Monday, February 29, 2016
Flowers of Kenya
5:21 pm est
I always thought that roses
were grown domestically. I never gave it much thought, but a recent article in the New York Post proved otherwise.
Kenya is the world's fourth biggest producer of
them after the Netherlands, Ecuador and Columbia. The US imports most of the roses sold here. Kenya is the sixth leading exporter
of them to America.
are a big part of the Kenyan economy, employing over 500,000 people. The growing conditions are very favorable. Valentine's
Day is especially good to them because it happens during their dry season.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
The Driving Force
11:11 pm est
TIME magazine has a cover
story about driver-less cars. It's hard to believe that this might become a reality. I can't imagine it happening, but look
at all of the changes with computers and smart phones in the past ten years.
Technology changes so quickly. Ten years from now, this might not even be a news story
and will be commonplace.
Saturday, February 27, 2016
10:41 pm est
I have lived in my apartment
for almost 40 years and lost power on very few occasions. Today was one of those days when I lost it for almost two hours
starting at 2:30pm.
it happened, I went out for a run and saw that it was widespread around town. I saw a couple of work crews on a major street
who looked like they had been there all day. Did they cause the problem? What happened?
Friday, February 26, 2016
8:00 pm est
My city's website makes a
big deal about how much can be done by on-line, including paying real estate and excise taxes.
I decided to pay the bill for my car using a credit
card that I earn points on. The transaction was never completed because there was a $7 convenience feel involved.
This was a complete ripoff. I can understand charging
a smaller fee, but this was too much. I ended up writing a check.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
The Circus Party
8:20 pm est
The GOP Presidential debate
will start in a few minutes. It should be exciting and out of control. There will be numerous outrageous statements by
all the candidates, especially Donald Trump.
We are watching history being made with Trump. The age of social media has certainly helped to shape
H.W. Bush, Barbara, Jeb and wife are in the audience. I wonder if Trump will unload on George W or Jeb.
You never know where the questioning leads. This should
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
5:01 pm est
The newly opened PATH commuter-rail
station at the World Trade Center in New York City might be the ultimate white elephant. The station is ten years late after
construction delays and $2 billion over cost.
The $4 billion site will only serve 50,000 commuters daily. It has a 56,448 square foot open
space that will remain empty. There will be no newsstands, information kiosks or anything else that is usually found in a
place like Grand Central Station.
place is an embarrassment to the city. The design is so different that it will always be controversial. It will be interesting
to hear the comments from commuters as they begin to experience it.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
7:34 pm est
Candid Camera was a popular
television show in the 1960's which featured unsuspecting people having pranks played on them while being filmed.
People still take videos of people doing silly things.
I thought it was a bit outrageous that someone would dress like being from the Middle East and leaving a bag some place and
reacted immediately, often running away before the situation was revealed to be all in fun. In this day and age, it's
in poor taste to do stuff like this.
Monday, February 22, 2016
7:36 pm est
Triple-deckers are a very
popular form of housing stock. There are numerous ones in my city that were built around the same time. They usually feature
a porch in the front.
buildings seem to have sagging porches that look unsafe. Periodically, we hear about a porch collapsing in some city.
It looks like some of them might fall at any minute.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
11:27 pm est
I graduated from UMass Amherst
in 1975, but never really left the place. I was out there today to meet up with a former classmate and attend a basketball
game. I've done this many times over the years.
It's so exciting to see the new buildings on the campus. They will never run out
of land to build on.
is one of the original Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act of 1862. It's been a long road from Mass Aggie.
Saturday, February 20, 2016
9:48 pm est
I have been watching the CNN
coverage of the Republican Presidential Primary in South Carolina. I was expecting to see some candidates shut down their
It just ended
for Jeb Bush. Who will be next one to fall? It will happen to almost all of them. The race will get smaller.
Who will be the Republican candidate for President?
We are watching the writing of history right now with this election.
Friday, February 19, 2016
12:01 pm est
A report on the news had a
discussion about the popularity of stout beers. I think they are the worst tasting beers out there. I tried a sip of Guinness
once, but didn't like it.
people are really into stouts. I wouldn't drink them if they were free.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Ocean Getting Closer
3:36 pm est
The recent storm did a great
deal of damage to the dunes at Salisbury Beach. I saw it yesterday when I took a walk along the water.
The ocean is getting closer to homes there. A large
amount of sand has been washed away from the beach.
There will be a lot of rhetoric on what to do in order to prevent more damage.
It's hard to fight nature. The shoreline is changing
all along the east coast. What happened in Salisbury is not unique. I'm not sure what the long term solution is.
I would not want to own oceanfront property.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Rules of Engagement
5:04 pm est
I'm not impressed with people
who wish to share their marriage proposal at a public event. I think it's rather lame, especially considering the divorce
rate in this country.
recently saw some videos on Facebook about proposals that didn't work out. It created a very awkward moment for everyone.
I have never been married or engaged, but I guess you must
think they will say yes before you ask. People don't have a plan if their partner says no.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The Cost Goes Up
3:29 pm est
You can always count on a
public works project to be way over cost and behind schedule. The improvements to LaGuardia airport in New York City are no
When plans were
first revealed by the NY/NJ Port Authority in 2014, the cost was estimated at $3.6 billion. Now it has risen to $4.2 billion,
with a revised completion date of 2021.
no work has started, it is doubtful that the cost and date are realistic. If they ever finish the project, the final
bill will be astronomical.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Not Seeing Grammy
7:07 pm est
I have no plans to watch the
Grammy Awards tonight. I was reviewing the nominations. There are so many songs and artists that I'm unfamiliar with.
I have never downloaded a song. I listen to news
and talks radio. I play my own CD's in my car. The list of nominations reminds me of how out of touch I am with today's
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Another Freak Accident
7:10 pm est
A driver was killed yesterday
on Rt 93 in Boston when a 200 pound manhole cover became airborne and crashed into her windshield. How did that happen? That
was such a freakish event.
I have driven that stretch of road many times. A few years ago, a women was killed while driving through a tunnel when a ceiling
panel fell on her car.
two accidents could have claimed anyone. Sometimes, it's a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Everyone Stay Inside
8:35 pm est
Sunday might be the coldest
day in years according to the weather people. Whenever they say stuff like that, it usually doesn't happen.
A local community issued an Emergency Alert warning
residents to stay inside on Sunday. I think this is a bit over the top. People need to get out and do things. Some even
go to work.
live in a "nanny" state at times. The evening news is getting boring with all of their advice on how to dress in
layers. They must think people are idiots, although I'm sure some will walk around without a jacket on.
I saw a neighbor today when it was 20 degrees.
He was only going to the dumpster, but I would have worn a coat.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
A Late Correction
3:28 pm est
Reporting errors happen all
the time in newspapers and magazines. A small blurb is usually posted under "Correction" somewhere in the publication.
I saw one today concerning a death notice. It caught
my eye as I flipped through the pages of the Boston Globe.
I wonder what the error was. It was unfortunate for the family. They paid money for
the notice. The newspaper should at least get it right the first time.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
6:46 pm est
It's difficult to get an accurate
count on the amount of homeless people in large cities across America. Many cities take a yearly census done by volunteers.
They fan out into the night looking for people.
New York City is doing a great disservice with the way they count. They exclude those who
are in private places such as a fast food restaurants or the vestibule of an ATM machine. They only count those in public
in a lower count which looks good for political reasons, but hides a real problem that effects so many people.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Waiting To Vote
5:42 pm est
Voters in New Hampshire are
going to the polls today for the first presidential primary. Many towns have one central place to vote. The news mentioned
that some sites have long lines.
keep people from voting? What is a reasonable time to wait to cast a ballot? This situation is not unique to New Hampshire.
It happens all across America.
towns don't always have the resources to open more polling places, but they have an obligation to ensure that the voting process
Monday, February 8, 2016
Very Small Towns
2:11 pm est
The Boston Globe had a great
article about the problems facing very small towns in Massachusetts. They are similar to those faced in other states.
I have lived in the same city my entire life. The
population has grown from 46,000 to over 60,000 in the last twenty years.
It's hard to imagine that there are towns with so few people such as Gosnold (77), Monroe
(124) and Mt Washington (164). Many of these are in isolated parts of the state. It must be hard to keep younger
people there without major employers.
It's certainly a different way of life.
Sunday, February 7, 2016
2:57 pm est
Some elected officials never
file a bill or take a stand on an issue. Others go for the easy stuff that generates a buzz.
A member of the Connecticut legislature filed a
bill to prohibit smoking in private automobiles if there is a child in it. This law has good intentions, but how would it
ever be enforced? It's naive to think that police officers would spend their time looking for drivers smoking in the
car with a kid.
this elected official has more than this to show on their record.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
11:50 pm est
You never know when it might
happen to anyone. Accidents happen and can be fatal. The news had two horrible stories today.
A six year old girl was killed after the snow storm
when she was struck by a falling branch in her backyard.
A man was walking on a street in New York City when a crane suddenly toppled and struck
are the odds of these two events happening? Fate plays a role that we never fully understand. Bad things can happen
at any moment.
Friday, February 5, 2016
5:20 pm est
There was a story in the news
about some arrests involving a seafood theft ring at a local plant. It involved mostly lobster meat which was sold to area
if the businesses knew they were buying stolen property. Did they ask any questions? Did anything seem out of the norm?
My biggest concern would be about the handling of
the seafood. Was it frozen and then thawed? Did anyone ever get sick from eating it?
We never know the real story behind some of the food we eat.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Off The Table
3:34 pm est
With only a few hours to go,
nobody has stepped forward to claim a $63 million lottery jackpot in California. The ticket will expire after 5pm local time.
I don't think anyone will claim it. I wonder what
happened. Did the person die, lose the ticket or just forget about it? We will never know, but the state is about to get richer.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
A Time To Quit
7:30 pm est
The presidential primary process
has changed so much over the years. Some of the Republican candidates are basically finished. It's only a matter of time before
they start dropping out.
in 1968, Robert F Kennedy did not declare his candidacy until late March when President Lyndon Johnson announced that
he would not seek re-election.
a different time know with 24x7 news coverage and social media. I have no doubt that some candidates will quit after
next week when New Hampshire holds their primary.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
It Still Sticks
6:15 pm est
Infomercials on television
are often misleading about their products.They work great in the ad, but it's a different story at home.
I have a "non-stick" frying pan which
is suppose to clean very easily. When I cook eggs, the cleanup is relatively easy, but it's a real challenge when I fry
fish in olive oil.
I finished cooking tonight, there was a layer of bread crumbs stuck to the pan. I filled it with water and let it sit on the
counter for about 30 minutes. I was able to wipe the crumbs away with a paper towel. The pan is now soaking in dish detergent.
It will look fine after I scrub it with a sponge,
but they didn't need to do that in the infomercial.
Monday, February 1, 2016
11:33 pm est
I thought it was a joke when
I saw it, but a local food store is selling chocolate raspberry bacon on a stick. It sounds so unappetizing to me.
I don't eat chocolate and would never mix it with other food. I'll never understand
the popularity of bacon. It's one of the worst foods out there.