Sunday, January 31, 2016
7:52 pm est
People spend enormous amounts
of money on lavish weddings that are over in one day. There are no guarantees for a lifelong marriage. Ideally,
people do it only once, but that's not the case these days for many couples.
The news had a story about a $1 million wedding in New York City. This is not that far out
of the ordinary, but it's a lot of money to spend on one day.
I think couples would be better off with the money. They could do so much with it, no matter
what the cost of the wedding.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Season For Hot Air
2:55 pm est
It's hard to believe that
we must listen to another nine months of presidential campaign rhetoric. The candidates say so much nonsense. They pander
to the electorate with ideas and programs that will never be put into place.
Do they believe some of the stuff they say? They seem to forget that Congress makes the laws
in this country. The president can't just issue Executive Orders for everything.
Friday, January 29, 2016
Hanging On The Edge
2:50 pm est
The coast of California has
some of the most incredible scenery I have ever seen. People like it so much that they build homes on cliffs overlooking the
A group of homes
in Pacifica is about to lose their battle with the erosion of the cliffs they are on. Several no linger have a yard. It's
only a matter of time before they topple over onto the beach.
People who live in the state seem to have no problem with risky areas. Houses burn down from
wild fires and get rebuilt. It's a way of life out there.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
They Can't See You
2:39 pm est
Trucks are all around us when
we drive, especially on interstate highways. Some of them drive over the speed limit and too close to other cars.
I try to keep a safe distance from them because they can cause a disaster very quickly.
I was behind a truck today that had a sign on it's back doors saying: "If you can see
my mirrors, I can't see you". It made a lot of sense to me.
I just try to get by them on the highway and keep my distance.
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The Longest Ride
2:41 pm est
I'm not a big fan of long
trips in a car. I can sit for about two hours before I need to get out and stretch. It's hard to imagine how people drive
great distances in one day. My
personal record is 625 miles, back in 1987.
I was shocked to see a posting on Facebook from someone who covered 978 miles in fifteen hours, an
average of over 60 miles per hour.
How many stops did they make and how often? I would never be able to do that.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
No Open Door Policy
5:49 pm est
Delivery truck drivers usually
have a schedule to adhere to. Every minute counts during their day. Some try to save time by keeping the driver's side
I think this
is a foolish thing to do and should be outlawed. The time they save should not compromise personal safety. It wouldn't
take much for them to fall out of the truck.
Monday, January 25, 2016
10:11 pm est
We dodged a big storm over
the weekend. New York City and Washington DC got hit real hard. We had nothing where I live.
People are starting to get complacent about the lack of snow this winter. We got
buried last February. The same could happen this year.
There is always a fine line between rain and snow. The temperature can make all the difference.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
On Thin Ice
7:24 pm est
Every year at this time, we hear about people falling through
ice. It happened locally yesterday to three men fishing at a local pond.
People make foolish decisions about going out on ice. The weather has not been warm enough to make
it thick. Over the years, I have seen many people who were taking needless risks.
I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often.
Saturday, January 23, 2016
The Bright City
11:11 am est
It looks like we will
escape the blizzard that is coming up the east coast. New York City will get over a foot.
The pictures I have seen of the city look amazing.
It looks so strange to see snow on Broadway. Central Park looks beautiful.
Years ago, I was in Manhattan when it started to snow during the evening. Between the
snow and the lights of the city, it was a bright as during the day. I have never seen anything like that since.
I'm sure the Big Apple will be very bright this
Friday, January 22, 2016
The Changing City
3:33 pm est
I'm reading a book about the
changes in New York City during the period of 1840-1920. It was a fascinating time of growth in many different ways.
The city saw a huge influx of immigrants and a building
out of the neighborhoods. So many things happened during that time. The book reveals many details I didn't
New York City
continues to evolve. The city of today will be different than the one twenty years from now. I hope the building preservationists
are able to save some of the past. So much of it is gone now.
They Are Never Wrong
11:25 pm est
It appears that a large
portion on the east coast from New York City to North Carolina will be hit by a big snow storm on Saturday. It looks good
according to the weathermen. They have been on this storm all week.
I get a little skeptical when they draw the snow line. No matter what they do, they are never
wrong because they can always explain their way out of it.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
7:35 pm est
It looks like New York City
might finally have a resolution to the controversial plan to eliminate horse-drawn carriages in Manhattan.
I have never taken a ride on one. I think they are
a rip-off. They are too dangerous to be driving through the streets near Central Park.
Under the new proposal, they will shrink from 180 carriages to 96. A stable will be built
in Central Park for 68-75 horses. All rides will happen within the confines of the park.
This seems to be a reasonable compromise. Hopefully, they don't interfere too much with the
walkers, runners and cyclists. I assume there is a plan to keep the roads clean.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Blowing Their Savings
6:24 pm est
I never play the lottery,
daily number or buy scratch tickets. I think they are a waste of money.
People were falling all over each other last week to buy tickets for the $1.58 Powerball.
The odds of winning were one in 292 million.
Some people spent money they didn't have on tickets. One person blew her savings
and now has nothing to show for it. She set up a "GoFund Me" page, hoping to recoup her losses. I doubt if
people will be contributing to her.
Monday, January 18, 2016
The Big Discount
5:27 pm est
I saw a posting on Facebook
by someone who bought holiday cards next year at a 90% discount. This is a good deal, but did they jump the gun?
My life experiences have taught me that it's difficult
to have long range plans, especially if they involve spending money. I think about it before I take out my wallet.
I wonder what the markup is on greeting cards if
they can sell them at 90% off. It must be huge. Stores need to make room on their shelves. They don't give the stuff
away to lose money.
Sunday, January 17, 2016
10:53 pm est
While driving over a highway
bridge tonight, I noticed how much of the concrete decking had been replaced. Crews working on the bridge appear on a regular
basis in the evening. They are usually jack-hammering sections down to the iron rods.
The bride was built over 50 years ago. At some point, they will need to do a major overhaul.
There will be huge traffic delays, especially during rush hour.
The state continues to do patchwork repair jobs because it's cheaper and more convenient.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
1:21 am est
I didn't buy a Powerball ticket
for the recent $1.58 billion drawing. I think a person's life changes too much after winning so much money.
One of the three winners decided to take their
ticket to New York City and appear on the Today show with it. This seems like such a bizarre thing to do.
They let the world know that they
won $533 million and cleared $327.8 million after taxes. Now, they will have everyone asking them for money.
How did they protect the ticket while being
in New York City? What were they thinking?
After they got home, they went to the Tennessee Lottery headquarters to claim their prize. They should have done that
in the first place. People are different.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Kids Don't Walk
3:51 pm est
A news story indicated
that 13% of kids walk to school these days. That seems a bit high to me. I never see anyone walking. School buses stop at
almost every street to drop off kids to their waiting parents.
How did they come up with this figure? Walking to school is something from another era.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
The Job Shuffle
2:23 pm est
The mayor of Boston announced
that General Electric will move their corporate headquarters and 800 jobs from Fairfield, CT to the Seaport District. This
is very exciting news for the city and for the future development of that area.
Where does this leave Fairfield? The company has been there since 1974. Will 800 employees
be moving to Boston? In all likelihood, this move was greeted with mixed emotions. Career employees need to decide whether
or not to uproot their life and family
are always winners and losers when companies move. This is a big blow to Fairfield and Connecticut. Nobody seems to acknowledge
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Name That Bridge
9:11 pm est
Public buildings and structures
often get named after somebody. It seems like every bridge or parkway has a name attached to it.
When we think of the enormous Tappan Zee Bridge,
the name of Governor Malcolm Wilson is usually dropped when talking about the structure.
A replacement bridge is scheduled to open in 2018. Already, there is discussion about changing
the name. In the world of today, I can only imagine the final outcome.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
7:27 pm est
People don't often realize
how the world's economy is so inter-connected. The drop in crude oil prices has resulted in cheaper gasoline and heating
oil which has put more spending money into everyone's pocket.
Low petroleum prices have also effected the stock exchanges, especially the portfolios
of institutional investors. Money continues to be shifted around.
The price of oil is so hard to understand at times.
Monday, January 11, 2016
12:11 pm est
The Powerball lottery will
grow to $1.4 billion by the time of its drawing on Wednesday night. I never play, so there is no chance of me winning it.
Whenever there is an enormous jackpot, we always
hear the interviews of what people would do with the money. Those people bore me. Most winners end up burning through
their money within five years. They are also inundated with requests for cash from people they don't even know.
The best thing about Powerball or any other lottery
game is the revenue that it brings to the participating states. It's a form of voluntary tax for those who play.
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Pay To Be Loud
3:56 pm est
Many businesses send out mass
mailings to drum up business. I get them all the time. The other day I got one for customized exhaust work on my car.
Why do people pay money to make their car sound louder?
It never made any sense. You can hear them from far away.
Saturday, January 9, 2016
7:21 pm est
I don't understand what the
big deal is with hoverboards. They are grossly over priced and have injured a number of people when they fell off. The
stories of the lithium battery fires is enough to turn anyone off.
I think they are just a passing fad. I can't imagine them making a major impact. The Segway
came with a lot of hype, but never lived up to it.
Friday, January 8, 2016
Serving At 18
5:27 pm est
The New Hampshire legislature
is considering a bill to lower the legal drinking age to 18. They cite the old argument of being old enough to fight for our
I fully support
this proposal. An underage GI returning from overseas could cause a liquor violation if they got served in a Veterans
club. It would be very awkward to bust a wounded veteran for being a minor is possession of alcohol.
We live in a very overprotective society.
Thursday, January 7, 2016
Not In The Cards
4:58 pm est
I saw a posting on Facebook
from someone complaining about the problem of cashing a check at their bank, in spite of having a valid ID and a checking
he has never had an ATM card. I can't imagine not having one. They are so convenient, as long as you know how to manage
them. Writing a check at the grocery store or going to the bank for spending money is so dated.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
The Delivery Nightmare
1:14 pm est
I stopped buying the Boston
Globe over two years ago because of the high cost of daily purchase. Home delivery has never been an option because I live
in an apartment building. The paper would end up everywhere except at my door.
I save over $400 annually by having an e-paper subscription. The format is the same, except
I read it on my tablet. The recent nightmare over home delivery has reinforced my decision to always read it this way
in the future.
wonder how the paper makes any money. Many customers have cancelled their subscription because of the problems. Home delivered
newspapers are on the verge of extinction. The Globe really needs to resolve their problem before they lose more
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
3:24 pm est
The Plainridge slot parlor
is a shining example of too much gaming competition. Its location is too close to Twin Rivers Casino in Lincoln, RI which
offers more machines as well as gaming tables.
Casino advocates always have rosy revenue predictions. Plainridge was no exception.
When it first opened, there was a $300 million annual revenue forecast. It was later reduced to $210 million and could
go as low as $160 million. Casinos in Everett and Springfield are on the horizon.
All of this will leave the state with less gaming revenue. Can all of the facilities survive?
There are only so many gambling dollars out there.
Monday, January 4, 2016
Not That Expensive
12:55 pm est
will be very cold over the next few days. I like to keep it warm in my apartment. The place is small, with only the heat
on in my living room.
For 2015, I used about $450 in gas for heat and cooking. When my heat was off, my bill averaged about $12
per month. Based on that figure, I spent about $300 on heat.
It was a bargain, considering I kept it warm.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
A Poor Fit
5:46 pm est
It's amazing how much clothing
is returned to retailers this time of the year. Industry sources said that twice as many on-line items get returned compared
to those bought in a store.
would never buy clothing on-line. You can't try them on until you receive them. It just seems like a bad idea that creates
more work for all.
Friday, January 1, 2016
9:58 pm est
More and more people are taking
a plunge into the ocean or lake as part of a New Year's Day tradition. The annual road race in Salisbury had an optional ocean
several people who did it. I can't imagine going into the ocean after running a race on a winter day. The cold water
would be too much of a shock to my body.
So many do it without any problems.