Speaking of fools, I can't believe how people in Northampton just blithely step into the street expecting the cars to stop.
The amazing thing is that the cars actually do stop. In Springfield you would have a low life expectancy if you tried to cross the street like that.
How cool is this? An entire poem by Amherst College professor Robert Frost scrawled on the guardrail of the footbridge across the Connecticut River.
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.
I'm glad I live in a place where poetic masterpieces appear as graffiti. This poster is outdated.
Seems a lot of people are missing this these days.
Hey let's go peace-out at the Haymarket....
....and go up to the counter and I'll order a coffee and you can get a banana shake.
Then go downstairs where it's quieter and more private.
See that square enclosure, that's an old coal shute. In the olden times the coal man would use it to pour the coal into the cellar for the furnace.
Now it is decorated with religious icons.
See the light shining through the top? This is what it looks like from the sidewalk outside.
In Amherst today the UMass football team was raising money for autistic kids.
The 1975 film The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, a so-so thriller based on a so-so book, is none the less an eternal local favorite due to the fact that large sections of it were filmed in the Pioneer Valley, especially downtown Springfield. Northampton videomaster Dann Vazquez has spliced together all of the Springfield scenes for your viewing pleasure, which capture the city's downtown during a time of heavy construction and "revitalization." Sadly, most of the new buildings they put up were way inferior to the ones they tore down.