Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Pile of Butts
5:58 pm edt
Every day, I see a couple
of workers from a nursing home smoking cigarettes outside of their building across the street from my parking lot. They usually
just throw their butts in the gutter and let someone else pick them up.
With the recent snow storms, they became more creative. They flicked them across the street into
a massive snow drift where they disappeared. The snow has now melted and all of them are left behind on the sidewalk. It looks
so messy, but smokers don't care where they dispose of their butts.
Monday, March 30, 2015
No More Rides
7:25 pm edt
Island amusement park opened yesterday in Brooklyn, NY. Fans eagerly waited in line for a ride on the legendary Cyclone roller
On it's initial
ascent, it got stuck on the first hill. Riders had to be evacuated one by one. This would never happen to me. I had two rides
on roller coaster in my life. My first was in 1970 at the old wooden one at Salisbury Beach. My second was at Space Mountain
in Disney World in 1982.
has been almost 33 years since my last ride. I will never have another one. I don't like motion rides.
Sunday, March 29, 2015
The Flat Look
5:40 pm edt
I don't understand the dynamics
that go on in the decision making process in small towns. A local community is threatening legal action after being dissatisfied
with a fire station that was recently built there.
The town wanted a New England colonial design with a pitched roof. They ended up with a modern look
and flat roof.
this get approved? The building is finished, but the town is very unhappy. Who was overseeing this project?
Shoddy construction happens all the time in cities,
but buildings usually look like they did in the design process.
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Lost In Spaces
1:05 pm edt
Parking in Boston can be a
real challenge in many neighborhoods. There seems to be fewer spaces every time I go there. City officials admit that they
have no idea how many spaces exist.
city will now conduct a survey to determine the actual amount on the streets. A count was done a few years ago, but it's very
the final tally will be a shock to everyone.
Friday, March 27, 2015
The Last Posting
4:49 pm edt
I got an email today from
a former co-worker concerning the sudden death of another colleague. She died in her sleep. She was suppose to work from home
today, but never logged in.
known her since 1979. She was a single mother who worked hard to raise her kids. She was eligible to retire, but chose
to keep working in order to pay off her kids college loans.
She posted a comment on my Facebook time-line last evening. She went to bed a few hours
later and never woke up.
never know when our last day is.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Final Days Of School
11:26 pm edt
Ground was broken in Springfield, Mass for their $800 million MGM casino. It's being viewed
as a catalyst for downtown development. There are still some hurdles to overcome.
There is a historical building in the way. The former school is considered architecturally
significant. How will this be handled? I think politicians will do some posturing and show some concern, but in the end, the
school will have a date with the wrecking ball.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Reducing The Pack
10:37 pm edt
Tonight's rain and warmer
temperatures tomorrow should help reduce the snow pack even further. There are still big piles in shady areas. The streets
are so dirty.
the snow is gone, we will see all of the sand. Every year we have a windy storm where it gets swirled around.
There is a lot of work to do to get things looking good
after this winter.
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Away For One Year
8:52 pm edt
Space launches have been relegated
to small mentions in the newspaper. NASA and the Russian Space Agency will each have an astronaut on the launch this
week from Kazakhstan. They will live on the International Space Station for one year.
That will be an amazing experiment on their bodies with all of that time in a weightless
environment. I wonder if there will be any long term effects on their health.
I wish America did more with manned space flights. NASA is on life support with that program.
We can't even get there on our own.
Monday, March 23, 2015
2:38 pm edt
The Boston 2024 Olympic Committee
is seeing their public support evaporating in light of recent items in the news. A new poll shows that only 36% favor hosting
took out full page ads in the Boston Globe and Herald today in their attempt to pump up support. There is already talk about
a voter referendum being held at some point.
The more I read about Boston's bid, the more absurd it looks. They want to stage beach volleyball
on the Boston Common and build a 16,000 seat temporary arena. That would only desecrate the grounds for years to come.
Once public support continues to dwindle, politicians
will be tripping over one another to abandon ship. It's only a matter of time.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Cutting The Cost
8:27 pm edt
I eat chicken several
times a week. I buy tenders which are very tasty. When I went to buy some today, they were out of them. I purchased
skinless and boneless breasts which were much cheaper.
I brought them home and cut them into thin strips. They made a great meal. The only difference
was that I did the cutting instead of paying to have them cut and packaged.
I think I'll keep doing this because the savings will add up eventually.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Need Some Adobe
10:35 pm edt
I do my own federal and state
income taxes using paper forms. I'll continue to file this way until the option is taken away.
I received state forms, but nothing from the IRS.
The local library has limited forms and no schedules. They make it very difficult for the taxpayers who need them.
I was able to download everything I need from
their websites. I spent quite a bit of time doing this before discovering the need for installing Adobe Reader
XI. I also learned the proper way to save and edit documents because I kept losing all my work.
Overall, I learned quite a bit. There is so much
Friday, March 20, 2015
6:30 pm edt
hardest part of the recent winter storms was listening to comments on social media, radio and television. People really outdid
themselves with their ridiculous and boring comments.
Spring is finally here. Now, people will complain about the temperature. I read a story the
other day concerning a prediction on when the last snow will melt. It sounded silly, but the writer did it in a serious
Who knows how long
the snow will be on the ground? There is no way to predict the temperature. Some of the same people will be complaining
when we get our first heat wave.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
7:28 pm edt
I always wonder how advocates
come up with the economic impact of anything. Since they are stating a certain viewpoint, they can spin the numbers to achieve
2024 Boston Olympic Committee released the following numbers concerning the economic impact of holding the Games in Boston.
Leading up to the start, 24,000 jobs with a $4 billion
impact would be created. Next would be 50,000 jobs and $5 billion dealing with the operation of the Games. Tourism would create
4,300 jobs, resulting in $500 million.
did they arrive at these figures? I have serious doubts about the numbers. A lot of it is smoke and mirrors because
the jobs won't last forever.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
How To Aggravate Neighbors
4:36 pm edt
New York City needs to do
a better job regulating Airbnb, the company that links users to vacate rooms in apartments, condos and homes around the
are bringing in guests to their rent-controlled apartments. That is unfair to the system and fraudulent. There are numerous
stories about guests throwing loud parties and bothering neighbors.
It doesn't matter if it's a condo or apartment. The problems happen constantly. It's
another example of people being selfish and not caring about their neighbors.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Fixing A Hole In The Road
7:46 pm edt
So many of the roads are in
terrible shape because of potholes. I had to drive a five mile stretch of state highway and had all I could do to keep
my car from being swallowed up by one of them. Some were so big.
Local and state officials will recite the usual line about how many potholes they have
filled. People are going to have their rims and tires damaged by them. It could happen to anyone.
Monday, March 16, 2015
A New Record
1:49 pm edt
We needed about three inches
of snow to break the all-time record for Boston. It happened last night during a sudden squall. It was enough for the plows
to come out one more time. The new record is 108.6 inches for the season, breaking the previous one set in 1995-1996.
Records were meant to be broken, but how long will
this one last? Will I see it broken in my lifetime?
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Train To Nowhere
12:16 pm edt
I think most people support
the concept of a high-speed rail system, but what we are seeing in California is a fiasco. Their plan for a 520 mile route
from Los Angeles to San Francisco is already two years behind schedule.
The cost has jumped to $68 billion and will continue to spiral out of control before
the delusional completion date of 2029.
Funding is also an issue with only half of it covered
at this point. Ground has been broken on the first 29 mile stretch in Central Valley. Only 101 of the 526 parcels of land
needed for the route have been acquired.
appears to be a project that will siphon billions of dollars before it gets abandoned.
Friday, March 13, 2015
11:46 pm edt
I went out
for a walk to Market Basket and saw so nuch trash along the streets. It wil look real bad once the snow cover melts.
It can't happen soon enough for most people, but
there will be trash along the way that won't be removed soon enough.
Thursday, March 12, 2015
How To Make Customers Unhappy
6:53 pm edt
The MBTA did a very lame job
of trying to placate their riders who were unable to use their monthly pass after the system was shut down for several days
during the recent snow storms.
T will give free rides on Friday, April 24th and will offer a 15% discount for a monthly pass in May. It will cost the
agency $5 million.
have never read the small print on a T pass. Maybe there is a disclaimer that they won't be responsible for weather incidents.
The recent storms were extraordinary and crippled
the antiquated system. The riders are being penalized for being faithful customers.
I would never want to rely on the T. The system is a joke.
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Ready To Melt
11:38 pm edt
It's hard to believe that
we are almost half-way through March. We did this in spite of all the snow in February.
It all looks so dirty now. The snow cover is there and will melt eventually and leave behind
a pile of trash and dirt.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Don't Dump The Idea
12:51 pm edt
I think it's a great idea
to use a former local landfill as a solar farm. The site was used as a municipal dump for decades. Nobody in their right mind
would want to build homes on the property.
Another nearby city turned their capped landfill into playing fields, but you never see anyone using
them. There will always be a concern about what lies under the ground. Nobody wants to expose their kids to potential toxins.
The solar farm seems like the best use.
Monday, March 9, 2015
Pipe or Rail
4:18 pm edt
Americans want cheap oil and
gas prices. It doesn't matter to them how gasoline is refined. People don't consider how it gets moved around the
country to market.
Today, I saw a long freight train that was
mostly composed of tanker cars. The US Department of Transportation has predicted that there could be ten annual
derailments over the next twenty years which could cause $4 billion in damage and untold deaths. They want stronger tanker
cars and better safety measures. The rail industry feels their cars are secure enough.
Pipelines are a good alternative, but nobody wants to live
next to one or have it go through their town or city. Where do we go from here?
That freight train looked very ominous today as it passed
about thirty feet behind a gas station I was at. I thought that any derailment would cause the ultimate disaster.
You like to feel things are safe, but they never are.
Sunday, March 8, 2015
The Light Shines
5:40 pm edt
I don't think you will find
too many people who don't like the extra daylight because we turned the clocks ahead last night. It's a sign of spring when
we have later sunsets.
will continue to get warmer, but the longest ones come just when summer starts. Then, we revert to daylight becoming
It's too bad
that the sun goes down earlier on the hottest days of the year.
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Plant Shut Down
9:10 pm est
I don't have much luck with
house plants. My longest was almost four years.
Now, I have one 14 months old that took a turn for the worse last week. In just a few days, most of the leaves turned
black and needed to be cut off.
The plant looks awful. It
probably won't make it.
Friday, March 6, 2015
Not A game Changer
5:04 pm est
My new car has a backup camera.
Most new models have them. I think they are overrated, but consumers apparently want them.
I'm still old fashion when it comes to backing up.
I turn my head around and look to see what's behind me. I would never totally rely on it.
It's nice to have, but only increases the
price of the car.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time Is Cheap
5:51 pm est
I bought a battery operated
wall clock at Walmart for $6. Naturally, it was made in China like most of the merchandise in the store.
If they charge $6 for the clock, what did it wholesale
for? How much did the factory worker earn in China?
Americans can never get enough cheap products from the Far East. If it was made in America,
it would have cost about $20.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
10:50 pm est
I drove through
Salisbury and Hampton today and was surprised to see how much snow they had on the ground. The piles were very
high along the streets of the beach. So many parking spaces were lost. It looked like a ghost town.
The snow will stay on the ground for a long time.
It will be there at the beginning of April.
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
How Much Cash?
3:28 pm est
A recent news report indicated
that there are 1,826 billionaires in America. It's hard to imagine anyone having over a billion dollars in assets.
I always wondered how much cash do they actually
have in bank accounts. Most of these people have their fortune tied up in stock portfolios, real estate and other forms of
could liquidate stocks and bonds if they had to come up with cold cash, but do they keep much in the bank? Nobody ever
talks about that.
Monday, March 2, 2015
Not Buying My Share
8:22 pm est
The Massachusetts State Lottery
gave $974 million cities and towns last year after prizes and expenses. The lottery is a voluntary tax that plays a very vital
financial role for municipalities.
Officials claimed that the per capita annual
spending on the lottery was $737. I'm not sure how they came up with that figure.
Last year, I spent about $200 for scratch tickets which I gave as gifts. I never
buy them for myself. I'm $500 below the average annual spending. Someone is making up for me.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
No Magic For Me
7:00 pm est
Disney World recently increased
their daily admittance fee to over $100. It's a price that individuals and families willingly pay. Orlando is the most visited
city in America with over 59 million people in 2013.
Disney is a behemoth corporation with over $45 billion in annual revenue. Almost one third
of it comes from the 130 million customers who fork over money at their various theme parks.
I know several people who have been there numerous times. They never grow tired of it. I
was there once and will never go back. It was overpriced then and no different now.