So, I live in a city. I don’t have a car because I walk or take pubic transportation everywhere. For now, it suits me. However, being a city walker is no easy task. It takes years of practice in order to master such techniques as “walking with a purpose”.

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And it takes some very fancy footwork to avoid food carts, tourists who are looking upward and to the left at whatever old monument is upward and to the left, homeless or drunk people who don’t walk in straight lines, emergency vehicles, strollers, pets, and the like.

For the most part my walking strategy is the good ol’ “bob and weave”. Walk quickly, pass on the left, stay alert and get ahead of any large crowds. If you’re walking with a friend, make sure that friend knows the “figure 8” move. One of my friends, Christine, is also a great city walker and she and I can figure-8 around slow pokes and large crowds without even pausing the conversation.

However, the one person I will yield to every time is a runner.

Boston has plenty of designated running paths, but runners still need to get to and from said paths. So often I see runners just running in place as tourists cut them off in huge packs, or when everyone is trying to funnel through a park gate entrance the runners just bob up and down politely waiting their turn.

Those poor runners. They don’t deserve that. Runners want to be running. So, I’m calling on everybody to YIELD TO RUNNERS. Let them pass you. They’ll be out of your way in 1 second at most. Pause, let them go and then continue on your way. Together, we can keep city pedestrian traffic moving, and runners running.

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Everybody wins.

Who’s with me? Do you yield to runners?

Runners- do you run in crowded areas? Do you get upset when you get cut off by walkers?

 

Welcome back to Mixtape Monday/ Boston Lockdown as Experienced by One Neurotic Blogger…

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Zomg you guys. Ok, so, last weekend started on Friday when the FBI and Boston Police put the entire city of Boston and the surrounding areas on lockdown. Yeah, LOCKDOWN. It’s this crazy thing where all residents are strongly urged not to leave their homes.

And by strongly urged, I mean it’s pretty much forbidden. One guy on a bike learned that the hard way when he was surrounded by 6 guys with machine guns who took his bike to probe for explosives and left him shaking on the ground once they realized he was just some guy.

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If you ever find yourself on lockdown, and you are anything like me, here is what you can expect:

At 5:15am wake up to a text from your mother telling you your life is in immediate danger and to turn on the news. Still sleepy? Good, you’re going to need your wits about you as you watch the news all day.

Find out the entire city of Boston is cancelled while hundreds of trained professionals continue their hunt for an armed and dangerous madman who is probably hiding in or around your house/apartment. Just sit tight.Your morning Bar Method class was called off, as was work, so proceed to watch the news. Without blinking. For 4 hours straight. Convince yourself the suspect is probably hiding in your apartment building stairwell. Continually get up to make sure your door is locked.

Talk to everyone you know about where you’d be hiding if you were on the run. Did you know that all your friends and family are experts in fugitive hiding spots? Turns out they are.  Yell to the FBI operatives on your TV screen to double check manholes, empty subway tunnels, suspicious looking pizza delivery boys and of course, your apartment building stairwell.

Take a break from the news and initiate Lockdown Workout aka Peanut Butter Fingers’ No Nonsense Circuit 

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Now, don’t worry about ruining your diet because you haven’t gone grocery shopping this week and have nothing left in your kitchen but blueberries and a couple slices of bread. Drink some of that flat ginger ale in the back of your fridge to refuel.

Antsy yet? Are you thinking a walk around the block won’t kill you? Turn up the news and let them terrify you into thinking it will. Pull dresser in front of the door.

At 4:15, decide that it’s wine time. Lockdown drinking game- drink every time someone on the news says Chechnya. (But only drink a sip lest you run out of alcohol too quickly.)

While you wait for your boyfriend to get home, because he was one of the maniacs who defied orders and went to work, make a mixtape to put on your blog on Monday. Name it: Boston Strong Lockdown Mixtape.

Spotify: Boston Strong Lockdown Mixtape

  1. love lockdown – kanye
  2. cops and robbers – the hoosiers
  3. i fought the law (and the law won) – bobby fuller four
  4. bad boys- inner circle
  5. one way or another- blondie
  6. police on my back- the clash
  7. authority song- john mellencamp
  8. born in the usa- bruce springsteen
  9. renegade- styx
  10. sweet caroline- neil diamond

At 6pm breathe a sigh of relief when the “shelter in place” order is lifted. Although they haven’t caught the guy yet, run out of your apartment with reckless abandon because you miss the outdoors and because you are starving. Go to dinner with your boyfriend at one of the only open restaurants in Boston. Proceed to stand in line for about an hour and a half.

Seeing as how you and about 200 other Bostonians just managed to congregate- which you all pledged not to do upon the terms of your release- check your phone every 45 seconds for updates on the manhunt.

THEY FIND HIM!!

Eat an all-American cheeseburger and drink a Boston-based Sam Adams Seasonal beer to celebrate. Go home and sleep easy for the first time in nearly a week.

THANK YOU FBI, BOSTON POLICE, STATE POLICE, BOSTON BOMB SQUADS, AND EVERYBODY ELSE FOR YOUR TIRELESS WORK AND DEDICATION!

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Thanks to the effort of all the brave men and women who risked their lives to track down this villain, no civilian was injured during his capture and Boston was pretty much restored to normal by Saturday.

The rest of the weekend was spent going to the gym, visiting the makeshift memorial on Boylston Street, dining out and all that good stuff.

How did your weekend turn out? What is your favorite celebration meal??

 

I had a different post planned for today, but in light of the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line yesterday, I feel it’s appropriate to change directions. This post is dedicated to the 144 people who were injured and the 3 people who lost their lives at an event which symbolizes life and celebrates the resilience of man.

On a personal note, I live a few blocks from the site of the blast and was home at the time. I heard the twin explosions and brushed them off as just run of the mill city noise. I’m sickened, shocked and saddened but I know that Boston will come back stronger. My heart goes out to the victims, their families and the thousands of runners who poured their hearts into training only to be told to turn around as they approached the finish line. I thank the first responders, Boston police, Boston fire department, paramedics and all the people who ran toward the blast to help those who couldn’t run away from it.

i heart boston

 

 

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Welcome back to Mixtape Monday, all!

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. As I’m sure many of you already know, today is Marathon Monday!

Today is the day thousands of admirably fit people with great legs gather in Boston to run 26.2 miles while hoards of spectators hold posters and cheer and basically have a grand old time. Today is also Patriot’s Day, a Massachusetts holiday, so a lot of people have the day off from work/school and choose to spend their time supporting the runners. All in all, it’s an awesome day. bostonmarathonfinishline

In honor of all the people running today’s race, all the people supporting those runners,  and all the people who work to make the Boston Marathon such an epic event year after year, today’s Mixtape Theme is: BOSTON!

(You thought I was going to say run, didn’t you? I’d hate to become too predictable)

SpotifyBoston Mixtape

1. shipping up to boston – dropkick murphys

2. dirty water- the standells

3. charlie on the MTA- kingston trio

4. more than a feeling – boston

5. riot on broad street- mighty mighty bosstones

6. roadrunner- jonathan richman

7. tessie- dropkick murphys

8. ladies of cambridge – vampire weekend

9. so good (the boston song) – dis vincent

10. boston-augustana

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Question- have any of you guys ever ran a marathon? how was it? What’s the longest race you’ve completed?