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Last week I posted to my blog about feeling connected within the Boston community. Today, I was feeling disconnected in a whole other way. When I got to the office this morning, the network server was down. This meant no email, no internet and no access to my files (which were saved on the network drive). Essentially, that meant I had nothing to do.

After a few games of Free Cell, I caught up on some photocopying I had been putting off. And, since photocopying is mindless work, I started day-dreaming (a huge hobby of mine). First I started realizing how much I rely on modern technology and how frustrated I get when my access is compromised (the viruses in our home computer, network server failure, etc…).

Then I started recalling (fondly) my trip to Manhattan last weekend. And since I inevitably compare everything to Boston – I started wondering what Boston could do to make it more of a world-class city. I mean, I love the vitality of NYC and the fact that there is still street life late into the evening even in residential areas (and it was positively mobbed in the meat-packing district). So I started wondering why Boston can’t designate an evening entertainment zone (away from residences) where people could stay later than the current 2AM closing time. I’m not proposing an adult entertainment zone (we don’t need another Scolley Square or Combat Zone), but a place where adults can have nocturnal fun.

I would probably never participate in such activities as I’m obviously a day person…but I’ve always heard the biggest gripe is that the people who live near the clubs don’t want to deal with the noise on the street. Simultaneously, people gripe that this prevents us from being a world-clas city. Well, now is the perfect time to address this. We already have certain areas that host numerous clubs (Boylston Place, Landsdowne Street). Why can’t those areas stay open later? Also, the Bulfinch Triangle area currently has a bunch of bars and is now being reported as the next big development area. Two new high-end boutique hotels have opened up here (or will open up) just this year alone and the area is currently mostly (if not all) offices. This would be the perfect place for designation as a nightclub area (and it’s right downtown, too).

Then I started day-dreaming about Lorna Doone’s and that’s when I realized I needed to start focusing.


  1. Comment by David on September 14, 2004 2:11 pm


  2. Comment by Underling on September 14, 2004 9:23 pm

    Interesting. Our server crashes at least once a week and we get about 4 hours of downtime where we can’t do anything. Not even Free Cell, they make us take our systems down and wait until Data Services has fixed the problem.

    And I do exactly the same thing. I sit there and start letting my mind wander all over the place. And eventually I fall asleep in my chair at my desk and am shaken awake by some co-worker alerting me that the computers are back up.

  3. Comment by chrispy on September 14, 2004 11:04 pm

    so, are you moving to NY too in a couple of years?

  4. Comment by Karl on September 15, 2004 3:53 pm

    I might move to NYC someday! Never rule anything out!

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