Monday, December 31, 2018
Not Two Million
6:36 pm est
The media keeps saying that
there will be two million people in Times Square tonight to celebrate the start of 2019.
One so-called expert on estimating crowd sizes insists that
this is all nonsense. He said it would be more like 100,000 because that many people could not fit into the area.
I don't know what the real figure will be, but it won't
be two million. Inflating crowd sizes is nothing new.
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Same Comments, Different Year
12:09 am est
Every year at this time, people
post the same comments on Facebook. They are so glad to see the year end and welcome a fresh start.
In the ten years I've been on Facebook, these comments show
seem to think that a new year will bring an automatic improvement in their life. It doesn't work that way.
Friday, December 28, 2018
Bridge Repairs Take Long
11:19 pm est
The local bridge deck repair
had a completion date by the end of this week. That will never happen as this project crawls along during the holiday season.
It doesn't look like much work has been done. When will
it be completed? Nobody really knows the answer.
Thursday, December 27, 2018
No Place For Cars
11:15 pm est
There was quite a story on
the news tonight about a car that drove into a house in a quiet neighborhood.
The crash caused a great deal of damage to the front of the place. Nobody was hurt, but it could
have been much worse.
would be so easy for a car to crash into many homes, especially along a busy street. You never think it will happen, but it
does on rare occasions.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
No News Today
10:52 am est
There are many great holiday
traditions. My local newspaper decided to continue their own by not publishing on December 25th.
It's nice that they give everyone the day off, but printed
papers are at the point where they might eventually give all of their employees a permanent vacation.
Many are on the verge of extinction. I hope they are all
here next year.
Monday, December 24, 2018
Rodents Are There
4:50 pm est
The natural gas explosion
in the Merrimack Valley caused so much heartache for those effected. It took more time than expected to restore service to
all the homes and businesses.
of the unfortunate impacts was the infestation in some places from rats and mice. With all the digging that was done, it appears
they were disturbed and are now in too many places.
Residents are left to deal with this which is never easy.
The Deadly Wave
11:33 pm est
The tsunami that struck
Indonesia is a horrible tragedy. The death toll has surpassed 200.
People living along the coast never had a chance. It happened so fast after the eruption of an underwater
volcano off the coast.
Saturday, December 22, 2018
11:56 pm est
The local bridge emergency
repair project is crawling along.
said it would be done by the end of next week.
It won't happen,
Friday, December 21, 2018
Winter Enters For 2019
11:19 pm est
Today was the first day of
winter. It was 63 degrees with a lot of rain at times.
This is not normal for December, but at least it wasn't snow.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Interupting Their Ddinner
7:24 pm est
There was a smashed pumpkin
on a street that I saw over the last few days while I ran.
Yesterday, there was a squirrel feasting on the remains until I approached. It then took off and
ran up a tree.
I passed a safe distance, I looked back and saw them back at their feast. There was plenty of it to share with others.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Itching For Winter
6:22 pm est
It's a few more days until
the start of winter, but the skin on my legs is very dry and itchy.
This is something that happens every year. Various skin creams help as long I use them on a consistent
Whenever I let
up, it gets bad. This will last until spring.
No School Lunch For Them
11:32 pm est
There was a story in the news about a school system that
wants to prohibit parents from going to their kids school and having lunch with them.
I didn't think this happened anywhere. Parents should step
away once the school bell rings. They need to let their children grow and experience life without their constant intervention.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Just Walk Onto The Train
11:52 pm est
It seems so wrong that the New York City transit system lost $215 million last year to fare evaders.
It's a problem that has been around forever. Good luck fighting
Sunday, December 16, 2018
Autumn Is Done
11:53 pm est
the last week of autumn. It all ends on Friday when winter takes over.
Time is passing so quickly. I need to run more miles than I do.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Playing Bridge At Night
11:23 pm est
The state began emergency
repairs on a very heavily traveled local bridge. To minimize traffic impact, the work will be done at night. This sounds like
a good idea.
tough time of year to be doing this with the holidays and unpredictable weather.
They said it would take two weeks. That will get it done before the end of 2018.
Lets see if that happens
Friday, December 14, 2018
No Bag Time
1:00 pm est
Boston will ban the use of
plastic bags today in retail stores. It will inconvenience many people.
Offering recycled paper bags is a great option, but it won't happen everywhere.
It will take time to see how this works.
11:40 pm est
Nobody likes to see trees
cut down, but there are times to think about doing it.
I drove by the local controversial tree cut to see how it looked. They cut down a lot of trees, but
did something they needed to do.
have run and snowshoed on the trail paths. The growth has constricted it so much. It's so overgrown. No sunlight ever gets
This stuff always
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
The Do It For You Tree
7:21 pm est
There seems to be an app or
service provided for almost anything.
People now have the option of having a Christmas tree delivered to their home and set up. They can also have
it taken down and removed.
seems like a good idea for people with a busy lifestyle, but something is missing here.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Bad Tree Ideas
2:59 pm est
The news had a story of people
making bad decisions when it comes to transporting Christmas trees.
Too many drivers are not securing them properly to the roof of their vehicle. This presents a potential
flying projectile on the roadway.
selfish person decided to bring one aboard a subway car in Boston, in spite of the train being crowded.
Cigarettes and Bags
11:43 pm est
I don't think it's the role
of local government to pass ordinances changing the age to buy cigarettes or prohibiting the use of plastic bags. So
much of this is grandstanding by politicians.
There is so much hysteria of 18 year kids buying cigarettes or alcohol.
If you can enlist in the military and die for your country,
you should be able to smoke and drink legally.
Trying to legislate the use of plastics bags on a local level is a great example of the Nanny
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Don't Park It In The City
11:31 pm est
The New York Post had an interesting story of a city resident
bringing a lawsuit against their on-site parking garage.
He claims his $347,000 Ferrari suffered door and side mirror damage while the car was operated by
escalated to the tune of $19,500. It also impacted the value of the resale according to the suit.
No matter what, I don't think it's a good idea to drive
and park a car like that in Manhattan. It's just asking for a problem.
You roll the dice driving there or in town.
Saturday, December 8, 2018
Not Bacon Time
1:04 pm est
I never eat bacon. It's not
the healthiest food out there, but some people can never get enough of it.
Ohio State University has now installed a vending machine that will dispense a few strips upon payment.
Food from a vending machine never tastes good. I can't imagine
Friday, December 7, 2018
Pumping & Vaping
10:47 pm est
So many younger people vape.
I have no issue with that, but I thought it was a bad idea for a guy to do it next to me while pumping gasoline into your
You can never convince
people to do certain things.
Snow Easy Budget
11:29 pm est
who are involved in the preparation of snow removal budgets can never really feel they got it right.
Cities and towns have
already spent money and it's not even winter.
Nobody can really predict the snowfall. A bad rain storm could
be a blizzard if it was colder.
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Trying To Travel Safe
4:45 pm est
Whenever we hear of a fatal head-on car crash, there are
always extenuating circumstances. The fact that it occurred during daylight hours makes it even worse.
A driver traveling south on Rt 495 crossed the media and
struck a car heading north. Both drivers were killed.
Was there a medical issue involved? The innocent person traveling north probably never had a chance
to get out of the way.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
No More Nips
6:17 pm est
Liquor stores in Chelsea,
Mass will no longer be able to sell nips. Those little bottles of alcohol are being blamed for a number of quality of life
issues in the community.
feel that it is heavy-handed in light of the economic issues and demographics of the population.
Will this make life better for the residents? It remains
to be seen.
They Are Out There
11:34 pm est
I have a lot of respect for
the crews who are out at highway projects. The timing is never good, but they need to be there.
There is so much infrastructure work in America
that could be done. It takes forever to get a project approved.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
11:56 pm est
Some people have bright holiday lights that cause a lot
of problems with their neighbors.
never want to complain, but some of them are so over the top.
Saturday, December 1, 2018
11:58 pm est
It will be real interesting
to see how long the white paint lasts on the street for a recent project.
It looks really nice right now, but what will it look like six months from now.