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This heat is just unbearable

Unbearable heat in Chinatown

Alex Kingsbury isn't pooh-poohing the heat anymore, not after what he saw at Harrison and Essex in Chinatown this afternoon.

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How does Keytar Bear stand the heat? I guess it's become unbearable.

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He's on a break this summer healing up from a motorcycle accident!

Also, why do I know this?

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Because you read Universal Hub, of course!

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And keytar bear is on the cover of the August Boston magazine - old Boston (Teddy Kennedy) v new Boston (Teddy "keytar" Bear).

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Lying there in the middle of the city ... totally bear!

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A scoutmaster is preparing his charges for a week-long camping trip, to be held deep in the woods. About midway through his lecture about the general requirements of outdoor living "in the wild" and basic camping and survival skills, he decides to test the scouts to see what they've learned so far. He states to them:

"So, say we're hiking and you get separated from the others. What do you do?"

A scout replies: "I'd head back to the campsite."

The scoutmaster says "Good. But, what if while hiking back, you encounter a bear that starts charging towards you. What do you do?"

Another scout then answers "Well, I'd run away from the bear."

The scoutmaster replies "Good, you'd run away. Now say, while running from the bear, you come to a road. On the other side of the road are two buildings. One's a vacant cabin, and the other's a church where a congregation is holding services. Where do you go?"

A third scout then replies "I'd run across the road and into the church."

The scoutmaster says "OK. You'd run into the church. With a bear behind?"

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he might have returned to Boston for the first time in 30 years, and was crushed to learn that the former Playland, his favorite scary dive bar, was gone, no recognizable buildings around but the one housing Kaze, now a nice hot-pot restaurant. That had to be a tough moment, realizing that Playland's former cast -- street thugs, sex workers, gays and trans people and polymorphously-perverse freaks, assorted druggie / drunk lowlifes, and maybe a very young, callow punk-rocker or two seeking an edgy moment hanging with Old Dirty Boston's demimonde -- had vanished with the rest of the Combat Zone long ago. Or so I imagine.

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They had Christmas lights decorating the bar year round

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in the South End. It has a frequently-changing array of vintage Christmas lights year-round.

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Biddy Early's may at least fill the Christmas light void.

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I was at the late great Playland one night in the 70s when an older drunk gentleman pulled down his pants and underpants and danced around the establishment. Everyone , including the staff , acted like it was normal.

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When I first looked at this I thought it was one of those trick photos where something normal size appears huge, based on the way the picture was taken.

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