We're all guilty of it: You put off buying a present for a loved one, and suddenly it's too late - so you just throw money at the problem and buy something for buying something's sake.
You've been scouring real estate websites for months, touring homes as if it's your part-time job. Then, you see it: a modest but charming house that's tantalizingly within your price range given its size and location. You allow yourself a brief shriek of excitement before seeing that dreaded bit of listing lingo: "No showings until open house.
If you've ever rented a vacation house with your family or friends - scrambling to find a week that works, then forking over thousands of dollars for it - you've probably entertained a certain daydream: What if I were the one collecting all this money?
No doubt you've heard someone utter this threat before - or even proclaimed it yourself - during a presidential election. And in a campaign cycle as (adjective) as this one, where the top two candidates - (adjective) Hillary Clinton and (adjective) Donald Trump - are disliked with record-breaking fervor, it's an especially popular sentiment.
How to score tickets; Where to sit; Where not to sit; Getting there; Grab some grub; Kid stuff; The Green Monster; About the singing... My first memory of Fenway Park has the typical nostalgic hue: I'm 8 years old, walking up the ramp with my dad, the impossibly bright colors and sounds from the field revealing themselves in deeper, mesmerizing clarity with each step, casting a spell that would last a lifetime.
I've never been a planner - I don't even keep a calendar, digital or otherwise. And make restaurant reservations? Are you kidding? How on earth should I know what I'll want to eat in six days - or even six hours? I'm not a fortuneteller, for Pete's sake.
When my wife and I bought our home, we were overwhelmed - and not just by the lengthy to-do list that came with the 1920 fixer-upper. It was late summer, and the yard was out of control. We'd just closed on our new house, and Mother Nature was already threatening to repo it.
In the early 1950s, my grandfather built a house from scratch in Northborough. The endeavor was partially an act of love for my grandmother, whom he'd met and married while stationed in England during World War II. He was determined to build her an English-style cottage to ease her homesickness.
Sixty years ago this week, the Etrusco , an Italian freighter, washed ashore in Scituate. No one knew it then, but the spectacle of the shipwreck, stranded for months near Old Scituate Light, sparked a growth spurt in the small South Shore town.
By next weekend, you'll start seeing Sam Adams Summer Ale arrive in local bars and package stores. That news won't faze the guy down the street who inexplicably wears shorts all winter and drinks iced coffee in a snowstorm, but I find it a little early to be heralding the arrival of summer when it's officially winter until March 20.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".