I love this city

Boston's Back Bay skyline as seen from the Museum of Science garage.
Boston’s Back Bay skyline as seen from the Museum of Science garage.

For the longest time, I’ve been seeing a particular shot of Boston’s Back Bay skyline: a sunset view taken from the top deck of the parking garage at the Museum of Science. I finally made time to get this shot myself, sitting atop the garage for an hour or so around sunset in a biting October breeze.

But man, was it ever worth it.

2016 BAA 5K

BAA 5K medal. I wasn't the victor but still got the spoils.
BAA 5K medal. I wasn’t the victor but still got the spoils.

A great Saturday. A peculiar but great Saturday…

Headed in to run the BAA 5K. Realized my race bib was still at home, with not enough time to go back and get it. Pissed and despondent. Figured I was SOL given how strict the BAA (rightfully) is regarding bibs, so there went this year’s distance medley. Wonderful friends talked me off the ledge.

Turns out the BAA has a comprehensive replacement bib setup. I mean, many/most races don’t have registration processes as good as the BAA’s replacement process. Got a replacement bib 15 minutes before start time. Ran an intentionally slowish 5K in 33:46 in preparation for next weekend’s Big Sur marathon. Got my unicorn medal.

Had an amazing post-race breakfast torta. Randomly met Australian runner Callum in line for food. (Boston qualifier with a 2:56. Callum is fast.) Randomly met him again on Boylston on the way to the expo. Survived the chaos of the expo.

And afterwards… tater tots. And beer. And appreciation for a peculiar but great Saturday.

What lies beyond

Pedestrian tunnel underneath East Dr. in the southeast corner of Central Park in New York City.
Pedestrian tunnel underneath East Dr. in the southeast corner of Central Park in New York City.

Taken on a late-night walkabout over Thanksgiving weekend in 2014. As with the previous post’s image, it was a so-so color image that didn’t really shine until I converted it to black and white.