Monday, June 30, 2014
Sign of the Times
5:31 pm edt
People post too many signs
on utility poles and other public places. Some are temporary for a missing pet or yard sale, but are often
never removed. They create a visual blight.
The New York Post told a story of an aspiring actor who has already posted 2,000 notices of his likeness in
an attempt to get work. He wants to eventually make it 10,000. The story featured a picture of him posting one on a fire call
I think this
is so selfish on his part. He is doing his part to create visual blight. The newspaper made it worse by giving him the publicity
he was seeking.
only a matter of time before someone else does the same thing.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
All Night Long
4:09 pm edt
I recently stayed up all night
while doing the American Cancer Society Relay For Life. I went to bed about 11am the next day and slept about four hours.
It made me think about the term "staying up
all night". At what point is it all night? Is it until sunrise? What happens if you go to bed at 4:30am?
I feel it should be considered all night if you
stay up past the sunrise. Otherwise, it's just a very late night.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
The Cup Challenge
7:03 pm edt
New York City has many problems
like every other American city. They don't need to waste time and resources over the size of soda cup servings. The New York
Supreme Court tossed out the edict of former Mayor Bloomberg over the large sodas which he felt contributed to obesity among
children and adults.
is no doubt over the link of large sodas and obesity, but should it be the job of government to regulate it? People eat so
many things that are bad for them. Where do you draw the line? Soda could be the start, but what happens after that?
There are so many more social problems that need
Friday, June 27, 2014
Paddling To Disaster
2:47 pm edt
Some people try to do foolish
things and then expect someone to rescue them if it doesn't work out. We saw that with the 57 year old kayaker who had the
bright idea to try to navigate his way from California to Hawaii.
This was a bad idea from the start. The journey was 2,400 miles, but only lasted for
11 days and 60 miles. What made him think he could travel by kayak to Hawaii? He was poorly prepared.
He was rescued after sending out a distress signal.
It cost money to help him and put someone in jeopardy. People don't think of others when they try foolish things. They are
only thinking of themselves. Just another example of selfish behavior in society today.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
The Minority Voice
9:02 pm edt
of Massachusetts will vote in November to determine whether they want casino gambling. This story will continue to play out
as work on a slots parlor continues and the committee does their duty.
The worst part is that the state budget has already used projected revenue from gambling
licences and fees. Some are crying about a financial crisis if the voters reject gambling.
vote in November will speak for the majority, but only a minority of the voters will cast a ballot.
This story will never end to the satisfaction of all.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Going To The Dogs
6:07 pm edt
It will be interesting to
see how the local dog park fares. The city spent $6,000 at a local recreation area to allow dogs to run around off
their leashes. There are strict rules about what will be allowed there. It has been in the plans for many years, but a suitable
location was never found.
hope it works out, but I have my concerns about aggressive dogs. I would never go there if I owned a dog.
After three weeks, things have gone well. All it
takes is for one dog owner to have his pet ruin it for everyone.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The Name Game
1:04 pm edt
Local voters recently approved
the funding to replace an existing school. It will be built next to the present one. I assumed that it would keep its
Some people feel
it should have a new one. A comment to the editorial page of the local paper advocated that it be named after a woman. The
write mentioned Hillary Clinton, assuming she runs and is elected President.
I think this is putting the cart before the horse. Although
it's a new school, I feel the name should not be changed. It was named after a local philanthropist from the late
1800's. I don't why this is even being considered.
In the last twenty years, four news schools were built. The was so much controversy over the
naming that they ended up with generic geographic ones in order to keep everyone happy. It looks like this nonsense might
Monday, June 23, 2014
Driving The Future
7:00 pm edt
I just watched a story on
NBC about the future of self-driving cars. Companies are working on prototypes with a certain degree of success. There are
many obstacles to overcome.
many of the companies are in California, the legislature is developing law to deal with accident liability. It's
definitely a new frontier.
how it will be in 20 years. Technology evolves so fast. I think testing will happen in small increments on controlled
is a financial incentive to develop the technology, it will only be a matter of time.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
5:43 pm edt
I had a chance to eat cotton
candy today. The decision to decline was easy. I had it once back in the summer of 1961 when I was seven years old and threw
up several hours later. It was a bad time. I vowed to never eat it again.
There has never been a thought of it over the years. I will never try it.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
The Summer Chill
8:45 pm edt
They say you can't catch a
cold by being cold or having on wet clothes. I shall find out soon. I ran a race up Mt Washington today. It was 31 degrees
with winds over 30 and a wind chill of 20.
After 5 miles, I was feeling very cold and wet from the wind blowing. I put on a nylon hooded pullover.
It worked well. I should have put on my long pants that I also had in my fanny pack.
It's hard to believe that some guys ran without wearing a shirt. It happens every year.
Hopefully, I don't get a stuffy head or a scratchy
throat in the next few days
Friday, June 20, 2014
Let's Lose More Money
11:39 am edt
It's easy to see why the US
Postal Service continues to lose billions of dollars annually. The deficit for this fiscal year will be bigger than projected.
The days of delivering mail door to door are going by the wayside. However, that is the mission of the USPS.
Revenue has dropped because of the Internet.
They are trying to stay afloat by increasing package delivery and bulk mail, but the deficits mount. Now, there is a
proposal before Congress to "cluster" delivery boxes for up to 15 million customers. They say it will pay $2 billion
annually. Who will pay for the new mailboxes? They make it sound so easy.
This is just another bad idea that someone came up with. They will continue to lose
billions because they can. I have no idea what the solution is.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
In The Left Lane
7:08 pm edt
I left the comedy show in
Manchester last night later than usual. It was a quiet ride home on Rt 93 southbound until I came upon an accident. It must
have just happened because there were only a few vehicles in front of me. Two fire trucks and four police cruisers were already
on the scene. Nothing was moving.
about 15 minutes, the ambulance came by. The standstill lasted for a total of one hour before the traffic started to pass
in a single lane.
saw a motorcycle twisted and bent on the ground in the left lane. I wonder what happened to the driver.
It shows that you never know what you might come
upon at any time of the day or night.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
1:29 pm edt
Book editors seem to go to
great lengths to ensure that their texts are correct, especially for spelling. I was shocked to find errors in two different
books over the last few weeks.
first had a typo about the Spanish American War. It referenced it as being in 1998 instead of 1898. I'm surprised it
wasn't caught because it appears so obvious.
The same goes for the other one which used "The" instead of "They". The sentence
didn't make any sense with the way it started off.
I wonder how they slipped by the proof readers.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
The State Wins
1:06 pm edt
Some people think that the
Massachusetts State Lottery should give bigger prizes and return more money to the players. They are under the false assumption
that the game is some type of charity. They don't realize that it's a voluntary tax on those who play.
I just read a column by someone complaining about
the distribution of funds to the cities and towns. Chelsea has a poverty rate of 25%. The average resident spent $1,178 on
games last year. Meanwhile, the very affluent suburb of Weston averaged $45 per capita.
Chelsea received less money back from the state
than was gambled by its residents, while Weston had a huge gap in its favor. The writer felt it was unfair. What is the
best way to distribute the money?
never play the lottery. People kid themselves into thinking they could win the big prize. The ads encourage people to dream.
That's all it is. It's a big charade orchestrated by the state and another form of taxation.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Paying For Itself
12:09 pm edt
Reading the Boston Globe on-line
has been saving me $50 per month, based on the cost of the daily paper. When I spent $550 for my Samsung Galaxy Notebook,
I figured that the savings on the daily paper purchase would recoup the initial cost.
After seven months of use, I have saved $350. It won't be long before I start seeing
the real savings. I must admit that the paper takes longer to read because of they way I navigate through it.
There is nothing like having a real newspaper in
Sunday, June 15, 2014
1:57 pm edt
It was a shame to see Boston
make it as a finalist to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC also made the list.
Now, we will be forced to listen to the process
continue for another 6-8 months as the USOC evaluates each city. It will cost at least $15 billion to host the three week
better ways to spend that money on infrastructure improvements. Hopefully, Boston will get eliminated before this becomes
a total financial disaster.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
All Night Long
5:10 pm edt
Sleep is something we all
need and often don't get enough of. Many have trouble getting a night's rest. We all handle it differently.
Last night, I was involved in the American Cancer
Society Relay For Life. This was my fourth year of doing it with some high school classmates.
I kept my tradition alive by staying up all night
and walking laps around the track at various times. I never had an issue with fatigue. I walked for 30 minutes at 3:30am.
I heard the birds chirping shortly after that.
I was finally able to lie down at 10am when I got home. Staying up all night isn't something
I would do on a regular basis, but it was not problem last night.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Raise The Cup
3:43 pm edt
The World Cup of soccer started
yesterday in Brazil with controversy and protests by some people. They are unhappy that the government spent $11 billion to
host this event. Several stadiums were built, but never completely finished. They had labor disputes and a transit strike.
The cost to host an
event like this is astronomical and not always the greatest economic benefit to the host country. It's the biggest
sporting event in the world, but $11 billion could have been spent differently.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Books In 50
9:06 pm edt
The local library has a good
collection of books, but fewer of them. There is more space on the shelves for titles that may never get there.
The digital age is changing the way libraries operate.
I see more floor area being dedicated to computer tables, video rental and music CD's.
The current library building opened in 1967. What will it be like in another 50 years?
I doubt if the regional library consortium will be sending books to other facilities so that people can drop by and pick
I like the
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The Bad Trail
10:01 pm edt
I ran on some trails today
in a local park for the first time in a few years. Parts of them have been damaged by severe soil erosion over the last decade.
The trails have no maintenance other than a dedicated group of volunteers who cut trees away from paths. There are so
many fallen trees throughout the park.
It would not be a good idea for me to keep running
on this trail. I wanted to check it out. Nothing surprised me. The place has deteriorated so much over the years.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Sounds Like A Bribe
12:27 pm edt
Kids don't get enough exercise
these days. Childhood obesity is a major problem. Most play activities are formal ones and supervised by adults. Everything
is carefully choreographed.
saw a Facebook posting which summed it up perfectly. The mother said that her eight year old must exercise for 20 minutes
in order to get some video game time.
is such a farce. Is the kid suppose to run around in the back yard before he can use his game controller? Does the mother
base everything on 20 minute increments? What happens if he plays for more than one hour? Can he accumulate time to be used
in the future?
Sunday, June 8, 2014
10:59 pm edt
Trees are in full bloom either
now or never. It's great to see the crowns of trees, but some of them struggle to stay alive. Others get cut down after so
hard to see a tree put down because of age. It will take a lifetime to get it back.
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Will It Happen?
6:52 pm edt
The Belmont Stakes will be
run very shortly. Will there be a Triple Crown winner for the first time in 26 years? A number of horses have reached this
point, but fell short.
this race will unleash a floodgate of promotion and endorsement opportunities for the owners.
California Chrome can run for a place in history
as will as a windfall of money.
Friday, June 6, 2014
Numbers By The Book
9:51 pm edt
I get skeptical about polls
and surveys. The results can be misleading and based on a small sample, but they are always worth reviewing.
A poll showed that 33% of high school graduates
and 42% with a college degree never read another book after leaving school.
I find these numbers hard to believe. I like to think that people read books at some point
in their life. Maybe, I'm wrong.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
What's Wrong With Classic View?
8:06 pm edt
This website looks the same
since I started it back in March 2009. I have changed pictures and added a few links, but have kept it mostly the same. There
is a great deal of written content by me.
process for me to administer to this website has stayed the same since I started. Now, they are trying a new and better way.
It takes me longer to login because you can't go back to the "classic view" without additional steps.
I don't like their new version. I'm just trying
to write on my website without spending a lot of time getting there.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
For The Birds
12:43 pm edt
Great care must be taken to
preserve endangered species. Sometimes, it gets in the way of sound judgement and common sense.
We are seeing that in Spring Lake, NJ where two
osprey have built a nest inside the Fire Department siren. By law, they cannot be moved or disturbed. However, the town
has a volunteer force and public safety is at stake. Town officials said the firefighters and medics will be alerted by
cell phones and pagers.
system should work fine until something bad happens. What will the reaction be if there is a tragedy and a loss of life?
Will the nest be moved at that point?
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
At The Park
12:00 pm edt
Every town and city seems
to have a homeless problem. Many people stay at shelters, but some prefer the streets. They often congregate in certain areas.
We see that locally at a park.
is a proposal to seek state money for improvements, including a playground for kids. This should be an interesting story as
it unfolds. Many residents complain that they don't go to the park because of the people there. Where will the homeless go
if they are forced out?
looks like this story will stay in the news.
Monday, June 2, 2014
The Unknown Bunch
7:32 pm edt
I don't spend a lot of time
watching television. It has always been like that for me. There are so many shows I've never seen going back to my younger
I never saw an
episode of the Brady Bunch or Partridge Family. For the most past, I'm not familiar with the people on the shows.
Apparently, the actress who played Alice on the Brady Bunch
passed away over the weekend. She was one of those people I never heard of.
Playing the role of Alice was the highlight of her career.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Leave TheDog Behind
1:52 pm edt
You can always count on people
doing foolish things. The news is full of them. People have no problem jumping off of mountains, buildings or cliffs.
BASE jumping is one big adrenaline rush for those who pursue it.
There was a feature story about a guy who jumped off a 13,000 foot mountain in a wing suit.
He was soaring like a bird. Unfortunately, he chose to strap his dog to himself and let him enjoy the ride. The guy took
criticism from animal rights group.
think he was being selfish. He said the dog enjoyed it. How does he know? The dog can't talk. He should keep jumping
from wherever he wants. Just leave the dog on the ground.