Well, I finally did what I'd been talking about for over a year, and moved to Boston from Columbus, OH this past Saturday. Woo! I've been lurking on this forum since I built up my Bridgestone fixed conversion in February. I was going to ask about a good street map, but a quick search pointed me towards Rubel's maps. I've already got my first cool Boston bike riding story, too.
I couldn't wait to ride out here, so on Sunday I hopped onto Comm Ave in Allston and rode to Boston Common. Along the way I hooked up with another fixed rider named Sean, who was also just out and about. Hooray for friendly people! Anyway, I wandered around the common for awhile, enjoying the sight of everyone frolicking in the gorgeous weather.
Somehow, though, I managed to get a flat. I usually carry everything I need for such an occasion, except I lost my mini-pump in the move. D'oh. Having nothing better to do, I just started walking up Newbury St, hoping to find a shop or someone with a pump. Lots of people were out on their road bikes, mountain bikes, etc., but nobody had a pump.
Finally, I see this guy whizzing by on a red track bike, and shout "Do you have a bike pump?!". To my surprise, he actually turned around and was more than happy to lend me his pump while I changed my tube. His name was Henry, and he's also a lurker here, though I don't remember his nick. Naturally, we chatted about riding in Boston, pedal systems (he's SPD, I'm crank bros), his gorgeous red Colnago track frame that he got from the Keirin Cafe in Germany, the MIT races, etc., before going our separate ways.
Sorry for the long-winded story, but it's such a good omen that I immediately was able to hook up with cool people on my first day here. I can't wait to meet more of you.