Saturday, August 25, 2007

uranus!

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(me, a bunch of small children, and uranus)

Okay, so I have been advised by counsel to skip the story of how I was almost murdered at this incredibly sketchy Citgo when all I wanted to do was see Uranus. Uranus is in the Jamaica Plain public library, and a lovely friend who cares very much about my personal safety and well-being was kind enough to drive me there, with the unexpected bonus treat of a delightful little "urban adventure" on the way. (In truth, what happened was no big deal, but keep in mind I don't have that much experience in cities and so get rattled easily. And also, when we finally got to the library, I discovered that there was a bloody prosthetic hook dangling from the handle of my car door.*)

We got to the library and looked all around, but Uranus was nowhere to be seen. So we asked and Uranus was down in the basement, where some kind of story hour was going on. Luckily it was almost over, and so we didn't have to wait long. There were still children around, but we went in and got the necessary photo nonetheless. I now have eight photos down in my quest to visit every site in Boston's model social solar system before I leave, and have only Saturn and the Sun left with one week to go before I move.

* Mom: I'm kidding about the hook.

10 comments:

Jamy said...

Model "social" system? Interesting typo...or was it?r

jeremy said...

I wish Cambridge had a model social system. Or even just an actual social system in the area where my office is, instead of me being here most days by myself.

Anonymous said...

So, re the big rush to visit the solar system: you DO mean to come back here (for visits?)don't you -- or is this goodbye (sniff)?

Kieran said...

So, re the big rush to visit the solar system: you DO mean to come back here (for visits?)don't you -- or is this goodbye (sniff)?

Man, I knew the Midwest was far away from civilization, but I didn't think it was that far.

Anonymous said...

Nuances, Kieran, nuances.

Anonymous said...

Jamaica Plain frightened(!) you? Lovely mixed ethnics.
Interesting restaurants. Artists. Clean streets and neighborhoods. Yes -- many, many folks with lower incomes.
Do sociologists feel safer in... where? Universities?

Anonymous said...

he didn't say Jamaica Plain, the place, scared him. he said he had a bad experience at a sketchy gas station. and, there are sketchy parts of JP, despite its overall merits and attractiveness that you cite.

eszter said...

I took a picture of something in Geneva this evening that reminded me of this quest of yours. I am not sure they were planets, but they looked like they could be. All in one though, so an easy quest.:) I'll send you a note when I get around to uploading the photo. For now I'm about a week behind in uploading ones from St. Tropez.

Anonymous said...

Look, anon 10:50 a.m.: I have much affection for Jeremy, I really do, and so I'm not at all slamming him here by saying that "Jeremy" is not "Sociologists."

jeremy said...

By many people's standards for what counts as a "city," I have only lived two years in any kind of city. This is unusual for a "sociologist."