Did I just hear a cannon go off? Wouldn't surprise me, it is Boston and we do have the USS Constitution parked nearby.
Today was a loooong day. I had Popular Culture and America and actually ended up being late to Japanese because we were having a spirited discussion about social development in kids 6-12 years old and comparing it to an economic system where some people are more "marketable" than others (sounds weird but it actually makes sense), and how bullying ties into that and whether it should be allowed (my answer: Hell no, see Phoebe Prince and Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover for why) and what makes that different than not wanting to be friends with someone. I argued that it's the difference between shutting the castle gate to a group of people versus shutting the gate and also pouring a vat of boiling water onto them, in the sense of intentionally causing harm versus just keeping someone out (also invoking the idea of intentional harm from criminal justice but that's neither here nor there). Then we essentially started talking about laissez-faire economic strategy versus regulation as applied to which friends kids have, and we probably could have talked for an hour if I hadn't had to go (for the record I'm for regulation within reason in both economics and kids' social systems).
I then had my long Japanese class of the week, and despite Japanese using nothing that even looks like Roman characters (save Romaji) I still
find it easier than Russian. Maybe it's just that once you learn a language that has 8 cases everything else is easy as pie.
On my way up to the station I saw a flyer for the State House Cafe, and was surprised by just how cheap stuff was. Since I'm not getting paid until tomorrow and I figured I'd have a look around I headed up there after I said hi to Steve at the station. He was surprised when I said that you could just walk into the State House (well, okay, there is a metal detector) but it is a public building and the public is entitled to sit in on hearings. I also managed to find the office of our friend Stan, but he wasn't there. If I go again I'll call ahead, but going in there was a last minute decision.
While at the State House I looked for the statue of Anne Hutchinson, an uppity feminist ancestor of mine who got kicked out of Massachusetts in the 1600s for having radical views like women being people. Unfortunately the statue was behind a fence because security doesn't want people getting that close to the building, and the photo I took was really crappy, so here's a better one by someone on Wikipedia
. She's certainly someone whose genes I'm glad to have, if ever so distantly. Massachusetts can't get rid of us that easily.
I then headed to the MSPCA, and the E line being the E line they decided to take the train I was on out of service so I had to catch another -- and pay again
. That also sapped the money I'd had on there for the trip back. I wasn't happy. Luckily at the MSPCA one of the staff members gave me change for the 5 I had. I was glad to hear that the two ferrets at the MSPCA who I love finally got adopted, since they'd been there since I started, and Zone, one of the sweets greyhounds I've ever met, is going home too. I also had a kitten nearly jump down my shirt, but I'm not big enough in there for it to get in. I'm probably going to have scratches from that. I also got subjected to a "Shiba scream" for a shiba inu, who are as loud as a car alarm going off next to your ear. Yikes.