^ – Uburger: This place is “da bomb.” Best frappes I’ve had in a while, and probably the best frappe within close walking distance of my apartment (it’s right there in not-so-lovely Kenmore Square). I’ve taken a recent liking to the “boom burger.” It’s the regularly-delicious ground-fresh-on-site beef patty, with fresh tomato and lettuce as well as fried jalapeno rings and a spicy chipotle sauce. I get it without the cheese of course. The fries are damn good too. Also, for those not in the area, a “frappe” is a milkshake. Well, sort of. Specifically it’s one actually made with ice cream. I shall try a chicken sandwich on my next visit.
^ – El Pelon: This place is, thankfully, also right down the street from my apartment. I’ve become a bit of a burrito-eater lately. During my time in Champaign, I frequented Qdoba, as well a fine assortment of authentic mexican establishments. I’ve also enjoyed Chipotle, and the other usual Boston establishments. While working at MIT, I had Anna’s Taqueria at least twice every week. I think I’m coming to the conclusion so far that El Pelon is the best of the bunch. Maybe I’ll refine this as I broaden my horizons, but so far they are second to none. Chipotle’s pretty darn good too, though — and their whole sustainable-agriculture/environmentalist/natural hippie tack seems appealing and authentic.
V – Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival: Whoa, crazy crowded — even more than the Poonfest from last fall. It was quite cold too, and since I neglected to get a “Friend of Harpoon” card, we gave up after waiting in a slow-moving line for a long long time. As a consolation prize, we went to the abovementioned uburger for dinner though.
= – Evacuation Day: Any plans for the holiday this Saturday? Corned-beef, cabbage, and Irish soda bread anyone?
^ – The phrase “Git ‘R Done”: I think I need to start working this into everyday conversation some more.
V – Daylight Savings Time: WTF? No, the world didn’t end, but losing an hour sucks. Also, patching all of our servers wasn’t so much fun. Luckily there were no major incidents. I wonder how the folks over at MIT fared with their Solaris 2.6 servers and critical boxes running OpenVMS and Tru64 operating systems that are off maintenance and probably have no patches even available. I have an old server that I help folks out with in Champaign that still runs Solaris 7, so no patch available for them either. So far, it doesn’t seem to be causing any problems though that the box isn’t in the right time-zone anymore. Whatever, the worst-case scenario is that some stuff might be off for an hour for a couple weeks.