Saturday, September 30, 2017
Not The Lyrics
11:46 pm edt
Once you get a song in your
head, it's hard to get it out. I remembered a song that we sang in the fifth grade, but was unsure of the lyrics to "Old
Grumbler Is Dead".
I saw it on the Internet, the words were totally different from what I remember. They were not even close.
The author of the song in unknown. I
guess people decide whatever lyrics they want.
Friday, September 29, 2017
11:48 pm edt
I think it's important
to eat breakfast every day in some shape or form. It's not easy for a lot of people. They eat so many different things.
I'm surprised by how many eat ice cream at that hour. I saw a picture on Facebook where a woman was
eating a very salty pretzel.
I could never do that or pizza.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Don't Park By Tree
7:35 pm edt
I parked my car he other day underneath some trees that
leaked sap onto my windshield. The stuff has been hard to remove. I need to take my car to the do-it-yourself wash.
I never thought the trees would make
such a mess of my windshield. Some trees will do that.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
October Changes It All
11:42 pm edt
Today was a great example
that there are always good beach days after Labor Day. They can be short and few, but they are there.
I made it to Hampton Beach today and enjoyed a two hour walk. I was surprised to see how many people
were there. It was in the high 80's.
starts on Sunday. There won't be too many more days like this.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Not About To Cut
5:40 pm edt
More and more people are "cutting
the cord" and giving up their cable television service. That will never happen to me, unless something drastically changes
in the industry.
don't watch any prime time television programs. It's all sports or cable news. If I cut the cord, it will eliminate the very
channels that I choose to watch.
Cable is way too expensive. It should be a lot cheaper, but we keep getting ripped off locally because
there is only one provider. Nothing will be changing soon about that.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Peace of Record
1:29 pm edt
There are always people determined
to get into the Guinness Book of Records. They think of a way that nobody else has considered.
A group in Boston was trying to set the record for the most
people in a peace sign. They assembled on Boston Common last Saturday.
They needed over 5,000 to show up, but only had 1,682. I thought they would get the
record, but they fell short. Another attempt will be made next year.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
The Day The Fan Died
4:47 pm edt
We are having a slight
heat wave at the start of autumn. I was surprised to see my box fan suddenly die.
It has provided faithful service for over ten years, but it stopped working the other day.
I tried another outlet and expanding the prongs on the plugs, but nothing worked.
It's time to head to the China Outlet (Walmart) for another one.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
5:03 pm edt
I'm not a big fan of Halloween.
It's a bunch of nonsense as far as I'm concerned. It's also a multi-billion industry that has a huge economic impact.
I got a piece of junk mail today from one of those "scary"
seasonal theme parks. They charge $37 for admission, but provided a $7 coupon.
That will be the last place on earth I ever visit.
Friday, September 22, 2017
A Park Needs People
12:57 am edt
A park isn't a park unless
there are people using it. A local one with a rich history has been fenced off for years. It was often unkempt and depended
on local service groups to cut the grass.
The fence has finally been removed. It looks so much more inviting. The only problem is that it's on a busy
street and there is no parking.
The city could buy some vacant land that abuts the park, but it will never happen for financial reasons.
This is a start.
9:43 pm edt
Most politicians are always
looking for a better opportunity. They have no problem jumping into a race when a higher office suddenly opens.
My Congressional district will elect a new Representative
next year. A local state legislator plans to enter the primary. She doesn't live in the district, but the law only requires
that you live in the state. There is nothing to prevent her from running.
Will voters hold it against her that she lives outside of the district? Is this an issue for anyone?
Many have done it before.
It will be up to the voters to decide. It remains to be seen if they even go out and vote.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Who Do They Charge?
2:52 pm edt
Within the next ten years,
there will be a profound number of electric cars on the road. A big issue is developing over who should pay for charging stations.
It's one of the big issues facing the industry.
California has over half of the electric vehicles in service. Their Public Utilities Commission has
approved a plan to allow the three largest utilities to invest $200 million in charging stations. The cost would be absorbed
by rate payers.
Kansas and Michigan have taken the opposite approach and said it should be up to the private sector.
The debate boils down to whether charging station should
be paid for by electric consumers, private companies or automakers.
I think it will become a mix of all three, but electric consumers should not be forced to pay for
them. The industry is in its infancy and evolving.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Voting For The Losers
11:03 pm edt
Politicians will say almost
anything in their campaign literature. They all use some of the same buzzwords like "transparency" and "accountability".
They rarely ever say how they will accomplish this.
One local candidate wants to "build a stronger community". How do they plan to do that?
What does that really mean?
easy to see why this candidate never wins. He gets my vote every election because he tries. I give him credit for that.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Revenue Up In Smoke
2:33 pm edt
New York City has some
of the highest cigarette prices in America.
Back in 2005, a pack cost $6.50 with taxes. The price has jumped to $13. The cost is a result of the higher
tax placed on them.
The move to raise more revenue has backfired. The city raised
$123 million in 2005, but only a projected $44 million for 2017. Part of that is caused by people seeking them on the black
The city counts on the revenue, but it keeps decreasing.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
11:38 pm edt
I was glad that I wasn't
home today when two politicians came knocking on doors in my apartment building. They left literature on my door.
They should not be in the building. Security isn't great. I have no desire to talk to them.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Will We See Jose?
8:34 pm edt
Hurricanes take their
time along the way. We saw that with Harvey and Irma before they did major damage in their path.
We are now seeing that with Jose. There is concern that it could effect New England by next Wednesday.
There are all sorts of reports of what might happen.
People need to plan and pay attention to the news.
Friday, September 15, 2017
6:04 pm edt
Train travel in America could
be so much faster. Someone just posted on Facebook about a train they were on in Spain that was traveling 180 mph.
We will never see that here. Upgrades to Amtrak are spoken
in terms of decades. There are so many curves and crossings that keep the speed down. The money isn't there to make huge improvements.
Trains do a great job hauling freight.
They do a good job moving people if you don't mind the extra time.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Replace The Boards Too
5:23 pm edt
The owners of a big
old Victorian home in my neighborhood are painting it again. They did it about ten years ago, but the peeling has been real
bad in the last few years.
It must be costing a fortune. There has been a crew of five
scraping the surface for the last few days. They just started the painting.
I've been watching the progress. I wonder why the owner isn't replacing some of the old clapboards. It doesn't
make any sense if they are paying so much for the work.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
1:58 pm edt
Apple is releasing it's newest
version of the iphone. This one has a lot of interesting features. They are always ahead of the curve.
I have never owned one. With the price at $900 and up, it
will be a long time before I ever purchase this overpriced item.
Users love them, but the price is too high for me.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Fine In The Sky
4:52 pm edt
I have not flown since
2000. I was never a big fan of it. We are always hearing horror stories of passengers acting up on flights.
It's good to see the hammer finally come down on someone who caused a disruption.
A federal judge ruled that a passenger must reimburse Hawaiian
Airlines $97,817 after the Honolulu to New York flight was forced to turn around.
The man pleaded guilty in February after being accused of threatening his girlfriend, her children
and crew members during a drunken tirade.
There is too much bad behavior in the sky. Nobody should be forced to put up with it.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Don't Count On It
12:43 pm edt
I think most people
know that the line in the market for "12 items or less" means exactly that. Some will try to sneak an extra item
or two. It's not the end of the world.
on Facebook posted a picture of 19 items being rung up. She said she always counts the items of the people in front of her.
Apparently, she was upset enough to post a picture.
What motivates her to be concerned about others? There are worse things in life other than having
an extra item in the checkout line. It's not worth getting upset over or calling someone out on it.
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Dollars of Damage
11:42 pm edt
I don't think they will ever come up with the dollar amount
of damage from Hurricane Irma. It's untold billions of dollars. The exact amount will never be known.
We will eventually hear a dollar figure. How accurate will it be?
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Don't Swim Before The Hurricane
11:43 pm edt
The cable news networks
have gone into full-mode coverage of Hurricane Irma as it prepares to hit Florida. It's amazing to see reporters out there,
but some of these people venture into war zones.
It was so predictable to see a camera shot along the heavy surf at the beach. They also showed the two selfish
people who couldn't stay out of the water.
Why do they act like this and expect to be saved if something goes wrong?
We could have this same conversation during the next hurricane.
Friday, September 8, 2017
Chance of Being Right
5:36 pm edt
The weather people love
to use the term "chance of a pop up shower". They can never be wrong because they leave the possibility on the table.
That was the forecast for this afternoon while I was on the golf course. It was bright and sunny,
but quickly changed within the first hour. The clouds came in and the rain started. It lasted about twenty minutes before
the sun came out again.
We hear the words "chance of"
so often, but nothing ever happens. They had it right today.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Time To Leave
6:02 pm edt
Hurricane Irma is predicted
to strike southern Florida. Mandatory evacuations are being set up in some places. It seems like there will be great devastation.
How do enforce a mandatory evacuation? Some people just
won't leave. They should be given the option of staying there, but knowing that nobody will come to save them if their life
do stupid things during every storm. That will never stop. They are making their own decision to test fate and mortality.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Don't Head To Florida
4:11 pm edt
Hurricane Irma has its
sights on Florida. It could be a catastrophic storm. It serves as a reminder that tourists really need to think about going
there during the hurricane season.
is no way to predict these storms ahead of time. In most cases, people make their plans months in advance. It's certainly
not a good idea to be heading there over the next few days.
I have no plans to go there. I've been there once, but that was 35 years ago.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Clean Sheets and Towels
10:58 pm edt
I stayed at a hotel recently that had a sign on the bed
asking guests if they wanted fresh sheets and towels daily. Their "Go greener" campaign appealed to the environmental
side of people.
The sign made for a good gesture, but fewer sheets and towels
equals more profit for the owners. It adds up over the course of all of the rooms and days.
You can never go wrong when you play the environmental card.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Book Is Here
11:50 pm edt
I've waited about two
months for my name to show up on the queue for a book at my local library. It's a best-seller, but I was shocked to see it
The cover is mangled for some reason. I cleaned it with
a spray. This book won't last long.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
Let's Not Meet Irma
11:11 pm edt
We are hearing about
the possibility of Hurricane Irma. It will be interesting to see what happens over the next ten days.
You never know with these storms. During the last days of the 2012 season, Hurricane Sandy wreaked
Nobody can never predict these storms.
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Coat On The Shoulder Time
1:47 pm edt
I think it takes a certain
personality profile to run for public office. So many candidates say the same things about leadership and the future.
Their campaign literature is carefully choreographed to
portray them in the best light. They often bring out their spouse and kids for added emphasis.
I received a mailing yesterday from a local candidate. He
was standing with his suit jacket over his shoulder and the sleeves rolled up on his blue dress shirt. It looked so fake.
What was he doing that required him to roll up his sleeves?
He was quick to show his wedding ring. He also emphasized a "brighter tomorrow"
in his campaign literature.
Friday, September 1, 2017
Taking Credit For Parking
8:14 pm edt
Should parking lots
and garages stop taking cash? A municipal garage in a nearby community is switching to credit cards only. We are seeing more
of that now.
Most of the garages in Boston only accept plastic. The surface
lots still deal in cash.
There is certainly big money in paid