The mayor arrived for lunch in East Boston in the customary black SUV. A little over a month after surgery for a broken leg — the latest in a string of ailments — he was moving gingerly on crutches, but his spirits are clearly undampened.
Normally, he would be racing between events, but his pace has slowed perceptibly. “I’m keeping a mayoral schedule,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said when I asked about his schedule. “Not a Menino schedule, just a mayoral schedule.”