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A Rarity in Manhattan: Papa Gino’s Pizza

It’s a Massachusetts institution, known also to a handful of people in northern Connecticut, southern New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Papa Gino’s is a local pizza chain that makes one of the most distinctive pies on the market. It’s not great, but you’ll remember it for the rest of your life (which makes sense if you grew up on it).  I was able to convince someone to bring a couple of slices down to New York when he took a trip up to Massachusetts. The video above shows how it went.

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Stockholm: Part Boston, Part New York

copy-of-dsc03914Above ground, Stockholm reminds me of Boston, but beneath the surface, it is strictly New York. Now, you know I have a subway fetish, and Stockholm satisfied it. I took a ride on the public transportation today, and I was pretty impressed. There’s a nice mix of efficiency and design. This is probaby the most interesting subway system I’ve encountered.

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Looking for Dunkins?

Just who the hell is looking for a Dunkin Donuts in Helsinki? Seriously! That is one of the search engine expressions used to find the Migrant Blogger today. And, I thought only America runs on Dunkins.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m a big fan of Dunkins, as is my buddy Cyan from Zivity (I always love giving a bit of a shout-out to Zivity). They make the best coffee and doughnuts out there, though there are levels of quality across Dunkins stores. The product gets closer based on your proximity to Randolph, MA, where the company is headquartered.

I guess it did make sense for that wanderer to come here. I have some key stats about Dunkin Donuts in my life:

  • I have been to two Dunkins in Korea (Seoul/Itaewon and Uijongbu)
  • I grew up in a shithole town in Massachusetts that has more Dunkins per capita than any other city in the world (at one point 13 for 50,000 people)
  • I was one of the few people who like the “dark roast” blend, which they eventually discontinued
  • Before my first bike race, I had a black coffee and croissant at a Massachusetts Dunkins; I placed first in my age group
  • I once pissed in a sink in a Dunkins (sorry, it’s true

Does anyone else have a cool Dunkin Donuts story? To kick off the discussion, I leave you with my favorite, from No Shadow Kick. They are from the town where I, unfortunately, had to grow up, so they offer some great perspective.

Voting Public Makes John Galt #2

Gawker blog Lifehacker.com conducted a poll of its readers most influential books. Which changed your life? While there are some familar faces on the list, the first two tickled the shit out of me. Of 250 responses, the Bible won with 25. It’s the best seller of all time, so that shouldn’t surprise anyone. The next one, though, blew me away. Taken collectively, the works of Ayn Rand nabbed the #2 spot– with 23 votes. Think about it. Can you imagine two books (or, more accurately, bodies of work) that could be further apart than the Bible and Ayn Rand? Priceless! The fact that the votes were so close is somewhat surprising, but remember that zealots tend to vote (even in presidential elections), so neither choice probably represents the masses.

Other names on the list were not surprising: George Orwell, Sun Tzu, Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (great read) and Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray. To check out the full list, click here >>

Oh, I actually did find out who John Galt is. I found out by accident. I was in a used book store on State St (I think it was State) in Newburyport, MA and found an old book consisting of the sermons of … you guessed it, John Galt. He was some kind of (probably) psycho-strict protestant preacher in 17th century Massachusetts. I imagine him cut from the cloth of Jonathan Edwards (“Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God). After all, what other kind of minister practiced in Massachusetts at that time?

So, I was tickled to hell about the whole  John-Galt-being-a-minister situation that I’ve never forgotten it. But, the one mistake I made was not buying that book. I really wish now that I had picked it up. It would have been a cool addition to the collection. That being said, I think I’m going to finish reading Atlas Shrugged (for the fourth time?). I started to reread it back in January but got distracted. So, I might just pick it back up today.

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