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Blog it all night

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 27, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

OK, here is the deal:

I have a 6 a.m. flight to Detroit. I’m not sure why I booked that, but I did. Probably doing my part to save the dying newspaper industry.

A 6 a.m. flight means I need to be at the airport around 4:30 as I need to return my rental car. So I have roughly three hours to kill.

When in Boston, I stay with some family who live 30 minutes out of town. I can’t see driving there, sleeping for an hour and driving back. I also can’t see checking into a hotel at this point.

So I’m going to pull an all-nighter. This will be the first all-nighter in my life that didn’t involve either:

• Blackjack

• Driving to Chapel Hill, N.C., to see Bruce Springsteen.

• Studying for a Food Science and Nutrition final I forgot I had junior year.

The plan is to sleep on the plane. Northwest Flight 211 lands in Detroit at 8:15 a.m. I’ll cab to the hotel and catch some more sleep there before getting to the ballpark around 3 p.m. It’s a (relatively) fool-proof plan. Plus my bosses will be thrilled with my economical ways.

In addition, I plan to blog my little adventure. So stick around. And if you have any suggestions on how to kill a few hours in Boston in the middle of the night, let me know.

If only there was a casino.





38 Responses to “Blog it all night”

  1. Joe M. April 27th, 2009 at 1:41 am

    As the college student I am, I wholeheartedly approve of your decision.

  2. jldraw April 27th, 2009 at 1:42 am

    I don’t Pete – Maybe go drive down Kingsley figuring to get a drink, turn the radio way up loud so you don’t have to think…

    Oops wrong town… ;)

  3. AG April 27th, 2009 at 1:43 am

    … you should do a Yankees word association game with the people leaving comments.

  4. GZA April 27th, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Have a lovely evening, PA.

  5. Sean P April 27th, 2009 at 1:49 am

    I live in LA so its on 11 here- I would seriously consider burning the entire city to the ground…went to college there….burn it dude.

  6. Interior Hamburglar April 27th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Any good bands playing late tonight at the Middle East in Cambridge? It was my favorite place!

  7. gayle April 27th, 2009 at 1:50 am

    My suggestions from my time at bu:

    1. Drive to west campus and find a kegger
    2. Drive to ll bean they are open 24 hours and always served as a nice break when pulling an all nighter and not that far away
    3. Go to Chinatown for some cold tea

  8. Alex April 27th, 2009 at 1:52 am

    Visit BU, come smoke a cigar with me, or head over to Shaw’s. It’s always a good time.

  9. Will Hunting April 27th, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Go down to Basking Robbins in Harvard Square. The first person you see sitting there, knock on the window and ask if he or she likes apples. When they say yes, say, “well the Yanks still got Mark Texeira instead of Boston, how do you like them apples?”

    Then, when they look confused, glance at your watch and walk briskly away.

  10. Chris Poulos April 27th, 2009 at 1:53 am

    great decision, Pete. As a West Coast reader, I’ll appreciate the late night blog updates, as its only 10 minutes before 11 here and I myself will be up for a while also.

    what to chat about?

    seeing as how this is the first we’ve seen the Yanks on National TV this season, how about this….

    who is MORE ANNOYING as an announcer, Tim McCarver or Joe Morgan?

    For the longest time, I would’ve said Morgan. But McCarver was virtually unlistenable yesterday. I think he may have passed Morgan in the incredibly annoying, self-indulgent, unaware categories.

    I know you don’t ordinarily get to listen to their commentary, but, trust me, it was awful this weekend.


  11. trackie April 27th, 2009 at 1:53 am

    thats weak. i’ve pulled that many all nighters in one week in architecture school!

  12. gayle April 27th, 2009 at 1:58 am

    also look on the brightside you have a direct flight according to hoch’s twitted he for some reason booked a 6 am flight to Detroit via Newark good luck to him being on time

  13. Harsh April 27th, 2009 at 1:59 am

    It’s Boston on a sunday night, everything closes at 11pm, if not earlier.

  14. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 2:00 am

    Pete, I thinks that’s a great plan and I’m going to stay up and follow along for the next several hours to show my support.

    Just kidding.

    But I just went out and attempted to kill my sorrows with a hot fudge sundae (it totally worked) so I’ll try to follow along for a bit along with some internet poker.

    Hey m, that was some serious high-great venting at the end of the game thread! Wow! You *really* don’t like it when people cap on AJ! But please don’t take it out on CC again. Can’t there be room in your heart for him too? :(

  15. pat April 27th, 2009 at 2:07 am

    South Street Diner on Kneeland Street (if it’s still there) is open 24/7. The breakfast was good, the crowd interesting and about 15 minutes to Logan.

  16. KP April 27th, 2009 at 2:09 am

    I love late night blog posts. I’m always looking for an excuse to do anything but my work, which currently includes the last 3 pages of a 12 page book review and studying for 4 finals…so keep the posts coming.

  17. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Did Pete fall asleep already????

  18. Beantown bomber April 27th, 2009 at 2:11 am

    Pete, there’s a couch and a parking spot in Kendall square if you need a place to crash. Just finished typing a grad school paper myself.

  19. m April 27th, 2009 at 2:12 am


    You’re a pretty cool guy. What’d you get in that Nutrition course?


    The point is that fans shouldn’t be swiping at any of these guys. Next.


    I respect you, my gourmand friend. But Varitek’s having a pretty decent “bounceback” year. And did you really compare him to Ortiz? ;)

  20. Manton April 27th, 2009 at 2:13 am

    Nothing in Boston isn’t open past 11, or 24 hours. Even “Store 24″ isn’t open 24 hours.

  21. Buddy Biancalana April 27th, 2009 at 2:14 am

    So where is Pete now? Can’t still be in Fenway.

  22. pat April 27th, 2009 at 2:15 am

    The diner has a website so they must still be there.

    Would love to follow along but the alarm goes off at 6:45. Night all.

  23. Chubbo April 27th, 2009 at 2:17 am

    Did Pete really just “C” Tease us and pass out in the airport terminal?

  24. bodhisattva April 27th, 2009 at 2:19 am

    April 27th, 2009 at 2:12 am
    You’re a pretty cool guy. What’d you get in that Nutrition course?
    The point is that fans shouldn’t be swiping at any of these guys. Next.
    I respect you, my gourmand friend. But Varitek’s having a pretty decent “bounceback” year. And did you really compare him to Ortiz?

    The comparison is limited to their relative decline. They are both ghosts, and my guess is it will get worse as the season progresses. In other terms, neither player scares me :)

  25. Giuseppe Franco April 27th, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Giuseppe Franco April 27th, 2009 at 1:58 am

    the wolves will call for his head and I think they’ll get it.
    The wolves don’t run the team. Hal and Cashman do.

    And these same wolves were all over the place howling on talk radio and the blogosphere when this team lost their first two games of the season when Sabathia and Wang were terrible.

    Do you really think Cashman and Hal take their cues and make big organizational decisions based on these sociopaths?

    I tend to doubt it. They probably shake their heads in disbelief like most sane people do.

  26. Al from BK(Mark Sanchez is a NY JET!) April 27th, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Boston is a “town” New York is a “city” there are things to do here all night sorry Pete. If I were you I would grab a few drinks at a bar if last call hasn’t gone off yet if not I would catch some Z’s in the rental car.

  27. Nick in SF April 27th, 2009 at 2:22 am

    Buddy, someone needs to put out an All Petes Bulletin in Beantown.

  28. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 2:27 am

    It grates on me a little when so many people bash players such as Gardner, Ransom, Melky, Berroa. In reality, they are simply replacement level players at the major league level. Only Melky and Gardner really have the potential to be better than that, but right now, Melky has no plate discipline or pitch recognition and Gardner is an automatic out which wastes whatever speed he has.

    I also don’t get why people always neutralize any criticism for Tex by saying that he’s a perennial slow starter. That may be true, but this is a multi-year all-star hitting in a good lineup even without A-Rod. Does he have to have a bad April every year? It’s not as if it is a fate-induced foregone conclusion every year. Robbie in 2009 is the proof.

    We have played twice as many road games as home, without the league’s best player, basically “without” the real Wang, have had only 2 good starts from CC and Joba combined, have almost nothing reliable in the ‘pen outside Mo, but we are .500 and a lot of things will improve soon. The ballclub is solid this year and I like this team. They are not your 2008 Yankees. Watch them take 2 out of 3 from Detroit this week…their pitching will be exploited more than ours will.

  29. Chubbo April 27th, 2009 at 2:30 am


    I know it’s an MLB (@FENWAY) Debut but, I don’t know…

    All his “Buzz” be it- fan, beat writer, or scout driven, really had me expecting something……..”Sexier”

    I know it’s one outing (his first MLB Outing) and this is admittedly-too soon to say anything definitive but did anyone else expect more?

  30. Rich April 27th, 2009 at 2:33 am

    What were you expecting…6 Ks in 2 IP? He buzzed through 1-2-3 in 4 pitches and then got out of a bases-loaded 0 out jam without panicking or throwing meatballs. I thought it was a heck of a debut to keep us in the game for 2 innings against a good ballclub in the most intimidating opposing park for a Yankee rookie.

  31. Giuseppe Franco April 27th, 2009 at 2:33 am


    I know this is way off topic, but it may interest you since you are a fan of the “Mighty Patriots” and it involved their long time division rival.

    I’m sure you recall the Dolphins unveiling their “Wildcat” formation on the Pats last season and it really caught them off guard to the point where they couldn’t defend it.

    Truthfully, it was a rather gimmicky concept because they had a hard time moving the ball the first two weeks of the season.

    But that gimmicky concept it actually worked to the surprise of just about everyone – and worked so well that other teams started copying this concept and it was pretty widespread all over the league by season’s end.

    However, the Dolphins just added a new wrinkle to the whole Wildcat playbook by drafting Pat White yesterday.

    Adding White will open a whole new dimension for this once gimmicky formation because he’s an electric athlete who can run and throw the ball.

    What do you think of this new wrinkle since the Dolphins are a division rival?

    I personally think this has opened a big door for Tim Tebow next season. Depending how White performs in 2009 we may see a team like the Pats draft Tebow to do the same thing in 2010.

  32. Pat M April 27th, 2009 at 2:38 am

    I’m certain Pete is at Logan going thru the security which is hell as Northwest has limited gates there of the beaten path….3:00 AM in any airport is a very lonely place….

  33. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 2:40 am

    I can give you the address to an underground poker place in Chinatown :)

  34. BOOGAS April 27th, 2009 at 2:42 am

    You are getting very sleepy…..

  35. DYNASTY IS DESTINY! April 27th, 2009 at 2:42 am

    “What were you expecting…6 Ks in 2 IP?”

    The way he’s been touted on this board, that is what some people were expecting…

  36. Boston Dave April 27th, 2009 at 2:44 am

    ““What were you expecting…6 Ks in 2 IP?”

    The way he’s been touted on this board, that is what some people were expecting…”


    he got all ground balls except the one bad pitch to Pedroia. job well done.

  37. O'Dog April 27th, 2009 at 2:45 am

    i heard cocaine and hookers are a good way to beat a night….but that’s just what i heard.

  38. small schools April 27th, 2009 at 2:52 am

    I go to BC, live in Cleveland Circle (about 10-15 minutes from Fenway). Unless you wanna stop by my place to watch sportscenter while I pull my own all nighter (which you’re more than welcome to do), you’re probably out of luck. Looking for nightlife after 1 AM in Boston (regardless of the day, but especially on Sunday) is like looking for a hot dog stand in Saudi Arabia. It ain’t gonna happen.

    BTW, I crossed a major item off my to do list by seeing the Yanks play at Fenway tonight (something I’ve been dying to do since I got to Boston in 2006). For those who haven’t done it, it’s an unforgettable experience (even with a loss that capped off a truly painful series). I imagine it was the same for Sox fans in the old stadium, and I now feel a little remorseful that I used to treat them so poorly while sitting in the bleachers in HS (“little” being the operative word).

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