Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Expanding The Debt
2:50 pm edt
I agree with the proposal
to expand the Boston Convention and Exposition Center by an additional 1.3 million square feet. It will bring more conventions
and visitors to the city.
problem is how to pay for the $1.1 billion cost. Most want to expand the hotel room taxes. This is a strain on the tourism
industry. Every city has the infamous hidden room taxes. New York City surcharges can add another 20% per night
for the cost of a room.
BCEC has a debt obligation until 2034. One plan is to extend it until 2060. A decision needs to be made soon. The construction
costs will continue to increase and large conventions will look at other cities to host them.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Just Another Day
11:35 pm edt
The temperature remains in
the 40's and low 50's. Such a contrast to running the marathon last week. You never know with the weather.
Rain is forecast for later on in the week. People
complain about the weather, but this is how spring is in New England. It never changes.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Rainbow In the Parking Lot
7:34 pm edt
The weather was pretty crazy
today. I was outside at 9am. It was 45 degrees, raw and with a little drizzle. When I went running around 2:30pm, the sun
was trying to come out.
was inside during a quick wind and rain storm around 6pm. When I came out of Market Basket around 6:50pm, a sun shower
with small hail stones began.
after that, there was a full rainbow and a smaller one. It was there for less than 10 minutes. It drew a lot of attention
from people in the parking lot.
can change so fast.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
The Animal's Fault
10:01 am edt
It's never good when you wake
up to a beeping noise. This time, it was from the surge protector for my computer. The power was out in my building.
I used my Samsung Notebook and Facebook to determine
it was most of the city and a couple of surrounding towns. My battery powered radio didn't reveal any additional information.
The power came back on after about an hour. It was
a local sub-station. Some animal was the culprit. I'm not sure of their fate.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Too Many Captains
12:15 am edt
When I was in high school,
most sports only had one captain. In some instances, they had co-captains. It was always an honor for the one who got it.
It also looks good on a college application.
These days, everyone needs to be a captain. It has gotten out of hand. One local girls track team
has six captains while another softball team has five. Why do they need so many? It's not as if they play a big role.
I'm sure parents want it this way. There are those
who probably complained about their kid not getting selected. They should just make every kid a captain. That way, nobody
will have their feelings hurt.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Looking At Stuff
4:58 pm edt
I was going through some stuff
today. It was mostly papers from work. There is a lot to toss out. There are also clothes I need to look at and donate to
a local thrift store.
all accumulate so much. Some of it never gets used. It looks worse in my apartment because I have so little space. It
it was spread out in a big home, it wouldn't look so bad.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
4:52 pm edt
I never eat
any type of canned or packaged fruit. The same goes for vegetables. I got a container of Dole "Yellow Cling Diced Peaches"
in my marathon post-race food bag.
don't look very appetizing. They have an expiration date of Nov 27, 2014. They must be filled with preservatives because there
are so many ingredients listed on the label.
I always wonder about food handling and processing. The peaches are from Greece and packaged in Thailand.
They certainly get around a lot. I think I'll pass on eating them.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
No Time For Jumping
2:56 pm edt
It was a horrible tragedy
when 15 Sherpa guides and climbers were killed during a recent avalanche on Mt Everest. The mountain has become controversial
in recent years because of the traffic jam of climbers during this season.
A recent National Geographic article showed a bizarre picture of the scene with so
many people trying to scale the summit at once.
This recent tragedy will end the attempt of a guy trying to conduct a windsuit jump
from the peak. The Discovery Channel has backed off it's plans to televise the spectacle.
I thought this was a foolish idea from the start.
Shows like this only encourage more reckless behavior. It was just an attempt to get publicity and make money by both parties.
Monday, April 21, 2014
End of the Day
11:33 pm edt
It's the final 30 minutes of Marathon day. I've been up
since 3am. I'm not that tired in spite of running. I had a nice dinner at a post-race party. I've been trying to drink more
water. I took a couple of Advil for my soreness.
I'm not sure how I will feel when I get up. Sleeping can be a challenge after the race. It was
such an exciting day.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
9:57 am edt
It's coming down to the final
24 hours before the Boston Marathon. I started running it back in 1972 when I was 18. I have finished it every year since
then other than 1973 when I dropped out at 18 miles. I still regret that day, but learned so much from doing it.
There will be 36,000 runners in the race tomorrow,
each with their own story. After what happened last year, the eyes of the world will be on the race.
Every year has been unique unto itself for me. This
race is special after I was stopped from finishing near the 20 mile mark last year. I will never forget that day.
I have no idea how this story will end tomorrow,
but I'm looking forward to writing the next chapter.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
9:55 pm edt
Whenever I drive by a house
being built, I wonder if any of the building materials ever get stolen. Everything is out in the open and waiting to be taken.
For the last month, I have watched a duplex
under construction along a busy street. The outside appears to be finished. The windows are in, but there are no
doors. The garages are open. Anyone could walk in. They must be doing the plumbing and electrical work. At what point will
they secure the house?
think the choice of garage doors might be an issue. If that's the case, they should nail some plywood and then put some
doors on the house. It would so easy for vandals to destroy the place or steal the copper piping.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Never On A Sunday
4:40 pm edt
I never knew that hunting
was not allowed in Massachusetts on Sundays during the season. There is a bill before the state legislature to allow it. The
debate is ongoing.
states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Jersey and Pennsylvania prohibit hunting on Sunday. Some restrict
the type of game being targeted.
spoke out about wanting to be able to walk in the woods on Sunday during the season without fear of being shot. Others feel
the ban hurts their businesses that cater to hunters.
It's an issue that won't make everyone happy. I never hunted and have no plans to do so.
I would never go into the woods during hunting season.
Years ago, I was jogging and came upon a guy with a rifle during deer season. It convinced
me to stay away during that time of the year.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Two For Tonight
3:29 pm edt
I never do two comedy shows
in one night, but it's happening this evening. A snow storm canceled one of the shows back in February. My schedule was such
that I decided to do them this evening.
did it once before with mixed results. The places are about 20 miles apart. It should work out as for as getting to the second
show on time.
of the rooms are dedicated to comedy. The audiences are always supportive and listen. It should be interesting to see the
contrast in my performances.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
12:52 pm edt
Weather can change real fast
in New England. The last 36 hours proved that. It was 75 on Monday. Today, we saw a coating of snow on the ground and temperatures
in the low 30's.
20 years ago, we had some snow in May. It was very unusual to see snow on April 16th, but at least I didn't put my ice scraper
away. We could still have some cold days, but it probably won't snow.
Monday, April 14, 2014
1:12 pm edt
It's 75 degrees outside today.
Temperatures will drop overnight and get chilly tomorrow. I decided to pull up my storm windows and get some fresh air into
have cold weather off and on through the end of May. I'm not ready to turn off the heat. I'm sure I'll need it shortly.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Jobs In The Streets
9:13 pm edt
There are so many pot holes
in the streets. It's hard to avoid them. They can really hurt a car with front end and suspension damage.
Government at any level could create so many jobs
by having people patch these holes and maintain the streets. There is so much trash and sand in the gutters. They could keep
a lot of people busy by removing it.
will never happen because it would create another level of bureaucracy to administer the jobs. Nobody wants that. The
political will is not there.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
The Century Mark
10:47 am edt
It doesn't surprise me to
hear that 81% of the people over 100 years old in America are women. That has been a consistent number over the years. Women
always have a longer life expectancy. There are many factors that contribute.
Only 3% of the 100 year old women were married compared to 23% of the men who made it to
someone lives past 100, all bets are off the table. Every situation is different.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
A Smashing Hit
12:21 pm edt
in selfish behavior every day. Parking in front of a fire hydrant shows disregard for everyone's safety.
A car owner in East Boston found out the hard way
last night when he parked his BMW in front of a hydrant. When the Boston Fire Department responded to what became a seven
alarm fire, they found the car blocking access to the hydrant. One home was totally engulfed in flames. The firefighters
smashed the front windows of the car and ran a hose through to get water on the fire.
I have no doubt that the owner will be outraged and file a lawsuit against the city. I'm
sure he had a reason why he parked there. How was he to know the building would catch on fire?
Just another example of boorish behavior.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
7:11 pm edt
Household pets are a $55.7
billion industry in America. They are certainly good for the economy. How the money is spent is even more remarkable.
Last year, owners spent $21.5 billion for pet
food, $14.4B for vet bills, $13.1B for pet supplies, $4.4B for grooming and $2.2B for pet purchases.
In spite of all the love people have for their pets,
too many end up abandoned at shelters. Some of them never leave alive.
People don't need to spend large sums of money for a dog. There are plenty that are hoping
for a second chance at life at the local shelter.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The Jacket Is Done For Now
6:22 pm edt
As April continues, it will
only get warmer. We could have some real cold weather, but it won't last long. I finally decided to take my LL Bean parka
to the cleaners. I probably won't need it again until late October or November.
You never know with autumn temperatures, especially if I attend a night football game. At
this point, it's time to start taking some of the items to the cleaners and putting them away for six months.
Monday, April 7, 2014
The Five Month Plan
7:43 pm edt
Back on November
5th of last year, I started using a new blade in my razor. It was my first day home from New York City after running
in the marathon.
hoping it would last until the Boston Marathon in two weeks. Some of my recent shaves were a bit rough. I made the change.
This blade should take me into Labor Day weekend.
They seem to last about five months.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Fighting Over Nothing
7:55 pm edt
I must have
missed the memo about yesterday being International Pillow Day Fight Day. I remember it from last year. It's held in many
cities around the world and very popular.
this day and age, I'm surprised officials allow it. People don't wear face or head protection, but should they? It all seems
like a lot of hype to me.
it stimulates the sale of pillows that are ruined during fighting.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Bargains At The Pawn Shop
12:16 pm edt
in pawn shops were stolen from their owners. They are notorious for enabling thieves to have a source for quick cash.
I wonder how a Nobel Prize medal from 1936 ended
up in a pawn shop in South America. It was given to Argentina's Foreign Minister Carlos Saavedra Lamas who was instrumental
in ending a regional war at the time. It was recently sold for $1.16 million at an auction in Baltimore.
It's a mystery how it ended up at there. Like
most of the stuff, it was probably stolen.
Friday, April 4, 2014
The Last Homes
11:02 pm edt
I drove up Rt 28 in Salem,
NH today. You can't help but see houses surrounded by commercial developments. The area has changed so much in the last 20
years. There are still some home owners left.
How long will they keep living there? They own big tracts of land. It's worth a lot of money, but
they don't want to sell.
Developers want the land.
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The Worst Bet
1:42 pm edt
I never play the lottery because
I have no interest and it's also the easiest way to throw money away. We hear stories of the dreamers who won their fortune
on one ticket or quick-pick.
lottery is just a consumption tax, much like alcohol and cigarettes. I support that part of it because it's a tax we all don't
need to pay.
is joining 14 other states with their new $30 scratch ticket, with a top prize of $15 million. This is a complete waste of
money, yet the losing tickets will contribute to the state coffers.
States prey on people who feel "why not me" when it comes to the big jackpot. Texas
raised the stakes with their $50 ticket.
The states even make more money when the winners ask for a lump sum. A women in New York City recently
paid $20 for a chance to win $10,000 a week for life. She took the lump sum of $7,791,512 and netted $4,854,424 after taxes.
In the end, it's nothing but a voluntary tax for those who buy tickets.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
7:29 pm edt
I finally did my taxes today.
It took much longer than I thought it would. I made a few math errors along the way which slowed things down. I always do
I still file paper returns at both levels. I'm in
a minority now. I'll stop using paper when they take away that option. That won't be any time soon.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
12:11 pm edt
When people donate objects
to art museums, there is no guarantee that they will ever go on display. In fact, they could be sold at an auction years from
now. Every museum is filled with things that have been stored away for years.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has come under criticism for selling 3,290
objects last year. The $5.4 million raised was used to address a $4.4 million operating deficit for 2013.
The Met claimed that 2,800 objects were clothing
and accessories from its Costume Institute. The museum is not required to inform the donor unless the gift was made
in the last 25 years.
they sell any art, these institutions need to look at the compensation for some of their executives. They tend to be grossly
overpaid which contribute to the operating deficit.