Friday, July 31, 2015
11:59 am edt
Candidates running for public
office are so hypocritical when they say they will eliminate wasteful spending.
People who live in a district, city or town that gets extra money don't feel that way. It's
all about bringing money back to their constituents.
It's been like that forever and won't be changing any time soon. Our local state representative
has been a master in getting extra funding for various local projects. Nobody living here is complaining about it.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Sick Tree
11:13 pm edt
Back in 1980, my street was
reconstructed. Several tress were planted along the sidewalks. After all these years, one of them is showing signs of severe
The bark is
pealing off and the leaves are already falling. It looks bad. I wonder if it will make it through the year.
Once autumn is here, it will be hard to tell the
difference between live and dead ones.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
12:40 pm edt
Now that Boston is no linger
part of the 2024 Summer Olympics process, the blame game can start. The USOC has already started with their accusations.
It doesn't really matter to me what they say. The
Games did not enjoy popular support in Boston and throughout the state. Like anything else, it is hard to get to the truth.
The most important thing is that they are no longer
on the scene. It was a bad idea from the start.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
11:42 pm edt
I believe the expression;
"You don't know what you don't know". The last few days have been a bit of an enlightenment when it comes to some
aspects of pc's, tablets and cell phones.
can never know enough. I try to learn every day. There is always something new.
Monday, July 27, 2015
3:08 pm edt
I commend Mayor Marty
Walsh of Boston for refusing to sign a contract with the US Olympic Committee that would have left taxpayers on the hook
for any cost overruns associated with the 2024 Summer Games.
The USOC wanted his answer today, without providing him with the complete bidding document.
Governor Charlie Baker also refused to bow to the USOC.
The bid was a disaster from the start. It was all smoke and mirrors. Taxpayers would
have been on the hook for billions. It's a great day for Boston.
Sunday, July 26, 2015
3:50 pm edt
A Boston radio station has
an interesting segment on traveling. It covers various topics, especially airports. They had an interesting observation yesterday
concerning rental cars.
host advised travelers to get their cars at the airport rather than traveling into town where they might be cheaper.
This was not a profound insight by him.
When I have rented a car, it was always at the airport. It was more efficient and saved time,
especially before departure.
assume everyone who rents a car does the same thing.
Friday, July 24, 2015
5:32 pm edt
People are so irresponsible
at times. Why do they try to keep exotic animals in a residential neighborhood?
A three foot alligator was seen roaming the streets of Manhattan today. It must have been
released by someone who finally realized the reptile was getting too big.
Rather than bring it to a shelter, this person just released it to the streets to let someone
else deal with it. The gator made a nice cute news story, but his freedom proved to be be fatal to him according
to animal control officers.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
12:57 pm edt
I'm not a big advocate of
people raising chickens in a residential neighborhood. It seems to becoming more common. Many treat them like pets and let
them roam their house.
Center For Disease Control is warning owners not to kiss their birds due to the possibility of salmonella. This
is a real issue with some people.
think chickens belong in a rural setting or on a farm.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Bad Day For Eating
4:42 pm edt
The last thing people should
celebrate is a National Junk Food Day, but we had one yesterday. Americans have a horrible diet. It starts very early with
kids and fast food. There is too much saturated fat and calories in the average diet.
Obesity is a major public health issue. People don't need a special day to recognize
junk food. It's all around us.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
For 50 and Over
10:16 pm edt
Yesterday was the 46 year
anniversary of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. For the most part, it got no mention in the news feed. It was so long ago.
Sooner or later, everything becomes history. It's
all in the past. People who are alive today might not have been around then.
You would have to be over 50 to have any memory of the event.
Monday, July 20, 2015
6:16 pm edt
like we might be getting a heat wave. It reached 90 degrees today with humidity. It looks like the same for tomorrow.
Some people get so dramatic about it. This is New
England where we have four seasons. This is totally normal weather.
The people whining now are the same ones when we were getting buried in snow.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
12:58 pm edt
It seems inevitable that the International Space Station
will be hit by a piece of space debris. There is another story in the news about astronauts getting ready to abandon
It was so close
the other day that the American and two Russians were forced to seek shelter in their docked Soyuz capsule. This was the fourth
time in the 16 years of the space station that emergency procedures were followed.
NASA tracks thousands of pieces of space debris left
by humans. It's hard to believe that there is no process in place to capture some of this stuff or do something with it. They
are pushing their luck.
Saturday, July 18, 2015
The Costly Stadium
3:07 pm edt
It's laughable that the organizers
for Boston 2024 feel they can build a removable stadium for the Summer Olympic Games for $500 million.
Tokyo just pulled the plug on their $2 billion fiasco
for the 2020 Games after the cost nearly doubled. They will start with a new design and a sense of urgency to get the stadium
done in time.
know by September whether the Boston bid will go forward. It looks worse every day.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Wildlife Hanging Out
7:55 pm edt
What do we
do about wildlife entering residential neighborhoods? In many cases, it is the result of people moving into areas that were
home to animals.
have been spotted in Lower Manhattan. They make a cute story in the news, but they also have been observed near the runways at
seems to be a lack of consistency on how to handle them. Can experts remove the ones by the airport safely? One of them walking
across a runway could prove catastrophic.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Bikes All Around
10:35 pm edt
Bike sharing is very popular
in cities all around America. Should government regulate any part of it?
Some people are so careless when they ride. They put the public at risk by their actions.
How does government respond to that?
every bicycle and rider be registered? That seems rather Draconian, but things happen and people get hurt.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
12:52 am edt
The great snow pile in Boston
has been officially declared melted as of yesterday. The only thing left is a mound of dirt and trash ready for removal.
Boston did a wise thing when they created their snow dump.
They had a waiver given to them by the state to dump snow into the harbor, but they chose to let it melt on land.
What a great idea that was. It kept so much trash out of
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
6:08 pm edt
The discussion never seems
to end about expiration dates on food products. I pay very close attention to them at the market. Some say they are too
stringent and need to be relaxed.
magazine had an article about food waste in America. It suggested that certain brands of cheese that show mold could
still be eaten as long as they remove the moldy layer.
are right, but there is no way I would willingly eat moldy cheese.
Monday, July 13, 2015
The Big Split
4:16 pm edt
There is a big old maple tree
that I run by every day that has a gigantic split down the middle of its trunk. The tree has a lot of rot on it, but is full
of leaves and looks healthy.
don't think anyone is in a hurry to address the problem because it's on private property. It will take a powerful wind to
knock it down. When that happens, there will be plenty to clean up. About half of the tree will be lost. It would be a shame
to cut it down, but something should be done.
Sunday, July 12, 2015
The Eight Mile Journey
11:39 pm edt
What is the likelihood that
a card mailed on Monday will get there on Tuesday, in spite of being two towns and eight miles away?
I'm counting on the USPS to deliver this timely.
I'll do my part by bringing it to the post office, but I really have my doubts about it getting there on Tuesday. It
will probably be Thursday.
Saturday, July 11, 2015
No Reason For A/C
11:16 pm edt
I went most of my life without
A/C in my car. It's a nice option to have, but I still like to roll down the windows.
When I drove around tonight, it was so nice to hear the sounds of summer. The breeze
felt nice. No reason for A/C.
Friday, July 10, 2015
Checking After The Offer
6:50 pm edt
People with criminal records
often have a difficult time getting a job. Something they did 20 years ago can come back to haunt them if the perspective
employer does a criminal background check.
York City is addressing this with their new Fair Chance Act. It will prohibit employers from doing a background check
prior to a conditional job offer.
this fair to the employer? What about the person who did a crime, but has lived an honest life since then?
This sounds like a law that will need a few horror
stories to prove it to be a bad idea.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Towing The Line
12:44 pm edt
It's never a good time when
you get a parking ticket or have your car towed. I learned my lesson the hard way when I was ticketed and towed once in Boston
I only park
in legal spaces. If there is any doubt, I move on. For some people, tickets are a way of life. They push their luck too many
A new policy
in Boston gives people a break. Instead of a $40 ticket and a towing, the city will issue a $90 fine to the car
owner. It makes the ordeal a lot cheaper and more convenient.
However, some people never learn their lesson after having their car towed off the streets.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
The Truth Server
5:14 pm edt
always hear the truth about things in the news. Why did the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal
all experience computer problems today?
news is saying it was caused by a glitch in a server. Is that the truth? Were hackers involved? It will be interesting to
see the final outcome, if there ever is one.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
11:15 pm edt
Sharks had their reputation
ruined after the movie Jaws came out. It certainly portrayed them in a bad light.
They seem to be on a rebound with the annual "Shark Week" on Discovery. All programming
is devoted to them.
media loves sharks, especially when they swim close to the beach. It works out great as nobody gets hurt.
Monday, July 6, 2015
11:46 am edt
There was a story in the news
about a 73 year old minister from Ohio who just took his 12,00th ride on a roller coaster. He has been patronizing the same
amusement park since 2009.
seems hard to believe that he did this in such a short period of time. By his account, he has made 493 trips to the park.
That comes out to about 30 rides per visit.
He must have a great sense of balance. I had two coaster rides in my life, with the last
being 33 years ago. I have no intention to ever ride one again.
Sunday, July 5, 2015
The Long Game
11:10 pm edt
I drove into Boston today
with a friend to watch the Boston Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 5-4. We had a great time. MLB baseball is fun to watch,
but the game crawled along so slowly.
had to leave at the top of the 8th inning and already had 3:30 in.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
The Good Bang
10:49 pm edt
Our Founding Fathers wanted
this date to be celebrated with great enthusiasm. Fireworks have always been a tradition and so much a part of America.
It has been a little crazy around here all day with
the explosions of fireworks. Some sound like gun shots, but it's all stuff people usually buy in New Hampshire just to have
a good time. It will stop
by tomorrow night.
Some people living in cities hear gun shots all the time.
Friday, July 3, 2015
Need More Jam
12:19 pm edt
be crazy over the next few days. There is already a 21 mile backup on Rt 95 going through New Hampshire. Their traffic jams
far, the Mass Turnpike and the Cape look reasonable. They will get bad by tomorrow. I would not want to be traveling
this weekend, but people do it all the time.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
House of Paint
10:41 pm edt
The house next door is being
painted. It has needed it for about the last five years. It lasted about ten years.
The house is a big old Victorian, converted to a three family many years ago. There
is still some great wood detail left.
It always had a two-color paint job. There was so much scraping to do in the last few days. It will look nice when it's finished,
but will start peeling in about five years.
The painters will be back in future years.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Money Down The Drain
6:41 pm edt
We always hear about
shopping locally and supporting small businesses. It isn't always an option.
Today, I went to a small local hardware store to buy a jug of Liquid Plumber. It cost $6.99.
When I went to my local food market, the same item was $3.99. The price difference was shocking.
I like going into this small store. At the
same time, I don't want to pay almost twice the price. It doesn't make any sense.