Saturday, October 1, 2016
Golden State Waste
12:25 am edt
I don't think it's a good
idea for any city to pursue hosting the Summer Olympics. Boston was smart when it pulled out of the 2024 selection process.
Only Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest are left.
The games are a financial fiasco. Rome saw the writing on the wall and withdrew their bid. Tokyo,
the site of the 2020 Games, is getting nervous as costs could exceed $30 billion.
The state of California agreed to cover a possible $250 million overrun in an effort to boost the
bid by Los Angeles.
taxpayer money in this manner is absolutely foolish. There should be outrage by the people of California. There will be a
cost overrun no matter what anyone says.
Friday, September 30, 2016
2:25 pm edt
People whine about so many things on Facebook. One person
said that she would watch the news if they featured more happy stories.
I think the local news has too many nonsense stories that are not really relevant. With all of the things
going on in America and the world, there are stories that need to be told. Some of it is tough to deal with.
Warm and fuzzy ones are nice, but we live in a changing world. That is the reality.
Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Slow Globe
11:35 pm edt
I'm at the three year point of having the Boston Globe e-reader.
It's ok overall, but a few things could be better.
I'm saving $300 annually with subscription. That's money in my pocket. It costs a lot to read
newspapers these days.
still buying the New York Post and the local Eagle Tribune daily. They cost me $545 and $312 annually. Both are avilable
in the e-paper format for a price.
found out the hard way that these applications eat up a great deal of memory on my device. Rather than download issues
of the Globe I missed, I should just keep track of them and go to the archives.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
No Holiday Time
10:20 pm edt
The movement to have a National First Responders holiday
is a very worthy and noble cause. Proponents want it to become a national holiday recognized by the federal government.
I don't think this will happen. A previous bill in Congress failed. Now, there is an on-line petition
to generate support.
People don't realize the enormous implication of creating
another federal holiday. So many employers don't recognize the existing ones.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Add Soup To Salt
7:36 pm edt
I wanted to buy some soup
today because of a cold I'm fighting. I left the store without any because of the high sodium content in every brand I looked
at. Even the so-called "healthy" ones left a lot to be desired.
Americans consume too much sodium in their diet. I use to buy a lot of canned soups. I finally wised
up after I read the labels.
might be dreaming, but maybe I can find a good tasting soup low in sodium.
Monday, September 26, 2016
The Big Debate
6:13 pm edt
It's only a few hours until the debate between Hillary Clinton
and Donald Trump. The hype around this event is off the charts. The viewing audience might be the biggest of any event in
only speculate on how each candidate will act. So much is at stake. There are two more debates after tonight, but this
one will really set the tone. Both need a big effort. There is so much to lose tonight.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Blanket Coverage Now
9:02 pm edt
It looks like tonight will the the first time a blanket
is on my bed. It was cold enough last night to use it. The temperature will start to really fluctuate during the day and night.
I probably closed my windows too much. I have no doubt that I will open them higher at some point,
but that won't last long.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
The First Cold
11:49 pm edt
It seems every year I get
some type of respiratory issue with the change in seasons and temperature. The change from summer to autumn and winter to
spring is my prime time.
awoke the other day with a stuffy head and a sore throat that made swallowing difficult. I also had a congested chest and
doesn't last that long. I bought my first cough syrup of the season. It seems to help.
Friday, September 23, 2016
The Expensive Holiday
5:28 pm edt
I think Halloween is very overrated. I was never into it
when I was a kid. It's a big waste of money.
Americans will spend $8.4 billion this year on candy, costumes and decorations, but at least it's
good for the economy.
I'm glad that my apartment building does not do trick or
Thursday, September 22, 2016
7:33 pm edt
A report by AAA said that Americans are wasting $2.1 billion
annually by purchasing premium gas when they car doesn't call for it. Only 16% of motor vehicles require it according to their
Why do people do this? They are only kidding themselves.
It's just a myth that their car will run better with it.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Summer 2016 Ended
11:40 pm edt
Here we are at the last day of summer. It went by so fast.
That will happen also to autumn.
We are coming down to the last 101 days of the year. The days will have less sunlight and be colder.
We will have those warm days that tease us into thinking that winter won't come.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Too Many Passengers
7:08 pm edt
I don't like to be a passenger
in a motor vehicle. There is nothing you can do if you're in a bus, but I would never ride in a RV.
I saw a Facebook postng where the RV had ten passengers on
the way to a concert. This is a recipe for disaster if something happens.
Monday, September 19, 2016
UMass Leading The Charge
10:04 pm edt
UMass Amherst is way ahead when it comes to charging stations
for electric cars. They just installed a few dozen charging ports at their new covered facility at the Visitor's Center.
They are certainly looking to the future. What will it like in ten years? So much can change between
now and then. They are really getting things in place for when the day arrives.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
9:51 pm edt
I don't have a lot of
faith in weather apps. They are so vague at times.
I have plans to play golf on Wednesday. It seems like there is an 8% chance of rain. That sounds
like a low risk, but I guess we can go.
Sometimes, the 8% happens.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Bad Night In NYC
11:42 pm edt
While driving home from a
UMass football game, I was listening to WINS from New York City. There was a breaking story about a bomb exploding in
a dumpster on W23rd St, between 6th and 7th Ave.
Earlier today, a pipe bomb exploded in New Jersey before the start of a 5K road race. The event was
I write this, another report has mentioned a second device in NYC.
Where will the investigation lead to?
Things can happen at any time.
Friday, September 16, 2016
1:05 am edt
I had a lot of problems trying
to post to my website last night. I have no idea what happened. I rebooted my modem and router too many times to get to where
I'm at now.
wasted time. It comes with these great devices. They are so awesome.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
1:38 pm edt
I don't eat food that falls on the floor. I don't believe
in the "five second rule". People foolishly think that food can't get contaminated by bacteria in such a short time.
They are only kidding themselves.
would never knowingly eat anything that contacted the floor. Why do people think this is ok?
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
How To Lose Customers
1:17 pm edt
I have a Samsung Notebook and Galaxy S5 phone. They are
both good products, although the Notebook could use a longer lasting battery.
The company is facing a nightmare after they were forced to recall their new Samsung 7 phone because batteries
exploded in a few instances.
One time is too many, but several can ruin a product. I
can't imagine buying a phone and then having to return it for another one. That's how you lose customers forever.
Monday, September 12, 2016
11:41 pm edt
I think it's great that all these roads and bridges are
being resurfaced or rebuilt. The infrastructure of America needs so much work. There will never be enough money dedicated
All levels of government need to allocate more to
these projects. It's a great opportunity to create jobs. The long range benefits justify the spending.
Sunday, September 11, 2016
The Five and Ten Year Mark
7:23 pm edt
Today is the 15th anniversary of 9/11. It is filled with
the slogans of "Never Forget" and "Always Remember", but time changes everything.
Kids in high school and younger have no connection to the day because they were not around.
It's like that with most historical events like Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy's assassination.
Whenever there is a round number like five or ten years, there is always a big deal made. The events
will be different next year because it will be 16 years.
People would need to be at least 58 to have any memory of JFK's killing. Only people 80 or older have any
memory of Pearl Harbor.
It will be like that eventually with 9/11.
Saturday, September 10, 2016
More Papers To Read
9:44 pm edt
It doesn't take much to get
behind in reading my three daily newspapers. The Sunday papers will put me further behind.
One good thing is that I can read them a bit quicker, although
there are always articles which need to be read in their entirety.
It's a constant challenge to keep up with them.
Friday, September 9, 2016
Too Many Barriers
8:27 am edt
The Boston IndyCar race
scheduled for last weekend in Boston was a bad idea from the start. I will never understand how the proposal even got off
the ground. It was canceled after organizers were unable to secure all of the necessary permits.
Things only got worse when the organizers filed for bankruptcy
protection. As a result, various assets associated with the race were auctioned off to the public.
The sale didn't go as well as expected. Nobody bid on the
11,009 concrete barriers which were to line the 2.2 mile course. They are currently stored on land owned by Massport. Moving
them will cost more than they are worth.
Finding them a new home will be a long process.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Keep Them Guessing
2:14 pm edt
Some people share way too
much information on Facebook. Others like to give vague details about something and keep people hanging.
I saw that today when someone posted a picture of themselves
in the hospital with a bruised face and a cast on their hand and leg. No other details were given, other than saying she had
been in the hospital for nine days.
She received many comments inquiring about her condition. She certainly has the right to privacy, but if you
post a picture like this, people are going to ask questions.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
His Name Showed Up
4:50 pm edt
I always make sure I read
the local daily newspaper, even if I need to go to the library for an issue I missed. You never know what might be in the
I was at the library yesterday and saw an obituary for someone
I didn't know personally, but had seen around locally for decades.
I never knew his name. He as a few years younger than me. When I saw his picture, I knew it was
him. I never would have known that if I skipped the paper that day.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Nobody Playing Soccer There
11:25 pm edt
There is no better use for
a former landfill than a solar farm. Who really wants their kids playing on fields built on a toxic waste site.
Solar farms are not pretty. They can really destroy the
landscape. The one in my community would've covered the local landfill, but the deal fell apart. It would also ruin the
view along the river.
do you draw the line? There is limited use for a former landfill. Another nearby town will be dedicating 30 acres of their
former dump to a solar farm.
will never be soccer fields.
Monday, September 5, 2016
A Chance To Be Relevant
11:30 pm edt
It doesn't look like we will get much rain from tropical
storm Hermine. Other parts of the east coast were greatly impacted.
I think these storms are so hard to predict. I don't blame the weather people. They love to be relevant
with a big storm.
It's good for job security.
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Longfellow Long Project
8:24 pm edt
It was foolish for anyone
to think that the work on the Longfellow Bridge in Boston would be completed on schedule. It had a completion date of this
summer when it was started three years ago.
The date has now been moved to September 2018. If they need two more years, will it even be done
by then? The cost is another story.
Does anyone believe that it will come in at its alleged price $303 million? The final cost will be much
higher. I have no doubt.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Who Was Hermine?
11:03 pm edt
Tropical Storm Hermine is
hard to figure out. Will it impact where I live? Everyone says that.
When I listen to the weather people, I wonder if I live in southern New England or northern. The
lines get blurred.
makes a big difference when it comes to the rain line.
Friday, September 2, 2016
The Big Backup
3:05 pm edt
It's Friday afternoon of Labor
Day weekend and there is already a 15 mile backup on Rt 95 in New Hampshire up to the Maine border.
This happens every holiday weekend because both states
need to collect their tolls from drivers. It doesn't matter how much traffic is delayed.
The high speed toll lanes don't help. Drivers slow down
because they think they need to.
backups will get worse tomorrow morning. On Sunday and Monday night, they will be in the other direction.
New Hampshire and Maine will keep counting the dollars
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Selfish Selfie People
2:56 pm edt
People do some very stupid
things when it comes to taking a selfie. They don't care about their actions effecting others.
A person recently shut down a subway line in Boston after
they were spotted in a tunnel taking a selfie. Many people were delayed in their travels because authorities didn't want
this person to get hurt.
sure they were proud of their selfie. They could care less about others.