No BS Craig Valine Takes A Trip Back Home to Boston

As you may have heard, a close uncle of mine passed away recently and I had to go home back to Boston for the funeral.

The good thing about funerals is that you get to see family you haven’t seen in years. It’s unfortunate as to why we all get together. But it is fortunate in that it becomes somewhat of a family reunion.

Since Mini-me was on summer vacation and still had a few weeks left until school started, I took him back with me. We stayed at my step-father’s house in a little town I grew up in called, Hull. It has one of the most popular beaches around the Boston area called, Nantasket Beach.

When I grew up there we had an amusement park in the town called Paragon Park. The park was 80 years old when they finally tore down the rollercoaster. Boatloads of people used to travel over from Boston just to spend a day in our little town. It was crazy growing up there in the 70’s and 80’s. I remember it like it was yesterday.

Hull is on a peninsula. It has Hull Bay on one side of it, and the Massachusetts Bay (the Atlantic Ocean) on the other side of it. My parents live on the Hull Bay side (pictured) and each and every morning I got to wake up to the beautiful site and smell of ocean. Despite being three hours ahead in Boston from my usual time here in California I rose up bright and early at 5:30am with my step-mother and the little kitten they just got who was pouncing above my head playing with the blinds. (Good times.)

My view each morning while I worked at the dining room table was gorgeous (Pictured). It was both distracting and peaceful. No stress whatsoever. Since my 73 y/o dad sleeps in until 9am and Mini-me sleeps in late anyway, all I experienced was just peace and quiet. Got to say, “#ineededthis.”

With the hectic nature of being an entrepreneur, do you make time for yourself to get some peace & quiet?

While we were visiting, Mini-me and I trekked into Boston via two buses and the MBTA Red Line train. It took almost an hour and half to get there. It’s funny, because we could see Boston from the deck of my dad’s house. But, because of public transportation—waiting for the buses and the trains, and making all the stops along the way, it took way longer than we wanted.

Nevertheless, we did make into downtown Boston and treated ourselves to a nice lunch at Quincy Market (aka “Faneuil Hall”). I knew exactly what Mini-me wanted: A nice fresh Lobster Roll with a side of Clam Chowdah. 🙂

Well, we walked through the Hall a few times and found a seat at a counter where they had really fresh seafood. We both had our Lobster Rolls and shared the Clam Chowder. It was “like coming home again.” 🙂 I missed that. It had been quite a while since I had “fresh” Lobster, and really good Clam Chowder.

When was the last time you treated yourself to something nice? A great restaurant? A great experience? When?

The week passed like that and it was almost time get ready to go home. The day before we were supposed to leave, something in Mini-me said, “I’m in the mood for a good hamburger.” So, knowing that there was a local celebrity-owned hamburger place a town away (“Wahlburgers”), we hopped on two buses again and made our way to get our hamburger.

You may or may not know that Mark Wahlberg, along with his brother Donny and another brother have capitalized on their celebrity with a reality show featuring this restaurant that we went to. So, luckily for us, we got there before the big rush to get a seat. But, we didn’t get there fast enough to order our hot, tasty burgers. It took almost 45 minutes to get my burger and onion rings, which were cold by the time I got them. The waitress was a little stand-offish and not very personable. The place was packed and chaotic—and I’ve gotta tell you… Not impressed.

So, my advice… if you go to Boston, don’t feel the need to check out Wahlburgers. It’s an over-sensationalized burger place with nothing really special about it. Heck, I could have saved two bus-rides and got bad service at Burger King. Geesh!

When was the last time you had such a great—or– lousy experience at a restaurant you just had to tell everyone about it?

It’s too bad. I wanted to enjoy it, but I could not.

Anyway… glad to be back home in Los Angeles.

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