Saturday, June 30, 2018
The Expensive Link
2:02 pm edt
Cities need to make long range
plans, especially with infrastructure and public transportation.
It seems like planners have discussed a rail link between North and South Stations in Boston forever.
Numerous studies have been done to access cost and potential ridership by commuters.
It makes a lot of sense to have a line, but at what cost? One study mentioned $4 billion, while another
estimated it to be between $12 billion and $21 billion.
With such a range in the price, there is no doubt that it would cost more and take longer than planned.
Will this ever get built in the next 20 years?
Friday, June 29, 2018
Too Much Hot Air
12:15 pm edt
I have never been a fan of
hot air balloons. I think they are so overrated. They might be colorful and all that, but they are at risk whenever they go
hear of a tragedy when they go too close to power lines. They are hard to control.
One recently landed in a yard in a nearby town. As it descended, it skimmed the tops of several trees
before landing on private property.
The owner of the balloon quickly stopped by to pick it up. The homeowner
received a bottle of champagne and a thank you card for the use of their yard as a landing area.
This is another example of the recklessness with how they
fly. They just drop down in someone's yard and act as if the homeowner should be thankful for their presence.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
The New 120
9:43 pm edt
The Kilauea volcano on the
big island of Hawaii is having a profound effect with its destruction of 61,000 acres of land and buildings.
The lava reaching the ocean has created 120 acres
of new land. Ownership will be split between the federal government and the state.
One outcrop of land stretches almost two miles into the
ocean. It's only a matter of time before more land gets created.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
A Dangerous Stroll
10:11 pm edt
I never run with my back to
the traffic because I don't trust drivers. It's better to see what is coming at you.
Today I saw a man pushing a baby stroller on a heavily traveled
road with the traffic on his back. This looked very dangerous for him and his child. He could never react fast enough if one
of the cars got too close.
I don't know why people take such a great risk.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Not Ready To Wash
1:28 pm edt
There was a story in the news
about a woman who has not washed her hair with shampoo for over eight months. She has been using a combination of baking soda
and water to rinse it out daily.
She claims her hair is healthier with the elimination of conditioners, coloring and shampoo. This is a good
point, but the key is to control oils and dry scalp.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Worms Are Free
6:13 pm edt
I have been eating frozen
cauliflower for many years. I buy the same store brand every time. Although it originates in Guatemala, I never gave it much
thought since food comes from everywhere.
I was preparing a meal today when I noticed something strange with my cauliflower. It turns out the dark spot
was a two inch worm. I assume it was harmless, but that didn't help.
When I went to the market today, I bought another package because I assume this was an isolated incident.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Never Over 40
8:53 pm edt
It's never a good idea to
leave a cellphone in a car on a very hot day. The battery can get damaged very quickly. I try to avoid doing it.
A story indicated that 40 degrees Centigrade was the maximum
temperature for a cellphone. To fully understand it, I had to research what that converted to at Fahrenheit.
It turned out to be 104 degrees. That would effect just
about anything, especially electronic devices. The story made more sense to me once I did the conversion of the temperature.
Back in the 1970's,
we were suppose to go totally metric within 15 years. How did that work out? All these years later, we still need to convert
Centigrade to Fahrenheit.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Dog In The Street
9:17 pm edt
I thought it was strange to
see a dog standing in the middle of the street as I was driving towards it. I slowed down and blew my horn, but it just stood
looked old. I wondered if they could still hear. It wasn't the first time being out in the street.
The owner needs to be more careful.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The Third Row
10:04 pm edt
I always enjoy reading stories of those who try to row or
sail across the Atlantic Ocean. It's such a difficult and challenging thing to do.
A Scottish man just failed in his third attempt to do it alone in a rowboat. He was 500 miles into
the 3,400 trip before he was rescued by a Dutch cargo ship after his boat started to take on water in rough seas.
It was his third attempt since 2010. It must be getting
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Interstate Parking Lot
6:11 pm edt
The storm last night created a great deal of havoc all over
the state. Earlier today, power lines fell across Rt 495 in Westford, resulting in the closure of the road in both directions.
I was traveling in the area and saw a five mile backup on
the southbound side leading up to it. Some cars didn't move for over three hours.
I can't imagine what was going through the minds of the drivers. It was such a random incident that
people had no control over.
Everyone had their own destination, but plans were altered in a moment.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Are Three Better Than One?
7:34 pm edt
California has always been
on the cutting edge for various issues. They have often been a trend setter for the nation.
Their latest idea is to hold a referendum in November to
determine if the state should be split into three separate ones.
It would require the approval of the State Legislature and Congress. It seems like a crazy idea,
but is it?
I don't think
it will ever happen, but you never know.
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Dealing With The Wind
7:43 pm edt
I ran a race to the top of
Mt Washington today. It was my 40th time doing it.
The visibility was awesome. The wind gusts the last few miles were pushing 50 mph, with a wind chill
in the 30's.
alternated between almost lifting me up or stopping my forward progress.
The weather is so extreme up there.
Friday, June 15, 2018
What's Their Name?
7:24 pm edt
Kids of today have so many first names that were never used
when I was younger. It's normal that things would evolve over the years, especially with the change in population demographics.
Many names have various spellings. On top of that, some
are very difficult to pronounce.
I don't think parents are doing kids a favor in giving them a name that will be mispronounced or misspelled.
Whatever their name is, they will need to deal with it
for the rest of their life.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Promising Too Much
5:34 pm edt
It's easy to get cynical when
it comes to politicians. I got a letter from a candidate for Congress who has very lofty ambitions and goals.
If he does everything he claims, he will be the greatest
politician of our time.This is very unlikely.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
The Longest Swim
9:51 pm edt
I enjoy reading about physical
and stamina feats. There are many great stories. It's all about accomplishing something.
A 51 year old guy from France plans to swim across the Pacific
Ocean. Is this even doable?
plans to swim from East Japan to San Francisco, a distance of over 5,600 miles. How far can he really swim during his eight
hour daily effort?
have no doubt that he will never make it. If he does 1,000 miles, he can write a book and do the talk show circuit.
I hope he does well. It would make for a nice story.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
The Particle Building
6:37 pm edt
There is nothing wrong with
modular construction as long as they use good building materials.
When I drove through Somerville, Mass last week, I saw a five storey building rapidly rising. A large
section was being prepped before being hoisted by a crane.
It was a nice looking structure, but they were using particle board instead of plywood. That's a
sign of cheap construction.
have no doubt that it will cost a small fortune to buy a unit or rent there.
Monday, June 11, 2018
6:16 pm edt
I think it takes a certain
personality to run for public office. Those who do, often try to stay forever.
Government at all levels has lifetime politicians. Massachusetts is no different than other states.
A report showed that 22 of 40 state Senators are running
unopposed, while 83 of 160 members of the House will already get another term because nobody chose to run against them.
There is no easy solution for this. It's just a sign of
the times and the cynicism about politics.
Sunday, June 10, 2018
How To Dress
9:00 pm edt
There doesn't seem to be any
type of standard on how to dress today for events.
I wore a suit to a sports banquet last night, but felt overdressed compared to others. Almost anything
I plan to
attend a wedding in two weeks. I will wear my suit again, but I'm sure others will be more casual.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
In Such A Rush
2:42 pm edt
People are in such a rush these days. There seems to be
an app for almost everything if it involves saving time.
When I was in a Dunkin Donuts yesterday, I saw a special rack that held beverages ordered through
their app. They were already paid for and held a receipt.
I saw several customers come in and grab their drinks. They left very quickly, drinking on the run.
Friday, June 8, 2018
Higher Price & Smaller Sandwich
5:58 pm edt
When I was in Boston today,
I bought a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich on a bagel at Dunkin Donuts. I expected it to cost a little more and it did by
expect the sandwich to be smaller than what I usually buy. The bagel was not the same size as what I'm use to.
Rather than raise the price even more, they just made the
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Fresh or Frozen
9:24 pm edt
I enjoy eating broccoli, whether it is fresh or frozen.
I prefer to buy it fresh, but it doesn't always look that good at the market.
When I had it today, it was a combination of steamed fresh and frozen. I could not tell the difference.
There is always a bag of frozen in my freezer.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Summer Is Quick
10:47 pm edt
I had the opportunity today
to drive along the ocean on a stormy day. It was something to see with the high waves.
The temperature was in the 50's. It was not a beach day
for catching rays.
it will be a hot day in July or August. Summer will have such a short season and be over before we know it.
Monday, June 4, 2018
No Ice Cream
9:42 pm edt
I just saw a slogan that said:
"ice cream for daily happiness". What does that really mean?
Should you eat ice cream daily? It's not the healthiest food out there. People should eat less of
it for health reasons. They might be happier with their decision.
Sunday, June 3, 2018
11:22 pm edt
The temperature has varied
so much over the last several days. It's hard to figure out a 40 degree change happening over 24 hours.
That's how it is these days. Do we have climate
change? Who knows?
rather strange these days.
Saturday, June 2, 2018
The Slow Turtle
8:17 pm edt
It seems like every golf course
is inundated with Canadian Geese. I saw many of them today when I played.
It was pretty neat to see a big turtle making his way along the fairway to a nearby pond.
I wonder how old he was. He looked like something prehistoric
with such a large shell and reptile look.
Friday, June 1, 2018
Bridges Are Never Cheap
4:49 pm edt
The Longfellow Bridge in Boston
reopened to traffic today after a five year reconstruction at a cost of over $300 million.
The original completion date was two years ago and $50 million cheaper.
They went to great length and extra cost to adhere to the
historical design of the bridge. I'm looking forward to seeing it at some point during a walk in Boston.
Like any public works project, there are items that still
need to be completed.