My Love/Hate Relationship

As we prepare to move from Boston, I have been thinking about things that I will miss (yes, I said it, miss) about living here. I have compiled a Love/Hate list.

Here are the things I will miss about living in Boston:

1. My beloved Red Sox. When I say beloved I mean be. lov. ed. What better reason for my kids to have a 7:00pm bedtime? Red Sox come on at 7:05! In the words of the Rem Dawg “Buenos noches, amigos!” I will miss driving by Fenway Park and all the history this place holds. I’ll miss the fun of having 38,000 other people love the Red Sox with me when at Fenway. Ah, this is a hard one to have to leave…

2. Near perfect summer weather. I gotta tell ya’, I didn’t know they made summers like these. Warm days, but not hot, low humidity…We ate dinner outside for almost 3 months straight before Ava was born (back then, no one to put to bed at 7:00, see #1)

3. Knowing I live in a city so full of American history. Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere, Shot heard ’round the world, yada yada. You get the picture. It’s cool just to know it’s there.

4. Living in such a highly academic area. Once again, it’s cool just knowing that Harvard, MIT, Tufts. UMass, BU etc. are there. It also makes for some nice neighbors!

5. Having access to some of the country’s/world’s finest medical care. Boston was ranked as one of the best places in America to have a baby because it has 300% more medical specialists than other cities. It was such a blessing to be able to take Binhjamin to Tufts. Of course, I could have picked from literally dozens of other high ranking hospitals (Mass General, Beth Israel, Newton-Wellesley, the list goes on).

(Now this is only about the area and its people, so things like my church, my friends, etc. are a given that I will miss them…)

Here are things I will NOT miss, in fact, good riddance:

1. Rude people. RUDE. RUDE. RUDE. So many people here need some time in the naughty chair.

2. Traffic. Couple old, small streets not meant to hold the amount of people they now do, with said RUDE people and you get some traffic straight from Hades. I am not a person that generally has road rage. In fact, I’m pretty patient when driving, but living here has made me want to literally get out of the car and use some of my black belt techniques- shuto! (check out #48 )

3. LOOOONG cold, winters. Ok, so most people like the snow, and I like it when it first falls and everything is quiet and pretty- that lasts for about 2 hours for me. So you can see how the other NINE MONTHS could get on my nerves. I know, I know, crisp, cool fall days with changing leaves of New England. I call that pre-winter, cold and wet. Then there’s the crisp, spring days..I call that the winter that never ends. It’s cold here until, well, like this week. I think it was 35 last night..

4. The food. Except for the clam chowda’, food here is not good, IMO. It’s bland. People here are health concious, see my love list #5, so they don’t like to use salt, or fat, or flavor..shepherd’s pie? Come on people, we can do better than that.. let’s go fry something!

I’m going to keep it positive, so I’m only doing four things I will not miss. Thanks for listening!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rachel
    May 30, 2008 @ 02:40:19

    Ha! I totally hear you on this post! We lived there for 4 years and MAN the bland food and the rude people killed me. However, I kind of liked driving around there…it was like playing a video game!

    (I’m a lurker who delurks every once in a while).

    Cheers – rachel


  2. Mommy
    May 30, 2008 @ 19:32:31

    I guess I will have to say I liked coming to Boston for some of the same reasons you liked it but I also like that you will be moving a little closer to home for us. Of course everywhere you go it gives us a reason to see another town. Although we have seen a lot of LA before. That’s good that you also list the positive first. That means as usual you have made the best of everywhere you go. Good girl That’s my daughter…..


  3. Carissa
    Jun 02, 2008 @ 21:08:07

    What a great list and wonderful reasons to miss Boston as well as to leave 🙂


  4. Ava & Binh's Uncle
    Jun 03, 2008 @ 14:03:16

    A lot of great history in our country started with the founding fathers and government in the Boston area, now we have Socialism and taxation. M-M-M-M I wonder what happened? So I guess the best things that come out of Boston is your family and Aerosmith!

    See Ya Soon


  5. craftymommy
    Jun 03, 2008 @ 17:39:39

    I’m so jealous that you lived in Boston. I’d choose living in New England over living in Alabama (done that!) any day. 🙂


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