Saturday, August 29, 2015
Last Days of August
6:08 am edt
The feeling of autumn is in
the early morning air. At 5:30am it was 60 degrees and dark. It will get into the 80's later on. The days are getting shorter.
Plenty of nice weather is ahead. We will have many
warm days, but this is all leading to winter.
Friday, August 28, 2015
TIME Is Early
8:16 pm edt
TIME magazine is nothing like
it use to be in years past. It had a huge presence in the media when I was younger.
I've had a subscription since 1966. I keep it going because they charge only $29 annually.
It doesn't expire until April 2016, but that doesn't them from badgering me to renew it.
Their latest deal is to offer a $29 renewal again
and a free subscription for a friend. It sounds like a good idea, but if I do that, they will bother that person to the
end of the earth.
and US News and World Report folded in recent years. Is TIME next?
Thursday, August 27, 2015
The Price Is Never Right
4:03 pm edt
When it comes to public infrastructure
improvements, you can always count on them to be years behind schedule and way over budget.
The MBTA Green Line expansion into Somerville and
Medford is a classic example. The latest price tag has a $1 billion deficit and counting. It should have been done by
now, but it's in danger of not being completed.
There are billions of dollars worth of real estate projects waiting for this thing to get done. The
line will pay for itself with the tax revenue and jobs created by private investment.
Politicians are naturally being short-sighted over the entire thing. If it ever gets done,
the price will be staggering.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Waiting For Its Owner
6:15 pm edt
For over a week, there has
been a bicycle chained to a tree next to city hall where I live. It has been there around the clock.
What is the story behind it? Who is the owner and
are they ok? Why would someone abandon a nice bike like this?
Nobody has bothered it during this time. I'm surprised nobody has cut the lock and stolen
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Come Back In Five Years
11:22 pm edt
There is a huge house at the
bottom of my street that is being painted. One person has been scraping the building for almost three weeks. So much
paint had to be removed. It has needed a paint job for a few years.
It will look beautiful when it's done. How long will it take the guy to paint the place? It
must be costing a small fortune. In about five years, the paint will be pealing again.
Monday, August 24, 2015
Losing Money Big Time
7:56 pm edt
The losses on Wall Street
continued from Friday. It was another disastrous day as the Dow Jones took another beating. Experts are saying that $800 billion
was lost in stock value today.
long will this go on for? They say it's related to the economic problems in China. This could get real nasty if Americans
keep losing billions by the day.
Sunday, August 23, 2015
Too Many Strikes
6:55 pm edt
I enjoy going to Red Sox games
at Fenway Park, but there is always the danger of being struck by a foul ball. They already had two serious incidents
so far this season.
League Baseball announced that there have been a total of 1,750 people hit by foul balls this season. That seems too
high and unacceptable.
have little time to react to a ball coming at them. I was recently at a Lowell Spinners game and several balls came too close
thing to do is to put up protective netting between first and third bases, but teams and fans are balking at it.
Nobody wants to have their sight line blocked. At
the same time, fans sitting in this area are at prime risk of being struck.
Injuries will keep happening until something is done.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Boaters Are Different
6:07 pm edt
Whenever I see a boat at a
mooring, I always think how vulnerable the owners are to theft and vandalism. It is so easy for someone to go onto a boat
and damage it or steal items.
story in the local paper today validated my thoughts. Two boats at a public dock were released from their moorings late
at night by vandals who thought it was a neat thing to do. They floated several hundred yards upstream before the local harbor-master
was notified. He secured them without any further damage.
People who own boats must have a high sense of trust of others. They depend on the goodwill
of everyone. That doesn't always happen. There are people out there waiting to cause damage.
Friday, August 21, 2015
4:03 pm edt
I had a ride on a motorcycle
when I was 17 and never again after that. I think they are dangerous to themselves as well as the other vehicles
on the road.
episodes confirmed this. One was a biker who was weaving between lanes while traveling at least 80 mph. The other involved
two people on a ninja bike doing the same. The passenger looked so uncomfortable perched on the back.
Both operators had complete disregard for anyone
Thursday, August 20, 2015
No Ride To The Station
12:59 pm edt
It never made any sense that
Boston does not a have a rail link between North and South Stations. You don't see things like this in other big cities. Proposals
have been floated in the past, but nothing ever happened.
Back in the days of the Big Dig, space was planned for a tunnel, but the $8 billion cost
precluded that from happening. Experts are now saying that it could be done for $2.7 billion because of new construction
hard to imagine that the price could decrease so much since the estimate in 2003. There might be more public and political
support if they could come up with a price tag, but that never happens in public works projects.
I don't think this will ever be built.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Booze and Casinos
6:25 pm edt
The New Hampshire State Liquor
Commission announced that their annual sales exceeded $642 million. The state nets about $100 million which goes towards general
seems rather Draconian for a state to control the sale and distribution of distilled spirits, but 17 others do it also.
Other than financial reasons, I never understood the rationale.
Why doesn't New Hampshire allow gambling casinos? For a state without a personal income tax,
it would be a great way to raise money.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Not Falling Over Uber
6:54 pm edt
Ride sharing services such
as Uber and Lyft are having a dramatic impact on the cab industry in New York City. According to a recent report, ridership
is down by 10% for the 13,587 medallion cabs.
I've taken numerous cab rides in the Big Apple. Some operators are unfriendly or drive too fast,
but at least the industry is regulated by the city.
I have no desire to ever try a ride sharing service.They need to face the same regulations
as yellow taxis.
Monday, August 17, 2015
People and The Heat Wave
11:32 pm edt
We have officially experienced
a heat wave, with three days of more than 90 degree temperatures.
The people grousing now are the ones that we will hear from when we get a foot of snow in
It never fails.
It's summer and it's hot. It might snow in February.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Secure The Door
11:26 pm edt
A friend on Facebook
posted her frustration about their doggy door. Apparently, it attracted a neighborhood dog who invited himself into their
house. They were familiar with the dog, but wanted it to leave.
That's the problem with doggy doors. I can't believe people install them. It only can lead
to unwanted critters into your home.
In some cases, a small burglar could crawl through.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Reality of the Show
3:51 pm edt
Reality televisions shows
are very popular, but can get ridiculous at times. A lot of them are useless and have no redeeming value. As long as
they get decent viewer ratings, they stick around.
I don't think hospital emergency rooms are a place for a show. People are getting entertainment at
the expense of the less fortunate.
The Greater New York Hospital Association has announced they will no longer allow filming on their property. I think this
is a great idea, although it's a little late.
Friday, August 14, 2015
7:33 pm edt
Parents get involved too much
when it comes to youth supports. They all think that their kid is going to the Olympics or will get a college scholarship.
They are only kidding themselves.
is an ad on the radio about a personal coaching service for kids. It gives them access to one on one instruction. They try
to sell it to the parents as a way of their kid getting ahead of their peers.
Of all the kids in youth sports, only a small percentage get a scholarship. Parents think
their child will be the chosen one.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Drawing The Line With Brady
6:26 pm edt
The late Andy Warhol once
said that everyone is famous for fifteen minutes. We saw that yesterday with the courtroom artist who sketched Tom Brady in
was of those involved in his case against the NFL. He was just once face in the crowd. Fans objected to the way Brady looked.
The comments and photoshopped images went viral.
The artist has been sketching in the courtroom for over 35 years. She has done many high
profile cases. I just watched an interview with her. She is shocked at the attention the drawing has received and apologized
to Brady's fans.
wonder why courts use this method for news coverage. The drawings are usually mediocre at best.
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Los Angeles Steps Up
6:45 pm edt
The mayor of Los Angeles said
that his city will submit a bid to the US Olympic Committee for the 2024 Summer Games now that Boston has withdrawn. He also
guaranteed taxpayer funding if revenues fall short.
Los Angeles should have been selected by the USOC when cities were first submitting their proposals.
Boston never had the public support it needed.
This would be the third time the city has hosted the Olympics if they are successful. They
will do a good job if selected.
is still the winner in this drama.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
The Town Resurfaces
6:56 pm edt
The drought in the West seems
to have been going on forever. Lake Mead is one of the vital sources of water for the region. When I last saw it while on
a trip to Las Vegas in 1995, it was already quite low.
The water continues to disappear. A recent news report showed the ghost town of
St Thomas which was abandoned when the Hoover Dam was built in 1938. It was below 60 feet of water until
Tourists can walk
around the foundations of abandoned buildings. It's a sight to marvel at, but a real source of concern as the water problem
continues with no solution near.
Monday, August 10, 2015
6:07 pm edt
The local news coverage is
horrible. One channel always interrupts itself for "breaking news". It gets to the point where it's old news.
All of the network affiliates do a shameless job
promoting their television shows. I can't believe some of the stuff they plug. It takes away from reporting actual news.
It keeps getting worse.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
1:11 pm edt
I'll never understand how
people can have a Bloody Mary alcohol drink for breakfast. I never did that and have no intention.
People eat a lot of strange things for breakfast.
I read a Facebook posting of someone who came back from a three mile walk at 8am and had eight Oreo cookies with a glass
different choices. I like to stay traditional when it comes to early morning eating.
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Need More People
11:01 pm edt
Massachusetts finally opened
up a slots parlor as part of their casino process. Plainridge Casino is five miles away from Gillette Stadium. I checked it
out yesterday after attending New England Patriots Training Camp.
I got here sround 4:45pm and stayed for less than one hour. The place wasn't crowded. Hopefully,
it livened up in the evening.
was my only observation. I need to be there on a weekend night. The place needs to be a lot busier or it will fail.
Friday, August 7, 2015
7:53 pm edt
A private transportation company
has unveiled plans to operate a train route between Worcester and Providence, RI. No company has done that anywhere since
the early 80's.
The 45 mile route would be geared towards commuters
and operate on existing tracks. Owners of the company said their startup costs would be relatively low. They plan to
purchase old Amtrak locomotives and cars.
Can they succeed with reasonable fares and no outside
subsidies? It remains to be seen, but this should be exciting to watch.
Thursday, August 6, 2015
Get A Scan
3:13 pm edt
I think everyone would agree
that using tobacco products is not very healthy. People make their own decisions about it.
A local cigar shop has an interesting marketing tool. They have a rewards program that gives
customers points for their purchases. Eventually, they can turn them into cash for cigars or other items.
Maybe, they should allow the points to be used for
a lung scan. A smoker might need one at some point.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Competing In The Sewer
6:27 pm edt
Rio De Janeiro has a daunting
task to get their river ready for water events related to the 2016 Summer Olympics. Back in 2009 when they awarded the Games,
the cleaning of the river was to be one of the legacies.
The effort to it river never got off the ground. Raw sewerage and trash gets dumped
into it daily. The bacteria and virus levels are extremely high. There is a very real danger to the athletes who come
in contact with the water.
the end, it will be all overlooked. Such is the price for an athlete making it to the Games.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Back To Beijing
2:15 pm edt
Beijing will be the site of
the 2022 Winter Olympics. It won out over Almaty, Kazakhstan. All of the other countries dropped out of contention over concern about
out of control costs.
doesn't even have snow. The logistics will be complicated, but their government has no concern over the cost.
Who will bid on the 2026 Games?
Monday, August 3, 2015
Not Toasting Them
1:05 am edt
I saw a picture on Facebook
of some people toasting marshmallows by a campfire. It has been at least 40 years since my last one. I never liked the taste
of them and or had the desire to try a toasted one from the fire.
I had a few when I was a kid, but got sick once and never wanted them again. There
are no marshmallows for me down the road.
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Adding To Thirst
11:07 pm edt
played 18 holes of golf today and then went out for Chinese food with some friends. I drank a quart of water and a pint of
Pepsi while on the course. During the meal, I drank another quart of water. Since I've been home, I had another quart.
Chinese food always
makes me thirsty, but I'm bringing this to a new level.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
1:02 pm edt
When people say they are going
camping, it doesn't mean they are in a tent in the woods. Most have some type of RV that they park at a campsite
with electricity and bathrooms.
saw a comment on Facebook today from a person complaining about the lack of internet connectivity. The nearest hot spot
was about 25 miles away.
definition of camping is to have wifi and all other amenities.