Friday, November 30, 2012
6:40 pm est
We still have another three
weeks before the start of winter. It has been cold the last few days, but the temperature is predicted to be in the 60's on
I don't mind
cold weather, but my hands are taking a beating. They are very dry. The skin on my knuckles is raw and irritated. I have been
using hand lotion, but it's not enough.
out in the pool probably isn't helping with the exposure to chlorine. I'm wearing gloves whenever I'm outside. I had planned
on going in the pool today, but went running instead. I need to get my hands back to normal.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Another Public Eyesore
12:38 pm est
I don't think that the recent
decision to allow electronic billboards in Massachusetts is a positive step. The have been approved for display along roadways
with the stipulation that they remain static for ten seconds before showing a video image.
They will only distract drivers with their mesaages. Accidents will happen at some point.
It's only a matter of time.
also think they are an eyesore for the landscape. They add nothing to the surroundings. The only reason they are allowed is
for the money they pay to be there.
always about the money.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Not Salt Free
6:03 pm est
Winter is still three weeks
away and the signs are upon us. I still have not pulled down my storm windows, but we saw our first snow flurries last night.
When I was out driving, I encountered the first
salt on the roads. They may have overdone it because of the forecast.
This morning, my black car had a white salt film all over it. I guess
it's time to put the scraper, brush and snow shovel in the car. I'll take them out after the start of spring.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Voluntary Tax
11:05 am est
The Powerball lottery is now
up to $425 million and rising. It might reach $500 million before the next drawing. That is far too much money for one person
I don't have
any plans to buy a ticket. I never do, so why would I bother now. Jackpots like this drive the lottery.
People who never buy a ticket, go out and get one.
You always hear, "You can't win if you don't play". No kidding. I always get a kick out
of the people who tell you how they will spend the money. Nothing like getting ahead of the curve.
I know it's important to have dreams and all that,
but lotteries are a waste of time. On the other hand, it's a good way for the states to raise money without additional taxes.
The lottery is a voluntary tax paid by those who
play. We should all thank them today.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Don't Worry About The Victims
6:43 pm est
You can always count on some
economic analyst to come up with a ridiculous statement. The latest pertains to Super Storm Sandy.
The metropolitan New York City area suffered as
much as $50 billion in damages. People lost their homes and everything they owned.
This person claims that there could be an economic benefit of between $140-$240 billion as
the area rebuilds. The construction industry and the supply chain will be hugely impacted. Jobs will be created.
Meanwhile, people are trying to get their lives
back together again. They don't want to hear some dumb statement about how this disaster will help the economy.
Where do we find these guys?
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Not Wearing Food
12:30 pm est
I'm always careful when I
eat. I try not to spill things on myself. Old people always seem to be wearing their food. Accidents happen to all of us.
The other day, I managed to get some cocktail sauce
on my shirt. I fist applied some dish detergent to absorb it. This morning, I threw it in with a load of clothes.
The shirt is air drying, but it looks like the stain
is gone. I might not be so lucky the next time, especially if it's tomato sauce.
What About The Garden?
11:18 pm est
I have always enjoyed watching
Boston real estate development. So many plans get presented and fail. There is another one at Boston Garden to have
a big apartment complex. Let's see if that one works.
There have been so many other developments in the Garden area. It's all talk. Nothing ever happens. They need to build.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Not Everyone Goes Home
10:37 am est
I'm not a big fan of Black
Friday. It's good day for the retail industry, but it brings out foolish and bad behavior from people. There are countless
stories of those waiting in line for five hours to buy something and save a few dollars. Some do it for fun, but others are
desperate to get a bargain.
year, someone gets trampled or beaten while waiting. Some get hurt when they crash through the opening doors. It becomes a
sad reflection on what we have become.
the end of the day, someone will have needlessly died or suffered a heart attack while waiting. A holiday tradition continues.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
8:31 pm est
was a good illustration on why people don't buy newspapers anymore like in the past. The Boston Globe and Eagle Tribune were
overflowing with circulars for Black Friday. The newspaper was its normal size without any additional sections. However, the
papers decided to charge the same price as the Sunday edition.
I think this is such a ripoff. The papers were the size of a normal Thursday, but they decided
that the consumer should be charged to see the ad supplements. Why should they pay for that? The newspaper makes money from
the circulars. They don't need to charge double, but they did.
I can see why they still had papers when I went to the store
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Not Taking The Top Down
2:53 pm est
I saw a discussion earlier
today about buying a convertible The guy wanted one badly. One person said that everyone should have one at some point in
I have never
had the desire to drive one. I never even think about it. They are unsafe and too noisy for my taste. My last car had a sunroof
which I only used a couple of times in three years.
There is a guy in my neighborhood who owns a red Mustang convertible. He looks like he is over 70.
I wonder what motivated him to buy it. Did he own them when he was younger?
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Don't Cancel It
10:56 pm est
You can really outdo yourself
sometimes with technology. I had just written a blog on a totally different subject when I had the misfortune of deleting
it. I still don't understand how it happened. The last thing I wanted was to delete what I was writing about.
My immediate thought was that
I was careless. At least it happened while I was editing. I was trying to cancel a previous editing by taking a shortcut.
I didn't realize that when I pressed "cancel", it wiped out my writing.
Hopefully, I don't do it again soon.
Monday, November 19, 2012
See You In November
8:22 pm est
I went for my annual eye exam
today. It was about 14 months since my last one. The doctor put drops in my eyes to dilate them. I don't know why I have such
an issue getting drops, but I do. Needles don't bother me that much.
When I checked out, the receptionist asked me if I wanted to make another appointment for
this time next year. I don't like making them that far in advance. So much can change. I'll call next year when I'm ready
to go. When I called to make this appointment, it took about six weeks for a date. It worked out ok.
Sometimes, you have no choice. I have a six month
appointment tomorrow with a dermatologist. I made it back in May. I remember thinking that November was a long way off.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Doing The Cycle
8:44 pm est
When you clean the bathroom,
it's only for that moment. It's so hard to keep up with it. I don't know how families do it. The floor always needs a cleaning.
The toilet is an ongoing endeavor.
I replaced the shower curtain and cleaned the tub with TYLEX. The curtain had fallen victim to mildew like it always does.
I buy cheap seats from Walmart and replace them annually. TYLEX does a great job, but the fumes are difficult to deal with.
Eventually, I'll replace the seat and shower curtain.
I buy cheap liners and replace them every six months. It seems to be part of the cycle of life.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
9:34 pm est
I attended a football game
today at Gillette Stadium. It was fun to meet up with a former classmate and watch UMass. It was a well played game, but they
lost to Buffalo, 29-19.
never know how the weather is going to be this time of year. It was a sunny day and 45 degrees at the 3pm kickoff. Once the
sun went down, it was 39. There was no wind. I brought a heavy jacket, hat and gloves. I wore my boots, but skipped the thermal
I was comfortable
throughout the game. We plan to attend the game next Friday afternoon at 3pm. You roll the dice with the weather. A lot can
happen in a week.
Friday, November 16, 2012
The Longest Blade
8:07 pm est
I broke a personal record
yesterday when I finished six months of use with my current razor blade, surpassing the previous mark
by 15 days. I never miss a day of shaving.
The record was broken when I first went to New York City two weeks ago, but I decided to
keep it going. I got a good shave today. There was no drag on my face by the blade, although I need to shower before shaving.
Could I do this for another month? That might be
really pushing it. My face will tell me when the blade is done.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Take Another Day Off
5:20 pm est
The U.S. Postal Service announced
a $15.9 billion loss for the year. This is a huge increase over the $5.1 billion deficit last year.
The USPS keeps losing money because they can. Congress
isn't about to let the flow of mail stop. It's hard to believe that they actually deliver business mail
because there is so much junk mail. Many people pay bills on-line. I do that for several of mine, although
I still bring letters to the post office.
USPS should eliminate Saturday delivery. That might be a good place to start, but the postal union will fight to the death
on that one. The system is so broken right now. One less day of mail shouldn't really matter.
I doubt it will happen. I think they will just keep
losing money. That's how they operate.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Put The Bag Down
11:33 am est
Cities and towns pass local
ordinances usually to improve the quality of life for its citizens. We are seeing more items related to social legislation.
My local city council recently decided to prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.
I heard about another town ready to ban the use
of styrofoam containers in takeout restaurants. They also want to eliminate the use of plastic bags. These are both very worthy
causes. Plastic and styrofoam contribute to the enormous waste problem facing every city and town.
Where do you draw the line on what should be prohibited?
What is wrong in one place is ok in the next locale. Should this be the role of state or federal government? Do they need
to step in?
think we are seeing too much of this type of social legislation. People find a cause they believe in and set the wheels of
government in motion to achieve their end. I don't think the Founding Fathers had this in mind back then.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Petition With A Target
3:47 pm est
We will soon be facing Black
Friday, the insane day when people flock to the malls and stores to buy holiday gifts. In recent years, stores have been opening
at midnight and pre-dawn in the hope of attracting shoppers.
Walmart recently announced their stores will open at 9pm on Thanksgiving night. Target followed
with the same opening hour. However, their employees are revolting by starting an on-line petition to protest their work schedule.
I hope they are successful in not having to work.
In most cases, employees face mandatory shifts. It's bad enough that they need to miss time with their families, but it should
Target and other retailers will see the error in their decision, but I doubt they will.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Maybe The Final Round
8:45 am est
The weather today will be
unseasonably warm. It might get into the high 60's. I plan to go golfing later this morning. It will probably be the last
time until next spring. I have played later in the year at times, but the weather becomes one of the main factors.
Daylight is also critical. It gets dark so much
earlier now. Once the sun goes down, it's all over. We should be ok today as long as a lot of other golfers don't have the
same idea of playing one more round.
Need To Honor Them
11:50 pm est
The NFL does a great job in
honoring veterans and first responders on Veteran's Day, but television
rarely shows the pre-game ceremony.
They don't show the singing of the National Anthem during weekly games unless it's something important like
the National Anthem being sung takes away from expensive commercial spots. It's all about making money for
television and the NFL. They show the Star Spangled Banner very reluctantly.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Return To Donor
4:54 pm est
You can always count on Mayor
Michael Bloomberg to do things that reinforce his reputation of creating a nanny state in New York City.
There are almost 40,000 residents that need emergency
housing because of the recent storm damage. Shelters are being overwhelmed with people looking for a place to stay.
He has ordered that any food donated to city run
shelters meet the nutritional guidelines in place for being healthy. This includes the amount of calories, fiber and fat content.
Critics say that he needs to temporarily waive these guidelines in light of the crisis facing the city. He is standing firm
by announcing that the city will not issue any type of waiver.
I'm a big fan of the mayor, but he gets involved in too many areas that are really not part
of city government. Hopefully, no organization is giving out soft drinks in cups larger than 20 ounces. He will call them
out on that.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Can't Hold It
12:18 am est
The U.S. Postal Service will never win
an award for dependability. You need to assume that your letter or package will get delivered at some point. Timeliness is
a goal from the past.
I go out of town, I always have my mail held because I have a small box.Too much mail will prevent me from unlocking it.
Before I left, I went to the post office and filled out
the proper form. In the past, I have found mail in my box when I returned home. It should have been held.
This trip was no exception.They never held it.The box
was stuffed when I got home. Somehow, the box opened up when I unlocked it.
I went to the post office, but I didn't have any more mail. I
told a clerk what happened. He asked me if I wanted to speak with a supervisor. I talked to a guy for about ten minutes. He
was shocked about what happened and said this could not continue. I think he was just trying to placate me.
I don't know why it's so difficult for them to hold my
mail. He explained the process to me. It's very simple, but they still messed it up. It probably won't be the last time for
Thursday, November 8, 2012
An Early Start
2:07 pm est
Walmart decided that it would
be helpful to the American consumer on Black Friday by opening their stores on 8pm Thanksgiving night. Sears and K-Mart are
following the trend. Other major retailers have not announced their plans yet.
Retailers depend upon Black Friday for a boost in their holiday sales. No doubt, it helps
the economy. What about the employees? Will they be forced to work those crazy hours? Will they get holiday pay as well as
a night shift differential? I doubt it.
Instead, thousands of workers will be forced to leave their families so they can make some profit
for the big retailers. The executives will see it in their bonuses, but employees will have a little bit more taken away from
them when they are forced to work these hours.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Can't Fight The Snow
5:42 pm est
The weather forecast calls
for a big rain storm tonight with high winds and a possibility of light snow. It's already snowing in Boston during the evening
been lit up by comments from people who hate snow. Nobody ever wants to get caught in a hazardous situation, but snow is a
fact of life around here. Most people would prefer a sunny day, but it doesn't always happen.
I always feel that if someone is that emotional
about their hatred for snow, they must be serious about it. I wonder how many other things they hate. It's bad enough that
people keep moaning about the election results. They need to move on. They can't change what happened. They also cannot stop
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
King of the Funnel
4:48 pm est
People like to brag about
the accomplishments of their kids no matter what they are. Facebook provides them a forum to talk about
their special children.
saw a comment today from a mother who is proud that her son was admitted to a college fraternity. That is no major accomplishment.
If you want to pledge to a frat, they will work with you to become a member unless everyone dislikes you. They need members
to stay alive financially.
was not into fraternities during my time at UMass. Most frats still have their crazy rituals which involve drinking large
amounts of alcohol until you get sick. They also do some pretty childish things such as paddling each other.
This kid's mother should realize that her son is
probably quite accomplished on drinking from a beer funnel. He has the fraternity to thank for that. He should be the star
at any New Year's Eve party.
Monday, November 5, 2012
10:06 pm est
New York City charges too
much for everything. It doesn't matter what it is. Hotel prices are outrageous. I would visit more often if I could get cheaper
I stopped into
a McDonald's in Times Square for just a burger and a cup of water. The burger was more expensive than around here, but they
also charged 27 cents for a cup of water. If a cup costs about one penny, that is almost a 2,600% profit.
They always say that McDonald's makes the most profit
from their french fries and soft drinks. They might have another winner here with the cups, although they probably don't have
too many customers that want a cup of water.