Sunday, November 30, 2014
8:26 pm est
So many of us never think
to apply any type of skin cream in cold weather. I got quite a bit of windburn the other day when I was at UMass
Amherst for a football game.
was 32 degrees, but I was dressed for the cold. We sat on the shady part of the field. My face got far too much color. It's
a good way to cause skin damage.
need to do a better job at this.
Saturday, November 29, 2014
Pardon The Waste
5:04 pm est
The federal government can
waste money very easily. It doesn't matter if it's a few thousand or billions.
Every year, the President pardons a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys in a photo opportunity
that has been a tradition for many years.
I don't have an issue with the ceremony, but the cost was too high. The birds were brought from Ohio
and kept in a suite at the Willard Hotel in D.C. for $3,500 a night.
This seems rather extravagant for a pair of birds who will spend the rest of their time on
Couldn't they find
a cheaper room?
Toes Got Cold
11:10 pm est
I went to a football game
at UMass today in 33 degree weather. It felt real cold at the end of the game after 4pm. The sun was going down. There was
a slight wind.
amazing how cold you can feel. We were standing in wet concrete stands. My woolen socks got damp through the soles of my boots.
My toes got cold and were going slightly numb.
to the parking garage made my feet warm again.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
10:11 pm est
Printed newspapers are fighting
to stay alive. Younger people don't buy them. The local paper charges 75 cents for a daily, but jacked it up to $2.50 today
because of all the inserts.
think the paper's ownership is taking advantage of the readers because many want the store circulars that are
the annual staple for the Thanksgiving edition.
They make money on this day.
11:11 pm est
We got about three inches
of snow here. That brought out the plows who are required to get paid for a certain amount of hours once they are called out.
They plowed with great diligence in my neighborhood,
but here was nothing to plow after the snow first started. At some point, they need to stop plowing the pavement.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
10:40 pm est
The weather forecast has a
big storm for tomorrow. Holiday related driving will be a nightmare for those involved. It was crazy out there.
An accident involving a truck messed up the Mass
Turnpike. By evening, there was a backup stretching over 50 miles. I can't imagine being in that.
Monday, November 24, 2014
8:50 pm est
I have never done any holiday
traveling. I always kept it local. It must be difficult for those who travel great distances.
I can't imagine being on the highways over the next few
days. The traffic will be so heavy. On top of that, we will be getting a mixture of snow and rain on Wednesday.
That will make the trip so much worse, especially
when it's more than 100 miles.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
They Come With The Lease
12:20 pm est
Tenants are finally moving
into the New World Trade Center in New York City. The construction was years behind schedule and billions over cost. It was
built with the highest security standards.
thing they didn't plan for was the infestation of rats. One of the tenants is having issues moving their employees onto the
25th and 26th floors.
could such a costly building have a rat problem? Once they get inside, it's hard to get rid of them. The building is having
a difficult time finding tenants. Rats won't help with the leasing.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Cookies and Stamps
9:34 pm est
You can never really determine
the annual deficit of the US Postal Service. It was at least $15.9 billion last year according to published
sources. So far this year, we are hearing a figure of $4 billion, but it will only grow more once all the final
numbers are in.
to stop by the main branch in my city today. They had an informational display about mailing requirements for holiday
packages to ensure timely delivery. They also had free cookies, fudge and bottled water.
That was an interesting outreach to the community.
I wonder if anyone complained about it.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Some Can't Get Sick
5:34 pm est
I spent my working career
in a government job that had very good benefits including a pension, medical insurance, paid vacation and sick leave. It always
worked out for me. When I retired, my sick leave balance was credited to my overall service time.
Recently, the voters of Massachusetts and other
states voted to determine whether employers should be mandated to pay some type of sick leave benefit.
It's not a big deal for a larger company to pay
this, but what about the small guy? How does he stay in business by being forced to pay an additional benefits mandated to
I had very mixed
emotions about this. I'm all in favor of helping the workers. Many times, they have no option except to show up to work when
they are sick.
businesses really take a beating from government regulations. Many are necessary, but others should be left to the employer.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Birds Are Free
3:39 pm est
I never buy food from a pushcart
vendor. I think they are dirty and filled with germs. They are very popular in New York City, but I never tried one during
my trips there.
There was a picture in the New York Post showing
a well-known cart along W49th St and Sixth Ave. The vendor had stepped away for a few minutes. Two pigeons descended on the
grill and were nibbling at the meat.
wonder what happened when the guy returned. Did he get rid of the food? I bet he didn't
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Cruise To Nowhere
10:27 am est
I have no desire to ever take
a cruise. I think I would be bored and feel confined. People just eat and drink all day.
There always seems to be a story in the news about
passengers getting some type of intestinal bug. It happened again this week to the same ship for the second time this
year when over 170 passengers became ill. The ship had to make an emergency stop in Los Angeles.
Why does this happen on cruise ships? There appears
to be a problem with the food handling that never gets corrected.
11:37 pm est
The weather has been so cold
the last few days. It seems so frigid. Will it ever get warmer again? It's only November. We might have snow soon.
Maybe at the end of January, it will get up to 70
degrees. You never know.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Don't Look For Soda
6:12 pm est
Parents seem to manage every
aspect of their kids lives. Some of it is way over the top. I was surprised to see that one of the dining commons at UMass
Amherst doesn't serve soda.
found that out the other night when I ate there before a football game. I looked all around before I asked a worker.
She politely said that they don't serve any sugary drinks.
I understand their point. Doctors will never tell you to consume more sugary drinks. I just
think we should decide that for ourself.
I have no doubt that parents were involved in this. They don't trust their kids to make their own decisions.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
A Chill Fest
8:17 pm est
It seems like you can't use
the word Christmas without the risk of being offensive to someone. The local Chamber of Commerce has sponsored a Christmas
Stroll for many years. They do it on a Friday evening in the downtown area.
It will be back again this year, but will now be known as the "Chill Fest". I wonder
how they got to this point. I'm sure a lot of thought was put into naming it "Chill Fest".
Apparently, Christmas was no longer appropriate.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
The Long Season
2:19 pm est
weeks from yesterday, Christmas will be history. In this day and age, we shouldn't even say that word because some people
get offended. We need to refer to them as "the holidays".
There is so much hype to deal with over the next six weeks. Black Friday and shopping on Thanksgiving
night is over the top. A local food market has a bell ringer who sings all of the holiday classics in a mediocre voice.
It's hard to believe there is only seven weeks left to the
year. It will go by fast but not without all the craziness of the holidays.
Friday, November 14, 2014
The Salt Pile
9:04 pm est
I bought a package of stuffed
grape leaves. They were very tasty, but so high in sodium. Why do foods cook and prepare with that? Sodium is such bad
part of our diet.
are so many tasty foods that have a real problem with sodium. No doctor will ever tell you to eat more foods high in sodium.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Don't Let Them Thaw
1:18 pm est
hear stories this time of year of food drives for Thanksgiving. It's a wonderful thing that families get a turkey, no matter
their level of income.
always wonder how they keep the birds frozen. Do they ever partially thaw out? I find it hard to believe that they don't.
In some instances, they get handled several times. You should never refreeze poulty. I wonder if anyone ever gets sick.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Dying For Lights
11:12 am est
down the street from me decorated a massive evergreen with Christmas lights. They never did it before. It looks very
nice, but out of place. They also turned on the lights too early. Christmas is six weeks away.
I never saw a tree decorated at a cemetery, but
there is a first time for everything.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Playing With Fire
9:51 pm est
a horrible fire locally in the inner city neighborhood. It was very bad for a six unit place. Everyone was ok, but the
place was destroyed.
can happen at any place and any time. You never know.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Not Hearng It
3:05 pm est
I recently received a free
down-load for an audio book, but I have no plans to take up the offer. I have no idea when I would actually listen to it.
It would never be while I'm driving or out for a run.
I don't know how people listen to audio books. It takes too much concentration and would
interfere with my driving. I don't believe in wearing head phones while running.
This is a down-load offer I'll never use.
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Berkley Checks In
6:45 pm est
voters of Berkley, CA voted to impose a tax on soda and other sugary drinks. This was done as a ballot initiative and
the people have spoken. There will be a one cent per ounce tax on the drinks.
I think this is going too far for social legislation. Berkley
was the first city to ban smoking in restaurants and mandate sidewalk curb-cuts for the disabled. These were good ideas.
Will other locales
pursue this tax? Some ban water sold in plastic bottles. There is too much micro-government out there.
Friday, November 7, 2014
No More Servings
5:49 pm est
Bacon seems to be be very
popular on social media. I see all sorts of comments and stories of the love people have for it. I don't understand the hype.
I rarely ate it when I was a kid. I have never bought
and cooked it myself. I had two strips the other day while out at breakfast. It was my first serving in several years.
It's not the healthiest food. The stuff I was
served had a lot of fat. I'm not in a hurry to eat it again.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
The New Blade
5:56 pm est
I like to
keep track of things by writing down dates. I recently replaced my razor blade after six months and 26 days. I almost made
seven months, but it was the right time.
is the longest I have used one blade. It started back in April and went through the summer and part of autumn. My new
blade should get me into April.
lot can happen in the world and my life between now and then.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
New Isn't Always Good
1:49 pm est
I do some of the same things
on a repetitive basis. I like to try something new, but always find comfort in what I'm familiar with.
Today, I tried out a new place for breakfast. I
heard a number of good things about this one. The food at the usual place is excellent, but I wanted to check it out.
I ordered the same meal as usual. It wasn't as good.
I'm glad I tried it because I wanted to for a long time.
There is a first and last time for everything.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
The View From The Train
10:03 am est
I don't ride trains very often.
It was a year since I was on the Metro North train from Stamford, CT to Grand central Station in NYC.
Rail line corridors are very fascinating. I really
enjoy looking out the window at all of the stuff along the tracks. People like to use it for their private
dump. There were so many car tires in certain sections. When workers replace the rails and cross-ties, they often leave
the old ones next to the tracks.
could hire an army of people just to clean up the trash.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
3:25 pm edt
There was a time when the telephone in a hotel room was a vital link to the outside world. Cell phones
have almost made them obsolete, other than for a wakeup call or housekeeping.
The cost of
a call is prohibitive. They charge $1 for the first minute and 5 cents for each additional one. Long distance rates are ridiculous.
There was a time when I used a calling card. It was a cheaper way out.
The hotel makes up for it
by charging high amounts for a wifi connection. They still rip you off.