As it turns out, Jen had a light work day today, and I was off, so we went out to lunch at a great local spot, the Menotomy Grill in Arlington, MA. It’s a great place: the food, drinks, and people are all very nice, and it has a history theme. You see, the area in which my house sits has had multiple names over the years. Many early colonial towns were much larger at first, at least in land area. There were so few colonists, initially, that I imagine there was little reason to establish very many towns, The site of the Salem witch trials, for example, now lies in another town entirely – Danvers – that spun off later. Arlington was originally a part of Cambridge called Menotomy. Later it spun off as West Cambridge, and around the time of the Civil War, it was finally renamed Arlington. It turns out that the heaviest fighting of the Battle of Lexington & Concord happened in neither Lexingon nor Concord. It was in Arlington, well, Menotomy then, around the house of a man named Jason Russell, as the British Regulars retreated back to safety along the Charles River. They had a truly awful day at work, those regulars: up all night, then marched 20 miles in all their wool and fur hats and rediculously heavy gear. There was a little shooting in Lexington, then it really fired up in Concord, and never stopped until they had marched the same 20 miles back to the Charles. And I doubt they got paid overtime! Whenever I thinkk of gun control, I remember Lexington & Concord, because that was their mission that day: to seize munitions in Concord. It didn’t go very well at all, and triggered a seige of Boston that was relieved only when the British left town, We still celebrate it locally as Evacuation Day.
Anyway, it was a good time: lunch, that is, at the Menotomy Grill: