Eldest son was in Boston on business, so I drove down to see him yesterday. The good news, it only takes two and a half hours driving from Franconia to Logan. Used to take three and a half a few years back. Trusty Mercury does 80 mph, no sweat. Car would be happy going even faster, but Driver worries about sneaky NH state troopers hiding in the center strip bushes. So I keep it below 80.
Coming down from the north, the old Sumner Tunnel route off the Big Dig tunnel is shorter than the new tunnel from the Mass Pike. Logan parking is ridiculous, $19 for two hours. I parked on the roof of Terminal B, which is all covered with fancy solar cells. I wonder how much they cost and what the payback time is. Betcha the airport is using the $19 parking fees to pay off the solar cells.
So for old times sake we spent the day in Harvard Sq. The Head of the Charles Regatta was on and the crowd was huge. Much bigger than a few years ago. So big we couldn't even get into Charlie's Kitchen. The Sq hasn't changed much since last time I was there, all the nice places are still there, no new places groovy enough to catch my eye.
So I dropped eldest son off at a hotel on Atlantic Ave. Drove right down Mass Ave, thru Central Sq, out Main St and crossed the Charles on the Longfellow Bridge (better known as the Make Way for Ducklings bridge). Infrastructure fans will be glad to hear that Longfellow bridge is getting rebuilt. The two inbound lanes are all tore up and closed, inbound traffic is rerouted on the outbound lanes and outbound traffic has to find another bridge.
On the way home I checked out the NH Liquor Store on I93. They been rebuilding it; it isn't all finished yet; but it is open to cars (only). Truckers suck hind teat. They now sell gas, big self service Irving station which was only $3.16 a gallon. Cannon contributed one of the old Tramway cars which is mounted on display at the convenience store. I looked at it, and I do think it's real, rather than a mockup.
Stupid Beast was pleased to see me when I got home.