Thursday, November 30, 2017
The Price Is Not Right
1:29 am est
They don't make it easy
to recycle old televisions. There are businesses that will take them, but they charge quite a bit.
Best Buy will take it off my hands for $25. I wonder where it finally ends up. There is so much of
it every day.
It's good to see the company being very
proactive with their customers when it comes to recycling consumer electronics. I just wish it was cheaper.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Should Have Called Sooner
7:37 pm est
When I bought my first
ever HD television, I thought it would be plug and play. I purposely bought a "smart TV" at Best Buy and got a great
Apparently, they no longer include user guides. After I
went to Comcast to upgrade my cable box, I thought it would be easy.
I was determined not to call customer assistance, but finally relented after three hours into it.
30 minutes with a live person, I finally was able to watch programs.
So much for plug and play.
Bag of Bad Ideas
11:26 pm est
Now that there is a
new Boston City Council for the next two years, the proposal to put a five cent tax on plastic bags has emerged again.
I think this is a bad idea for a number of reasons. It's an unfair tax on consumers, as well as an
inconvenience. There is doubt of the environmental impact and reducing the number of bags.
This has always been controversial. Nobody has to worry about an election for the next
two years. It came back because there is nothing to fear from the voters.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Bought It Once
11:32 pm est
Everyone seems to love
bacon and sausages. It's all very tasty. I have not had bacon in many years, but eat sausage patties when I go out for breakfast.
I can recall buying bacon when I was 23, but never again. I have never bought sausages for consumption
at home in any form.
I would eat bacon if I cooked it. Pork
is a great meat, especially the sirloin.
Sunday, November 26, 2017
11:41 pm est
I made pasta sauce for
the second time today. It was a big improvement over my last effort.
It still needs to taste better. There might have been too
much tomato paste in the recipe.
was a lot of fun making sauce. Just keep making it better.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Today Is 64
11:12 pm est
I turned 64 today. Birthdays
are a time to reflect. Another year has passed. Time marches on.
My favorite Hallmark card said: "This is the oldest you have ever been, but you'll never be this young
This is such a true statement.
Friday, November 24, 2017
More Goat Cheese
11:28 pm est
I went to a Whole Foods
store today. I wish they had one closer. Some of their product prices are much higher than what I pay.
They always give out free samples of cheese and crackers. I enjoyed some nice goat cheese.
I ended up buying everything needed to make my own pasta sauce.
That is my next plan.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Late Night Shoppers
11:07 pm est
Shopping all night has
become a Thanksgiving tradition for some. People who go out certainly enjoy doing it.
We hear stories every year of outrageous behavior by customers. Nothing ever surprises me.
Hopefully, everyone stays safe.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
54 Years For JFK
6:38 pm est
President John F Kennedy was assassinated 54 years ago today.
You would have to be over 60 to have any memory of the day. It was one of the biggest events in my lifetime.
Like everything else, it has faded with time. It got a ten second mention on the nightly news and
was buried in the newspaper.
I have always said that 9/11 will fade
away in the coming decades. Anyone under 21 would have no recollection of what really happened on that day.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Wreaths For The Right Price
7:24 pm est
A nearby town has a great way to pay for holiday
wreaths hanging from light poles. They allowed citizens to sponsor them and have their name placed on a tasteful metal sign.
It doesn't distract from anything, but could be a safety hazard if drivers try to read
them while in motion.
They Love Stadiums
11:40 pm est
I just watched the video
of the implosion of the Georgia Dome. It was opened in 1992 and is gone now.
I was there for basketball games at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
The Olympic Stadium is also gone. It was retrofitted to Turner Field before it finally ended with
the Atlanta Braves playing there.
Benz Stadium is the place now. I hope it lasts for at least 30 years. Is that even possible?
Sunday, November 19, 2017
3:49 pm est
The holiday season is upon
us starting this week. There is too much consumerism. The point of this season was lost a long time ago.
Some television commercials really irk me, especially the
ones involving high-end cars. They imply that life will be better if someone gives you a car like this for a present.
They try to portray the perfect life
and family. There is no such thing.
Saturday, November 18, 2017
2:43 pm est
Retailers are caught in a
situation that has no easy solution. They are forced to open on Thanksgiving Day because consumers want to shop. Employees
are often forced to work that day, rather than be with their families.
The easiest solution would be for shoppers to stay home, but that won't happen.
It's only a matter of time before some start opening at noon or earlier.
A Different Setting
11:23 pm est
There are times when
I lose my Wi-Fi connection when I'm home. I have no idea why that happens. It always comes back when I shut everything down.
It wasn't happening today. I tried several reboots, but still couldn't get any connection on my cell
I finally resolved the problem by going
into my phone's settings. The Wi-FI connection had been turned off. I have no idea how that happened.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
That Special Day 2017
11:40 pm est
Thanksgiving is one week away. Then we have the Holiday
season before we become 2018. It goes by so fast.
It's all about Christmas. That big day will pass too soon.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
On Your Property
11:12 pm est
I would never venture into the woods to walk or run during
the hunting season. It's just too dangerous out there.
A home owner in Maine was killed last week by a hunter while in their yard.
I would never want to live in a rural
area where hunters can come onto your property. It's a recipe for disaster.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
They Say Too Much
9:16 pm est
say too much on social media. I can't believe what I hear. A friend on Facebook is divorcing herself from her family. She
had quite a rant about it. I would never question her sincerity.
It doesn't matter what people throw out there.
They say whatever they want and have no problem with it.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Third Notice Nonsense
7:14 pm est
I subscribe to "Consumer Reports On Health". Their
10-12 page newsletter has a lot of useful information.
My subscription expires in July, but they have already sent me a "third notice". How many will I
get? I plan to renew it by April. It seems like such a waste to send these notices so early.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
A Dubious Tradition
5:30 pm est
Every time I run a marathon,
I seem to come down with some version of the flu within a few weeks. This time, I got it after the first week.
I kept waking up last night because my throat was so sore.
I have a dry cough and body aches. They say you can't catch a cold by being cold, but I totally dispute that.
I must carry the cold virus in my body 365 days a year.
This is the reason why I never get a flu shot. I would not want one right now.
Strange Things In The City
11:41 pm est
I saw a lot of strange things
when I was in New York City last weekend. Nothing ever surprises me.
There are now so many miles of bike lanes. I don't think it's a good idea to take a selfie while
riding a bike, but people do.
I also saw a livery car driver enjoying a bowl of soup while making a turn. That's probably not a safe thing
to do, but I'm sure it' wasn't the first time for him.
Friday, November 10, 2017
Bag of Bags
12:19 pm est
We get a plastic bags
for every purchase. I hate to throw them out because it seems like such a waste. I use them for my trash.
My local food market has a recycling program. I decided to take the ones I have and drop them off.
There will never be a shortage of bags for me. I plan to
recycle 60 white ones and start all over again.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
No More Drivers
1:44 am est
I am very skeptical about driverless vehicles. It's being
forced upon us too quickly.
involved try to ensure us that everything about it is safe. Test vehicles have an operator to monitor it all.
A driverless vehicle was involved in a small crash in Las
Vegas yesterday with a truck. There were no injuries, but it's another bad sign for this process.
The technology is there, but I don't
think this will ever work unless every vehicle is driverless. The human element is too big of a factor.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Getting Towards Winter
7:21 pm est
Last weekend when I was in
New York City, the temperature was in the 70's. It will be very cold this weekend when I attend a UMass/Maine football game
at Fenway Park.
my first sweater of the season last night and will do the same tonight when I head out. Temperatures can really fluctuate,
but I plan to pull down my storm windows.
We are headed towards winter. It just isn't here on the calendar.
The No Vote
11:43 pm est
Turnout was very low across
the state for today's election. Most contests were local ones. People didn't feel it was necessary to vote.
I don't understand why people need to take a picture of
their ballot. One person on Facebook wrote-in her 11 year old son and posted a photo of the ballot.
It never surprises me what people put
Monday, November 6, 2017
11:19 pm est
The holiday season is
too early, but retailers like it. Brick and mortar stores are trying to stay alive, in spite of on-line shopping.
On Thanksgiving Day, Toys R Us will be opened from 5pm on Thursday until 11pm on Friday. They think
they can own Black Friday, but they won't.
Too many stores will be open. They are all fighting for the consumer dollar.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Whine With The Headlines
10:34 pm edt
The recent rain and wind storm
caused a lot of damage around here. Numerous power lines and trees were down. School was canceled for two days. It caused
hardship for some people.
local newspaper decided it was a good idea to go with a headline that appeared like they were whining. They showed three children
with sad faces because Halloween and trick or treat was rescheduled for this weekend in some communities.
This was nothing compared to what went on in other parts
of the country with the recent hurricanes. Nobody died around here. Some people lost power for two days, but it was not a