Some of my favorites... I remember the first time I moved to Roxbury, I had a party at my apartment and my brother-in-law used my phone books to burn for a barbeque on my fire escape (ironiv indeed). I remember sitting on my porch in Watertown with a couple friends at 3am watching strange people walkind down the street talking to themselves and breakdancing out of nowhere. I remember dancing with Sayat Nova and finding a new inspiration. I remember more recently driving a new friend to Montreal, but taking 3 hours to leave Harvard Square with having my car towed among other problems (that was a great time). I remember receiving the phone call from the person who asked me to move to Armenia to work for AIM. I remember the MANY nights spent at Donohue's for ten cent wing nights and steak tips and the Irish bartender greeting us with "Parev Tzez." I remember driving AYF juniors to every AYF event and laughing while they played with the radio the whole way. I remember the Steering Committee party after AYF Olympics in Boston when my friend slipped and fell on broken glass, only to be rushed to the hospital for stiches and hearing him say... now I have a scar that will help me remember this night forever. I remember walking around Harvard Square any given night in the summer and finding our Armenian friends playing chess and hanging out.
The list could last forever, or at least six years. But it's funny how it takes something like moving away to reflect on the great times spent on familiar streets. I went through this when I moved to Armenia. Now again. But there is something to be said about Boston. There are times that I curse the day I ever moved here, but so few and far between. When it comes down to it, this is the place that defined who I am, especially as an Armenian.
Now I go back home where I grew up... with maybe one other Armenian family in my town that I know. I know I've taken Boston forgranted and I'll realize how great it really is when it's gone, but it's comfortable here. They weren't kidding... where everyone knows your name.