Monday, September 20, 2021
Wall of Water
7:28 pm edt
A friend sent me
a video of their family member surfing in the huge waves recently caused by a tropical storm.
Whenever they wiped out and got submerged under water, they bounced
back as if nothing happened.
wore a flotation device of any type. I assume if you surf in that type of water, it's understood that you're a strong swimmer.
Sunday, September 19, 2021
11:37 pm edt
A real sign of autumn is the chestnut tree in my neighborhood
dropping leaves and nuts on the ground.
It just started to happen. It will certainly increase over the next few weeks and keep going into November.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Plans In Brooklyn
11:51 pm edt
I enjoy following New York City commercial real estate.
The New York Post does a great job reporting it.
Today's story featured a high-rise development along the Brooklyn waterfront in Williamsburg. It's going through
the slow permit process.
many of these proposals never get built. Eventually, something will, but it can take forever.
Friday, September 17, 2021
Summer Weekend 2021
10:04 pm edt
It's hard to believe that this is the last weekend
of summer 2021. Autumn is next Wednesday.
are now only 14 weeks from until Christmas Eve and 15 until New Year's Eve.
Time marches on. A lot will happen between now and then.
Thursday, September 16, 2021
8:54 pm edt
I tried to have house plants in the past, but it never
worked out. My rooms don't get enough sunlight. They always started off well because they were new, but eventually died. It
didn't matter what type I brought home.
Someone gave me a jade plant two weeks ago. Some of the leaves are falling off. I like to think that's because
of growth. It has gotten bigger in a short time.
The next few weeks will be very critical. This has been the time when I have lost most of them.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Space X Launches
11:45 pm edt
Space X launched tonight on their three day flight of
orbiting Earth. This is classic Mercury-Gemini-Apollo early age of space flight, but this time it's in private hands.
It was a great idea for the government to get businesses involved in
a partnership with NASA. It has made a huge difference.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
10:53 pm edt
Bicycles in cities are here to stay, especially in New York City with its growing network of bike lanes.
The Brooklyn Bridge
will now have a dedicated bike lane protected from traffic by concrete barriers and fencing.
This will now remove
bikes from the promenade where they were a bad combination with the large pedestrian crowds.
From my own experience, I found it
to be a place where you really needed to pay attention to the cyclists. It's better for them to have their own lane.
Monday, September 13, 2021
Flight On Wednesday
11:25 pm edt
If all goes well, Space X will launch its rocket on Wednesday
with a space capsule that will orbit the earth with four amateur astronauts.
They have been training for months to endure the conditions of weightlessness
and all that goes with a flight like that. The craft will be controlled from the ground.
It's the latest in the way of "Space Tourism" and certainly
part of the future for now.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
The New Student Union
11:41 pm edt
I was at UMass yesterday for their football game against
Boston College. I made my usual trip through the Campus Center and was glad to see the reopening of the Student Union after
undergoing a massive renovation.
did a great job recreating the space, especially with the big new atrium. It's a different building now, but ready for the
future of the campus.
I look forward to passing through whenever I visit.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
Nobody Around To Remember
11:05 pm edt
September 11th will always be a big day in American and
world history. After 20 years, there is a whole generation who are not old enough to have any recollection.
This happens with every major event. Pearl Harbor Day on December 7th
was a "Day of Infamy", but only those at least 85 would have any memory.
November 22, 1963 was when President Kennedy was assassinated. After
58 years, someone would need to be at least 63 to remember.
The same will become of 9/11. I probably won't see it in my lifetime, but eventually only those over
a certain age will recall the event.
happens for everything.
Friday, September 10, 2021
The Slow Game
11:34 pm edt
There was a time when watched baseball on television,
but the game is too painfully slow these days.
Tonight I was following a live digital recreation of game action on my phone with the batter as the only figure.
It takes so much time between pitches. The longer commercial breaks
between innings only stretches it out.
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Extra Car Needed
11:41 pm edt
You see a little bit of everything on local community
Facebook pages. Someone traveling from out of town asked if anyone had an extra car available for her short stay.
I wonder if she will have any success. That's a lot to ask of a stranger.
Maybe someone she knows will help her out.
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Hold The Dishes
4:46 pm edt
People who are planning a wedding often register themselves
at various stores and websites. They list suggested gifts that they want and need.
According to a recent industry report, most couples are asking for
money. That makes a lot of sense. They can buy what they want and avoid getting a pile of stuff they can live without.
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Pool Time Over
11:16 pm edt
There are so many signs that summer is in its final days.
We are past Labor Day, kids are back in school and nights are getting cooler.
We are also seeing people close up their swimming pools. They have such a
short season in New England unless they are heated.
It didn't feel like we had that many hot days. We will have more over the next several weeks, but
colder weather is coming.
Monday, September 6, 2021
No Shark Tickets
12:41 pm edt
People seem to have a fascination with sharks. The attacks
in recent years on Cape Cod have not diminished their popularity.
A few charter boat companies will now be doing shark tours. They will take their
vessels and passengers out to observe them.
It sounds like a good educational tool and a way to address some of the misconceptions about sharks, but I'll
stay on the shore for now.