Parking in Somerville is one of the major local preoccupations and subjects of conversation, a bit like the weather in Ireland. The fact that both tend to be predictably bad doesn't prevent endless hours of discussion. On-street parking is a problem because of the need for a permit, and the few areas where no sticker is required are almost always solidly filled: people can drive around well beyond the time of their reservation or their movie on a bad evening. However, we always head straight for the small parking lot near the T, at the Harvard Pilgrim offices. After 5, the business-only spots are fair game, and after 6, the metered places are up for grabs, too. We've never had a problem here, but it's worth getting here a little early to claim a spot: by eight on weekdays, and probably an hour earlier at the weekend. You can always while away some time in Diesel cafe with a book and a latte!
Wherever you go, whatever you do, sampling the local beer is definite must!!!
What do the locals drink, what beer is most popular, which beer is hardest to find, does it come in a half pint glass just like grandma used to drink…or better still, a full pint glass like I drink??? These are all good questions that need to be answered...
Somerville is real working class town, so you know they take their beers seriously…and given it’s close proximity to all things Boston, Somerville benefits from all the fine breweries in and around the metroplex…There are so many I have trouble choosing a favorite, but when in Somerville it’s best to drink from the bottle. So, whether you’re sitting in the Toad on the Cambridge border in Porter Square or hangin’ at the B-side near Kendall Square, grab a bottle of Tremont Ale…It’s all good...
Ahhhh, that New England accent…here is a quick language lesson: the consonant “r” is pronounced as “ah” and the vowel “a” is pronounced as an “er” or an “r” especially when it is the last letter of a word. The most common examples are Park, which pronounced Pahk and Car, which is pronounced Cah. Naturally, my name (Mark) is pronounced Mahk. I work in for an Internet company where the word “data” is typically pronounced “dater” or the name “Jenna” is pronounced “Jenner.”
So, lets try something in a sentence, “What ah you retahded, you cahn’t pahk the cah in Hahvahd yahd” which really translates into “What are you retarded, you can’t park the car in Harvard yard.” This form of language is particularly heavy around the omnipresent Dunkin' Donut Shops...
I have also lived in Texas with that god-awful Texas drawl, and quite frankly, I can't decide which is worse: the Texas drawl or the Boston Brogue. If anyone reading this has experienced both dialects of what appears to be the English language and has an opinion as to which is worse, post me your thoughts...my jury is still out, but at least the New Englanders made me chuckle and that's more than I can say for the Texans!!!
Anyway, when visiting Somerville you will definitely be treated to the wonderful brogue and wonder, "what the _ _ _ _, did they just say???"
I have seen the D&D in many international locations such as Barcelona, Prague and Cologne, but there is no other city in the world covered by the D&D like Boston. And don't let anyone in Boston give you directions by using the D&D as a landmark...becuase it will mean nothing, there are simply too many of them to be used as directional landmarks. Finally, any Bostonian that claims to like Starbucks coffee better the D&D's coffee is a bloody fascist...
Looking for a D&D in Boston, just turn around or turn the corner...and it will be there!
Somerville has been among the most resistant parts of the Boston region to any influx of wealthy professionals.
Public art installations abound as a result of Somerville's flirtations with the bohemian spillover from nearby Cambridge.