Monday, July 31, 2017
No Binge Watching Here
4:02 pm edt
We hear people talking about binge watching a television
series. I've never done it because there is nothing I want to view that badly.
Some gas stations fill the time of their customers with "Gas Station TV". It's a series of ads,
weather and other information. It only works while you pump gas.
I wonder how long their actual programming lasts. Someone had a brilliant idea on how to make money.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Need More Cranberries
11:20 pm edt
It's hard to develop a taste for raw cranberries. Their
taste is tough to deal with. They are so healthy for us.
Recently, I bought a 12 oz. package of frozen ones and began to use them in my smoothies. I finally used up
the package and bought another one today.
I never thought I would see the day when I needed to buy more cranberries.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
It's All In The Eyes
8:11 pm edt
I could never wear contact lenses. I can't touch my eyeball
with my finger. It seems so unnatural to do.
A 67 year old British woman was undergoing cataract surgery when the ophthalmologist discovered a "blue
mass" in her eye.
It turned out to be a clump of 17 contact lenses. They later
found another ten in the same eye. She has been wearing disposable lenses for over 35 years.
How does something like this happen? This appears to be so bizarre.
Friday, July 28, 2017
1:07 am edt
Cell phones for kids are a
way of life now. Should they be allowed in classrooms? It's a very controversial topic.
I would like to see a system where phones are collected
at the start of class and held until the end of the period. I don't think anyone would be inconvenienced.
Kids have too many distractions with
social media. They need to pay attention in class and not be playing with their phone.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The Standing Train
12:42 pm edt
The subway system in
New York City has been inundated with problems this year. Travelers face all sorts of delays caused from a variety of issues.
Commuters must deal with crowded trains on a daily basis. One proposal would be to remove most of
the seats on selected lines which would allow up to 25 more passengers.
This sounds like a way to move more people, but it's a big step backwards. As a tourist, I have been on severely
crowded trains while standing up. It's no fun with people packed in around you. It's always a comfort when an empty seat opens
By eliminating seats, the MTA would be treating their customers
worse than they already do.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
A Raise of Hot Air
6:52 pm edt
It's very easy for politicians to be insincere, especially
when it comes to voting for their own pay raises. It comes natural to them.
For some, the strategy is to protest against it, even when
they know it they will get it.
This happened with my local city council when they voted
6-3 for it. Some said they will donate it to charity. Others said they didn't need it, but we all know they will take the
We always hear about politicians saying they will donate
their raise to a charity. We just never see them doing a photo op with a check in hand for a worthy charity. That's because
they never donate. It's all a charade.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
They Won't Build It
4:45 pm edt
It seems like most towns and cities have a community Facebook
page. Some people post some really outrageous comments at times.
My Haverhill page recently had a discussion about the Pawtucket Red Sox. The owners of the team claim
they will move it unless they get a new stadium deal, partially funded by Rhode Island taxpayers.
This resulted in people coming up with some crazy ideas.
They want the team to come here, but what about a stadium? The one proposed in Rhode Island will cost $70 million. Who will
pay for it if they build it here?
These sites often generate a lot of ideas and discussion, but some of it is not rooted in reality.
Monday, July 24, 2017
No Money Train
7:18 pm edt
A recent story shows that
the MBTA Commuter Rail system is as bad the bus and subway lines.
Officials admitted that conductors failed to collect over $30 million in fares from passengers last
year. The entire ticketing system needs to be evaluated. Conductors have failed to collect fares from many passengers.
Everyone should be asked to show a ticket. It's easy to
see why their annual deficit is so big.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
The Lucky Dog
11:12 pm edt
There was a wonderful story in the news about firefighters
who revived an unconscious dog after a house fire.
The dog initially had no signs of life, but was quickly revived. I wonder if there was any brain damage. There
is no way to measure it.
Humans can have some really bad consequences after this.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
No More Gas
6:23 pm edt
Volvo made a bold statement the other day when they said
they would stop making gas-only cars starting in 2019. They only will manufacture hybrids and electric cars.
It's inevitable that other car companies will follow. It might take ten years, but gas-powered cars
will be history.
I find it hard to believe that there
will be driver-less cars, but who ever thought that a cell phone could also be a computer in your pocket.
Friday, July 21, 2017
The Moon Is Fading
5:32 pm edt
Yesterday was the 48th year
anniversary of America landing men on the moon. It was one of the biggest stories of my life at the time, but hardly got any
mention in the news all these years later.
It's another example of infamous dates that fade into memory. The same has happened for President
John F Kennedy's assassination in 1963. You would need to be over 60 to have any recollection.
Eventually, 9/11 will fade away.
It happens to every date. There is nobody around to remember it.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Most Markers Left Behind
7:23 pm edt
When I went to the Red
Sox/Yankees game last Saturday at Fenway Park, there was a placard and black magic marker taped to each seat. The team was
honoring Viet Nam veterans and held a very impressive pre-game ceremony for them.
Fans were instructed to write their own message or a person's name to honor. All the fans raised
their placard at once when instructed to do.
After the game was over, the stands were loaded with magic markers left behind. With over 35,000 fans in the
stands, I wonder how many took their marker home. I scooped up several, but most were left behind with the empty beer cups
and peanut shells.
It's a shame that they were wasted and
not donated to a charity.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Not Ready To Dive In
11:15 pm edt
People went swimming
in the Charles River in Boston last week as park of a public awareness campaign.
Nobody would've done this twenty years ago. The river was one of the most polluted in the country.
There is talk about trying to create a public beach for swimming. You will never see
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The Frozen Test
9:30 pm edt
I love fresh asparagus, but it's hard to get sometimes.
I always wanted to try the frozen stuff to see how it tasted. Today was the day for that.
I was not impressed with it. The spears were too long and tough to chew.
I'm not sure what happened with this stuff. This is the first time I ever had an issue
with a frozen vegetable.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Pipes Gone Bad
11:58 pm edt
I saw a great example
of the collapse of America's infrastructure when a 400 ft sewer pipeline failed.
It's so hard to believe that this pipe is under the sidewalk. How does that happen?
We were always told that everything
runs down the middle of the street.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Gone In A Flash
7:15 pm edt
The news is always filled with examples of how life can
change in one moment. A flash flood in Arizona today swept away 14 people who were swimming at a camp ground. It wasn't even
raining there, but it was about eight miles away.
A recent wildfire had wiped out the trees and vegetation on a hillside. There was nothing to prevent
all of the water from flowing into a river and creating a wall of water. Nobody had a chance to react.
Things happen without any warning. It can lead to really
bad results at time.
Friday, July 14, 2017
South By North
10:04 pm edt
The other night, I was driving on Rt 93N while it was raining.
I noticed a New Hampshire State Police cruiser stopped in the outer travel lane, along with a car which was pointed in the
Why was the car pointing south when it should be going north?
Was the driver traveling in the wrong direction or did they spin out because of the rain?
I hope it's the latter scenario. Years ago, I had a car approach me while they were
on the wrong side of the road. Nothing happened, but it could've been real bad for both of us.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
New Year, New Fires
5:51 pm edt
Wildfires out west happen
every year. They consume thousands of acres and many homes. It never seems to end.
During several of my trips to California, I witnessed the devastation that they incur.
I heard a story about the most recent fire. I wasn't watching
my television, but it could've been any recent year.
There will be fires ten years from now. There is no easy solution to preventing them. They always
always feel bad to hear about property damage.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
The One Night Rental
6:04 pm edt
People ask for a lot of different
advice and recommendations on Facebook. I often wonder how they end up doing.
One of the strangest ones was for a one night summer rental along the coast.
This is obviously the busiest time of the year for rentals.
I'm sure there are some vacancies.
People make a lot of strange deals on social media.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Use Before 2023
11:29 pm edt
I bought a package of AA batteries today with an expiration
date of July 2023. Six years seems like a long time away. It will be right before the time I turn 70.
Some of these expiration dates are not
accurate. I can't imagine owning these batteries for six years. My next package will have a further date in the future.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Drive Like It's Not Old
6:40 pm edt
I saw a posting on Facebook
where someone was complaining about the requirements from Uber and Lyft about the age of the driver's vehicle.
This guy wants to be a driver, but was turned down because
his car is older than 2003.
I understand the point of the companies. They want their drivers to present a professional appearance when it comes to the
to 2003 might be in great condition, but the company needs to have some type of universal standard.
As a previous owner of old cars, I can
testify that they have all sorts of problems. You don't want to be picking up passengers if you have holes in the floor.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
10:58 pm edt
Amazon wants to use drones
to deliver packages to customers. Although the technology is constantly changing, I don't like the idea of drones buzzing
around. It can only lead to accidents.
Some have already flown too close at major airports on many
operator wanted to be on the front-line of a wildfire out west. He flew into restricted air space and prevented airborne water
tankers from saving homes.
When used properly, they have tremendous potential, but
there is no regulations of users. It's so chaotic right now.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Trying Not To Become Extinct
4:05 pm edt
Sears and KMart are on the
verge of becoming extinct. They are a great example of the issues facing retail stores these days.
They just announced that another 43 stores will be closing
around the country to cut down on operating expenses. Sales have been stagnant due to the competition, especially from on-line
Their ten year
plan is not too promising. They might not make it that far.
Friday, July 7, 2017
Keeping Writers Busy
3:28 pm edt
The Hallmark Channel is very
popular because of their Christmas movies. I never watch it, but have seen many postings on Facebook about it.
They just announced that they plan to release 33 new holiday
movies this year, in addition to the 26 they had last year. That's a lot of writing, creativity and plots.
It must be a challenge to come up with
good stories that differ from one another.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
The Greatest Tape Ever
10:42 pm edt
I find some infomercials to be very entertaining. Their
products are a bunch of distorted facts, in some cases. They make me laugh.
saw one tonight about some miracle adhesive tape that patches water leaks and works underwater.
It looked real in the commercial, but I really have my
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
7:12 pm edt
I saw a picture of someone
on Facebook who was so happy to be on their jet-ski. Their posting emphasized the love of speed.
Every year, we hear stories of people getting killed while
riding these things. Massachusetts doesn't require any training to operate them. All you need to do is hop on and speed away.
Maybe there should be more regulations
for operating them.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
2:53 pm edt
It never surprises me to hear another story about a near
disaster for a hot-air balloon.
one happened in Florida today after the pilot was forced to ditch the balloon in a pond to avoid power lines and a highway.
Nobody was hurt. It could have been so much worse. You could never get me on one of
Monday, July 3, 2017
The Big Dud
4:27 pm edt
I only heard a couple of firecrackers
last night. My neighborhood was quiet, but things could be different tonight.
It will get loud with the local celebration after 9pm. I never understood the hoopla
around fireworks. They don't do anything for me.
Sunday, July 2, 2017
The Chosen Cities
3:03 pm edt
I often wonder how selections
are made for the best places to live. Three cities were mentioned as the best places for retirees, but no source was referenced.
Naples FL, Nashville
and Seattle were selected as the tops in their categories of small, big and large cities.
I'm sure they are nice places to live because we were told this.
Saturday, July 1, 2017
It's All About The 4th
10:56 pm edt
It's a five day 4th of July weekend going from Friday through
It's now Saturday night and I'm hearing my first fireworks.
They were so loud. I'm not a big fan of them.