Saturday, January 31, 2015
Don't Need Tenths
2:54 pm est
The weather people are having
their moment of glory in light of the recent blizzard and another storm expected tomorrow night. They are all over it
with their computer models of the storm.
logical to predict a range of snowfall, but one model had it down to the tenth of an inch. I thought that was a
bit excessive. Nobody can be that exact when it comes to snow.
Friday, January 30, 2015
The Big Snow
10:04 pm est
The recent blizzard has certainly
kept plow drivers and dump trucks busy. There is so much snow to haul away. Storms create a sub-economy of people and businesses
who profit from bad weather.
do the job and should get all the credit. They don't make money when there is no snow. They hit the jackpot with
this storm, but it won't last for long.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Annual Disaster
11:48 am est
Every time there is a big
blizzard, we see stories about homes along the coastal shore being severely damaged. This storm was no exception for
a few homes in Marshfield, Mass.
who live on the edge of the coast realize the dangers that come with that. Some have been through this before. The home they
showed on the news report had a portion of a shattered seawall in the living room.
There is little that can be done to stem the force of the ocean. The best thing to do
is avoid living in those areas. That won't happen for some. They will build again.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
10:31 pm est
I thought it was strange that
the lights were left on for a softball field in January with two feet of snow on the ground at Riverside Park in Haverhill
might be a problem with the timer. I don't think there are too many teams are batting the ball around in January even if the
ground is bare.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
2:56 pm est
I bought a new pair of boots
the other day when I went to the LL Bean store. They were on sale for $150, marked down from $230. There is always a big mark-up
on retail products.
boots got their first test today when I went outside to dig my car out from over 24 inches of snow. My feet stayed dry.
They are very well made, but come from China like
everything else these days.
Monday, January 26, 2015
How Much Snow?
7:34 pm est
It still has not started to
snow. We are suppose to get the storm of a lifetime. Some of the weather people have talked about it in terms of historic
portions. That remains to be seen.
have also called it epic and a monster storm. We might even get Thunder Snow. As it stands now, everyone is hunkered down
waiting to see what will happen.
is the over and under for the final snow amount?
Sunday, January 25, 2015
9:54 pm est
I finally went to a Wegmans
store today. It was a fun time. You would never know that we have a pending blizzard facing us on Monday. The place was quite
When I look
at the maps, I took the long way to get there by going Rt 93, instead of Rt 3. I wonder how long it really takes. Wegmans
is a great store, but the distance is an issue.
Could I get there door to door in under 40 minutes? I don't think so.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Same Complaint In The Summer
4:44 pm est
We got about six inches of
snow today. People act like we got a blizzard. The media is all over it. Nothing like a storm to capture the headlines.
People act so strange at times. You would think
they never saw snow in their life. Facebook is filled with people who have nothing to do except complain about the weather.
They will feel the same in July when the temperature
is in the 90's and it's humid.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Never Really Safe
12:41 am est
Shingles is something that
I didn't know much about. The commercials on television say that if you are over 60 and had chicken pox, then you can
possibly get shingles.
I read a posting on Facebook from a friend who has a case. It sounds quite painful from what he said.
When I had my recent physical, my doctor suggested a
vaccination. I ended up getting one. I hope it works.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
12:10 pm est
Governments at all level try
to come up with laws that often fail to address the real problem. We are seeing that in New York City where there is a proposal
to ban on-street parking by out of state vehicles from the hours of 2am-5am.
The real problem is the lack of neighborhood parking in all of the five boroughs. There are
two million registered cars in the city. Many have out of state registrations. Some are legitimate, but many are owned
by people trying to avoid higher registration and insurance rates.
Rather than have a crackdown by law enforcement, officials propose a parking ban.
This is the easy way out, instead of identifying those who violate the law with their out of state registrations.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Let The People Vote
12:23 pm est
The committee in charge of
the Boston 2024 Olympic proposal is being too secretive about the details. They claim that disclosing them would hinder their
chances of being successful when the final choice is made in 2017.
The group opposed to the bid is gathering signatures to put the proposal on the ballot for
approval by the taxpayers. I'm in favor of a vote. Public funds will be used for this no matter what they say.
Up to $5 billion is earmarked for infrastructure
improvement. This money will be taken away from other projects, such as bridges and roads.
I feel like the public is having the Olympics forced
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Monitoring The Situation
12:24 pm est
My computer monitor was acting
strange today before it went dark. After a series of system reboots, it looked like it was dead. I decided to hook up an old
monitor to see what would happen. I got a display and was able to do a series of Norton virus scans.
Everything seems to be ok now after I reconnected
my HD monitor. The problem has happened in the past. I'm not sure what is going on.
I never would have been able to resolve this problem without the help of my old LCD
monitor. I have not used it for over a year. It was sitting on a bureau in by bedroom.
This is a good example on why we shouldn't toss
things out when they still work.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Not Stirring It
3:03 pm est
People do a lot of different
things with food and drink. Some of it is way out there. I saw something on Facebook today about a new trend involving putting
a slice of butter in a cup of coffee instead of cream.
I never would have thought of this. It doesn't make any sense to me. Butter is not the
healthiest food. I can't imagine watching it dissolve in my cup. I don't drink coffee, but I wouldn't use it in my tea.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
The Big Box
5:42 pm est
We have a
dumpster for trash at my apartment complex. It gets emptied on a regular basis, but some people are careless with their trash.
The other day, someone threw a large box into the
dumpster when it was half filled. Why didn't they break it down? It would have taken very little space. Instead, it got in
the way of everything.
never understand why people throw boxes like that. It happens too often.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Dressing Up With Oil
9:55 pm est
Last night, I attended a cooking
class with some friends. We replicated a very interesting menu in a way I had never done before.
I learned a lot in the time we were there. I'm determined
to create my own salad dressing with lemon, spices and olive oil.
The first attempt is tomorrow. I have what I need.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Taking The "Over"
2:04 pm est
I wish Las Vegas was taking
action on the over and under for the cost of the 2024 Olympics in Boston. The figure of $3.5 billion is absurd. I would bet the
house on the "over". There is no way it will come in for under that price.
Security costs are estimated to be at least $1.5 billion. Organizers expect the federal
government to pay for it. The issue of a disposable 60,000 seat Olympic stadium is another story. This whole thing is such
a joke. There are so many people serious about it.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
5:18 pm est
I think it's very hard to
plan for the future. So many things can happen that can effect the final outcome. One thing I did today was to enter
the 2015 New York City Marathon on November 1.
A lot will happen between now and then in my life and the world. We will go through winter, spring,
summer and halfway through autumn.
always an exciting time and something I look forward to. There is so much unknown over the next nine months. Such is life.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Running With The Dogs
5:04 pm est
I'm never impressed when I
see someone running with their dog. They will say it's a way for their pet to get exercise, but dogs were not built to run
on the streets for miles on end.
saw someone today dragging their dog along on a day with the temperature is the low 20's. A dog can never tell you how their
legs feel. If they are hurting, they will just push on. I know of a couple of runners who had dogs that developed leg problems from
should just take their dog for a walk.
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Gone After 150 Years
1:17 pm est
Dutch Elm disease has devastated
the stately trees that have been a staple of New England scenery. Many have been cut down in recent years to prevent the spread
to other ones.
unfortunate to read that a tree estimated to be 150 years old had to be removed from the Boston Common. It's amazing to think
that it had been there since the Civil War. There was a concern that it could fall and injure people.
They will plant another one in it's place, but it
will take decades before it grows to the height of the former one.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Name That Kid
11:11 am est
I read an interesting story
about names for kids. Parents come up with some very creative ones that I never heard of. They no longer use the traditional
seem to realize that a name stays with their child forever. Some kids will always be asked how their name is spelled. That
is a disservice to them. If there is a question in the spelling, maybe their parents should choose a different one.
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Who Will Pay?
6:26 pm est
President Obama's proposal to provide free tuition at all community colleges. It's a great opportunity for higher education
to reach everyone.
don't support on how he wants to pay for it. It will cost an estimated $60 billion over the first ten years. That is a small
amount when you consider the federal budget.
He wants the federal government to pay 75% and the states would pay the other 25%.
The federal government loves to pass laws and have
the cost passed on to the states. I fully support the President's idea, but the federal government should pick up the full
Friday, January 9, 2015
9:39 am est
The worst case scenario has
played itself out as Boston has been chosen by the US Olympic Committee as a host city for the 2024 Summer Games.
We will now be forced to listen to the nonsense
about Boston until sometime in 2017 when the final site is chosen. Boston won over San Francisco, Los Angels and Washington
This is such a bad
idea. This proposal is being forced onto all of us. There has been limited public input. I don't believe in spending one tax
dollar for this, but plans are already being floated to divert some of the money from the State Lottery to pay for infrastructure
biggest farce is using public transportation to move people. The subway and trolley system in Boston is a joke. They also
want to build a removable 70,000 Olympic Stadium.
There should be a vote by the people of Boston to determine whether this should go forward.
Thursday, January 8, 2015
1:07 am est
Car manufacturers have gone
to great extremes to make their cars lighter for fuel economy. Every pound matters when trying to come up with the right design.
I was shocked to hear that Kia no longer provides a spare
tire. Instead, they have an inflater kit which only works if the tire has a puncture from a nail or some other sharp object.
It won't help if there is a cut in the sidewall. This can potentially leave motorists stranded.
Kia offers a temporary spare tire kit as a $250 option.
Many buyers have complained that they were not aware of the missing spare tire during their sales negotiation.
I think it's a bad idea from a safety point not to have
a spare tire. Something bad will happen before this is corrected. Kia dropped the ball on this in their effort to improve
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
4:53 pm est
My Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner
wasn't picking up the dirt and dust as I used it today. Upon closer examination, it was easy to see that the filter was clogged
I clean the filter, I need to go outside and shake it against the inside of the dumpster in the parking lot. It was amazing
how much dirt had been trapped by the filter.
It seems to be working better now. No matter how much I vacuum, there is still more to do.
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Need To Grow More To Fit
3:45 pm est
I have a new pair of sweat
pants. Unfortunately, I need to take them to a tailor to get taken up at least six inches. I'm not sure who NIKE had in mind
when they designed them. They are more suited for a tall basketball player.
My last two pairs of sweat pants also needed to be taken up. I know their feeling is one
size fits all, but these pants are too long.
I plan to take them to a place I never tried before. Hopefully, they are cheaper than the last one.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Off The Shelf Finally
3:40 pm est
always a challenge to eat healthy. It surprises me when I like something after not trying it. I found that the case to
be with horseradish.
are numerous commercials on the radio about its health benefits, especially its anti-oxidants. I finally bought a jar the
other day. I have been using it instead of imitation mayonnaise. I like it a lot so far.
There are other things out there that I need to try.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
4:32 pm est
With all of the social problems
that face us today, some local communities have decided to raise the age to 21 for kids to buy cigarettes. What will this
solve? They will just travel to the next town to buy them.
I think these local rules are short sighted. Tobacco products are a big problem in this country.
People start smoking at an early age. I feel the same way about buying alcohol.
If you can enlist in the armed services and die for your country, you should be able to buy
alcohol and cigarettes at 18.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Plant Turns One
10:46 am est
I have two
house plants that seem to be thriving in spite of the lack of sunlight in my apartment. One of them turned one year old today.
I bought it at Home Depot. A few of the leaves needed to be trimmed, but it appears to be in good health.
My last plant lasted for over three years before the
leaves started to turn color and fall off.
I water my plants about every ten days. In the past, I gave them too much water. That seems to be a key.
11:06 pm est
Northern New Hampshire and
so many resorts need snow at this time. Snow can happen at any time
They really need it to let it snow around here.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
Same Thing Last Year
12:29 pm est
Everyone starts the new year
with a sense of optimism. That can fade real fast as life takes detours along the way. Things happen.
I find it amusing that people say some of the same
things on Facebook that they said last year on this date. Back then, they were looking forward to 2014 and wanted to put 2013
behind them. It's the same this year except they want to put 2014 behind them.