Monday, November 30, 2015
Introducing December 2015
4:30 pm est
It's hard to believe that
December starts tomorrow. The year is coming to an end. It went by so fast. My seven year anniversary of retirement will be
on Jan 2nd.
When I was
working, time could really drag. Now, the days just evaporate. I wish it would slow down, but that won't happen.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
11:35 am est
Many people still like to
buy a real Christmas tree. I hate to see people chopping down a tree in the woods. That's why I support tree farms.
They serve their purpose and provide jobs to those
involved. One farm charges $10 per foot. The trees grow about one foot annually according to a farm owner.
Some trees have a short life span. Others will take
Saturday, November 28, 2015
The Lost Writing
7:06 pm est
A few minutes ago, I was writing
a posting when there was a sudden issue with spell-check. I couldn't connect to it. I attempted to save my writing, but
it was gone.
the hardest things to figure out. Stuff happens when it comes to computers.
Friday, November 27, 2015
2:57 pm est
I have no doubt that there
will be some story in the news about outrageous behavior related to Black Friday shopping. People seem to enjoy this new tradition
of shopping on Thanksgiving night and today. It's good for the economy.
I still have never done it. I have no problem going to the food market today, but there is
nothing at the malls that I need to rush out for. People get too stressed this time of the year.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Cream Cheese and Bagel
11:24 am est
I never get a bagel with cream
cheese, but I had one earlier this morning from Dunkin Donuts. It was tasty, but had way too much cream cheese. I removed
about 90% of it.
are like that no matter where you get them. They always have more cream cheese than you need.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
5:21 pm est
I turned 62 today. As a Hallmark
card said, "This is the oldest you have ever been, but you'll never be this young again". I think that says
The goal is
to keep having birthdays. People shouldn't freak out about getting older. It's not a guarantee in life. I can't stand it when
people whine about their age.
Monday, November 23, 2015
12:24 pm est
Food trucks face many hurdles
and costs when operating in big cities like Boston and New York. I'm not a big fan of them, but they have many followers.
I have patronized them only as a last resort.
I don't think they are very clean or sanitary, especially the food carts on the corner. Some
restaurants are not any better.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
52 Years Ago
1:54 pm est
When President John F Kennedy
was assassinated 52 years ago today, it was the story of our lifetime. It was remembered for so many years. Now, it's just
mentioned as part of the news cycle.
person would need to be 57 or older to have any recollection of the date. It's like that with Pearl Harbor Day or
any famous world event.
point, the memory of 9/11 will fade away because nobody will be around to remember it.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Hotels Off The Grid
8:21 pm est
I think it's wrong that people
who get subsidized housing in New York City rent out their rooms on Airbnb. The company is having a big impact on the hotel
market in the city.
Lyft and Uber have both impacted the taxi cab industry.
There needs to be more oversight. People are running unregulated hotels. The yellow
cab industry will never be the same.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Not On Target
7:19 pm est
I always buy my Wrangler
jeans at Walmart. The price is good at $18. I have worn the same size, 34/30 regular, for the last several years.
I bought a pair last week, cut off the labels and
washed them. I let them air dry. When I put them on, they were baggy.
The inside label is still there and looks correct, but something must have happened at
the factory. They feel like the "relaxed" fit.
I'll end up bringing these to the thrift store. Next time, I'll buy them at Target.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
1:09 pm est
Editorial pages of newspapers
are filled with foolish ideas from readers and the publisher. One posting today indicated that the federal government should
force people to save money for retirement.
Workers already contribute part of their pay to Social Security. Their future monthly payments won't
be enough to live on. According to reports, the average worker has less than $30,000 in their 401k.
What should they do? Most people live paycheck to
paycheck. Asking them to save for the future is something they just can't do.
Thirty years seems so far away for younger workers. It's not the role of government to force
people to save money.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
No Work At Home
11:05 pm est
Some school districts are
making a point to ensure that students don't get any homework over the Thanksgiving break. They feel that time should be spent
with the family.
teachers don't give homework over a holiday, but I think it's heavy-handed to almost ban it. Students have enough learning
issues these days. They don't get much homework to begin with. A little bit wouldn't hurt.
Monday, November 16, 2015
By The Stream
6:33 pm est
You never know what you don't
know, but I think you learn something new every day. I discovered that with ESPN3.
I always thought it was a cable channel, but it turned out to be an on-line streaming service.
I was looking for it in my cable program guide, but it was nowhere to be found.
I finally went to their website and watched the UMass/Eastern Michigan game live on my computer.
I also discovered channels I never knew I had with my cable plan.
Saturday, November 14, 2015
The Smoking Tax
12:08 pm est
Cigarette smokers help to
keep taxes lower in their respective states. Here is Massachusetts, the state coffers got a boost of $882 million during the
recent fiscal year.
pay a tax of $3.51 per pack. This amount varies by state. Massachusetts also received an annual check for $245 million
from the settlement agreement between 46 states and four of the nation's largest tobacco companies.
Without this money, budget cuts or increased taxes
would be needed. Smokers pay an extra tax with their habit.
Friday, November 13, 2015
6:37 pm est
There is a large house in
my neighborhood that was being painted by one worker. He scraped the clapboards and trim for a few weeks before applying
No work has
been done for about a month. There are large sections that have been scraped, but remain unpainted.
It's getting too cold to paint. I wonder what happened.
Is the guy ok? Did the owner get frustrated with the slow progress?
Thursday, November 12, 2015
6:18 pm est
I will never understand why
someone would drive a car worth $450,000 and park it on the street. A guy did that in New York City and had his Lamborghini
He is offering
a reward of $100,000 for its return. Police think it might be in a cargo container and ready for shipment overseas.
When you drive a car like this, it's an invitation
to steal it. There are people out there ready to pounce. A Lamborghini is so impractical to drive or secure from theft.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
9:43 am est
It's always a good idea to
look at a map instead of relying on GPS to get to a destination. GPS can send you in the wrong direction. It did that to me
If I had
looked at the map, I would have saved about 20 minutes of travel time. I thought I knew where I was going and relied on the
GPS to get me to the correct address. It all started to go badly when the GPS reset itself.
Next time, I'll check with the map to avoid delays.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
No Juice At The Bar
5:45 pm est
I wonder what the story is
with a local veterans group which had the electricity shut off at their hall. The club has been at its present location for
over 50 years.
have a very active membership, as well as a busy bar and function room. All of a sudden, they can't pay their electric bill.
What is going on?
Monday, November 9, 2015
The Word Book
9:50 pm est
I still need to look up words
in the dictionary when I write to this blog or Facebook. My dictionary dates back to the summer of 1968.
My mother bought it from a door-to-door salesman.
He was a young man working his way through college. It was not cheap.
You couldn't do that now. How often do people buy a dictionary?
Saturday, November 7, 2015
10:21 pm est
For one short moment, I had
my cell phone to my ear. As it rested on my face, the screen got covered with the oils from the sun screen I was wearing.
It is so difficult to have a clean screen on any
device. My phone has a lot of greasy prints right now.
Friday, November 6, 2015
9:12 pm est
The temperature has been in
the 70's the last few days. We get these days every year. They don't last that long.
Someone in the media made a good point when they said that we no longer call warm weather
like this "Indian Summer".
We always heard it until recent years.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
11:41 am est
New York City has numerous
building projects going on. The biggest one is on the West Side at the 34th Street train yards.
Several towers are being built on a platform over
the tracks. The multi-billion dollar development will change that part of the city forever.
Even bigger, is the opening of the 7 Train subway extension and the new Hudson Yard
station. I had the pleasure of taking that line from Times Square. It's so new that it isn't even dirty yet. The station is
bright and pristine. It has the highest escalator that I've ever been on.
The area will be bustling in a few years.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Jan From Toyota
6:04 pm est
I got a notice from Toyota
today reminding me to schedule a 10,000 mile service appointment for my 2015 Corolla. They call it complimentary service.
They make it sound like it's free, but it's all built into the price of the car. Who are they trying to kid?
It makes me laugh to see a picture some woman on
the letter named Jan reminding me. Naturally, she is young and attractive. They would never use someone middle aged
in the ad.
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
6:37 pm est
I'm glad to see that the local
election campaign is over for another year. Politicians make statements that they can't back up. They pander to the voters.
It never changes.
city councilor wants to bring Fortune 500 companies to our city. He wants to eliminate the commute for many residents.
It's hard to take him seriously. These companies
locate themselves after a great deal of research. They need to draw from a central population. This is nothing new.
Monday, November 2, 2015
Another Trip To NYC
11:27 pm est
I never get tired of going
to New York City, especially to run the marathon. I just got back after being there for four nights; 96 hours, plus another
12 hours of travel time.
cab driver really had it right when he said New York City is the center of the world. No other city compares to it.
We both agreed that London was second place to the
Big Apple, although I have never been there.