Saturday, April 07, 2007

Slow is Contagious

Looks like I've caught Mayo-itis. It's taken me forever to update this blog. This will be a brief, and I apologize for any grammar and spelling errors. It's been a while since I've written in real English.

Keith Building

The Keith Building is transitioning control of the condominium to our board of trustees. We've chosen Harvest as our building manager. Looks like things will work much smoother once Harvest is managing our daily activities. Mayo is still bound to address our outstanding punch-list and warranty items, which I still have two, but they will no longer care for the building. This isn't such a bad thing considering Harvest is doing a good job in other buildings in the neighborhood.

Why No Blog for So Long

The short answer is I've been really - really busy. It's hard to blog when you're swamped taking care of your own life. There's been much going on in the neighborhood, but after sitting in front of the computer for 16 hours a day for 7 days straight for 4 months, you'll forgive me for slacking off. I'm definitely out of the groove, but plan on writing more going forward. Considering I haven't written much in months, "writing more" shouldn't be too hard.

State of the Neighborhood

Gulu-Gulu is opening a new place in Salem. This is an expansion not a relocation. The extra revenue stream will benefit both cafes.

Rumor has it that the new owner of what was Oxford St. Grill will open sometime in the immediate future. For all I know it could already be open. I need to walk over there and find out. However, three weeks ago I noticed activity in the place. It'll be nice to have another place to hang after a hard days work.

Tatiana's is a great place to watch games and grab and drink. The bartender I had was great, the food decent, and the prices acceptable. The drink selections are extensive. So if you want to watch a game someplace other than home, head to Tatiana's. As an aside, I knew Norma, the owner, when she was working in the cafeteria of a client of mine. Very astute lady. Lots of energy, and lots of heart.

Seven Central, Mayo's other condo across the street from Keith is almost full. That's good news in that it means more residents. The Mount Vernon St. lofts are also coming along nicely. Regardless of what I think of Mayo, as long as future residents take proper precautions they can make loft ownership less painful than what I endured. Remember, always, always get your own inspector, and also get your own lawyer!

We have a new flower Shop. I forget the name. Something like "Flowers in Bloom of North Shore." The older flower shop is gone. The new one may suffer the same fate if they don't improve their signage and visibility of their products. The store is difficult to see, not very inviting, and seems to sell more balloons than flowers. Running a flower shop is tough. Flowers die quickly, and unless you can unload them in time, you lose money. But, if you don't have flowers to show, who is going to visit to buy. Tough.

Quiet Clubbing

The bar formerly known as Cronin's, now Club Fenix, made some modifications, and it's much quieter now. I added some curtains over the blinds, and that seems to have made a difference as well. So, noise, is once again manageable.

Taco's Lupita

Great food, good price, wish the counter person would smile more, but I'm probably asking for too much. Grab a burrito. It's very tasty, but the hot sauce they gave me has no kick and tastes, well it's actually more tasteless than anything else.

Vietnamese Lighting

Pho Lynn, needs to improve their lighting. It's a big place, a friendly place, but not a homey place. The space and the lighting make it difficult to stay there and linger. Which, if they were really busy, would be a good thing, but it usually isn't that busy. I think some dimmers, and some wall dividers will help. Regardless, their food still Rocks!

Chinese and Hot Dogs in Swampscott

Went to a new Chinese place in Swampscott across from Red Rock Bistro. Can't remember it's name, but it's Something Chinese Bistro. Good food, nice service, and very good price. I recommend it. There is also a Hot Dog place across from RedRock Bistro. I don't remember it's name either; it's probably - Something Hot Dog Bistro.

Earth Day Every Day

I participated in the Central Square Cleanup on Earth Day. I arrived late, naturally, but there was still a good crew cleaning up. It was great. We got a lot done, and I met some great neighbors. We made a noticeable difference, and we got free T Shirts!

It's impressive how many people turned out and what wonderful neighbors we have. Yet another small, but very important, incentive to live here.

Good Neighbors

I was away for two weeks on Holiday. While away my neighbors outside my building actually noticed. Steve of Gulu-Gulu asked "where are you?" To which I replied, "I was in the Bahamas, Mexico, and Disney." To which he replied, "you suck!" To which I responded, "yes I do."

Remember kids, in the social circle of males real friends make fun of you all the time, but most importantly they always pick you up when you're down, hold you up high when you've earned it, and carry you when you can't stand on your own. Occasionally they'll drop you to make sure you're not faking. If they don't make fun of you, they don't really give a damn about you. Just remember to always return the favor. I've found the word "turd" to be especially useful - mild yet effective.

That is all I have to report. Until next time - remember, get an inspector, get a lawyer, no glove no love, and yes you really do want resident parking.



Anonymous said...

I'm so excited to see that you've updated the blog! I live in the Exchange Street lofts- I've been there for about a year now. I love reading about your views of our ever-changing city... keep it up! :)

Richard said...

It is Yan's Chinese Bistro, opposite the Red Rock, We also have a Yan's on Lewis Street, it has excellent take-out and delivery service.

I live on Oxford Street, and the Downtown Cafe is now open. No sign as yet ,but they seem to be open Tuesday- Saturday.

If you want the Flower shop to stay around, you have to support it. I am sure with a days notice they can get most anything that you want. Rosina's closed because she couldn't live on all our good intentions of buying(or ordering) flowers from her. I used to buy them at the supermarket, but saw she was struggling and started to buy flowers from her. I wasn't able to save her shop, maybe with more help we can save this one.

That's all I have for now,

Anonymous said...

The name of the Hot dog place in Swampscott is Popo's. Considered one of the best hot dog places around!

Anonymous said...

Marcus said...

Thanks for the tip, Richard. I'll go locate the Yan's on Lewis St. and stop by the Downtown Cafe. I'm really curious about the new place.

As for the flower shop, that's a tough business. Unfortunately, it is still a business. It is not a charity. If the flower shop wants community support, it needs to reach out to the community, and it needs to provide a service at a level that is easily recognized as worth supporting.

Honestly - I'm just not willing to wait a day for flowers. I want my flowers now. I'm a guy. The shop is lucky I'm buying flowers at all. Worse, I'm really picky. So if the place is not inviting, I wont go in. If the place has a poor selection I'm not likely to go back.

If the shop had already established itself with a good effort, I would contribute to help it survive, up to a point. But it hasn't done anything to compell me to go there in the first place. So, I don't have an any kind of interest in it.

You're absolutely right, Richard. Well wisshes will not support the shop. We know that, so why doesn't the shop realize that too? And, more importantly, do something to remedy the situation?


Anonymous said...

CHINESE ROCK!! --> Now I have to go try "Yan's" and see if they are as good as everyone mention. I have high expectation on dining and I always like to explore new places.
I never think Lynn would have such a great restaurants in around areas. Until I was bought to try Pho Lynn... never able to find such a good Pho even since in the City..

Corey said...

Downtown Bistro is very yummy. I recommend the Mushroom Chowder if its still on the menu. Still a bit pricey for the area, but alas.

Corey said...

Check out for a new blog on Downtown Lynn. Would love it if you or someone from your building would like to be an author. I want to try and get authors from each of the buildings downtown to get a balanced view of what's going on downtown.

icesk8ingtrezzafan said...

The Spirit is the best part of living in Lynn and it's being taken away from us. We love the Spirit. I'm just a kid but I want to help find a way to keep the team in Lynn. I'm so sad thinking I won't be able to go to any Spirit games next summer. It makes me want to cry. . I am 9 and have been going to games since I was 4. It'll be so sad for the kids that won't have anything to do. I'll miss going to the games with all my friends and seeing the new friends I made at the ballpark.
Please send my online petition to everyone you know
See my blog at
and you'll see why the Spirit is so important to us kids. I have 447 signatures. I got 209 signatures on the Internet but I want a million. I got 238 signatures on paper that I got by talking to people.
My only teams are North Shore Spirit and the Red Sox. People wouldn't think it was no big deal if the Red Sox stopped playing and quit Fenway. People wouldn't just go pick another team to cheer for and I won't do that to the Spirit. I grew up at Spirit games at Fraser Field and made a lot of friends there. We have to save our team! Spirit games are the best and us kids love everyone there. We'll all be so sad if they don't come back next year. Kids in Lynn won't have anything fun to do and we all made lots of good friends at the games. The city of Lynn and Mayor Clancy doesn't care about the North Shore Spirit and giving kids a fun safe place to go. He wouldn't support the Spirit so i don't think anyone should support anything he does in the city. I think we should start boycotting everything Clancy and the city sponsors. There are a bunch of concerts and stuff coming up at city hall. I think people shouldn't go and they should email Mayor Clancy and the newspapers to tell them why they aren't going. They shouldn't go to any of the stores and restaurants in Lynn either. Call the stores and stuff and tell them why you won't spend money in Lynn.

seth from central sq said...

Marcus.. not sure how to email you.

I started another blog..wanted to let you know.. is the url, so you can link to it if you'd like.

I hope all is well. Nice scaffolding! They're finally fixing that wall, I guess?