An Allin Update: In 4 Acts

It has been a while since I’ve updated on our Boston adventures, so away we go!

Act 1: ImprovBoston

In the true Gleitsman Fellows spirit several of the fellows headed out last Saturday to observe the budding leaders of Boston’s comedy circuit. Improv Boston, located in Central Square, put together a great line of still-developing stand up comedians for a full, but cozy audience. Each comedian gets about 5 minutes to strut their stuff.

My favorite was the guy who talked about how he just started dating a white girl. He calls her up to see what she is doing, and she says she is taking her dog to the vet. “I’m so sorry. What’s wrong with it?” he asks. “Oh nothing,” she says “Just taking him in.” “White people take their animals to the vet when nothing is wrong with them?!” He busts out laughing. This is a Fact. Truth.

My family has done it. And it was absolutely hilarious. Why do people take perfectly healthy animals to the vet? The comedians at Improv Boston definitely don’t get it.

Alex, Jenny, Tom, Robert and I all had an awesome time, and I would recommend it for an affordable, accessible Saturday night plan. The venue also serves snacks and beer, and it would be a solid after dinner activity. For all your comedy dorks out there, they have a Magic the Gathering improv show this Friday.

Act 2: Birthday Dinner Singing

Two of our favorite people at the Kennedy School, Will Denn and Kousha Navidar celebrated their birthday within two weeks. Adding mine into the mix during the same time period, made for a fantastic excuse for a dinner party. Fresh pasta, salad, and Ina Garten’s Baked Brownie Pudding, made for full, content bellies. We even had the chance to sing happy birthday to ourselves all at once. The night made Tom and I really grateful for so many of the quality people we’ve been able to build relationships with thus far in Boston.

Act 3: The Never-Ending Winter

We’ve had our fair share of snow during our first Boston winter. We’ve actually had more snow than Tom or I have seen combined in our entire lives. There have been several morning where we are both trudging to Harvard Square together chanting “Why am I going to work right now? Why am I going to school right now?” We have been good winter sports, but even Southerners with thick skin need a little reprieve. March is coming this weekend. Please send warm thoughts here for us.

Act 4: Games & New Friends Keep Us Warm

Now, you think I’m going to talk about new human friends. You’d be wrong. Tom and I got to meet two of our online dog crushes last week, and they fully lived up to the hype. Paco (white) and Azuki (auburn) are the pets of Diane and Jen respectively. Two (human) friends we met during our adventures in Somerville. Both of the pet/owner combinations were able to come out and meet Charlie, and I fell even more in love with both of them. So did Charlie.

Finally, our other (non-human) new friend is Area 4 pizza in Union Square. Listen up people. They have the trifecta– baller pizzas, coasters with riddles to solve, and pre-1995 video games for you to play. Go. Enjoy. And be sure to call Tom and I and invite us before you do.

Until Next Time!


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