Tuesday, November 30, 2010
No Time To Train
11:22 am est
I'm going to see UMass play Boston College
at the TD Garden on Saturday. It's a 6:30pm game. I thought of taking the train until I looked at the schedule. Trains
run about every three hours on the weekend.
The only option is to get there a few hours early and take the last
train out at 11:30pm. So much for convenience! I think I'll end up paying to park at a garage. The starting point is $25 at
the Garden. I must find something cheaper than that.
I was looking forward to taking the train. It's a fun thing
to do and reasonably priced. Their weekend schedule is not conducive to what I want to do. They need to run a few more trains.
Otherwise, you end up making a long day of a trip into the city.
Monday, November 29, 2010
11:18 am est
People who say that are "bored"
are probably boring people to begin with. The fact that they are alive and breathing is not good enough for them.
At Cambridge University in Great Britain, a scientist has determined that April 11, 1954 was the "most boring day"
since 1900. He analyzed over 300 million facts and news events that occurred since 1900.
His computer model
selection was based on the fact that nobody of "prominence" was either born or died on that day and there were not
any "significant" historical events.
This is really ridiculous. How do you tell someone who entered
this world on April 11, 1954 that their birth date has no significance? What about someone who lost a loved one that day?
Do we need the A-list of celebrities to define an important day? My birth date of November 25th must be real
important as the late Andrew Carnegie, Joe DiMaggio, JFK jr, and Ricard Montalban share that day. Let's not forget the living
Christina Applegate, Donovan MacNabb, Katherine Crosby or Buck Dent. What a group!
The guy at Cambridge needs to
utilize his time in a more productive way. He sounds like a boring person.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
End of a Tall Tradition
10:11 am est
It seems that people make big decisions
when they turn, 30, 40, 50 or 60. All of a sudden, they realize that something must change in their life.
was the case of a guy who recently turned 60 and decided to end his career as a stilt walker. He had been part of Quincy's
(Mass.) annual holiday parade for the last 25 years. He marched the three mile route while perched on a pair of seven foot
He felt it was time to put an end to it, citing his age and concerns of the weather and wind. I certainly
respect his decision, but wonder why he didn't do it last year. Why the change of mind when he turned 60?
a former circus performer and very experienced in stilt walking. Apparently, he had a change of mind once he turned 60.
His comments in the newspaper didn't shed any light on his decision, other than concerns about the weather.
Friday, November 26, 2010
One Day Stimulus
9:24 am est
This so-called Black Friday shopping
day has taken its place in American culture. It brings out some extreme behavior with people waiting in line for six
hours to save money.
I would imagine that some people go to the mall at 3AM in some stae of intoxication. Eventually,
shoppers will be tailgating in the parking lot.
Overall, I think this day is good economically. America is
moving towards a service based economy. We no linger make anything that is sold in retail stores. Most of the stuff bought
today will be from China or some other part of Asia.
Today realy helps the economy of our trading partners. The
only benefit for American workers is that they get to earn some overtime on low paying jobs selling foreign made items.
China and Japan need us to sell their cheap products as much as we need them to finanace our growing national
debt. It's a two way street.
If we were selling American goods, they would be overpriced and provide no big savings.
Black Friday would not exist.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
No Tow For Me
12:23 pm est
I ran a road race this morning with
10,000 other people. The parking lot emptied out very fast because everyone had plans today. Fast is all relative. It took
me over 30 minutes to exit a lot that only allows one car at a time.
Many people chose to park near Rt 495. Some
parked on the medians of the ramps. Others were blantantly parked illegally.
For a moment, I though about it. I
saw something in the paper a week ago advising people not to do that. I decided to drive to the lot, knowing that I would
be stuck in traffic.
Back in 1975, I got ticketed and towed in Boston. I learned my lesson. To this day, I only
park in legal spaces. It only takes being towed once to learn a lesson.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The Big Day In Life
3:30 pm est
Age is really just a number. Each day,
we are as old as we have ever been, but will never be this young again.
Tomorrow, I will turn 57. It
will happen at 8:38am while I'm running the first mile of a five mile road race.
I came into this world
on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Periodically, my birthday falls on that day. It happened when I turned 40.
Some people freak out on their birthdays. Others make a big deal over hitting the milestones at 30, 40, 50 or whatever.
I feel differently about all this.
At some point, each of us will have our last birthday. We will never get to
see the next one. Nobody knows when that might be. I think it's important to reflect on that every day. I'm thrilled to be
a year older!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Backed By Silver
11:24 am est
Coins were made of silver until 1963.
I never see any silver ones in my change, but I finally got one today.
It was a 1944 Mercury-head dime. I wonder
where it came from. It must have been in a jar of change for the last few decades. I was surprised to see it in circulation.
I was getting ready to throw some dimes into a jar of change when I came across the odd looking coin.
I have not
seen one of these since I was a kid. It might be a long time before I see another. Unfortunately, the coin was in fair condition
and has minimal value as a collectable. I'll keep it.
Monday, November 22, 2010
The Six Week Challenge
2:22 pm est
Six weeks from today will be January
3, 2011, the start of the new year. The holiday season will be over. Snow might be on the ground.
I want to challenge
myself over the next six weeks by not gaining any holiday weight. Today, I weighed 166 after my run. I would like to be that
weight year round.
I have a history of putting weight on over the holidays due to excessive eating. I would really
be doing myself a favor if I could weigh 166 in six weeks. Only time will tell. I'll address the results on that date.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Bring On The Band
1:59 pm est
You often hear commercials on the radio paid
for by a special interest group. Today, I heard one demanding live music at the holiday performance of the Radio City Rockettes
at the Wang Center. The venue is using recorded music in place of a live orchestra. This has happened at other plays in Boston
and New York City theatres.
The ad was sponsored by the local union for musicians. I fully support live music at
performances. Anything else is cheating the public in light of the high ticket prices.
However, the union needs
to work with the venues. They often demand a minimum staffing by their members which causes the overall production cost
to rise. This results in the current situation of having recorded music played.
At some point, there will be a
technical glitch and there will be no music at the performance. Bring back the live musicians!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
5:21 pm est
I recycle my newspapers. I drop them
off at a collection bin at a couple of local churches. The bins are always filled to the top. Sometimes, it's very hard to
The other day, the bin was nearly empty. As I opened the lid, I noticed someone has sprayed graffiti
on the inside walls. The person had to make an effort to climb in before spraying.
Graffiti is vandalism, but I'm
always amazed at the great extremes some go through to tag public and private property.
Friday, November 19, 2010
First Step To Boston
5:20 pm est
Two weeks ago, I was attending the expo
for the New York City Marathon and wondering how the race would play out for me. It's now history and time to move on to the
Boston Marathon. It's only 21 weeks away on April 18th. It will be here before I know.
Today, I mailed my entry
at the post office. A lot will happen between now and then. It's always a major accomplishment just to get to the starting
line. That is not guaranteed for anyone.
Like anything else in life, the future will eventually become the past.
At the same time, I want to take it all in and enjoy the journey.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Don't Take The Mattress
5:27 pm est
Many feel that government is playing
a bigger role in our life and that we are moving towards a "nanny" state where we are told what to do and when.
Mayor Bloomberg in New York City is leading a personal crusade against the use of salt in food, soft drinks and saturated
fat. We are constantly being told what is bad for us.
Today, there was a story in my local newspaper about the
mayor warning people not to take mattresses found outside along the curb because they might be infested with bedbugs.
I'm sure he is right about the bedbugs. They have gained national attention by showing up in the finest hotels. However,
I don't think people need to be told not to take discarded mattresses.
In my opinion, if you are taking
a discarded mattress, I don't think you are worrying about bedbugs. Some people have no choice but to do this. Times are tough
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
1:27 am est
think it's a real tragedy when a person dies and their body is missing or cannot be recovered.
In 1989, William
Holland, a mountain climber from Gorham, Maine fell 1,000 feet to his death in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. His
climbing partner and a rescue team tried to recover his body, but was prevented by a subsequent avalanche.
Holland's body was recently found by hikers in a melting glacier. It was perfectly preserved, having been in a deep freeze
for all that time.
There are two other hikers who have been missing since the 1970's. Will their bodies surface
during the melting of the glaciers in future years?
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Never On a Monday Morning
11:39 am est
I never mind going to the market to
buy my groceries. I like to purchase fresh produce every other day. Yesterday, I got a reminder that I should not go shopping
early on a Monday morning.
I was able to buy the basics, but the selection of chicken breasts and produce left
a lot to be desired. I can't believe they were still trying to sell some of the zucchini and summer squash. The tomatoes looked
pretty weak. I got my carrots and lettuce, but will need to go back today to stock up on other things.
easy to see why the market wasn't very crowded on Monday.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
5:52 pm est
You always hear the cliche about someone
"tweaking" their hamstring. It can definitely cost you time off. I proved that today when I did it on a golf swing.
I was playing very well until I hyper-extended myself on a shot. I felt something right away. It's sore now. I just
put some cream on. I plan to do some stretching. I should have stretched this morning before playing. That was very stupid
When I was at the football game yesterday, I got a cramp in my right hamstring at the end of the game.
It's the same spot today. I better keep an eye on this.
It's easy to see why I turned down an opportunity to play
golf five days before the marathon last week. At least that was a good decision!
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The Changing Campus
10:15 pm est
Nothing ever stays the same in life.
Change is inevitable, no matter how small it might be.
I went out to UMass Amherst today for a football game.
I graduated 35 years ago. I get out there once or twice every year. I walk the campus when I'm there. It's amazing how many
details come back from the depths of my memory.
On the other hand, there have been major changes in landscaping
and a few new buldings. The new recreation center is phenomonal. I wish they had it when I was there. Back in my days, that
area was part of the School of Agriculture. There were barns with animals there and across the street where the 9,000 seat
arena and 3,500 hockey rink are now located.
I never thought they would ever buld any new dormitories, but
they did. I wonder what changes I will see in the future.
Friday, November 12, 2010
3:32 pm est
I have belonged to a local fitness
club for many years. It's been around since 1970. It has a huge membership and is very successful.
It was originally
built as a tennis club. It's a basic steel structure that looks like a warehouse. Last year, the owners decided to renovate
the entrance to make it look more professional. They charge enough money for a membership.
In recent weeks, they
have added four large windowns in the weight room. They bring in a lot of light and sunshine. It really brightens up the place.
I wonder why it took them 40 years to finally do this. It looks so much better now.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Price Goes Up
11:12 am est
I stay away from "charge by the
ounce" salad bars. They treat all food the same when it comes to be price.
I decided to partake in one
after running the marathon last Sunday. This particular place charged $7.49 per pound. I loaded up on some lasagna and meatballs.
I used a separate container for some tomato and cucumber slices. I was shocked to see that I was paying over $3 for my tomato
slices. It made the rest of the meal look inexpensive.
The price really skyrockets as you add more food to the
container. There is nothing cheap about a salad bar.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
No Rides For Me
1:45 pm est
You certainly see a lot of crazy things
on the streets of New York City. Driving there can be a real challenge. Cab drivers can get pretty reckless at times.
Mayor Bloomberg has lead the initiative to create bike lanes throughout the city. You always have to keep an eye out for
the cyclists when you cross the street.
One thing beyond my understanding is why anyone would take a pedi-cab.
These guys pedal their rigs with a cart that can carry two passengers. They flow with traffic just like cabs and private autos.
I could never get comfortable enough to ride in one of them. I think I would be too nervous about it being the last
moment of my life. I don't know why they allow them on the streets. They should keep them in Central Park.
Back From NYC
11:50 pm est
It's been really special to complete
the New York City Marathon for the last 33 years. I have so many great memories of being there. It's been a big part of my
It's hard to explain to people how I feel about this race. Every runner does it for their own reasons. I'm
just so glad that I can still do this after all these years.
My goal is to be there next year.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
On Your Mark
9:18 am edt
The literary world is buzzing with
the pending release of the autobiography of Mark Twain. What makes it interesting is that the three volume set is being released
100 years after his death. That was his stipulation when he wrote it. He wanted to ensure that everyone mentioned in the book
would be deceased. He didn't want to offend anyone. I wonder what he said that could be so negative.
have caused the book to go to the top of the chart for Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Given the author's condition,
there are no plans for any book signing tour.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The Site IsThe Site
11:27 pm edt
This website has over 2,100 visits since
I started back in March 09. Every website needs to look nice and have a lot of bells and whistles. My website has none
of the above.
The look of this website is dependent upon the software I bought through my domain name registrar.
I could add some HTML stuff, but would probably make it worse. I need to rotate pictures in and out. I need to change
the colors for the season. There is a lot of stuff to do.
At this point, it remains to be seen. This website
could be much better. There is no doubt about that.
Monday, November 1, 2010
Ready Through April
10:09 pm edt
Today is cold in the
high 40's, but very sunny. I've been sleeping with one blanket through autumn, but it's cold now at night. I need
to get the two other blankets out of the closet and make them ready for their stay through April.
There will be many nights when I won't need three blankets,
but it's getting to the point where I use two.
These blankets are here for the next six months.