Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Boston Still Stands, Cambridge Reels

Yesterday I promised to tell you today about Saturday. I'll pause while those of you who either haven't had your morning coffee or have endured a far too long day pause to consider the previous sentence.

Saturday morning I enjoyed a lazy morning with my cousin and her son. In addition to being the very coolest cousin around she was also very generous about me gallivanting around without her for a day. She had a few patients to see in the afternoon so she agree to drop me at a train station where I was at long last able to meet up with the blogger responsible for dragging yours truly into the blogosphere, the ever lovely Snavy.


Yes, once upon a time there was a magical land known as Yahoo Trivia. Geeks and nerds from all around the globe would gather to test one another in knowledge of obscure facts. It was here that Lime and Snavy first met and became pals. The Land of Trivia was being invaded by trolls and spambots and several disgruntled trivvers began blogging, Snavy among them. One day she and Lime were commiserating over various domestic drudgeries and Snavy suggested she and Lime do a humor blog on that very topic together. Little did Lime know, as she quipped back and forth, that Snavy was setting up the blog as they chatted. Thus Insane Asylime was opened. A mere month later, due to acute blogging addiction, House of Lime came to be. So there you have it. If anyone finds this space a complete waste of time, it's all Snavy's fault. She very wisely deleted her blog recently so as to avoid the onslaught of complaints sure to follow her now that I have revealed her guilt. But I digress...back to Saturday.

After we met up at the train station we rode into Cambridge and decided to wander around. We found a souvenir shop where I could dump some money into t-shirts to take back to my brood. We also found some bumper stickers. We are far too easily amused and spent a fair amount of time horsing around as we looked through them all.






After scaring away more legitimate customers we left and wandered a bit more. Apparently Snavy and I both share a certain morbidity because we went searching for then gleefully tromping through a Colonial graveyard checking out all the headstones. After pestering the dead we felt a bit peckish and wandered off to find food. We found Mr. Bartley's Burgers.




It had a long line out the door but we decided to wait anyway. All the burgers are named after politicians, sports figures, or other pop culture references. Since they had menus outside we got to put our order in while waiting in line and they called us in when a table and our food was ready. Pretty efficient.

The food was reasonably priced, yummy, and filling. The frappe alone was a meal. Once inside you see what a hole in the wall it is, but that's part of the charm and personality. Of course it also has to be the only place on the planet where you would overhear someone shouting, "I need a Viagra!" or asking, "Can you get your mouth around that thing?" all while watching one blogger eat Mitt Romney and another eat Nancy Pelosi...and it's all completely innocent.

*Eating Nancy Pelosi (horrifying thought, good sandwich, great name for a rock band)



After giggling through the meal like a couple of Junior High students and cracking any number of off color jokes we decided perhaps it was time we attempt to raise our intellectual status. And so it came to pass that Snavy and Lime went to Harvard. We were hoping perhaps to experience intelligence by osmosis. I am sorry to say, in my case at least, the experiment was a failure. I will be presenting evidence of such tomorrow. During our stroll through the campus we overheard one shapely blonde co-ed with a baseball mitt say to a couple of more studly types, "I'll go long." The studs retorted that one only goes long in football, not in baseball. All I have to say is, I don't even like sports and I know that much. I think that level of knowledge ought to be a prerequisite for admission to Harvard. Sheesh!

So after a terrific afternoon with the fabulous Snavy it was time to part. She left me at the train station and rode off in her minivan with a full belly, a Harvard infused brain, and tie dyed feet. Thanks, Snavy. I had a blast!

37 comments:

Keyser Soze said...

Ah, good times, good times! Glad you had fun in my old stomping grounds!

James Goodman-Horror Writer said...

oh, I remember the beginning like it was yesterday. :D I'm glad you had a good time gallyvanting around with Snavy. It sounds like a blast.

I, for one, am glad she infected you with blog fever. :D

Phain said...

how wonderfully awesome!!! i too am grateful for snavy and introducing you to blogging. you're one of the few bloggers that are still around from my very first days as well. kudos to lime and snav!

barman said...

I can not even imagine if you had not caught the bug. You make a simply wonderful blogger and then some. Your humor is two thumbs up.

Glad you had a wonderful day and glad you two were able to meet up. I got to meet up with the second person responsible for dragging me into blogging, Top Cat. That was a wonderful thing. The origional person kind of just dissapeared.

Seamus said...

YAY! Another blogger meet for you! Sounds like you had a wonderful time!
Love the idea of politicos as food - bwahahaha!

S said...

Hurray! I knew it! I knew you met Snavy. And yes, blogging is all her fault, we knew nothing about blogs before Snavs. She's to blame.
Come to think of it, HNT is ALSO her fault. I'll get the tar, you get the feathers!

Seriously, that is just so cool that you two got to meet.

S said...
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S said...

OOPS I double posted I was so excited!

Suldog said...

You were only 1 1/2 miles from my home when you were in Harvard Square. More's the pity we couldn't have gotten together, especially since you went to one of my favorite burger joints!

jillie said...

What a great story. I love meeting bloggers! Hey...how far are you from Pittsburgh? My niece is going to be going to graduate school at the Univ of Pitts.

I am going to be coming out with in the next year for a visit. I've met Autumn, Toby, Simply Me and BTE so far. This summer will be Light of Day!

;o)

lecram said...

How very cool that you got to hang with Snavy! Any headstone shots in your collection?

Maddy said...

Now that sounds like pretty much the perfect day out.
Cheers

San said...

And I have had a blast reading this post. Don't think I could eat Mitt Romney or even observe the deed, but Bartley's does look like my kind of greasy spoon. Good clean fun.

Believe me, Lime, you are Harvard material, and speaking of bumper stickers, I'll bet you could make a small fortune creating your own.

Liquid said...

Oh My Gosh!

What a fabulous story and adventure!

This just makes me smile today.

During my most recent venture, all I've had IS my blog friends and can I tell you how refreshing that has been!?

I just love it!

Have a super day and thanks for visiting me!

:)-

cathy said...

I loved reading about your day with savy. It has put a smile on my face. I hope I'll get to meet some of my blogging friends someday.

airplanejayne said...

::ohhhhh::
but if the blonde co-ed had been at the burger joint, I just bet she'd be able to "get her mouth around that thing!"

Oh Lime! Please oh please, I wanna go on a road trip with you -- we would have so much fun!

Rob said...

Wow. You meet up with Snavy one day -- and get "lei'd" (THREE TIMES!) the next day. Coincidence? I think not!!!!! ;-)

I'm grateful for BOTH of you beautiful, creative, inspiring bloggers and all the pleasure you've brought to those of us fortunate enough to have met you through the blogosphere. I hope you never stop sharing your wit, wisdom, and beauty (inside and out) with us, Limey. And for Snavy, I wish her happiness, peace, and love in her life...

Thanks for sharing your amazing weekend with us!

david mcmahon said...

I fell into blogging by accident - and for almost a year I had a ``dormant'' blog with only two or three posts. I only took the decision about 18 months ago to post every day ... and it's been great fun.

Love your menu shot by the way!

coopernicus said...

Another kewl part of town. You should go there some warm spring evening when all the local musicians line the street. It's awesome...love the socks...

Breazy said...

Goodness, that has been some time ago hasn't it, since you started blogging I mean? I am glad that you got infected with the blogging bug because I for one thoroughly enjoy reading your blog.

It looks like you all had a blast roaming the streets of Boston.

I can't wait to get out and travel a bit so that I can meet some of my blogger friends.

You have a great day!

SignGurl said...

Thank Snavy for all of us.

I was thinking the Blonde at Harvard was like the chick in the Legally Blond movie.

I love the socks!! Only you would think of something this awesome.

Polt said...

Sounds wonderful!! Love the purple tye die job! :)

But you cut the menu off at the Tom Brady!!!! What was his sandwich or whatever???

HUGS...

G-Man said...

Yay!!!
Blogger meet up #3 for you Michelle!!
You brighten up everyone's life Trini, what a cool post!!
Thanks Snavy....G
xoxox

snavy said...

I had THE BEST time Saturday! We should invade MIT next time.

mwuhahaha

I love my socks -- the are so comfy -- thank you!

I'm still full from lunch. I've gotta say though ... I never thought I could like Mitt so much. And, he was HUGE!!

XOXO

Beach Bum said...

Apparently Snavy and I both share a certain morbidity because we went searching for then gleefully tromping through a Colonial graveyard checking out all the headstones.

Okay, since you admited it I will as well. I really dig walking through old graveyards in Charleston and all through the Lowcountry of SC reading the headstones. Sorry, anything involving Mitt Romney gets tossed in the trash by me. Thanks for sharing your weekend.

tsduff said...

Michelle - you are a great wizard with tie dye and I'm so jealous.... would just love to know how to do it. Meeting blogger buddies is so fun - have met 3 so far and the list keeps on growing. Nice folks. Eating Nancy... bleah. Veggie burger okay.

Moosekahl said...

What a sweet day! My tie dyed socks at the end of the day always make for a smile :)

The Zombieslayer said...

That was the cutest post!

Love the burger idea. not a fan of Pelosi at all, but hats off to her for standing up for the people of Tibet. Best burger I ever had was possibly the "Big Kahuna burger." how's that for a pop culture reference?

Those bumper stickers were classic too.

Blither said...

You Met My Snavy?

*Blink*

*Blink*

Oh The Jealousy Hurts Me...

XoXoX

Glad you had fun.

One Extra Snavy Hug For Me :)

Momma said...

Cool! I love it when bloggers meet. Sounds like it was an all-around good time!

Peace - D

Bunny said...

Looks like a hoot and a half!

CrazyCath said...

That sounds like a blast. I hope one day I could meet up with a blogger friend and get just as much joy as you obviously have.

Of course it helps to be quite mad. I'm ok there then. Just need to find a mad blogger near enough to me to capture and go on the razzle with...

Great post. Thanks.

Bsoholic said...

Cool you met Snavy! Looks like you two had a great time. I still haven't met anyone from Yahoo Trivia yet. I should plan a trip or something.

mssolitaire said...

OMG!!! You met Snavy!!! Awesome! :)

I love it! and the tie-dyed socks!

Theresa said...

Ohh, you're so lucky! I have yet to meet any of my blogger buds. Anyone want to come to Pamplona for a visit? :)

I found Jesus at a party...and I married him. ;)

tsduff said...

BTW - I OWN a pair of tie dye socks... purple if you must know ;)

That "beautiful boy" is cute as a button.

Jocelyn said...

"Once inside you see what a hole in the wall it is, but that's part of the charm and personality."

I thought I asked you to stop writing about me on this blog, Limey.