12/29/2015: Best of RandlettPark.com

So according to WordPress, the top posts of 2015 were all guest blogs. Which I think really says something. About my writing.

Not even gonna get upset about it you guys. I’m still huge in Lebanon. So there’s that.

Most read posts of 2015 were:

4.) March 26th: Guest blog from Tamara — Little Free Library(s) coming to Randlett Park. So Tamara can actually write you guys. Probably obvious to anyone that read this blog. Plus her and her dad, Jim, actually did something cool by building a Little Free Library in her front yard. Do something cool + real actual writing = deadly combo.


3.) Oct. 30th: Ed’s kitchen renovation (part one). Anytime someone takes on a major renovation people want to know what the deal is. Ed’s tearing apart his kitchen. Plus he’s funny. So it’s like useful and amusing at the same time. Why can’t I do that?

Eds kitchen 3

2.) August 11th: Randlett Road Repairs. Remember this? When Dale single-handedly had the road repaired? First she documented all the holes in the street. Then wrote a letter to the City. Then supervised the repair. THEN told me to blog it. Just took it to a hole nother level.

Road repairs

1.) Nov. 29th: Ed’s kitchen renovation (part two). The first blog on the kitchen renovation was so popular everyone was waiting for the next installment. Ed didn’t disappoint. Got into the real nitty gritty on this about construction surprises, setting up the temporary kitchen, etc. All the stuff you guys want to know but were afraid to ask. Maybe we can get another blog out of him?

Ed's sunroom




12/24/2015: 145 Fairway is gonna be nice you guys 

Just when you think I’m sleepin on the blog I come back at ya on Christmas Eve. Face it you’re already bored with your family and reading this. No amount of egg nog can make you give a crap about the story your uncle is (re)telling right now. 

145 Fairway is gonna be a good lookin house. Home was demo’ed last month and the new 4 bed/3.5 bath house is coming along nicely. No word yet if the owners will occupy this or not. 

If it goes up for sale, you gotta think it’ll be around $1.3M like 164 Fairway across the street. 


12/20/2015: Packages stolen last night on Fairway Dr

Heads up you guys. Packages were stolen from the front walkway of 134 Fairway last night around 3:30am. Homeowners were awake doing a late night diaper change when a black SUV pulled up next door. Someone got out of the car, walked across the yard and took a package from their walkway. By the time the homeowner shouted at them, the car was gone. 

Homeowners have filed a police report and in true West Newton style are considering leaving a box filled with dog poop for future thieves. 

12/18/2015: Worst of RandlettPark.com

So at the end of the year everybody does best & worst lists. One last chance before the new year to tell people hey good work or seriously you really muffed it this year.

Guess I should do a list for RP.com. Cause I seriously muffed some blogs this year.

5.) Jan. 22nd: New Window at Cherry Tree. File this under who gives a shit. Not kidding you guys, I think like 1 person read this. Thanks Mom — you always got my back.


4.) Sept. 15th: Wellington Parkfest. Yawn. This post sucked the big one. Go to a park and have soft drinks & chips with a bunch of people you don’t know? Woof.

3.) April 11th: For all the Randlett speeders. Morning after I wrote this I woke up kinda sad. Management would probably say I was crying. I mean this blog was such a lay up you guys. Everybody hates drivers that speed down Randlett. Blog should have been a rally point for the street. Instead I totally muffed it with my bad writing. Getting dusty just thinking about it. Quoting Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock?


2.) Love Letters. You ever feel like you have eyes on you? Like people are looking at you weird? That’s how I felt after Love Letters. On the street. When I dropped my kid off at Franklin. Shit was weird. And I made it weird with Love Letters. Sorry you guys.

1.) RandlettPark.com reviews 50 Shades of Grey. Regret, regret, regret. Like when you wake up after too many glasses of wine the night before. Or I don’t know jump in someone’s hot tub naked. That’s how I feel about the 50 Shades blogs. And there were 3 of them gang.


12/17/2015: Family holiday card

Management designed a really nice holiday card on Snapfish. But I guess Snapfish just told her and thousands of other people their cards won’t be ready until after the holidays. Like way after the holidays you guys.

So I guess this is the year I get to send out whatever I want. No cute kid pics or a nice snap of me & Management with our arms around each other.

After not a lot of thought, I guess what I want to say to you guys is this:

I know this time of year is busy. Shopping, parties, buying gifts. We all have a million things to do. But please take a moment to remember people in your lives who sometimes get forgotten.

Like Bryan. Maybe the most important Christ of all?

Bryan Christ


12/16/2015: Chief Randlett & his Stanley Steamer

The Chief. Circa 1903.

Cheif Randlett

The Chief doesn’t need a fire truck. Or a fire hydrant. Or an oxygen tank to fight fires. He’s got a Stanley Steamer with 4 gallons of water hitched up on the side. Just roll up to the fire, get real close and dump some water on it. Firefighting 101.

You guys know the first Stanley Steamers were made in Newton? Twins Freelan & Francis Stanley started the Stanley Motor Carriage Company around 1900, after selling photographic plates to some company called Eastman Kodak for $500k. This twin cylinder hog had a 10 HP engine. And a front cushion/foot rest for maxing/relaxing. Believe it or not, 3 years later the Steamer would set a world speed record of 127 MPH.

12/14/2015: Lumiere getting new owner

Michael Leviton, owner of Lumiere, is selling the restaurant after 17 years to his chef de cuisine, Jordan Bailey. Bailey plans to make changes early next year including a larger bar and more booze offerings. He’s gonna scrap the current 5 seat bar and expand to create a lounge area with high top tables. The menu will change too you guys with more apps so you don’t have to commit to a full dinner.

I give this 2 thumbs up. I’ve been living in W. Newton for 6 years and only been to Lumiere 3 times. First time was when we found out Management was pregnant and we were trying to act like adults. The other times I ordered Peroni and soup. Like I didn’t know what was going on and really wanted to be at the Cherry Tree. I think this bar expansion and menu change will make things way less confusing for me.