Skip to main content

Adventurous Business Trips: Boston

Headed to Chelmsford or Marlboro? Oh No You're Not! Think Boston!
Do you work for a company with remote offices 'near' Boston? Ever been sent to the Boston office only to find yourself in Chelmsford or Marlboro? Well, you don't have to be stuck out there! This article outlines how to get to work and back on time, on the cheap, and on the green. It also points out one excellent place to stay, (hint: 463 Beacon St.), and talks about a few of the sites you can see in town.

Getting To Work and Back
Thanks to the miracle, that is the Boston public transit system, you can stay in Boston, enjoy everything it has to offer, and still show up for work on time in the morning! And, by avoiding a car rental, you can be green and help the environment as well. You're employer won't mind not expensing a rental car either. The rides out to work can be a bit lengthy, but that's what laptops are for right? And, the rewards to be had in Boston are definitely worth the train ride out.


You'll need to get two different types of transit tickets. One for the Boston subway system, and one for the commuter rail. The commuter rail takes you to outlying areas where you work like Chelmsford and Marlboro. The Boston subway takes you to every cool and fun place in all of Boston!

Commuter rail tickets are available in multiples of 10 at a slight savings. If you're going to be in Boston for a complete business week, depending on what geographic zone your final location falls into, they're worth looking at. The smaller cities around Boston have limited taxi service, so you'll want to do one of three things.
  1. Walk to your work if it's close enough, (Go Green)!
  2. Call a taxi the night before and arrange for them to pick you up.
  3. Have someone from work pick you up at the train station.
The weekly Charlie Card pass is a complete bargain even if you're only staying for two days. It gives you the freedom to go anywhere in Boston on any subway, bus, or inner-harbor ferry for a week for only $15. If you're a planner, you can even buy your pass online ahead of time and have it mailed to you

The commuter rail map above can be seen in its entirety here. Using the route map, determine which stop is closest to your work location. If you're like me and can't determine geographic locations based on a rail map, use the Google map below that also points out all the T and commuter rail stations.

Now That You Can Get Around, Where Do You Sleep?
There are lots of great places recommended for every taste and every budget in books like the Lonely Planet guide to Boston and the Let's Go guide to Boston. But, my favorite is:

463 Beacon Street!
View Larger Map
As shown on the map above, this beautiful little hotel is located on historic Beacon Street within walking distance to a great shopping district, great places to eat, Fenway Park, (go Sox!), MIT, and... a T station on the green line! It books up pretty regularly, so book early. But even if you don't book early, try anyway. I booked late for a trip last year and they put me in one of their apartments about a block away, (again, see the map). If you're wondering, no, this isn't a sponsored ad. I don't even know how to make it a sponsored post. I just really like the hotel and the people who run it.

Now, That You're There, What is There To Do?
Once in Boston, there are any number of sites to see and things to do. As I mentioned, Fenway Park is a short walk away. Getting to see the Red Sox play in Fenway park is a phenomenal experience. There's not a bad seat. You can either book tickets through the Red Sox web site, or buy them on the sidewalk the night of the game. I had great luck on the sidewalk. Of course, I don't mind going to a game in the third inning, and your experience may vary.

The seafood, and really every other kind of food is excellent all over Boston. The older and more family-owned the place looks, generally, the better the food is. If you're there in the warmer months, get out to the bay and try a bucket of clams.

Of course you can always see the Celtics play as well. There arena is shown on the map above as well. It's important for two reasons. It's where the Celtics play, but it also sits on top of the commuter rail station you'll need to get out to work.

Be sure to check out the great architecture of the city including Trinity Church. A walk down any street in Boston can provide a wealth of unexpected beauty!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Cool Math Tricks: Deriving the Divergence, (Del or Nabla) into New (Cylindrical) Coordinate Systems

The following is a pretty lengthy procedure, but converting the divergence, (nabla, del) operator between coordinate systems comes up pretty often. While there are tables for converting between common coordinate systems, there seem to be fewer explanations of the procedure for deriving the conversion, so here goes!

What do we actually want?

To convert the Cartesian nabla



to the nabla for another coordinate system, say… cylindrical coordinates.



What we’ll need:

1. The Cartesian Nabla:



2. A set of equations relating the Cartesian coordinates to cylindrical coordinates:



3. A set of equations relating the Cartesian basis vectors to the basis vectors of the new coordinate system:



How to do it:

Use the chain rule for differentiation to convert the derivatives with respect to the Cartesian variables to derivatives with respect to the cylindrical variables.

The chain rule can be used to convert a differential operator in terms of one variable into a series of differential operators in terms of othe…

Lost Phone

We were incredibly lucky to have both been in university settings when our kids were born.  When No. 1 arrived, we were both still grad students.  Not long after No. 2 arrived, (about 10 days to be exact), mom-person defended her dissertation and gained the appellation prependage Dr. 

While there are lots of perks attendant to grad school, not the least of them phenomenal health insurance, that’s not the one that’s come to mind for me just now.  The one I’m most grateful for at the moment with respect to our kids was the opportunities for sheer independence.  Most days, we’d meet for lunch on the quad of whatever university we were hanging out at at the time, (physics research requires a bit of travel), to eat lunch.  During those lunches, the kids could crawl, toddle, or jog off into the distance.  There were no roads, and therefore no cars.  And, I realize now with a certain wistful bliss I had no knowledge of at the time, there were also very few people at hand that new what a baby…

Lab Book 2014_07_10 More NaI Characterization

Summary: Much more plunking around with the NaI detector and sources today.  A Pb shield was built to eliminate cosmic ray muons as well as potassium 40 radiation from the concreted building.  The spectra are much cleaner, but still don't have the count rates or distinctive peaks that are expected.
New to the experiment?  Scroll to the bottom to see background and get caught up.
Lab Book Threshold for the QVT is currently set at -1.49 volts.  Remember to divide this by 100 to get the actual threshold voltage. A new spectrum recording the lines of all three sources, Cs 137, Co 60, and Sr 90, was started at approximately 10:55. Took data for about an hour.
Started the Cs 137 only spectrum at about 11:55 AM

Here’s the no-source background from yesterday
In comparison, here’s the 3 source spectrum from this morning.

The three source spectrum shows peak structure not exhibited by the background alone. I forgot to take scope pictures of the Cs137 run. I do however, have the printout, and…