Saturday, July 31, 2010
The Guy Yelling
10:39 am edt
I was in Cambridge the other night
to do a comedy show. It was a beautiful summer night in the city. I went in a little early to walk around.
Harvard Square always has an assortment of interesting characters. There was a well dressed guy who was ranting nonsense.
I listened for about a minute, but he wasn't making any sense. I wonder who he was. He didn't look homeless,
based on how he was dressed and groomed. People walked by him and paid no attention.
Where he was spending the
night? Did he have a family or someone who cared about him? There are so many mentally ill people out there among us. It's
a national problem that gets worse every day.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
The Toughest 20%
4:17 pm edt
I recently bought some "Crest 3D
White" toothpaste. It says that its use "can remove up to 80% of surface stains in 14 days". I admit that my
teeth are not bright white. I drink Pepsi and tea. I floss after I eat and brush with a "Crest Oral B" electric
I had my teeth cleaned last week at the dentist. I have been using this product for three weeks. I
have not noticed any difference. I think I already had 80% of the surface stains removed. I just can't get rid of the last
The makers of Crest are not misleading. They said 80%. They never said anything about the last 20%. That's
the difference between having bright white teeth and the color I have now.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
4:24 pm edt
Some news stories such as the bombing
of Pearl Harbor or the assassination of President John F. Kennedy define a generation. As time passes, their memory fades.
These two stories are slipping off the radar in America.
When I was reading the New York Post last week an item
in "This Day in History" caught my attention. July 20, 1969 was the day America landed on the moon. It was such
a big event back then. Now, it is relegated to a trivia column directed towards school kids.
11, 2001 will be just a footnote in history. This day is already meaningless to kids younger than 15. Considering the way
curriculum is handled in schools today, most events will be forgotten.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Don't Look For Casper
10:29 pm edt
A local cemetery plans to host
a "ghost hunt" and a "paranormal" discussion group as part of a fund raiser. This cemetery needs a great
deal of work and upkeep after years of neglect and little maintenance.
I appreciate their efforts to improve the
place, but I find their method to be in very poor taste. Cemeteries, in my opinion, are hallowed ground. It's not meant to
be a playground for frivolous activities. What's next, a frisbee tournament?
There must be a way of raising
needed capital instead of having people running around looking for ghosts.
Monday, July 26, 2010
On the Loose
5:17 pm edt
Last Monday as I walked to my
car after doing a comedy show, I realized that I had two huge bug bites on my legs. I think I got them at the place where
we did the show.
The other night, I got a similar bite at home. All three have been on my upper leg in the rear.
Today, I terminated a spider that I saw in my living room. I found one in my bedroom and attempted the same action. Unfortunately,
I was unsuccessful and it fell to the floor behind a large bureau. It's on the loose now. I'm on the lookout for it. If I
see it again, I'll make another attempt at termination.
They give nasty itchy bites that leave large welts.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
The Tide Washes Fair
8:35 pm edt
You always see those ridiculous
commercials for laundry detergents that remove any dirt or stain. Just pour it on and it looks like new.
few weeks ago, my left foot sank in about 10 inches of mud at a golf course. It was a hot day, so my feet were not very
wet, just caked with mud. I finished the round, playing quite well.
Rather than throwing the sock away, I decided
to soak it over night. I applied Tide full strength and when I threw it in the wash the next day.
I was not impressed with the results. I decided to wear them as part of my sock rotation.
They have been washed
at least 10 times since that day. The sock is stained forever at the ankle. If you know where to look, you can definitely
I don't know why Tide didn't do a better job. It's not that way in the commercial.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
To Eat or Not
5:47 pm edt
One of my goals is to try to eat properly
every day. That is a very big challenge that sometimes has mixed results. Over the last couple of weeks, I have added on four
pounds. I need to reverse that.
Yesterday, I golfed with a friend. After we finished playing, we went to a Chinese
restaurant about 3pm. We ordered several appetizers. There was a huge amount of food on the table, but we finished everything.
I did more than my share.
On my way home, I began to wonder why I had eaten so much. It was my idea to get the
fourth appetizer. I was concerned we might not have enough. I'm not sure what I was thinking.
I was stuffed all
night. I ended up not eating another meal the rest of the day. That is not the proper way to eat.
I'm going to
a birthday party tomorrow. Hopefully, I can exercise some degree of proper judgement in deciding how much to eat.
Friday, July 23, 2010
8:31 pm edt
I played one of the fastest rounds of
golf in my life today in 3:52. It was just two of us riding in a cart. Ironically, my best time of 3:40 was a twosome walking.
We played the first nine in 2:09 and came back with 1:43. There was a slow foursome on the first nine. They let us
play through on the back. It made a huge difference.
My rounds usually take way over four hours. It helps if you
are not looking for balls. We were moving right along. Last week, we did the same thing at another course and it took us 4:10.
That was a reasonable time to play in.
Slow play can be one of the most frustrating parts about golf. It's hard
enough to play the game without playing slow.
Thursday, July 22, 2010
12:48 pm edt
I am always skeptical of expiration
dates on food products, especially milk. I only use milk on cereal and in my tea. I stopped drinking it back in 1993. Whenever
I buy a quart of skim milk, it is rare that I use it up before I toss it out because of smell.
Today, I was putting
some milk on my cereal. It was still five days away from expiration. It smelled like it was going bad so I poured it down
the drain.This has hapened many times before. I don't know why they put such "use by" dates on milk products.
Fruit and vegetables are the same. That's why I go to the market at least every other day. I only buy what I think
I will use over the course of two days.
You never know what you get in a restaurant or over someone's house. Food
handling is a whole other sore topic with me.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Moving Closer Slowly
4:53 pm edt
Amazon announced that the sales of e-books
have surpassed traditional hard copy texts. They recently lowered the price of their Kindle reader to $189. The Nook by Barnes
and Noble is also trying to catch more of the market.
I have examined these two products as well as the Apple IPad.
I'm still not ready to purchase one. I believe they will come down in price and will be improved significantly with updated
I played with some newspaper applications on the IPad. Buying any of these three devices would
pay for themselves with the savings on buying newspapers. I still think it would take me linger to read the paper than it
Eventually, I see myself buying one of these. I's just not sure which is the best, although I really
like the IPad.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Rushing the Season
5:40 pm edt
I don't like to make long range
plans because it assumes that things are going to work out and nothing will get into the way. Life can change in a moment.
I made hotel reservations for the New York City Marathon three months before I ran the Boston Marathon back
in April. In this instance, I had no alternative.
I was at the dentist today for a checkup and cleaning. On my
way out, the receptionist asked if I wanted to make another appointment in six months or have a reminder card mailed to me.
I thought for a moment and agreed to schedule another one in January.
So on Monday, January 24, 2011, I have another
checkup and cleaning at 11:15. A lot will happen between now and then. You never know what might occur. I guess I will plan
to be there.
On my way out, I wished the receptionist Happy Holidays!
Monday, July 19, 2010
11:49 pm edt
Studies involving medications serve
an important purpose. Usually, a control group taking a placebo is part of the protocol. It always struck me odd that you
could sign up for a study and end up getting the medication that did nothing. Why get involved?
I received a letter
from a Boston teaching hospital asking if I wanted to take part in a study about the effects of taking fish oil supplements.
I've been taking them for a year because of their reputation of being beneficial for cardiac health.
I was told
that I might get a placebo or the real thing. I saw no purpose in participating unless I was getting the fish oil capsule.
Why would I want to stop taking it?
I think this whole thing gets odder when it involves cancer treatment.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
7:37 pm edt
find some interesting things at flea markets and yard sales. On my way home today, I stopped at a yard sale after seeing some
golf clubs. I decided to check them out. I always have my eye out for antique clubs.
It was an bad looking
starter's set about 30 years old. However, there were two matching putters.
I asked the lady how much. She said
make an offer. I said $5. She wanted to sell the entire set for $60. A guy came over and tried to convince me that the two
putters were different clubs because they had different grips. I thanked him and left.
For $60, you could get a
good used starters set at a golf store. They would be in much better shape. I can understand trying to get the last dollar
at the yard sale. Both of those people said they knew nothing about golf.
It was 6pm and they still had a lot of
stuff. I hope their other items were priced more reasonably.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
A Hopeful Solution
4:06 pm edt
I think I have resolved a computer problem
that has been ongoing for the last three weeks. I have Windows Vista. I was experiencing sudden shutdowns for no apparent
reason. It happened several times while I was typing to this blog. It also occurred when reading AOL email or surfing on Facebook.
I researched discussion boards to see if people were having a similar problem with Vista. I posted something on Facebook.
The problem appeared to center on my power supply. I decided to open up my processor and take a look at things.
When I finally got to the power supply and the on/off switch, there appeared to be a large amount of dust. I vacuumed it.
All seems well now.
I guess the key is to see what happens over the next few days. I could not power up this morning.
It's amazing how much dust gets collected inside of a pc.
Friday, July 16, 2010
6:12 pm edt
It's important to use sun block if you
are out in the sun for extended periods. We could all do better in using more. Nobody ever has a doctor tell them to cut down
on sun block.
I used it today in 90 degree weather while playing golf. Once I applied it, I knew I was on
my way to felling sweaty and dirty, especially when I sprayed myself with sand trying to get out of a bunker. Sand and sun
block combine to give your skin a gritty feeling.
I feel so much better now that I have taken a shower. I definitely
got some color today.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
11:13 am edt
So far, I have not had a summer cold,
but it will be a miracle if I don't get one. They say you can't catch a cold from being cold, but I'll dispute that to the
end. I was doing comedy at a place Monday night that was frigid. The next day I was in a colder place at the food market.
I was concerned enough to take extra Vitamin C tablets.
I have air conditioning at my home because of the humidity.
I don't sleep with it on. Most mornings, I wake up with a stuffy head because one of my windows is blocked by the air conditioner.
A few year ago, I had a cold that lasted three weeks because of changes in temperature. I believe that you can get
ill because of temperature changes. I also believe that you can get a cold by going outside in cold air with your head wet.
Nobody will ever be able to convince me otherwise.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
The Last Drop
1:41 am edt
Printer cartridges are not cheap. The
HP printer I have takes four of them. They are all used at a different rate.
Recently, I have been getting a warning
that my black toner level is getting very low. I even get instructions on how to order replacement ones. Once you buy a printer,
you pay for it several times over in the cost of cartridges.
Considering what they cost, I plan to use this cartridge
until the printer no longer allows me to print. I already have a new one waiting to be installed.
me of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer tries to see how far he can drive a car on empty.
Monday, July 12, 2010
Back In 2014
9:23 am edt
I enjoyed watching the World Cup finals
yesterday. The game was seen by 700 million people around the world, but still fights for respect in this country.
It took 116 minutes before a goal was scored. There were too many missed shots on goal. The referee gave out 13 yellow cards.
There was too much tripping and dramatic falls by players on both teams.
The game might catch on here if they had
commercial breaks. I appreciate the fast pace of the game, but a commercial would help. I took a bathroom break and was concerned
whether I would miss the key play of the game.
As much as I enjoyed the games, I don't see myself becoming a soccer
fanatic. I did have a soccer discussion with a clerk in a store yesterday. That was kind of strange talking about yellow cards.
I wonder if I will talk soccer again before the next World Cup in 2014.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
My Reading List
9:23 pm edt
Today is the 50th anniversary
of the release of the iconic book: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee. I must admit that I have never read the
book or seen the movie with Gregory Peck. I cannot make an intelligent comment on anything related to the book or movie. I
might as well throw in "Catcher in the Rye". I never read it. I am clueless.
I have a vast
range of interests that are important to me. I've read 66 books since I retired. I realize I could do better than that. I
just don't see me reading either of these books any time soon.
There is so much I want to read, but I never
will. I'll put these two on the list to read before 2020.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
5:55 pm edt
I never mind going to the food market,
although it costs me money. Shopping there is all about the present. You can only buy so much for the future.
recently bought four 2-liter bottles of Gatorade G2 and now I'm down to one. I only by fruits and vegetables for a two day
cycle. I like to keep them fresh. I only freeze a couple of burgers and chicken breasts. I go through a lot of stuff.
So I guess that's why I'm always going out to the market.
I can't imagine shopping for a family!
Friday, July 9, 2010
Birth of a Joke
10:01 am edt
I get most of my comedy material from
the news as well as historical facts. I saw an item that I need to develop into my routine.
Swiss officials announced
the completion of a 24 hour test flight for the first solar powered airplane. The flight lasted for 24 hours as the plane's
12,000 solar cells kept the batteries charged during the flight. The plane has an excessively large wingspan of 262.5 feet
that requires a wider runway.
Based on these facts, I need to build my joke. There are different ways to go with
this. I have some thoughts about flying in bad weather.
Ultimately, I'll put my ideas together and give it a shot
when I perform on Monday. Sometimes it takes a few times before I get it the way I want it. On the other hand, sometimes it
never gets to the point where I can use it because it just isn't funny. It wouldn't be the first time.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
5:43 pm edt
I always enjoy reading letters to the
editor of newspapers. People come up with some wild ideas, but I give them credit for taking the time to share their
One writer was discussing the issue of single stream recycling. It allows paper, bottles and plastic
to be mingled together in their recycle bin. Any bottle or container needs to be rinsed out. That makes sense all around.
Apparently, the writer feels that doing this step will cause his water bill to rise.
How much does this guy recycle?
I have never measured the amount of water needed to do my dishes, but I'm sure it's quite minimal. Maybe he should skip
a couple of showers. With the water saved, he could rinse out his containers.
Sometimes, I think the editors purposely
look for witers like this. guy.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Not Everyone Knows
1:39 pm edt
Not everyone is into current events
and history. No doubt about that. The results of a recent poll conducted by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion are quite
It struck me that 26% of the people did not know that the United States achieved its independence from
The results get worse: 6% named another country including France, China, Mexico, Japan and Spain.
Another 20% had no idea.
A 2007 poll found that only 7% could name the first four presidents in order. On the bright
side, 57% knew that George Washington lead the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. I wonder if they know the name
of the guy on the $10 bill.
Monday, July 5, 2010
A Little Mustard Please
2:58 pm edt
Yesterday, I watched the
Coney Island hot dog eating contest. It has become a television spectacle on ESPN. The International Federation of Competitive
Eating maintains records for virtually all foods. There is big money at stake. The winner of the contest, Joey Chestnut, pocketed
$20,000 after consuming 54 hot dogs and buns. Last year he did 68. During his post-meal interview, he was swigging down Pepto
I enjoyed watching the contest and reviewing the different records. I just find it hard to believe that
this type of activity is good for you. One contestant has consumed 8 pounds of asparagus in 10 minutes She only weighs 120
Most of the contestants fasted for a few days. They routinely train by eating enormous amounts of food,
especially at buffets.They must give restaurant owners a fit when they walk through the door.
I'm surprised that
nobody has ever been injured doing this. They truly must have a cast iron stomach.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
3:15 pm edt
The G-20 Economic Summit recently
concluded with the leading nations vowing to reduce their budget deficits by 50% over the next three years. Even President
Obama was somewhat skeptical as to whether this could be accomplished. Most advocated eliminating wasteful programs and expenditures.
I'm not sure how this is accomplished.
The world's economy is in a downward spiral. There is no relief in sight
on the American side. I only see bigger deficits over the next few years with the problem of unemployment and pending financial
doom for local and state governments.
Reducing the deficit is a noble idea. Nobody will ever advocate against it.
I just don't know how the various countries plan to do it. It sounds more like political rhetoric and wishful thinking to
Friday, July 2, 2010
No Cargo In Port
4:42 pm edt
I just read a story on AOL about clothing
that men should not wear according to women. Cargo pants were at the top of the list. It questioned why a guy needs so many
I must say that I have never owned a pair of cargo pants. I always thought the amount of pockets was a
bit much, but I soured on them because of their wrinkled and baggy look. I've seen them in stores where the pocket flaps are
wrinkled by design. I just don't to dress like that. I hate wrinkles in my clothes.
It also cited the length
of men's shorts. I have a problem going below mid-knee. The article said that only old guys wear them above the knee. I must
be walking a fine line.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Checks Are In The Mail
7:10 pm edt
The federal government is always looking
at ways to save taxpayer dollars and lower the National Debt.
They announced a crackdown on the 20,000 deceased
Americans who continue to receive a monthly check under their entitlement program.
By working with the Social
Security Administration, they hope to eliminate those payments and save the government $180 million during the next fiscal
I think it's a great idea. I would like to revisit this item one year from now. I bet the numbers are not
much different. How many deceased recipients are still be receiving their check? How many new ones are on the list?
Even if they "only" saved $60 million, you
could say that they cut erroneous payments by 33%.