1/15/2018: MLK’s ties to W. Newton

Happy MLK Day you guys. Management posted this 2 years ago when no one read the blog so here you again.

Many of you probably know that Dr. King had strong ties to Boston. In the 1950s, King studied at Boston University, where he earned his doctorate, and met his wife, Coretta Scott, a student at the nearby New England Conservatory. He returned to Boston in the 1960s on multiple occasions to address the State Legislature, lead a march from the South End to Boston Common during the early years of the public school crisis, and, later, to donate the bulk of his personal papers to BU.

But did you know he also had ties to West Newton? Our town and its Baptist churches actually have a long and rich history of connections to civil rights movements dating back centuries. Remember Nathaniel T. Allen, the abolitionist that owned the large yellow historic property on Webster St? Many of his friends were part of the congregation at the First Baptist Church, now Lincoln Park Baptist on Washington St. In the late-1800s, some members of First Baptist broke off to form the Myrtle Baptist Church, which is still located on Curve St. In the 1950s, a young Martin Luther King Jr. often attended services at Myrtle, preached from their pulpit, and visited with friends that lived in the surrounding neighborhood. Though Myrtle’s congregation suffered tremendous disruption during the extension of the Mass Turnpike in the 1960s, it remained a politically-active community during the racial turmoil of the later decades of the twentieth century. In 2008, thanks to the efforts of other Boston University students, the Myrtle Baptist Church was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Check out the resources at the Newton History Museum if you want to learn more about the history of Myrtle Baptist, African-American history in Newton, or Dr. King’s connections to our city!

MLK

1/10/2018: A brief history of RandlettPark.com

What if I told you 5 years ago RandlettPark.com was an impossible dream? The dream of a man that typed with 2 fingers, wrote at a 3rd grade level and had little-to-no comprehension of the internet. What if I told you that man somehow — despite all his handicaps — created America’s most beloved neighborhood blog? What if I told you that man was me?

5 years. 16,000 visitors. 40,000 page views. 4 Facebook likes. This is a brief history of RandlettPark.com.

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2012: The internet was still pretty new. I had to explain to a lot of you guys what a blog was. And possibly the internet as well. I was condescending about it. That didn’t help.

2013: Tried to get some fun stuff going like yard crawls & backyard movies. Problem was I didn’t have a lot of friends so mostly it was just me at these “events.” Andy would usually walk over to ask why I put my TV in the front yard.

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2014: A great blogging year until August when Keltic Krust closed then the wheels came off. Was so bitter I spent the rest of the year chirping Judy Baby to open Judith’s Kitchen then when she opened I only went once and was very fragile emotionally.

2015: The internet becomes available on cell phones. Up until 2015 you really couldn’t. If you wanted to read the blog you had to fire up your laptop. And if I’m being honest the writing wasn’t worth the trouble. I did a blog on memory foam bath mats and maybe you shouldn’t internet if that’s gonna be your contribution.

Blogged about my kitchen addition and Ed’s kitchen renovation.

2016: The year I became neighborhood famous. Over 17,000 page views. Management legit almost rolled her eyes so hard a few times in 2016 I thought she would need a specialist. People I didn’t know would stop me and ask if I was the blog guy. Then I’d be low-key humble about it. And Management’s eyeballs would disappear for a few seconds as they went all the way up & around then just pop up from the bottom looking more annoyed if that’s even possible you guys.

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Blogged about affordable housing in W. Newton, the new huge development in Newtonville and a bunch of real estate stuff.

2017: Pageviews down from record 2016. This had more to do with people discovering social media sites like Facebook, Instagram & Tinder. Not because I only blogged like 20 times. Just felt like there was more competition on the net, as we in the blog game refer to it.

Blogged about a few home sales on Randlett and going to Cold One City.

2018: Not sure what the new year holds but this is my promise: Me and my 2 stupid index fingers will continue to write this blog as long as you guys continue to read it.

1/3/2018: BSC coming in HOT in 2018 you guys!

Is BSC doin the damn thing or are they doin the damn thing? Last week they got the heat up to 62 degrees in the spin studio avoiding certain disaster. Then they put up this poster in the front window to celebrate.

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Some might say a little tone def given the current social climate. But if I’m being real I love it. I mean you can argue appropriate/not appropriate/what the fuck were they thinking but she’s wet you guys. She is.

When I look at this poster (like I did really closely for 11 minutes this morning) the word that comes to mind is courage. Imagine being at BSC HQ. Company’s stock price is down 50% since 2014. Enormous pressure to bring in new members and increase revenue. Having to compete with other gyms that have treadmills you can run on or working water fountains. And someone has the courage to say come dry leave wet in a meeting.

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At a publicly traded company. And they were serious.

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Then management was like YES come dry leave wet! We back baby! Forget improving the facility or fixing the equipment, come dry leave wet! Love it so much I may just show up wet. #thankyoucorporate #getwet #howwetcanyouget?

Bruno Mars

 

12/29/2017: RIP to the spin studio at BSC

Many of you that go to BSC West Newton already know the spin studio is freezing. Yesterday it was 41 degrees. Today it’s 39.

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Management took a spin class there this week in her snow pants. Yesterday I could only do about 5 minutes of what can be VERY loosely called Krav Maga, the Israeli art of self-defense, before I got too cold.

Krav Maga

Not only are the pipes in this building vulnerable to freezing, I am now vulnerable to  attack because I can’t practice my moves.

This has been a problem for months — the temperature I mean. When members complain to BSC management, they’re told it will be serviced and to STOP MESSING WITH THE THERMOSTAT. (I used all caps because members have been getting yelled at).

If anyone was ever foolish enough to complain about my moves, I can assure you the consequences would be severe.

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Management (BSC’s not mine) had the HVAC system serviced yesterday. Slight problem is it didn’t get fixed and now it’s colder in there.

Um question you guys?

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What’s gonna happen over the next week with a high temperature of like 15 degrees? It’s called a burst pipe you guys. And that’s when water bursts through the pipe it froze in and destroys everything like walls, floors, ceilings and also Village Bank below.

So RIP spin studio. And possibly the back half of Village Bank. This has been the longest, slowest, most avoidable train wreck we may ever know in West Newton.