Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Bike & Text
10:29 pm edt
People should never text and drive, but some will do
it no matter what. Others walk around with their head down looking at their phone, unaware of their surroundings.
I saw a guy today checking his phone while on a bike in a lane facing
traffic. It wasn't the safest thing to do. I'm sure he has done it many times.
Monday, August 2, 2021
10:48 pm edt
I saw a small dead turtle the other day while I was out
for a run. It was a long way from water. I wonder where it came from.
There is a pond about a half mile away, but that would be a very long and
slow crawl to get to where it was struck.
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Like The Slow Train
11:46 pm edt
One thing consistent about Amtrak is that money problems
are part of it. They operate on a deficit that could never happen in the real world. Government subsidies have kept the trains
There are huge plans in the federal stimulus bill. I
think the priority should be to improve existing lines and equipment.
I assume any new routes would run on existing tracks. I can't imagine the
cost of trying to lay a new line.
we ever see all these improvements?
Saturday, July 31, 2021
11:44 pm edt
A person I know on
Facebook posted a picture of their fractured bicycle helmet from an accident yesterday.
They were involved in a group ride when it happened. Her helmeted head
hit the ground. She suffered a concussion, but lived to tell about it.
The helmet absolutely saved her from further injury.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Inspect Before Buying
7:58 pm edt
In these crazy times, it has become a seller's market
when it comes to homes and condos. They are drastically overpriced and only stay on the market for a short time.
Buyers have been in bidding wars to the happiness of the owners. Many
have waived the right to pay for a home inspection.
I would draw the line here. I don't own any real estate, but still believe it's one of the biggest
purchases in your lifetime. To move forward without a professional home inspection is risky. Things can happen, but buyers
are willing to put up with them.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Put Down The Drink
7:49 pm edt
New York City is
looking into allowing the consumption of alcohol in public parks. This sounds like an idea that can only turn out badly.
People drink alcohol openly in parks, but many try to hide it. This
has been going on forever. We are seeing the results right now in some of the crazy stories coming from the city about late
Alcohol, late closing hours, public drinking and the
concerns of local residents are never a good mix.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Summer Fires 2021
11:39 pm edt
It looks like we might set an all-time record for rain
in July with the way the month is closing out.
This is so opposite of what is happening out west, particularly with the uncontrolled wild fires.
These comments could have been written during any of the 12 years I've
been writing on this site.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
11:55 pm edt
People who drive Jeeps really like their vehicles. Many
like to take the doors off in warm weather and drive around.
I saw someone today without a driver's side door or seat-belt.
I'm sure it was normal for them.
Monday, July 26, 2021
Printer Down Again
10:14 pm edt
My printer stopped producing clear copies today after
my system got a Windows 10 update. This has been identified as a problem by Epson in the past.
This shouldn't keep happening. They don't seem to have a long term
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Little Plane Delivery
11:39 pm edt
The media can hype up any story to make it look better.
They did it today with a story about UPS testing small electric aircraft for package delivery.
It sounds like a great idea and the way of the future. It's interesting
to note that they expect to be using it by 2024.
Will this happen three years from now?
Saturday, July 24, 2021
3:25 pm edt
The Olympics are off to a questionable start with
some athletes testing positive for Covid, but it hasn't stopped the competition.
There is a tropical storm in the forecast next week which could impact
the Tokyo area. Bad weather could mess up the schedule of events and impact the broadcast partners.
Friday, July 23, 2021
The Games Go On
12:07 pm edt
The Summer Olympic Games had their opening ceremony today
in front of an empty stadium because of Covid restrictions. A number of athletes have already tested positive and have
been ruled out of the competition.
have called for the cancellation of the Games. They seem to be hanging by a thread, but there is $3-4 billion on the
line right now in broadcasting rights and fees.
It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
No Happy Times
1:33 pm edt
The Massachusetts legislature is looking at a number
of bills, including one that would bring back alcohol "happy hours".
This happens every few years, but always fails to gain enough support. It
was banned almost 40 years ago as a result of some high-profile incidents.
I'm not sure what has changed. Some people drink without regard for others.
It probably won't go anywhere for now.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Same Old Ship
10:37 pm edt
I just saw a story about the ongoing struggle to save
the legendary cruise ship SS United States.
After launching in 1951, it set a world record for an Atlantic crossing by a cruise ship in under three and
one half days.
The popularity of flying forced it into retirement in
1969. Since 1996, it has remained docked in Philadelphia at a cost of $60,000 per month, paid by the charity that owns it.
After sitting for 25 years, there is the usual talk about possible uses.
The story showed some of the deck areas.
There is no doubt the ship has a great deal of potential. It's enormity is quite an attraction with its 1,000
ft length and 175 ft height
do you do with it? I can't imagine the cost to do whatever is finally done.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Name That Water
11:43 pm edt
I bought a bottle of FIJI water tonight at a bar where
I was involved in a comedy show.
cost $3 and with a $3 tip became a $6 bottle.
What makes this water special? It looks nice in the four-sided plastic bottle.
The bar loves to sell it because it's almost all profit.