Friday, April 18, 2008

city councilors "blast" firefighters ha ha

The Boston Globe's article about "blasting" firefighters leads with this quote:

"If this practice is happening, it's not right, and it's not fair to the people of Boston," said Councilor Salvatore LaMattina. "It's not fair if people come to work and fake injuries, and then go on workman's comp and disability."

That's blastin em, Sal! Take that!

If it's happening!?? If?? Of course it's goddam happening. It's a matter of public record.

The other examples of city councilors courageous "blasting" of the firefighters, from the article:

"For the last few years we've had diminished funds, and if these allegations are found to be true, we will certainly see to it that the practice is ended," Councilor at Large Stephen J. Murphy said in an e-mail. Murphy added that the actions of a few could taint "an otherwise honorable department."

Councilor Sam Yoon, a strong supporter of the firefighters' union, said he hoped the probe would "provide some much-needed transparency and accountability to the department."

Such withering blasts!

Seventeen-year-old kids have to pee in a cup to work at PetSmart, but Boston firefighters will only consider drug testing if it's part of "contract negotiations". In other words, we'll submit to a drug test if you give us more money. How about they get as much money as the kids at PetSmart?

Sunday, April 06, 2008

simply gourmet

Sunday, 9:30 AM. Ah my quaint lovely neighborhood. The Sandwich Maker on the corner has changed hands yet again. Now it's Simply Gourmet. They didn't bother with a new sign--that's the old Sandwich Maker in the chef's hat. They just painted over the old name.

This place, it practically shouts "Gourmet", doesn't it. And, they have bagels! What better time for a bagel than a Sunday morning. There's a big Now Open sign on the wall, and two Open flags out front. But, it's closed. No bagel for me.

It's open and closed!

Note the bench. Makes you want to sit right down and spend time with your bagel and coffee. I can barely resist the urge. Click on the pic for a better view of this charming spot.