Saturday, February 28, 2015
A Moment of Cleanliness
2:29 pm est
I finally took my new car
to the do it yourself car wash. It needed a cleaning very badly with all the salt and dirt on it.
The nice clean look only lasts until the car is
driven away. From that point forward, it will get dirty again.
I'll be going out tonight. There is no doubt it will get dirty. With another snow storm
on Monday, it will look like it did before I had it washed.
Friday, February 27, 2015
The Story Was NeverTrue
3:12 pm est
Social media is buzzing today
with the death of Leonard Nimoy, the iconic actor who played Mr Spock in the Star Trek television series and subsequent movies.
It was the role of his life that endeared him to so many fans.
I never watched Star Trek when I was younger. Science fiction has never interested me. Space
exploration and astronomy has always intrigued me, but not the fictional part of it.
I want to know about the real world, not something made up by a writer.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Monthly Claim
3:33 pm est
The recent snow storms have
created a nightmare for the MBTA and the riders who depend upon it. Service was suspended a few times. Commuters were forced
to seek alternatives. The system is not 100% operational at this point.
What should be done for the commuters who have a monthly pass? They should get some type
of reimbursement for the days when the system was down. How do they get refunds out to people?
the end, another layer of bureaucracy will be needed to process requests. Riders should be able to file a claim and seek reimbursement.
I have never seen a monthly pass, but I assume
there is some fine print that absolves the MBTA of any liability.
should pay claims if only to generate some positive publicity for the agency.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
8:32 pm est
GPS has reached a point where I either pay to upgrade the maps on an old device or buy a new one that meets the technical
standards of today.
has shown confusion at times due to new highway construction. The battery seems to always need a charge. I bought
it back in 2007. It was the basic version, but always did the job.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Driving The Apple
12:58 am est
Apple announced one of its
boldest moves ever when they revealed plans to debut an electric car by 2020. Success will depend on a battery that can last
for a long time. That has been the limitation of all electric cars on the market now.
they bring it to market by 2020? Many analysts are skeptical due to safety and regulatory issues. The battery is another story.
Apple could revolutionize the auto industry with their mold-able metal which would replace
the welded parts in the cars of today.
anyone can be build an affordable electric car, it will be Apple. They certainly have the financial resources to do it.
Monday, February 23, 2015
Back Again After 40 Years
3:06 pm est
Tonight, I will be at a comedy
show in Durham, NH. It's at a bar near the UNH campus. I was in the town once back in the fall of 1975. I'm sure the
place will look different from the last time I was there.
Almost forty years have passed since my last trip. It's hard to picture what the campus will
look like. I don't remember much about being there.
It's interesting to see how a memory can fade away when it's a one time shot.
Sunday, February 22, 2015
11:42 am est
I recycle my newspapers and
magazines at a local church that has a bin for them. I've done this the last few years and kept it out of the local landfill.
The recent storm made the bin a casualty. I went
there the other day, but it had been knocked over by a plow and was buried under a huge pile of snow.
It might be a month before I see it again. It's
the only one in town. There is a local public recycling center, but it's only open for a few hours on Wednesday
throwing bags of papers into the trunk of my car, but I need to get rid of them very soon.
Saturday, February 21, 2015
5:01 pm est
We are suppose to get at least
three inches of snow tonight before it changes to rain. That could be a nightmare for many roofs. The brief warm spell will
go back to being cold on Monday.
is getting closer with a one month countdown from today. The snow needs to melt gradually. A huge rainstorm would really make
We shall see what happens.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Nobody Asked The Owners
1:19 pm est
The plans for the 2024 Summer
Olympics in Boston are filled with pipe dreams and bad ideas. I can't imagine spending almost $500 million for a disposable
stadium near the Southeast Expressway.
concept has drawn great criticism as being wasteful. To counter this, organizers are proposing that if be retrofitted as a
replacement for Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.
This sounds like a good idea, but nobody asked the owners of the team. They have spent hundreds
of millions in recent years to upgrade their ballpark and feel they can get at least 30 more years from it.
The Olympic stadium is a bad location for the Sox.
It's in the middle of nowhere. Organizers assume they can build a neighborhood and everything else will follow. It doesn't
make any sense.
private entity wanted to build the stadium, that would be fine. The amount of taxpayer funding for the Games has never been
accurately disclosed. It will only get worse.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Tolls and Taxes
11:59 am est
It's never easy to travel
around New York City. Cabs are expensive as well as parking. Now, the MTA is proposing to add tolls to the four bridges that
cross the East River.
is a bad idea and a burden to commuters. It will increase travel time in a city that is already noted for its slow pace
say the $5.54 toll in each direction will generate $1.5 billion annually. The MTA is drowning in $34.1 billion of
debt with $2.2 billion due annually for interest.
The MTA is at a critical point with infrastructure improvements desperately needed. The state might
need to look at raising some form of tax.
Tolls are a tax on the users of the bridges. There is no way to make this equitable for everyone across the city and state.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
6:24 pm est
Someone on Facebook announced
that they finally took down their Christmas tree and decorations yesterday. The holiday passed almost six weeks ago.
I still see outdoor lights at some houses.
a matter of personal choice on how long they want to keep their holiday decorations up. On the other hand, it's a project
for some to put all that stuff away.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Bad Day For Hiking
4:55 pm est
A female solo hiker had a
fatal encounter while climbing in the White Mountains over the weekend. She activated her emergency beacon after dealing with
100 mph winds and -30 temperatures. Rescuers were unable to locate her until it was too late.
She was a very experienced hiker, but why did she
go out by herself in such extreme weather? She's not the first person to do this and won't be the last. People often push
the limits. Unfortunately, the results can be fatal.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Save The Monarch
5:38 pm est
to criticize the federal government for wasting money on silly things. They take examples out of context. Some of the wasteful
spending does good.
budget has $3.2 million to study the orange and black Monarch butterfly. Their population has decreased by 90% in
recent years and could be headed for extinction.
The money will go towards studying the possible cause. It's money well spent, but could be
perceived as wasteful.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
24 hours In Vegas
1:58 pm est
A friend of mine just completed
a 24 hour race in Las Vegas covering 85 miles during that time. He was constantly posting updates on Facebook. It was amazing
to see his range of emotions as he fought through fatigue and bouts of nausea.
I don't know how he ever did it. It's a challenge to stay awake for 24 hours without running
Saturday, February 14, 2015
6:12 pm est
People who play the lottery
seem to think that the purpose of it is to give winners big prizes, but that's only part of it. It's basically a voluntary
tax for the players. It was meant to be another way of raising money for the states.
The recent Powerball drawing had three winners splitting a jackpot of $564 million. Most
take a lump sum payment which would be $188 million for each winner. After taxes, each gets about $120 million.
Some people still gripe about this. They feel too
much money is taken out for taxes. They think the lottery should work like a charity and give all the money to the players.
They are so delusional.
Friday, February 13, 2015
11:24 pm est
We have a blizzard forecast for tomorrow and Sunday. It will be our third major storm in two
weeks. It has been pretty amazing to see all the snow this winter.
How much snow will we get? It sounds like almost 18 inches. I have never seen anything like this
in my lifetime, although February 1969 and the Blizzard of 1978 can measure up to this.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
No Place To Rest
12:46 am est
I was listening to a talk
show on the radio last night where the caller said he was driving from New Jersey to North Carolina. He was hoping to make
it without stopping, but was willing to pull of the road into a rest area if he got tired
I don't like driving long distances at night and would never pull off the highway to rest.
I would be too paranoid of someone attacking me or my car while I slept.
People use rest areas all the time, but it's not for me.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Paying To Read
5:27 pm est
Nobody likes to pay for parking,
especially train commuters. They will often try to find a space on a side street near the station. It happens everywhere.
A nearby town has a problem with commuters parking
at the local library. They are now charging patrons 25 cents per hour, with a two hour limit, to prevent the lot from
being filled by users of the train.
library users are outraged over being charged for parking. There is no easy solution that will make everyone
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Buy or Lease
5:12 pm est
The mayor of my city is advocating
the purchase or lease of the mother-of-all snow blowers. They have one now, but it's 19 years old. I saw a Facebook video
of the machine in operation. It does a great job in helping to widen streets.
The only issue I see is whether to buy or lease it. A new costs over $100,000.
I have no idea of the lease terms, but I think that would be a better option.
When you buy something, it eventually breaks down or becomes obsolete if you keep it
Monday, February 9, 2015
10:54 pm est
In light of my decision to
trade-in my car, I've been cleaning out the trunk. I always kept too much stuff in it.
It's all in my living room. There are a few more
things that I could add to the pile like my snow shovel and broom.
I always felt it would be a real hassle if I ever had to get to my spare tire. It doesn't
need to be like this with my next car.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
The Grandest of Bad Ideas
7:00 pm est
There is no doubt that Native
Americans have been mistreated throughout history. A recent proposal by the Navajo tribe is bound to create great controversy.
They want to develop about 400 acres of their
land on the eastern rim of the Grand Canyon. They propose a hotel, stores and other buildings, as well as a tramway that
would bring tourists to the floor of the canyon in ten minutes. They would be greeted by shops, restaurants and a restroom.
The proposal has already divided the tribe
who face economic challenges. It will create a firestorm with environmental groups.
I went to the Grand Canyon once and gazed at the bottom from the northern rim. It is so beautiful.
This is such a bad idea. I hope it never happens.
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Made In America
3:45 pm est
Someone asked my why I don't
buy American made cars because I always purchase a Toyota Corolla.
The company has been doing business here for 57 years according to their website.
Last year, they made 1,288,666 vehicles here
with ten manufacturing plants located in Texas, Indiana, Kentucky and Mississippi.
Including dealerships and parts, they impact 365,000 jobs in the automotive industry.
Friday, February 6, 2015
Not Staying There
12:50 pm est
I have not read anything that
makes sense about the plan for Boston to host the Olympic Games in 2024. The organizing committee is full of bad ideas.
One proposal off the table would host visitors in
off-campus student rental houses. Leases would be reduced to nine months in order to accommodate tourists. This plan was greeted
with outrage from residents in the effected neighborhoods.
These rental units are already under the microscope for code violations. The committee
agreed to drop the idea. As more public meetings are held, people will see what a joke this entire thing is.
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Sunday Basketball At The Zoo
10:23 pm est
I have plans
to go out to UMass Amherst on Sunday for a basketball game. I was meeting a friend of mine from my days there.
It looks like it will not happen. We are getting
more snow this weekend. I don't mind driving in snow, but the trip out there can be very challenging in lousy weather. I have
no desire to do it.
friend and I will make a decision about the game Friday afternoon. It doesn't look good.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Picking The Storm
11:40 pm est
People need to lighten up
when it comes to wintry weather. There is definitely a lot of snow on the ground and it looks like we will get more. You can
tell people are stressed out by their comments on Facebook.
I really don't understand why they get so upset. Snow can be a big inconvenience and effects
people in different ways. We live in New England. There is nothing you can do about the weather.
I would much rather deal with a blizzard than a
tornado or hurricane.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Never On The List
9:36 pm est
Somehow, I never read "To
Kill A Mockingbird". It sold 40 million copies and is one of the iconic American novels. Author, Harper Lee never wrote
another book after it was published in 1960.
Apparently, there was a prequel to the book which Lee submitted to publishers, but it didn't
go anywhere. The manuscript has been found after all these years and will get an initial two million copy press
I never had to
read it in high school or college. I always avoid novels because they are fiction.
Monday, February 2, 2015
1:52 pm est
Sledding by kids is headed
towards extinction. Many communities don't allow it on public property. A small hill at a local park has signs to keep parents
and kids away, but they still go there.
recent report showed that 20,000 injuries were treated at hospital emergency rooms. There also had to be many cases where
treatment was never sought.
issue is insurance liability. People have no problem suing if they get hurt, even if they are negligent.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
4:51 pm est
I have a
friend on Facebook who says he never watches the Patriots or other Boston professional sports teams because they lose
every time he watches. He feels he brings them bad luck.
This is nonsense. Nobody controls the destiny of a team as a fan. Long after we are
all gone, they will continue to play games and keep score. We all like to feel that the world revolves around us, but it doesn't.