Sunday, December 31, 2017
The End of 2017
5:58 pm est
There are now only six
hours left to 2017. The year will be relegated to history. So much happened this year.
Many people think that the new year will allow them to start with a clean slate. I think they are
only kidding themselves.
The new year holds so much promise, but it's just an extension
of the present.
Trillion To Build
11:41 pm est
I really hope the trillion
dollar infrastructure program gets approved by Congress. There are so many worthy projects.
How do we spend the money? There is so much potential for waste and fraud with any government contract.
It costs extra money in the end for any project
The various 100 year old subway tunnels under the Hudson and East Rivers in NYC could cost over $20 billion
to address and still not get the job done under budget.
Let's spend the money and make it good for another hundred years.
Friday, December 29, 2017
Charging To Save
4:59 pm est
We always think that the services provided by police and
fire departments are free. Their salaries are paid by taxes. That is not the case in Seabrook, NH.
They will now be charging $500 when the "jaws of life" are used to rescue someone. This
seems a bit outrageous. Are people suppose to say no when they hear the cost?
Whenever this tool is used, it's usually a pretty dire situation. The town should be embarrassed by trying
to squeeze money from people.
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Name That School
5:25 pm est
A nearby community is
asking its citizens for input in naming a new school. They need to fill out a form and say why their name should be used.
This is never a good idea because not everyone will be happy in the end. If you name it after a person,
there will be others who could make a strong case for their individual.
It's getting to the point where it's easier to come up with a generic name.
Winter 2018 On Deck
11:24 pm est
It will be very cold
for the next several days. There
is snow on the ground that looks like it's here to stay.
All it takes is one day with warm temperatures or rain to wash it all away.
Nobody can ever predict how this winter will be.
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Smarter Than The Customer
11:44 am est
Smart phones are often
smarter than their users. There are so many thinks to know. Their capabilities are limitless.
I never knew how easy it is to do live video messaging or to edit a video. All it takes is for someone
to show you.
Monday, December 25, 2017
They Got Their Wish
10:45 am est
We always hear about having
a white Christmas. We got one today with at least four inches of snow. It will be cold and windy throughout the day. The driving
conditions will not be very good.
It's winter in New England. The weather can be very unpredictable. It doesn't matter what day it is.
Sunday, December 24, 2017
The Big Puzzle
4:26 pm est
I have a 500 piece puzzle
of the New York Subway map which I purchased last year. I have never done one of these.
Some people are able to do these in no time. I plan to start
doing it. How long will it take?
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Why Not 20
3:14 pm est
A woman in Israel just gave birth to her 19th child. Why
would anyone have that many kids?
must be a tremendous financial burden to have that many. She seems to be very healthy.
I wonder if they will try for one more to make it an even
Friday, December 22, 2017
Cash Only For Them
12:43 am est
The Salvation Army claims
that donations are down from last year. They blame it on the fact that most shoppers carry a limited amount of cash on them
and the agency can't accept credit cards.
think they have a valid point. Most people want to put change or a dollar bill in the kettle. They can't break a large bill
so they just keep walking. It has happened to me.
is no easy solution. They are not about to take plastic.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Didn't Want To Go Green
7:05 pm est
I just bought a 200 square foot roll of cling wrap. It should
last me about five months.
Unfortunately, I didn't realize I bought their "holiday
edition". The stuff is green and looks ridiculous. I like the clear one. Why did they do this?
It's my fault because I should have looked closer at it.
11:51 pm est
I never thought my print
job would die, but it did tonight. I had all I could do to print three sheets.
It seems like the black ink cartridge is totally empty. I was able to squeeze three more pages.
Time to go to Staples for a new cartridge.
Monday, December 18, 2017
No Rush To Get There
8:23 pm est
Uber and Lyft have greatly
impacted the taxi cab industry, but who ever thought it would effect ambulance rides?
A recent study of communities where ride sharing operates showed that transportation to the hospital
by ambulance has decreased by 7%.
is a hard number to interpret. It sounds like some of the trips to the ER were not that urgent. We have always been told that
minutes matter during an emergency.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
How Was The Party?
3:35 pm est
I plan to stop by at a Christmas
party tonight in Cambridge. It's at a comedy club where I have performed before. I attended last year, but it was rather crowded.
I'll see what happens this year. It's always nice to see
everyone, but it can get crowded real fast.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
3:31 pm est
I don't attend craft fairs, but a lot of other people do. This time of year provides shoppers with
many interesting gifts to buy.
It's never good if the sellers end the day with a lot of inventory. There is always packing and moving that
needs to be done.
is no guarantee of sales. It can be a tough way to make money. People who do it seem to have a passion.
No Apples Today
11:35 pm est
I got an email today stating that the security on my Apple
computer had been compromised. I never opened the complete message because it looked so suspicious.
Apparently, they think I have an Apple. How did I ever get this? This is not the first time for
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Won't Be Seeing The Movie
6:52 pm est
Tonight is the premiere of
the eighth Star Wars movie, but I have no plans to see it.
The movie series is a financial blockbuster since the first one came out in the 1970's.
I have never been a big fan of science fiction. The movies
never did much for me. I saw part of the first one, but turned it off after about 30 minutes.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
All In The Cards
5:23 pm est
People don't send holiday
cards like in years past. It use to be a big thing to send and get them.
Social media has destroyed all that. It seems so impersonal when you see a post on Facebook from someone who
says if you want to receive a card, send them a direct message.
I understand their point, but what is the sense of sending cards if you need to ask people?
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The Shattered Bowl
11:51 am est
I have dropped dishes and drinking glasses on the floor.
Sometimes they break, but other times they don't. You never know the outcome.
I dropped a cereal bowl yesterday. It made a loud bang when it hit the floor. I was shocked to see how it
completely shattered into so many small pieces. There was nothing left to it.
Monday, December 11, 2017
Fake Bike Lanes
7:36 pm est
The proliferation of
bike lanes in cities has presented many challenges for riders and cars. I see cyclists all over the place when I drive
in some parts of Boston and Cambridge.
Bike lanes should only be set aside after careful planning. A recent news story mentioned a rider who took
it upon himself to paint a line on a bridge in Boston's Seaport District.
The story was a bit amusing, but people can't be taking it upon themselves to declare where a bike lane will
This is just another example of the difficulty in keeping
everyone happy about this issue.
11:58 pm est
For the last month, my bath tub has drained very slowly.
I poured several bottles of Draino into it, but to no avail. Whenever I showered, I ended up in ankle deep water.
It changed so much today. I'm not sure what happened, but my tub drained and is working very well. I will
never understand how this happened.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
The First Snow of Dec 2017
10:32 pm est
We saw the first snow
of the season today. It's not winter yet, but here we are with at least four inches of snow.
Plows were out there earning at least four hours of pay.
It might get a lot worse than this over the next few months. Nobody knows how much snow we might
Friday, December 8, 2017
Cheap TV Watching
4:10 pm est
According to a sticker
on my new HD television, it costs $14 annually for electricity, based on five hours of viewing.
I never turn it on until at least 5pm. If I'm home in the evening, I don't always have it on.
It would be interesting to monitor the duration of my daily use. The bigger cost is
my monthly COMCAST cable bill of $115.
They Want Rain
11:33 pm est
I cannot believe the wild fires in California. So many homes
have been burned to the ground. There is no relief in sight.
Meanwhile, people in New England are concerned whether they might get up to five inches of snow on Saturday.
a bunch of nonsense. The local
news channels made it their lead story.
I get embarrassed by this. People are losing their home in California to wild fire. We don't have
that here. Snow is nothing.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Say Something Positive
5:11 pm est
It's a different experience
for kids in grammar school today. Things were done very differently when I was growing up. It was unheard of to celebrate
anyone's birthday or to bring food and snacks to school.
I saw a Facebook posting where the mother showed a picture of her son with a sheet of paper with all of the
comments the children had written about him on his birthday. They wrote one positive word.
This works well with really young kids. I can only imagine what they will write when
they get older.
It seems like a nice thing to do when kids are that age.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
2:46 pm est
It was just announced
that Russia has been banned from the Winter Olympic Games because of doping issues with athletes. Several of them will be
allowed to compete, but not under the Russian flag.
This doesn't even register with me. I'm not a big fan of the Olympics. It's an over-hyped event and a financial
disaster for any country and locale that agrees to host the Games.
I still can't believe that a group wanted Boston to be the host of the Summer Games in 2024. Thankfully, that
idea eventually died.
Monday, December 4, 2017
12:15 am est
I was planning to write
to my website last night, but had a major problem accessing the Internet.
I'm not sure what happened. I ran a Norton Virus Scan that took about 45 minutes before it finished.
Will this solve last night's issue?
Saturday, December 2, 2017
The Exploding Phone
6:19 pm est
The evening news had
a story about an iPhone 6 which exploded while the user was texting. It was caught on video.
The phone was destroyed after the explosion which caused a big flash with smoke. Apple plans to examine
the phone. How did this happen?
all use our phones with the expectation that nothing bad will occur.
End Of 2017
11:15 pm est
We made it to the last
month of 2017 and are moving forward to 2018. The year went by so fast.
Three weeks ago tonight, I was getting ready to run the New York City Marathon and had no idea how it would
Three weeks from tonight is Christmas
weekend. Another week after that is 2018.