An afternoon touring the lovely lanes of "suburban" Boston, trying to get a handle on where my new home is and how to get there by car.
I just got back from checking out the new apartment and picking up the
keys. It looks pretty nice. They put down a new floor in the kitchen and
bathroom for us (before they had carpet in those places!). This was my first
chance to see it, and the floor far surpassed my expectations. They put some
really nice tile in. I had to go over today because Speakeasy already delivered
the modem and such to the new address. God they are on the ball. Didn't want
that sitting outside for too long.
I didn't move over much of anything today, just a few paintings. We have the
whole month to move, after all. I think we are going to do the majority of it
next weekend. When I arrived, I was a bit surprised to see them still in there
cleaning the place up and preparing it for us. Even though we did not plan on
moving in today, I don't think we should be paying rent for a day when we
could not have moved in. One day pro-rated rent is enough to have
dinner out on, so I might raise the question with our new landlady.
Driving there from here is not fun. We know of course that driving in Boston
sucks. But there are better and worse routes, and this is one of the worst I've
been on as far as signage and traffic patterns go. Here are some helpful tips
for those of you who may come visit me and rely on MapQuest for what we will
refer to here out of convenience as "directions".
- You may see an instruction which says, "Continue to follow MA-16 W." What
this actually means is, "Turn right on Mt. Auburn." Of course.
- Do not be fooled by the following: "Enter next roundabout and take 1st
exit onto US-3 S/MA-2 E/CONCORD AVE/MA-16 W". This could explain why we have
no street signs in Boston, because each street has approximately 5 names. Be
aware that all of those names do apparently refer to a single street, and
that you should not expect to see signs for any of them.
- I would like to provide a sensical explanation for how to return from my
new place to my old place, but I'm afraid I have yet to figure one out. The
directions here are just wrong, in so many ways that I cannot untangle
- Those of you hipsters who plan on rolling with the Google Maps
directions, forget it. With each step, they become exponentially worse than
MapQuest. They are a joke. For example, of the many names above for the one
road, MA-16 is by far the most important one, as it is the only one for which
you will occasionally see a signpost along the route. The Google Maps
directions do not mention this road at all. In fact, if you were
following the Google Maps directions and were on MA-16, you would be
reasonable to think you were going the wrong way. Also, Google Maps does not
mention helpful things like, "roundabout". Instead, it uses phrases like
"Bear right", which in the context of a circular traffic pattern, makes no
fucking sense at all.