Tuesday, December 31, 2019
The End of The No Name
8:14 pm est
The restaurant business
is very competitive. It can be a challenge to sustain it for the long term. Places open with great fanfare, but eventually
It was a huge surprise to hear of the closing of the iconic
No Name Restaurant in Boston which served great seafood since 1917.
It ended with a note on the door and stories of their huge financial debt and Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing.
I really enjoyed eating there whenever I did. I was there during the summer of 2017
Seasonal Means It
11:52 pm est
When a sign says the
road is seasonal, they really mean it. I saw that in my trips to California years ago.
The news had a nice story of a family that went down one of those roads in northern New Hampshire and got
stuck after several miles. They said they were just following their GPS.
When I took a car trip to Vermont a few months ago, I traveled on roads that you wouldn't want to during winter.
The story ended well for the family after getting towed out and they made the 11pm news.
Sunday, December 29, 2019
11:25 pm est
Ride share services
inundate cities with more cars and emissions.
Los Angeles wants to do something about it by requiring companies like Uber and Lyft to use electric vehicles.
This would have a profound impact on the industry, especially with the drivers and how they approach
Saturday, December 28, 2019
Keep It Under 30
11:47 pm est
New York City is trying to be so bike friendly with their
many miles of paths. The results are rather mixed.
How do you explain 29 cyclists dying on the streets of the city so far this year?
That is so unacceptable, but it never gets any attention from the media.
Friday, December 27, 2019
Controlling Smoking 2019 Version
3:23 pm est
The health dangers from using tobacco products are well
known. Nicotine is a very addictive drug. Smokers start at a very early age.
The federal government has raised the age to buy tobacco and vaping related products from 18 to 21.
As much as this change is made to protect children and young adults, I think it's an over the top
move by the federal government. A number of states already had the 21 rule in place.
All it does is to make procurement of the products more difficult. In the end, those under 21 will
find a way to get it.
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Don't Plan On April 2021
6:03 pm est
The $2.3 billion MBTA
expansion of the Green Line is progressing well. They just announced that the Leechmere station will be closed from May 2020
until April 2021 while new tracks are being put down and work is done on the viaducts.
One big question is whether the work will be completed on time. This project is years behind schedule
and way over cost.
Why does anyone think that the work could be done on a timely
The Last Hours of Christmas 2019
11:33 pm est
People move on from
the holidays. A new year starts next week.
How long do decorations stay up? I never decorate, so I don't know.
I saw a Facebook post of a couple who had everything down and the rug vacuumed by 4pm.
They never made it into the evening.
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Look At The Third
5:24 pm est
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced that it will
study the viability of issuing a license for a third casino which would be in the southeastern part of the state.
Previous proposals have failed to gain any traction. The other two casinos and one slot parlor have
failed to reach any of their revenue projections. They have impacted the ones on Connecticut.
People want facilities close to them, but can they all survive economically? There are only so many
gambling dollars out there.
Those Costly Games
11:50 pm est
The latest cost for the Tokyo Olympics is said to be $17.1
billion, up from $12.6 billion. The cost will never end.
There will be a higher final figure at some point. What is the over and under on that?
Sunday, December 22, 2019
11:55 pm est
The MBTA Green Line station at Leechmere will be
closing for at least one year while construction continues on the extension.
It sounds like they are going to finish this to the end no matter what.
Trains will stop at North Station. I bet this will go on for at least two years.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
12:00 am est
It was shocking to see the
video of two cruise ships collide while docking. A small amount of damage was done, but no passenger should need to deal with
I have no desire
to board one of those ships.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Is It Strike One?
4:53 pm est
Politicians love to jump aboard the band wagon when they can get maximum benefit at little risk.
We are seeing that with the great concern that some of them have over Major League Baseball's plan
to eliminate 42 minor league teams.
rationale is that very few of these players ever make it to the show. It would be more efficient to have fewer teams and focus
on the development of a core group.
teams would have an economic impact on the cities and towns that host them between the use of stadiums, food concessions and
the support people the teams employ.
league baseball is affordable family entertainment that means a great deal to fans. It's easy for politicians to embrace the
cause and score points with their constituents.
What will be the ultimate result of this proposal?
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
The Big Easy Wipeout
11:53 pm est
on city computers in New Orleans is a great example what can happen in the future.
The action caused over 4,000 computers from various agencies to be disabled since it happened last
will be interesting to see if the cause is ever found.
Monday, December 16, 2019
Trees Drinking Up
11:49 pm est
I saw a story today about the amount of water a live Christmas
tree needs daily. It can be up to one gallon, depending on the size.
I never knew that because I never put one up. It didn't seem to use that much water when I was a kid.
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Moving From Times Square
7:29 pm est
New York City has attempted to deal with the costumed characters
that pester tourists in Times Square. They attempt to get money from the public in exchange for taking a picture with them.
The city has confined them in a small area, but they have recently migrated to Rockefeller Center
in light of the street closings for the holiday season.
They complain they are just trying to make a living, but they are too aggressive with tourists. Something
needs to be done. I have witnessed their behavior numerous times.
Bridges Cost Big Time
11:27 pm est
It was inevitable that
we would see another version of a bridge over Northern Ave in South Boston where it crosses Fort Point Channel.
Something needs to happen there. The latest plan would cost from $100-120 million and address the
transportation concerns of many parties.
There is no way it will ever be built for $100 million. Probably $300+ million before it's done.
Friday, December 13, 2019
11:44 pm est
I was at Encore Boston the other day in the late morning
for a few hours. It's quite a place at a cost of $2.5 billion to get to this point.
Since they opened in June, their revenue projections are
less than expected. There is too much competition in the area.
There is one more casino license that can be issued by the state.
People want casinos close by, but it's hard for them to generate the right revenue numbers to stay
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Betting Against The Train
6:38 pm est
It's easy to be skeptical about a proposed high speed rail
link between Southern California and Las Vegas.
It would be a public/private project that would need financing approval from California and Nevada.
Some of the numbers sound doubtful. Can they actually build this in three years at a cost of $4.1
Like any high speed rail project, it is already years behind
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
No Lights or Bells
6:18 pm est
You can never please people this time of year with holiday
displays. Houses with thousands of lights and figures cause people to drive by, but those who live in the neighborhood often
find it to be an inconvenience.
there was a bell downtown that played holiday music and would chime. Residents who live in the many new apartments and condos
complained because it was keeping them awake at night.
People want displays, but want it in their neighborhood.
Rain Is Better
11:32 pm est
It's good to have the rain we are seeing because it gets
rid of the snow. Sidewalks were in horrible shape after the recent storm.
We are predicted to get two inches of rain this weekend. That would be 20 inches of snow if it got colder.
Monday, December 9, 2019
11:59 pm est
You can never predict the weather around here. The experts
never get it right.
They have their air time when the weather is an issue. It certainly helps inflate their contracts.
The public wants to know about
the weather tomorrow without all sorts of nonsense.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
11:22 pm est
I never believed that
any exercise tracker gets it totally right.
My run today was over measured by the app on my new Fitbit Versa2. I have a short stride. There is no way
I ran that far.
this invalidate all the information I see? How about calories burned?
Saturday, December 7, 2019
11:57 pm est
I finally reached a point where I replaced my Samsung Galaxy
S5 with the S10. It was time to do this.
The operating system of my S5 would not support my new Fitbit. Five years with a cell phone is a lifetime.
Friday, December 6, 2019
Free In KC
7:09 pm est
Public transportations systems in major cities operate with
huge deficits. New York City and Boston are drowning in annual losses.
Kansas City has taken a bold step and made their public buses free to everyone after doing the same for light
This can probably work with a smaller system like Kansas
City, but the budgets of the systems in bigger cites would preclude free rides without an enormous amount of government money
to subsidize the cost.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
Phone Catches Up
6:55 pm est
Every electronic device has a life span to it. Technology
changes so quickly.
I bought my Samsung Galxy S5 phone back in 2014. That was
ages ago in technology.
Apparently, the operating system of the phone will not support
a smart watch. The only option is to get another phone. With 10G of memory, I keep deleting apps to keep it running.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Must Acknowledge Call
5:25 pm est
I got a robo-call yesterday
that went to all local residents informing them of a change in trash pickup.
Since I live where we have a dumpster, I hung up after a few seconds. It called back and repeated the process
two more times before realizing I should listen to the entire call.
At the end, there was a prompt to press "1" if I received the call. Apparently, it was going
to keep calling back until I acknowledged receipt of the message.
December 2019 Snow
11:16 pm est
A snow storm changes everything for a short time. Most places around here got over a foot of the
I went out for a walk around 5pm when it was dark. It looked
so different out there.
Winter is less than three weeks away, but snow has a short
life to it.
We get crazy temperatures these days. It feels like winter,
but it might be warm real soon.
Monday, December 2, 2019
Autumn 2019 Snow
11:32 pm est
We ended up with 8-10
inches of snow today and might get another 3-6 tomorrow. Will it happen?
There are still three weeks left to autumn. We need to enjoy those days before winter.
Will there be snow on the ground for the holidays?
Sunday, December 1, 2019
To Treat or Not
7:44 pm est
People say the silliest
things on social media. Some people just like to argue.
Someone complained about the local streets being treated with a salt mixture to get ahead of a storm tonight.
They started a discussion about this being a waste, but it's snowing right now and the plows are