Monday, April 30, 2018
Time Off The Clock
11:02 pm edt
It's hard to believe that we have reached the point where
kids can no longer tell time on a clock.
In the United Kingdom, schools are replacing traditional clocks with digital ones.
It's a reflection of the times.
Sunday, April 29, 2018
The Longest Commute
11:01 pm edt
According to the Census
Bureau, the average commuter spends 26 minutes each way getting to work. I found this to be my case when I was working.
Recent years have seen the increase of super-commuters who spend more than 90 minutes each way.
Stockton, CA leads the nation with 10% of its workers spending more than three hours in the process.
Metro New York checks in at fourth with 6.7%.
People do what they need to do, but I can't imagine spending that much travel time, especially in a car.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Can I Post This?
11:57 pm edt
I wish I knew why I
can't post to this web-page. There is never a guarantee that it will be successful.
Let's see what happens now after various issues.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Ford Cars Gone
10:53 pm edt
It's hard to believe that Ford will stop making sedans after
2020. They will focus on pick-up trucks, SUV's and cross-over utility vehicles.
It's probably a good idea. Their cars were not selling that well. They need to put their best products out
there. Concentrating on those vehicle lines will be better for them.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Bad Food List
3:31 pm edt
I go great extremes to avoid fast foods. They are bad for
all of us. Their nutritional content can cause health problems.
I just reviewed a few items I eat periodically. The numbers can get shocking. From this point forward,
I will make every effort to avoid them.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Sweeping Away Complaints
10:25 pm edt
Most towns and cities do their street sweeping late at night.
It makes more sense when there are fewer cars and people.
It has been going on late at night where I live, but that hasn't stop people from complaining about
should realize that they can't have it both ways. They should be happy that the streets are getting cleaned.
It only happens this time of year.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
First Round of Golf
11:33 pm edt
It was a beautiful spring
day today. We are expecting rain tomorrow. It was the perfect day for a round of golf with some friends.
The condition of the course was better than expected. It
was wet in a couple of spots.
I actually played reasonably well.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Disaster In The Sky
6:20 pm edt
I have not flown since 2000.
I was a victim of turbulence which took the joy out of flying.
The latest incident with Southwest just made it worse. Nobody ever thought that a female passenger
would get partially sucked out of the fuselage after a piece of metal from the engine broke away and made a hole. The victim
died, in spit of life saving efforts by passengers.
could this happen? It was such a freak event. The victim was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but it could've been someone
doesn't raise my confidence in flying, although I realize it's the safest way of transportation.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Stuff In The Fridge
11:33 pm edt
People amaze me when they
clean out their refrigerator and post pictures on Facebook. They seem to accumulate food that never gets eaten and is eventually
of post with a picture of bacon that expired in December 2015. Do people have that much in their fridge? How does that happen?
I live by myself, so I guess it's worse if you have kids.
Saturday, April 21, 2018
No Cars In Park
7:32 pm edt
As of June 1st, all cars will be banned from New York City's Central Park. This should've
happened a long time ago. It never made sense that walkers, cyclists and runners had to deal with them.
They added pollution to place where people seek
refuge. Hopefully, a future mayor doesn't reverse this decision.
Friday, April 20, 2018
Screen Test 2018
11:48 pm edt
The screen on my cell
phone was cracked. I found a local place that could fix it for $100.
When I went there today, they said it was only my screen protector that was damaged. They replaced it for
$25. What a great deal.
This business was a little hole in the wall place with a
guy who really knew what he was doing.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
2:37 pm edt
You can always count on parents
to exhibit boorish behavior at sporting events involving their kids. I have personally witnessed it.
Some took it to a new level at an area high school lacrosse
game. A couple of parents from opposing teams started to say things to one another. A fight eventually broke out and police
had to be called.
parents should be ashamed of themselves. Their behavior was so outrageous. I'm sure they thought they were justified in their
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Connected Once More
11:23 am edt
I lost my internet connection last night and spent way too
much time trying to fix it. No matter what I did, it would not work. It was very frustrating.
The problem continued this morning as I repeated the steps. I tried one more thing in my Norton security
program. I'm not sure what happened, but I now have connectivity.
This was really strange.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Battery Dead When Needed
11:55 pm edt
The Boston Marathon was run under atrocious conditions with
cold driving rain and wind. I took great care to secure my cellphone. I shut it off before the start when it was charged at
When I finished the race, it was at 1% and then shut down.
I was unable to make any calls or do anything with it.
I was surprised how the battery reacted. Samsung needs to do a better job with them, but they won't.
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Trying To Stay Dry
6:09 pm edt
I plan to run the Boston Marathon tomorrow and hope to finish
it for my 45th time. The weather forecast is for horrible weather.
It will be in the 40's, with wind and rain. There is nothing we can do about it. Every runner, volunteer and
spectator will need to deal with it.
have some new running gear which should keep me dry. I have poured water on both items and they stayed dried.
It will be a big test for the hours they will be exposed to the elements. I'm betting my race on
Saturday, April 14, 2018
Two Rising Cities
10:46 pm edt
I spent a few hours today
in Boston's Seaport District. There is so much building going on. Another new neighborhood of the city is being created. It's
quite exciting to see it all come together.
Nothing can compare to Hudson Yards in New York City with it's $25 billion in construction.
Both cities are being transformed and will never look the
same. I think it's all positive.
Friday, April 13, 2018
Only Four Made It
10:36 pm edt
I don't buy eggs very
often, but I purchased a dozen today. At the store, I joked with the bagger about getting them home in one piece.
As I brought all my bags into the kitchen, the one with the eggs slipped from my hand and fell to
the floor. When I examined them, I found that only four survived the fall.
I made another trip to the store for another dozen. I have never owned 16 eggs at once.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
No Room For Me There
10:33 pm edt
I would never stay at
a residence found on a home sharing app. It just seems like a bad idea to stay with strangers.
There was a posting on Facebook from a friend who spent a night in Oklahoma. The room was in a garage
that had a small bathroom. It didn't take much effort to create a room from that space.
The cost was low, but it looked so uninviting. Hotels and motels also have their issues, but they
appear to be more legitimate.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Striking Out With Fans
10:44 am edt
Most Major League Baseball teams have an issue with attendance.
Their announced figure is usually based on the amount of tickets sold, rather than actual fans in the seats.
The Chicago White Sox are a great example. During a recent day game, they claimed the attendance
to be 10,377 while the real amount of fans was 974. Photographic evidence backed it up. The stadium was virtually empty.
Teams generate a huge amount of revenue from broadcasting rights. Television ratings are down significantly,
especially for people under the age of 45.
It costs too much for a family to attend a game. They start too late and last longer than they should.
MLB has a problem, but as long as the money keeps flowing, it's business as usual.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Just Drive In
4:17 pm edt
There seems to be too many
car accidents where drivers end up going through the windows of stores or offices.
This never happened years ago. Why is it now? Most of the drivers are elderly or impaired, but not
It's a problem
that is only getting worse. What is the solution?
Monday, April 9, 2018
The Tree Encounter
3:06 pm edt
We never know when disaster
might strike. It could be at any moment. Fate intervenes. We have no control over that.
A local man was killed yesterday when a tree fell on him
while he was trying to remove debris from the recent storms. It was too heavy to lift by first responders.
His adult son was with him during that final moment. The
victim never had a chance.
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Enough To Rattle You
10:33 pm edt
A friend who lives in Arizona just posted a picture of a
"baby" rattlesnake on their patio.
I realize they were there before people moved in, but I would have a hard time with that.
What do you do? What happens if it comes back as an adult?
I have never been a fan of
snakes, but they have their place in the ecosystem.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
They Want Money
11:41 pm edt
I have a hard time crying
for casinos that are failing. We are seeing that in the sate of New York where recently built places want to change their
allocation of revenue to the state.
threaten to close and lay off hundreds of employees, while complaining about Indian casinos working under different rules.
Friday, April 6, 2018
One More Brush With Snow
6:21 pm edt
You never know with the weather
around here. The temperature has been stuck in the 30's and it snowed today. We didn't get much, but it was enough to cover
I never thought
I would need my snow brush on April 6th. It's a good thing I never put it away for the season.
Will I need it again?
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Ten Days of Nonsense
11:51 pm edt
Weather people think
they know everything and love all the attention they get when it gets stormy.
How can they be serious about a ten day forecast? The only time I would pay attention to that would
be if they predicted a hurricane or blizzard.
plan to run the Boston Marathon on April 16th. How does anyone predict the weather that far ahead?
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Tress and Branches Fall
5:30 pm edt
There was a story on the local news tonight about communities
suffering from tree damage during the recent storms.
Most of the coverage was related to fallen trees and branches on private property.
What is the responsibility of local government to help
citizens when that happens?
Insurance regulations prohibit public employees from entering
private property to assist. Residents can cut and bundle the branches and leave them out like trash, but not everyone can
It's a difficult problem that frustrates many people, but
has no easy solution.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
10:12 pm edt
Earlier this evening, I attempted
to take a shower, but found out there was no hot water. The pressure was fine for cold.
It lasted for a couple of hours before it cleared up. I
have no idea what happened.
apartment building has 18 units, but has experienced problems with the hot water heaters in the past.
Monday, April 2, 2018
Hold The Sugar
3:09 pm edt
People post a lot of
interesting recipes on Facebook, but so many have unhealthy ingredients.
I saw one today for a cucumber, tomato and onion salad with apple cider vinegar.
There is no way I would ever add the suggested two tablespoons of sugar to the mix. It doesn't make
any sense to ruin it with all that.
Sunday, April 1, 2018
It's April 2018
11:12 pm edt
As the first day of April ends, we have been told to expect
snow on the ground tomorrow.
Will this really happen 11 days into spring?
Weather is crazy these days. Nobody can really predict it.