gnomi: (boston_skyline (shoegal-icons))
So, it's that time of year, when the students return (like swallows to Capistrano) to Boston. And thus it is time for yet another "gnomi explains it all" post. Not that any of the people this post is directed toward will actually see it, but it'll make me feel better.

1. You see that thing in front of you? It's a Really Big Street. Running across it while those fast-moving things (we call them "cars") are barrelling down at you will hurt you more than it will hurt the cars.

2. Moving trucks, while useful, should not completely block any of the following: driveways, sidewalks, crosswalks, intersections. We know you have to move your stuff. However, some of us have to live here, too.

3. Speaking of crosswalks, please learn how to use them. No, really. They're not there purely for the amusement of line painters.

4. Ah, the T. Yes, it's a subway system. Yes, it gets you and your obnoxious friends from place to place. But it is not solely yours. The other commuters might want to be able to, say, read their newspapers free of your loud, obscene comments at 7:15 in the morning. Or even at 5:30 at night.

5. Also, you see those big signs in the T stations that say "There is no smoking permitted on MBTA property?" Those do apply to you. And they apply regardless of what you're choosing to smoke. I'm just saying.

6. We know you're eager to get on the train. But you and your aforementioned obnoxious friends are just making it harder for everyone if you're blocking the door, keeping those of us in the train from getting out. This also applies to people blocking the doors when inside the train; if you move out of the doorway, people will be able to get off the train and you will get to your destination faster.

7. While we're talking trains and etiquette, let's tackle getting to and from those trains. You see the escalator? It comfortably accommodates two people per stair. But here's the deal. Stay to the right if you want to stand and let the moving stairs propel you upwards. Stay to the left if you wish to walk up the stairs. This is established local tradition, and there's no need for the commuters to have to slalom purely because you and your aforementioned obnoxious friends can't be bothered to notice all the people standing to the right of the stairs.

8. Bicycles are great. We're all for them. In fact, we have bike lanes on some of our major streets. Please, however, pay attention to the following important fact: Bicycles are subject to the same laws as the cars if you're riding on the street (which, for the most part, you should be; many municipalities have laws against riding on sidewalks). This means that you have to stop when the light is red and allow the pedestrians to walk. This does not mean that you should barrel through the crosswalk and curse out the pedestrians who have the gumption to get into the crosswalk when you want to be there (despite the fact that they, not you, have the light).

So, welcome to Boston. Keeping these things in mind will make your life much simpler and will also prevent me from thwacking you with my elbow as I strive to get to or from work.

Thank you,
The management.

*Or, whenever I remember to post it or am reminded to post it.
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In today's The Brookline Parent column, [personal profile] mabfan discusses Muffin's night terrors and the impact it has been having on us all.
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In this week's The Brookline Parent, I write about how [personal profile] mabfan and I try to find some downtime with the girls in our busy lives.
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In the new The Brookline Parent column, [personal profile] mabfan discusses the funny things that Muffin and Squeaker say.
gnomi: (writer (celli))
New holiday-themed The Brookline Parent column up! Read about how Muffin and Squeaker celebrate Sukkot!
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In this week’s (slightly early, due to Rosh Hashanah) “The Brookline Parent” column, [personal profile] mabfan discusses the ways in which Muffin and Squeaker remain irrational.
gnomi: (writer (celli))
In this week's "The Brookline Parent" column, I talk about the changes we've had to make to accommodate our new schedule.
gnomi: (boston_skyline (shoegal-icons))
So, it's that time of year, when the students return (like swallows to Capistrano) to Boston. And thus it is time for yet another "[livejournal.com profile] gnomi explains it all" post. Not that any of the people this post is directed toward will actually see it, but it'll make me feel better.

1. You see that thing in front of you? It's a Really Big Street. Running across it while those fast-moving things (we call them "cars") are barrelling down at you will hurt you more than it will hurt the cars.

2. Moving trucks, while useful, should not completely block any of the following: driveways, sidewalks, crosswalks, intersections. We know you have to move your stuff. However, some of us have to live here, too.

3. Speaking of crosswalks, please learn how to use them. No, really. They're not there purely for the amusement of line painters.

4. Ah, the T. Yes, it's a subway system. Yes, it gets you and your obnoxious friends from place to place. But it is not solely yours. The other commuters might want to be able to, say, read their newspapers free of your loud, obscene comments at 7:15 in the morning. Or even at 5:30 at night.

5. Also, you see those big signs in the T stations that say "There is no smoking permitted on MBTA property?" Those do apply to you. And they apply regardless of what you're choosing to smoke. I'm just saying.

6. We know you're eager to get on the train. But you and your aforementioned obnoxious friends are just making it harder for everyone if you're blocking the door, keeping those of us in the train from getting out. This also applies to people blocking the doors when inside the train; if you move out of the doorway, people will be able to get off the train and you will get to your destination faster.

7. While we're talking trains and etiquette, let's tackle getting to and from those trains. You see the escalator? It comfortably accommodates two people per stair. But here's the deal. Stay to the right if you want to stand and let the moving stairs propel you upwards. Stay to the left if you wish to walk up the stairs. This is established local tradition, and there's no need for the commuters to have to slalom purely because you and your aforementioned obnoxious friends can't be bothered to notice all the people standing to the right of the stairs.

8. Bicycles are great. We're all for them. In fact, we have bike lanes on some of our major streets. Please, however, pay attention to the following important fact: Bicycles are subject to the same laws as the cars if you're riding on the street (which, for the most part, you should be; many municipalities have laws against riding on sidewalks). This means that you have to stop when the light is red and allow the pedestrians to walk. This does not mean that you should barrel through the crosswalk and curse out the pedestrians who have the gumption to get into the crosswalk when you want to be there (despite the fact that they, not you, have the light).

So, welcome to Boston. Keeping these things in mind will make your life much simpler and will also prevent me from thwacking you with my elbow as I strive to get to or from work.

Thank you,
The management.

*Or, whenever I remember to post it or am reminded to post it.
gnomi: (writer (celli))
In this week's The Brookline Parent column, [personal profile] mabfan writes about the journey that got us here as Muffin and Squeaker get ready to start Kindergarten.
gnomi: (kitty)
Today we celebrated my parents' 50th anniversary, and I was asked to be among the speakers. (Because no one comes to parties to hear the speeches, I suggested my parents keep the talky part of the party to no more than 30 minutes. Each of the speakers was allotted five minutes.) I gave the following d'var Torah (talk on the parsha (the week's Torah portion)).
This way to the learning )
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In this week’s The Brookline Parent, [personal profile] mabfan and I take Muffin and Squeaker to Boston Comic Con, where they have many adventures and meet some interesting people.
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In the new The Brookline Parent column, [personal profile] mabfan takes on the subject of Muffin and Squeaker's obsession with music from "Frozen."
gnomi: (writer (celli))
In this week’s column, the girls have a fifth birthday party with minimal time for preparation. Everyone has a great time and gets balloon sculptures and face paintings.
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In this week’s The Brookline Parent, [personal profile] mabfan discusses the Supreme Court case that started in Massachusetts and on which the Court ruled 9-0 was unconstitutional. The incident that prompted the law that was the subject of the lawsuit was not just local; it happened here in Brookline, and he was nearby when it happened.
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So a while back, I asked if people wanted me to tell them when I wrote fic, and the general consensus was that yes, I should do so. And then I got ridiculously busy and didn't. But I wrote something new! It's on AO3, and the headers are below.

Title: The Masterpiece of Nature
Author: Nomi
Rating: G
Sp0ilers: Through season 5, to be safe
Warnings: None
Word count: ~2750
Beta: Jen
Summary: It’s a damn good thing he likes that Anderson kid.
Notes: Written for "More Than Just A Tie" -- A Multifandom Fathering Fic Fest. Title from here: “The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” ― Antoine François Prévost
gnomi: (writer (celli))
So… how’s your week going? Mine’s been…interesting. Want to know how interesting, and how Muffin and Squeaker reacted? Read the new The Brookline Parent column.
gnomi: (writer (celli))
In this week's The Brookline Parent column, [personal profile] mabfan discusses recent minor medical emergencies experienced by the girls.
gnomi: (writer (celli))
Muffin and Squeaker were flower girls for the first time! And so I wrote a column about it. Because they were adorable and I was a ball of stress. Click to read Hail the Bridegroom, Hail the Bride.
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In this week's column, [personal profile] mabfan discusses the "firsts" in the girls' lives that we've missed.Click here to read "Missing the Firsts."

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