Thursday, April 30, 2015
7:10 pm edt
I never mind doing laundry.
There seems to be no end to it for me. Whenever I do it, it's only done for that moment. It starts to build up again.
I just did a load of darks. I thought I had them
all, but I left two items behind. I will just add to them to the pile that keeps growing.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
10:47 am edt
The committee for the 2024
Boston Summer Olympics continues their relentless effort to force this on the city of Boston. Their latest move is to brag
about their new board of directors that include several celebrity athletes.
Do they think people will support Boston's bid because Larry Bird and David Ortiz are on
the board? How much are these people involved other than allowing their name to be associated with this endeavor? This is
just a charade.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
11:44 pm edt
I'm trying to drink less a
when it comes to artificial sweetners.
had too many of them over the years. I really need to end our relationship.
Crystal Light Pink Lemonade has Aspertame issues. I need to move on past sweetners.
Monday, April 27, 2015
11:24 pm edt
The AARP magazine had an interesting
section on cruise ships. I have never been on one and never plan to. I would be very bored.
I saw a story about a three month and thirty
port "cruise around the world". I can't imagine being away that long, especially on a ship half-way around the world.
It would be interesting to see the type of person
who goes on a cruise like this.
Prices start at $41,380. I wonder what it finally costs after you include spending money.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Wile E Coyote Hits Manhattan
4:19 pm edt
The New York Post had an interesting
story about a coyote who wandered the streets of Manhattan for a couple of days before he was finally captured by police and
taken to a safe area.
did he get onto the island? It had to be over one of the lesser traveled bridges. Was he living with other coyotes in
the wooded area of the northern portion of Manhattan? I think that might be the case. Someone would have seen him on a bridge
coming into the city.
animal was observed in a number of places on the west side and roamed through traffic on West 62nd street. He made it
down to the southern tip of the island before his capture.
There are parts of Manhattan that would support this type of wildlife. Sightings of coyotes
are happening more often.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
The Life of a Sub
7:23 pm edt
I don't think I'll ever understand
Subway Restaurant's latest contest: "Get free subs for the rest of your life".
Yesterday, I saw a poster in one of their places and decided to read the small print. You
get a check for a very odd amount of $26,600+. It sounds like they don't give you a food voucher.
I never saw what they defined as the interval of
getting sandwiches. It sounds like one per week, the small 6 inchers.
If they did that, it would take almost 30 years to spend the money they give you in the
Friday, April 24, 2015
Not Really Appreciated
9:45 pm edt
The MBTA held a phony Customer
Appreciation Day by giving free rides on their trains and buses. This was done to address concerns raised during the winter
shut down for a few days and provided sporadic service on some lines. Many commuters were greatly impacted. People with weekly
or monthly passes lost money as a result.
MBTA whined about losing $5 million in fares today. They didn't really want to do this, but they were facing mounting criticism
from so many.
bad for anyone who depends on this agency. The level of service should be much better.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Japan As Usual
9:46 pm edt
Japan leads the world when
it comes to high speed trains. They set a very high bar that America can't even look at. We are nothing compared to them.
I saw a video of their Maglev train which goes
373 mph. Magnetic levitation is the future. It doesn't exist in America. We can't even get Amtrak right.
Japan's train runs on magnets, four inches above the rails. They have dedicated train corridors.
That will never happen here.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Too Many Miles
8:03 pm edt
I wore my Fitbit tracker
during the Boston Marathon. I love how it counted my 61,618 steps before, during and after the race.
This device has never correctly measured my distance
covered. It's always too high. I have calibrated it against a GPS watch on a running track.
The program determines the length of the stride
by using norms based on age and sex. I have a very short stride for any age.
There is no way I covered 32.95 miles, based on my past calculations. It should have been
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Losing The Sole
10:58 pm edt
Running shoes don't last like
they use to. The outer soles wear down too fast. I proved that yesterday in the Boston Marathon. I might need to retire
these shoes after too few miles.
the shoes of today better than 30 years ago? That's a good question. They certainly don't last long.
Monday, April 20, 2015
Tough Running Conditions
11:46 pm edt
So much happened during today's
Boston Marathon. It rained for the first time in many years. It was in the 40's, windy and raw. I hope we don't have another
day like this for a long time.
the other hand, it could be 85 degrees next year. Heat can be a challenge, but cold certainly has its own problems.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
The New Neighbors
10:58 am edt
Yesterday, I was walking on
Beacon St in the Back Bay of Boston. The townhouses and mansions are stunning. Each one of them is magnificent by itself.
I saw one big old mansion that was being redeveloped
into six condos. Each unit looks like it has great potential. The neighborhood is beautiful.
Two doors away is a fraternity house for Boston University. I don't know what type of
neighbors they are or whether they make a lot of noise. I just wouldn't want to spend millions of dollars to have them nearby.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
5:22 pm edt
Some people don't care where
they park in Boston and then wonder why they got a ticket. I always look for a legal space. I found one today when I ventured
The spot was about
twenty feet from a tow zone. I checked it out several times before making my decision. When I returned to my car,
another person had pulled in front of me. They were about three feet into the tow zone, but that didn't seem to matter
They made it
difficult for me to get out of my parking space. I finally did it after several twists and turns.
I bet that person has been towed and ticketed in
Friday, April 17, 2015
Need More Sauce
10:01 pm edt
I have not eaten much pasta
in recent months. I can't seem to find sauce that is low in sodium. People who make it at home use ingredients loaded with
I cooked some
tonight and used Barilla tomato and basil sauce. The amount of sauce was less than usual to cut down on sodium,
but pasta without a lot of sauce is flat.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Career Fund Raising
1:03 pm edt
I willingly donate small amounts
of money to selected charities. I feel good about it. However, it never seems enough for some of them.
They try to shame donors into making additional
contributions by sending coins in the mail.
Yesterday, I received a nickel, quarter, writing pad and address labels from a group I just
was cited by the United Way for having high administrate costs. I can see why. I expect to receive several more letters this
year. It keeps people busy in their office and is great job security for employees.
I wonder what the CEO gets for a salary. I'll continue
to donate annually and keep the unsolicited stuff they send me. It will never stop.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Always A Last One
11:24 pm edt
The Boston Marathon bombing
will always be a day of infamy, much like Pearl Harbor and 9/11. People will remember where they were.
It has only been two years since the bombing.
Time will eventually change things. It has been 73 years since the attack by Japan and 13 since that day in September.
The amount of surviving veterans of Pearl Harbor
is decreasing annually. Eventually, none will be left. You can say the same about the marathon bombing victims. Some day,
the last of the 260 injured will pass.
assassination of President John F Kennedy was one of the biggest events in my life, but you would need to be at least
55 years old to have lived through it. Time passes everyone.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The Big Relief
10:33 pm edt
I wish I could sneeze more.
It's such a relief when I do. The changing weather gave me a stuffy head. It feels so good when I sneeze.
That's why I never say anything when people sneeze.
I'm happy when I sneeze. I try to be real careful if it happens while I'm driving.
Monday, April 13, 2015
5:50 pm edt
The temperature today was
close to 70. It is getting warm too soon. I wish the transition was slower.
I went out this afternoon, I was definitely overdressed. I would rather be a little warm than cold. It won't be like this
for the rest of spring. We will have some cold and rainy days.
finally pulled up my storm windows just to get some fresh air into my place. I'll keep the three blankets on my bed, but fold
the quilt back. The blankets will be removed one at a time.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
12:01 pm edt
Batteries for cell phones
and tablets need to last longer before needing a recharge. My Samsung Notebook drains very quickly when I read the Boston
check the settings to determine the battery level. I usually recharge it when the level is less than 40%. It can take about
six hours to complete.
the battery drained down to 18%. The recharge was very slow and ended up taking sixteen hours.
I'll try to keep that from happening again.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
The Ultimate Walk
9:51 pm edt
so many books to read. I try not to buy any additional ones. I get a lot from the local library and keep building a list from
when I was in Harvard Square, I bought one written by a guy who walked all 6,000+ miles of the streets of New York
City in the five boroughs.
looks like a great read at 400 pages. I decided to buy it and take my time reading it.
Friday, April 10, 2015
End of Watch
10:22 pm edt
My TIMEX Ironman sports watch
timer stopped working today after I had the battery replaced. I'm not sure what happened.
You can't replace the battery on your own. The jeweler
I went to struggled to do the job. It was not his fault. Replacing the battery took a lot of time.
I gave him a tip in spite of having a problem.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Snow On April 8th
6:56 pm edt
I almost took my snow shovel
and scraper out of my car yesterday, but I thought differently when I heard the weather forecast.
It's a little unusual to have snow on April 8th,
but we had it today. It covered the ground, trees and cars. I had almost an inch to brush off. It was very wet and heavy.
Will we get snow again? The temperature is expected
to be in the 60's this weekend, but you never know.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
The Costly View
7:25 pm edt
The observatory at the
recently opened World Trade Center in New York City will soon become one of the city's biggest tourist attractions.
The three levels, starting on the building's 100th
floor, will offer spectacular views as well as a number of dining options.
It seems a bit out of line to charge an admission fee of $32. I find this to be outrageous.
I don't expect free admission, but a more reasonable price would be $20.
This is just another example of greed and trying to get the last dollar from people.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
How Many Stars Are There?
3:42 pm edt
High school all-star teams
have no credibility to me. The local paper just published their teams for the winter sports season. The listing is a joke.
Nowadays, every kid has to be a star or at
least get honorable mention. Having too many stars decreases the value of being on the team, but every parent wants their
kid to be recognized.
boys basketball team was a good example of too many players. They had 16 on the first team, while another 36 made honorable
mention. The girls team were just as bad.
No matter how many kids get selected, there are always parents who gripe about their child being
Monday, April 6, 2015
Into The Water
11:19 pm edt
I thought we would make it
through winter and early spring without reading a story about people being stupid with snowmobiles.
Why would anyone try to cross a pond at this time
of the year? They tried to do it in southern New Hampshire and ended up getting submerged.
People don't use logic when riding these things. Anyone with common sense would realize that
crossing a pond this time of the year can only lead to disaster.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Turn The Lights On
1:22 pm edt
People complain about the
government making too many laws to control all aspects of life. Massachusetts just passed a law requiring a car operator to
turn on their headlights if the windshield wipers are in motion.
This law makes a lot of sense and is geared towards public safety. Some will see it
as another intrusion by the government into our lives. I don't believe it is.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
It Was Electric
8:06 pm edt
I keep getting offers to change my electricity
provider. I'm quite happy with things right now. I can't convince those companies.
The other day, I answered a tele-marketing call
from a company that calls me every day. I asked them to stop calling me. I don't know if that will do any good.
Now, I have a letter from a company that partnered
with the UMass Alumni Association to offer members alternatives to their electricity provider.
They never let up.
Friday, April 3, 2015
9:07 pm edt
After 15 months, it's time
to toss out one of my house plants. It was doing well until a month ago. The leaves were turning yellow and partially black.
They didn't look healthy.
I hydrating it properly? I'll never really know. My other plant is doing well, but you never know.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
8:31 pm edt
Anyone who drives a car will
be lucky if they don't hit a pot hole and suffer tire damage or more. The roads have some big holes in them. Public crews
try to keep up, but they are fighting a losing battle.
Every town and city in America has infrastructure issues that will cost untold billions.
The final figure is in the trillions and will take decades to finish, if they ever do.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The Tab Starts
5:28 pm edt
Support continues to dwindle
for plan to host the 2024 Summer Olympics in Boston. The US Olympic Committee is looking for more positive public reaction,
but it's not happening.
were told that the state would never be on the hook for any money. That didn't last long as a consultant was recently hired
to assess the entire proposal.
report will be issued shortly at a cost of $250,000. It's only a matter of time before more tax dollars are spent.