Neighbors say: How dare you put up Christmas Decorations!


Note by Freddy: If I had neighbors like this, I would leave my Christmas Lights on 365 days a year. And  if the anti-Christmas neighbors are reading this. I would just like to say Merry Christmas. I hope Santa and his reindeer both take a dump on your house on Christmas eve.

NEWTON, Mass. (WHDH) — One Christmas display in Newton has pitted neighbor against neighbor.
The home glows with holiday cheer in one Newton neighborhood: Santa, snowmen, baby Jesus in a manger. For the Hunter family it’s an electric display of the Christmas spirit, but someone sent them a letter saying otherwise.

“Not everybody in the neighborhood is Christian and many people do not wish to see such a flagrant display of your beliefs,” said Kelly Hunter, received complaint.

The letter was signed only “your neighbors.” The person who wrote it complained that the trimmings are tacky.
“You are of course free worship as you believe, celebrate as you please, and free to have bad taste, but please have the good sense to do these things in the privacy of your own home. Sincerely, your neighbors.” Kelly Hunter read.

“We’re not anti-anything. We are Christian, we are celebrating our faith. People are free to do that,” said Kristen Hunter, received complaint.

“Coward, wish they could have said who it is, sign your name to it,” Kelly said.
The display started 40 years ago by the children’s grandfather.  “It really means just keeping my grandfather’s legacy alive, and I think it means a lot to the neighborhood too,” said Caleb Hunter, received complaint.  The Hunter family says they won’t let this letter put a sour note on their Christmas.

“We have so much support; people are really showing their love,” said Kristen.
The letter was postmarked from Boston, so the Hunters say they’re not entirely convinced it’s from one of their direct neighbors.

Travel Story: Food Tates better when it comes from other places

This is my last post from Denmark. Heading back to the US tomorrow


Food tastes better when it comes from other places

Back in the USA, There is a type pastry that are very good to have for breakfast.  We call them Danish Pastries.

Danish pastry, or simply Danish, is a sweet pastry which has become a specialty of Denmark and the neighboring Scandinavian countries and is popular throughout the  world

I have been in Denmark 4 days and I haven’t sent even one thing that I would consider to be a Danish.  Why do we eat these things called “Danish”.  They are yummy.  But I don’t get why the people in Denmark don’t seem to eat them for breakfast.  Why do we call them Danish in the US?


Is this a marketing concept?.  For example The Texas Road House was founded in Indiana. Up in Canada the most well know Pizza place is Boston Pizza.  Well here in the US, Chicago and New York have reputations for good Pizza.  Boston is home of the Beans, Lobsters, Fish, Claims, but not pizza.  I went to a Boston Pizza in Quebec City Canada, a few months ago and the pizza really was awful.

I looked up Boston Pizza on Wikipedia and found there is a US version of Boston Pizza.
It is called” Boston’s the Gourmet Pizza” the US chain is based and founded in Dallas Texas.

Of course it is.



Tourism Sign inside the Reykjavik Airport

Recently this blog has had a lot of posts about guns and politics.  I am in Denmark this week, so, we will have some travel stories as well.

Rather then Complaining about something, I am reporting on my trip to Denmark with a layover  at the Iceland Airport.


ICELANDAIR turned to be a pretty decent airline.  AC power at every seat. Touchscreen entertainment systems with USB ports to power your devices were also at every seat.  I would have loved to get out the Air Port in Reykjavik Iceland to explore Iceland, but it was not to be this time.

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sunrise at the airport in Iceland

I arrived at 6am to see sunrise at the Reykjavik  airport.  Iceland is 4 hours ahead of Boston time where I left the US.

After hanging around and looking in the shops for two hours, it was on to Denmark where i arrived at 1pm local , which is 6 hours ahead of Boston time.

I don’t usually exchange money when I travel overseas, I found the cheapest, easiest way to get local cash is through a ATM.  Usually any bank fees are lower then the Money Exchangers in airports, plus you get a better exchange.  Always have an idea of the exchange rate though.
I really had no idea of how much money, I was getting out of the ATM in Danish Kroners.
I ended up taking 600 Kroner, which I later found out was $120  US dollars.  Not knowing the exchange rate, could lead one to accidentally empty their bank account back home, if you take out way to much due to Exchange Rate confusion.  I have been here one day now, and I have not spent any cash.  I might end up spending the $600 DK I have on shopping at the airport on the way home.

Driving is on the right hand side of the Road, just like back at home, so driving here is less of an adventure then the UK.(Where they drive on the wrong side of the road).  Following the GPS, I got to the training center by 2:30 and spent a few hours setting up the class.

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The local hosts, booked my hotel and I am staying at the Farum Point Sports and Conference Center.  Which basically is a huge Soccer, Event Stadium and home of one of the Denmark Soccer teams..  Here is the view outside my room window, and a view from inside the stadium.
This place is pretty dead on a Monday night.  I am sure this place will be jammed pack when there is a game.

I ate dinner at the cafe instead the hotel last night. The food was strange but good.

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Steak Kabobs, Break really big hot dogs.  Ribs, and Pork. I lived the food much better then when I was in the Netherlands two years ago.  The giant picture of the Girl in Blue covering one of the walls in the Cage was a little strange in the decor department,It is like she is staring at you as you eat.  Tomorrow I have to teach a class, and I might get to see a little more of Denmark tomorrow night.

The Rat in Boston

The Rathskeller From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 This was the place to play in Boston Music in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  I played there in a New Wave/Punk Bank. Once
First an intro of the venue
The Rathskellar
“The Rat”
Location 528 Commonwealth AvenueKenmore SquareBoston,Massachusetts42°20′54.97″N 71°5′46″W
Type Music venue
Genre(s) Punk rockAlternative Rock,Hardcore PunkGarage RockRock and Roll
Opened 1974
Closed 1997
Demolished 2000
Owner Jimmy Harold

The Rathskeller (known as The Rat for short) was a legendary[1][2] live music venue in Boston, Massachusetts that was open from 1974 to 1997. A dimly-lit, gritty establishment, the Rathskeller was considered the “granddaddy” of Boston rock venues.[3][4]

During its heyday, the Rat hosted such acts as the CarsPixiesMetallica, the Dead KennedysThe RamonesTalking HeadsR.E.M. and The Police. From 1980 to 1987, The Hoodoo BBQ — which Esquire called one of the “100 Best Restaurants in America” — was located at The Rat.[5]

The Young Snakes on stage at The Rat, 1981

The Rat was the “locus of Boston Rock and Roll,”[6] and, while the club was revered for the soon-to-be-huge artists that performed there, it was equally distinguished by the local bands and scenes it helped to nurture. In 1976, the album Live at The Rat was released; it documented not only the music of the time, but the importance of the club in the development of Boston rock and roll.[7] The WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble was held at the Rathskeller for its first three years and was originally referred to as “the Rumble at the Rat.”[8] Other references to the Rat’s cultural impact can be found in the book All Souls, the film All Ages: The Boston Hardcore Film,[9] and in both Guitar Hero II andGuitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s.

The Rathskeller closed in November of 1997, and was torn down in October of 2000 to make way for the Hotel Commonwealth,[10] a 148-room luxury hotel of which Boston University is a limited partner.

My next Post will be about my night I played the Rat.