Reflections on art, fitness, family, politics and literature that hit me like bricks as I chauffeur my children from place to place...
A pink taxi
October 22, 2010
Boston: my town
Nathalie was promoting the Ben Affleck movie the Town on Dubai 92FM. Boston happens to be her town too. I enjoyed watching the movie. I love Ben Affleck and Boston is a very photogenic city.
The movie isn't about Boston itself. It is filmed in Charlestown, a neighboring suburb. I knew Charlestown well, as it is a 5 min drive away from Boston, but perhaps not well enough to recognize every street corner. Charlestown has been mentioned in this blog, in Chefs in the Family, when I compared my brothers' cooking to Todd English's. It was English who drew me to Charlestown with his Olive's and Figs restaurants. I never thought it was a bad neighborhood. In fact it has been gentrified. It didn't have a Starbucks when I was there, nor a GAP but it was a nice residential neighborhood in many areas and perhaps the projects that are mentioned in the movie are further down. The movie was all about Ben Affleck with his really worked out body and his good acting. He played the part of a likable anti-hero, a bank robber. There were a lot of car chases and a lot of adrenaline rush. It makes for an entertaining movie. As the robbers crossed the bridge to Boston, I looked for the familiar streets and my heart would squeeze. My beloved Boston! I lived there for 9 years without counting my various weekend escapades there while at Smith. My memories are blurry and happy and I have always alluded to them on this blog. I do have one regret though and if ever my kids study there I would make them this added recommendation: to go watch the Red Sox! I never did and the movie had a pre-game scene which caused these regrets. No other regrets though. I knew my city inside out and I certainly appreciated and noticed its beauty while I lived there.
The pink taxi runs from 7 am to 7pm. It picks and drops off my 3 kids at school, ballet,judo, aikido, violin, climbing, riding, squash, basketball, skiing, skating, swim team, friends, grandparents and teachers. The car, not pink, but a black SUV, drives to Carrefour and Coop. To Club stretch for pilates and Aviation club for weekly workouts. It is driven by a woman who navigates on the radio, gets DJed by her 4 year old or sometimes quietly reflects. The thoughts are about politics, family, humor, literature, art or fitness. Sometimes they are excruciatingly longwinded, other times they are gossipy and hot.
I hope you will all enjoy!