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Good Job. Good Effort.

I love this "Good job. Good Effort" kid. The Miami Heat lost last night's Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, and after the game, the crowd went mostly silent. Except for one young fan cheering for his team. His exhortations echo through the tunnel as Miami goes into the locker room to think about what they've done. His passion is charming and his parents should be proud for raising a good sport. That said, I really hope the Garden chants Good Job Good Effort incessantly during Game 6. Incidentally, Bill Simmons used to watch the Celtics from seats above the tunnel at the Boston Garden.

Fuck yeah, Massachusetts

This is all I'm saying.


A few other metrics of social well-being: The Bay State has the second-lowest teen birth rate, the fourth-lowest suicide rate, and the lowest traffic fatality rate. The birthplace of Dunkin’ Donuts has the sixth-lowest obesity rate. And depending on the source, the first state to legalize gay marriage has either the lowest or one of the very lowest divorce rates in the country.


Bacon and Beer Fest recap

It's been slow around Unlikely Words lately because I just put on the Boston Bacon and Beer Festival. We had 28 restaurants, 18 brewers (about 45 total beers), and 1450 attendees (along with about 200 vendors and 30 volunteers) at the House of Blues on Lansdowne St, right across the street from Fenway Park. It was pretty rad, if a little too crowded. Best of all, we raised a bit over $22K for two local hunger relief organizations, Lovin' Spoonfuls and Community Servings.

This is the third year of the Bacon and Beer Fest, and last year after it sold out in 2 minutes, I wanted to make it possible for more people to participate. This year I partnered with BostonChefs.com to turn Bacon and Beer Fest into Bacon and Beer Week, so from April 28 - May 5, there were bacon and beer themed events all over Boston. This included restaurant specials around town, a Bacon and Beer Karaoke Harbor Cruise, and a bacon and beer inspired art show from Super Precious Art Gallery (a new project of mine). Below are some links related to the week if you wanted to read more and so I can have them all in one place. Thanks to all the vendors, volunteers, and especially Jessie (for letting me talk about this incessantly for 10 weeks) and Alex (for letting me talk about this incessantly for 10 weeks and doing the dirty work).

-The line to get into the fest was long. I didn't get to check it out, but if you know Boston, the line went all the way down to the ATM in Kenmore Square. Here are a few other pictures I liked.

-We totally packed the HOB. Here's a picture I took. Here's one I found on Twitter.
Here's a picture from Robert Gill.


-Here's a Bacon and Beer Fest photo gallery by Boston.com. And here's a gallery from BostInno. And here's one from Mike Johnson.

-On the day after Bacon and Beer Fest, we did a karaoke cruise around Boston Harbor. There was a gigantic box of fried chicken skins, and things got weird resulting in people being duct taped to a column on the dance floor. A few days later, we had an art opening in a dive bar. It actually didn't get weird.

-Upon entry to the Bacon and Beer Fest, everyone is given one cup and one spork, both compostable, to use throughout the event. This seems to do an OK job limiting the amount of waste created. In the first year, we were pretty combative when people asked for a replacement, but age has softened us.

-Chris Piascik and Josh LaFayette made some awesome shirt designs. All told I ordered 465 shirts which weighed 154 pounds.
bacon and beer shirts

-I know of at least 3 people who got the bacon and beer hat trick by attending the festival, the karaoke cruise, and the art show.

-Here's a screenshot of the server load Wheretoeat.in experienced the hour tickets went on sale. The site...crashed.

-Bacon and Beer Fest got some really good press this year. I'm pretty excited about the coverage in The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald (Herald again), The Weekly Dig, a Boston.com blog, another Boston.com blog, and I was on TV again, doing a little bit better than last time.



-And now I can stop talking about or thinking about bacon and beer for a while.

They use ferrets to look for buried art?

An update on the Gardner Museum Heist?

They have brought with them a ground-penetrating radar device, as well as two beagles and a ferret, to look for what they say are weapons. But we all know what they are actually looking for -- and they are looking for the paintings,” McGuigan said.

Authorities have said that at least two men dressed as police officers talked their way into the Gardner on March 18, 1990, tied up the security guards, and left with 13 masterworks, including three by Rembrandt and five by Degas. Some of the stolen pieces could sell for $50 million on the open market, art experts say.




Stay classy, KT!

This is KT from CMB. Normally I don't respond to such nonsense, but I couldn't let this one slide. I'm sorry that you didn't like the show. Everyone has a right to their own opinion. Unfortunately, you sorely misrepresented what happened Saturday night. I sincerely apologize for the delay, but we went onstage when we were told to. We can't control how a facility is run. Secondly, to infer that we only did a few songs, and lip synched our biggest hit is a lie! You were there. You know the truth. Your facts are distorted, and you know it! Finally, you may not like the way we look. Again, everyone has a right to their own opinion. But let's make it fair. How about you post a current picture of yourself and see if you have room to talk. Probably not. I would bet that you could stand a few less trips to the fridge yourself. What you posted was demeaning and abusive, and I won't let you have our fans believe that we took advantage of them, and are fakes! You have some nerve. We've gotten nothing but positive responses from our visit to the Boston area. The venue was packed, and everyone was singing along with us and having fun. But, for our "true" fans, we look forward to coming back. We have some exciting things planned for 2012! God bless!

KT from Color Me Badd vociferously rejects reports of lip syncing at their recent Boston-area appearance in Malden while calling accuser fat. Stay classy, KT from Color Me Badd!

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Dumbest company in the world executes dumbest PR stunt in world history

Online pawn shop company, Pawngo, made themselves a lot less popular in Boston this afternoon as they dumped 900 pounds of Buterfinger candy bars in Copley Square making fun of New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker. Obviously they're thinking any publicity is good publicity, and they sure got a lot of publicity out of this. That said, Boston hates them now, and a search of Twitter shows sentiment is overwhelmingly negative. I'm not sure how they imagined a mean-spirited PR stunt would go off any differently, but bringing it to Boston? Speaking as a Patriots fan, people might be mad at Wes Welker, but now they're MUCH angrier at Pawngo.

According to the City of Boston's website, the company is going to be charged with violating commercial dumping laws and the honorable pawn brokers of the Boston area are calling for the Attorney General to investigate Pawngo's business model.


This is only exciting for me and my friend Ben

This is one of my biggest internet sleuthing successes of the last year or so. Get excited for me, because that's the only way any of this will be interesting to you. About 7 years ago or so, Ben started working for the same company I did. We were bursting at the seams, people were jammed everywhere, 2 to a desk, etc. Ben ended up sharing an out of the way table with the printer. I sat around the corner and heard people asking Ben about print jobs all the time. I remembered hearing a This American Life about a guy in an office who sat in the hallway next to the copy machine. He was constantly getting badgered by people about the copier and no one really knew his name. In any case, I started telling Ben about this and figured it'd be no problem to find the show for him to listen. This was around 2005-2006 and the TAL website wasn't what it is now. Search was available, but it was terrible. I couldn't find the show. Anywhere. But I knew it was there. I knew it existed. And so every now and then when I thought about it, I'd try new search terms and variations on the TAL site and Google. Nothing. Ever! UNTIL the other day, I started fresh and happened upon this blog post talking about a very similar story and mentioning This American Life. Success! But wait. Unfortunately, since TAL changes their website every quarter or so, the link was dead. I knew I was close, though, and I persevered, finally finding Episode 241: 20 Acts in 60 Minutes and the mystery was solved. The reason I never could find it is this episode doesn't have a summary of all the stories so regardless of what I put in to search, the words were never there. In any case, I am now triumphant and Ben has heard the story.