Opinion|Mike Hardman: Worst of Living in Massachusetts
We have great hospitals, the greatest quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick in the history, of like the world, great beaches, the best seafood, awesome college and universities, Dunkin Donuts, best healthcare, the Red Sox, the Celtics, the Bruins, Patriots, and Patriots Day.
While those are wicked awesome, it’s my brief Massachusetts almost 10 worst of a list has me wicked ticked off heading into 2018.
- Let’s start with the weather.
I hate it. I agree with my friend and fellow rebel rouser, Barry Richard, the host of WBSM’s The Barry Richard Show, there should be snow on Christmas and summer the rest of the year. I broke my elbow on ice a couple of years ago and I’m still wicked ticked off about it.
- Daylight Saving Time.
Can we get a pass on this? I drive to work in the dark and I go home in the dark…at 4:30 p.m. I need sunlight for survival. Why was this even created? I grew up on a farm and farmers don't need this.
- Driving on the highway
One time, I asked a local race car driver if he felt safer on Route 128 or at the Daytona Speedway? Of course, he answered the speedway. While we take pride in our ability to cross three lanes at 70 miles to make a narrow exit, this is an insane daily exercise. During my driving lifetime, which is 365 in Massachusetts motoring years, I’ve seen people reading newspapers, shaving, doing their make-up and assorted other personal grooming habits…while driving.
- Lack of good BQ
Finding a good BQ in other parts of the country is like finding Dunkin Donuts here. Thankfully, for non-Massachusetts residents, they are on every corner across this great land of ours. With a few great exceptions, we frankly don’t know how to cook meat. You should never, ever, ever boil meat.
- Snow Fever
I have weather anxiety and I know it’s going to snow from Thanksgiving to Memorial Day. That’s a given every year, but please save the panic for when the totals reach blizzard conditions. Two inches doesn’t mean you need to buy two dozen loaves of bread. Please be respectful of the people suffering from weather-related anxiety and keep the noise down for the winter months.
OK, who ticked off MapQuest? Please step forward and take your punishment. I personally think the voice giving the directions once got lost on a rotary and is still wicked ticked off about it, so they send us in the wrong direction every time. I swear the voice is laughing at my Boston accent.
I know I have four more to go, but it’s 4:30, it’s dark outside and it’s going to snow. I'm outta of here.
(Mike Hardman is the digital managing editor for WBSM. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.)