I hate Boston, MA. I hated to where I would not even go back and visit the ugly city with it’s unfriendly population and its old money. I have zero good memory from the time I lived there and I try to not even welcome such memory in my mind.
I’ve always wondered why Bostonian have such chip on there shoulder due to there history and there old money till I came across this article.
An American dream denied
By Steve Bailey, Globe Columnist | October 18, 2006
John Walsh thought he was living the American dream. Until, that is, he ran head-on into Jonathan Winthrop.
The two men come from very different worlds — and Jonathan Winthrop has every intention of keeping it that way.
Winthrop’s family came to Boston on the Arbella in 1630 (which followed the more modest Mayflower expedition by a decade), and he is a direct descendent of John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He is an architect and a graduate of St. Mark’s School, Harvard, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is not someone who likes to see his name turn up in the papers, but The New York Times, of course, duly noted his engagement and marriage in 1998 to Sydney Cheston, whose great-grandfather founded Dodge, the car company. It must have been a grand affair.
Walsh’s wedding 24 years ago to his high school sweetheart, Kathleen, didn’t make the Times, but then Walsh wasn’t exactly an avid Times reader all those years ago. He grew up in a Somerville housing project, and when his father, a laborer, drowned at the age of 47, he left his wife with six kids and no life insurance. Neither of his parents went beyond the eighth grade. Walsh himself dropped out of Westfield State College to go to beauty school. It turned out to be a good decision.
Today Walsh is the wealthy chief executive and sole owner of Elizabeth Grady Cos., the fast-growing chain of salons in New England. Since buying the business from the founding family 15 years ago by pledging everything his family owned (including his mom’s modest home), Walsh has transformed Elizabeth Grady from a company near bankruptcy to one with about $25 million in annual revenue. The company now has 40 stores and plans to add another 10 next year.
John Walsh has a remarkable rags-to-riches story to tell, but it has not been remarkable enough to impress Jonathan Winthrop, who lives his life, quite literally, overlooking Beacon Hill from the penthouse. Walsh just wants to move downstairs. Winthrop and his neighbors have said no. Walsh, though, is not going away quietly.
“I didn’t get to where I am by waiting for someone to give something to me,” says Walsh, 51. “My parents instilled in me that you can do anything you want, be anything you want, as long as you work hard at it.”
For months now Walsh has been trying to buy a unit at 68 Beacon St. , a striking nine-story brick building at the corner of Charles Street — one of the city’s best locations, at the foot of the Public Garden and the Boston Common.
The problem: 68 Beacon is a cooperative building, which courts have ruled are essentially private clubs, giving boards the right to turn down anyone they want as long as no one can prove they have broken laws barring discrimination based on things like race, sex, or age. Co-ops are much more common in New York than Boston, and prospective owners are frequently rejected without knowing why. Singer Barbra Streisand, clothing designer Calvin Klein, and casino entrepreneur Steve Wynn are among those rejected by co-ops .
Walsh and his family have lived in North Andover for years and have a summer home in Gloucester. But with their children getting older, he says, they started looking for a place in the city. They eventually fell in love with the location — and the possibilities — of 68 Beacon. Their unit would be on the first floor in space formerly occupied by Sovereign Bank. He agreed to pay $700,000 for 2,254 square feet and figures it will cost about that much again to renovate the space. He knows he got a steal.
“I never said I had stupid stamped on my forehead,” says the blunt Walsh.
Walsh says Winthrop, chairman of the co-op board, was cold and haughty from the beginning. In an initial 30-minute “preliminary interview,” Walsh says, Winthrop’s questions focused on the couples’ parents’ backgrounds, their own educations, and that of their children. Winthrop also wanted to know how they got such a good price on the unit, Walsh says. “By the way,” Walsh quoted Winthrop as saying at the end, “your references are weak.”
Walsh says his wife got the message loud and clear: They don’t want us here, she said.
The Walshes eventually went through an interview with the entire board, and it was more of the same, he says. In a rejection letter last spring, Anne R. Righter, a director, wrote: “The board, in general, has through its interview process, garnered a belief that Mr. Walsh would not reasonably coalesce as a member of this cooperative community. Inherent in the nature of the cooperative form of ownership is the right of the stockholders, acting by and through the board and officers, to select people and activities that are compatible with the community.”
And that was what the board was willing to put in writing. The letter also cited “at least one material misrepresentation” on the application but wasn’t explicit and expressed concern that Walsh did not have the “ability” to complete the renovation. The board also worried that Walsh’s intentions were “of a speculative nature.”
Walsh says there was no misrepresentation, and the board’s list is a smokescreen. Winthrop, in particular, does not want them there because “we are not their kind of people,” Walsh says. “What I wanted to say — and didn’t — is that when he was studying art appreciation, I was wondering where my next [expletive] meal was coming from,” says Walsh. He also says the co-op board itself wants to buy the space. He eventually appealed his rejection before a meeting of all the building’s residents at the Somerset Club, but was turned down.
Winthrop declines to comment: “I have no comment to make on this issue at all. You may or may not be receiving a call from the building’s attorney with the same message.” The lawyer called, and he too declined to comment.
Walsh has no shortage of admirers, all of whom are willing to speak up for him with the co-op board. Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly, who has worked with Walsh on drug and street crime issues in Somerville, calls him “a caring person,” a good family man, and someone who wants to give back. “He is what America is all about,” says Reilly.
Kent Kreh, former chairman of Jenny Craig Inc., calls Walsh a “straight arrow” who has done a “magnificent” job with his company. Of Walsh’s co-op rejection, Kreh says: “It sounds like something that doesn’t exist any more in this country.”
State Representative Barry Finegold, an Andover Democrat, wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again in Massachusetts. He and state Senator Bruce Tarr, a Gloucester Republican, plan to introduce a bill that would limit such rejections to financial considerations. He calls Walsh “an absolute role model for any person who thinks one can accomplish anything. He came from a very, very tough background, and is someone who has not forgotten where he comes from.”
Despite all that has happened, Walsh insists that he “positively, absolutely” wants to live at 68 Beacon. “What kind of example do I set if I walk away?” asks Walsh, a father of three.
John Winthrop is remembered for his “City on a Hill” sermon, which proclaimed that the wealthy have a holy duty to look after the poor. But Winthrop, elected 12 times as a governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was no democrat. Known as obstinate and intolerant, he wrote: “A democracy is, amongst civil nations, accounted the meanest and worst of all forms of government.”
Nearly four centuries later, the family’s Puritan values live on in the penthouse atop 68 Beacon St.
That’s right, why would someone want to mix themselves into the population of arrogant, old thinkers, rude and stuck up who think there shit smells better then rest of the world?. definitely not me.
۱. گفتار نیک پندار نیک کردار نیک
۲. اشا يا اشويي برابر راستي ، پاكي ، سامان ، آرامش جهان ، هنجار هستي ، درستي ، پارسايي ، پرهيز كاري ، داد ، نيكويي ، پيمان داري ، و … می باشد ، درستكار آنست كه اگر راستي و آشويي به زيان اوست دست از آن بر ندارد و از آن نگريزد . رستگاران هميشه راست و درست اند . ” وهمن برگ 28 شماره يكم “
۳. كسی را فریب مده تا دردمند نشوی
۴.آنچه را گذشته است فراموش كن و بدانچه نرسیده است رنج و اندوه مبر
۵. راستی فضیلت است. راستی شادمانی است. شادمانی از آن كسی است كه همیشه راستگو و درستكردار است
۶. عاشق عاشقی باش و دوست داشتن را دوست بدار،از تنفر متنفر باش و به مهربانی مهر بورز، با آشتی آشتی کن و از جدایی جدا باش
۷. ای خداوند خرد هنگامیکه در روز ازل جسم و جان آفریدی و از منش خویش نیروی اندیشیدن و خرد بخشیدی. زمانی که به تن خاکی روان دمیدی و به انسان نیروی کارکردن و سخن گفتن و رهبری کردن عنایت فرمودی خواستی تا هر کس به دلخواه و با کمال آزادی راه و کیش خود را برگزیند. هات ۳۱ بند ۱۱
۸.ای مردم بهترین سخنان را به گوش هوش بشنوید و با اندیشه روشن و ژرف بینی آنها را بررسی کنید. هر مرد و زن راه نیک و بد را شخصاً برگزینید. هات ۳۰ بند ۲
۹. این سخنان را به نو عروسان و تازه دامادان می گویم . امیدوارم اندرزم را بگوش هوش بشنوید و با ضمیری روشن آنرا نیک دریابید و بخاطر بسپرید : همیشه با نیک منشی و مهر و دوستی زندگی کنید و در راستی و پاکی و مهر ورزی از یکدیگر پیشی جوئید. چه بیگمان از زندگی سرشار از خوشی و خوشبختی برخوردار خواهید شد. هات ۵۳ بند ۵
۱۰. مرد خردمند با آگاهی از اینکه عشق و ایمان به خدا سرچشمه راستی است گمراهان و زشتکاران را به پرورش منش پاک و انجام کار نیک و مهرورزی به دیگران اندرز خواهد داد و سرانجام ای خداوند جان و خرد همه زشتکاران با آگاهی از حقیقت بسوی تو خواهند آمد. هات ۳۴ بند ۱۰
۱۱. اهورامزدا را باید با ایمانی کامل و از روی راستی ستود چرا که او به ما نوید داده است که در پرتو خویشتن شناسی , راستی و نیک منشی میتوان به رسایی و جاودانگی راه یافت .
۱۲. نه به راست نه به دروغ هرگز سوگند مخور .
۱۳. سخی و جوانمرد باش تا آسمانی باشی .
۱۴. زن ديگري را فريب مده تا روانت گناهكار نگردد .
۱۵. با زن فرزانه و شرمگين عروسي كن و او را دوست بدار.
۱۶. قبل از جواب دادن تفکر کن.
۱۷. مغرور و خود پسند نباش؛ زیرا انسان چون مشك پر باد است و اگر باد آن خارج شود، چیزی باقی نمیماند…
۱۸ . برای آدمی در زندگی،هیچ خیری بالاتر از پاکیزگی نیست.این پاکیزگی همان است که از قانون اهورمزدا به دست می آید،و پاکی و پاکیزگی قانون دین من است.
۱۹. خدای زرتشت بخشایشگر و پر جوشش است پس از کسی که میبخشد،نباید ترسید،تنها چیزی که باید از آن ترسید همان «ترس» است….
۲۰ .کسی که از راست کار پیروی می کند در روشنایی جایگاهی برای خود خواهد گزید و کسی که دروغکار است،عمر درازی را در تیرگی با آه و ناله سپری خواهد کرد،او را وجدانش به توسط کردارش به چنین سر انجامی می کشاند…
How much pasta is enough for x amount of people?
This is something that many people struggle with. I have many times cooked way too much pasta for the sauce I made or even way too much pasta for the amount of people I had to feed! It gets frustrating especially because most people dont like reheated pasta the day after,the Italians definitely don’t like it.
The answer to this dilemma,according to my [Italian] grandmother,is 100g per person.
This is not a huge plate each,so big eaters *cough* like me *cough* might want more pasta.
Otherwise to make a more balanced meal,a second course could be offered,maybe mixed salads or even a salad and grilled fish,steak or chicken breast. I have also been offered a big plate of boiled veggies as seconds.
I usually prefer more pasta and a salad on the side,but that’s not the Italian style. ^_^
So when making your meal,judging by the amount your family usually eats and whether you want to go “alla Italiana”,you can make a second course to be eaten right after the pasta or perhaps for your family 100g each is just fine.
Usually when we have guests we do the 2 course meal,when it’s just the family we do an abundance of pasta,hence the big tum tum and TPS*
For second course recipes check out the “Secondo”(#3) and “Contorno”(#4) categories on the right.
* TPS = Tight Pants Syndrome
Tonight my roommate ended up cooking,but she already saw the menu plan so we managed to stick to it anyway!
Here’s how she did it:
Ingredients: (makes 6 servings)
- 600g pasta of your choice,Fusilli,Spaghetti or Farfalle would work best
- 1 tin tomato pulp
- 1 bottle tomato puree
- 2 tins tuna,drained
- 15 black olives cut into 3 rings each
- 2 teaspoons capers
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 cube vegetable stock
- salt to taste
Optionals to add to the sauce:
- A bunch of fresh parsley,finely chopped,added just before adding to pasta
- 1 chili pepper,finely chopped,added to sauce along with olives,tuna,etc.
- In a pot add the tomato pulp,tomato puree and the stock cube
- Use a little water to wash all the tomato out of the bottle and tin,add to the pot
- Bring to boil
- Add drained tuna,capers,sliced olives and pepper
- Mix well,lower heat and cover
- Let it cook while you prepare the pasta according to package instructions
- Stir occasionally,taste and adjust salt according to taste
- When pasta is drained,add a few scoops of sauce to the pasta and mix
- Place pasta into individual plates and pour more sauce over each one
- You can add grated Parmesan cheese on top or drizzle olive oil on it once served