So I started to see a different side of Boston when I got old enough to drink, and stopped going there with my folks. At first I would tag along with other family members that were going (I remember one Easter riding up with Hummingbird and her husband), but eventually started going on my/our own. It was during this time also that I got to introduce my girlfriend to Boston, and nothing she saw there deterred her from marrying me.
Boston quickly expanded from a neighborhood in Southie and one in Quincy to all of Boston proper and it's suburbs. We would still stay with relatives, mostly on K street, where my Aunt (that's Ahhhnt, not Ant), Mary and Uncle John would host us, but sometimes we ventured out to stay with others. Uncle John would give the best driving tours of Boston, intermixing the historical Boston with the more current relates, IE: "on your left is the oldest house in South Boston, built in 1804 by John Hawkes on the corner of 5th and K streets" to "coming up is the L street Tavern, made famous by the movie Good Will Hunting".
|Of course I had a beer here.|
We did the touristy things like visiting the Aquarium (I firmly believe that if you have seen one Aquarium , you have seen them all), went to street fairs and took Duck tours and such. We toured Martha's Vineyard and took a train ride, and explored the nooks and crannys of New England. We walked the Freedom Trail and absorbed all the history on it. I was never a big history buff, but later I picked up a few books on that period in Boston's past, and I enjoyed them. One I recall was "Rise to Rebellion" and it was listed as historical fiction because the author included dialogue between the characters. I liked it better that way.
|Bull & Finch Pub (Cheers)|
Ok, if I digress again is there a word for that, like Re-digress? I have to another relate to Boston and to failure. I have family there now (on my Mom's side) who are descendants of the man who invented the Steamboat. Any guesses? Wrong.
|John Fitch's "Perseverance" Steamboat|
So I got "off course" a little on this blog, but it's mainly because I don't remember enough details from those days to fill the page. I remember the generalities of family surrounding us, and interactions and meals with them and the high points of our touring Boston, but that's all I've got. Feel free to fill in any shared memories you may have of us during that time, and I won't feel like such a slacker. I do promise that the last installment will have more detail because I come to Boston so often now, and my memory can hold things for that long at least. The last installment will be my about my many business trips to Boston. Stay tuned.