Thursday, January 31, 2019
Cold Days of 2019
11:41 pm est
It was so cold today as predicted.
By next week, it could be in the 50's according to the weather people.
It changes day to day. Nobody can ever get it right all the time.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Cold Air 2019
11:41 pm est
Parts of America are experiencing their coldest temperatures
ever. It all gets worse with the wind-chill factor.
These are very extreme temperatures that don't last long.
When they are here, it's so very cold. Spring is seven weeks away.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
12:15 pm est
Most states have electronic
toll collecting, but don't always have reciprocity agreements with states for delinquent accounts.
Massachusetts has been owed $26.8 million since 2016. Much
of it might never be collectible because there is no incentive for motorists to pay.
States should force delinquent drivers to pay their tolls before they can register their car or renew
has no agreement with Massachusetts, leaving their rivers on the books for $5.5 million.
Monday, January 28, 2019
Annual Budget Issues
11:22 pm est
The MBTA is proposing a 6.3%
fare increase for subways and buses. There is great push-back on this, but some type of increase will happen.
So many people depend on the MBTA. It doesn't always provide
the best service, but it's hard to do anything about it.
The cost of rides would be more if not for public funding.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
5:07 pm est
Most people who live near the ocean do so because they want
to be there. They need to know the risk to their property from storm damage.
Every year, we see the results of weather raising havoc in their neighborhoods.
It should come as no surprise that property values have
not gone up in those places. It's only a matter of time before there is another storm.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
11:20 pm est
I watched a story on the news
tonight about an older guy who has an alligator for an emotional support animal.
It seems to work for him. The gator is small/medium size.
I would never trust a gator anywhere, although I've never spent time with one.
Friday, January 25, 2019
Don't Store Things There
11:10 pm est
People who own houses can
store things all over the place. If they have a garage, that's even better.
An attic is nice to have as long as the roof doesn't leak.
I just saw a post on Facebook from someone who had a flooded cellar after the recent rain.
I would never put things that I didn't want to lose in
the cellar. It can only end badly after a "weather event".
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Say No To Fried
6:24 pm est
The local news did a story
on the harmful effects of fried food on women. They quoted from the study of this group.
It should be no surprise that fried food is harmful. It
has been well documented. It might taste good, but it's so bad for you.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Hold The Sandwiches
6:27 pm est
People can always be counted
on to do foolish things when it comes to wildlife. No matter how many times you tell them not to feed the animals, they turn
around and do it.
of the treats are not part of their normal diet and can hurt them.
One story showed people feeding seals peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They had good intentions,
but it's bad for the seals.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
11:59 pm est
There is an old local mill building that has almost every
window busted. There is a proposal for this building to be redeveloped it into housing.
Let's hope it works out. This is such a grand mill complex
that should never be lost.
Monday, January 21, 2019
11:57 pm est
It was so cold today, with a wind chill factor below zero.
I had no plans to run today because of a lunch get together.
Runners need to be so careful on the snowy roads.
It was so much easier last week.
Sunday, January 20, 2019
The Mild Storm
4:46 pm est
Most snow storms do not live
up to their hype. It was one of the lead news stories of the week.
We were suppose to get up to 24 inches, but ended up with about eight.
It's very difficult to predict the weather. It's even a
bigger challenge to get depth of the snowfall right. lt can be just a guess.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Trying To Avoid Closure
7:01 pm est
A number of small private
colleges are fighting to stay alive because of financial and enrollment issues.
Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass is looking for a partner
to merge with. They are thinking about not admitting a freshman class this fall because of their situation.
No school has stepped forward to partner with them. It might
only be a matter of time before they reach the end.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Will It Snow?
11:49 pm est
It will be interesting to
see how much snow we get this weekend. The forecasts vary so much.
I think it's really difficult to get the weather right for any day.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
A Good Bet In The Future
11:13 pm est
I think it's a great idea that the Governor proposed a bill
that would allow professional sports gambling in Massachusetts.
The three licensed casinos would be the only ones who could accept wagers and would not allow any
action on high school and college games.
A separate part of the bill would allow for betting on sports fantasy websites.
The state would get a piece of the action which could be
as much as $30 million annually.
People are going to bet. Why not let the state make money on it.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
11:44 pm est
The weather people owned the
news the last two days with their forecast of snow on early Friday morning. Will that really happen?
Some people really react too fast to what they hear. All
you can ever do is keep listening and get updates.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
The Endless Project
11:20 pm est
Whenever a public works project is outlined, you can guarantee
that it will never be done in time or at projected cost.
Mass DOT unveiled their plan to straighten a portion of the Mass Turnpike in Boston and free up a
former train yard for redevelopment.
It would also create a viaduct for Soldiers Field Road to free up more green space. It all sounds like a great
The only flaw
with the project is that it will cost $1.1 billion and take eight years to complete.
There is no way an eight year project will only cost $1.1
billion. Nobody really knows the final cost or construction time involved.
Monday, January 14, 2019
Another Year of Thin Ice
11:21 pm est
You can do the same story
every year at this time when we go through a series of cold days with very low temperatures.
People foolishly think that the water has frozen on their
favorite skating spot.
news had two stories of people falling through the ice and being rescued.
have not seen any safe ice around here. What they showed on the news certainly confirmed this.
People make some really bad decisions when it comes to frozen
bodies of water.
Sunday, January 13, 2019
Hold The Balloons
11:18 pm est
I don't think
it's a bad idea to ban the release of balloons.
You never want to disrespect anyone, but this thing has gotten old.
The balloons always
fall to earth and have some type of impact.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
11:55 pm est
I don't understand why there
is no support for allowing betting online on various games.
Every state could regulate it and take a cut of the proceeds.
There is so much money to be made here. Let the
states regulate it.
Friday, January 11, 2019
Always Check The Weather
11:22 pm est
Only fools would think that
we won't get any snow this winter, based on the weather now. They are so wrong. It can change so quickly.
Nobody can predict the weather. You can plan to the end
and then have it all messed up because of it.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
11:26 pm est
I was rather surprised to
see the weekly newspaper was only one section of twelve pages. They still only charge 75 cents, so it's no big deal, but how
much longer can this paper survive?
It was owned buy a business group, along with a number of other regional editions which catered to their local
was recently purchased by a state pension plan which will be very focused on the bottom line.
Newspapers survive by advertisement. Low revenue producers won't survive. My local weekly has a lot
of ads. I wonder how much revenue they generate.
They will be judged by their profit or loss.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Paper Is Better
6:52 pm est
In this day and age, it's
hard to get a hard copy of many things.
My health insurance provider use to send a brochure annually, but now you need to request one.
My copy arrived today. I need to review it in light of being
on Medicare now as my primary insurance.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Sears Fighting To The End
11:26 pm est
Sears is trying to stay alive
in spite of everything going on. Their stock is virtually worthless.
Their name and brand have value, but how can they possibly go forward with any stores or other forms
the king at one time and now they fight to stay alive.
Monday, January 7, 2019
Less Would Be Better
6:28 pm est
Some restaurants charge too
much and the portions are small. A place I was at today was the opposite.
The prices were reasonable with very big portions. I never like to waste food, so I brought my leftovers
I can only imagine
how much stuff gets thrown out daily.
Sunday, January 6, 2019
A Time To Wash
11:11 pm est
I washed and vacuumed my car
today. Finally got the road sand off the mats. It's a challenge this time of year to keep it clean.
So far, we have avoided snow and slushy conditions. That
could change at any moment.
Saturday, January 5, 2019
How Many Shows?
11:59 pm est
I'm trying to get a final count on my comedy shows since
I started in 2003.
should be around 971. I never wanted to miss counting a show.
Friday, January 4, 2019
11:21 pm est
At this point in my life,
I have never owned a house and don't know if I ever will.
If it happens, I would want one that has public sewerage and drinking water. I have no desire to
have a well or septic system.
couple in New Hampshire is drilling their fifth well on their property after the others ran dry. They can only hope this works.
It seems so crazy that people with public water waste it
so much by running the faucet when there is no need to do it.
Thursday, January 3, 2019
11:17 pm est
The restaurant business is
really tough. You can't stay open if you don't turn a profit.
It was almost inevitable that the legendary Durgin Park in Boston at Quincy Market would finally
close after being in business since 1827.
It was owned by a restaurant group and was not performing well. The decision was made to end the run.
They still have the option to sell or lease the name.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
They Don't Want Comcast
1:51 pm est
It seems hard to believe that
in this day of technology that over 120 town in central and western Massachusetts do not have high-speed internet. Residents
are forced to deal with dial-up or DSL modems.
The 1,000 residents of Charlemont have decided to say no to Comcast and build their own system for
is a big financial commitment for a town their size, but the residents wanted to be have greater control of the process.
Will other towns follow suit? How long will it take for
the entire state to have high speed access?
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
No To Plunging
6:27 pm est
The news always has a story
of people who plunge into bodies of water on New Year's Day. It's a tradition for many.
People do this for a variety of reasons and causes. I commend
them for doing it, but that is one thing I will never do.