Thursday, October 29, 2009
Not News Worthy
7:56 pm edt
I was flipping the channels trying
to get some pre-game coverage of the World Series. I stumbled across an Access Hollywoodinterview of John Gosselin's
girl friend. She is "news worthy" because she went out with Kate's former husband. Big deal.
and Kate have milked this charade long enough. This woman was actually crying during the interview. She probably realized
that she looks like a total fool. On the other hand, she has her 15 minutes of fame and will make a buck or two in the end.
What a great country!
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Booze No! Gators Yes!
10:15 am edt
It's an old story. A kid can enlist
in the military, go over to the Middle East and even get hurt or killed. Yet, if they are under 21 they cannot return home
and have a legal drink. We need to protect our children. I'm not sure from what. Older people drink irresponsibly at
any age. Alcohol can be a tough thing to handle.
We let kids do other things. If you are over 18, just travel down
to Rhode Island and you can legally buy a pet alligator. They are cute when they are lizard sized, but one five footer was
recently abandoned in a swamp behind a mall. They tend to outgrow their surroundings. People do the most natural thing
and just abandon them. Let someone else take care of it. That's the American way. Why would anyone buy a pet alligator knowing
that they can grow over 15 feet in size?
If you let an 18 year old buy a gator and throw in liquor, I guess it
can only lead to bad things.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
8:37 pm edt
I heard a story on the radio today about the demise of newspaper circulation all across America. Both of Boston's major
papers have taken a significant hit which translates into dollars. Younger people only get their news on line. I'm not sure
how long papers will be around, but I'll be with them to their very last day. I read three papers now. I like to have the
paper in my hand, but maybe I'm being too old-school. I think they will go away. I'm not sure when. I think it's further down
Monday, October 26, 2009
Do People Look Older?
1:28 pm edt
I worked for my former employer
for 32 years. I met a lot of people there as I started when I was 23. There was an obvious age difference with many
my of my co-workers. As years go by, I've seen some of their obituaries. I recently read one for a lady who was 85. When
I worked with her she was 53. She was a good looking lady, but looked old then.
It seems to be the case with
many of my former co-workers. Some of these people were in the 50's at the time, but seem so much older. Maybe it's a generational
thing. I guess 55 back then was like 65 today.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
A Real Big Spender
8:41 am edt
Dining out can be very expensive in
New York City, but Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov brought it to a new level. Prokhorov was in town the other day to
attend a meeting of NBA owners. He is in the process of buying the New York Nets team.
His diner party of seven
ran up a tab of over $15,000 at Nello's on Madison Ave. The tab included $8,6000 for two bottles of vintage wine, $210 for
three orders of veal chops and $72 for six large waters. A bowl of chicken soup was a bargain at $22.
like this, the water should be free! I wonder what a large soda costs? He left a tip of almost $4,000. It was a
great day for the staff.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Worse Than the Cost of Gas
6:09 pm edt
Americans have seen the price
of gas sky-rocket the last couple of years. It still has a seasonal fluctuation. In fact, it's almost a bargain right now.
There is a general consensus that gas prices have been outrageous for years.
They pale in comparison to the price
of fresh haddock. Last Saturday, I paid $4.99 per pound. Five days later it's up to $7.99. That's a 60% price increase in
less than one week! Maybe we should all thank the oil companies for not jacking up prices like this.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Teenage Drinking is Safer Than This
9:29 am edt
There is a story in the news about
a 16 year girl from Australia who is seeking to be the youngest person to sail solo around the world. Back in August,
a 17 year old from Great Britain completed the 28,000 mile journey in nine months, but had to stop for ship repairs.
She hopes to complete her trip in eight months through dangerous weather and potential pirate attacks. Her 34 foot vessel
has the latest safety and navigational features, but I question the wisdom of anyone trying something like this.
I realize that parents want their kids to test themselves and get involved with "chararcter building" activities,
but this is a bit much! She can't call them if she gets into trouble. This isn't like going on an Outward Bound
It's one thing to send yourself into harm's way, but what do you do for an encore at 16?
Monday, October 19, 2009
I Need More Fruit
10:23 pm edt
the last few years I always thought I had a healthy diet of vegetables. Since I retired it only got better. I must say that
I really need to do better when it comes to eating good servings of fruits. There is so much more I could do. I eat kiwi,
granny smith apples, and green seedless grapes. I need to do more. I'm not sure what. Strawberries don't always look that
great in the store. Anything would be better than what I'm doing now.
Friday, October 16, 2009
10:46 pm edt
It was cold all around the region
today. I ran at noon when it was 46 degrees. I wore a hood and gloves. I had to keep my ears and hands warm.
can't believe I did that on October 16. My hands are already dry and raw from this changing weather. It's suppose to be in
the 60's next week. I don't doubt it. The weather is crazy these days. When I run the New York City Marathon in two weeks,
it might be a hot day. It's happened before.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
No Super-size for Me
1:07 pm edt
I always drink a large volume
of fluid with my meals. At home, it's usually Crystal Light pink lemonade. I particularly like it because it's sugar free
and has zero calories. I get a kick out of fast food places and convenience stores that offer customers super- sized drinks.
I can't imagine downing a quart of soda with a meal or just sipping on it throughout the day. I love my Pepsi, but drink it
in moderation. I've never bought anything larger than a 20 oz. drink. Anything over that size should be consumed out of a
bottle instead of some big paper cup.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
1:48 pm edt
I was golfing yesterday in Barrington,
NH. It was a beautiful autumn day with a sunny sky and the bright colors of the foliage. The experts keep saying that the
peak colors are another week away. What they never say is that one rain storm with heavy winds could blow most of the leave
off the trees. The remaining ones will continue to change color, but the tress will be void of most of their leaves.
People need to enjoy the opportunity they have to see the colors while there are still leaves on the trees. They will all
be gone shortly. If you don't see them now, it will be another thing in life that passes by.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
A Sure Sign
9:10 am edt
woke up early today and went out to buy my papers around 7am. When I got into my car, I noticed frost on the windshield.
I turned on my wipers, but soon realized that I would need to scrape it off. I went to my trunk and grabbed my ice scraper
which I hadn't used since back in spring.
It's October 11th and the first of many days when I'll need the
scraper. I guess I was right in never taking my snow shovel out of the trunk. I'm ready for winter now!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Does Anyone Do This?
10:26 am edt
I was reading an article about
burning calories while performing household duties. Included was this one: "mixing cookie dough by hand burns 170 calories in
one hour". Who would ever mix cookie dough for one hour? How many cookies would you be baking to stir dough for one hour?
I would guess the average time to stir the dough would be five minutes. That would only be about 15 calories. It's not enough
to cover the damage done by one cookie! I hear the same stuff about gardening. It's a huge calorie burner. I'm sure it is.
Monday, October 5, 2009
One More Chance for It
6:49 pm edt
Every day presents opportunities
and challenges. Life changes in the blink of an eye. You never know what's going to happen when you wake up in the morning.
I rolled out of bed the other day and walked into my bathroom. A hairbrush was on the counter of the sink and somehow
fell on the floor and broke. I've had this brush for over 20 years. About two months ago, I dropped it and lost about two
inches. Super-glue wouldn't work to put it back together.
Now I have a two inch brush with a three inch hande.
It actually works quite well. The lady who sold it to me cut my hair for 17 years and always felt that it was important to
brush and stimulate your scalp to prevent hair loss.
My brush lasted for 20 years in spite of countless falls
to the floor. I wonder what made these two falls so devastating? I've dropped drinking glasses on the floor without breaking
them, but when they break, they really shatter!
After one more break, I'l throw this brush away. I wonder when
it will be.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Don't Cry for Chicago
9:58 am edt
Last week, the International Olympic
Committee selected Rio de Janeiro to be the host city for the 2016 Olympics. Chicago was one of the three finalists. They
had mounted a $50 million campaign over the last four years to present their case.
In their final sales pitch,
President Obama and his wife, as well as Oprah touted the reasons for selecting Chicago. There was big disappointment
in their native city when their bid failed.
The city of Chicago should be relieved. As much as the Olympics bring
prestige to the host city, they are a financial doomsday. Montreal is still paying for the 1976 games. They were a financial
bloodbath for Athens and Beijing.
Does anyone really care that Atlanta was the site back in 1996 or Los Angeles
in 1984? I can't belive that Boston is in the mix for 2020. Hopefully, wiser minds will prevail and this idea fails to gather
momentum. Otherwise, the Big Dig will look like a bargain.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
The Heat is On
12:13 pm edt
It's October 3. The weather people
say we will have an "Indian Summer" at some point, but today is a cold and rainy day. When I woke up,it was
66 in my place with 85% humidity. I think it's time to turn on the heat, at least to get the chill out.
I use gas.
My bills are never that high. Here comes seven months of money going out the window. I used two blankets last night. There
is no turning back. We will be teased by an occasional warm day. I never took my snow shovel and ice scraper out of my trunk.
I'm ready for anything.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
A Strange Mystery
11:55 pm edt
Every year on this date
I send a card and call a former co-worker to wish her a happy birthday. She just turned 78. I've never missed a date since
she retired in 1991. When I called today, I got a message saying that the number had been disconnected.
a few health issues, but nothing critical. I wonder what's going on. She talked in the past of moving to an assisted
living facility. I have her daughter's number. I'll giver her a call, but I'm afraid of what I might hear.
is nothing positive about growing old, although the alternative is much worse.