Sunday, October 31, 2010
Scott On A Roll
3:17 pm edt
Every company wants to blow its own
horn by going "green". They do it in some very creative ways. Scott Paper has announced a new innovation for toilet
paper that will save trees.
They are test-marketing toilet paper that does not have a paper roll in the middle.They
basically removed it. Now comes the feedback from consumers. Will people like it or will they have problems with the paper?
It should be interesting to see what the final verdict is. I don't think this is going to work. The bean counters
have not said how many trees will be saved.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
11:44 pm edt
Tonight is one week before the night
before the New York City Marathon. I can't believe the race is here. Next week at this time I will be trying to fall asleep.
Last year was a failed effort at sleeping.
You never know how the race is going to work out. I just want to finish
Friday, October 29, 2010
This Stuff Really Sticks
7:25 pm edt
hada dish soaking in the sink for the last few hours. It had some ketchup on it. I assumed
it would dissipate once the dish went under water. That was not the case. It's still there.
It reminds me of the video on youtube where someone has monitored a McDonald's Happy Meal since 2006. The food
still looks the same because of the preservatives.
This ketchup is really heavy. I wonder what it looks like in
my stomach. I could never give a good reason why I don't cut down on it. I put a lot on my burgers.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Creative Furniture Removal
4:13 pm edt
Stuff is dumped along roadsides all
across America. It goes the same for our rivers and lakes. People don't seem to care where they throw things. Just get
rid of it. Let someone else take care of it.
Whenever I rode AMTRAK to New York City, I noticed thousands
of old car tires along the way. It was one big trash heap.
When I left the game at Gillette stadium last Saturday
night, I noticed a huge amount of litter left behind by tailgaters. A lot of it was in bags. I didn't see much glass. The
barrels were overflowing.
What struck me odd was the living room couch that was left behind. I don't think it was
forgotten by the owners. I think they wanted to get rid of it. Now it's someone else's problem!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
One For the Fans
11:25 pm edt
It was very warm and humid today with
temperatures getting into the mid 70's. It's still nice outside at this late hour.
In my place, it's 80 degress
with 70% humidity. I put my A/C away several weeks ago. I have some windows open. It's hard to believe that I'll be sleeping
tonight with the fan on.
I woke up this morning because I was so warm. This is crazy weather. I have no idea what
type of weather it will be on marathon day.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Playing the Best
11:00 pm edt
The day began with a drizzly and murky
look, but the sun came out late in the morning. I played golf with some former co-workers. I had my best round of the year,
shooting a 98. I hit the ball very well at times, but made some mistakes which cost me strokes and a better score.
The temperature got close to 70. It was great to be out there is a long sleeve t-shirt with a polo. I was warm at
times, but it helped my swing.
The temperature has been fluctuating the last couple of weeks. This is the
part of the year that I have a hard time adjusting to. I purposely over-dressed because I would rather be warm than cold.
I thought I was done wearing my polo shirts. I had put them away. Now, I have one ready for the wash. Maybe,
I'll get a couple of warm days for the last few rounds of the year and wear a couple more shirts.
Monday, October 25, 2010
The Wear of the Sole
10:19 am edt
I bought a pair of LL Bean boots two
years ago. They are great in the winter. I should have bought them years ago.
I must say that I'm disappointed
in the wear of the outer-sole. I think it's been excessive. I really should get them re-soled, but I'm not sure if it can
even be done. I think I'll call LL Bean to see what their policy is. They stand behind all of their products. They refunded
me the cost of my last jacket after I wore it for 10 years.
I'm not sure what the definition is of "reasonable
and normal wear". I don't expect these boots to last for ten years, but I thought it would have been more than two. They
were showing considerable wear before last winter.
I'm sure LL Bean would replace the boots if I want, but they
probably don't make the same model. It's not shown in their catalogue.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
11:36 pm edt
I didn't run today because I woke up with some type of nasal sniffle. I'm not sure what the
cause is. I'm having a hard time transitioning to the colder weather. It's suppose to be in the 70's this week.
I was so cold last night when I woke up. I must get another blanket out of my closet. I think I'm ok for the next few days.
This time of year is crazy with the temperature.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Made in the USA
10:53 pm edt
Ever since my feet froze at a Patriots
playoff football last January, I was determined to go to LL Bean and get a pair of socks that I could wear in the coldest
weather. As spring became summer, my trip to the store never happened.
Today,I went to a UMass football game being
played at Gillette Stadium. There is an Eastern Mountain Sports store at the Patriot Place shopping center. I found a pair
of "Smartwool Mountaineering" socks. They were on sale for $19.
These things are suppose to
do everything. They are made with "WOW Technology", but I'm not sure what that is. I'll check their website.
The amazing thing is that these socks are made in USA. What a great country! We still make stuff!
Friday, October 22, 2010
No talk Shows For This Guy
9:50 am edt
Mark Twain is making a big splash
on the 100th anniversary of his death. The first of his three volume autobiography is being released on Nov. 15th. The
pre-orders have placed him in the top five in sales on Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites.
circumstances, such sales would result in talk show appearances and a book signing tour, but that's not the case with Mr.
What do you do with an author who has been dead for 100 years? This was all part of his plan. When
he wrote the book, it was with the stipulation that it would not be released until 100 years after his death. He wanted to
silence all of his critics and anyone he may have offended.
I think he succeeded on all accounts. None of his peers
or critics are around, but neither is he.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Silencing The Trucks
11:07 am edt
A local town has down what should be
done across America. They have passed a local ordinance prohibiting ice cream trucks from playing that obnoxious music as
they make their rounds through neighborhoods.
The movement was backed by a local resident who complained her autistic
son got very upset every time he heard the music from the trucks.
I find it disturbing to hear the trucks playing
either "Little Brown Jug" or the theme from the "Sting". They should also avoid cruising around before
or after family meal times. No wonder kids eat so poorly these days.
I applaud the town for taking this action.
Now if someone could do something about car alarms, that would also help increase the "quality of life" in neighborhoods.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Anita's Phone Call
7:31 pm edt
The controversy surrounding Supreme
Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill resurfaced after 19 years when the wife of Thomas phone Ms Hill and asked for
an apology. She had accused Thomas of sexual harassment and testified against Thomas during his Senate confirmation hearings.
The FBI was notified of the call, but nothing illegal was done. Both women declined to speak to the media.
Ms Hill has been on the faculty at Brandies University since those hearings. What struck me odd was that most students interviewed
by reporters had no clue of her background. Her story was huge back in 1991. Students were just babies then. Apparently, Ms
Hill has faded away from media attention. She probably doesn't appreciate all of the attention now.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
No Passing Me
4:32 pm edt
Many runners will be raising money for
charity in the upcoming New York City Marathon. Among those will be former New York Giants player Amani.
cooperation with his sponsor TIMEX, Toomer will start dead last. TIMEX will donate $1 for each runner he passes in the race.
The money will go to the youth program of the New York Road Runners Club, the overseer of the race.
I will be starting
in the same group as Toomer. I wonder where he will pass me, if he does. Will it be early in the race or in the final stretch?
I have no idea what type of shape he is in.
Monday, October 18, 2010
10:44 pm edt
I will never understand why people don't
wear a jacket or something else this time of year. So many walk around dressed like it was summer. It doesn't matter how old
they are. People just don't wear a jacket any more.
This has always been a pet peeve of mine. At this time of year,
I'm trying to stay warm, yet people walk around like it was July.
I once tried to make this part of my comedy
act, but it never went over with the audience. I think people thought I was disrespecting them when I talked about jackets.
It might have been perceived as a rant.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
5:46 pm edt
It seems to be getting colder. One thing
I need to do is start applying hand lotion because of the exposure to the cold air while running. It's only October 17th and
my the knuckles on my hands are dry and cracked.
It's going to be a long season. It will be quite a challenge to
keep my hands from feeling like sand paper and burning.
I always wear gloves when I run in colder weather, but
that doesn't seem to prevent the problem.
I have some "Arbonne Ultra-Hydrating Hand Cream". I paid
$20 for the 4 oz. tube. I have no clue what "ultra-hydrating" means. I don't how they measure hydration in skin.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
4:11 pm edt
I had plans to play golf today at 9:30am.
The weather was terrible yesterday with rain and gusty winds. Occassional showers were scheduled for today.
Last night at 5:30pm, we made a decision to cancel and postpone for two weeks. Today turned out to be a beautiful sunny,
but windy and cool day.
The weather report was taken into account. You never know how the day is going to turn
out. We probably could have played, but we needed to make a decision last night based on what we knew at the time.
Friday, October 15, 2010
5:49 pm edt
It rained hard last night and part of
this morning. When I ran at noon, it was 48 degrees with 30 mph winds. It felt quite raw.
I decided to wear
a hood and gloves. I thought I could keep from wearing a hood before running the New York City Marathon in three weeks. It's
a goal every year. There always seems to be at least couple of days like this before the race.
my transition to winter. Once I put the hood on, it becomes a daily question of whether to wear it. This will continue through
the Boston Marathon in April.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
One Miner's Story
12:01 pm edt
Yesterday saw an incredible story unfold as the 33 miners were rescued in Chile
after being trapped since August 5th. There are so many great stories to be told about each individual. Their lives are forever
changed.There will probably be movie and book deals along the way.
One person who the media focused on was the
miner who had a mistress and wife waiting for him at the family vigil. The wife refused to be present when he came to the
surface. He was greeted by his mistress.
I think the media focused too much on this story angle. The New York Post
devoted its front page picture to the miner kissing his mistress. It seems that the "juicy" stuff sells papers.
There are probably movie producers already trying to decide who will play the women in any future film. You can be
certain that this miner's story will grab extra attention.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
4:22 pm edt
I just read the results of a Harris
Poll about American reading habits. Responses were based on the percentage who had actually a book in the past year. I found
the results interesting with 48% reading a mystery, 31% history, 29% biographies, 26% religious/spirituality, 26% science
and 17% political.
I compared this to my own preferences. I focus on history, current events and biographies.
I have not read fiction since I was in high school.
As far as the most popular authors, I was out of it as I have
never read anything by either Stephen King, James Paterson, John Grisham, Nora Roberts or Tom Clancy. There are others in
the top ten, but I never read any of their stuff.
In the end, I think the most important factor is that people
should be reading at all ages. I think it helps brain function and stimulates the mind.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Ready To Roll
9:57 am edt
It could happen late tonight. The rescue
of the 33 Chilean miners, trapped since August 5th, may finally happen. The story has attracted world-wide attention with
over 1,5000 media members present at the rescue site.
Special precautions will be taken to monitor the miners heart
rate and breathing as they are lifted 2,200 feet from below ground. Doctors are also concerned about the effect of sunlight
on their eyes.
It was originally feared that the miners might be trapped until December, but high-tech
drilliing equipment was brought in to cut down the time.
Hopefully, this story has a happy ending as each miner
must be brought up separately. If everything works out, it will make for a great book or movie.
Monday, October 11, 2010
The Same New Course
6:54 pm edt
I played golf today at the course
where my former golf league played for the last 30 years. It was recently sold and 50 homes are being built on the grounds.
The new owner plan to upgrade the course over the next few years.
I was shocked at how much brush had been
cut. Tree pruning allowed views I had never seen before. Along one hole, I was surprised to see that the lake had an
island. It was hidden from view all of these years.
It's great that the course was saved from total home construction.
It will be interesting to see what the future holds. I wonder if it will become private. It's bound to cost more to play.
The future plans are very ambitious.
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Smelling It All
11:18 pm edt
I spent some time walking Piper today. She just wants to smell everything on the ground. Dogs
are very special. They know a lot.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
3:56 pm edt
According to the Congressional Budget
Office, the federal government is making progress towards reducing the budget deficit.
It was $1.42 trillion
for FY 2009. They were able to reduce it by $125 billion for FY 2010. Now it's only $1.3 trillion. We are making
progress as a nation.
On the other hand, the Social Security Administration announced that it had mailed $250 economic
stimulus payment to 72,000 deceased people, at a cost of $18 million, in spite of being notified of the death of 63,4781
Nothing is perfect in this world. With government, there is always room for improvement.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Smoking With Charlie
5:53 pm edt
Leave it to humans to get a zoo
chimpanzee addicted to smoking cigarettes. Over the years, visitors gave butts to "Charlie the Chimp" at a zoo in
South Africa in spite of being asked by the staff not to. Charlie became addicted and recently passed away at the age of 52.
Zoo keepers don't believe the smoking contributed to his death. Apparently, he lived 10 years past their normal lifespan.
They attempted to wean him away, but it never worked because visitors kept passing smokes to him.
It's too bad
Charlie never got a chance to hook up with Joe Camel. They could have done their own reality television show.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Not Making Cents
6:39 pm edt
Many financial companies are now offering
on-line statements in lieu of paper ones in the mail. They say it saves money and is good for the environment by saving tress.
I still prefer the paper version.
Today, I received one from a credit union of my former employer. I left a balance
of $32 when I retired. It continues to gather interest. When I reviewed my quarterly statement, I had picked up another
three cents of interest for a total of nine cents this year.
I think it cost more than three cents to print
and mail the statement to me.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
People Want Cold Ones
9:12 pm edt
The "Mother Earth News Network"
has announced that a company has the first certified beer to be consumed on future commercial space flights. I'm not
sure what this all means.
A number of private companies are competing to develop a lauch vehicle that could get
people into a sub-orbital flight and experience weightlessness and the sites seen from space, including the curvature of the
It puzzles me as to why people would need to drink alcohol when they are up there. Wouldn't the entire experience
be enough for the senses?
Leave it to Americans to come with something like this.
Monday, October 4, 2010
The New 70
10:09 am edt
When I used my A/C during the summer,
the goal was to get the room temperature at 70 degrees or lower. That always felt comfortable, especially keeping the humidity
Last night it was 70 degrees in my living room, with a humidity reading of 70%. It was in the 40's outside.
I almost turned on my heat for the first time.
Not using the A/C has lowered my electric bill. I'm getting ready
for seven months of higher gas bills due to heating.
It's cheaper to keep my place at 70 degrees on a hot day compared
to when it's below freezing.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
The Cold Facts
11:01 am edt
It was cold last night at the football
game I attended. I should have worn a heavier jacket. When I got home, I closed a couple of windows. I slept with one blanket,
but could have used another.
Autumn is moving forward. There will be cool nights and mornings. I plan to take another
blanket out of the closet.
There are two mile stones left. I'm not sure when they will happen, but they will. At
some point, I will pull down my storm windows and turn on the heat. It's going to happen. There is no way to stop it. It's
just a matter of time.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
A Week Apart
2:02 pm edt
It's October. Daylight gets shorter
and the temperature is getting cooler. Last Saturday, it got into the high 80's. It was a tough day for running. I was so
thirsty when I finished.
Today, I ran the same course with a 30 degree temperature difference. I wore a long sleeve
top. I was never hot. There was also a breeze. It really felt like autumn in the air. I had a great run.
will be some warm days in October, but they will be fewer in number. The New York City Marathon is five weeks away. This time
of the year passes very quickly for me. Once you get into November, a warm day becomes a news story.
the summer go? Christmas is 12 weeks from today!
Friday, October 1, 2010
8:51 pm edt
Our country has decided to curtail space exploration as shown with
the deep budget cuts for NASA. There will be only two more shuttle flights to the space station. After that, we will
rely on Russian flights to get our people up there.
Today, China launched a rocket that will send a probe to the
moon. They have a goal to have a manned space flight there, as well as setting up a space station.
I have no doubt
that they will put people on the moon before we do. To cut the budget of NASA is so foolhardy and hinders our nation's
development of new technologies and opportunities gained from space exploration.