Thursday, June 30, 2016
The Last Boom
1:47 pm edt
The 4th of July concert and fireworks on the Charles River
Esplanade might end after this year. A local philanthropist has been paying the $2 million annual cost to stage the event,
but announced he is done after this year. Over the last 40 years, he has contributed over $20 million to cover the costs.
Attempts to partner with sponsors have been fruitless. The city and state are not about to pick up
the cost. Everyone wants to have this event, but nobody wants to pay for it.
Maybe it will end after this year.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Reasons Not To PLay
10:49 pm edt
The MegaMillions jackpot is
$450 million this Friday. It's way too much money for one person to manage. People are buying tickets like crazy because they
think they should be the one to win
The game is played in 44 states and provides revenue to each of them through a voluntary player tax.
I think it's a great idea, although I never play and have no interest.
It makes me laugh when people say what they will do with the money if they win. It's as lame as those
who go to other states to buy more tickets.
Good luck to whoever wins this. Their life will never be the same.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Cutting The Veggies
11:14 pm edt
There seems to be more meals-to-go
in the food market these days. People like to buy things already made. They want to cut down or eliminate preparation
While shopping today, I noticed the price on a package
of cut summer squash and zucchini. When I compared buying it fresh, the difference was over twice as much for the cut veggies.
I would never buy something like that. I want to see what I have before I cook it.
Monday, June 27, 2016
A Small Roll
12:58 pm edt
I love to eat lobster rolls,
but only do it a couple of times a year. There are three things about them that are consistent. They taste awesome, are
overpriced and never big enough.
one I had last night cost $20. It tasted great, but I was ready for another one. It would be much cheaper to buy a boiled
lobster, but they are too messy and take so much effort for a meal.
I will always seek out a good lobster roll at a reasonable price.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
3:25 pm edt
Eyeglasses can get very expensive,
especially the frames. I need to get a new pair after my latest examination.
I got email from a site offering great discounts, but
you need to measure yourself at home. They gave detailed instructions, but this can only go wrong. I would only trust
a professional to get it done right.
I don't know anyone who has ever tried this.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Processed In China
2:35 pm edt
I bought a food processor
yesterday at Walmart. It was only $29.99 because it was made in China by Black and Decker.
This is a great example of an American company moving
manufacturing jobs overseas for cheap labor. Even the distribution is controlled by a Mexican company. The box has a
label which indicates that it meets all USA shipping requirements, although that notice was printed in China.
American consumers have their hands tied if they want to
buy goods made here. We don't have choices. I don't see it changing.
Friday, June 24, 2016
The Soda Police
12:13 pm edt
I think levying a tax on plastic
bags and soda is a waste of time for everyone. That hasn't stopped various municipalities from trying to create a nanny
is the latest to lead this foolishness with a 1.5 cent per ounce tax on soda, whether it be regular or diet.
There is no doubt that sugary drinks contribute to a variety
of health problems. At what point should government step in to regulate the dietary choices of people?
Thursday, June 23, 2016
The Short Capsule
5:35 pm edt
Time capsules were meant to stay unopened for decades. Some
have gone for over a century. A local one was planted the other day and will be opened in 25 years.
I don't really call that a time capsule. What is the reason for opening it so soon? What will they
do with it in 25 years? The public school students involved in it won't even be that old.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Watch It Evaporate
5:30 pm edt
My city received a $475,000 grant for the inner city "to
improve employment, education and neighborhood conditions. Grant money always gets spent quickly.
What will they actually do with this money? There are administrative costs and overhead. The public
will never get a breakdown on how this money was spent.
I don't expect too much from this small grant.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
7:00 pm edt
The story is the same every
year. A number of cars were broken into and things taken. In most cases, they were unlocked in driveways.
Why do people think they are immune to crime? Their
car is not safe on their property, in spite of what they think. People are too trusting. Thieves are out there looking
for easy targets. There are many to choose from.
People contribute to this problem. It happens all across America.
Monday, June 20, 2016
The Longest Day of 2016
7:23 pm edt
It's the first day of summer
and the longest day of the year for sunlight. The days will get shorter soon, but the temperatures will heat up.
Summer always has so much potential, but it will fly by
and be over in a blink. Time is passing too quickly.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
1:15 pm edt
I have always supported the Massachusetts State Lottery
and its numerous games. I never play, but I feel that others should be able to. It's also a voluntary tax paid by the players.
It reduces the tax burden for the rest of us.
I have mixed feelings about a bill being discussed by the state legislature. It would allow people
to play on-line and through smart phones, instead of going to a retail outlet.
Will this make it too easy for people to play and lose more money? We always hear about the lucky
winners, but never from the people who squander their money.
If I had to vote one way or the other, I would oppose this bill. Don't make it too easy for people
to lose their money.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Ripoff Bank Fees
7:38 pm edt
As I left a bank yesterday, I had a conversation with a
stranger who was complaining about paying a $7 fee for cashing his paycheck. He didn't have an account there, but his employer
I totally understood his frustration and let him know.
Bank fees are such a ripoff. This particular situation was ridiculous. I can't stand it when banks charge exorbitant
fees for using an ATM out of their network.
It never gets any better.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Trying To Sleep
12:34 pm edt
I never go to bed early, but I must tonight because I'm
getting up at 3:30am. It's my annual drive to Mt Washington for the 7.6 mile race.
I woke up early this morning with the thought that I will
go to bed around 10pm and fall asleep. I hope this works. It's hard to make yourself fall asleep, especially if you have something
big the next day.
will be a long day tomorrow.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
2:28 pm edt
I'm not impressed with people who run with their dog.
I saw a recent Facebook posting from someone who ran 12 miles with their pooch.
I don't think dogs were meant to run that far. They can never tell you how they feel. They will keep pushing
until they can't go on.
Dog owners are better off to walk with them.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
1:47 pm edt
The Boston Globe e-paper was
working very well for over two years on my Samsung tablet. Their software upgrade a few months ago has made the app very unpredictable.
It is much slower and prone to crashing.
I have opened help desk tickets in the past. Other users have similar problems. I don't understand the
issue. Things were going so well before the changes.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Veggies & Soap
11:41 pm edt
Farmers markets are very popular wherever they show up.
Locally, we have had one since 1978. It has changed drastically over the years.
It's more than just the local farmers selling produce from their trucks. A number of vendors now
sell products like natural soaps and maple syrup.
are inevitable. I just want a wide variety of vegetables to purchase. It hasn't always been that way. Choices are limited
Monday, June 13, 2016
3:03 pm edt
Back in 1989, I got some new
dish towels. After all these years, I finally felt it was time to replace them. I now have three new ones, along with a mitt
to handle hot objects.
I don't know how long these towels will last. If I use them
for the next 27 years, I would be almost 90.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
6:26 pm edt
What is the role of government when it comes to regulating alcohol? Should they operate their own
stores like New Hampshire? I never believed in that, but they cut retailers some slack by allowing them to sell
beer and wine.
New York is now considering a bill that would allow 8am
sales on Sundays. There is opposition because of the day, but the state will make money from taxes.
I don't have any problem with the early sales. I have a bigger issue with states running their own
liquor stores. Is that the role of government?
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Asking Strange Questions
7:42 pm edt
I always wonder why people ask for advice on Facebook. People look for input on
a variety of topics.
person solicited comments about where to go for vacation. I always assume that people have their own ideas and don't need
help from others.
is not the same as asking about a restaurant or movie.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Buy July 2017
3:05 pm edt
I don't believe in buying
too much in bulk, but can make some exceptions for certain items on sale.
I bought some low-dose daily aspirin today at CVS during one of their specials. I now have
400 tablets. This will keep me going through some point in July 2017. I'm all set for now.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Who Mows The Lawn?
3:41 pm edt
I'm not a big fan of condos. They allow for ownership and
equity building, but are so restrictive on what you can do with your outside space such as painting the front door.
I would never buy a condex. There is no point in owning half of a house. The other side could present
all sorts of problems.
I drove by one today with a lawn that had not been cut this
year. It was about two feet high and looked terrible. I'm not sure what the issue is. The owners cannot agree on who
cuts their lawn.
I wonder what they do when it snows. Who shovels the front
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
12:37 pm edt
I started to read the Boston Globe e-paper almost three
years ago. I save about $43 monthly instead of buying the paper at a convenience store. That's almost $500 annually.
I still buy the New York Post and the local Eagle Tribune daily. It seems like a small expense,
but still costs over $1,000 annually.
are getting smarter now with their e-papers. They keep raising the subscription price, but it's still cheaper than buying
It takes me longer to read the e-paper. In a couple
of instances, I needed to contact the Globe's help desk because of downloading issues.
It seems to take me 25-30 minutes to read the Globe daily. It might be due more to my slow reading
rate. The program could work better at times.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Tuck It In
5:40 pm edt
It seems like nobody dresses
up any more. It doesn't matter if it's at work or a social function. Casual Friday has become a week-long affair.
I received an email today from a group running a golf tournament.
I have no plans to play, but they sent out a dress code. They emphasized polo shirts for men that should be tucked in.
I fully support tucking shirts in. It's one thing for
workout clothes, but nobody looks good with their shirt untucked.
When I was a kid, teachers would tell you to tuck your shirt in. It was never an issue with me.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Just Unplug It
6:07 pm edt
Last night, I spent about
two hours working on a problem with my desktop computer.
After doing a virus scan, the screen turned black after a restart. I tried numerous things,
but finally powered it down and went to bed.
When I awoke, I started repeating some of the same steps. At one point, the CPU would not shutdown
after pressing the power button. I finally unplugged the power cord in the back. Everything was ok after that.
In the future, I will be sure to complete this step first.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
7:17 am edt
I have played golf since I
was a teenager. The equipment has changed over the years.
I bought a new golf bag yesterday. It's the fifth one I have owned.
This one should last me a long time. My other one had a
stand that wasn't working properly. It couldn't be fixed. Other than that, it had a lot of use left in it.
Friday, June 3, 2016
Not Since 1989
7:45 pm edt
Today is National Donut Day. Free donuts are out there at
participating places. I use to eat them when I was younger. I loved them with a glass of milk.
It all changed for me in 1989. I stopped eating them and
never had another one. I don't miss them.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
7:24 pm edt
Food trucks are always controversial,
especially with their location. A nearby community has them competing with their downtown restaurants and eateries.
It's all about giving the consumer the most options,
but the long- time businesses fear that they will lose
money to them.
I'm not a big fan of food trucks. I patronized them a few times in the past when there was no other option.
Their menu was limited and not very appetizing.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
View Is Too Expensive
4:00 pm edt
I plan to visit the World
Trade Center observatory during my next trip to New York City. The videos I have seen of it look very fascinating. The
views are spectacular.
it opened a year ago, it has failed to reach the projected attendance figure of 3.3 million. Only 2.3 million paid the
$32 to ride the elevator to the top.
I think the cost is one of the problems. Bringing a family of four is very expensive. I'm not very excited
about the price. It's too steep. Attendance will lag until they lower the cost of admission.