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"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
                          Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher ( 604-531 B.C. )

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Enough Until September


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.

1:20 pm edt 

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Long and Rockin Road


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.

It 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?

11:24 am edt 

Friday, June 28, 2013

A Dozen Left


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. 


3:48 pm edt 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Tell Them The Truth


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 double homicide.

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.

1:58 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Who Will Weed It?


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 overgrowth?

Projects like these have great intentions, but resources must be devoted to them. In this day of tight budgets, it's a lot to ask.

5:35 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Put Down The Styrofoam


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?

12:34 pm edt 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Trimming The Light Pole


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.

There 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 cut back.

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.

I thought it was some strange species of a tree that looked like a poplar. Whether the lights work is another story.

5:15 pm edt 

Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Bulding With No Future


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 violations.

The estimated 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.

It's 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.

I would like to see it preserved, but it needs to have a purpose that makes it financial feasible to keep pouring money into it.

4:36 pm edt 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Two Rides Not Taken


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.

12:50 pm edt 

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Annual Longest Day


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.

9:26 pm edt 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Talking About Tomorrow


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.


11:07 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The Big Dud


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.

They 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.

12:33 am edt 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Bit Too Fast


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.

2:48 pm edt 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Put The Gloves On


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.

Nobody 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.

11:45 am edt 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Space For China


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.

Meanwhile, 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 be?


1:08 pm edt 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

What 40 mph Is Like


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 23.

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 41 mph.


11:00 pm edt 

Friday, June 14, 2013

At The Intersection Of Cheap


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?

I'm 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.


12:54 pm edt 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

That's Why It's Free


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.

I finally used it all up tonight. There are no plans to ever to buy this brand. 

7:28 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Let's Take A Day Off


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.


2:36 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

It's Still Three For Two


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.

Even 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 on it.

4:46 pm edt 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Getting Out There


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.

11:04 pm edt 

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Sharks Are In The House


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.

All we can really to is watch it all play out over the summer.

8:35 pm edt 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Make Them Pay


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.

There 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 the turnstiles.

5:22 pm edt 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Two Fridays


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.

Many 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 the weather.


6:58 pm edt 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Time For EZ


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.

11:35 pm edt 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Only For That Moment


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 a mess.

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.

2:32 pm edt 

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Graduation NIght 42


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.

9:43 pm edt 

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Unloyal Customer


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.

1:47 pm edt 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Not a Fan of the Fan


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.

7:56 pm edt 

Saturday, June 1, 2013

No Notices, No Jobs


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 with subscribers.

I 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.

5:11 pm edt 

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