Saturday, May 14, 2005

You Can Get There from Here, but Pay Attention

We went to Lowell today to volunteer some time at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention. What struck me as SFNE on the way: to get to the Tsongas Arena, you go about a mile-and-a-half off the highway--straight, not turns, just some curves--and the street name changes three times before you get there. Yep, short stretch of road, four road names. Thanks to the Tsongas Arena website for pointing this out, or we'd have been in a muddle.

Of course, I've noticed that on Massachusetts' streets, you're lucky to get a sign of any kind. One of my friends here put is succinctly: "The Massachusetts government doesn't like to waste your tax dollars on something as mundane as street signs. You're supposed to know where you are."


Anonymous Kris said...

We definitely noticed that about the street signs - my father, Brad, and I got ridiculously lost trying to find my sister's apartment when we were in town for the wedding.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

And beware of anyone who tries to guide you by saying, "Turn right at the Dunkin Donuts." That way lies madness. (I believe they're putting a Dunkin in my basement next week . . . )

5:13 AM  
Blogger Michele said...

Once, when I was out riding, I had to peek in someone's mailbox to find out what street I was on so I could get "un-lost."

9:54 AM  
Blogger Mr. Liberty said...

It took me a senior minute to figure out what SFNE meant, since I'm so SFS. But now I know (I think) and it's cool.

I live in Virginia, and I think that Virginia and Mass. are the only two "Commonwealth's" in the nation, the rest being just poor old states.

I suppose that if I ever get to Mass. I will know where I am, if only because there are so few Communist countries left anymore.

But I would like to go. If only to see the Joan Kennedy exhibition.


12:28 PM  
Blogger Alison Rose said...

On the contrary, Joe, Kentucky and Pennsylvania are also commonwealths.

We'd be glad to have you visit. But, let us not forget that it is the great state of Vermont that has the honest-to-goodness Socialist U.S. Representative, Bernie Sanders. So you could make your visit a two-fer by taking a quick sidetrip. Vermont is particularly lovely in the spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Glad you like the title. For more on that, feel free to check out my archives at

Say Hi! to my mom next time you see her! (Joe is a lucky man--he gets to see my mom more often than I do!)

1:48 PM  
Blogger Mr. Liberty said...

Joe IS a lucky fella, getting to see your Mom as often as I do.

Since my Mother died, I believe Felice to be the best person I know.

Vermont is funny. Bernie Sanders, upright and vigorous in his defense of the leviathon state, is however, in the trenches fighting the Bushites and their fellow liers...and their leviathon war.

Too bad that the Bernie Sander's of the world can't see that it is the massiveness of the very government that carries us into illegal, immoral wars built upon phony premise, that get us into these problems in the first place.

Grover Cleveland never fought a foreign war. He also never had an income tax to peel off wealth from the suckers who created it.

Beside, Calvin Coolidge was born in Vermont!

2:18 PM  

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