December 27th, 2006

moon house

"The trust turned into ashes and to lawyers and dust"

Today was the second day in a row I slept in until ~11, and I think it needs to be the last -- though recalling that I didn't go to bed until ~2:30 in the morning makes the amount of sleep involved seem less obscene. And I even feedbacked some of the fic I read.

I don't know if DownstairsNeighbors returned from the holidays or something, but when I went to do errands around noon there were three additional trashbags next to the house.

And then I saw on the Davis Square LJ community that there are new regulations. Not only do I not want to get fined for trash that isn't mine (I don't understand how five people can overfill three trash barrels; I grew up in a family of four and it was a very rare occurence that we needed two trashbags in a week -- usually our trashbag was only half-full) but I really do not want to hear OriginalRoomie bitching about said fines.
http://www.ci.somerville.ma.us/NewsDetail.cfm?instance_id=942

December 05, 2006

City Announces New Trash Guidelines

Mayor, Aldermen Update Trash Storage and Disposal Guidelines to Enhance Health and Safety, Deter Rodents

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and President of the Somerville Board of Aldermen/Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston announced today that the City has adopted new trash storage and disposal guidelines that will go into effect January 1, 2007. Unanimously approved by the Board of Aldermen in September 2006 after six months of study by the Rodent Control Task Force, these new guidelines include provisions for storage of trash on residential and business properties and new procedures on scheduled trash collection days.

[...]

Highlights of the revised ordinance include new requirements that:

* While stored on residential property, all trash must now be stored in waterproof & airtight containers with a lid;
* Trash put out for pickup must remain in a container, but does not have to be covered;
* Containers put out for pickup may not exceed 50 pounds when full;
* Trash stored in other non-regulation barrels or unapproved containers will be considered bulk items: they will be disposed of, but will be considered in violation and ticketed appropriately.
Our trash barrels don't even have lids that I know of.

Of course, it says "property owners" and we rent, so I imagine all the fines would revert to Mark -- which begs the question of why we haven't heard anything about this since supposedly mailings went out in mid-December and he's been to the property enough to know we don't have lids for our trash barrels.

On an up note, I just went to pick up my laundry, and there was white stuff falling from the sky. Not much, but still, I was pleased.
Boston

"Oh, the image sticks like glue to me"

I went out to dinner with kurukami tonight.  (And as he's here for business he paid 'cause he's expensing it; unexpected yay!)  I remembered Nicole mentioning Gargoyles, so I suggested we go there (and we got a parking spot no problem), but it was a little more upscale than either of us were expecting, so we opted out and hit up the Tibetan restaurant nearby.  Neither of us had ever had Tibetan food, but we both very much approved.  'S cheap, too.  Called Martsa on Elm, in case you're interested.  [The first hit on Google is this Boston Phoenix review]  There are actually a multiplicity of dishes I'm interested in trying, which those who know picky eater me will recognize as astonishing.

P.S. What a gentleman; he insisted on picking me up at my apartment rather than just meeting at the restaurant.  He also commented on how when we first meatspace met at WriterCon I seemed very shy (in the context of "tonight that's not how you come off at all"), which was actually affirming to me because that's how I'm used to thinking of myself (though I have grown into this "vibrant" persona I seem to present nowadays).

Directing him on the way back at one point I said to go straight.  He said that his sister(?) who lives in the Castro says, "We're not going straight; we're going gaily forward."  Hee.

Which reminds me, in talking about Harvard Square I used the phrase "pseudo-homeless goth punks," which phrase he gets first claim if he wants to use it in his fic (which reminds me to add Charles de Lint to my To Read list).

I remembered that the author I was thinking of is Dennis Lehane -- Mystic River, etc.  I'm hard-pressed to think of other fiction set in the Boston area, which distresses me.  For Northampton I can easily think of Tracey Kidder's nonfiction book Home Town and the movie Malice (okay, the latter thanks to j-term, but still).