r Letter From Eastie: Far be it from me to ignore a meme.
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Letter From Eastie

News and other items from East Boston, Massachusetts.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Far be it from me to ignore a meme.

For those of you unaware of what the word "meme" means, you can find out here. Apparently I’ve been “tagged” by JSpad at 12 Frogs to tell 5 things about myself that people don't know. Since I generally don’t write about personal things, I suppose there is a lot about me that you all don’t know, but I’ll attempt to make this semi-interesting.

1) My day job is reading other people’s mail.

No, I don’t work for the Bush Administration. I’m an archivist and I work mainly with what are known in the biz as manuscript collections. Basically, this involves taking other people’s personal papers, arranging them into some semblance of order and then creating an inventory so that researchers (ie writers, professors, college students, documentary producers, etc., etc.) will be able to use the collections for. . .well. . .research. I’ve held in my hands, to name just a few, letters written by Vladimir Nobokov, Anais Nin, Che Guevara, Jackie Kennedy, Walt Disney and Oprah.

2) My 15 minutes of fame came and went in 9th grade.

My 9th grade year was spent at Christopher Columbus High School in the North End. In the spring of that year, Sears selected the Old North Church as a site to film a commercial for Sears paint. The premise was that Sears paint was so good that they were using it to spruce up the Old North Church. The production company needed extras to play a tour group. CCHS, being so close, turned out to be convenient and they contacted the principal to ask for some students to be extras in the commercial. The principal decided that this was a good way to encourage scholarship and allowed the students who had been on the honor roll the previous quarter to have a day off of school to shoot the paint commercial. I only saw it on television once. My theory was that it must have been shown more in non-Boston markets because people in Boston take the Old North Church for granted, but I don’t really know.

3) I did not grow up in Eastie.

What?!!! I hear you say. I know she’s said she grew up in East Boston. Well, it’s not completely untrue. My address was in Revere and that was where I went to school until High School, however, I spent most of my waking hours in East Boston, because my dad owned a restaurant in Eastie, which many long time residents will remember—Morelli’s Café (now currently the site of Kelly’s Square Pub at 84 Bennington St.) My cousins lived in Eastie and most of my friends, so even though I slept in Revere, I feel like I grew up in Eastie.

4) This falls under the category of sad.

I record General Hospital every day. I don’t necessarily watch it every day, but I’ve been watching the show since I was in junior high and I don’t see any reason to stop. Yes it’s hokey and melodramatic, but it’s so much fun. It’s my little guilty pleasure.

5) The Red Sox Organization is my nemesis.

Ok, maybe nemesis is a strong word, but because my birthday is in the beginning of October, the Sox screw up my birthday every year that they are in playoffs. It’s impossible to plan anything, because people either won’t go anywhere near downtown or they won’t go anywhere that does not involve a bar and several dozen TV’s all tuned to “the game.” I had this problem even for my 30th birthday party! Ever since then, I try to go away for my birthday, so I don’t have to be in competition with the Sox.

I guess I'm supposed to tag 5 other people, but I'm only doing 3 because I'm a rebel:

Breakfast at Tiffany's: This is my buddy Tiffany's blog. She is awesome and she is my fellow Libra, however, I don't think the Red Sox Organization is also her nemesis. She actually likes baseball.

Cynical: A LIfe: Shelly's blog was one of the first Eastie blogs I came across after I started mine.

Webster Street Minutes: Lewis' posts always pop up in my google news alerts.



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