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Blue Man Group- Boston and I-Pods, Oh My!

Roxie01966

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I love Boston, Massachusetts. I live about 45 minutes from this beautiful historic city but don't get in nearly enough. There is so much to see and do there so when my oldest grandson expressed an interest in seeing the show Blue Man Group I quickly agreed to take him while seizing the opportunity to go to the city I love. As luck would have it the temperature that day was freezing cold with howling winds. It was impossible to walk around the city or do any sight seeing so instead we went into a nearby restaurant to have lunch and escape the brutal cold. Once inside and seated my grandson immediately took out his I-pod and picked up the restaurant's wireless internet signal. I couldn't believe my eyes. We had discussed the issue of the electronics before we left for the show and it was agreed that he could use his i-pod on the train only. I reminded him of our agreement and he begrudgingly put the device in his pocket. We ordered our meal and small talked about "this and that" while the restaurant began to fill with families going to various shows. By the time our meal came I couldn't help but notice that at least half of the diners around us were using some sort of electronic device at their table, i.e.I-Phone, I-Pads and I-Pods. Of course my grandson noticed too and quickly asked once more if he could use his too. Again I said no. I was amazed at the people nearby not talking to each other but on their mobile devices texting or talking instead. One man actually had ear buds in while his daughter chatted away unaware that he couldn't hear her. I was bothered more than I expected but put it aside and concentrated on my own day in the city. My grandson and I enjoyed the show immensely and made our way back to the train station to head home. Once on the train my boy could barely wait to "plug in" for the ride home. I sat quietly deep in thought. I couldn't help but wonder about what would happen to human contact and the "art of conversation"' for people today. I know, I know, this is the generation gap we all hear about but it still makes me sad. How will society be able to connect on a personal level when we are "glued" to these mobile computers screens. Where is the smile, the sigh or smirk in a text? How will we see tears in a loved ones eyes through e-mail or know if we have hurt someone's feelings? I don't know, I guess its up to us then to show them, to remind them and model for them the value of human connection that can only be found face to face, eye to eye, heart to heart.blogentry-174527-0-50299000-1386041355_t


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lizasnan

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Oh, Roxie, I was in Boston this time last year and loved it! probably even so much I did get out and walk around even in "freezing cold and howling winds"; just bundled up; just so loved being somewhere I could just get out and walk around instead of in the country where I live where to go anywhere you have to get in your car - ugh! grew up being able to go walking like that - loved it! loved being able to walk going in the restaurants around to get out of the cold too, though. Wanted to take the train and go out but was a chicken there about getting lost and not being able to get back; did take the T in town though but still didn't do anything but just out and back and still got lost in the station doing that. Have to say, though, I didn't see much of that people being absorbed in their electronics; maybe something's happened this past year. But so good to hear from somebody up there this year; been missing it and thinking about being up there this time last year. Have a good Christmas!

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Roxie01966

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Hi Lizasnan, great to meet you. I've made up my mind that getting int Boston is going to be my New Years Resolution. I won't drive in but I do enjoy public transportation. Even on the T I get confused as to if I am going Inbound or Outbound. Lol thanks for the comments. Tree lighting is this weekend I think in the public garden.....hmmmmmm

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is that the Commons you're talking about? never made it there either; all kinds of people back home - who are from up there - tried to tell me all kinds of places to go but I was just too chicken - getting turned around in the T station was just about enough - guess thought I wouldn't even after to get off the T train - that it would just turn around and take me back, then somebody sent me one way - down stairs, maybe? and I couldn't find anything that looked right so then somebody else sent me back upstairs, back up to where I was or maybe on up? not sure anymore just know even that just got all scary, so afraid I'd not be able to get back but I finally found one going my way but even then thought it would be going back the exact same route so here I am on it and still not finding anything that looks familiar, getting more and more scared the farther we go until I finally do spy something; it's just on the other side of where I'd come from - if I hadn't gotten out and walked as much as I had before then - on both side - and/or hadn't come in to begin with on that side I still wouldn't have known but then when that happened I said something and the people on there with me helped know that I'd taken one out - or was it in - and another one the other way - one was on one side and the other was on the other - now do you understand all that better than I'm explaining it? :) either way I did enjoy it   -    we just went to our Christmas lights lighting at our local park here last Friday - day after Thanksgiving; took our little granddaughter and her mom, but hub really wanted to hear the jazz band that's played every year (but we didn't really start going until we started taking them so didn't really know it) but he didn't get there early for it last year (since didn't know) and I didn't go because that's when I was up there so were trying to get there in time this year (and did just not as early) but then they not there this year because they were up there, wherever the Macy's parade actually is, playing in it, is it there, no, it's NY isn't it; anyway he was disappointed but maybe next year we'll all be here - did get to hear the Boston Pops free last year while I was there though; that was fun.

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Boston really is a walking city. When you get off the train get a good map (or iphone gps ha ha) and you can find your way around. The T takes getting used to. I walk when I can, I love it. Fanial Hall market place is walkable from North Station (train) It is a fun place to go for all kinds of kiosks, shopping, food, street performers. etc. There is a website all about boston that you might enjoy! I'll send it your way! have a good day! Oh, yes the public gardens are also called Boston Common.....beautiful. Swan boats, Frog pond, ice skating, Rose Kennedy Gardens....lovely

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