the sky looked grey but the doppler radar showed no imminent threat of rainstorms, so i made my way down to haymarket this morning for some cheap produce. the boston marathon is on monday so the city is packed with people this weekend. it took a while to find parking, and i ended up slowly circling the crowded north end twice before i found a spot on cross street. it makes for easy shopping when you have a roll of one's because mostly everything there costs just a $1. bag of lime? a dollar. bag of lemon? a dollar. bag of oranges? a dollar. box of strawberries? a dollar. they should call the place the dollar market. for the most part, each vendor sells pretty much the same things. the trick is to find the ones with the cheapest price. even if you do end up paying more, the difference is so small it hardly matters (it's still cheaper than buying in a traditional supermarket). occasionally you do find something different. somebody today was selling large watermelons. i didn't check the price but i'm sure it was cheap. i would've bought one, except i wouldn't have anymore room left in my backpack. besides fruits and vegetables, i also bought a bag of chopped goat meat ($5/2lbs.), the most expensive thing i got today.
leaving haymarket, i passed through north station to get to cambridge. the garden was buzzing with a sea of green jerseys as people made their way to the first game of the playoffs between the celtics and the bulls. crossing the longfellow bridge, i cut through harvard square to get to the cafe, where i dropped off some stuff before having some fried rice for lunch. i went downstairs to check up on my seeds, nothing sprouted yet (it's only been 4 days). i got a phone call from andrew, who reminded me to watch the game.
when i got home i talked with steve briefly, got some details about his recent south american vacation. he and paul stayed in buenos aires mostly, but rented a car and drove to chile. paul doesn't speak spanish and steve just knows the basics. car rental was the most expensive part of their trip, with $150 for paperwork alone and $100/day for the rental itself. i watched the basketball game, the celtics ended up losing in overtime to the bulls. i'm not feeling good about the c's this year. i'm still hung up about the loss of james posey, and now that kevin garnett looks to be sidelined with injuries for the rest of the playoffs, the celtics future looks bleak. but it's just game 1. the bulls are no cavaliers or magic or the lakers. if the celtics can't even beat the lowly bulls, they don't deserve to advance.