Thursday, May 31, 2018
1:12 pm edt
For the last two weeks, I have been getting prompts on my
desktop PC to install Windows updates. Every time I tried, it was unsuccessful. Running virus scans never resolved the problem.
Before I went to bed last night, I ran another scan.
When I awoke this morning, I had another prompt for the updates. It was finally successful.
The updates took over one hour. I'm glad it finally worked.
I have no idea what caused the problem.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
New For 2019
3:22 pm edt
Most charities raise money throughout the year. It often keeps their administrative costs high.
I received my first 2019
calendar in the mail today. It was only a matter of time. I usually get at least a dozen before it's over.
There are some charities
I never heard of, but they want money from me.
There is no way I can ever stop this. At least it keeps people
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
No Train Between
11:22 pm edt
It is so bizarre to think that there is no rail
connection between North and South Stations in Boston. It has been like that forever.
Travelers should be able to take Amtrak from Florida to Maine, but the ride is disrupted in Boston
for a matter of two miles. It causes so much inconvenience.
might take twenty years from today to build a connection between the stations if they ever really do it.
Monday, May 28, 2018
They Throw It On The Grill
12:30 pm edt
People in different parts of the world eat things that we
would never think of consuming. What is normal there, is unthinkable here.
A friend of mine was traveling in Cambodia and Thailand. He posted a picture of himself eating grilled rat
by a roadside cafe.
I can't imagine eating it, but that is normal for people
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Won't Always Be The Worst House
5:57 pm edt
In real estate, they
always say the best investment is the worst house in a nice neighborhood.
I have been watching the renovations of a house that is a big eyesore. It's for sale and already under agreement.
The contractor is doing some awesome work bringing the house back. I'm looking forward to seeing
the finished product. I have no doubt it will look beautiful.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Climbing With A Little Help
6:26 pm edt
People try to set some
of the strangest world records. I think many of them get there with the help of others.
A man from Australia just became the fastest to climb the highest mountains in each of the seven continents,
achieving his goal in 117 days.
While I greatly admire his determination to get
this record, I can only imagine the assistance he had with the logistics along the way.
Friday, May 25, 2018
Doing It Twice
12:34 pm edt
The writing style in
newspapers never ceases to amaze me. They use contractions I never heard of. They should be at a higher standard, but they
One of the bigger puzzles is why articles are repeated in
the paper in the same edition. It happens almost every day in my local one.
Are they just trying to take up space because they didn't sell advertisement? There must be something they
could print other than repeating themselves.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Foaming At The Pumps
11:24 pm edt
The news had a story
of a gas station that accidentally had a discharge of its fire suppression system.
It certainly covered everything with a thick layer of foam, including the cars filling up.
I wonder how long the customers were delayed there.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Another Building Issue
4:38 pm edt
You can always count on a recently built public building
to have problems. There seems to be few exceptions.
The local police station built twenty years ago had issues with a leaking roof and windows. Costly repairs
were done at the expense of the city.
year, solar panels were installed on the roof. You could bet money that it would cause a problem and it did with further leaks.
It will cost almost $100,000 to fix. What will be the next issue? It never ends.
Monday, May 21, 2018
The Ultimate One-Way Ticket
11:24 pm edt
The Boston Globe had a very interesting story about some
of the finalists to travel to Mars in 2032.
It remains to be seen if the $6 billion private endeavor to colonize the planet ever gets off the
Several of the candidates were interviewed about their feelings
of the one-way trip with no return back to their families.
In some cases, it has caused issues with marriages and children because they will never see each other again.
The 18 month journey is filled with peril. If they ever get there, it will be the story of the century.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The Slow Reader
1:32 pm edt
I have always been a very
slow reader. If I try to go faster, I lose my comprehension.
It has been like that my entire life. I compensated for it in school by putting in so much additional
effort to get my work done. Whenever I read anything, it seems to take forever.
There was an example on Facebook of reading rates. The average reading speed was 300 words per minutes.
I struggled greatly with that. They didn't have an example of a slower speed.
Whenever I read, I say every word in my head. I cannot glance at the page and comprehend much.
All of this never impacted my desire to read or passion
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Pepsi At The Beach
2:50 pm edt
Strange things happen in the news. Last night, I saw a story
of a Pepsi delivery truck that was stuck in sand on the beach.
How did the truck get there? The driver claims he took a wrong turn. That doesn't make any sense. The truck
Nobody was hurt and no charges were filed against the driver.
Friday, May 18, 2018
12:15 pm edt
The tourism industry
in Hawaii is taking a beating in light of the volcanic eruption there. The latest incident is starting to effect plane flights.
You can't blame people for changing their plans. Nobody wants to get stuck there or have plans changed
once they arrive.
People who live near are finding out that their home owner's
insurance doesn't cover damage. I don't know why anyone would choose to live near an active volcano.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
11:39 pm edt
I attempted to upload a 1GB video to youtube using my slow
internet connection. What a nightmare it became. It totally shut my system down as far as doing anything else. I will try
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Boston Slow Ride
6:23 pm edt
There is never a good time to drive into Boston or depart
from the city.
I thought 6am would be good, but everyone else had the same
idea. It was a long slow ride to get there.
I left Boston around 4pm and had a similar issue, although it was a bit less.
How do people put up with this every day of their work life? I don't mind a long drive as long as
I keep moving
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Don't Give Them Rides.
10:05 pm edt
People make bad decisions all the time. Some have big repercussions
while others are harmless.
news had a story of a driver who came across a deer which had been struck by a motor vehicle. He carefully placed it in the
backseat of his car and brought it to an animal hospital.
The facility had to turn him away because they were not allowed to treat wildlife. He then went to
a place that could handle it.
was well with the deer, but the rescuer dodged a major disaster because the animal could have freaked out in the car and caused
was done either way, but he lucked out.
Monday, May 14, 2018
You Can Bet On That
12:13 pm edt
The US Supreme Court
ruled in favor of on-line sports betting. This is great news for gamblers, but it has not been without controversy.
I'm all in favor of the state getting a cut of the revenue once regulations have been established.
It will become another "voluntary tax" on those who participate.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Once More With Heat
11:23 pm edt
After some amazing weather this week, we had a cool raw
day today with a little drizzle.
always thought that I would turn the heat on at least one more time. It happened tonight to take the chill out of the air.
Friday, May 11, 2018
11:19 pm edt
The weather was perfect today for playing nine holes of
golf with a friend. The temperature was right and the sky had a brilliant shade of blue.
I thought I applied sunblock properly on my face, but I was wrong. My ears got very red after two
hours of sun.
From this point forward, I need to do a better job putting
sunblock on my ears.
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Those Upload Issues
11:47 pm edt
I thought it would be a lot easier to upload one of my comedy
DVD's to my Youtube channel. It didn't end well. I must be doing something wrong.
I only uploaded a few videos in the past. Maybe it would be easier with an iphone at this stage of
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
11:58 pm edt
It was a perfect spring
day today. It won't get much better than this. The weather was perfect for playing golf with friends.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Just Dump It
11:40 pm edt
Illegal dumping is a problem in every city and town across
America.There are always stories in the news of people who just don't care what they do. They will dump things anywhere
New York City certainly has its issues. Someone decided to take it to another level by dumping a
22 foot boat on a street in the Bronx. The city had to use its resources to haul it away.
People who do this are selfish. They feel that everyone should share in their problem. They refuse
to take responsibility.
Monday, May 7, 2018
It Spares Nothing
7:21 pm edt
We are witnessing a
huge natural disaster on the big island of Hawaii as the Kilauea volcano continues to erupt and spew lava.
There seems to be no end to the destruction as the lava consumes everything in its path. A sub-division
of expensive homes is directly in the way of exploding rocks.
There is nothing anyone can do to stop this. People need to evacuate and stay out of the way. The final toll
of destruction remains to be seen.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Must Leave It Running
11:08 pm edt
There was a story on
the 11pm news of a woman who had her dog disappear when her car was stolen. I really hope she gets it back.
She left her car running while going into a convenience store. That was such a bad idea. Why do people
On the other hand, you can't leave a pet in a vehicle these
days in any type of weather.
Saturday, May 5, 2018
Where Are The Helmets?
3:37 pm edt
When I was at UMass, I use
to watch the lacrosse team practice and play games. Everyone wore a helmet with a cage in front of their face.
Whenever I see pictures of girls playing high school lacrosse,
nobody is wearing a helmet. They just have goggles and a mouth piece.
When did this change? Are the rules different? I have no idea. It looks so dangerous to play without
protection. There must be a lot of facial injuries.
Friday, May 4, 2018
A Few Will Select From Many
6:14 pm edt
Many in Congress end
up with limited opposition when they run for re-election. Once a member retires, candidates come out of everywhere to give
it a shot.
My local Congressional district is a great example. The
seat is open now that the sitting member is retiring.
Thirteen candidates have qualified for the Democratic primary. Very few will have any type of chance to make
it to the final election.
To make matters worse, a limited amount of voters will even
bother to vote in the primary.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Too Many Aircraft Down
6:19 pm edt
The US Military has too many training accidents involving
aircraft. They are fatal in many instances.
The latest involved an Air National Guard C-130 cargo transport that was on its last flight to be retired
in Arizona. It crashed as soon as it took off the ground, killing all nine aboard.
There will be an investigation and a cause will be found, but it won't be the last fatal crash. It's
only a matter of time before tragedy strikes again. It never ends.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Heat On and Off
11:29 pm edt
It was 92 degrees today
when I went out for a run. It really felt like summer out there. Thunder storms are in the forecast for tomorrow.
I finally shut my heat off today until autumn. There will always be a day in late May or June that
is cold and raw. Inevitably, I turn the heat back on for a few hours.
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
6:02 pm edt
Local school systems are trying
to figure a way to make up all the days lost to the winter storms. Many will be going to the end of June.
For the most part, not much learning is done in June. One community is trying sessions on Saturday.
Their high school of 1,400 had a 68% attendance rate.
The day was a waste. Students were greeted by a DJ and had ice cream sandwiches at lunch. Not much
got done, but the day counted.