Nation who are getting an early preview of this year’s team.

Bet you’re wishing you stowed away with the gear on Truck Day, huh?

Whether it’s more snow or past photos from games at “The Cathedral of Boston,” share them with us on We Love Beantown’s Flickr – we’ll help you dig out from this storm if you do!

(I’ve got some serious shovel envy after missing Nemo.)

Photo of the Week, Things to Do

Photo of the Week: January 23, 2013

Someone sure wishes they had their other glove today.

With the high temperatures for the day in the teens, and feeling like it’s in the negatives thanks to the blust gusting to 25 mph, your first instinct may be to stay inside and burrow in a sleeping bag for the day – I know it crossed my mind this morning.

But I challenge you to channel your inner Yeti, pile on all the coats, scarves, hats, hoods, and (both) gloves you have and get out there! (Or Bonus: go shopping for some!)

Take a photo of brave folks fighting through the cold and post it to the Flickr page! Who will be the most bundled, “I can’t put my arms down,” Bostonian?

Plus, when you have the right cold-weather gear, you can run in any weather. Right, ninjas?

Quickly Around Town

BOSandy: Hurricane Sandy Closes Down Parts Of Boston

Frankenstorm is hitting us. Is everyone okay? Everyone have water, canned food, flashlights and printed out articles from the We Love Beantown archives? Good.

As I’m sure everyone knows by now, Hurricane Sandy did in fact turn into the US and is currently turning directly into New Jersey. With the storm spanning over 900 miles and with the clashing cold weather front coming from the west, the Boston area is feeling the effects of Sandy.

All Boston Public Schools, government offices, even the Hubway have closed today in preparations of the storm to hit. The Bourne and Sagamore Bridges may close today due to winds. Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino have asked for residents to stay inside if possible during the storm. The worst of the winds should be hitting us beginning at noon today. That along with noontime high tides along the coast mean flooding is expected.

As mentioned, the bulk of the storm will be hitting the Mid Atlantic and will not hit Boston. And we hope everyone at We Love DC is safe and sound. Even with the storm hitting south of Boston, I see why the city wants us to be better safe than sorry. I’ve been saying for the last week that this storm won’t be that serious up here, and comparatively, I might be right. But everyone at We Love Beantown wants to make sure that everyone is safe. As a reminder, for any and all Boston related questions regarding the hurricane, please call the 24 hour hotline 617.635.4500. You can also call 211 or 877.211.MASS (6277) to contact Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

I might have been a little off in my predictions from last week. Mea Culpa. Hopefully everyone stays safe, warm and with power.

UPDATE: At 10am, the MBTA announced all service will be suspended beginning at 2pm today. So if you went into work today, tell your boss to let you get out of the office before 2pm. Stay safe everyone!

Quickly Around Town

Breaking ‘News’: Weather!

Today’s top local news story on all the major networks? Tropical Storm Sandy became Hurricane Sandy today. In the Caribbean. Not Boston, the Caribbean. According to news reports, there is a chance it may make its way to New England. There are a lot of fancy meteorological terms that I know I wouldn’t be able to use properly. Basically, it comes down to this: if all sorts of specific requirements actually happen, then the hurricane will take a sharp turn left and hit New England. But based on the news this morning and the Weather Channel’s website, this doesn’t seem that likely. In fact, I got my money on the Red Sox winning the 2013 World Series before this hurricane hits us. If the hurricane’s path will target Boston, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.

I doubt it’s gonna happen. I’ve lived in Boston for almost three years now and I’ve experienced more earthquakes than hurricanes here.

Bostonian Habits

The Onion Puts New Englanders In Their Place

I think I’ve already established that I hate Autumn. The days get shorter. The nights longer. The weather is colder. And more people pour into my gym because it’s too cold to run outside or play in intramural kickball or bike into oncoming traffic. I’m the Grinch of Fall.

So when the Onion published this article making fun of everyone in Boston celebrating Fall, I laughed pretty damn hard to myself at my kitchen table over my oatmeal. Continue reading