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July 26th, 2005


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09:10 am - DANGER SEEKERS!
Today's DANGER SEEKER Award goes to the honorable Mit Romney, esteemed governor of my fine state of Massachusetts, who defied death last week by taking a chance and risking life and limb to ensure that his 'constichency' (at least, those who live east of Worcester) feel safe and secure. Mit, whose experience running the 2002 SLC Winter Olympics taught him that there's no reason to be above any kind of photo op, thereby invited members of the press to join him on his latest perilous scheme. WARNING! Women and children may wish to refrain from reading any further for fear that the shock may be TOO GREAT to their fragile constitutions! Our Mit is a man of action and derring-do, and his life's adventures are definitely NOT for the faint-hearted!

So then. We set the stage in Boston, of Last Week 2005, where Mit embarked on a dangerous mission to prove to his esteemed constichency that, even in the face of the London subway bombings, it was safe to ride the MBTA. Perhaps, after the constant and effective "Remember to take your bags with you" and "If you see something, say something" announcements that echo throughout the train system, Mit felt he needed to go the extra mile, as it were. He needed to give his 110%. He needed to do something himself.

"But how?" you may ask, with a bit of trepidation (perfectly normal), "How could Mit possibly achieve such an incredible goal? How could he surpass all odds and emerge victorious?" Well, dear reader, strap on your Brave Hat, crack your knuckles and venture on, because I'm about to explain it all.

First, Mit descended deep below the earth, accompanied by inquisitive members of the press corps, his own aides, and several Massachusetts State Police officers who were naturally being paid hazard pay for the dangerous task of protecting the subway system from the intrepid Governor. Once uniquely below terra firma, Mit then performed the unthinkable: He boarded an actual Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority subway train (known as "The Red Line" -- RED FOR BLOOD!) and not only stayed on the train, but he also rode it! For one entire stop!

Yes, Mit bravely spanned the distance from Park Street to Downtown Crossing, a distance of maybe over three football fields, in an elapsed time of almost thirty seconds. All smiles, he showed no ill effects at his post-commute press conference. In fact, he managed to crack a joke about the rising costs of MBTA service, "accidentally" stating that the cost of a T ride is "still a dollar." It's great to see his sense of humor survived the ride unscathed as well.

So ye citizens of Boston, take heart! Sleep well at night! Our Governor braved the shortest segment of the entire MBTA system and came through alive! Terrorists are surely quaking in their sandals, crossing "Boston" off their list of targets! We are safe for Democracy once again!

Next up, our thrillseeking governor will attempt to cross the Charles River by Lincoln Town Car. I can't wait!

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From:archangelsk
Date:July 26th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)

we few, we red line few

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This day is called the feast of Romney:
he that outlives MBTA, and comes safe home,
will stand a photo-op when the day is named,
and rouse him at the name of Romney.
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From:derspatchel
Date:July 26th, 2005 02:21 pm (UTC)

Re: we few, we red line few

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We few, we happy few, we band of commuters;
For he today who shares his Metro with me
Shall be my brother, be he ne'er so stinky
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in Belmont now abed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their briefcase cheap while any speaks
That rode with us upon Saint Romney's day.
From:archangelsk
Date:July 26th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)

Re: we few, we red line few

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Now grit the teeth and cinch the nostril tight,
Hold hard the breath and stand up ev'ry straphanger
To his full height. On, on, you noblest Townies!

[ We should get Mit in on this. ]
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From:bostonista
Date:July 26th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
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How did he get to be governor of Massachusetts? I forgot.

Oh yeah. We're a bunch of sheep. Baaaaaa.
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From:allicat42
Date:July 26th, 2005 07:06 pm (UTC)
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*cranky old man voice* why when I was a kid it only cost eighty-five cents to ride the T and sixty cents to ride the bus...
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From:olethrosdc
Date:July 26th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Hilarious!
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From:crankyliberal
Date:July 26th, 2005 03:48 pm (UTC)
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This is much funnier than my plan to send in lists of all the things I have "seen":

-17 Ipods

-inumerable annoying teenagers comparing tanlines

etc.
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From:derspatchel
Date:July 26th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
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Okay, that's really funny.

"I saw a kid sitting sideways on the Red Line, he was taking up three seats, and he was sitting in the Elderly/Handicapped seat. Just, uh, thought you might like to know. I saw it, I'm saying something."
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From:redtheblue
Date:July 26th, 2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
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It bet Romney and Huckabee (Gub of AR), would be a cute couple. Matching blue-suited Attilas! Huck could tell him all about how, since he lost all that weight, he has very nearly felt compelled to reduce the amount of junk food served up in AR public schools.
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From:cheezdanish
Date:July 26th, 2005 05:27 pm (UTC)
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OMG WOW I AM AMAZED WHAT A BRAVE AND DAPPER GENT.
From:guxx
Date:July 26th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC)
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...in other news, how many people remember when Governor Dukakis rode the T every morning and every night to and from his Brookline home?
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From:byrneout
Date:July 26th, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
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I don't remember.
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From:morgaine723
Date:July 27th, 2005 02:56 am (UTC)

wow

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That would make an interesting CatTown story arc.

I'm just sayin'.

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