Thursday, June 30, 2011
Having A Shot
3:04 pm edt
I went to the doctor's today
for a physical. I mentioned that my last tetanus shot was in 1978 when I was bitten by a dog while out for a run.
I never mentioned it during previous visits, but
I thought I should have one now. They are good for ten years, but mine expired 23 years ago. I'm lucky that I never needed
one prior to that.
I keep up this pace, I'll get my next one when I'm 90.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Another Price Increase
3:51 pm edt
I enjoy reading the New York
Post. It's a great newspaper with very creative headlines. It allows me to keep up to date with things going on in New York
Much to my disappointment,
they raised the price to $1.25. It's only a 25 cent increase, but over the course of a year, it adds up to over $90.
Small price increases effect all of us. If you look
at it on a daily basis, it's only a quarter. The price of gasoline is another good example. Any price increases take money
out of our pockets and leave us with less.
keep buying the paper. At some point, they will raise it to $1.50. They already did that with the Boston Globe.
Monday, June 27, 2011
A Close Brush
12:33 pm edt
I was brushing my teeth this
morning with my Oral-B electric brush. I have been using this for several years. I think it does a better job than a conventional
to the manual, the battery works for 15-20 minutes after charging. The battery cannot be replaced. This results in the
entire unit being replaced.
I think my battery life is getting shorter because it stopped working in the middle of my brushing.
It takes a few hours for recharging. I'm not sure
how long the battery will last. My last brush never got to that point. I dropped it on the floor one day. It cracked at the
spot where the brush head attaches to the base. The entire unit needed to be replaced.
I have dropped this brush before, but it keeps working. One more drop might be its last.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
A New Mission For A Truck
5:39 pm edt
As I drove through town
today, I noticed someone had an old fire truck parked in their driveway. It was about 20 years old from a suburban town of
Boston. The owner must have purchased it at an auction.
Fire trucks and police cruisers have a finite useful life. Most cruisers are sold to the public at auctions. Fire
trucks are often sold to smaller towns that have volunteer departments until they can no longer be used. I wonder what the
story was behind this truck.
In its time, it certainly provided a vital funtion to its citizens. Now, it sits in someone's driveway. What will
the new owners do with it? You can drive an old police cruiser if you purchase it for personal use. A fire truck is another
story. It uses a lot of gas and doesn't go very fast.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Not In the Bag
11:53 am edt
I just heard of a recall by Kraft Foods
for some bags of pre-packaged salad with a specific expiration date. I have never bought this stuff and never will. I think
it stays on the shelf too long. I look at it sometimes just to see whether it has gone bad. In many instances, the lettuce
has the brown veins showing in its leaves.
When someone serves it at their house, I am always leery of eating
it. I realize the bags are vacuum sealed, but the expiration date is too far in the future.
I also think
that it's a lazy way to make a salad. Nothing is fresh here. It's just another short-cut people try to take to save time.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
More Bottles To Toss Out
6:50 pm edt
We seem to be inundated with bottled
water. It's all around us. Everyone has a bottle in their hand throughout the day. Some of the empties are recycled, but hundreds
of millions end up in landfills.
I finally discovered that it is cheaper to buy a case of 16 ounce bottles than
to buy a 6-pack of 1.5 litre ones. It was always more convenient to buy only six bottles at a time, but the savings on
the case are plain to see.
Unfortunately, none of my bottles and cans get recycled. We have a dumpster where I
live. I don't want to haul cans and bottles in my car. I already do that with newspapers and magazines. I recycle them
at a local church.
It comes down to savings and the smaller bottles are the way to go.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Bound To Happen
5:23 pm edt
It was inevitable that a cast
member from the MTV show and movie "Jackass" would suffer a tragic death. Some of them really pushed the envelope
with some of their stunts and lifestyles.
I have always been a fan of the show, but thought this might happen someday. It finally did to Ryna
Dunn at the age of 34.
he was twice over the legal limit for driving while intoxicated.I don't know why he drove his Porsche 130 mph. That can only
have bad results. He got himself killed, as well as his passenger when the car went off the road, hitting a tree and bursting
happens everyday in America. It made the news because he was a "celebrity". Since his death, other people have died
the same way. His demise is just one more sad statistic about drunk driving and speed.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Days Getting Shorter
11:56 pm edt
I had a lot of fun golfing with some
former co-workers today. It was the first day of summer and rather humid. The sun was shining very bright, in the mid-80's.
It was so nice to be out there.
We finally had a day like this, but unfortunately the days will get shorter after
tonight. Summer will get hotter, but the days will get shorter for sunlight. It seems so strange after going through our recent weather.
You can blame it on the earth revolving around the sun.
Monday, June 20, 2011
The Fat Story
11:06 am edt
I stopped at McDonald's the other day
when I was on the road. I ordered a double cheese burger and a grilled chicken snack wrap. While I was waiting, I read one
of their nutrition brochures. It was called "Five Simple Steps to Better Balance".
All of their products and
drinks were listed for calories, portein, fats, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, sugar and so on. The important factor to me
was the amount of saturated fat and trans fat, if any.
I was rather disappointed to see that their beef sandwiches
contain trans fat. It might be rather small, but it's still there. The amount of saturated fat could also be a lot less.
I rarely eat fast foods. It's a good thing I don't. They might be fast, but they are not that good for you nutritionally.
Nobody can make a convincing argument that saturated and trans fats are good for you.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Put the Bar Down, Now
12:42 pm edt
It is so difficult to eat healthy. We
have so many temptations every day. Some of the tastiest foods are bad for us.
I read labels. That keeps me from
eating a lot of things. Sometimes we have no idea what we are ingesting, especially with fast foods.
I was confronted with a real challenge. The post-race meal was a nice turkey dinner. It looked rather healthy. I'm not sure
how they prepared the mash potatoes. Did they use whole milk?
At the end, we all got a chocolate covered ice cream
bar. I was all set to eat it. I had the bar in my hands ready to unwrap. I then read the labels.
This thing was
going to provide me with 75% of my saturated fat daily allowance. So much for healthy eating.
For a moment I stood
there and contemplated. I thought the wiser. I put the bar down and walked away. I stopped eating ice cream many years ago.
It's not time to make exceptions. It was one small decision among many we face daily with our food.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Taking Too Much With Me
10:56 pm edt
At 9am this morning I began the road
race to the top of Mt Washington in New Hampshire. I have done this 34 times since my rookie year of 1972 when I was 18.
I admit that I run so much slower now. It's hard to compare the present to the past. I was so much faster then.
One thing I need to take note of is the excessive amount of clothes I brought with me to the race. In concern for
potentially bad weather, I carried too much extra in a fanny pack.
I guess it would have been rather extreme
to use everything I had. When I was younger, a warm-up jacket tied around my waist was good enough.
Maybe I can
get it right when I run the New York City Marathon in November and not bring too much stuff with me.
conditions seem so different from my earlier years at the race. We always had nice days until the last 10 years.
It never rained when I was younger.
Friday, June 17, 2011
The Endless Wars
9:29 pm edt
Wars in Third World nations
don't generate a lot of notice in the news. The ongoing one in East Congo is a prime example.
It has been going on for 16 years and has resulted
in 5.4 million deaths. There are nine nations involved and over 30 rebel factions fighting a chaotic civil war.
There are other wars in Africa, including Sudan
where the toll has been enormous. The UN has been involved, but has little ability to control the situation.
The United States responds with rhetoric, but for
the most part, the world just observes as human tragedy continues.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
A Black Mark
7:31 pm edt
started out as simple car ride to an appointment. I made a bad decision on a left hand turn and came very close to an accident.
When I got to the highway, a box truck cut in front of me when changing lanes. About two miles later, my car was struck
by road debris from a blown out truck tire.
A car ahead of me struck the debris, sending it into the
air. The rubber stuck my hood before it hit my windshield.
When I got to my destination, I noticed a four inch
black strip on the hood of my car. The rubber left its signature.
I'm glad it wasn't metal. I will try to get the
mark off with rubbing compound
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The Last Game of the Season
10:50 am edt
Tonight is Games 7 of the Stanley Cup
Finals between the Boston Bruins and the Vancouver Canucks. The Bruins have never played in a Game 7 of the Finals in their
history, although they have won the cup several times.
The Bruins last won the title in 1972. I was a freshman
at UMass. Who knows when this will happen again? Maybe not again in my lifetime. You never know in sports.
great NHL players have their name on the cup. So many don't. Some players wait their entire career just to get to the finals,
only to lose. Some never get to this point.
A championship brings immortality to the team and players. They are
forever known as Stanley Cup Champions. Both teams are vying for that one chance to etch their name on the ledger of greatness.
Who will it be tonight? Only one team can win. There can't be a tie. Maybe the Bruins win. Maybe they won't . Maybe
it will take another 39 years to get to this point. Nobody can say with certainty.
It should be a great
game. In the words of Coach Bill Belichick: "Only one team wins their last game of the season".
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Great Weather For Sleeping
10:48 am edt
The hot temperatures last week caused
many people to install their air conditioners. I still have mine on the floor of my bedroom. I'm waiting until the last possible
moment. I don't like sleeping with it on. Eventually, it's going to get real hot.
The last several nights have
been quite cool. I have been using a blanket. It's great weather for sleeping. I have not even had my fans on.
This can't last forever, but I'm enjoying the temperatures. Summer begins next week.
Monday, June 13, 2011
The Last Home Game of the Season
8:24 pm edt
It's moments before the 6th game of
the Stanly Cup finals. Renee Rancourt is getting ready to sing. If the Bruins lose, the season is over. There is no tomorrow.
This is the last home game of the season, one way or the other.
The Vancouver Canucks have a chance to win the
Stanley Cup tonight and creat their legacy. For the Bruins, it's the last chance to have another chance.
win the Stanley Cup. Some never even play in the Finals. Some never get the chance to lose in the Finals.
be great game.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Learning More Tech
7:35 pm edt
Everyone looks at the world of high-tech
differently. I know a lot of people my age who really know their stuff when it comes to the world on computers and cell phones.
On the other hand, some want nothing to do with it.
I really enjoy all of it, but wish I could learn and do
more. After two years with my website, I think I need to do things to make it better. That involves a risk.
me, risk assessment is very important when I work on a computer. I have messed up a number of things with my website and had
to spend more time than I planned to fix it.
Everything seems to take more time than it should, but it's probably
me. Some of this stuff is tough to understand.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Setting the Record
11:42 pm edt
I was rather surprised that I was able
to stay awake for 30 consecutive hours during the Relay For Life. I never took a nap. I was never tired until near the end.
I finally took a three hour nap at 1:30pm when I got home. I awoke from a dead sleep at 5pm upon hearing my alarm.
I was able to attend a scheduled graduation party.
Tomorrow, I will wake up early again. I hope to roll out of
bed without it being a major accomplishment. You never know.
I can say that I don't plan to stay awake for 30 hours
on a regular basis. I think I set a new personal record that will stand until I do this again next year.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Staying Up Late
1:09 pm edt
I'm on my way to do the American Cancer
Society Relay For Life walk. It goes from 3pm-3pm today and tomorrow. If I stay awake the entire time, I'll be up for 32 hours.
I have not done that in years.
I'm usually totally exhausted by 4am. When I go to bed that late, I don't sleep
well. My team will have a large tent. I have an air mattress. I think I'll take a nap at some point. It will be interesting
to see how late I stay up.
It's all for a good cause. I also have to do four hours of walking during the relay.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
A Hack Job For Jobs
11:19 am edt
Apple CEO Steven Jobs announced
a couple of new products for his company. He has been on a medical leave due to his treatment for pancreatic cancer. Somehow,
he caused the Associated Press to have a need to update his obituary.
The AP has been calling Hollywood studio and recording executives seeking fresh quotes about
Jobs. This is a regular process for celebrities and famous people, but apparently Jobs and Apple were less then thrilled as
he was scheduled to give a keynote speech at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The average person leads a nondescript life and
doesn't need to worry about writing his obituary ahead of time. I guess the situation for Jobs comes with his notoriety and
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The Last Shave
7:20 pm edt
Nothing lasts forever. Things
come and go. The young become the old. Life moves on.
This time, it lasted five months for me. I finally
changed the blade in my razor. I never though I would get five months out of it. I last changed it on January 8th.
It started to get dull about a month ago, but kept giving me a good shave. Since last week, I knew it was over. I wanted
to try and make it to five months.
I wonder how long this blade will last. At this rate, I will use it after
I run the New York City Marathon in November. A lot can happen between now and then.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
11:37 pm edt
The next couple of days will
feature the Triple H's: hazy, hot and humid. I can ony imagine all of the complaining there will be on Facebook and news about
the weather being too hot for this time of year.
People complain at the worst times. We have no control over so many situations in our life. The weather
is one of them.
Monday, June 6, 2011
The Eating Challenge
11:31 am edt
It is so difficult to eat
healthy. It becomes a daily struggle to avoid the toxic foods that face us every day.
At a golf tournament the other day, I ate a hot dog. Nobody can ever sell me on its nutritional
got a "goody bag" at a road race with several questionable items. The granola bar certainly had more saturated fat
than it should have. The cookie dough bar is going into the trash after reading what it contains.
Food labeling in America presents many challenges
to healthy eating. The line between healthy and junk get blurred very easily. The best we can do is to be vigilant about everything
can tell us a lot about what goes into our body. It's up to each of us to practice healthy eating. Nobody will do it for us.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Missed Strike One
5:12 pm edt
You can never be too alert
while driving. Things can change so quickly, especially when driving in traffic on interstate highways.
As I drove to a road race this morning, a deer jumped
the guard rail and ran in front of my car. I swerved my wheel and missed him. I also jammed on my brakes thinking I was going
to hit him.
ran by just in time. I have no idea what happened to him. He still had to cross two more lanes, the median and then another
four lanes, including the breakdown.
was a little too close for me. It would have been like hitting a 100 pound rock mounted on stilts. They tend to roll up on
the hood and smash the windshield.
a recent trip in Connecticut, I counted four deer carcasses on the side of the road. They are all over the place. The signs
about watching for them should be followed.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
For the Pets
10:44 pm edt
Golf tournaments are a great way for
a charity to raise money. I played in one today. They had raffle prizes and a number of auction items.
organization is involved in animal rescue programs, primarily for dogs and cats. They offer a variety of services for
a very worthwhile cause.
I was very impressed with the passion and committment these people had to their
cause. They go to great extremes to keep pets from being euthanized.
Some people paid way over the value for the
auction items. The organization had a very successful day.
Friday, June 3, 2011
7:32 pm edt
The other day I stopped at
a local Chinese restaurant for a take-out order of small chicken and broccoli. I have enjoyed their food since they
opened in 1997.
is a person at the counter who is always there no matter what time it is. I can't imagine how many hours she works. Her two
kids are in college. They both work there.
Year ago when I first started going there, the kids were always in a booth doing their homework and
reading. They didn't fool around.
started working at the counter at a young age, taking orders and ringing up the cash register.
I bet they eventually graduate with honors and
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Who Would Have Thought?
7:40 pm edt
We never know how a day is going to
turn out. So many unexpected things can happen that can change a person's life forever.
There was a tornado in
western and central Massachusetts yesterday. That is the first one I have heard of in my lifetime. We don't get type of weather
In the end, four people died. There was massive destruction in the storms path. Many people
lost their homes or suffered severe damage.
Nobody ever gave this a thought when they woke up yesterday. It may
have been a once in a lifetime occurance, but for those four people, it was the last day of their lives. Other people went
through an event that we can only hope never happens to us.
You never know what the dawning of a new day might
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Pass the Saturated Fats
4:45 pm edt
They say there is nothing American more
than baseball. I attended a Red Sox game last at Fenway Park. One thing for certain is that baseball parks are the epitome
of junk food.
I saw people eating meals of french fries and hot dogs. They had some grilled chicken at some concessions,
but the selections were slim where we sat. I bypassed most of the bad stuff.
I selected an Italian sausage sandwich
with peppers and onions along with a bottle of water. Later on, I decided to get a chocolate covered ice cream bar. I made
the mistake of reading the fat and calorie content.
I can see why I gave up eating these things a long time ago.
I got 23% of my daily saturated fat just from the ice cream bar. I'm afraid to think about the sausage sandwich.
It's difficult to eat properly. Going to games doesn't help the situation.