- the peacefulness of flying
- capturing a scene with a photograph
- observing birds in nature
- falling asleep in a hammock
- Camp Sankanac
- when my son sees me and smiles
- exploring a city with no pressing responsibilities
- a long, fast winding mountain bike trail
- a beautifully composed scene in a movie
- closing my eyes during a classical music concert and enjoying the sounds
- extra-chocolatey ice cream
- Rum Chata
- playing sports in crisp weather
- reading Psalms by a river in the morning
- The Killers
- buckwheat pancakes
- the Sydney Harbor Bridge
- the Firth of Forth Bridge
- the feeling you get only on a roller coaster
- bonsai trees
- a non busy – but not empty – museum
- an opulent steak + glass of red wine
- shifting through a manual transmission
- the love between a small group of good friends
- Mini Coopers
- my wife singing old songs I don’t know and I’m the only one around
- a cold basement
- swishy pants and a worn hoodie
- my wife playing Clair de Lune on the piano
- spotting a rare animal in the wild
- remembering moments with my dad when I was a child
- restored/repurposed buildings
- petting a cat
- sifting through a bucket of coins looking for ones I need for my collection
- a glass of cold water after working outside
- playing Mario Kart on vacation
- Japanese gardens
- old post cards
- scheming about business/building/city planning/theme park plans & ideas
- a well executed advertisement
- light and shadow through leafy trees
- large stone/slate tiles
- silver dollars
- smoked salmon
- non-epoxied smooth teak & olive wood
In which I document a bunch of oddly-shaped running tracks around the world:
This one is on an Air Force Base
I’ve been to this one: The Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece
Curtis HS, NY
2 odd-shaped track neighbors in DC
This one in Denmark has options.
Echo Summit 1964 Look at the trees on the inside and how close they are to the track!
Fitchburg, MA AKA the Pocono Raceway track.
Practice track in Italy
This extremely tiny track in Anchorage, AK
Nike track in Manila
Nike HQ track.
Palo Alto: you’d think a tech hub could find space for a normal track.
HS track in Reading, PA sandwiched between the school and mountain slope
Former Reebok HQ in Boston, MA
Looks like Daytona!
Xinshi Elementary, New Taipei
I did this fast and just took google map screenshots, so forgive me for lack of photos, addresses and correct names of places, as well as not doing much background research/making cohesive arguments for each building.
the 2 buildings next to the Waterworks. One is a new condo, the other is condos in a restored building associated with the waterworks.
designed by some famous dude whose name I forget (you can find his face on the face somewhere, whatever), the inside of this place is gorgeous.
This high rise in Cambridge near Harvard has nice proportions and is pleasant to look at and pass by. Not quite right for the area, but not wrong either.
These 2 buildings, especially the one in front of the Converse HQ, is just perfectly portioned for the place. not to big, not too small. good looking, too, and it has that brick and green color that screams ‘Yah’re in Bahston!’
Courthouse in Seaport. Not entirely in love with the backside.
Runkle Elementary in Brookline. Great school environment inside and out. obviously biased because I’ve been inside and know what it’s like.
The Round Whole Foods/Parking garage in South End(ish)
the new Pierce building in Fenway. It’s a good use of the space. great views from the greenway across the street.
Lincoln Elementary School in Brookline. Again, biased since I’ve been inside, but I’ve been inside several dozen elementary schools now, and this one holds up.
This is a medical building/library of sorts in Longwood.
I won’t disclose where this private residence is. But believe me when I say it’s amazingly portioned, nice without being fancy, and pleasant to reside in.
Harvard Medical building. The Greeks are jealous
The Genzyme building. no idea of it’s use.
Exchange place. Not in love with it, but a solid skyscraper. #Glass
the EF education HQ. OK, mostly just an office building with a sweet glass feature.
NO idea the name of this place, and I never seem to remember it when I’m out and about, but love the style and presence.
I am not sure what it is about this low slung parking garage with minimal retail space near the Chinatown gate, but I like it. call me crazy.
Cambridge Public Library. Amazing conjunction of old and new.
Many buildings on Boston College campus all have the same fee, but I like this one the best.
This apartment building on Beacon near Amory playground has incredible lateral proportions. it calms me.
Photo taken at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.