Friday, June 30, 2017
Can't Charge For Long
9:45 am edt
Electric cars are still in
their infancy. The battery needs to last longer. The Chevy Volt says it can go for 280 miles on a single charge.
The retail cost of the vehicle is starting to come down,
but the battery range between charges is still a major issue.
They need to develop a battery that lasts longer than the one in cell phones. Until
that happens, people will continue to pump gasoline into their fuel tanks.
Thursday, June 29, 2017
The Wheel Problem
10:56 pm edt
I always had my doubts about
the tallest Ferris-wheel in the world currently being built on Staten Island in New York City.
The $300 million project was suppose to be the catalyst
for a huge waterfront development. It all sounded good until construction delays put the wheel a year behind schedule and
way over budget.
knows what the final cost will be, but it's getting out of control. It remains to be seen if this thing ever gets finished.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
What Would Walt Say?
4:14 pm edt
Disneyland in California recognized
a patron who visited their park for the 2,000th consecutive day. They started their streak on Jan 1, 2012.
This is quite an accomplishment in so many ways. To do anything
for 2,000 consecutive days is no easy feat. The person plans to keep the streak alive for as long as possible.
I can't imagine doing this for so many
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Pockets Are Extra
11:21 pm edt
I recently bought several workout tops and pants from
a local running store.
Unfortunately, one pair of shorts had no pockets.
I don't know how I missed that.
always better to have pockets.
Monday, June 26, 2017
No Books or Movies
5:57 pm edt
It was in the news today
that the Harry Potter books made their debut twenty years ago on this date. The movies and books have been a huge financial
I have never read one word of them or
seen a movie and have no plans to do so in the future. Fiction is not my thing.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Power To The Trees
10:10 am edt
The best spot for a solar
farm should be at a former landfill or industrial area. A lawsuit in New Jersey showed how bad it can get.
A Six Flags Amusement Park wants to build a 21.9 megawatt
facility to power all of their needs. This sounds like a great idea, but 15,000 trees would be cut down.
This doesn't make any sense. They need to find another location.
I have seen a number of facilities located in places that destroy the view and landscape.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Give Him Another Z
3:20 pm edt
Nobody likes to have their name spelled or pronounced
the wrong way. It happens all the time to some people.
The Verrazano Bridge in New York City was built over 50 years ago, but now people are realizing that
there is a spelling error.
The Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrrazzano discovered
New York Harbor in 1524. When the bridge was opened in 1964, nobody made an issue of the spelling of his name.
Recently, a Brooklyn College student started a petition to get the spelling corrected in
deference to Italian-Americans. A bill to make the change is tied up in the New York State Assembly. Officials cite the millions
of dollars it would cost to fix everything.
Mr Verrazzano probably went through life with his name spelled wrong.
Friday, June 23, 2017
Church Is Over
1:46 pm edt
It was quite controversial,
but a local church built in the 1850's was finally torn down to make way for a pizza shop.
The church had been on the market for 15 years and was preventing members from building their new
structure. Their old place needed almost $1 million in repairs to bring it up to code.
Although some people wanted to save it, nobody came forward with a viable plan. The building had
been altered on the outside to the point where it had lost most of its architectural details.
Church members fought all efforts to place it on the National Historical Register because
they were ready to move on.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Release No More
9:44 pm edt
The New Jersey state legislature
is looking at a bill which would prohibit the release of helium-filled balloons to the sky.
At first, I thought it was another effort at government
interference into something that looks harmless.
I agree that there is an issue with all of the balloons that eventually fall from the sky and land
some place. They also pose a hazard to birds, animals and power lines.
The law carries a potential $500 fine for releasing a balloon.
Balloon advocates and supporters certainly don't want this to pass.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
11:38 pm edt
Tall Ships are leaving tomorrow from Boston.
I never saw them when they were here. Never made a effort to visit them in the crowded port.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Drinking To Raise Money
10:50 pm edt
I don't agree with the proposed
tax in Massachusetts on soda and sugary drinks. Advocates say that it would address a major public health issue with the consumption
I think it's
heavy-handed with two cents per ounce for drinks in excess of twenty ounces. Anything less than that would be at a one cent
per ounce rate.
It would add a considerable cost to the drinks. On the other hand,
it would raise a ton of money that could be put to some other use.
Monday, June 19, 2017
No Time For Sprouts
10:31 pm edt
I have never been able to embrace brussel sprouts. The ones
I had tonight at a restaurant were horrible. It's a rare occasion when I leave something on my plate, but I did with these
few times I prepared them myself, they were awful. They only seem to taste good when roasted.
Sunday, June 18, 2017
In Bad Taste
1:04 pm edt
I had a feeling that the bottle of "maple water"
would not taste well. I was 100% right on that one. It lasted for only one sip.
Maple flavored products don't do anything for me. Last year, I had a sausage patty that tasted horrible.
At least I know to never drink that
type of water again or try any maple flavored products.
Saturday, June 17, 2017
11:49 pm edt
I made a big mistake
today when I failed to put sun- block on parts of me when I ran a race up Mt Washington. I rubbed lotion on my face, but paid no attention to my
arms or legs.
In the end, I now have a sun-burn on those areas. It could
have been prevented, if I took different actions.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Can't Read The Note
5:26 pm edt
It's a shame that most public
schools don't teach cursive writing. It has became a lost art.
A teacher I know posted a note on Facebook from one of his students. The printing was horrible.
It's obvious that schools don't place any emphasis on the ability of students to write a note that is readable.
I have seen too many examples of poor printing. Most people
can't even sign their name in a legible format.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Skunk In The House
2:26 pm edt
I don't believe in having a doggy-door because other unwanted
creatures could gain access to your house.
A family in Pennsylvania found out the hard way when a skunk entered their home and sprayed everything. The
odor was so bad that they had to throw out everything they owned and rip the insides down to the studs.
To make matters worse, their insurance company refused to pay their claim because they cited their
I will never understand why anyone has one of these doors.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Leaving One By One
11:54 pm edt
It was inevitable that
the 119 year old family pharmacy would finally close. The 11pm news did a great story on the inevitable.
They can't compete with the national chains. The family cited insurance paper work just to do
what they do.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
No Place To Stay
12:07 pm edt
There is no doubt that Airbnb needs to be regulated better.
The state should be able to collect tax on the nightly room rentals. There is much controversy around that issue.
I have no plans or desire to ever use the service. A recent
posting on Facebook confirmed my beliefs. While in NYC, this person had a horrible experience. It doesn't sound like it was
of Airbnb say it's a great way to travel and save money.
I'll stick to the hotels.
Monday, June 12, 2017
Get The Wrinkles Out
6:12 pm edt
I finally started to wear
my polo shirts. They have been in a plastic container since last fall.
My plan is to throw them into the washer because they are so wrinkled. It's the only way to
get them to look normal. They have so many wrinkles after several months.
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Shorter Daylight Ahead
4:40 pm edt
On the hottest day of the year so far, we are naturally
hearing comments about the temperature. People need to realize that summer is in less than ten days. It should be hot
Days will continue to heat up. Unfortunately, they will
also start to get shorter once summer starts. The days have been getting longer since the start of winter. We will now go
I always enjoy the longer days of sunlight.
Saturday, June 10, 2017
12:32 pm edt
I would never eat from a food
truck. I don't think they are clean and sanitary. Their popularity has increased in cities.
Boston health inspectors turned up numerous violations when
they conducted recent inspections. A number of them were pulled from the road.
One of the most common problems was the lack of running water for employees to wash their hands.
These trucks are a public health issue.
Friday, June 9, 2017
7:34 pm edt
I always pay attention to
expiration dates on food products. It can only last so long.
There is an ad on the radio for a company that sells vacuum-sealed food, with a shelf life of 25
I wouldn't mind
tasting it, but not ten years into it. What happens if you go a month past 25 years?
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Mow The Runway
11:13 pm edt
I have no desire to ever go
on a small airplane. I saw them today when I drove by the Plum Island Airfield.
It's a runway on a grass field. The landing has great potential to be bumpy.
I will never be a part of this.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
The Unwanted Bike
9:44 pm edt
I first saw the old ten-speed bike four days ago. It was
unsecured and leaning against a fence in the parking lot where I live.
It has remained untouched, in spite of being very close to the street. I thought someone would have
taken it by now.
they want something better. I assume it works ok. You never know.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Disaster On Deck
2:36 pm edt
I just watched a video of
a man flying a drone himself. They are expected to be for sale in 2018. It will be interesting to see how this plays
out. At this point, a pilot's license is not required.
The operator in the video was obviously skilled in what he was doing. We can only imagine what will
happen when a bunch of amateurs are turned loose. I have no doubt that there will be injuries and deaths.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Trillion To Spend
11:46 pm edt
We hear how the federal government wants to spend $1 trillion
on infrastructure improvements across America.
I support every effort to get projects in place for funding. There will never be enough money, but I look
forward to seeing everything being built.
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Dying To Shop
5:05 pm edt
There was a time when shopping
malls replaced the classic American downtown. Everything was indoors and air conditioned.
We are watching malls die a slow retail death. At one point, over
5,000 malls were spread across America. Only 1,100 are left. In the next few years, another 400 are expected to close.
Retail jobs account for 10% of the workforce. Consumers
have migrated to on-line purchases. The growth in that sector is phenomenal.
What will the retail look like in ten years?
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Find That Channel
8:11 pm edt
People have the strangest
questions on Facebook. Why would you ask which channel a program was on? It might be quicker just to scroll through the channel
guide, assuming they have it. They could also look for it on the Internet.
hope they find out before the game is over.
Friday, June 2, 2017
Not Going Back
9:16 pm edt
I just scrolled by a live Facebook broadcast from somebody
at Disney World. They have been there many times. I was there once, but have no plans to ever go back there.
Disney has a huge base of loyal fans. They love going there.
The person who made the video goes every year with his family.
It has grown so much since I was there in 1982 during the off-season. It must be crazy during
school vacations and holidays.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
11:18 pm edt
I really enjoy watching RT 93 in southern New Hampshire
being expanded while still hosting traffic.
It's a constant work in process. I've seen some of the completed parts that came out really nice.
The scope of the project is very impressive. It's amazing
to see them taking down hills of rock.
It's a very slow process, but they get it done.