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recommended boston area events

tuesday, december 4th

kelly hogan

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 6th

conor oberst

@ converse hall, tremont st.

thursday, december 6th

jason isbell &

the 400 unit

@ the sinclair

friday, december 7th

the weisstronauts 14th

annual holiday jubilee

with guests tsunami of sound

preacher jack, & the derangers

@ the midway cafe, jp

friday, december 7th


moving mountains


@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

patrick watson

@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

the faint perform

"danse macabre"


icky blossoms

@ the paradise

sunday, december 9th

band of horses

@ house of blues

sunday, december 9th



@ the paradise

wednesday, december 12th

concrete blonde

jim bianco

@ the sinclair

thursday, december 13th

annual boston christmas cavalcade

benefit for the homeless

featuring tons of artists

(see fb event for details)

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 13th

nada surf

eternal summers

@ the paradise

thursday, december 13th

mates of state

in the valley below

@ brighton music hall

friday, december 14th

forgetters (blake from

jawbreaker's band)

& more tba

@ democracy center, harvard square

sunday, december 30th

sufjan stevens

sheila saputo

@ the royale

monday, december 31st

my morning jacket

@ agganis arena

monday, december 31st

deer tick

two gallants

@ the sinclair

monday, january 7th


@ the paradise

tuesday, january 8th


@ great scott

saturday, january 19th

mission of burma

@ the sinclair

sunday, january 20th

camper van beethoven


@ the middle east down

sunday, january 20th


@ the orpheum

sunday, january 20th

ra ra riot

@ the paradise

sunday, january 27th


@ great scott

tuesday, january 29th

kathleen edwards

sera cahoone

@ brighton music hall

wednesday, february 13th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

saturday, march 2nd

unknown mortal orchestra

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 12th

tame impala

@ house of blues

thursday, march 14th

jukebox the ghost

matt pond pa

lighthouse and the whaler

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 26th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

wednesday & thursday

april 3rd & 4th

they might be giants

@ the paradise

visit tourfilter for more shows

Monday, August 09, 2004


Coming down from a somehow relaxing yet simultaneously productive weekend... feel like I'm finally back to 'normal', whatever the hell that is. My to-do list is seriously shorter, the figurative weight on my brain a bit lighter, feel like I can slow down and damn well deserve it.

In this mindframe I drove to work this morning, sunny skies over Boston, low humidity, a fresh start to a short work week (Vermont vacation imminent!). I hop on the Mass Pike for the one-exit trip to the Back Bay, join the processional through the EZ-Pass lane, where I notice a lone standing policeman staring at each car as it passes by. Guessing he's watching for too-fast fast-laners, I figure I'm in the clear...

... until I hear him yell "Pull over!" as he points right at me. My heart crashes into my adam's apple. Aw crap!

I ease over to the side of the pike entrance, turn down WEEI, mind racing as the approaching cop gets larger in my rearview. Why do I get so damn nervous even when I know I've done nothing wrong? 'Cuz maybe I have?

"License and registration please." Aw jeez... do I have my license? Whew, it's here in my pocket. Registration? Uh oh. The one in the glove box is expired. Wait, I had a new one, didn't I? Oh, I put it in my backpack to remember to put it in the glovebox. Grab my bag out of the backseat, and as I do, I accidentally bump on the windshield wipers and turn on my brights. What a freak. I empty my backpack into the passenger seat and find the registration.

"So, do you know why I stopped you?"

"No, I don't..."

"Your car inspection is expired."

I look to the sticker on my windshield and it's got a big "7" on it. July. What month is it again? Oh, right...

... and it's deja-vu all over again. One year ago I got pulled over not a half mile from this tollbooth for a late inspection, thankfully given a warning, just as I was this morning. And I was as clueless then as I was today. You'd think I'd learn a lesson. Maybe next year?

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