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HenryFarpolo
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join:2003-08-31
Andover, MA

Boston...A variation of the Massachusetts thread!!

BOSTONIANS WILL LOVE THIS!!!!!

The geographical center of Boston is in Roxbury. Due north of the center we find the South End.
This is not to be confused with South Boston which lies directly east from the South End.
North of the South End is East Boston and southwest of East Boston is the North End.

Harvard Bridge

The bridge connecting Boston and Cambridge via Massachusetts Avenue is commonly known
as the Harvard Bridge. When it was built, the state offered to name the bridge for the Cambridge
school that could present the best claim for the honor. Harvard submitted an essay detailing its
contributions to education in America, concluding that it deserved the honor of having a bridge
leading into Cambridge named for the institution. MIT did a structural analysis of the bridge and
found it so full of defects that they agreed that it should be named for Harvard.

This is all true

Information on Boston and the Surrounding Areas:

There is no school on School Street, no court on Court Street, no dock on Dock Square, and no
water on Water Street. Back Bay Boston streets are in alphabetical awddah: Arlington , Berkeley,
Clarendon, Dartmouth, etc. So are South Boston streets: A, B, C, D, etc. If the streets are named
after trees (e.g. Walnut, Chestnut, Cedar), you are on Beacon Hill. If they are named after poets, you are in Wellesley.

Massachusetts Avenue is Mass Ave. Commonwealth Avenue is Comm Ave.
South Boston is Southie. The South End is the South End. East Boston
is Eastie. The North End is east of the former West End. The West End
and Scully Square are no more; a guy named Rappaport got rid of
them one night. Roxbury is The Burree, Jamaica Plain is J.P..

How to say these Massachusetts city names correctly (Say it wrong and be shunned).

Worcester : Wuhsta (or Wistah)
Gloucester : Glawsta
Leicester: Lesta
Woburn: Woobun
Dedham : Dead-um
Revere: Re -vee-ah
Quincy: Quinzee
Tewksbury : Tooks ber ry
Leominster : Le-min-sta
Peabody: Pee-ba-dee
Waltham : Walth-ham
Chatham: Chaddum
Samoset: Sam-oh-set or Sum-aw-set, but nevah Summerset!

Definitions:

Frappes are made with ice cream; milkshakes are not.
If it is carbonated and flavored, it is tonic.
Soda means CLUB SODA.
Pop refers to DAD.
When we want Tonic WATER, we will ask for TONIC WATER.
The smallest beer is a pint.
Scrod is whatever they tell you it is, usually fish.
If you paid more than $7/pound, you got scrod.
It is not a water fountain; it is a bubblah.
It is not a trashcan; it is a barrel.
It is not a sub, a hero, or a grinder; it is a spucky.
It is not a shopping caht; it is a carriage.
It is not a purse; it is a pockabook.

They are not franks; they are haht dahgs; franks are money used Switzahland.

Police do not drive patrol units or black and whites; they drive a crewza. If you take the bus,
your on the looza crooza. It is not a rubber band; it is an elastic. It is not a traffic circle, it is a rotary.
"Going to the islands" means going to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket.

The Sox = The Red Sox
The Cs = The Celtics
The Bs = The Bruins
The Pats =The Patriots

Things not to do:

Do not pahk your cah in Hahvid Yahd. They will tow it to Meffad (Medford ) or Summahville (Somerville) .
Do not sleep on the Common. (Boston Common)
Do not wear orange in Southie on St. Patrick's Day.

Things you should know:

There are two State Houses, two City Halls, two courthouses, and two Hancock buildings (one is very old;
one is relatively new).
The colored lights on top the old Hancock tell the weatha:
"Solid blue, clear view.."
"Flashing blue, clouds due."
"Solid red, rain ahead."
"Flashing red, snow instead." (except in summer, flashing red means the Red Sox game was rained out!
Most people live here all their life and still do not know what the hell is going on with this one.
Route 128 South is I-95 south. It is also I-93 north.
The underground train is not a subway. It is the T, and it does not run all night (fah chrysakes,
this ain't Noo Yawk).
Order the cold tea in China Town after 2:00 am; you will get a kettle full of beer.

Bostonians: think that it is their God-given right to cut off someone in traffic.
Bostonians: think that there are only 25 letters in the alphabet (no Rs, except in idea).
Bostonians: think that three straight days of 90+ temperatures is a heat wave.
Bostonians: refer to 6 inches of snow as a dusting.
Bostonians: always bang a left as soon as the light turns green, and oncoming traffic always expects it..
Bostonians: believe that using your turn signal is a sign of weakness.
Bostonians: think that 63 degree ocean water is warm.
Bostonians: think Rhode Island accents are annoying.



vaxvms
ferroequine fan
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Wormtown
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The Harvard Bridge is 364.4 smoots, plus or minus one ear, long.


Dominokat
"Hi"
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Boothbay, ME
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reply to HenryFarpolo
160 miles north.

Boothbay Maine.

"The Way Life Should Be"

(Okay, I'd rather be in Boston where there is actually some life!)
--


LocutusBorg
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join:2005-12-25
Revere, MA
reply to vaxvms
That would be the Mass Ave bridge


TrainBuff
The New Haven Railroad
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Buffalo, NY
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reply to HenryFarpolo
And isn't a escalator called Electric Stairs in Boston?
A proud Noo Yawker.
As my Mom was from Boston and my Dad from Brooklyn as well as myself, it was interesting when it came to baseball. My Mom was a Sox fan while my Dad supported the then Brooklyn Dodgers.
--
Train Yourself To Relax...Ride The New Haven Railroad! Weather or No...Go New Haven!
The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Co.:1872-1968. Serving New York and the Great Industrial States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.


HenryFarpolo
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join:2003-08-31
Andover, MA
An escalator in Boston is not called Electric Stairs, it is called an escalatah!!


TrainBuff
The New Haven Railroad
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Buffalo, NY
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said by HenryFarpolo:

An escalator in Boston is not called Electric Stairs, it is called an escalatah!!

I remember back in the early 60's being in Jordan Marsh and seeing the neon sign over the escalator reading Electric Stairs.
--
Train Yourself To Relax...Ride The New Haven Railroad! Weather or No...Go New Haven!
The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Co.:1872-1968. Serving New York and the Great Industrial States of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.


capecoddah

join:2005-03-18
Yarmouth Port, MA
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said by TrainBuff:

said by HenryFarpolo:

An escalator in Boston is not called Electric Stairs, it is called an escalatah!!

I remember back in the early 60's being in Jordan Marsh and seeing the neon sign over the escalator reading Electric Stairs.

Put up by some dumb bastid.


capecoddah

join:2005-03-18
Yarmouth Port, MA
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reply to HenryFarpolo
You're a Cape Codder if:

You can remember doing all your Christmas shopping on Main Street. [pick a town]

You went ice skating on a frozen pond where the Cape Cod Mall is now.

You once thought you knew everyone in your town.

You know what part of Hyannis was called Fish Hills.

You remember the trains.

You remember the first motels on Rt. 132
[Extra points for remembering Storyland]

You saw a circus parade in Hyannis

There was two way traffic on Main St. and South St. in Hyannis

...And, the town had only one traffic light.

You were able to remember there being a shoreline in Hyannis Harbor.

You skated at the Kennedy Rink when it had no roof.
well... now , soon, it will be: when there was a Kennedy Rink.

A real Cape Codder will tell you that only those who can claim at least three generations of family on Cape Cod are the only true ones.

Except for the Native American population who could take issue with that assumption.

Those who happened to be born here are called locals.

If you moved here from elsewhere, you are a:
Wash-a-shore.
Or "from the city."
Or "not from 'round here."
Or "from over the bridge."

Which today is nearly everybody.

The odd thing about those who move here, is they have tended to bring with them what they often moved here to get away from.
_________________________________________________

I sent some guests from the Motel to Provincetown (P-Town) today.
After an incident of sending some Born-Again people down there a few years ago, I give a little better description of what to expect.

Provincetown: You can't make this stuff up.


vaxvms
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reply to TrainBuff
said by TrainBuff:

I remember back in the early 60's being in Jordan Marsh and seeing the neon sign over the escalator reading Electric Stairs.

Jordan Marsh took the Electric Stairs with it when it disappeared.


HenryFarpolo
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Andover, MA

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said by vaxvms:

said by TrainBuff:

I remember back in the early 60's being in Jordan Marsh and seeing the neon sign over the escalator reading Electric Stairs.

Jordan Marsh took the Electric Stairs with it when it disappeared.

Trainbuff and vax, you are both correct. From Wikipedia in reference to early escalators;

"In the first half of the twentieth century, several manufacturers developed their own escalator products, though they had to market their devices under different names, due to Otis’ hold on the trademark rights to the word “escalator.” New York-based Peelle Company called their models the Motorstair, and Westinghouse called their model an Electric Stairway. The Toledo-based Haughton Elevator company referred to their product as simply Moving Stairs."
[edit]

Also, Train, your comment about Jordan Marsh triggered my memory. The escalator on the upper floors was original and was made of wood, hence "electric stairs". The following video is actually from Macy's in NYC but is exactly how I recall the escalators on the upper floors in Jordan Marsh;

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaIUiraW···=related


CJPC
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join:2001-02-20
Charlestown, MA
reply to HenryFarpolo
said by HenryFarpolo:

BOSTONIANS WILL LOVE THIS!!!!!

Most people live here all their life and still do not know what the hell is going on with this one.
Route 128 South is I-95 south. It is also I-93 north.

So true, on many aspects with all of them - but to add, if memory serves me, there is a part in which 128, 95, 93, 3 and 1 are all the same road (near the braintree split) - try that for confusing.

Edit: Depends where you are, it's either 3 or 1 (doesn't seem like both at the same time)

WYXX

join:2009-12-21
Riverside, RI
reply to HenryFarpolo
You're from New England if you give directions to outsiders by places and landmarks... which they would have no idea about....

"To go theya, you go up the road, take a left at where the red barn used to be, go down that road till you get to Johnson's house, and bear left. When you get to the intersection where the general store used to be, take a right...its up the road, just past that house that always has those horrible christmas decorations out every yeah"...

or for interestate driving. "You go up four exits to the Waltham exit" . Don't use exit numbers.


ebgbjo
Sewing is cheaper than therapy
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USA
reply to HenryFarpolo
Most I have finally learned after almost a year of living here, but could you please explain the not wearing the color orange in Southie on St. Patricks Day? I know the Southie area is made up of a lot of Irish members, but why no orange?? What does orange represent


HenryFarpolo
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join:2003-08-31
Andover, MA
said by ebgbjo:

Most I have finally learned after almost a year of living here, but could you please explain the not wearing the color orange in Southie on St. Patricks Day? I know the Southie area is made up of a lot of Irish members, but why no orange?? What does orange represent

There is a lot of history to this. Here is some info;

»en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_Order