Monday, September 30, 2019
Just Plane Bad
6:41 pm edt
I never really enjoyed flying, but it's often the only way
to get to a destination without it taking days.
Two stories in the news tonight would scare anyone. One involved the cover coming off an engine thirty minutes
into a six hour flight. The plane returned safely with 196 passengers where they were able to see the fully exposed engine
once they got on the ground.
appears that some Boeing 737's at a certain age have shown cracks where the wing attaches to the fuselage. The company is
looking into it, but it doesn't make it any easier for those who are concerned.
It's good to see these reported in the news.
Sunday, September 29, 2019
Take Your Quarters
11:14 pm edt
Many people don't like to take pennies in their
change. They often leave them in a container on the counter for others to use. You see it all the time at convenience stores. I never mind using them to round off my purchase.
It was quite a surprise to see a cup last night
containing dimes and quarters.
Why would anyone leave a quarter behind? They must be rich
and don't need the money.
Friday, September 27, 2019
Winning On The Course
11:53 pm edt
was such a nice day to be on the golf course with friends.
The next few months are the best before it gets so cold.
That is the great thing about the four seasons.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Cars Not Moving
5:19 pm edt
MBTA customers can never catch a break. The new cars on
the Orange Line were taken out of service after a door malfunction. A replacement part will be installed in all of the new
The agency has spent $2 billion on 122 cars to be rolled
out by 2022. The first batch of them was unveiled to great hype.
With the latest problems, it sounds like business as usual.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
No Stairs In Boston
11:29 pm edt
I had a very interesting conversation tonight about the
group of people who run the stairs at Harvard Stadium.
They start at 5am with a large group of runners from the Boston area.
I'm not sure if I could do this for two reason. I don't think it's good for me to be running down flights
of stairs, but going up them isn't a big deal.
Most runners arrive before 6am. Getting to Harvard Stadium at that hour could be a commuting nightmare.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
10G Ruled Once
11:47 pm edt
My Samsung Galaxy S5 phone can be so old at times. Five
years is a huge amount of time with these products.
It was a big deal to have 10 GB of storage when I bought it, but that has almost been used up.
Apps take up so much space. Having
10 GB is so old, but this technology is so amazing to get us to this point.
Monday, September 23, 2019
Do They Really Recycle?
12:59 pm edt
When you put something in a blue recycling bin, where does
it end up?
Many cities and towns are having a hard time finding a source
for their stuff. The single stream method has resulted in materials that should not be included.
When I was at my gym yesterday, a janitor emptied the recycling bin into a barrel that contained
paper towels and other trash.
I wonder if the bottles got separated.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Summer 2019 Done
11:31 pm edt
It's the last hours of Summer 2019 right now. This will
never happen again.
year is ending very fast. We are getting closer to the Holidays.
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Picture The Sharks
11:36 pm edt
It might be the last
days of summer, but the shark problem on Cape Cod has not gone away.
There was another story in the news with pictures showing a surfer too close to a pair of sharks off the shoreline.
The channel I was watching made it the last story of the night. They tried to make it look cute since
nobody was hurt.
It was only due to luck that nobody has been attacked so
far. If it ever happens, it will be a very serious story.
Friday, September 20, 2019
Touching The Sign
10:51 pm edt
I have never been a fan of tour buses, especially in New
York City. They take up so much room on the street and look out of place in some neighborhoods.
The New York Post had a story about passengers on the upper open deck sticking their chewing gum
on an overhead sign they can reach and touch while at a red light.
Others placed stickers on the sign. It's hard to believe the amount of gum left behind.
Why do people do stuff like this?
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Watch Your Speed
11:33 pm edt
I think it's a good idea to have those mobile speed radar signs. Drivers need to know how fast they
Everyone gets shocked when they see their speed in relation
to the posted limit. For some, it doesn't make any difference.
I have always watched my speed when driving.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Too Big Along The River
11:38 pm edt
I enjoy reading about real estate developments. Locally,
there is a project to finally build apartments at a long neglected area by the Merrimack River.
It's a great site, but the project was met with fierce opposition from neighbors. After seeing it
in the news, it appears to overwhelm the area.
Projects don't work financially without a certain number of units. I really like the way it looks, but I can
see why the neighbors feel the way they do.
The project was tabled by the City Council for further action.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Too Few Served
11:39 pm edt
York City continues to spend a fortune on their taxpayer subsidized commuter water taxis.
They have already poured $657 million into a service that handles 18,000 riders daily, compared to
5.4 million on the subway and 1.8 million on buses.
The city is purchasing another five boats for $43 million. Every ride needs to be publicly subsidized above
and beyond the ticket price.
All of this money should be going towards mass transit improvements.
The water taxis serve too few people for their enormous cost.
Monday, September 16, 2019
No 93 Train
11:37 pm edt
The expansion of Rt 93 to
Manchester has been quite a work in progress. So much has been done to get to this point. It has taken several years.
A politician drew attention by questioning why a train line
was not built in the median of the highway from Manchester to the Massachusetts line.
When you drive the road, you can see some big elevation
changes that would present a challenge to plan a train route.
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Fall 2019 At The Door
11:22 pm edt
It's hard to believe
we are entering our last week of summer 2019 as it ends on the 23rd. It went by way too fast, but here we are.
The nights will get colder. There is no turning back until spring. Daylight is getting shorter.
At least, the days get longer after December 21st.
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Dogs and Helicopters
10:55 pm edt
Some dog owners want
to take their pet everywhere. It can get awkward for others around them.
A helicopter company in New York City offers a "doors off" flight over Manhattan. Customers are
free to bring their dog with them.
say that things could go very wrong if the dog acted up in the small confines of the aircraft.
The company offering the flights had a fatal crash last year that killed five. They need to focus
on their safety.
Friday, September 13, 2019
No Survey For Me
11:38 pm edt
I got a survey in the mail about
alternative electricity providers. My bill is never that high. I don't use many kilowatt hours.
If I ever submitted this survey, I would be inundated with
phone calls, emails and snail mail solicitations for the rest of my life.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
12:01 pm edt
It will be cool tonight.
It looks like I will be breaking out my first sweater of the season. It was inevitable with the calendar.
We will continue to have warm days, but it gets very unpredictable at this point.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Cars Rolling Around
11:42 pm edt
It's hard to believe that such a huge cargo ship with 4,000 cars from South Korea could suddenly
roll over off the coast of Georgia. So many cars must have been damaged.
There will be some type of insurance settlement
on this, but what will it be?
Monday, September 9, 2019
Book Is Over
11:24 pm edt
I've been able to order great books from the Commonwealth Library Catalogue at my local library's
They do such a great job trying to get books to people.
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Just Routine Alerts
7:51 pm edt
It's always a good idea to check on your credit, especially
if you get an email from one of the reporting services.
The message I received made me a bit suspicious so I accessed their actual website. It turns out it was just
a routing email about a recently opened account.
You can never be too careful with this stuff.
Saturday, September 7, 2019
T Time Soon
11:54 pm edt
I'm making some plans to go to a Boston College football
game. It will involve parking at the Riverside station and taking the Green line.
The slow train takes its time along the way. They really can't go much faster in that area.
Friday, September 6, 2019
11:37 pm edt
I'm glad to say I read
three newspapers daily. It's not always pretty. It's important to get a feel of the pulse of the media.
They have their
own biases. Noody really knows the truth.
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Rain Coming Maybe
11:53 pm edt
Hurricane Dorian keeps controlling the news cycle. The storm
is moving very slowly. Nobody really knows where it will end up.
Hopefully, we just get a lot of rain here. Wind is never good.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Storms Take Their Time
11:23 pm edt
Hurricane Dorian has caused so much damage to the Bahamas.
The storm is moving so slowly at 6 mph.
really knows how it will effect the east coast. It could go anywhere.
We will be forced to listen to the weather model and the potential impact on us.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
The No Soap Zone
10:40 pm edt
There is always a story
out there about someone who doesn't use soap or shampoo because they say it's bad for you. This point can be debated forever
without any consensus.
A person profiled in the news today uses baking soda to
wash and apple cider vinegar for their hair. They claim it works great for them.
People need to make their own decisions on hygiene. This person feels they are doing the right thing. Why
should we argue with them?
Monday, September 2, 2019
The Little Potatoes
10:23 pm edt
Today was the day when I finally bought a bag of little
potatoes. I baked several in the oven while I was cooking chicken.
They were quite tasty and cooked all through.
I will have them again this week.
Sunday, September 1, 2019
Good Looking Work Stopped
9:12 pm edt
One of the houses in my neighborhood has been undergoing
extensive repairs on the outside. It needed attention so badly. New windows and paint made a huge difference.
The large porch was a wreck, but it was being worked on. So much rotted wood.
When I walked by it today, there was a "Stop Work" order posted to the front door.
I wonder what happened. They were doing some great work.