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Author: TriSec    Date: 03/24/2012 11:59:06

Hi Everyone. Our delightful stretch of weather is coming to an end....cold front is expected tonight, and temps will be back to more “normal” levels overnight tonight. While I could write about the weather, and how alarming it is to see things budding and opening at this stage of the game, we’re not going there today.

We’re all familiar with Aesop’s fable of the City Mouse and the Country Mouse. Neither visit ended well for our furry friends. This past week, working in the city, I’ve been pondering whether I’d have to call myself a City Trisec or a Country Trisec.

I was born a city boy at Boston’s University Hospital (now a part of Boston Medical Center). I spent my first year downtown in a small apartment near Egleston Square (Roxbury).

But then Pops bought a house in the bedroom community of Saugus, and instantly I got a yard, open fields to play in within a five-minute walk (alas, since developed), grandma’s house and her big hill a five minute drive away, and Breakheart Reservation another 5 minutes past that. (I soon also had a baby brother and a dog, but I’d suppose that’s a blog for another day)

And so began what I surmise is the country phase of your loyal TriSec. (Hey, I live in the megalopolis, this is all relative). Joining Scouts rather sealed that deal...I consider myself most ‘at home’ in the woods. I can build shelter, stay warm, and even forage reasonably well, and some of the things I’ve seen and done while in a Scout uniform are experiences that I would trade for no other.

I’ve said it before; my favorite place on Earth is the South Shore of Nova Scotia, and I consider Halifax to be my second city....I doubt that I’d have ever had reason or desire to visit if not for the serendipitous connections through that “country” phase that is so elemental to Scouting.

Ah, but then another thing happened. Like most American males, I somehow managed to not scare off a member of the fairer sex, and after some time we decided we liked each other enough to do that life partner thing, and you guessed it....I moved back to the city. Mrs. TriSec is also a product of the City of Boston, but she grew up on the west side in “Mittville”, or what most people call Belmont.

Despite the ideas you might have of vast amounts of green space dotted by stately old mansions, Belmont is actually a suburb of Cambridge, and it’s maximally developed. Other than a few small parks, it’s entirely urban, and in fact you can get to downtown Boston from anywhere in Belmont in under a half hour via public transportation.

Waltham is a little better in that regard...with enormous tracts preserved from development thanks to some visionary city leaders. We’ve got Beaver Brook (the oldest MDC park in the Commonwealth), Prospect Hill, bike trails, and vast stretches of Rock Meadow there for the visitation. We’ve even got things like turkeys, deer, and coyotes all here in city limits. It might be the City of Waltham, but given the local access to the greenery, it’s a fair compromise.

But now a curious thing has happened....I’m working downtown again. To be sure, it’s not Boston, but our Commonwealth’s second city at Worcester. It is indeed a “city”...there’s noise and traffic and trains and construction and that kind of city planning that’s unique to old Eastern cities. (Colonial relic, 19th Century brick, glass tower) But within 5 minutes of my office, there’s literally dozens of restaurants, the local Scout Council office, 4 concert halls, the library, Worcester City hall, and a Congressman’s office. (Jim McGovern, D-MA)

The local NPR station is currently sponsoring a “brown bag” jazz series of free lunchtime concerts at the majestic Mechanic’s Hall that’s at the bottom of the hill from the office. I’ve not missed one of these, and it’s certainly the best perk so far of working in this city.

But the commute is killer - even though I’m reverse-commuting, 80 miles a day roundtrip is no picnic. I’ve done it before with a roundtripper of 50 miles that I did for three years, but it gets to you after a while.

I’m already considering moving the family TriSec away from the ocean and towards the hills of Central Massachusetts....which is rather clearly the country in these parts.

So I guess the matter is unresolved...City TriSec or country Trisec? Time will tell.


8 comments (Latest Comment: 03/25/2012 01:25:26 by TriSec)
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Comment by Raine on 03/24/2012 16:52:21
There are pros and cons to both. I know that leaving ones ancestral *home* is always a big decision. It's hard to leave the comforts of *home*

It's hard to give up those things. It's also wonderful to start a new. Having now lived in NY Georgia and Virginia, I have found that my life got actually got bigger and more wonderful. Worcester looks beautiful.

Comment by livingonli on 03/24/2012 18:04:15
Since I've lived in Nassau County all my life with having only moved from the western end closer to the city to the eastern end of the county, I guess I am just a suburban boy although I probably lean towards travelling to cities since I like having things to do (or mellowing out at the pool).

Comment by BobR on 03/24/2012 21:29:45
I've always been loathe to move for a job, employment being the tenuous thing that it is, but if the move is to a better place, then by all means do it. Life is all about experiences, and you and your family should experience living in different environments. It will make your son a stronger and more well-rounded person.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 03/24/2012 22:10:08
Hello, bloggers!!

Worcester is beautiful and I am going to apply to several districts in the area as well as closer to Boston and in nearby cities.

I also highly recommend the Worcester Art Museum, which pleasantly surprised me and amazed me at having so much wonderful art for a museum in a relatively small city. While it is not the equal of the Art Institute of Chicago, I was impressed. (I also got to go up to Fitchburg and Leominster. So, I got to see Mount Wachusett, which made me realize again how much I missed mountains.)

I am revising my cover letter and just got a letter of reference from one of my local school districts. With any luck, I will be going back to Massachusetts for interviews or a permanent move soon. Hopefully, I can arrange a few meetups.

While not a topic of today's blog, I know that blood donation is a topic that is important. I am donating whole blood tomorrow.

Also, WCPT has replaced Ring of Fire with Take Action News with David Schuster. I will have to find it elsewhere.

Comment by clintster on 03/24/2012 23:12:39
In today's edition of "Politics makes strange bedfellows":

Georgia Tea Party joins with Occupiers, LGBT groups, and unions to protest GA SB 469, which would place restrictions on protest gatherings and union dues collection.

Just amazing. I never thought I'd see the day when TPers and OAs would join forces, unless aliens invaded Earth.

Comment by TriSec on 03/25/2012 00:16:33
Quote by BobR:
I've always been loathe to move for a job, employment being the tenuous thing that it is, but if the move is to a better place, then by all means do it. Life is all about experiences, and you and your family should experience living in different environments. It will make your son a stronger and more well-rounded person.

Well, that's what makes this one different, methinks. Unlike other moves that have been pondered (with disastrous results), this would only be 30 miles west. No biggie, IMHO.

Comment by Raine on 03/25/2012 01:07:25
Dick Cheney literally got a new heart.


Comment by TriSec on 03/25/2012 01:25:26
I just saw that. I think a feather knocked me over.

I don't know how many years I screamed at the TV for him to drop dead RIGHT NOW so I can see it with my own eyes.

I'm ambivalent, sorry.