Saturday, December 31, 2016
The Last Hours of 2016
9:16 pm est
These are the last three
hours of 2016. Soon it will be history. That happens with every year. The future eventually becomes the past.
Years serve as a way to measure and remember our life. We
only get so many of them.
Friday, December 30, 2016
Not This Time
3:31 pm est
There was a time when I wanted
to be in New York City on New Year's Eve. When I finally checked the price for hotels, I decided it would never happen.
That was back in the 1990's.
can't imagine being packed into the crowd for hours on end. Going to the bathroom would be a major issue. The security
concerns have made the entire experience more complicated.
It won't be any different tomorrow night in Times Square. The tradition will continue with the
dropping of the ball. It will keep happening after we are all gone.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
9:14 pm est
We really dodged a big snow
fall where I live. It has been raining all day and finally started snowing around 8pm. Whatever snow we get will be a lot
less than we could have been shoveling.
Naturally, there are people who are complaining that it was raining earlier. Saying "Are we
done with the drought?" is just ignorant.
We need so much more water from the sky all across America.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
1:23 pm est
We can always count on Congress
to waste time on trivial matters that don't accomplish much.
I agree with the move by 25 members to call for the FDA to look into the labeling of milk.
The product was always considered as being from dairy cows,
but now we have the almond and soy versions. They are not the real thing and should not have the same label as the stuff from cows.
I don't know what soy and almond should be called, but they
are not cow milk.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Cross Just Once
1:29 pm est
I never mind going food shopping.
Some people really hate it. Nobody likes to spend money on something that is a constant need.
I usually go at least three times a week. Sometimes, I write
a few items down on a slip of paper and look at it when I get into the store and before I go to the cashiers.
There are always people with a list in their hand who
make a big deal out of crossing items off. One line through the item would be sufficient, but for some, they need to cross
it off several times. It's almost as if they are mad at their list.
Monday, December 26, 2016
No Ink For Me
1:40 pm est
I saw a picture on Facebook of someone holding $100
gift cards from their mother to get a tattoo. I'm not a big fan of them or body piercing. They are both popular these days
with men and women.
People get them for their own reasons. There is no reason
to question their motive. I have no desire to ever get one. It's one of those things that is permanent. There is no turning
Sunday, December 25, 2016
No Gifts For Them
1:22 am est
A business report on the radio the other day discussed what
type of holiday tips people should give to certain individuals who provide services.
I don't agree with most of their points. The letter carrier should never be tipped. He is a federal
employee and does not warrant any type of extra compensation from the public.
Teachers should not receive gifts. It can cause a conflict of interest. One story of a private school in New
York City showed how out of control it can get.
Nobody is entitled to anything. People should do their job without expecting extra compensation.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Nobody Made The Page
10:01 am est
My local newspaper didn't list any obituaries yesterday.
I found that to be very strange. I'm sure people died. Where are their stories? Will today's edition have them all? The only
had two other day.
A lot happens this time of year.
Friday, December 23, 2016
Taking The Scenic Route
12:48 pm est
Today is considered one of the biggest traveling days
of the year. I need to drive through Boston later today to get to a party in Hingham at 6pm.
have no idea how the traffic will be. I plan to leave by 4:30, but that might get me right in the middle of rush hour traffic.
Rt 95 is an alternate route, but it will be just as crowded.
Since I will probably get stuck in
traffic, I will take the scenic route through Boston. The views are better than Rt 95.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
The Costly Wheel
7:05 pm est
Whenever anything is
built on the local, state or federal l level, we can expect the cost to get out of control. It just seems to happen. We always
hear about the private sector doing it right and within budget.
is not the case with the world's tallest Ferris wheel being built on Staten Island. The 630 foot tall structure is $300
million over budget and now has a delayed opening until 2018.
Two things are certain. The wheel will never get built for the new $590 million estimate and it won't
open on the planned date.
It's suppose to be a major tourist attraction, but the cost
will probably make the rides very expensive.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
12:07 pm est
Bad ideas are all around us.
I can't believe there is a proposal to build a 35 room hotel within 1,000 feet of the summit of Mt Washington in New Hampshire.
The owners of the historic cog railway want to build it on a right-of-way they own.
This sounds like such a bad idea on a mountain that is already overcrowded
on a daily basis. It's a great way to ruin the beauty of the place.
Its popularity is evident by the 150,230 cars that traveled up the auto road this year. The estimated
374,000 visitors also included 23,635 van trips and 110,000 on the cog railway.
If they build one hotel, they will want another.
The End of Autumn
11:37 pm est
This is the final hour in
the last full day of Autumn 2016. Winter will be here tomorrow at 5:34am. How will it be? Will we get a lot of snow? We
hear all sorts of predictions, but nobody really knows.
Autumn went by fast. That's how it always goes. Once the winter starts, it's the beginning of the
end of it. Everything moves towards spring.
Monday, December 19, 2016
It Won't Get Built
9:16 pm est
Every large city has many building projects that never get
off the ground. Boston is no exception.
are seeing another high-rise tower for South Station. This is just another in a long line of proposals over the last 25 years
that never got built, especially for financial reasons.
The bigger need at South Station is the number of platforms for commuter trains and Amtrak. The underground
transit link to North Station has never been addressed.
In Boston, public transit will always be second rate compared to what it could be.
Sunday, December 18, 2016
Bag The Idea
3:54 pm est
I think most would agree that there are too many plastic
bags that end up in landfills. What is the solution to this?
Some communities have outlawed them while others imposed a five or ten cent tax on them. This doesn't
seem like a solution that works.
Boston City Council just voted down a five cent tax on bags. Many thought it would pass, but I don't think a tax is the answer.
I was in a book store in Cambridge recently and faced the
prospect of paying a dime for one. I declined the offer because I was going directly to my car.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Plowing The Grass
6:22 pm est
You see a lot of interesting
behavior when you walk around during a snow storm. It's all out there between the drivers, plow operators and others
trying to dig their car out.
was able to walk on portions of sidewalks that had been plowed. It appears that some operators never followed the pavement.
I could see patches of grass that had been damaged. One guy in a parking lot was doing a number on the lawn next to a building.
It's hard to get it right. I don't know how of these guys
do it. Plowing looks a real challenge in some cases.
Friday, December 16, 2016
Wear Your Hat
1:11 pm est
A Boston radio commentator decided to use his time to
inform people that they should dress appropriately and wear a hat during today's frigid weather.
I assume that most adults would be smart enough to take the proper precautions, but many don't.
They have the right to act foolish if they choose.
This is another great example of the Nanny State. At least it didn't come from local and state officials.
Thursday, December 15, 2016
The Coyote Knew
10:57 pm est
I always enjoyed the Roadrunner
cartoons and the misadventures of Wile E Coyote. He was always trying to do something with the anvils made by ACME. It
seemed like everything he touched was an ACME product.
knew it was an actual word until I saw it in a sentence today. The definition of "point of attainment" makes a lot
The name looked funny
when I was younger, but it actually had a lot of meaning.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
From Liquid To Solid
3:05 pm est
I wanted to use some "white
out" today to cover over a mistake made in my running log. Unfortunately, the liquid has become solid and no longer
usable. It was not the first time for this.
I'm not sure why this happened again. The cover was screwed on tightly, but it didn't matter. My error
will be corrected in the future.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
It's Not Really Junk
10:20 pm est
I keep getting postcards to extend my warranty on a 2013
Toyota Corolla I have not owned for almost two years.
This is a waste of time for everyone. I just end up recycling the card. On the other hand, it keeps
people busy in the marketing department and provides necessary mail for the USPS.
all get junk mail that we don't want, but it serves a purpose in a strange way.
Monday, December 12, 2016
End of Watch
7:09 pm est
It's well known that a digital
watch is never water-proof once the back is opened up. Everything was going fine today until I went for a run.
When I got home, I noticed some fog under the crystal. As
the day went on, the digital display started to look scrambled.
I think this might be the end of my watch. It doesn't tell time now. It's only a matter of hours
before the screen goes blank.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
6:11 pm est
It looks like we might get
some meaningful snow between tonight and tomorrow morning. The weather people are having a ball with this. All the attention
is on them.
wrong last week when they said we would get a dusting, but ended up with over two inches.
If you keep putting it out there, you get it right
were panic shopping today. They couldn't treat it like a regular Sunday.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
2:00 pm est
I think it's a bad idea
that the US Department of Transportation is considering whether to allow airline passengers to make calls during flights.
I have not flown for a number of years, but I think all
of the noise from conversations would be a big distraction. It's hard enough to relax on a plane.
Flying was never fun for me. It would only add more to a
Friday, December 9, 2016
Don't Plan On 2021
12:47 pm est
Boston area commuters should
never get their hopes up that the Green Line Extension will be running any time soon into Medford and Somerville.
The project is a complete joke and a great example of the
horrors of a public works project. The seven stations along the line were expected to be operating years ago. Back in
2014, the date was bumped to 2017. Now it's 2021.
Don't expect that date to be firm. The $2.3 billion cost continues to swell. Funding is a huge issue.
At some point, it reaches a point where it never gets done.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
A Time To Steal
10:36 pm est
Every year we hear the same
story about people having packages stolen from the front steps of their home. There are many brazen thieves out
there who think nothing of theft around the holidays.
Delivery companies share a big part of the blame for just leaving packages unattended. Recipients
should make other arrangements and not rely on the goodwill of people.
There are those out there who will steal anything. They just don't care about others.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
The Last Reunion
7:47 pm est
Today was the 75th anniversary
of the attack on Pearl Harbor which ushered America into World War II. It has always been known as "The Day of Infamy".
It's a bigger story this year because of it being 75 years.
It's one of the last chances to honor veterans from that day. The youngest would be about 92.
The numbers are getting smaller, with many of them having
health problems which preclude travel.
Monday, December 5, 2016
Less Public Smoke
1:06 pm est
It will be interesting to see if the federal government
is able to enforce the ban on smoking in the 1.2 million housing units overseen by HUD. The ban would allow for designated
areas 25 feet away from any building.
smoking makes a great deal of sense, but I question the ability of local housing agencies to monitor it. Skeptics
view it as government overreach, but others say it should have been done years ago for health reasons.
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Snow By Dec 16
10:54 pm est
The weather people became
very relevant today when they predicted a possible inch of snow during tomorrow morning rush hour traffic.
We have no idea how this might work out, but they are scaring
people with the talk about snow.
It will be a long winter because of the media.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Go For The Last Saturday
12:15 pm est
I'm not a big fan of Halloween. I think it's very overrated.
It's a day for kids, but adults get too swept up in it.
There is a proposal in the Massachusetts legislature to make it the last Saturday in October, instead of the
I support this idea in order to have some type of uniformity
between cities and towns over the date. It makes sense not to have it on a school night.
Friday, December 2, 2016
5:28 pm est
It's hard to believe that the Los Angeles County Coroner
and Morgue will conduct its annual burial of the cremated remains of unclaimed bodies. This year's tally will be 1,430 which
is consistent with past years.
It's terrible to think that so many bodies are unclaimed every year. Every person has a story and a family,
but something happened for them to fall through the cracks.
This should never happen, but it's the reality all across America. It will never end.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
Paying For The Fundraisers
1:23 pm est
It seems no matter how you
analyze it, charities spend too much money on fund raising and administrative costs. Some executives receive exorbitant salaries
which only serve to alienate potential donors.
Many charities resort to professional fundraisers who either call or send letters. A report in the
news showed that in Massachusetts, $201million was raised by this method during 2015, but only $82 million actually went to
the charity. That is only 41% of the money donated.
I find this to be totally unacceptable. Fundraisers make a living at the expense of the charity.
It makes people cynical and not want to give when they see where their money actually goes.