1/31/2017: WSJ — The Man Cave Has a New Neighbor — the ‘She Cave’

Almost spit out my Coors Light when I saw this in the Journal today. She Caves? Pretty sure that was our idea. Is nothing sacred anymore?

So I’ll sum up this article real quick for everyone. Women are “stealing a page out of the guy playbook” and creating their own personal space around the house. Featured spaces include a she-shed with beer fridge, Parisian themed oasis with chandelier, exercise studio & Victorian shed with gas fireplace & sleeping loft.


Although the 6 women featured in the article designed their spaces differently, they all had the same motive: to get the f away from their husbands. Coincidentally, only 1 husband participated in the interview, Bill, and I’m legit concerned about his well-being. More on Bill later.


Let’s start with Ramona Jarvis from Austin, Texas. “I come out here to get away from my husband.”  I don’t like Ramona’s tone but damn if I don’t respect it. Just like this is the deal, I need space, go ahead and tell all your readers.

Or Marta Benson from Marin County, California. She is an executive VP at Pottery Barn and uses her ‘She Cave’ as a rowing studio. Her husband tried to store some bikes in there but she blocked the move. No word on where the bikes wound up. (Like Marta gives a shit).

Tess Harper from Wyoming, Ohio flat out denied her husband’s request to install a cigar fan. No explanation. Just a hard no.


The best is probably Diane Schaefer of Des Moines, Iowa. Made her husband, Bill, build her she-shed. Took him 6 years. Bill’s 77 for crying out loud! To our readers in Des Moines: please check on Bill.


1/30/2017: Literally just some terrible Yelp reviews of BSC W. Newton

Marie M: The same treadmill has been broken for a year. When I ask about it nobody seems to know anything about it.


Everyone knows which treadmill this is. This thing is down for the count.

Metrowest X: 5 star location and 0 stars for the atmosphere, age of equipment and space. Dark & gloomy.

Metrowest X must be talking about the basement. Scary down there. TV looks like something you’d watch Dallas re-runs on. Music is so so bad you guys. Like Jock Jams or Now That’s What I Call Music Vol 44. 

Kate K: This gym has a strange vibe.

Um what the hell is that supposed to mean Kate K? Guess you’re not into leotards. Or super high leg kicks. Sorry but not sorry for being FABULOUS Kate K.




1/30/2017: Frost & Float Spa opening in 2 weeks in W. Newton

Frost & Float Spa is opening in 2 weeks on Washington Street. Across the street from Dunkin, near the car dealership. Got a tour on Friday of the place even though they’re not open. Benefits of being press and/or neighborhood famous I guess. Place looks awesome.


Look I’m not a spa guy. Not gonna find me in a robe with cucumbers on my eyes. But this place has cryotherapy.


You might be like what’s cryotherapy? Is that where you get to sob about the election? No you guys — it’s a giant chamber you stand in that instantly freezes to temps around 200 degrees below. You stand in there for 2-3 minutes and it helps heal muscles, ease nerve pain, maybe even boost your immune system. Internet suggest it can also stop aging, which sounds about right.

They also have a float pod. The float pod is a lightless, soundproof pod that is filled with warm water and about 1,500 pounds of epsalm salt. Go in here for an hour sleep, meditate — basically shut down ops for a bit.


Gonna hit this place up when it opens and report back gang.

1/27/2017: $1,700/month for a tiny 1 bed in W. Newton?

Welcome to 94 River St. Listed at 0 sq/ft, this apartment has been on the market for 93 days. 1 small pet is allowed, so they can share in the sadness with you. Let’s take a tour, shall we?

Here’s the kitchen. Actually nice so I can’t be snarky. Just kidding. That light fixture sucks.


My understanding is this is the living room.


The bedroom features not 1 but 2 electrical outlets. Not unrealistic to think you could have a lamp, alarm clock AND charge your phone in here. Meet someone special at the Cherry Tree? Bring em home! You still have 1 more socket so they can charge their phone.


Also 4 plants you guys.


A bush. Show your friend from the Cherry Tree.


$6,800 to move into this place. That includes 1 parking. And possibly a bathroom. But the laundry is coin-op so your real costs are $6,800 to move in + 16 quarters each time you do laundry.


1/18/2017: Leafblower restriction passes vote

Newton City Council voted last night in favor of banning gas powered leaf blowers from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Electric blowers can be used but must be at a noise level of 65db or less (equivalent of a dishwasher running).

Management & I had a split reaction to this.


I mean yeah leafblowers are loud. Especially when landscapers start at 6am in the summer and you wonder why they’re even using them. So I get why Management, and probably most of you, are for the restriction.

My argument against the restriction isn’t even that good. It’s just POWER TOOLS. I’m a man (obviously), I own POWER TOOLS (naturally), I want to use them (frequently). Not gonna plug in a hairdryer to clean up my yard. Gonna use POWER TOOLS. Cuz I have them and it’s America you guys. 🇺🇸🇺🇸

1/16/2017: John & Carolyn’s kitchen & master bath renovation (part deux)

Hey you guys. John from #90 here. Dave decided to blog shame me into writing another post about our kitchen for the blog. I guess it worked. This post is gonna be a real gem. Totally worth the wait. Dave is going to love it, too:

So you guys didn’t see my first post? That’s okay, no one else read it either. A quick refresher on the details: we had a budget of $125k to gut our kitchen (including opening it to the dining room) and our master bathroom with a project plan that broke ground in early October and ended in mid December. Want more detail? Read part 1.

Here’s how things worked out: The budget…What budget, you guys? Our general contractor, Britton Homes, came in close to their estimate, but we added on a pile of extras (better tile, additional cabinets, etc). Total price: $150k. More importantly, Britton Homes finished the job on time and we were back in our kitchen right before Christmas. Pretty good stuff, you guys.

In the end, Britton Homes was definitely the right choice for us. Highly recommend these guys. Great attention to detail, really easy communication (send an email or text…they respond…how bout that?), and a desire to do good work on time. Maybe they’ll even get on the recommended contractors list on here.

As for the kitchen and bathroom, below are some pics…of the kitchen. I didn’t include pics of the bathroom. Sorry you guys. But I can assure you that unlike most posts on this blog, I’m not in there right now writing this. Anyway, here are the pictures you guys:

1/15/2017: Bruins practice – open & free to public 

Brock & I took the kids to the Bruins practice today. Are we the best dads in the world? There wasn’t a vote or anything but probably. 

The Bs have an awesome new facility in Brighton. Called Warrior Ice Arena and super family-friendly. Lots of seats, snack bar and you get to watch the Bs up close. Highly recommend. Practice schedule below. 


1/11/2017: 46 Dearborn just listed for $1.725M

46 Dearborn is a new construction 5 bed/6.5 bath home with 5,548 sq/ft. Dearborn is located between Cherry, River & Derby. So like right in there you guys.

6 full baths. For the family with IBS? They threw in the half bath as like an insurance policy or something.

Only 1 photo. For $1.725M I’m gonna need more than that gang.


1/10/2017: WSJ — the his & hers kitchen

Today’s blog comes from fantasy land — AKA the Wall Street Journal real estate section. Gonna sum this up real quick for you guys. Very rich people are now making gigantic kitchens with double, even triple, appliances and multiple islands so there’s “enough room for all the chef’s in the kitchen.”

Think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. I mean talk about #richpeopleproblems huh?

Take Don & Rela. They have an 8,800 sq/ft home that’s on the market for $21.5M. In Napa. They have 4 islands. Before Christmas, they used one of the islands for coring & steaming persimmons.

Don & Rela — what are you even talking about. Persimmons on Christmas? You’ve got this insane kitchen, the Wall Street Journal over and oh yeah you live in Napa. This is tenderloin and wine time. If I had a handful of persimmons right now I would throw it/them/whatever at my laptop.




Next is Akiva & Sharon. With their 15,000 sq/ft vacation home in the Hamptons they’re selling for $8.995M. Akiva built the house with his brother. Guy’s name is Yale. Not even kidding you guys.

The $500,000 kitchen measures 1,100 sq/ft — probably to make room for the double fridge & freezers. I just look at this set up and think imagine all the people you could take to cold one city. Look at the wine fridge. Empty. Bet Yale had some golf buddies over for a tasting and then forgot to re-stock. Hey Yale – this is why Akiva & Sharon want to sell. Because you do inconsiderate stuff like this.



1/7/2017: Blue Ribbon now offering BBQ lessons

So last year I hit up Blue Ribbon on twitter asking if I could come cook with them. You know learn from the pros.

Even mentioned the blog. Hate to play the neighborhood famous card but sometimes you gotta do it. Anyway they never responded. Left me hangin Tom Brady style.

So I was at Blue Ribbon today. (No one recognized me). And look what I spotted.

BBQ Like A Boss? Looks like the old gang at Blue Ribbon started reading the blog. Too busy to hit me up on Twitter but happy to take my suggestions. Not mad you guys. Just happy to have an impact on our community.

So 2 things. #1 is your welcome. #2 is when are we getting together and having Blue Ribbon teach us some tricks?

1/6/2017: John & Carolyn finished their kitchen and it’s awesome but John won’t blog it so I’m blog-shaming him

Title pretty much says it all. The kitchen is done. I’ve seen it. It’s awesome. John says he’s gonna blog it but I don’t know.


I mean this is the last update we had from John. In October you guys.


Look if we all lived on Eliot Street I wouldn’t care. But we don’t. We live on America’s Favorite Street (.com). And when you live on America’s Favorite Street you show off your new kitchen. Like I did for all of 2015.


Or like Ed did when he blogged his kitchen renovation last year.


C’mon John. You have a new kitchen and I have no content for the blog. Gimme something amigo.



1/6/2017: Could Zillow’s Make Me Move be any more obnoxious?

Everybody knows Zillow. The real estate site that uses an algorithm to determine the current market value of your home. Don’t ask me how it works. I failed algebra 2 in high school. Management tried to tutor me but I was always like why don’t we study in my room?

Enough about high school tho. Zillow has a feature called Make Me Move. Homeowners can put a price on their home that would be high enough for them to move without formally putting their house on the market.

It’s so obnoxious you guys. You get a bunch of homeowners that throw up ridiculous prices just to see what happens. Well let me tell you what happens. Nothing. They wind up insulting buyers who are generally smart people. It would be like me posting my house for $2 million on Make Me Move. I only have 1 bathroom upstairs and it’s atrocious.

Take 17 Howard for example. It’s over near Franklin and on Make Me Move for $975k.



Who eats like this? With a giant vase next to you? The flowers would be like scratching the side of your face while you chew. Good luck talking to the person next to you. You’d have to like look around or under the flowers to see them. Honestly you guys.

1/4/2017: 4 new gyms coming to Newton in 2017

4 new high-end gyms are opening this year on RT 9 you guys. If you’re sick of BSC and their free wifi (huge question mark), give these places a look.

Barry’s Bootcamp:

No idea who Barry is but he says his workout is the best in the world. Treadmill intervals with some strength and core work mixed in.

Just looking at the photo below this is gonna be a hard no for me. This looks like a class in a small room with a bunch of treadmills facing some mirrors. Can you imagine how loud and sweaty this place is? You fall off your treadmill this class doesn’t stop. Doesn’t even slow down.



BTone Fitness: 

Pilates classes on Pilates Megaformer machines. Whatever those are.

Pilates is hard as shit. The photo below is of like minute 1 of the workout. Guarantee you the dude in blue will never go back again. Already has that look like oh shit I’m in trouble.



Life Time Athletic:

Giagantic gym with 7 fitness studios, 400 machines, spa, cafe and really nice locker rooms.

Of the 4 gyms this is most my speed. Kinda place where you can do 2 of my favorite workouts.

First is the executive workout. That’s where you go and just use the steam room then go home. Don’t even bother putting on or even taking gym clothes.

Second is the millennial workout. That’s where you actually put on gym clothes but just stretch near an outlet and charge your phone while watching funny videos.




Yoga classes with ballet barre, resistance bands and a Great Yoga Wall.

I’m possibly the least flexible person on earth. So why join a gym where I would totally embarrass myself every time I go? If I want to embarrass myself I’ll run a 5k or play pick-up basketball.

Can you even imagine the side-eye Management would be giving me when I say I’m going to YogaWorks? Or if I went out for pinot with my new gym friends after class? Would be insane you guys.


1/4/2017: City close to finalizing W. Newton Square re-design

The city is close to finalizing the re-design of traffic patterns, sidewalks, cross-walks and bike lanes for W. Newton Square. They’ll also be adding 24 parking spaces, mostly around Blue Ribbon (yum). The city hopes to break ground on the $3 million dollar project this fall that will help make the square safer and look a little nicer. Construction will take about a year.



You know that W. Newton Square ranks in the top 5% of the Boston area for worst crashes? The Sweet Tomatoes tragedy last year. The Cherry Tree disaster in 2014. I mean that dude tried to drive into the Tree. Let’s make W. Newton Square safe again you guys.