8 Of The Best Days To Be In Boston

8 Of The Best Days To Be In Boston

Boston knows how to celebrate.
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Boston is different from any other city. There's no such thing as a bad day to spend in Boston, but here are eight of my favorite.

1. Marathon Monday

Patriots Day. The first Monday of April Break. But more so than that, Marathon Monday. There are few days more vibrant than this one. The city shuts down for an entire 26.2 miles. From Hopkinton to Boylston Street the course is lined with Boston’s finest fans, cheering on outstanding athletes from all over the world. The screams are piercing and the noise bounces off the walls of people that grow and grow as the course comes to end. Marathon Monday is a testament to the enormity, the strength, and the pride of Boston.

2. Christmas

Every city is magical when draped with Christmas lights and filled with Christmas music. But there’s something about Christmas time in Boston that separates us from all the other Christmas cheer. From the lighting of the two biggest trees in Boston – the one in Boston Common and the one in Faneuil Hall Marketplace, to ice skating on Frog Pond, there is no shortage of joy and holiday cheer in this city. The North End is covered in lights and the Nutcracker is being performed at Symphony Hall. No winter weather can knock the Christmas spirit of Boston down, and there is a joy and excitement that echoes through the city streets.


3. The First (actual) Day of Spring

We all know that the first day of Spring is March 20. However, in our city, that day is pretty insignificant. The real first day of Spring is the first warm day of the year. Sometimes it comes early, sometimes its late. Boston’s weather is far from consistent, but when that one 80 degree day rolls around, the city erupts with excitement and joy that at last Winter is over. The Charles River is packed full of runners and bikers, every inch of grass is covered in picnic blankets and Frisbee games and sun bathers, and all of the college greens are full of students “studying outside." No one celebrates the first (real) day of Spring better than Bostonians.


4. Red Sox Opening Day

Fenway Park. Need I say more? There aren’t really words to describe the magic that this ball park holds. Fenway Franks and the Green Monster and Sweet Caroline and Yawkey Way. There’s nothing sweeter than driving down the Pike and seeing the lights on, or walking across the bridge and hearing the cheers. It all starts on opening day, one of the best days to be in Boston.


5. Any Championship Parade

In Boston we pride ourselves on our sports teams. It’s in the culture, it marks the seasons, and it unites the city. Anyone who is really from Boston cheers for the Pats and the Sox and the Bruins and the Celtics. There’s simply no room for debate. The commitment to our teams is something that Boston holds true to year after year. It does help, though, that our teams aren’t that bad. Since 2004 Boston has won a total of 18% of all four major sports championships. Not too bad. When we win, as we frequently do, the city shuts down, and Bostonians flock to the streets to celebrate with the duck boats that carry our winning team. Rain or shine, hot or cold, you can count on hundreds of thousands of fans to take off work to cheer all day long. We can count on our teams to bring home championships, and they can count on us to cheer them on. Boston knows how to celebrate.

6. The Fourth of July

Barbeques and The Esplanade and The Pops and Dunkins Iced Coffee. Boston’s got it all for summer holidays, but the Fourth is definitely one worth spending downtown. The Charles is overflowing with people in red, white, and blue. Picnic blankets and lawn chairs fill the grass. Speakers are set up for miles along the river. There’s no such thing as a bad seat, you can see the firework show for miles. The city is budding with energy and excitement. There are few places more patriotic than Boston on the Fourth of July. You have to spend at least one with us in Boston, it’s wicked awesome.


7. The First (real) Day of Fall

New England is something special during the months of October and November. In Boston, there are a few short weeks where everything is perfectly crisp and the leaves are falling and the city is covered in every color. It’s that perfect temperature where it’s chilly but not cold. Apple orchards and hay rides, pumpkin patches and PSL’s, there’s nothing better than the first (real) day of Fall. Everyone needs to experience Boston in the Fall.


8. The First Snow

In Boston we get a lot of snow. But there’s something different about the first one. The first snow day. When the city is blanketed in fresh snow, not the muddy piles that accumulate a few snows in. The city is quiet. Boston is rarely quiet. But when the snow falls, everyone slows down for a moment. You can hate Winter all you want, but there is no Bostonian who will say that there isn’t something special about the beauty of that first snow.


And the list goes on. Really, there isn’t a bad day to be in Boston. From the beauty of each different season to the pride that brings the city together, any day is a good one. Boston knows how to have a wicked good time.

Cover Image Credit: The Boston Globe

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I didn't sleep much last night after I saw your tears. I would have gotten up to snuggle you, but I am just too weak. We both know my time with you is coming close to its end, and I just can't believe it how fast it has happened.

I remember the first time I saw you like it was yesterday.

You guys were squealing and jumping all around, because you were going home with a new dog. Dad, I can still feel your strong hands lifting me from the crate where the rest of my puppy brothers and sisters were snuggled around my warm, comforting puppy Momma. You held me up so that my chunky belly and floppy wrinkles squished my face together, and looked me right in the eyes, grinning, “She's the one."

I was so nervous on the way to my new home, I really didn't know what to expect.

But now, 12 years later as I sit in the sun on the front porch, trying to keep my wise, old eyes open, I am so grateful for you. We have been through it all together.

Twelve “First Days of School." Losing your first teeth. Watching Mom hang great tests on the refrigerator. Letting you guys use my fur as a tissue for your tears. Sneaking Halloween candy from your pillowcases.

Keeping quiet while Santa put your gifts under the tree each year. Never telling Mom and Dad when everyone started sneaking around. Being at the door to greet you no matter how long you were gone. Getting to be in senior pictures. Waking you up with big, sloppy kisses despite the sun not even being up.

Always going to the basement first, to make sure there wasn't anything scary. Catching your first fish. First dates. Every birthday. Prom pictures. Happily watching dad as he taught the boys how to throw every kind of ball. Chasing the sticks you threw, even though it got harder over the years.

Cuddling every time any of you weren't feeling well. Running in the sprinkler all summer long. Claiming the title “Shotgun Rider" when you guys finally learned how to drive. Watching you cry in mom and dads arms before your graduation. Feeling lost every time you went on vacation without me.

Witnessing the awkward years that you magically all overcame. Hearing my siblings learn to read. Comforting you when you lost grandma and grandpa. Listening to your phone conversations. Celebrating new jobs. Licking your scraped knees when you would fall.

Hearing your shower singing. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles in the sun. New pets. Family reunions. Sleepovers. Watching you wave goodbye to me as the jam-packed car sped up the driveway to drop you off at college. So many memories in what feels like so little time.

When the time comes today, we will all be crying. We won't want to say goodbye. My eyes might look glossy, but just know that I feel your love and I see you hugging each other. I love that, I love when we are all together.

I want you to remember the times we shared, every milestone that I got to be a part of.

I won't be waiting for you at the door anymore and my fur will slowly stop covering your clothes. It will be different, and the house will feel empty. But I will be there in spirit.

No matter how bad of a game you played, how terrible your work day was, how ugly your outfit is, how bad you smell, how much money you have, I could go on; I will always love you just the way you are. You cared for me and I cared for you. We are companions, partners in crime.

To you, I was simply a part of your life, but to me, you were my entire life.

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You want the truth? Here it is.

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As many people have seen around the internet, one of the hot topics is having cattle or other livestock antibiotic free. This has lead to a movement that is not only incorrect with their basic information, but they are hurting family farms across the nation. This stems from the idea that antibiotics contaminate meat products and will affect the consumer. In this article the main points that "justify" the antibiotic culture will be broken down and simplified. I hope by the end of reading this you will be more knowledgeable about this subject, and will make the best decision for you and your family.

1. "If you don't specifically buy antibiotic free meat, you will buy meat with antibiotics in it."

The FDA has control check on the processing line when livestock is processed. This means that the likelihood of any "antibiotic filled" animal to make it through is slim to none. If by chance a ranch or feedlot gets flagged by FDA, they will be fined with a bill in the thousands. This type of flag will make it difficult for that ranch to ever sell livestock in the normal market again. This is only one of the incentives for ranch owners to stay in the clear.

2. "Antibiotics are used to promote growth"

This statement is false. Antibiotics are used to treat an illness. Yes an animal might gain weight after treatment. But that is because when we are sick we tend to not eat as much. Once you start to feel better, it stirs up your hunger. Antibiotics are and have never been used to promote growth.

3. What happens to the animal on an antibiotic free farm when it gets sick.

Let's do a comparison example. If your child got sick what do you normally do? Take them to the doctor and if he prescribes a medication for them you would provide the correct amount to treat the illness. This is the same way with the livestock industry. Most antibiotics and medication in general are a prescription based. Therefore, a vet will need to sign off on the treatment of the animals. While most ranches will treat the illness and move on, antibiotic free farms need to move that animal off site to another ranch. Some of the time they have a secondary place where those treated animals go to live out their life. Not treating a sick animal is inhumane.

These are only a few of the antibiotic free lies that surround the livestock world. And I am not saying for someone to completely change their beliefs over one article, what I am saying is do your research. From both sides of the argument. Then base your final decision from what you have learned. The agriculture industry has many that oppose that will use fear-tactics to push their agenda. And although we are not a perfect industry, we are a very important part of society. And we hold high standards for ourselves because of that.

Thank you for reading,

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