Thursday, April 18, 2019
More Will Follow
1:35 pm edt
Electric scooters are accidents waiting to happen. A 24
year old local man was killed last night when he struck a SUV head on after crossing the solid line. He wasn't wearing a helmet
and died at the scene.
It was a very unfortunate situation, but it won't be the
last. Many operators are careless and place themselves in risky situations.
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Dodging One In NYC
11:06 pm edt
We live in a crazy world where things suddenly happen and
It was shocking to hear about the incident at St Patrick's Cathedral in NYC where security stopped
a guy with two cans of gasoline and a lighter.
I've been to the cathedral countless times and know the exact spot where he came in contact with the bag check.
Security did a tremendous job. At any given time, there are a few hundred people in the place.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Trees Down In Cemetery
11:39 pm edt
The cemetery down the street from me did a great job cutting
down some pine trees that had been there too long. It looks so much better now.
They really blocked the view of the memorial wall of cremation internments.
The cemetery worked so well to
build and blend it into the landscape They will continue to sell the 1,500 places over the years.
It was a great money making idea.
Monday, April 15, 2019
The Electric Nightmare
12:48 pm edt
Bike sharing services are seen as a way to relieve traffic
congestion in cities. It's an idea that has some logic behind it, but the reality is different.
From my own experience, I have been very careful crossing streets that have dedicated bike lanes.
Riders are often reckless and have no regard for traffic laws.
The push to have electric bikes looked like a bad idea from the start. That has been the case as cities like
San Francisco, Washington DC and New York City have pulled them from the streets after several mishaps.
There have been fatalities across the country with the shared bikes. The electric ones will only
make things worse.
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Replacing Radio Shack
5:36 pm edt
A few weeks ago, I got a new surge protector for my computer,
monitor, router and printer. The old one had an issue.
Today, I bought another one for my smart TV and DVD player. It was way overdue because it was a Radio Shack
product at least 15 years old.
Everything is up to date now.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
The Leaning Towers
9:11 pm edt
I wonder what will happen to the 58 story condo tower in
Manhattan that isn't finished, but is already leaning three inches forward.
The greedy developer decided not to drive piles into the ground in order to save $6 million in construction
costs. The tower sits on a concrete foundation, but it's not working out.
Experts say that tenants can expect doors to suddenly open at random. How do they expect to sell the units
with this issue at hand?
There is a building in San Francisco that has the same problem, but people are already living there.
I imagine it must be difficult to sell those units.
This is all a result of greed by those involved.
Friday, April 12, 2019
11:25 pm edt
Why did someone fly
a drone over Fenway Park last night during a game? That was so dangerous and could have resulted in injury or death for players
and fans. The FAA is investigating.
seems like a lot of people who fly them don't care about how it could effect others. They exhibit very selfish behavior. It
hurts the ones who fly them responsibly.
Thursday, April 11, 2019
11:44 pm edt
I have been working on my taxes tonight. There are many
changes to deal with, but things make sense if you take the time to analyze it.
Most taxpayers and paid preparers file electronically. I still do it the old fashioned way on paper forms.
They are my preference.
I don't think we will ever get to a point where paper is
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Don't Toss The Axe
9:36 pm edt
People come up with many bad ideas.
It seems like axe-throwing in bars has become popular. People
who do it say it's a great way to relieve stress.
A video on social media showed a woman throwing her axe at a target. Unfortunately, it bounced back and almost
hit her in the head. She dodged a direct hit .
One of her friends filmed and posted it to social media.
It was a big hit because nobody got hurt. What would've happened if she got struck and injured? Everything
is great until someone gets hurt.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
11:41 pm edt
I had my longest call ever today at 45 minutes with a Verizon
customer service representative.
was a complex issue involving more than just my internet service. It turned out that my power strip needs to be replaced.
I will also be getting a new DSL/router from Verizon at a cost of $65.
My current DSL goes back to 2006. It was time for an update. That's a lifetime ago in the world of technology.
Monday, April 8, 2019
By May 1st
9:44 pm edt
April weather is so unpredictable. In the last week, it
has varied from the 30's to the high 60's.
This evening I was out and it was rather cold at 37. I was dressed in layers because I'm trying to wean myself
off my winter coat before taking it to the cleaners.
I wonder when I will wear it for the last time. It might not be until May.
Friday, April 5, 2019
More Business For The ER
7:15 pm edt
The town of Brookline unveiled its electric scooter rental
program. This is an accident waiting to happen.
Proponents say they are great for the environment and will take cars off the street. They are right about
that, but dangerous to operate.
a press briefing, a rider demonsttrating a scooter fell off and suffered a cut that required stitches. That person will be
the first of many to get hurt.
Thursday, April 4, 2019
11:13 pm edt
People want something done with abandoned stores at shopping
centers. They have wishful ideas for stores that can never survive on a long term basis.
A local plaza has a huge eyesore that people complain about. There is a proposal to renovate the
building into a high-end storage unit facility. It looks very nice in the renderings.
No matter what is proposed for the site, some people will never be happy. It will bring a big
improvement to that part of the plaza which looks quite decayed at this point.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Nobody Wants Trash
7:36 pm edt
I drove by an enormous recycling facility today. It was
filled with bundles of recycled waste.
not sure how long it has been around, but the news is filled with stories about the demise of recycling.
Many of our products being sent to China get rejected by them for various reasons.
Some communities have ended recycling and send their stuff to landfills.
Only a small part of trash actually gets recycled. The future of the market doesn't look very good.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
No To The Farm
10:53 pm edt
A proposal for a two acre local solar farm was shot down
because of opposition from neighbors.
in a rural part of town, the farm would generate enough electricity to power 40 homes.
Solar farms have their purpose, but are a blight on the landscape. They should be confined to former
landfills and other sites that cannot be used for other purposes.
Parents won't take their kids to play on a field that was a former landfill. A solar farm is the best use
for the land.
Monday, April 1, 2019
How To Burden The Public
8:19 pm edt
Politicians come up with some really bad ideas.
It happens everywhere. The decision by the New York State Legislature to implement "congestive pricing" in Manhattan
will be a financial burden for individuals and businesses.
Any vehicle traveling below 60th St will be subject to the undetermined assessment. Revenue raised
will go towards public transportation.
New York City has a massive traffic problem, but I don't think this is the best solution.