Post by Mike Spencer
Ah, so. How's Boston? I lived there for a year over 50 years ago, the
spent 3 weeks or a month in Cambridge every year from '84 to '95.
Haven't been back since '97.
It's mostly good.
I feel like its transit system is straining under the weight of its
recent growth, though. When I visit Halifax, I'm maybe the only one who
rides Metro Transit (or whatever it's called now) and thinks to himself,
"wow this transit system is amazing!" But then again I don't have to
ride it during rush hour. Also, this thing with Halifax bus drivers,
that a person running towards the stop doesn't cause them to immediatly
close there doors and pound the gas, very nice thing you have there.
It's a bit inconvenient that people here are all sprawled around and
expect you to get to them anyway. Imagine if you were living in Halifax,
answered a personal ad, and the woman thought you were a turkey because
you told her she should have mentioned the fact that she lives in Truro
(or with genders reversed as the case may be).
The people are decent enough for the most part, yet not particularly
friendly. This is a case of a stereotype holding pretty well. Er, then
again "the people" in the core are often people from all over, really,
so I'm kind of off in this observation for that reason.
Job opportunities are very good. Rent is only somewhat less insane than
San Francisco or NYC (and, sorry, Boston is not as compelling a city as
NYC nor even San Francisco) and will probably get worse if more
companies locate here. Don't know if it's in the news for you about
Toronto "bidding" to bring Amazon's 2nd HQ there, but Boston is also one
of the front runners. If that happens, rent and transit problems will
explode I expect. They should pick Toronto I think, for one thing since
it's a larger city probably with a bigger talent pool and better
infrastructure ready for them, but also just for the message it will
send Americans about the costs of fearing immigrants.
I'm not at all unhappy here, but I think I might look for a more Halifax
sized city when I retire, or at least some place different, depending on
whether personal committments allow for it.
Post by Mike Spencer
But after Enlightenment Books in Harvard Sq. closed and my friends at
MIT retired or moved away, that just left Leavitt & Pierce as an
Well, that's still here. I don't smoke, so I only went in there one
time looking for a Christmas present. Neat looking place.
There's also really good free software related activities here. For
instance, a guy from work and I are going to the FSF's headquarters
tonight for an open house, and the yearly Libreplanet conference is
here, these days in a new MIT building designed by Frank Gehry. Also a
regular at the local perl mongers group who is close friends with Larry
Wall, and they all seem to know Randall Schwartz pretty well. Sadly the
Perl Mongers haven't been getting the crowds they used to though. Now,
the Python talks here have long waiting lists, which maybe I should take
a hint from.