Wednesday, October 28, 2015
A Sign of Nonsense
5:48 pm edt
is finally next Tuesday. We will then shift into overdrive on the Presidential campaign, but the local one will be done.
I'll be glad to see all of the political signs disappear.
They are a blight on the landscape. There are too many of them. It's even worse when they nail them to a utility pole. What makes
that politician so special that they can do that? They should stay on private property.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Time To Clean It
4:23 pm edt
I was at a Walmart yesterday
that also has a Subway sandwich shop. I noticed they also had a popcorn maker.
Upon closer examination, it looked like it had not been cleaned in ages. Many unpopped kernels
had solidified into a ball at the top of the machine.
This is a potential public health issue. I would not want to eat any of this popcorn. Why
don't they clean it?
Monday, October 26, 2015
Working With Gas
6:05 pm edt
People try to do home repairs
that they are not qualified to do. It can get dangerous when it involves electricity or natural gas.
A person accidentally blew up their house yesterday
after trying to be their own plumber. They were working on a gas water heater and disconnected a valve which allowed
gas to escape. They fled the house after smelling a gas odor, but it was too late to prevent an explosion.
I'm sure that person felt like they knew what they
were doing, but they were obviously wrong.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Not Buying A Ticket
5:08 pm edt
Hawaii has always been seen
by many as a lifetime destination. I have never been there and have no desire to go. I think it's a lot of hype.
I was surprised to see that its homeless population
is the highest per capita in America. Who would of thought that this would exist in paradise?
To those who are homeless, the place isn't
Saturday, October 24, 2015
11:19 pm edt
I really enjoy watching the
construction of roads, bridges, tunnels and buildings.
There was so much to see as I drove down Rt 95 to Gillette Stadium today for a football
On my way home,
I took Rt 93 through Boston and the Big Dig tunnels. There are so many new buildings in Boston that I need to see.
So much is happening here.
Friday, October 23, 2015
6:26 pm edt
Many people make bad decisions
when it comes to taking selfies. They put themselves in harm's way, sometimes with bad results. We read about them in the
We are now hearing
of an airline employee who thought it would be a good idea to snap a selfie while standing on the wings of two different
this guy thinking? He could have damaged them by his selfish behavior. He has been suspended by his employer, but this won't
be the last time someone does something stupid.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
They Also Smell
9:15 pm edt
I saw a posting on Facebook
from a woman celebrating her birthday. One picture showed two packs of Marlboro cigarettes with a ribbon tied around them.
I'm not sure if this was the best gift to give someone.
It's well known that smoking effects one's health in a negative way. It also causes people to reek of nicotine.
A better gift might have been "the patch"
to help her quit.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Not Funny Funnies
6:45 pm edt
Newspapers are on life support.
Comic strips are in a worse state. A reader complained to the local paper that many of the strips are not funny.
I read several strips on a regular basis because
I find humor in them. The reader was correct in their comments. I can't believe the stuff that papers run on a regular
to be funny seven days a week, but some of this stuff is terrible and so lame. I can't believe cartoonists make a living cranking
out this nonsense.
won't be getting any better.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Painting In The Cold
1:46 pm edt
As the weather gets colder,
it becomes harder to paint outside. A guy down the street has been working on a house for several weeks. It should be more
than a one man operation.
has been scraping sections of the house and then painting them. He was there daily, but I have not seen him for over
a week. There is still much work to be done. Sections have been scraped, but not repainted.
I wonder if he will finish the job before it gets too cold. Maybe the owner got tired of
how long it was taking.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Is It Really Free?
10:22 pm edt
When I was out at UMass last
Saturday, I noticed a sign that indicated that it was a tobacco free campus.
I wonder if that's really true. I find it hard to believe. There must be smokers among students,
faculty and employees of the university. What do they do?
I'm sure they get pretty creative.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
12:56 pm edt
I have always thought it was
a waste of time to talk about issues in a public forum, especially on-line. A local community Facebook page has some ridiculous
comments by people who they they are informed.
Some of them want a major hotel chain to build one in a downtown that doesn't have much to
offer. They claim that having one off the interstate is a major inconvenience. They also want a major retail store, as well
as better use for empty store fronts.
They fail to have any knowledge of the economics that drive most business decisions. Hotels get built
near highway exits to attract travelers who want the convenience. Major retailers tend to locate at malls. They need
foot traffic. It's not that hard to understand.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
10:51 pm edt
It's only October 17th, but
I broke out my winter coat, hat and gloves today when I attended a football game at UMass. The temperature was in the low
40's, but felt colder once the sun went down.
On my way home, I spotted something that looked like snow flakes. They were too big to be rain drops.
They only lasted a short time, but it wasn't rain.
It's suppose to be in the 20's overnight.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Having A Shot
9:22 pm edt
We are hearing
the annual talk about getting a flu shot. I still have not had one since 1980 when I took one at work a week after running
the New York City Marathon. I got so sick.
year, I make the conscious decision not to have one. It's a roll of the dice. It seems like I get some type of flu
or cold every year. It's almost inevitable.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The Write Thing To Do
9:37 pm edt
I wish schools taught kids
how to print and write their name. It's painful to see them write anything these days. It has been going on for a long
time since they stopped teaching cursive writing.
Can't they find some small block of time in elementary school to do this? We would all be better off.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
It The Early Part of the Season
11:28 pm edt
It seems like we are days
away from the so-called killing frost. Any vegetables have been harvested. The growing season is history.
Temperatures will only get colder. We will have
warm days that tease us, but once the sun goes down, it will get cold.
It's still early in autumn. If it was spring, it would be April 14th. Summer would be July
14th and winter on January 14th.
The season is so young.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
5:50 pm edt
A local street just got repaved,
but it's not any better. The contractor scraped off a few layers of asphalt and put down a fresh coat, but they failed
to raise the manhole covers.
a result, there are dips in the road where the covers are, resulting in a rough ride. They can go back and fix it, but it
won't be the same. They should have done it before they laid down the asphalt.
This is so typical with a public works project.
Sunday, October 11, 2015
8:43 pm edt
I never thought it was a good
idea for people to run with their dogs, especially on pavement. Trails in the woods might be better, but I don't think dogs
were built to run log distances.
running in a five mile road race today, I saw a guy with the a Golden Retriever mix on a leash. It was a big dog with long
hair. It looked so thirsty with it's tongue hanging out so long. There was a water stop at 2.5 miles. I hope he got a drink.
Dogs will push to stay with their master. They can't
tell you when their legs are sore. They break down eventually. That's where I have an issue with the owners.
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Put The Phone Down
6:14 pm edt
I support the bill before
the Massachusetts state legislature which would prohibit hand-held cell phone use by drivers. There are too many distracted
operators out there. It happens all the time.
I rarely use my phone when I drive, although I have a hands-free system that came with my car. Talking
on the phone can be very distracting, especially when making calls.
Texting and driving is a recipe for disaster. Nothing good can happen when you do that.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Two Cars Ago
7:49 pm edt
Toyota makes great cars. I've
owned five of them and usually trade every two years. I got a letter today from another dealer asking about my 2011 Corolla.
It was a great car, but I now have a 2015 model. I also no longer have my 2013.
This is not the first time this has happened. They always seem to inquire about cars I have
not owned for a few years. I wonder why they can never update their ownership records.
Thursday, October 8, 2015
The Book of Color
7:37 pm edt
Adult coloring books are the
rage. They come in a variety of topics. I just bought one today for $16 at a bookstore in Brookline, Mass.
I was in town today to pick up my new orthotics
for my shoes. Whenever I visit this doctor, I always stop by the store. It's a classic bricks and mortar bookstore. They are
a dying breed.
is on New York City. There are buildings, public artworks, birds and a ton of other things. I plan to start off real simple
with a sign for Central Park.
coloring and drawing were awful when I was a kid. Let's see how this works out.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Must Be On A Roll
7:45 pm edt
I never tried lobster until
I was 26. I thought it was overrated and was too much work to crack the shell. I've only had lobster in a shell on three occasions.
Lobster rolls are awesome, but tend to be expensive. Many
places give you a small amount of meat for the money. Today, I had a nice roll for $20 filled with meat.
That's how it should be served, not in a finger roll.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
6:39 pm edt
My FITBIT has been very
dependable during my three years of ownership. It tracked my steps taken and provided interesting reports.
I hooked it up to the charger yesterday, but nothing
happened. I went to their troubleshooting website and tried a number of remedies. I finally called their customer service,
but only received the bad news that my FITBIT had expired.
The person I spoke to said the company will make some type of remedy to me. I wonder what
he meant by that.
Monday, October 5, 2015
The Big Ship
6:31 pm edt
I recently saw a cargo ship
filled with containers and wondered how it could haul such a heavy load. Apparently, it was no match for Hurricane Joaquin
near Bermuda over the weekend.
from the ship have been found, but there has been no sign of the 33 crew members. The seas were 55 feet and the winds blowing
in excess of 140mph. There was no way the ship was going to make it.
Did they take all the right precautions to avoid disaster? The investigation will discover what went wrong.
There could have been some very bad decisions made regarding the storm.
Sunday, October 4, 2015
The Hood Is On
11:38 pm edt
It's only Oct 4th and I wore
a hooded sweatshirt and nylon pants when I ran today. It's a sign of the season.
We will have warm days before the end of the month, but today was an indication of things
to come. It won't be getting warmer any time soon.
I already wore gloves at the UMass football game yesterday.
Saturday, October 3, 2015
Just Being Dangerous
10:19 am edt
I watched a time lapse
video of a guy driving a motorcycle in New York City. He must have used a camera mounted on his helmet to record this crazy
He was weaving
his way through stopped traffic at a high rate of sped. He was always one moment away from disaster. This was such a
selfish act on his part as he was putting others in danger while on his lark.
Friday, October 2, 2015
Cars Around Us
10:43 pm edt
When you drive a car, you
need to be aware of everything around you. Any vehicle is capable of causing a disaster. Pedestrians are another story.
I saw two things today on the highway that raised
a concern. A large tractor trailer passed me on a wet road at about 70. A fully loaded truck like that has potential
to inflict great damage if they jack-knife.
I also saw a car with four wooden pallets strapped to the roof. They looked very precarious. If one
of them let go, they would be like a missile to the cars behind them.
Threat is always around us. Drivers need to pay attention to the task at hand. Too many
get distracted doing other things.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
The End of the Book
10:57 pm edt
The local library has its
quarterly used book sale through Sunday. They have a lot of great stuff donated by the public. All books today were $1. You
can get a bagful tomorrow for $5.
bought nine books and hope to read them all. There are so many others I want to read.
It's a shame that so many books won't get sold. Apparently, a book recycling company pays
the library so much per pound.
That's the end of the book.