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Postby parkaboy » Tue Aug 28, 2007 4:34 am UTC

Hey! I lived in Newton too!





ok, no i didnt. i just wanted to be cool.
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Postby hendusoone » Tue Aug 28, 2007 5:11 am UTC

Okita wrote:
hendusoone wrote:stuff about swing city


Holy crap, this place has been right under my nose! I used to live in Newton and had no idea this place existed. Now I need to work on my swing dancing ;P

Yeah, I have a hate/hate relationship with the T. Mostly because it runs so damn late. Just so you know, there's a bus that runs later than the T that goes from Boston College (top of the B line) to their Newton Law Campus. While it's meant for students, I doubt they will care that you take it (probably think you are a law student). This won't take you directly to Newton Centre but will definitely shave off time on getting there...

I haven't been there since they moved to Newton (a bit over a year ago). They used to be at the VFW hall in Cambridge. They had a small bar at their Cambridge location - I don't know if they do at Newton.

Anyway, a later bus doesn't help me. My problem is that I live in Rowley, and usually take the commuter rail when I go to Boston. The latest train that will get me home leaves North Station at 10:40 Friday nights and 10:15 pm Saturday/Sunday.

Since I despise driving into Boston, That leaves my options at driving in to Wonderland (no overnight parking, so will still have to take off a bit early), or bumming a couch/floor off someone.

I have always wanted to bring my bike on the T, though.

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Postby Barbie » Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:37 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote:Just to clarify, I was thinking like midnight through 3 am, but not everyone shares my fascination for zipping around in the dead of night. So whenever is also cool.

I am definitely still in. I vote for rollerblading. Are rollerblades rentable?

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Postby Bakemaster » Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:29 am UTC

If they are, I don't know where from. There are a few places that do bike rentals though, everything I've seen is around $25/day. Alternately you could hit someone up on craigslist, there are more than a few working bikes for $50 or less, good enough for a day or a weekend. Of course, they wouldn't have lights, if you wanted lights.
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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Wed Aug 29, 2007 2:55 am UTC

The Minuteman Trail in Arlington and Lexington is entirely unlit at night. You want lights if you're going to be there on any kind of wheels after dark.

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Postby Bakemaster » Wed Aug 29, 2007 4:14 am UTC

Maybe if you're a big wuss, you do. The map I posted is the exact route I skated along the trail, starting a bit after 7:00. It got dark well before I turned around near Hanscom.

Actually I prefer the bike path during the day and the city and night, as that's when they are most pretty, respectively. Standing in the middle of the Mass. Ave bridge over the Charles at night and looking at the city around you is a cool thing.
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Postby parkaboy » Wed Aug 29, 2007 5:20 am UTC

i think i will attend the meetup then play it by ear. i will have extremely limited spending money, so my "other activities" might only go so far as; walk around until i get tired then find my way back to the hotel.

we'll see how much spare change i can scrounge in a month.
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Postby Okita » Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:11 am UTC

Impromptu dance party in the middle of a park.

Admittance fee = Free.*

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Postby armorsmith42 » Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:19 pm UTC

CreemyNougat wrote:Calvinball, anyone?


someone needs to bring wickets.

Okita wrote:Impromptu dance party in the middle of a park.

Admittance fee = Free.*

*You must be able to bring on the awesome.


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Postby bbctol » Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:58 pm UTC

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Postby Sprocket » Fri Aug 31, 2007 3:04 pm UTC

Anyone still going to be around Monday night want to watch the season premier of Heroes?
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Postby Okita » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:29 pm UTC

CatProximity wrote:Anyone still going to be around Monday night want to watch the season premier of Heroes?


Holy crap, I had forgotten! Yay Heroes! Thanks for reminding me!
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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:10 pm UTC

What theatre is this showing at? I haven't heard of it before.

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Postby Okita » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:16 pm UTC

Davis Square Rocks wrote:What theatre is this showing at? I haven't heard of it before.


It's not a movie. It's a tv series.
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Postby hendusoone » Tue Sep 04, 2007 6:51 pm UTC

RE Late night biking:

I successfully retrieved my bike from my parents' house last weekend, so if this is definitely going to happen, I will be taking the commuter rail into Boston with my bike. There is one condition for my attendance at the late night bike-fest: I will need somewhere to sleep afterward, as it will likely be too late to ride the train back to Rowley. Is anyone able to offer a couch or floor to a total stranger from the internet? It's fine if not... I will just participate in the reasonably-timed daytime activities.

Also, does Boston require lights on the bike for riding after dark?

EDIT: Found the answer.
http://www.massbike.org/bikelaw/mass.htm wrote:During the period from one-half hour after sunset to on-half hour before sunrise, the operator shall display to the front of his bicycle a lamp emitting a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred feet, and to the rear of said bicycle either a lamp emitting a red light, or a red reflector visible for not less than six hundred feet when directly in front of the lawful lower beams of headlamps of a motor vehicle. A generator powered lamp which emits light only when the bicycle is moving shall meet the requirements of this clause.
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Postby Bakemaster » Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:01 pm UTC

All I really know about Boston bike laws is that they probably exist. It is a good idea to have a light, and will let us go to cooler, darker places. Grue protection is key.
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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:04 pm UTC

The light is required by law, but nobody will care if you don't have one. I recommend flashing lights, with LEDs rather than conventional light bulbs; the batteries will last much longer. The law is more interested in a headlight, but I find a tail-light to be more necessary.

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Postby Bakemaster » Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:17 pm UTC

For wee-hours biking, a headlight is key for certain places where there are no streetlights. But I agree, it's more important to not get run over than to be able to go wherever we want, in the long run.
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Postby hendusoone » Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:27 pm UTC

Wonderful. I'll get lights anyway - being run over would really ruin my night.

The only part left to settle is somewhere to sleep. Unless someone speaks up, I will likely turn to http://www.couchsurfing.com (my profile is here if you already happen to be a member).
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Postby Bakemaster » Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:56 pm UTC

I am not sure whether I'll be moving September 15th or October 1st, but by the 15th I will know whether I can offer my couch or not. I recommend couchsurfing anyway cause it's fun.
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Postby Cosmologicon » Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:35 pm UTC

Can there be like a separate thread or a summary or something for people who will attend and who want to know what'll be happening without reading all this chitchat? ;-) I can't even tell what days things are going to begin and end at this point.

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Postby MFHodge » Wed Sep 05, 2007 4:46 pm UTC

Cosmologicon wrote:Can there be like a separate thread or a summary or something for people who will attend and who want to know what'll be happening without reading all this chitchat? ;-) I can't even tell what days things are going to begin and end at this point.

You are welcome to read through the appropriate threads and make a summary thread, if you so wish. You can even request that the thread you create be moderated for on-topic-ness.

EDIT: I assure you that there was little ambiguity in either your noun choice or your laziness. :wink:
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Postby Cosmologicon » Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:39 pm UTC

Wha... But that's more work for me, not less! I should have been clear, the "people" I was talking about are me.

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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Wed Sep 05, 2007 5:48 pm UTC

This is the "Other Activities" thread, so I'm not even sure what you are asking for.

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Postby Barbie » Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:22 pm UTC

hendusoone wrote:The only part left to settle is somewhere to sleep.

I'm going to try to pull this off sans hotel too. If I can't charm my way onto a couch, I have an elaborate polyphasic sleeping strategy that I think I can pull off between the MIT campus and a public library or two. It would certainly make for an interesting experience.
Bakesmaster wrote:There are a few places that do bike rentals though, everything I've seen is around $25/day.

Do you know if there is anywhere that rents bikes close to the park? I'm in Boston until that Wednesday, so I'll probably just rent a bike for a few days and use it to get around.

Haha, wow, I'm going to be such a hobo.

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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Wed Sep 05, 2007 6:36 pm UTC

Cambridge Bicycle, near MIT, rents bicycles. Closest T station is Central Square.

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Postby hendusoone » Wed Sep 05, 2007 7:11 pm UTC

Barbie wrote:
hendusoone wrote:The only part left to settle is somewhere to sleep.

I'm going to try to pull this off sans hotel too. If I can't charm my way onto a couch, I have an elaborate polyphasic sleeping strategy that I think I can pull off between the MIT campus and a public library or two. It would certainly make for an interesting experience.

Definitely check out couchsurfing before becoming a hobo.
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Postby Bakemaster » Wed Sep 05, 2007 11:12 pm UTC

Especially since the city just got a lot more strict and paranoid about loitering and/or camping out on the Common.

I sent an email around to my synagogue's mailing list looking for loaner/freebie bikes, which might net me free wheels for some people. So far I've got at least one long-term loaner whose owner will be preggers for a few more months at least.
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Postby amfr » Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:33 pm UTC

bbctol wrote:
Okita wrote:I used to live in Newton


Newton pride!

Yeah, that's all.


Waban FTW!

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Postby bbctol » Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:41 pm UTC

amfr wrote:Waban FTW!


You serious? I live in Waban.

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Postby amfr » Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:48 pm UTC

bbctol wrote:
amfr wrote:Waban FTW!


You serious? I live in Waban.

Where?
Im on woodward st.

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Postby bbctol » Sun Sep 09, 2007 7:52 pm UTC

I am ludicrously afraid of stalkers, so I will not reveal my present location. Suffice to say that I'm really damn close to you.

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Postby amfr » Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:08 pm UTC

Well, see you at the meetup :)
Edit: this thread can get back on topic now, sorry for the tangent

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Postby bbctol » Sun Sep 09, 2007 8:09 pm UTC

amfr wrote:Well, see you at the meetup :)


Ehm. Touchy subject.

Anyway, back on topic:

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Postby armorsmith42 » Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:59 pm UTC

Is there anything going on at MIT that a non student could go to (I could probably pretend to be a student, at least until someone asked me anything beyond freshman, year.)
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Postby parkaboy » Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:15 am UTC

bbctol wrote:I am ludicrously afraid of stalkers, so I will not reveal my present location. Suffice to say that I'm really damn close to you.


AHH HA! so the truth comes out,eh? i bet you dont even HAVE a mom, much less a psychotically paranoid one.

either that or she did a really good job of brainwashing you. *eyeball*
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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:17 am UTC

LSC movies at MIT are open to the public. Here's the schedule. 9/22 and 9/23 are Live Free or Die Hard; 9/23 also has The Lives of Others. Tickets are $3.

There are also usually various theatrical performances, concerts, and the like at MIT.

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Postby Davis Square Rocks » Mon Sep 10, 2007 12:21 am UTC

Here's an event on the Charles River, near Harvard Square, to celebrate the autumnal equinox on Sunday, September 23:

RiverSing 2007. The event includes a parade of bands, starting at 5:45 pm.

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Postby Barbie » Mon Sep 10, 2007 2:58 am UTC

Bakemaster wrote:I sent an email around to my synagogue's mailing list looking for loaner/freebie bikes, which might net me free wheels for some people. So far I've got at least one long-term loaner whose owner will be preggers for a few more months at least.

You're awesome. I'm totally fine with renting a bike, but I would definitely not turn down a freebie.

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Postby hendusoone » Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:19 pm UTC

I am being decisive.

Saturday, 1:30 pm. This: Far, Far Away: The Worlds of Star Wars

Possibly before, and definitely after: Exhibit halls (Sadly, they are not doing the Giant Van de Graaff show on weekends. I almost cried when I found out).

Planetarium only: $9
Exhibit Halls only: $17
Both: $21
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