Sunday, April 17, 2005

A long weekend in Boston

In less than 24 hours the temperature in Boston has gone from "brr, where is spring?" to "everyone outside!" It's a long weekend here, as Monday is Patriot's Day -- and coincidentally also the day of the Boston marathon. Today is one of those warm, sunny spring days when everything in the world seems just fine. It's still early in the season here -- while the daffodils and dogwoods are blooming, most of the trees and shrubs are still struggling to break out of their winter browns. As I was walking back from the laundromat, along the park area that runs along the corridor behind my street, everyone was out: Little kids on bikes, one boy in a well-worn Garciaparra t-shirt; new parents pushing strollers; people walking their dogs -- golden retrievers, pugs, scotties, just about any dog breed you can think of can be found in this part of the city. This is what spring looks like around here. It may not be as spectacular yet as my old hometown but it's still pretty great. Time to check out the roofdeck and see how the plants survived the winter.

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