Aidan’s Adventures in Boston

What a crazy month this has been for me, I must say. I am sorry for keeping you waiting and waiting for a post about my trip to Boston.  Here is my story:

My friend, Tasha Marie inboxed me on Facebook and let me know that she would be playing in Woman Pro Football. One of her games would be in Boston. It was so cool that Tasha Marie is a Deaf football player who has played in Hearing Woman Pro Football that I decided I had to be there.

It is nice to see now more than ever before that hearing people are looking past Deaf people’s “deafness” and focus more on their talents. What could the Deaf community contribute in terms of their skills that could help teams in any field to be successful? It should happen a long time ago but nevertheless, it is not too late to make things right for both Deaf and hearing people.

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I decided to go to Boston to visit, see the sites, and hang out with my friends that I hadn’t seen for a long time. Most importantly I was there to watch Tasha Marie playing in the football. It was a perfect weekend.

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While I was driving on the way to Boston, I was so busy reflecting and feeling the vibration of music. Wait! Please do not get me wrong, I also did pay attention to the road. I completely forgot about the gas that my car would need to be fueled from time to time. When I saw the gas gauge’s arrow already pointing to empty.  Ahhh! Please allow this video that would tell you a visual story that is much entertaining than writing a story.

 

 

Whew, I made it to the gas station.  Finally, I arrived Boston, met my friends at hotel and caught up on the news. The very next day, we went to Faneuil Hall Marketplace located near the waterfront and one of the nations premier urban marketplaces that is a popular attraction in Boston. It has four great places in one location, which is Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market, and South Market.  It is not only that, it also has Government center.  It has almost everything such as shopping, dining, street theatre, museum, and history.

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I was glad to gone there earlier in the morning because it would be packed later in the afternoon, and it would be difficult to find parking. I suggest if you to visit this area you go early in the morning as well. It is all day event anyway. There are many things and events that would keep us busy there.

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Here we were at Quincy Market that is located in the heart of the down Boston, Quincy Market is a favorite destination for both locals and tourists. It has 50 shops, 14 restaurants, and 40 food court stops.

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Is Dick a person’s name or a name of men’s organ? You decide for yourself when you see a second picture after this first picture.

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Can you imagine that Dick’s restaurant would create a hat that looks like ummm *thinking how to say this* well, d-i-c-k for people to wear? Here is a proof of the close shot of people actually wear hats. See that! Would you wear it? I think not!

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Oh God… You cannot miss Boston Chowda. So delicious. I love it!  I can understand why it won a winning award.

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That’s what I ate, Maine Lobster Roll! So delicious! I was like mmm mmm mmm. So good!  For your information, I am very picky when it comes to food. It won my tongue, it is a must eat. I strongly recommend you to try Maine Lobster Roll.

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It is so cool about this street theatre that people can sign up and give performances like these pictures in the below. People from street can come and be entertained by these performers. One day, I should sign up one day and give my show to the street people.

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It’s Jason Escape. He would try to escape from straightjacket that is being wrapped in 75 feet of rope, hangs by his ankles from massive tripod 20 feet above and at the same time he would read people’s minds… Whooooooooo.. How could he do that at the same time? Yes, there was a lot of talking involved that would need an interpreter for Deaf audience.

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This statue is one of Boston’s most beloved and influential mayors, Kevin White defined him as a larger than life, thinking hard, walking away from city hall, his right foot forward, his tie wrinkled, and a jacket thrown over his left shoulder. I looked at him and said to myself… Let sit on his giant shoe like I always did that with my Pop-Pop when I was a little girl.  What’s more… It is perfect for me to sit on the giant statue’s giant shoe. If I as a grown woman go ahead and sit on my Pop-Pop, I probably would break his leg and foot.
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Here we are in Haymarket that filled with different local farmers that sell diverse fruits and vegetables. I support local farmers.

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I was looking at directory to find a subway for getting to the site of The Boston Tea Party. It is not that hard to get lost in Boston. There are people and map that would help us to get where we want to go.

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Oh, this building used to be state house is now a museum also has a subway in the basement. Cool, isn’t it? It is also the site of a sad piece of history. The Boston Massacre where the British troops fired into the crowd without order that killed people and wounded many others.

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As a group we took the subway to get to the site of The Boston Tea Party.  Yes, these folks are my dear friends. These two women, Kelley Crocker-Kirschke and Heidi McGuire  in this group are die hard Bostonians. This guy, Michael Kirschke and I are New Yorkers. We always are at war when it comes to sports. We are die-hard fans of the Giants and Yankees. These women,  – Do I have to say which teams they are favoring for? Nah!  Anyway, I wanted to say they were amazing touring me and helping me with pictures. They were great patience with me making sure I got most information for you to read on this blog. Please give them a round of handwaves.

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On the way to the site the site Boston Tea Party, this is now a new State House; Massachusetts State House was built in 1798.  Since the leaking through dome that was originally made out of wood shingles, is now sheathed in copper and covered by 23 karat gold in order to prevent leaks into the State house.

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This is Old City hall and it was perfect example how we adaptive reuse of public landmark building across the United States in 1970’s and 1980’s. I learned something new that in 1828, when Andrew Jackson ran for president and he was democrat, he used the slogan, “Let the people rule.” His opponents thought his slogan was ridiculous then called Andrew Jackson, “Jackass” so Andrew Jackson decided to use their name-calling as his advantage by using the donkey on his campaign posters.  Over years, Democratic Party had adopted Donkey as symbol of the Democratic Party.

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Finally we arrived to the site of The Boston Tea Party. We would explore the ships and dump tea overboard like the sons of liberty did on that night of December 16, 1773.  I thought it was cool doing that by dumping tea overboard. It is great opportunity for people and children to have a hands on experience of what it was like to revolt against the British Empire and form an independent nation, the United States of American by participating, exploring, and learning about the people, events and consequences that lead up to the American Revolutionary era that began in 1763 and ended in 1783.

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See these people how they look proud of themselves dressing up as colonists. However, I am so glad that these clothes are no longer in style. I couldn’t imagine myself wearing a full dress from head to toe every day.

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“Pah”, in the Deaf term, it means finally. We pah arrived to the topic of Pro Women Football! It was so awesome to watch these women playing football at Somerville, Mass. They as women are capable of playing football and any sport. More and More women show overwhelming proof that they as women can do anything even in sports.  Nevertheless, it was so cold and windy in the evening; it was great to watch Tasha Marie Lemke playing as a wide receiver. She is talented when it comes to sports. She is a natural athlete. We could not tell if she was Deaf or hearing player, which is perfect. It is because all of years that people realize that we are Deaf, then they would focus on our “deafness” instead of Deaf people as human being who have talents that would contribute their skills to the teams, careers, community, and society.

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Hats off to Tasha Marie Lemke to set example that Deaf people can do anything and it is not only that, she also set example that women can do anything as well.

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One thought on “Aidan’s Adventures in Boston

  1. Great article! It’s an interesting place. Did you ever interview Tasha or get to talk with her about her expierences in football. I was hoping to see that in here.

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