Every time I’m back in Fitchburg visiting my family, I tend to fall into the same routine: catch up with people over dinner and drinks every night, but during the day when they’re at work, sit on a couch and be BORED OUT OF MY GODDAMNED MIND.
Want some proof? I just got excited because on the Today Show they had a larger-than-normal rabbit on the set…and he was eating a piece of the carpet! And yesterday afternoon, I watched three episodes of Sex and the City, bringing my lifetime total of episodes watched to three (fine, I’m lying it was five episodes yesterday. And by the way, no one ever told me that show was essentially softcore porn, right down to the cheesy porn music that gets played throughout entire episodes). I also read a People magazine cover to cover for the first time.
What always happens is my days in the ‘Burg end up totally revolving around food. Even though my parents always stock the fridge plenty for my arrival, I still get take-out several times a day because driving somewhere to get food will at least waste an extra 15 minutes.
So I started thinking…what would a tourist do with his time in Fitchburg? Trick question, I know. A tourist would never come to Fitchburg unless he was in Boston or Worcester and needed to score some “suburban heroin.” I actually googled “Fitchburg tourist attractions” earlier today, and one of the top results was the local Dairy Queen…
But as it turns out, when I was leaving Massachusetts seven years ago to move to San Francisco, a friend gave me a Fitchburg T-shirt as a going away gift. This particular shirt had seven Fitchburg landmarks on it, apparently representing the main tourist attractions of this great city. So what I thought I’d do today is try to go see these landmarks…assuming, of course, that the lines to see them aren’t super long. Could I waste a few hours today sightseeing in Fitchburg? Let’s see.
Curious what the T-shirt looks like and what the landmarks are? Here you go:
OK, I just returned from seeing almost all those landmarks on the shirt. And even after trying to spend as much time at each place as possible, I was away from my house for exactly 17 minutes. It’s overcast and threatening rain today so maybe that’s what’s keeping all the tourists away from these amazing sights.
I know the different things on that shirt are a bit unclear, so let me explain. Of course there are the typical landmarks that any city would put on their t-shirts: City Hall, the Public Library, a monument honoring local people who died in wars. But here are some pictures of the more obscure landmarks:
1). A statue of two naked boys in the middle of a fountain:
There was no explanation for the significance of this fountain, no plaque, nothing. All I can tell you is that a very crazy man named “Mickey” used to spend a lot of time near this fountain screaming at these two boys. He was always wearing a ton of sunscreen on his nose, and rumor has it he used to be a millionaire, lost all his money, and then went nuts. He may even be Fitchburg’s most famous resident.
2). A church:
I actually don’t know for sure that the church on the t-shirt is this exact church, but either way, there is no historical significance to any of the churches nearby that I can figure out. I think they just needed to fill out the shirt with more items.
The bank is my favorite part. On the shirt, it’s a picture of Fitchburg Savings Bank…because banks are always on the top of the list for city landmarks and tourist attractions. Except now, in 2012, Fitchburg Savings Bank is gone and this new bank, RBT, has replaced it. How could they do that to such a meaningful landmark? Was there a heated City Council meeting where the Historical Society argued that they can’t replace Fitchburg Savings due to its historical significance? What will they do with the new Fitchburg t-shirts? Pretend FSB is still there? Replace the picture of the bank with a picture of one of the many broken-down bridges in this town? If I knew where my friend got the original Fitchburg shirt, you can bet your ass I’d be there right now seeing if there is an updated Fitchburg shirt (at least that would help waste another 10 minutes of my day).
If you don’t think I’m coming back later today or early tomorrow with another Fitchburg post, then you really don’t understand just how bored I am.