Sunday, June 30, 2013
Enough Until September
1:20 pm edt
I cut way back on the amount
of Pepsi I drink. It's not even a can a day now. It use to be so much more. I still like it, but it contains so much sugar
and calories. I'll never give it up completely.
The local market had it on sale this weeks at 79 cents for a two-litre bottle. I bought 16 of them.
Will it be enough to get me through the summer? It was billed as a summer sale. A bottle lasts about six days for me. That's
enough for 13 weeks or almost until the end of September.
I plan to keep track of my consumption to see if I'm really cutting back. We shall see.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
The Long and Rockin Road
11:24 am edt
I saw two great concerts this
week featuring rock bands from the 60's. The audiences were old as well as the musicians and their music. These guys can still
tour because they played great music and their fans are willing to pay money for the bands they love.
The 60's rock scene was littered with drugs and
names of those who didn't survive. Now, these guys are in their late 60's or early 70's. They had the staying power to still
be on the scene today.
made me wonder what will happen to the stars of today such as Justin Bieber and One Direction. Will they still be touring
40 years from now in 2053 singing their hits of today? Their fans will be there, but what about them?
Friday, June 28, 2013
A Dozen Left
3:48 pm edt
One of the hardest things
to do is cleaning up your in-box of emails. A couple of months ago, I had it down to zero. I placed some items in folders.
Today, I started with over fifty and got it down
to twelve. I need to spend a little more time on each of them. I don't want to put them in folders until I work them further.
When items get placed in a folder, you don't always
look at them again, but that's another story. I have folders that need to be reviewed. Some stuff can get deleted.
So many emails are useless to begin with, but there
are many that need to be read and acted upon.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Tell Them The Truth
1:58 pm edt
Kids are pampered to
death these days. They are sheltered from the realities of life. They get everything they want from their parents because
they feel a sense of entitlement.
A sports talk radio show has been filled with some callers asking how they should explain the whole Aaron Hernandez
situation to their child. The New England Patriots football star was arrested for murder and has been implicated in another
A father wondered how does he tell his child that he should no longer wear his Hernandez jersey. Tell him the truth.
What else can you say?
I spent my 10th birthday watching the funeral of President Kennedy. I saw Lee Harvey Oswald get shot and killed by
Jack Ruby on live television. That's the reality of life. We were not sheltered from those things.
With 24x7 media, everything is out in the
open. You can't hide from it unless you want to put blinders on and deny it all.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Who Will Weed It?
5:35 pm edt
Over the last two days, part
of the concrete median on Main St in my city has been dug up. Apparently, it will be filled with flowers and plants. I think
this is a great idea. It will look so much better than the drab concrete.
However, it must be maintained and not overgrown with weeds. That seems to happen all the
time with these projects. Who will do the work? The local Public Works Department has a limited budget and resources. Perhaps,
a local business will "adopt" it and maintain it.
Another street was recently reconstructed. The sidewalks have spaces for future plantings.
At this point, they are already covered with weeds. Will they gets plants this year or will they become an eyesore with their
like these have great intentions, but resources must be devoted to them. In this day of tight budgets, it's a lot to ask.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Put Down The Styrofoam
12:34 pm edt
Mayor Bloomberg of New York
City has gone beyond the normal scope of his office with some of his social legislation. I applaud his campaign against public
smoking. He has taken on sugary drinks and trans fat. Both of these impact public health.
Now, he is against Styrofoam cups and trays for
leftovers. This one is over the top. Opponents say it could impact up to 1,500 jobs in the Styrofoam industry. Where does
it end? Is this the role of a big city mayor? It sounds better suited for some environmental group.
I agree with his public health campaigns because
it impacts government spending. You can make an argument about the cost of putting Styrofoam into landfills, but where do
you draw the line in his personal campaigns?
Monday, June 24, 2013
Trimming The Light Pole
5:15 pm edt
A local park is a classic
example of neglect and lack of maintenance. The city does nothing to help. Without some devoted volunteers, many of the walking
and jogging trails would be unusable.
has been some work done recently around the tennis courts. I saw what I thought was a vine covered tree with some of the growth
When I looked
at it today, I noticed something odd at the top. There were two spotlights for the tennis courts. It turns out that it was
a utility pole that had been overgrown with a wild vine. The top had not been trimmed in years. When it's finally done, the
spotlights will be visible.
thought it was some strange species of a tree that looked like a poplar. Whether the lights work is another story.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
A Bulding With No Future
4:36 pm edt
The iconic Houston Astrodome
faces a bleak future. When it opened it 1965, it was called the "Eighth Wonder of the World". It's been closed for
several years since the new stadium next door was opened. It has no teams to host. It has also been closed for building code
cost to implode the structure is $78 million and rising. Local leaders have been reluctant to spend that much money on a structure
that many feel should be saved.
not on the National Register of Historical Places, but should be considered for inclusion. What would they do with it? It
would cost untold millions to bring it up to current code. Meanwhile, it continues to deteriorate to the point where demolition
becomes the best option.
would like to see it preserved, but it needs to have a purpose that makes it financial feasible to keep pouring money into
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Two Rides Not Taken
12:50 pm edt
The local newspaper had two
stories about things I never plan to do. One was about getting a ride in a vintage 1929 airplane. I have not flown in many
years. I would never get aboard a plane like that even if the ride was free.
The other was about a hot-air balloon that had a rough landing in a field. It got caught in the power
lines and shut down electricity for over 3,000 customers across three towns.
Hot-air balloons always look dramatic in flight, but I have no desire to ever ride in one. I don't
know what all the hype is about for them.
Friday, June 21, 2013
The Annual Longest Day
9:26 pm edt
It was nice to play golf for
the first time this year. I played with a couple of friends from work, who I've played with for many years.
The weather was so nice and we had the first day
of summer. It never seems to rain on this day. It's the longest daylight of the year. Now it gets shorter until December 21st.
The golf course was
very busy. It took almost five hours to play, but we had a lot of fun.
Summer has begun.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Talking About Tomorrow
11:07 pm edt
How do we relate to the events
of any day? Things change real quickly in front of us. It passes us by as we sleep.
Tomorrow happens, no matter what and with or without us. Who knows what tomorrow brings?
The story gets written now.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The Big Dud
12:33 am edt
I'm not a big fan of fireworks.
I wouldn't go out of my way to watch them. I always get a kick out of the big deal made of the 4th of July concert on the
Boston Esplanade. I went there once and vowed never to return. The place had too many people, especially drunk ones.
I don't usually watch the concert when it's on.
Apparently, CBS has decided to eliminate its national coverage and just keep it local. They blame it on low viewer ratings.
It's no big deal for me.
always had the big buildup to the fireworks with the 1812 Overture. Watching fireworks on TV does nothing for me. I don't
think having HDTV would make any difference if I had it.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
A Bit Too Fast
2:48 pm edt
People engage in foolish behavior
every day. The media is full of examples of people who do stupid things and bring attention to themselves.
The other day, a guy on a motorcycle was clocked
at 152 mph in a 65 mph zone in New Hampshire. He was finally stopped by law enforcement and charged with felony reckless conduct.
What would motivate someone to drive that fast,
especially on a motorcycle? One mistake could prove to be fatal. He was weaving in and out of traffic.
Stories like this are so ridiculous that they end
up going viral. The guy ended up getting his 15 minutes of fame and serving as a stellar example of poor judgement.
Monday, June 17, 2013
Put The Gloves On
11:45 am edt
Food handling and preparation
could always be better. Washing hands is very critical. You see many people wearing sanity gloves, but how clean are they?
My local newspaper showed a couple of volunteers
helping to prepare a meal for a local charity. They were slicing veggies. Neither of them had gloves on. Their hands were
touching the produce.
really knows what goes on behind the scene in a kitchen. People might be less inclined to eat there if they got a tour.
In this day and age, the paper will probably get
a letter from someone mentioning the lack of sanitary gloves.
Sunday, June 16, 2013
Space For China
1:08 pm edt
NASA continues to operate
the International Space Station. It receives little attention from the media and public. It seems like America has lost interest
in manned space exploration.
China has a very aggressive space program. Earlier this week, they launched three astronauts on the nation's fifth mission.
They will rendezvous and dock for twelve days with a prototype of a space station that China hopes to launch by 2020.
China has the money
and willpower to develop its space program. It won't be long before they surpass the United Sates. What will our reaction
Saturday, June 15, 2013
What 40 mph Is Like
11:00 pm edt
I ran in the annual race up
to the top of Mt Washington today. It was my 35th time since I was 18 in 1972.
The conditions at the top were 38 degrees with wind speeds over 40 mph and a wind chill of
It was pretty neat
to fell the power of the wind. It might have been blowing faster below 6,000 feet. I was surprised to see that it was only
Friday, June 14, 2013
At The Intersection Of Cheap
12:54 pm edt
There are many worthy charities
that solicit for money. The local city council allows certain groups to collect at certain intersections a few times a year.
This has always been controversial because of the potential traffic and safety issues. How do you say yes to one group and
no to the other?
not a big supporter of this process. If someone doesn't donate, it makes them look cheap and insensitive. If they donate coins
instead of paper currency, they also look stingy.
I donate to several charities of my choice. They pass my name onto other groups. I get inundated from
other charities daily. There is no easy way to stop this.
It's easy for people to get cynical when they see what percentage of the funds go to administrative
and fund raising costs.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
That's Why It's Free
7:28 pm edt
I appreciate getting the complimentary
dental floss when I have my teeth cleaned. I just wish it was the type I used. Naturally, they don't give you that much. That's
what happens with a free sample. The container is the same size, but not the amount.
This floss breaks too easily. It has a mint flavor which is fine, but I can't do a cleaning
without breaking it.
finally used it all up tonight. There are no plans to ever to buy this brand.
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Let's Take A Day Off
2:36 pm edt
It's easy to see why America
is falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to education. Curriculum has been dumbed down over the years. We no
longer teach the basics to our children. Cursive writing is a thing of the past.
A private school in the state of Washington showed why we are losing the battle. The principal
decided to declare a "sun day" and give all 205 students the day off. The principal said he wanted to create "a
moment of joy" for the kids because there had not been any snow days this year for them. He wanted them to experience
"the joy of anticipation for a snow day".
These kids will be well trained for the real world. They will probably never have any problems
calling in sick on a nice day. They were taught at an early age that it's ok to do.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
It's Still Three For Two
4:46 pm edt
Retail stores try every gimmick
in the world to sell their products. CVS had a good one today when I bought three packages of dental floss. It was selling
for $4.49 each. The special sales card said if you bought at least $10 worth, you would get five "Extra Bucks"
for a future purchase.
with the taxes, the two packages were under $10 so you really needed to buy a third. In effect, they give it to you in the
form of a future credit.
I use floss all the time. It never hurts to stock up, but there are only so many you can keep on hand.
I still have 20 cans of soup from the last big sale
Monday, June 10, 2013
Getting Out There
11:04 pm edt
There are days when the sun
shines so much that you wish you could bottle it away for the future. In the end, it doesn't work out that way.
We face rain every day of our life. We never know
when it might rain. It's raining right now outside my place.
The goal is to make plans and go forward in spite of it all.
Nobody really knows when it will rain.
Sunday, June 9, 2013
The Sharks Are In The House
8:35 pm edt
If a person wants their 15
minutes of fame, they just need to go to the beach on Cape Cod where they have the shark sightings. Sooner or later, somebody
will swim too close to the sharks and it will be a bad scene. It's almost inevitable.
People want to be in the water. The shark sightings have not kept them away. They still flock
to the beach to try and see the big fish.
we can really to is watch it all play out over the summer.
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Make Them Pay
5:22 pm edt
Los Angeles began construction
of their subway system 20 years ago. They finally got around to installing turnstiles at their stations after realizing that
most riders were avoiding the fare.
is a $250 fine for not paying, but not many get caught. The honor system has challenged the honesty of too many riders. As
a result, they have no qualms about walking through the entry without paying.
The transit system has lost untold millions in revenue. Why did it take so long? Why did
they think people would voluntarily pay a fare when they can cheat and not get caught?
At this rate officials might feel the need to issue an apology to the public for installing
Friday, June 7, 2013
6:58 pm edt
What a difference a week can
make with the weather. We went from the 90's to the 50's in one week. People were complaining about a heat wave. We certainly
don't have one now.
outdoor plans and graduations were washed away because of the intense rain. We really needed the rain, but you can't say that
without people complaining about the storm.
It's suppose to be a nice day and in the 80's on Sunday. Let's see how that goes. You never know with
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Time For EZ
11:35 pm edt
I still don't have an EZ Pass
for traveling on toll roads. I keep thinking about getting one. Tonight finally forced me into action.
When I was traveling in New Hampshire tonight, I
accidentally got into the EZ Pass lane. I was unable to switch to a cash one. As a result, my car was photographed.
According to the New Hampshire Department of Transportation
website, I should receive a bill for the $1.00 toll as well as another $1.00 processing fee. Let's hope it's that easy.
I plan to pursue an EZ Pass. This should have done
a long time ago. You live and you learn.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Only For That Moment
2:32 pm edt
It's always best to clean
up a mess in the kitchen when it happens. If you wait until he next day, it only gets worse. I found that out when a
pan boiled over and made a mess on my stove top.
When I went to clean it today, it took a scouring pad and a lot of work to remove all of the stains.
Stove tops are very difficult to keep clean. They only stay like that for a short time. Heating tomato sauce always makes
The stove looks
good now, but how long will that last? It's a bit like cleaning the bathroom or having all of the laundry done. It seems to
exist only for that moment.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Graduation NIght 42
9:43 pm edt
It's hard to believe that
I graduated from high school 42 years ago tonight. I never had a graduation party. It was all about being out with my friends
after 9pm at a backyard keg party. That's how it happened back then. We found a party and spent time there.
Parents were enablers by providing a keg, but it
was not a big deal back then. It was normal behavior by all.
Monday, June 3, 2013
The Unloyal Customer
1:47 pm edt
It's hard to believe that
there are enough customers to support all of the Dunkin Donut and Starbucks stores around here. In Massachusetts, Dunkins
dominates with 1,100 compared to 200 for the competition. In my community, we have nine Dunkin and two Starbucks.
These places never seem to go out of business. Boston
supports 131 Dunkin and 55 Starbucks. The loyalty of their customers is the envy of many businesses.
If they depended on me, they would never survive.
I have only had about 10 cups of coffee in my lifetime and none since the 1990's. My last donut was in 1989. I have never
bought a cup of coffee. Sometimes, I get a bagel sandwich at Dunkins. Otherwise, I never go in either one.
Sunday, June 2, 2013
Not a Fan of the Fan
7:56 pm edt
It continues to be hot. I
have two fans running now. I got rid of my air conditioner last year. One of the fans should be circulating air better. It's
doing a poor job. Sometimes, I think I should just toss it into the dumpster and get a new one.
I might do that tomorrow if my apartment doesn't
cool off. It's suppose to be cooler tomorrow after some rain tonight.
Weather doesn't matter to me one way or other. You can't do anything about it other than
deal with it.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
No Notices, No Jobs
5:11 pm edt
Most magazines have experienced
a decline in readership and subscribers. Some have gone out of business like Newsweek. I still get TIME, but it's only a shadow
of its former self with fewer pages.
They search for more ad revenue to keep publishing cost down. They all need to do better communicating
mailed my renewal for Nutrition Action over a month ago, but they just sent another notice.
They can afford to do it since they are part of a non-profit organization, Center For Science
In The Public Interest. They have a long and fancy name, but they can't get their records straight on my subscription.
Sending out notices keeps someone busy. They certainly
have job security with this publication.