Why so quiet?

Yes, I beleive I did say that I’d try to post more often.

However, I think I have a valid excuse. There’s a new lady in my life. She keeps me smiling, keeps me up late, and seems to absolutely adore me. She doesn’t talk much. Yes, I have a daughter, Grace. Born July 26.

Needless to say, that’s kept me a little busy – not that I mind.

I do have a few projects in the works including (gasp) updates to the Mass Route Log. A few other idea are rattling around for some other hobbies of mine. I’ve been taking my GPS along every time I go someplace new, and am trying to build a tracklog so I can construct my own maps.

And apparently, I should do some work around the house too.

Another Search Ends…

I have a mental list of albums that I’m trying to find cheaply.

Earlier this year, I went to a used CD store here in Worcester (Jelly’s Discs, for those keeping score at home) and found two – Rave Til Dawn including Apotheosis’ “O Fortuna,” and Boris Grebenshikov’s “Radio Silence” – both were staples of my college days. I had them on cassette but couldn’t get CD copies before they disappeared from the market.

Today I walked in to Newbury Comics in the Solomon Pond Mall and found something new – Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend. One of my absolutel favorite albums. However, this was the new “Legacy Edition” which included a second disc of… “Good Frend: Another Take on ‘Girlfriend’.” We had this in our college station and someone stole it before I got a chance to. Basically, I’ve spent over 10 years looking for a copy, and now I have it.

Sure, it’s not the promo version from 1992. And sure, I could have picked any of these up on eBay. That’s not the point. I’d rather spend the time rooting through CD stores (used and new) and seeing what I can find, because sometimes I’ll find something else that’s really cool.

And for those who care, the rest of my list that I’m consciously looking for includes:
Pete Townsend, “The Iron Man”
The Bears, “The Bears”
The Bears, “Rise and Shine”
The Travelling Wilburys, “Volume 1”
The Travelling Wilburys, “Volume 3”

Update: Finally, the Travelling Wilburys discs were re-released and I picked them up.

Fixes to I-290/495?

The The Worcester Telegram & Gazette reports that MassHighway is looking to rework the intersection of I-290 and I-495 in Hudson.

I can’t imagine that it’s possible to make that interchange any worse; 290 is backed up heading onto 495 south many mornings, and 495 north occasionally.

I do like that the image they include is of the way the interchange is now, not what’s being planned. Not really all that helpful.

Song and road.

Every once in a while, I’ll find a perfect combination of song and road. Today I had one – Pet Shop Boys “Somewhere” came on just as I was getting onto I-290 as it starts in Hudson and it just seemed right. THe song picked up just as I went under the 495 ramp and… well,  it was just right.

For those keeping score, the other spots I’ve had this that I can remember are:

I-84 westbound just before exit 8, Abba’s “Dancing Queen”

I-390 north over a hill just before I-90, Depeche Mode’s “Get Right With Me”

I-87 north through Saratoga Springs, Prodigy’s “Voodoo People”

Anyone else have anything?