Wednesday, December 31, 2014
New In 2015
6:21 pm est
It seems like a tradition
that people make resolutions for the new year. They only last for a short time. It's tough for people to change in some
One of the
things I would like to do in 2015 is paint my apartment. That sounds easy, but it's rather complicated. I need to clean this
place from top to bottom. There is so much dust. Even the walls need to be washed down. I also need to go through a lot of
a process that will be ongoing and won't be done anytime soon.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Dry Hands Again
1:59 pm est
It's only the first week of
winter and I already have dryness around my fingernails. I usually get dry and itchy skin on my legs. That has not happened,
but the middle finger on my right hand has cracked skin around the nail.
I started using a hand cream. That seems to help. I always wear gloves when I run, but need
to use them whenever I go outside.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Reading in Bed
4:49 pm est
I never believed in going
to bed at the same time every night. People do it all the time and suffer from insomnia. A recent studied showed that people
who use e-readers tend to have broken sleep cycles.
I never read or watch television in bed. I think it's a bad way to try and fall asleep.
Any reading I do at night is done in my chair. When I feel tired, I think of going to bed.
Getting a good night's sleep is not the easiest
thing to do for many people .
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Things To Copy
5:25 pm est
It seems to take Congress
forever to pass any laws, but they got one done. The law will address the issue of Chinese copies of rare gold and silver
is the king of knockoffs. They decided to try their hand at antique coins. They have flooded the market with copies which
cost $30 to make, but sell for up to $1,200.
In the future, these coins will need to have "Copy" stamped on them. There is no word on
how this law will be enforced.
Friday, December 26, 2014
12:45 pm est
I wanted to update this website
last night. Apparently, the host company decided to do system maintenance on Christmas. I tried several times, but kept getting
the same message. Whatever they were doing, took all day.
It was probably the best time for them to do it. I assume it was scheduled. They just didn't
let anyone know. I wonder if they have any plans for New Years Eve.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
It's In The House
6:22 pm est
I started a project at home
that turned into something much bigger. I need to find a few items related to my running. I have saved all of my numbers,
entry forms, newspaper articles and anything else associated with it.
It started first with several very well organized scrap-books in high school and college.
From there, it became folders by the year. For the last ten years, my stuff has been in Rubbermaid containers. I have three
large ones to go through to find the things I'm looking for.
It will take a lot longer than I planned, but I'll find them.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Light It Up
4:02 pm est
We always hear examples of
government trying to regulate all aspects of life. Some laws and regulations are for the public good.
I support the bill working its way through the Massachusetts
legislature that would require drivers to turn on their headlights during inclement weather.
Many people don't seem to know the rules for lights at dawn and dusk. Some cars
are very hard to see under certain conditions.
It won't cost people any money to put their lights on. They might save themselves or someone else
an accident in the future.
11:50 am est
Local television news coverage
continues to get worse. The three major Boston network affiliates do a poor job covering stories.
I can understand their reasoning in letting the
networks cover major news stories during their broadcast. If it's a major event, the locals will touch upon it.
I think they do too many "puffy" pieces.
Some of this stuff is not news. They waste precious time covering their network shows like "Dancing With The Stars"
and "The Voice". It's almost not worth watching.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Too Many Kids
6:22 pm est
I read an interesting story
about very large families. I can't imagine having 15 kids in a household. One of them had 18. That family had a total of 102
children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Why did those couples have such large families? It must have been a great financial burden. How do
you give attention to all of them? When you have 102, do you even know their middle names?
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Spring Is Near
5:29 pm est
the first day of winter and the shortest for sunlight. Days will start to get longer. We already had some snow, but how will
the weather be? We are down to the last ten days of the year. Once January rolls around, we are really into winter.
All of the seasons last the same amount of time.
It seems like winter is long and summer is short. We are already moving onto spring.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
NASA Lost Two
5:53 pm est
space flight is in its infancy. The recent explosion of Richard Branson's Space Ship Two has set it back. It still remains
a risky venture for sub-orbital flights. Over 100 people have paid the $250,000 fee for a future flight.
Surprisingly, the FAA has no oversight. The only
safety standard is making passengers aware of the risk of re-entry into the atmosphere.
This is probably one area where we need more government
rules and regulations. When NASA was flying the space shuttles, there was an assumed risk that one out of 90 flights
could result in a fatal disaster. They had two over a course of 135 flights.
People really need to be aware of the risk involved. Many of the paying riders are treating
their future flight as a lark.
Friday, December 19, 2014
Ensured To Have Problems
1:11 am est
I just read a terrible story
about a couple who built their dream home themselves and did it without getting a mortgage. Unfortunately, it burned to the
ground and they didn't have insurance.
I don't understand why they didn't insure their property. It doesn't make any sense to me. I
can understand renters not having it, but it would be prudent for a home owner.
Some states allow drivers to skip insurance. That
doesn't make any sense to me at all.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Time To Drop Out
3:45 pm est
It looks like we will be forced
to endure the ongoing bid by Boston to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. The US Olympic Committee decided to submit one.
Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC and San Francisco
have until 2016 to make their formal application. A final decision will be made in 2017.
I don't see any upside in hosting the Games. No mater what we hear, billions of taxpayer
dollars will be spent. It's ludicrous to assume that a temporary stadium for 80,000 spectators could be built at a reasonable
cost. We only need to look at the stadium in Atlanta to see what a financial fiasco they had there.
Proponents say the Games will be centered around
public transportation. The subway/trolley system in Boston is a joke. Hopefully, Boston will drop out at some point.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Long Time Charging
1:07 am est
Galaxy Notebook has paid for itself with the savings I get for reading the Boston Globe e-paper. I save $50 per month, but
it takes a little longer to read the paper.
The application is a big drain on the battery. It's being recharged overnight because
it was already 80% drained.
takes longer to recharge when the battery gets this low. I'll leave it plugged in for at least 6-7 hours. The charging time
is slower when the battery gets this low.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Folders To Organize
5:03 pm est
I have all sorts of papers
to go through from over the years. Some of my folders are very disorganized with all sorts of things mixed together. It's
a very daunting task. I need to separate the stuff by topic and then do a further review.
I'm finding some very interesting items as I go through it.
Monday, December 15, 2014
The Challenge of Eating
1:01 pm est
My diet has changed over the
years. I eat a lot of steamed vegetables daily, but could do better on fruit.
I was such a fussy eater growing up. I never ate the crust on bread until I went to high school.
We never had a salad with our meal. It was just canned veggies that I never cared for. The only thing I drank with my meals
was a glass of milk. I stopped drinking it in 1993.
There is too much hysteria over what kids eat. There is a weight problem with many of them because
of the fast food restaurant diet, but the government should not be setting the nutritional guidelines in public schools.
A recent study showed that only 14% of 6-8 year old kids
took a bite of their veggies from a public school cafeteria meal. That doesn't surprise me. I would have been one of those 86%
that wanted nothing to do with carrots or squash.
No matter what the age is, people struggle to eat properly.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
All Kinds of Paper
9:37 pm est
I went through some papers
in a big draw in my desk and was able to toss out a lot of stuff that was old and obsolete. It freed up some space for
some other folders.
is a huge bag on my living room floor that has the papers I recycled today. I even got rid of the paperwork for
my RCA XL-100 Color television that I bought at Leechmere's on Sept 22, 1985. It was my first time with color.
It lasted for 17 years before I bought my current
set in 2002.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Not Up In The Air
11:42 am est
The Boston Globe had a discount
coupon for a hot air balloon and glider ride. I wouldn't go on them if they were free.
I have no desire to be riding in a basket that could
eventually crash into a tree or power line. I have not been on a plane since 2000. I'm not about to ride in something that
doesn't have an engine.
leave the thrills for someone else.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Snow Or Rain
10:28 pm est
It has rained for almost five
days with close to six inches of rain. That's really bad for many basements, but it would have been about five feet of snow.
You can't pick one over the other. The snow would
have been overwhelming.
Floods from rain are really bad.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
12:32 am est
for people to get cynical about some charities and non-profits. So much of the money raised goes to administrative costs.
Executive compensation can be excessive.
primary care doctor works for one of those gigantic "non-profit" hospitals. I just received a letter from them asking
for an end of the year donation.
went on-line to see the compensation of some of the hospital executives in the Boston area. They are certainly paid well.
They won't be getting a penny from me as long as
they pay out big bonuses. I bet the employees doing the grunt work are paid poorly.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
The Late Train
4:57 pm est
The MBTA Green Line expansion
into Medford was scheduled to open this year, but is still trying to get off the ground after years of delays. It was mandated
by the Big Dig, but things have a way of never happening in Massachusetts.
The cost has ballooned to $2.3 billion of which the federal government will pay $1 billion.
The new completion date is 2020.
find it hard to believe that it will be done by then and within budget. I'll bet that the cost swells up to over $3 billion
before it's done.
Monday, December 8, 2014
10:52 pm est
people forecast rain storms over the next two days. Will that happen? They are saying 2-3 inches of rain for us. If it got
colder, we could get three feet of snow.
can predict the weather. It's very complicated.
I like rain as long as it doesn't flood and hurt people.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
No Support For Them
7:43 pm est
You can always count on the
federal government to issue regulations that don't make any sense. Their 2012 guidelines for support animals is a great example.
There is a need by some for these animals who provide
important emotional comfort. Most people think it involves dogs and cats, but it can also include monkeys, miniature
horses and pigs.
week, someone brought a pig aboard a USA Air flight. It caused quite a disturbance when it started to act up. The passenger
and the animal were escorted off the plane.
Where do yo draw the line on these animals? Allowing a pig on a commercial flight is just another example
of how things can get out of hand.
Saturday, December 6, 2014
10:39 pm est
I got an
email from my Toyota dealership for a deal I let pass. They need to do better than this if they want want me to buy a
2015 Corolla and my trade-in my 2013. The prices are crazy. They offered a 4.29% rate and 72 month financing which is unacceptable
am ready to buy a 2015 Corolla, but not under these terms. I'm not ready to walk into the dealership unless the deal gets
It's like being
in shark infested waters. They bring three people together to try and close out the deal. They are relentless.
Maybe it might happen on President Day sales. You
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Just Another Day In California
1:05 pm est
California is a beautiful
state for driving. I was fortunate to have seven trips out there and have been around many parts of the state. The climate
is very attractive.
However, there always seems to be something in the
news about it. There is the daily threat of an earthquake and the devastating wild fire season. The state has been
experiencing one of their worst droughts in history and dealing with outdoor water bans.
Now, they have the threat of mudslides after getting six inches of rain. Nothing seems to
phase the residents of the state.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
News Not Looking Good
5:28 pm est
I have saved some newspapers
and clippings from over the years. Some go back to when President Kennedy was assassinated. I was looking at some yesterday
and was shocked at how badly the newsprint had deteriorated.
Newspapers of today are printed differently than in the past. Some of the papers from 2007
look like they are 100 years old. The pages are turning brown.
I wonder how they will look in ten years. They might not make it to that point. What will
newspapers be like in the year 2024?
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
They Need Your Property
10:22 pm est
The plan to have Boston submit
a proposal to host the 2024 Summer Olympics lives on because of the powerful people behind it.
The Boston Globe did a story today about the potential
site for the Olympic Stadium. It would force the displacement of the wholesale meat and poultry businesses that supply most
of the restaurants in the area.
could potentially have their property taken by eminent domain. They won't be the only property effected if Boston
gets the Olympics.
is such a bad idea.
Monday, December 1, 2014
Too Many Choices
2:22 pm est
Social media has really changed
the way people interact with each other. One of my friends on Facebook posted a typical message the other night when he indicated
at 2am that he couldn't sleep and was bored.
There was nothing on TV accoring to him in spite of having over 200 channels. He asked for people
to "entertain" him. What were they suppose to do?
It's not anyone's responsibility to keep this person entertained. People have too many options
these days and don't know how to make a choice.