The True Meaning of a Hometown

I was going to write a long piece on the meaning of hometowns and how Boston has become my hometown, a place I don’t even think about anymore as being “bad” or “good.”  I just kind of live here and it is my home.

Well, anyway, that’s what I wanted to say, but I was planning on writing more on that in relation to the Christmas tree lighting tonight in Boston Common.

You know, who cares about my writing because Julian Edelman from the New England Patriots was at the event.  The man is ridiculously handsome and I happened to get a photo of him.  So who cares about my long scribe about the nature of hometowns.

Ladies and gents, Julian Edelman (and the Mayor Boston, blasé about him now after having photographed him so many times):

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Yes, handsome wide receiver aside, the event is always a lot of fun.  Always.  Performers, Santa Claus, singing, “we love Nova Scotia” etc.  It always reminds me of why I love Boston.  You can go to this great event not get trampled by so many people.  Yeah, you get kind of frozen, but who cares.  JULIAN EDELMAN.

And lovely performers and performances:

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The mayor is there with his kids, which I always think is sweet:

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The fireworks:

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And the best part was Santa Claus, who had apparently dipped into the egg nog quite heavily before the ceremony because he forgot half the words to most of the songs he had to sing.  But he’s jolly fellow who brings Christmas cheer so all was forgiven:

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Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!!!

Let’s Get Kind of Dark…

Sometimes Wrong Side of the Camera get DARK.  Really dark….  Special dark, like those mini chocolates nobody ever wanted to eat.

Ok, chocolates aside.  DARK:

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Check Out This Beautiful Face

This is Ab ol-Hasan Khan, the Persian ambassador to George III.  I know, that is quite formal, but if you look at this beautiful face, don’t you think it looks like a guy who would play the role of the Persian ambassador to George III?  And, why don’t ambassadors dress like this anymore????

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A Gronk, A Papi, A Brady and A Bear

When I moved to Boston, I thought I knew the Boston celebrities.  Sam Adams, John Harvard, Sam Malone (not a real person) and Larry Bird.  Boy was I wrong.

Nope, the real celebrities here are named Gronkowski, Brady and Oar-tiz.  That last one I just added in for the effect of saying his name the way the people in Boston say it.

And the bear.  The keytar bear has to be a bigger celebrity than all of those guys.  Just kidding.  I don’t want Mr. Gronkowski kicking down my door.  But the bear at least belong in the pantheon of Boston celebrities, don’t you think?

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