Those who’d like to participate in Five Minute Friday will write for five minutes on the topic of the week, post it on their own blog and link up the post here. This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation.
This week’s prompt is: WELCOME
Last night, New Englanders discovered that Boston was selected to be the bidding city from the USA for the 2024 Olympics. The romantic in me thinks this is awesome – Boston’s a gorgeous city, an amazing blend of the oldest and newest among American architecture, a melting pot of universities which bring students from all over the world, a unique place with absolutely beautiful scenery, both in the city and out.
Of course, New Englanders don’t have the reputation of being the most welcoming people. We’re often seen as cold, rude, foul-tempered. As a transplant to the area, I was braced for that when I moved here, coming from an area of the country where people were considered friendly, straight forward, welcoming.
Honestly, I found New Englanders to be much moreso – they’re just less tolerant of “fake.” They’re blunt and direct, and a bit less trusting of those who are new, but once they know who you are… they’re the most devoted and reliable people around.
But like I said – the romantic in me thinks this is awesome. The practical side of me is screaming in horror about the idea. Boston’s still recovering from the boondoggle of financial mess that was the Big Dig. Getting right back into a multi-year massive construction project fills me with dread. As much as I’d like to enjoy riding commuter rail train cars that weren’t manufactured in West Germany (yes… West.), I simply can’t believe the committee’s claims that no taxpayer money will go toward this. If there is this private financing that they claim exists, great – start putting it toward all of the much-needed infrastructure upgrades before there’s any event on the horizon. I simply can’t see the entire MBTA being upgraded by 2024, when one station alone (Government Center) is currently closed down for two years for upgrades.
And that’s just the T.
Would I be welcoming if the Olympics came here? Yes. But it’s a massively bad idea, completely impractical, and… terrifying.