Saturday, April 30, 2016
The Race Ended
1:35 pm edt
The IndyCar race scheduled
in Boston for Labor Day weekend has been abruptly canceled. The organizers had almost all of their permits before they gave
up. What happened?
it have anything to do with the ongoing federal investigation at city hall? It will be interesting in the days and
weeks ahead. There is a story behind this.
Friday, April 29, 2016
Not My Pet
8:42 pm edt
I don't find mice or rats
cute. I trapped six mice in my kitchen back in 2013. We had a problem, last summer by our dumpster with rats. It was disgusting.
A friend of mine posted a picture on Facebook of a baby
mouse she found. She was treating it like a pet. It sounds like she might keep it.
Some people have no problem doing that.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
11:35 am edt
who live along the ocean run the risk of having their homes damaged from storms. Locally, parts of Salisbury Beach took a
big punishment from one of the winter storms.
For the third consecutive year, the state will spend money to repair
parts of the dunes that got washed away. I saw the damage and it looked pretty bad.
The federal government is chipping in with $350,000. I'm
all for saving homes and protecting property, but there needs to be a long range plan to address the dunes.
I won't hold my
breath on this. I'm sure the dunes will be in the same situation next year.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
8:06 pm edt
I was out driving tonight
and saw a hitchhiker, something you never see. He looked to be in his 40's and was carrying a large pizza box. Moments later,
a police cruiser pulled up to talk to the guy. When I drove by ten minutes later, he was still there. I wonder what was going
When I was younger, it was no big deal to be a hitchhiker.
I did it to get a ride home from UMass many times. My last time was in 1973.
a relic to the past. When you see someone doing it now, they look scary.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
1:38 pm edt
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission
is meeting today to discuss a proposed a casino in Brockton. When will this madness end? It's foolish to keep building these
parlor in Plainfield has only produced about half of the projected revenue. A Native American one is being built
in Taunton. The two in Everett and Springfield will eventually open. They will compete with the two in Connecticut and
one in Rhode Island.
will end up like Atlantic City. The Commission should eliminate the plan in Brockton. These facilities are too close
together. They can't all possibly survive. There are only so many gambling dollars out there.
Monday, April 25, 2016
9:23 pm edt
I support the right for people
to have their service dog with them in a restaurant. New York City has carried it a step further by allowing restaurants to
decide on their own whether to allow other customers in with their pet.
I think this is a bad idea. It infringes on the rights of diners who don't want to be around
dogs while they eat.
How long will this last once a diner gets bitten by someone's pet?
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Stop The Race
2:15 pm edt
I thought the city of Boston
was done with pursuing bad ideas once they gave up on hosting the Summer Olympics. The proposed IndyCar race on a 2.2 mile
course in the Seaport district is a terrible idea.
Residents will have their lives disrupted over Labor Day weekend while race cars and fans raise havoc
in the neighborhood.
mayor is a big supporter of it. Race officials have received the necessary permits from the city and state. The only
hope now is the Boston Conversation Commission. They have a say because the race course is on the city's flood plain.
Boston is a great city and doesn't need anything
Friday, April 22, 2016
The Machines Steal
12:30 pm edt
I always thought those coin
changing machines were a rip-off. You just pour your coins into it and get a coupon for their net worth. Some charge up to
a 10% handling fee.
A major bank faces a lawsuit from customers claiming that they were under-counted by 10-15%. The bank naturally denied any
been thinking about cashing in my change. It seems like a waste to count it before, but I don't trust the machines either.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Turn Off The AC
11:20 pm edt
It's so hard to dress for
this time of year. It was almost 80 degrees when I went running today. When I went out this evening, I wore a light sweater
and brought a jacket with me.
was a lovely evening, but when I went inside the restaurant for a comedy show, they had the AC on. There was a chill in the
air. I went back to my car to get my jacket. Eventually, they adjusted the temperature.
This is the start of the season where the temperature inside can never be regulated properly.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
They Do Something Positive
8:33 pm edt
I will never use the services
of Airbnb in New York City. I could save quite a bit of money if I stayed in a stranger's housing unit, but I don't feel comfortable doing
One positive benefit
of Airbnb is that hotel room rates have lowered. I noticed that in the past year when I booked rooms.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
No Room In The Bin
7:44 pm edt
I have several bags of papers
that I want to recycle, rather than throwing them into the dumpster where I live. I could bring them to the local recycling
center, but drove to a bin that benefited a charity.
I got a bad feeling when I got there. The bin was totally stuffed. I turned around and went home.
I'll end up going to the recycling center because my trunk is full.
Monday, April 18, 2016
11:30 pm edt
It was inevitable that a personal
drone would crash into a commercial airliner. It happened yesterday at Heathrow Airport, outside of London.
There are 2.5 million drones in America registered
with the FAA. We can only imagine how many fall through the cracks.
Some people are stupid when they operate these things. What is the story behind
Heathrow? I hope it was someone acting like a fool instead of the alternative.
Saturday, April 16, 2016
7:27 pm edt
People try every gimmick possible
to get into the Guinness World Record book. Some of the records are established under a new category. No previous one was
A group of 1,200
people in Maryland can now claim the record for the largest human mattress domino chain. They lined up with their mattress
strapped to their back and became human dominoes. What size mattress did they use?
I never heard of this one.
Friday, April 15, 2016
Keep The Price Right
2:01 pm edt
We often hear criticism about
farm subsidies, especially those which happen in other parts of the country. It seems like money is being directed toward
another special interest group.
state of Maine got a piece of the action the other day when the USDA announced it would buy $13 million worth of the wild
blueberry harvest. The abundant supply of the berries and competition from Canada have decimated the wholesale price.
The government's subsidy will stabilize the price and help small farms. The USDA will use
the berries in its food-assistance program.
People never seem to have an issue with "ear marks" and subsidies as long as they stay local.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
The Book's Last Chapter
11:04 pm edt
My local library had their
quarterly book sale last week. I always find a lot of of stuff worth paying $1 for on Friday or $5 for a bag on Saturday.
I actually saw a book I donated. Someone gave it to
me several years ago, but I never wanted to read it. Hopefully, somebody bought it and it gets another home.
Some books never get sold. They end up with the guys who
come in on Monday and haul the leftovers away. Nobody really knows what happens to them. You hear different stories.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
7:05 pm edt
After watching a story on
NBC about flight delays at airports, it seems like getting aboard the plane is a nightmare. I have not flown since 2000.
It was a different experience back then.
airports have a shortage of TSA screeners. Lines can get very lengthy. Passengers end up missing flights. There is no consistency
employees have a huge turnover. The agency has resorted to hiring private contractors for some steps of the screening
I'm in no hurry
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Not Ready To Retire
7:20 pm edt
I think a person is very lucky
if they can find a job they really love. A 90 year old woman in Oakland, CA just celebrated 70 years at the same job since
She work four
days a week in a hospital as a patient relations specialist. Her attendance is remarkable, with only four days of sick
leave taken in her career.
don't know what type of pension plan she has, but at this point, she is not working for the money. She is amazing.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Name That Building
12:47 pm edt
It must be nice to cut a check
to a college and get the naming rights to a building. Some anonymous donor gave $30 million to George Mason University to
rename the law school in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia.
Do schools set a price in order to dedicate a building to someone? Would $10 million be enough?
I'm sure it depends on the school.
Sunday, April 10, 2016
The Great USPS
11:47 pm edt
Only the US Postal Service
could lose $5 billion annually and stay in business.They had a profitable quarter to end 2015 because of holiday shipping.
They are the best shipping company. I only want to get things
via USPS. They are the best.
Saturday, April 9, 2016
7:24 pm edt
A story in my local newspaper
indicated that a couple of local farmers lost their peach crop due to the very cold temperatures in April. They said it happens
about once every five years. There will be no harvest for them.
I was unaware that peaches grew in this part of the country. I assumed they needed a warmer
climate like in the southern states. I was wrong on that one.
Friday, April 8, 2016
7:31 pm edt
I borrowed a book from my
local library after requesting it through their lender network. It's a famous text on criminology. I was very disappointed
to see that some reader decided to treat it as a textbook and underline numerous passages.
This was so selfish of whoever did it. Why do people do things like this? Didn't
they think that someone else would read the book? I find it distracting to look at their notes in the margins and check marks.
They probably thought their brilliant insight would
help other readers in the future. They were wrong.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
The Worst Roommate
5:44 pm edt
Someone I know on Facebook
has been detailing her efforts to get rid of her roommate who has turned her life upside down. It's a lot more difficult than
will never understand why she or anyone would look to Craigslist for a roommate. That seems like the worst possible idea.
It certainly was in this case. Why would anyone choose to live with a total stranger?
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
11:21 pm edt
We all make mistakes, but sometimes
they can have dire consequences. More often than not, we just move on.
As I was in my car today, I suddenly realized that my inspection sticker had expired recently.
I went to a service station and got an updated one.
I'm still trying to understand how this happened. I don't have a reason
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The Cavity Shows Up
8:11 pm edt
I went to the dentist today
for my six month examination and cleaning. Much to my surprise, I had a cavity under an old filling. The dentist gave me some
Novocain and took care of it.
few hours later, I still have some numbness in my face. When I ate dinner, I had to chew on the other side. It felt awkward.
Things should be normal by tomorrow.
Monday, April 4, 2016
Snow On April 4th
5:24 pm edt
Once again, we see that snow
can happen in April. It was almost 70 last week, but today gave us about four inches of the white stuff. This has happened
over the years. We got almost two feet back in 1997.
The temperatures are really bizarre these days. We had a lot of precipitation this winter,
but it was mostly rain. I never doubt that there is something wrong with the atmosphere that people have contributed to.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Bad Day For Amtrak
12:26 pm edt
Amtrak has always struggled
over the years financially. It remains popular, but so much needs to be done to make it more competitive.
Their cause was not helped today when a train derailed
near Philadelphia after striking a backhoe on the tracks. Two passengers were killed and many others were injured.
Train derailments don't happen very often,
but they are a big story when they occur. It's even worse when there are injuries and deaths.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
The Juice Mobile
4:49 pm edt
There is a great deal of hype
over the new electric car introduced by Tesla. Their latest version retails for $35,000. In the first 24 hours, they received
over 200,000 orders.
the price has come down, they still need to work on the range of the vehicle. It can go 215 miles before needing to be recharged.
It is still not practical for my consumers. The recharging also takes too long.
As time goes on, improvements will be made. This is a starting point.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Don't Shop and Drink
6:54 pm edt
The news had an interesting
story about late Friday night on-line shopping. The sales figures are staggering compared to the rest of the week. It seems
to be influenced by women having a few glasses of wine.
This is great for retailers, but people might wonder about what they did when they wake
up in the morning.