Sunday, August 31, 2014
11:00 pm edt
a time when the legendary Jerry Lewis owned Labor Day weekend television with his Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon.
Lewis was in his prime years and had a host of
characters including Fran Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Don Rickles and so many others.
He had such a long run with MDA before it all ended.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Time For Cover
11:09 am edt
Everything points to the end
of summer as we enter Labor Day weekend. There might be three weeks left according to the calendar, but things are changing.
The days are shorter and cooler at night. We will have a few days that get up into the 80's and maybe some for the beach.
Last night, I finally needed a blanket. I woke up freezing
and decided to grab one. I felt much warmer, but realized that summer is over.
It's only a matter of time before I'll be using my other
blankets and quilt.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Many Dollars Left Behind
1:14 am edt
amazing to see the amount of unclaimed money that sits in the treasury of each state. So much is never claimed. New York state
now holds $13 billion, an increase of $500 million over last year.
States do a lot to try and find the rightful owners. They frequently publish names of the
owners on record, as well as doing public service announcements.
Many of the amounts are small. In spite of being proactive, New York was only able to return
$112 million last year. It's hard to believe that insurance payouts and court awards never get cashed.
There are so many different reasons for people abandoning
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Happy Lame Day
12:53 pm edt
A person's birthday is special
to them. I think it's hard to have everyone celebrate it because not everyone cares. It can get real lame in the work place.
People often celebrate someone's birthday just to get a piece of cake.
I saw a video on Facebook that was over the top. A person got a "singing telegram"
at work. What does this prove? Is this person loved more than others? People like to brag and stick it in each other's face.
Do flowers show love or are they given out of guilt? The recipient is no more special than anyone else.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
How Money Gets Spent
9:46 pm edt
newspaper has a "sound off" column where people say some pretty crazy things about topics in the news. Many show
a lack of understanding of the issues.
amazes me to think how some respond about the administration of government. There is a real lack of knowledge abut the Constitution
and Bill of Rights.
don't understand the budgets of governments and how money gets spent.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
10:47 pm edt
I read a
great article about Malaysian Airlines and their problems in light of two air disasters. Planes and terminals are mostly
empty. Can they ever come back from this?
brand of Malaysian Airlines might be toxic forever. If the company continues to lose money, it could merge with another airline
and have a new name. That would solve the problem.
Monday, August 25, 2014
A Flight Too Long
1:22 pm edt
There will now be direct flights
from Boston to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific Airways. The new route will provide a much needed service for the 330,000 passengers
who make the trip annually between the two cities.
I can't imagine sitting on an airplane for 16 hours. It would be torture for me because I could never
sleep on a flight.
The schedule sounds very challenging with a 1:45am departure from Boston and arriving in Hong Kong at 5:35am the following
morning. The return trip is just as bad with a 6pm departure and a 9:30pm arrival the next day.
flight will be the ultimate test of jet lag, but it's one of those things I'll never do in my lifetime.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Their Burning Desire
1:17 pm edt
It was inevitable that the
Ice Bucket Challenge would create others ones of dubious distinction. The Fire Challenge is a disaster waiting to happen.
Kids have been spraying flammable liquids onto their
clothing or hair and then lighting it on fire. Someone is there to put out the flames, but it's only a matter of time
before there is a tragedy.
something bad happens, it will be recorded for posterity. That's how people roll these days. Everything must be on video.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Not Part of the Exhibit
11:27 am edt
good to hear about rats taking over the lawns of the Louvre Museum in Paris. They shock visitors and tourists with their brazen
approach to them. Officials are trying to get rid of the rodents.
Naturally, this has attracted the attention of animal rights groups who are protesting
against it. I don't understand some of their tactics.
Rats are dirty and carry disease. They have no redeeming social value, but certainly
have their advocates.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
A Game of Chicken
2:17 pm edt
You can make a strong argument
for allowing people to raise chickens in their backyard for fresh eggs. Healthy eating is so important.
I think the location is very critical. It should
not be done in a crowded urban environment where homes are near each other.
That didn't stop a local community from allowing residents to possess chickens in their
backyard. They will need to
be inspected by the Board of Health and pay a $10 annual fee. The number of birds will also be limited.
This is a bad idea from the start. It should be
done in a rural setting. Having chickens in a thickly settled urban area will effect the quality of life for the neighbors who
must deal with it.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Bet Against The House
12:02 pm edt
I don't expect Massachusetts
voters to repeal the casino gambling law. Many think that casinos are a way of lowering taxes. There are too many of them
around the country now. They can't all survive.
New Jersey is a great example. At one time, they owned the casino market along with Las Vegas. Over
the years, states passed their own casino bills. Massachusetts will soon have three, along with a slots parlor to
compete with Connecticut.
Revel Casino in Atlantic City will close within the next three weeks after only two years of business. The 57 storey
building is the second tallest in New Jersey and cost over $2 billion. They will lay of 3,100 employees and become the fourth
AC casino to close this year.
is the over and under for the ones in Massachusetts if they all get built?
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
4:45 pm edt
swimming pool at the local high had a much needed overhaul this summer. It's hard to believe that this was the first time
the pool was empty of water since it was built in 1972.
Among other things, it got a much needed coat of paint which could not have been done with
the water there. The empty
pool looked very stained and dirty.
It was refilled by several tanker trucks to the tune of 100,000 gallons. If they keep the present maintenance schedule,
it will be emptied and painted again in 2056, but I won't be around to see it.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Washing Their Hands
11:37 am edt
Some people are so irresponsible
when they buy pets. They make bad decisions and realize that they cannot take care of them. The local MSPCA shelter is filled
with abandoned animals. They try to find home for them.
This year, they have been inundated with pigs of various ages and size. They usually get
about ten at this time of year, but so far, they have seen thirty.
Why would a person buy a pig unless they have a huge yard? Many think they are small
piglets. They are shocked when they see how big these animals can get.
We live in a throw away society. People just bring them to the shelter and wash their hands
of the problem. It's not fair to the animals, but it happens all across America.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Just Being Elite
2:31 pm edt
Some of the wealthier communities
come across as being snobby with their zoning laws and other restrictions. One of them wants to raise the legal age
for buying cigarettes to 21.
are they trying to prove? It's another example of "helicopter" parents. They want to manage all aspects of their
you turn 18, you can enter the military, vote, serve on a jury, enter into a contract and the list goes on. Does anyone seriously
think that changing the age to 21 will make any difference?
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Post Could Be Better
11:26 pm edt
I love the New York Post. Newspapers
are near their end. I go out of my way to buy it daily at convenience stores. They do a great job reporting the news at all
They are noted
for their front page sensational headlines. In recent years, they have gone to the "split page" approach.
That was how they did it with actor George Clooney
and his future wife. They published a picture of them together in Italy while kissing.
Why is this on the front page news? This reeks of
tabloid journalism. The Post is better than this type of stuff.
Friday, August 15, 2014
12:31 pm edt
Nothing lasts forever, especially
shower curtains. I replaced them today after eight months of use. It needed to be done in light of the mildew on them.
I buy cheap shower curtain liners at Walmart. They seem
to work until the mildew sets in. It's hard to prevent it. They look great for a few months. By the time I replace them, they
really need it.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
A Day In Central Park
10:13 pm edt
It was disheartening
to read the story of a 75 year old jogger who was struck and killed by a cyclist in Central Park in NYC.
I know the exact spot where it happened. The
marathon goes by there in the opposite direction. Running in park can be a challenge with the cyclists. They make me
very nervous at times because of their speed and weaving.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Not Ready For Assignment
11:11 am edt
Bad ideas are all around us.
There is a proposal to charge local high school students $25 to park their car at the school. This sounds reasonable, but
an unnecessary way to raise a small amount of money.
It's a bad idea to assign students individual spaces. This will never work and be unenforceable.
What happens if someone parks in your spot? Do you report them? When will the offending car be moved?
Adults have a hard time with assigned parking spots. Kids won't do any better.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
11:33 pm edt
In the final hour of the day, the
current trend of ice bucket challenges is out there. It has raised a lot of money for ALS. That is so awesome.
I want people to know what ALS is all about. I
don't think I'll ever succeeed at it.
Monday, August 11, 2014
No Soap or Candles
10:19 am edt
Roadside farm stands usually
have a small selction of vegetables that are overpriced. The quality is excellent, but you could go broke shopping there.
We have a local farmer's market on Saturdays.
It started off as a small group of vendors selling produce. It has grown to include pet food, candles and soap. It draws
a big crowd, but I have never gone to it.
expanded amount of items brings in the foot traffic, but I'm only interested in produce.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Monument To Inaction
10:25 am edt
You can always
count on things to happen at a slow pace in Washington DC even with the best intentions. The monument to President Dwight
Eisenhower is a great example.
has been 15 years since Congress approved the funding, but ground has not been broken. The controversial design has eaten
up $41 million.
reviewing it, I think they should start with a new design. They need to get it done right the first time. Monuments are usually controversial, but this
one looks out of place.
It will get built eventually. The one for FDR took 41 years before it finally opened.
Friday, August 8, 2014
See You At The Tunnel
10:21 pm edt
It was inevitable that the
"squeegee men" would return to the street corners of New York City in light of the ongoing NYPD "stop and frisk"
be DeBlasio administration respond to this quality of life issue? Critics say that New York City is headed back to the violent
days of 20 years ago.
all about the crime numbers and statistics. Even police work is driven by the numbers. It can get very political when they
don't look good.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Bread In Aisle 5
6:34 pm edt
The ongoing corporate feud
at Market Basket has caused customers to seek alternatives. I was surprised about the prices on food at Walmart. The items
I bought were all cheaper than Shaws.
I would never buy produce at Walmart, but I did save money shopping there. It would be better if I
could buy in bulk, but I don't have a garage, cellar or extra closet space.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Full of Gas
7:12 pm edt
It's strange that gasoline
prices dropped almost twenty cents in the past ten days. Experts say a gallon might go for less than $3. What is causing
flirted with $4 gas prices locally, but it never happened. This is the heavy time of the season for consumption, but prices
it always seems like the price is being manipulated.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
One of the Group
6:41 pm edt
Apparently, I'm one of the
estimated 12 million Americans who seek medical treatment annually for ear wax. I have a chronic problem with itchy ears.
I see a doctor every three months who removes the wax. That makes me part of a smaller group of 8 million who need to have
the big mistake years ago of inserting a Q-tip in my ear. It plugged it up very badly. That was 41 years ago. I never
did it again.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Will They Finish Rt 93?
10:33 pm edt
I enjoy driving
Rt 93 in southern New Hampshire. For about 18 miles, there is major construction to add lanes on both sides. It should be
finished in about four years. It's all based on money from the Federal Highway Use Tax, funded through the purchase of gasoline.
There are so many worthwhile projects across America.
This one has been partially funded and is more than "shovel ready".
The Congressional delegation from New Hampshire needs to ensure that their state gets the
appropriate federal funding. The project needs to be finished.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
No Plate For Him
12:20 pm edt
Ohio basketball fans were
overjoyed when hometown hero LeBron James resigned with the Cleveland Cavaliers after departing the team for Miami. His return
included billboards and over the top discussion on sports talk radio.
Professional athletes don't deserve to be treated as heroes or role models. They are in the
entertainment business. They might be overpaid, but it goes with the territory.
I thought it was absurd that an Ohio legislator would introduce a bill to have a commemorative license
plate issued in LeBron's honor. It was wrong for so many reasons.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
The Phone Deal
11:43 pm edt
I bought a new phone the other
day with the Samsun Galaxy S5. It's a great phone with many options. I hope I can grasp all of the good things with
I last upgraded
back in Jan 2010. I'm glad to have a new phone.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Did They Enjoy It?
3:52 pm edt
Graffiti is nothing but a
selfish form of vandalism whether it's done on public or private property. The taggers think that they are right in
what they do. I won't deny
that some of it could be considered art, but property owners didn't ask for it.
There was a great example locally the other day. Someone sprayed "Enjoy Life"
on a concrete wall next to a home. It was done in cursive writing style, but was still inappropriate. A complaint showed
up in the police reports.
owner will need to spend time painting the wall or cleaning it. Some selfish individuals thought it would be a cool
thing to do.