Thursday, July 30, 2009
I Did My Share
10:52 am edt
The other day I was golfing at a course
in New Hampshire. It's been open for five years. One of the Par 3 holes has a water hazard that takes a drive of 170 yards
to clear. It's a graveyard for golf balls. Every time I play, I put one onto the water. This time was no exception.
After we finished, we were talking to one of the course rangers. He mentioned that a diver had recently gone into the pond
and removed over 14,000 balls! There is a big market for second hand balls so they they get recycled.
there around 10 times. It's nice to know I did my part and put at least 10 balls into the drink.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
They Made Me Run Faster
12:41 am edt
Tonight I ran a 10 mile race in Newburyport
that started at 6:35pm. It's hard to run a race of this distance at the end of the day, especially on a hot summer night.
I ran a very consistent race and had a strong finish, passing many runners over the last three miles. As you run the
race, you start to see some of the same people around. I was running in the vicinity of three women who appeared to be in
the last 20's. For about three miles, I always heard them talking.
One of them was conducting an overview of President
Obama's health plan. She was going on and on about the minute detail of the program. I was amazed at how much she knew
about the program. Although I found her very educational, I had to get away from them.
I was able to gain some
separation after 6 miles and never saw them again. I ran better at the end of the race than the beginning. Maybe the
health plan helped.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
33 or 34 or Both
1:18 pm edt
I retired, I have been able to lose seven pounds and keep them off. As a result, my size 34 pants don't fit as well as they
should. Should I go down a size?
Yesterday, I was at the mall and finally found some Docker khaki shorts. They
has size 33 and 34 on sale. I'm optimistic that I will lose a few more pounds, but realize they don't come off easily.
I decided to plan for the present and future. I bought both sizes; 33 and 34. The 34's are a little loose and the
33's are a tad tight.
Hopefully, by next summer the 33's fit just right and the 34's are loose. We shall see.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Like the Old Days
1:24 am edt
tonight, I did a comedy show at a private club in Lawrence. Members can smoke there. The air was thick with smoke. While I
was there, my throat and eyes started to get irritated. I was glad to get out of there when it ended.
When I got
home, I changed my clothes. They wreaked of smoke. I realized that I couldn't go to bed without taking a shower because my
skin even smelled of smoke. I took my third shower of the day.
I feel better now. I even changed the sheets
on my bed. I don't know how I ever worked in a smoking environment for so many years with my former employer. I certainly
don't miss the smoke from clubs or other public places.
Friday, July 24, 2009
The Wild Life
6:53 pm edt
It rained very hard last night
and into the morning. I had plans to play golf around noon. We decided to go out under threatening skies. The course was empty.
We were the only ones.
I hit my first shot into the rough. As I searched for my ball, I came across a family
of snakes. They were 2-3 feet long. I almost jumped out of my shoes! They give me the creeps. After I saw them, I proceeded
to hit my next shout out of bounds. Later on, we came across another family of them. I hate to think that I've looked for
my ball in that area in the past.
Yesterday, I was golfing at a course in Haverhill. A fox walked about 10 feet
in front of us, oblivious to us being there. It was bigger than the average dog and had a pointed face. Other than its red
color, it was easy to tell it was not someone's pet because it had a very lean frame. Most dogs in America could afford to
lose a few pounds. This critter had zero body fat. Most pets would be healthier if they had a physique like this
Thursday, July 23, 2009
90 Minutes of Action
10:16 am edt
Yesterday, I spent 90 minutes in the
chair having preparation work down for a crown for one of my molars. Time can fly when you are having fun. The procedure wasn't
that bad, thanks to a huge amount of Novocaine.
A lot of drilling goes into the procedure as the tooth is reduced
to a stump. On three occassions during the procedure, I needed to have a booster shot as the pain was getting rather intense.
After it was done, part of my face was numb and there was a drooping on one side of my lip.
I had a conversation
later in a store with a stranger. They must have wondered what happened to me. He probably thought I was stroke victim.
I was thinking. They don't need to water-board terror suspects at Gitmo to get information from them. All they need
to do is restore their teeth with crowns, without the use of Novocaine. That will get them or anyone else talking real fast.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Finally Talking About It
12:40 am edt
I have been doing comedy for almost
six years. I always refrained from talking about my job. After being retired for six months, I think I'm finally ready to
develop some comedy material from a job I spend 32 years on. Numerous comics have encouraged me to talk about it. Everyone
said there was some good material there.
I recently wrote a whole new set and its debut was tonight at a club in
Salisbury. I did six minutes of material. There was a good reaction from the crowd. I listened to my audio tape
of it. There are some things that can be improved on. But for now, I think I will stick with it. I have two more shows this
week and will be tweaking it. I think I might have something here.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Going to the Moon
10:49 am edt
It's hard to believe that forty years
ago today, Americans first stepped on the moon. Back then, there was a great degree of excitement about the space program.
Most of it was tied into the Cold War and the political events of the time.
I was 15 when it happened. Everyone
stayed up late to watch it. I saw it on a black and white tv. It was the culmination of a goal that President Kennedy had
set. When goals are achieved, what do you do for an encore? America went to the moon a total of six time, the last being in
1972. After that, it was a series of space probes, the Hubble Telescope and building the Space Station.
like we have been building the space station forever . We have lost two shuttles in the the process. I'm a big believer in
the space program. The advancement in technology has been worth it. There is talk of another lunar trip by 2020 and a possible
one to Mars. Will this actually happen?
We must first find a replacement for the aging space shuttle fleet. With
budget cuts and lagging Congressional support, we are falling behind in the time table to replace the fleet. With all of the
money we spend on weapon systems that the military doesn't want or need, why can't we redirect some of that money to the space
program? Exploration of space has only yielded positive results to America.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Can't Proofread Enough
12:36 am edt
I recently sent out an
email to a bunch of comics regarding an open-mic I was hosting tonight at the High Street Grill in North Andover. Somehow
I managed to put the address of 25 Main St in my message instead of the correct address of 25 High Street
that bugs me is that I always spell-check and proofread my messages. Why didn't I catch it? How could the High Street
Grill be on Main St? I guess you can never check enough. We have another show there next month. Hopefully, I will get it right.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
There Goes the Sun
9:09 am edt
I was determined to go to the beach
yesterday. It started as a beautiful sunny day. The goal was to get there in the early afternoon. When I left my house,
the sky became very overcast. As I drove towards Hampton, I thought that this might not be a good idea. The clouds kept getting
thicker and darker. There was a steady stream of cars heading away from the beach.
When I finally got there, it
was hard to determine if the sky looked worse from the north or south. As I prepared for my walk, I realized that I would
not need any sun screen. There was nothing to block out.
The beach was rather crowded, considering the weather.
On the other hand, a lot of these people were on vacation and determined to be there rain or shine. I stayed for about an
hour before I decided to give it up.
As I drove home, it got very dark. Cars had their headlights on. I needed
to take my sunglasses off as it was getting hard to see. I guess I'll have to try the beach another day.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
No Cargo For Me
6:03 pm edt
I hate buying clothing.
I never enjoy it. I don't mind going to stores. I just don't want to buy clothes. So here I was on a late Sunday afternoon
in Kohls, trying to buy polo shirts and khaki shorts. I found polo shirts, but only cargo and plaid shorts.
look stupid in this stuff. I don't want long shorts. The cargo shorts are permanently wrinkled. I don't want to pay money
for stuff like that. I know it's in style, but I hate the wrinkled look. The pockets look stupid.
I need to buy
Docker shorts at the mall. I hate to think that I might need to take them to the tailor and have them hemmed. I'm not
going below my knees no matter what.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Bring Your Own Friends
5:27 pm edt
Yesterday was a beautiful day, so I
decided to play golf with a friend of mine. Since it was a last minute decision, we could not get a foursome. Naturally, a
lot of other people had the same idea to play.
We ended up getting paired with another twosome. One of the guys had
played only a few times. He was pathetic. He kept missing the ball and was having trouble getting it off the ground. We played
so slow that we started to backup the course.
Fortunately for us, they were only playing nine holes. It was a relief
to play the back nine without them.
I like to meet people, but the golf course is not one of the places. I prefer
to play with the group of people I know. Next time, I need better planning. Otherwise, we will get stuck with another pair
like these guys. It was hard to say "nice round" after we departed their company. I forced myself to say it.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Losing by Waiting
4:47 pm edt
It rained so hard today as it has for
the last week. I could have gone running before it started to rain, but I procrastinated. By the time I went out around noon,
it was raining real hard.
I was very motivated to go out the door. I like running in the rain during the
summer. It feels so invigorating, but this was too much. It was so torrential. It got to the point of being stupid. I turned
around and went home after not finishing one mile. My shoes are drenched. I probably should have gone out earlier....Oh well.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
How Much Will This Cost?
10:25 am edt
I was enjoying my dinner last night
when all of a sudden I felt a very solid object in my food. It turned out to be a piece of one of my molars. The tooth has
a huge filling that has been there since I was a kid. I'm going to need a trip to the dentist. Hopefully, he can file the
edge down. It's rather sharp. At least, there is no pain, but I wonder what will happen in the end. Will I need a crown? I
already have two. They certainly are not cheap. It was strange how it happened so suddenly. You never know.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
No Big Bang
10:21 am edt
The Fourth of July came and
went. Another year without fireworks for me. I just don't get into them. Maybe because I never went as a kid. When I finally
started to go, it was no big deal.
I guess I'm suppose to like them. It's All-American and apple pie. I
can buy them right across the border in New Hampshire, but never have. I don't know what the big deal is. It drives me
crazy when people shoot them off in my neighborhood. Maybe it's me.
Friday, July 3, 2009
Road With Holes
10:25 am edt
car merged onto Rt 93 last night, I was amazed at the size of some of the potholes. There were pieces of the road, several
feet long and a few inches deep that were missing. It seems to be where the lanes meet one another. Much of this is caused
by the stress of overweight trucks.
Interstate highways go through a regular process of roadway replacement. The
top several inches of pavement are scraped away and then another layer goes down.
There is plenty of work
to do on our highways. Some of the bridges look so rusted. Hopefully, they only look bad and don't fall down. Thousands could
be employed for years to come repairing our infra-structure. Unfortunately, most of the work will never be done.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Can't Win On This
4:59 pm edt
I should have known that the headset I bought at Radio Shack would be a piece of junk. I got the extended warranty. I can't
imagine it lasting the two year period. The jack doesn't have a snug fit. I guess I'm committed to this for the next
two years. This headset isn't going to make it.................I wonder what the over and under is.