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Hot Crosswalk Buns by Chris Peterson SM '13

free food and football cleats

It’s beginning to warm up here – still in the 20s, but sunny and nice – so during a break in committee I took the opportunity to cross the Mass Ave Bridge into Boston. I planned to run a quick errand on Newbury St to Niketown, to ask the resident experts what kind of cleats I should get for the upcoming ultimate frisbee / pickup football season.*

On my way back, however, I ended up on the opposite side of Mass Ave from my building, and so had to cross it.

Now I cross this road every day (mostly to get burritos from Anna’s). But as I like to say in my info sessions, sometimes there’s just unstructured tomfoolery occurring on MIT’s campus. And today was one of those days.

When the light turned red, a few gentlemen began racing out into the crosswalk, pushing a flimsy cart and holding an enormous cardboard sign.

They were handing out free hot (cross) walk buns to any student walking through the crosswalk. As the beeps counted down to 0, they sprinted back to the sidewalk, waited for traffic to stop again, and ran back out into the middle of the road, plying passerby with the delicious, delicious pastries.

I’ve posted before about free food at MIT, which is a big part of the culture here. But I’ve been cloistered like the world’s most shabbily dressed monk for so long reading applications that this is my first free food in…well, long enough that I was sad.

But no more. For today I have free food. And there is much rejoicing.

* I was looking hard at the Nike Zoom Vapor Fly, but decided against it; not only is it insanely expensive (although also insanely shiny) but after talking to the folks at Niketown it sounds like they’re so low-cut that even the pros at the very least heavily tape their ankles before wearing them. So not the best recipe for someone with terrible knees and ankles like me. I’m presently leaning towards the well-supported (literally and figuratively) Super Speed 3/4th, which is apparently Adrian Peterson’s cleat of choice. While ADAP is clearly an inferior athlete when compared to me, I think I might condescend to these. If you have other strongly held opinions on what kind of cleats I should get, comment below or forever hold your peace.

20 responses to “Hot Crosswalk Buns”

  1. pearl says:


  2. watusi says:

    You are such a character. Your posts are a blast.

  3. Becca H. '12 says:

    I heard the commotion when I was walking the other way down Mass Ave. after class, but didn’t realize what it was all about.

  4. Bhaskar says:

    @chris The pastry is looking yummmyyyyyyy.Go get some more and e-pastry it to me also..Have a good day..Tc

  5. Alex says:

    That looks sooooooo good.

  6. Mark says:

    Gotta love those Alpha Delts!

  7. Austin says:

    Free food is always a plus. Those pastries look delicious!

  8. Shahriar says:

    @Chris :

    Wow , that’s one heck of a fun thing those guys are doing XD

    By the way Chris, I’m sorry for the out of topic question, but I read somewhere that the first step in admissions is that a senior admissions officer decides if an application is academically qualified or not, and only then passes it on for reading….so like , do they just look at the scores and grades and not read anything that might’ve influenced them at the first stage ?

    (sorry for the question, but I’m just curious )


  9. Vivek says:

    “But I’ve been cloistered like the world’s most shabbily dressed monk for so long reading applications that this is my first free food in…well, long enough that I was sad.” – lulz @ that

    It’s 4 in the morning here, and I’ve just woken up to study for some finals. Your post has made me ravenous. I hope you’re happy. Now I must prowl around the fridge for something pleasant to put in my mouth, *without* giving Mom the shock of her life.

    And I’m suprised the good folk of Niketown actually advised ‘against’ buying one of their more expensive products. In my experience, a Nike salesperson would actually try to convince you that you needed 2 pairs of cleats. And no, I have little to no advice to offer on cleats, having never purchased a pair in my life. Cross-trainers, maybe, but not cleats.

    Hope Matt comes up with the much anticipated post soon.

  10. Sima says:

    ADPhi is the best!

  11. Alejandro Y says:

    Ultimate pride ftw?

    Do you play rec leagues or pick up (or both)?

  12. Anonymous says:

    wow, is that first pic from in front of the entrance to MIT and is it that food center (or whatever it is called) in its background?

  13. Alejandro Y says:

    Nice. Did you ever get a chance to play with Andrew Ji?

  14. Alejandro Y says:

    Also, if you can get your hands on some older Vapors (by Nike) I find that they are comfortable. By old, I mean 3rd or 4th gen. I haven’t had any problems with mine.

    If you are looking at new cleats, I have heard good things about adizero, by Adidas, from soccer and Ultimate friends.

  15. And the traffic police had no problem with all of this?

  16. both! little too old and brittle of bone to play tackle football anymore, but i enjoy ultimate…

  17. Natalee says:

    Someone should have told me this earlier. I want some buns!

  18. Banerjee says:

    This is slightly off-topic, but is it too late to submit research papers and extra information to MIT’s ecredentials?

  19. Anonymous says:

    wish i was there when this happened. would have wound up crossing the street several times …

  20. Ceesay says:

    ^, really? I would have been tempted to do the same.
    @Chris peterson: Great blog. Sorry you were holed up that long. And they do look delicious, infact, they make me yearn for the free food culture. As for the cleats, no advice. I don’t have any experience/familiarity when it comes to them.
    Captcha hassle. It can get annoying.