Boston is famous for many things, including tea parties, the USS Constitution, the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. It's also famous for the Boston Marathon, a 26.2 mile jaunt through the burbs which I ran as a bandit in 1992. Don't ask me why, as I don't do things I like for 4.5 hours non-stop, so I still haven't figured out why I ran for that long, particularly after training by running around the freezing Charles River all winter. Perhaps working in Cambridge and living in Pawtucket, RI does strange things to you, or the commute gives your mind way too much time.
I have much fonder memories of my participation in Boston's other marathon, the Boston Science Fiction Marathon
, which is a 24-hour escape from reality in a movie theatre in Somerville, MA. Yup, 24-hours, from Noon Sunday to Noon Monday of President's day weekend, of science fiction movies both old and new. Interspersed between movies is some live entertainment, breaks for caffeine refills and bathroom trips, and socializing, such as it is, with other sci-fi fans. The list of movies for this year is starting to flesh out, and I'm getting psyched.
I was first introduced to the BSFM by my brother-in-law many years ago. He had been going for several years, with many friends. He kept it up while he was local, and even came back to Boston from the midwest a time or two. I joined him for 3-4 years, but now that he has a son, and lives on the West coast, it's a tad difficult for him to attend. I also gave up the marathon once my oldest was born, or shortly there after, and am looking forward to it again. I got my best friend to finally commit to going with me, although I won't be too surprised if he bags it in the end. I'm hoping to entice other friends to join me, as I know quite a few folks who like sci-fi.
I'll admit that it has been a while, well at least since my last BSFM, that I have pulled an all nighter and I'm not as young as I used to be. Funny how that works. The BSFM was at the Coolidge Corner theatre when I used to go, and it has since gone back to it's earlier location in Somerville, so I won't even be familiar with the neighborhood. Knowing Somerville, I'm sure there will be handy amenities nearby, although knowing the crowd any local WiFi will likely get swamped. Hmmm, maybe I could do live blogging from th BSFM. Let me know what you think about that idea. :-)
If you live in the Boston area, or will be for the President's Day weekend, I highly recommend this event. This is the 33rd running of the event, and Garen Daly does a great job, so check out the website, order your tickets, and I'll see you there.