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January 17th, 2008

The Great White North

Post written at 9:51 last night

Just as mysteriously as I managed to get my work laptop online last night, it suddenly decided to crap out on me this evening after initially working just fine when I first got back to my room from work. Completely unable to handle the prospect of spending another 90 minutes tinkering with the settings in another attempt to make it work, I decided to just pound out this entry on WordPad and just post it when getting to work in the morning.

There's actually not much I want to write -- I'm more disappointed in not being able to check email and potentially chat with friends online. However, I do have a couple observations from my second trip to the Boston/Andover area.

First, this area has a serious problem with the damn Dunkin' Donuts. Some co-workers and I were driving to dinner this evening around 7:00 when I noticed just how packed many of the Dunkin Donuts locations were packed. At 7:00 PM. I can possibly see my way to understanding if they weren't very common, but it's next to impossible to avoid them -- you can't throw a Munchkin without hitting one. Seriously. I'm not sure, but I think I saw one intersection in my travels where there was a Dunkin' Donuts across the corner from another Dunkin' Donuts. I need this phenomenon explained to me, because the only explanation I have is that there's crack mixed into the filling of the Boston Cremes. (It should be noted that I consider myself a native of a region overrun by Wawa, which inspires the an eerily similar, almost religious devotion amongst those who live there. So, I can't be too critical about this.)

Second, where are all the minorities at? I don't think I've ever been anywhere so white in my life. The lack of color is actually starting to scare me. I swear, I might just run up and hug the next African-American I see because the endless sea of caucasians is starting to scare me -- more than the whole Dunkin' Donuts things is.

That is all for now. I can't wait to get back home to the land of cultural diversity and Starbucks as far as the eye can see (even if I don't actually go to Starbucks, since I don't drink coffee).

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