Saturday, March 31, 2018
Didn't Care About Winning
7:33 pm edt
I bought a lottery ticket yesterday for the $521 million
Mega Millions jackpot. The only reason I did was because a clerk in a store kept encouraging me to do it.
There was one winner from New Jersey. Good luck to them. Winning that much money can only complicate
life. It's never the same after that.
I have no plans to buy any in the future, but think the lottery is a great idea. It's a voluntary tax paid
by the participants, with the proceeds going to cities and towns.
Friday, March 30, 2018
The Big Impact
5:51 pm edt
Easter will be here on
Sunday. It means a lot of different things to people.
It certainly has a big economic impact, with an estimated $18.4
billion to be spent on everything related.
Holidays always have a big impact financially, some more
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Take A Break
11:16 pm edt
I guess my 2017 Toyota Corolla is a very smart car. The
technology is amazing, especially the safety features and collision avoidance system.
When I left Boston the other night, I decided to take Route 1 home instead of my usual way. It was
a big mistake as I encountered construction, reduced lanes and trucks.
As a result, I had to make some quick decisions when moving between lanes. My lane detection system interpreted
my moves as "swaying between lanes".
I quickly got an indicator light on my dashboard telling me to take a break from driving. It stayed on until
I got home.
Hard to believe, but my car was looking out for me.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Stay On 93
11:37 pm edt
My Garmin GPS is from
2006 and disappointed me last night during a trip into Boston.
I was headed to North Beacon Street in Brighton, an area I was very familiar with from years past. I have
not been in there for several years. There is so much new construction and change.
The GPS took me to Rt 16 East in Medford and through Davis Square in Somerville. I knew where I was
at all times, but took exception when it lead me down the wrong street.
After that, I went on my own. In the end, I should have taken Storrow Drive. It would have been a lot easier.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
No Cable Options
2:05 pm edt
There is no competition in
many communities when it comes to cable television and high speed Internet service. Comcast has a monopoly where I live.
I'm able to get around the Internet part by using a much
slower DSL modem through Verizon.
years, I have read complaints from local citizens who want more options. The other day the mayor held a meting with representatives
from Verizon and RCN to explore options.
I'm glad they met, but I don't think anything will come from their summit. We always hear how expenive it
would be for another company to start up here.
Monday, March 26, 2018
The Last Days of Snow
11:06 pm edt
We are finishing the
first week of spring, but winter is still hanging around. Snow still covers large parts of the ground. Some piles will last
The snow will disappear fast if we get warmer temperatures
. A rain storm will clear it all out.
Sunday, March 25, 2018
Fiction Can't Be History
10:53 pm edt
I have no desire to read works of fiction. They don't interest
me in any way.
saw a Facebook posting from someone who just read a 1,036 page novel about the history of Hawaii. If it's a novel, how true
can the history part be.
was probaly liberal in their interpretation of the truth. It's hard to separate fact from fiction.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Where Does It Land?
8:12 pm edt
China launched its own space
station back in 2011, but they abandoned it by 2013. It now appears that the 9.4 ton craft will come crashing to earth on
The only problem
is that nobody knows where it will land or how much will burn up when it enters the atmosphere.
It will be just a blip in the news cycle if it lands without
incident. Hopefully, it doesn't become a big news story because it hurt people or did damage.
Friday, March 23, 2018
8:28 pm edt
I just read an interesting book review of a young British
couple who decided to sell everything and travel around the world on their sailboat with their three young children.
They were certainly adventurous while facing many challenges and danger during their time at sea.
The husband recently wrote a book. I have it on reserve at my local library. It sounds like an interesting
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Not Ready To Scream For It
7:06 pm edt
I eat ice cream a few times annually. I never go out and
buy a cone. It's not the healthiest food out there.
A local ice cream stand opened for the season the other day. A picture on Facebook showed 60 people waiting
up to 45 minutes in 23 degree weather to get their first cone of the season.
That's one thing I'll never do.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Not Like California
6:58 pm edt
The snow tonight won't be that bad compared to what is going
on in Southern California.
rains are creating mudslides that threaten many homes. Some areas are under mandatory evacuation.
People complain about the snow around here, but it will
soon be gone with the warmer temperatures.
Cellars might get flooded, but it's nothing compared to having your home wash away in a mudslide.
Those who live along the coast here do so at their own risk.
They know how bad it can get.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Cute Storm Name
11:15 pm edt
Today was the first day of
spring, but we are facing another big snow storm tomorrow. It will be the fourth one in recent weeks.
The weather people love it because they get top billing
on the local news. Everyone wants to hear what they have to say even if they are wrong.
Someone decided to coin the term Four'easter to describe
this storm. The media loves it.
Monday, March 19, 2018
7:48 pm edt
It took a pedestrian fatality in Arizona by a driver-less
Uber car to shed a spotlight on this crazy endeavor.
It a appears the victim was crossing a street, but not in the crosswalk. There was a person in the car, but
it was on autopilot. Uber said they will put a hold on the testing.
I don't think this concept is a good idea in congested areas. There is great technology involved, but you
can't predict what people will do.
Sunday, March 18, 2018
A Ride That Won't Start
2:06 pm edt
When it comes to urban
planning, there are many foolish ideas that get consideration.
The Seaport District in Boston is a massive development that is changing the face of the city.
Many new buildings will bring thousands of workers and complicate the parking
and transportation problems.
One idea being floated is to have a series of gondolas from South Station to various stops in the district.
This sounds reasonable, but the renderings of the towers would certainly mar the landscape and be
I can't imagine this getting approved, based on its appearance.
Boston is always concerned about things looking nice.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
The Worst Ride
6:50 pm edt
I would never use a ride sharing service like Uber or Lyft.
Drivers take a risk picking up strangers. There are stories of robberies and violence. It doesn't happen often, but when it
does, it's usually bad.
A driver was robbed in New York City of $23. He was shot
several times and was critically wounded.
The system is meant to be safe and secure, but things can go wrong.
Friday, March 16, 2018
Losses R Us
8:10 pm edt
A company can never stay in business with financial losses
and increased debt. It's always a recipe for disaster.
Toys "R" Us will be facing the inevitable when they close 800 stores across America and another
800 around the world. Their business model could not compete with on-line retail.
The biggest shock to me was that the company has been around for 70 years. I never heard of them
when I was younger. I thought they were about 30 years old.
Thursday, March 15, 2018
A Step From Disaster
11:18 pm edt
Two stories in the news tonight
show how life can change in a moment.
Last night, a tow truck driver was killed on Rt 495 while he was getting ready to remove a car. The man had
been doing if for decades, but in that one moment, it all ended.
In Boston, a man was outside his home shoveling snow when he was struck by a falling limb from a
tree. He is now paralyzed from the waist down.
How do these random events happen? Both men were at the wrong place at the wrong time, but fate took
know day to day.
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
11:19 pm edt
I will be returning a book tomorrow to the local library.
They have an automated return service that I always use.
Unfortunately, the book fell off a table and broke its spine. I thought of fixing it with glue, but decided
against that bad idea.
I will let the people at the front desk know about this.
That book was so fragile.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Spring 2018 Is Next Week
11:45 pm edt
We got another 15 inches of
snow today in a big storm. Spring is next week. There is also another one in the forecast by then.
People keep me entertained with their whining and rants
about the weather. They have a need to express their feelings no matter what.
I went out for a walk today around 4pm when it was snowing hard. It was so beautiful and quiet out
time tomorrow night, the snow will be dirty. We are so close to spring.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Just Call It A Storm
7:44 pm edt
We will be getting a huge snow storm tonight and into tomorrow. It could
up to 15 inches. This will be our third one in less than two weeks.
never refer to the storms as a "nor'easter". I think that term is so lame and overused. Nobody says "northeaster".
I won't use either term.
Sunday, March 11, 2018
News Is Too Live
11:25 pm edt
I enjoy reading my newspapers, but social media can really
get a story out.
I saw a video on Facebook of a helicopter crashing into
the NYC's East River one hour after it happened. Whoever took the video was there on the spot.
So far, two passengers are dead and one missing. Another made it out.
In all my trips to the Big Apple, I have never had the urge to go on a helicopter tour of the city.
11:42 pm est
So much damage was caused by the recent snow and wind storm.
Thousands lost power. Not everyone has it back.
Many trees were uprooted and toppled onto power lines, homes and cars. There will be so many insurance claims.
I noticed the damage to so many trees. In some instances, the broken branch will be properly sawed
off and look nice.
In most cases, the jagged branch resumes its place.
Friday, March 9, 2018
Waiting For The Train
11:42 pm est
America doesn't really have
high-speed train service. Amtrak tries very hard, but has a lot of problems. We always hear about the "bullet trains"
that travel over 200 mph.
The plan to have one from Los Angeles to San Francisco is becoming a financial Black Hole. The estimated cost has been revised
to $77.3 billion, a $13 billion increase from two years ago.
The construction of the first 119 miles is becoming a nightmare. Land acquisition has been difficult.
Environmental impact studies add more cost and cause delays.
This small portion is scheduled to open in 2029. I find that hard to believe. How much money will
be spent by then?
Thursday, March 8, 2018
They Score Too Much
7:07 pm est
A recent girl's high school basketball playoff game in Massachusetts
was decided by a score of 93-7. This happens more than it should, even on the college level.
There are many parts to this issue, but one of the problems is having too many teams compete in post-season
playoffs. There are teams with losing records involved in the mix.
Everyone wants to be part of the playoffs, but things like this happen when there are competitive mismatches.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Enabling By The Media
5:54 pm est
People do foolish things during
storms, especially when flooding and high tides are involved.
The media acts as an enabler by showing pictures of people who want their fifteen minutes of fame.
A Boston station showed a picture of a guy standing in three
feet of flood water drinking a beer. The newscasters thought it was funny.
What is the purpose of doing this? News coverage is poor enough without giving these people attention.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
The News Gets Worse
12:45 pm est
Television news is poor at so many levels. A noon Boston
broadcast showed how poor it can get.
a recent storm, a shipwreck dated from 1750-1850 was unearthed on York Beach it Maine. It first resurfaced in 2007 and a few
I was surprised to hear the strange comments from the two
co-anchors. They obviously don't know anything about the shipwreck being protected under Maritime Law.
There was once a time when newscasters knew what they were talking about rather than taking turns
reading from the teleprompter.
Monday, March 5, 2018
Price of the Globe
8:22 pm est
The last thing any newspaper
should do is to raise their newstand price, but he Boston Globe did that.
The daily edition is now $2.50 and the Sunday goes for $5. It comes to at least $85 per month. I
read the e-paper format for $28 monthly.
Newspapers keep losing readers and money. They don't have too many options except to raise prices. They will
probably lose more readers with this move.
Sunday, March 4, 2018
Space Time Soon
8:06 pm est
Three private companies plan
to conduct space flights for private citizens. The tickets don't come cheaply, but there is a waiting list.
One of the more intriguing trips involves a journey to the
moon, with an orbit around it.
trips don't come without a risk. Passengers will need to sign a waiver, exempting the companies from being sued if anything
do this really need to be aware of what could happen.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
7:31 pm est
The Oscars will be awarded
tomorrow night, but I have no plans to watch the show. I have not seen any of the movies or even heard of some.
There are too many nominations under each category. They need to trim the lists, but that won't happen
because Oscar nominations are good for the box office.
The worst part of the show will be the endless political rants by the winners. The show is suppose to be an
awards night, but it gets turned into a political soap box.
Friday, March 2, 2018
3:20 pm est
I was at a Barnes &
Noble book store yesterday. Retail outlets are having a hard time competing with Amazon. Stores can only carry so much inventory.
I only found one title I was looking for. It's easy to see why Amazon is so successful.
Marching Into The Coast
11:16 pm est
This is the same story,
but in a different year.
There is a big coastal rain and snow storm expected on
Friday. There could be flooding in the same areas that always get hit.
People love to live near the ocean. They take their hits and come back for more. I could never go through
that, but they do it very willingly.
You never know how these storms work out.