Friday, January 31, 2020
The Unknown Impact
11:06 pm est
A few weeks ago, the
Coronavirus wasn't even on the radar. With all of the recent developments in China, this story could get so much bigger.
How will it effect America? It has already had an impact on the world's stock markets. Everything
will change once people start to die.
knows what will happen at this point.
Thursday, January 30, 2020
Make Them Last Longer
9:10 pm est
One of the major athletic
shoe companies announced plans to unveil their biodegradable shoes.
This sounds like a great idea, but I wonder how well they will wear.
I've seen many design changes in my running shoes over the years. They offer a great deal of support
and comfort compared to years past, but are not built to last long.
Shoes are so expensive now. Hopefully, these are reasonably priced or people won't buy them.
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Can't Just Create Galleries
12:48 pm est
Vacant store fronts don't add anything to the look of a
downtown or neighborhood. What do you do with them?
Some property owners let business leases lapse or raise the rent high enough to force retail outlets to move.
Each case is different.
A person on social media said that the windows of empty
spaces should be turned into galleries by local artists. It's a great idea, but it would need to be be voluntary.
Unless the property is a safety hazard or violating building code, it couldn't be any other way.
Property owners have their rights too.
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Charging Through The Door
10:49 pm est
A local take-out restaurant
recently installed several electrical car charging stations in their parking lot. It's a family owned business that has been
part of the community since the 1980's.
a great idea to get customers through their door. Chances are that people who use the stations might stop in and buy some
of their products.
Monday, January 27, 2020
Returning Shopping Carts
7:05 pm est
Someone posted a list
on Facebook of things that people could do to make the world a better place.
It had the usual stuff such as being kind to others and paying it forward. One item was a bit of a reach.
I believe we should all return our shopping cart to the appropriate spot, but stores don't always
make it easy.
If they dedicated a few more collections areas in the parking
lot, people would comply to a greater degree.
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Toss That Idea
8:12 pm est
Whenever you mix people
and alcohol together in bars, you can always expect some sort of problem. It might be minor or something that gets really
out of hand.
A local couple wants to open an axe tossing bar
in a long vacant restaurant. These places have become popular in recent years, but I don't see the benefit of people throwing
axes, no matter how safe they try to make it.
internet has numerous videos of axe tossing gone bad.
They Steal Metal
11:37 pm est
There are always stories
in the news about people stealing valuable metal objects and selling them at scrap dealers for cash. It doesn't matter what
they take as long as they get money.
recently broke into a church and tried to steal the pipes from an antique organ. Their efforts caused many of the pipes to
collapse in a pile severely damaging the organ.
People who do this are desperate for money and are willing to do anything. One of the worst parts are the
scrap dealers who knowingly pay cash for objects they know are stolen. The industry needs to be better regulated, but don't
hold your breath.
Friday, January 24, 2020
Can't Stay In Business
11:57 am est
Some people have no
clue when it comes to understanding the challenges that retail stores face these days. On line shopping has changed the entire
industry. People don't go to malls or downtown like they did in the past.
A local Facebook community page asked what type of stores they would like to see downtown. There was no shortage
of answers, but some didn't reflect the realities of today's economy.
One person wanted a little gift shop with a tea room that served scones and other food items. They talked
about the one that was there in the past.
The problem is that there was never enough customers coming through the door and the place eventually
went out of business.
People need to realize that businesses need to make money
in order to survive. It doesn't work any other way.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Damage Is Part Of Its History
11:20 am est
I just read an interesting
book about Notre Dame Cathedral. It was built between 1163-1345. The recent devastating fire destroyed parts that can never
be replaced, including the 300 foot spire.
It has played a prominent role in the history of Paris and France. Its look changed many times over the previous
centuries. It sustained all sorts of damage from historical acts.
Since it took almost 200 years to complete, I have no doubt it will rise from its ashes. The only thing that
can hold it back is impatience and the funds to rebuild. It will take a long time to restore it properly.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Making It Easy For Them
10:00 pm est
I will never understand
why people leave their car unlocked or have valuable items in open view.
The news had a story about the amount of smash and grab robberies happening all around. It's so easy to do.
I saw it happen once during daylight hours in downtown Boston by the Public Garden. A guy walked
by a car, smashed a window with a hammer and grabbed a briefcase from the back seat. He was gone before you knew it.
Why didn't the car owner just place it in his trunk? They would have saved themselves a lot a lot
of aggravation and expense.
Cars For Sale
11:11 pm est
Government surplus property
is often sold through auctions. People can find some good deals if they know where to look.
The MBTA is now trying to sell seven surplus Green Line cars that have been declared obsolete because
they have been replaced by newer ones.
have been stripped of anything of value. Buyers will be getting a shell that they need to remove at their cost.
It will be interesting to see what buyers do with them since they have limited uses at this point.
Monday, January 20, 2020
They Are Driven
11:24 am est
Millennials have much different driving patterns than previous
generations. They are driving less, using more ride sharing and getting their license at a later age.
This could have a profound effect on the auto industry over the next decade. How it plays out remains
to be seen.
It will also have an undetermined economic impact in other
Sunday, January 19, 2020
The Forgotten Ones
10:41 pm est
There are too many forgotten
cemeteries across America. The poor and indigent have been buried in unmarked graves in "Potter fields".
New York City has several, including Washington Square Park which was filled up back in the 1700's.
I just read an interesting article about the cemetery for the Cook County Poor House which contains
38,000 unmarked graves starting in the mid 1800's.
The worst part is that developers often come in and try to use the land for something else. In Cook County,
plans were made for housing back in 1989.
All of these people deserve more respect than this. It's so wrong to try and reuse the land.
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Paying More For Rides
10:43 pm est
Boston and New York
City are trying to promote water taxis as a way to alleviate traffic congestion and emissions from cars.
It's a good idea in principle, but it often involves fare subsidies and tends to cater to people
with higher incomes.
The average subsidy in New York City is $9.25 per passenger,
well above the subway fare of $2.75.
For all of the costs, it doesn't really solve any traffic issues.
They Steal Anywhere
11:09 pm est
The news had a story
tonight about a person who walked into a nursing home and stole a woman's purse from an office. Three employees tried to stop
her, but she got away.
This doesn't surprise me at all. Nursing homes that I have
visited have virtually no security. All you need to do is sign the register and they let you in.
It's probably the last place you would expect this to happen, but no place is off limits these days
when it comes to crime.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Secret Town Criers
11:31 pm est
Facebook is a great forum if you want attention. Many users want
to be reporters or town criers. Why else would they share news stories as if they were scooping everyone?
A great example is the
Prudential Center in Boston which announced major changes to its observatory and restaurant. So many people felt the need
to share that information with others.
I always wonder what motivates
them to do this. Should we thank them for letting us know something we've been told numerous times?
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Don't Cross The Bridge
8:21 pm est
It happens far too often with large trucks. They try to
pass under low clearances which damages the bridge or their vehicle.
The standard height for trucks on the road is 13.5 feet.
That is consistent around the country. Drivers should be aware of that. Why do they try to drive under a posted clearance
of only 12.5 feet?
It happened locally yesterday when a driver attempted to
take a shortcut and got his vehicle stuck under the overhead steel.
Officials are trying to determine if any damage was done
to the bridge, but the truck took an obvious hit.
This happens all the time and won't end no matter how many signs are posted.
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Some Are Now Tossing
6:39 pm est
Recycling has caught on in the last decade, but recent issues
have left many cities and towns question its future.
China has stopped taking bulk shipments. They have often cited the contamination and mixture of products that
shouldn't be there.
Cities and towns received payments in the past from processing
centers, but some are now paying to get rid of them. Many are ending up in landfills which is contrary to the entire purpose.
It's a problem that has no long term solution.
Crazy Winter Temperatures
11:57 pm est
People seem to be concerned
about climate change, but many were excited about the warm temperatures over the weekend. They were the highest ever recorded
in Boston since 1872.
There was ice on the trees this morning as the temperature
dropped drastically. This is too much of a change. It's not healthy.
We get days like this every few winters. I remember it being very warm one weekend in February 2017. A few
degrees makes all the difference between a blizzard and a rain storm.
Sunday, January 12, 2020
11:34 pm est
Boston Encore casino has failed to meet its revenue projection
since they opened. Their hope for $800 million was in fact $600 million.
They are blaming it on the revenue from slot machines. They also announced the elimination of up to 70 bartenders
by replacing them with automated drink mixing machines. It's a small amount of their total workforce of 4,485.
The move received a great deal of attention. The change to the bartenders will need the approval
of the Gaming Commission.
has not been smooth sailing for the $2.6 billion facility. How will it be in two years?
Saturday, January 11, 2020
Warm Days Jan 2020
11:58 pm est
The temperature was
over 60 today around here. Some people posted videos on social media of their dips into the ocean.
This is so strange and won't last long. People are so wrong when they say they want more days like
We should have snow on the ground, but rain is better.
Friday, January 10, 2020
Cars With Issues
7:41 pm est
It doesn't matter if it's New York City, Boston or some
other major city with a rapid transit system. Newly built subway cars always seem to have some type of problem.
The MTA in the Big Apple pulled 300 of their newest cars out of service after a problem was discovered
with the closing of doors.
The 300 cars built by a Canadian company were delivered
after many delays and problems. Taxpayers and riders deserve more from cars that cost over $600 million.
Boston also had some issues with their new cars. It always seems to happen.
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Concrete On Tracks
12:17 pm est
There was a disturbing
story in the news today about concrete cylinders being left on train tracks in Bourne, Mass.
This could have caused a derailment with untold consequences. Police have no suspects, but who would
do something like this?
Those Compuer Issues
11:58 pm est
It's so hard to figure out computer issues. We should
all take the initiative to know more than we know.
Kids know so much about it. They can only imagine the technology they will see in their lifetime.
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Pipes Too Old
6:29 pm est
The infrastructure in towns and cities across America can
fail at any moment. Most of the time, repairs are made until the next problem.
Locally, a major sewer pipe almost 100 years old ruptured last week. Officials said it would be wise to replace
about 200 feet of it at a cost of $150,000. It will solve the problem for the part in question, but what about the rest of
It was so old that it was lined with bricks. It would be
too costly to replace the entire pipe. It will only get older and eventually fail again.
Monday, January 6, 2020
Drugs In Fish
3:50 pm est
We always hear that
we should eat more fish because it's so healthy.
One of the issues is that we don't always know where it comes from.
A recent study showed that salmon caught in Puget Sound often contain both prescription and over
the counter drugs.
There are different views over whether they are potentially
harmful to humans.
It's a problem that isn't going away.
Weather January 2020
11:43 pm est
The weather is so crazy.
It's so cold tonight, but it might be 62 by Friday. That's what the weather people say.
You never know about the weather. It could be anything at any moment.
I hope we have more rain than snow. It's all about timing.
Saturday, January 4, 2020
The Future of Rides
11:58 pm est
Ride share companies
are destroying the yellow cab industry. We see that in every city.
Lyft and Uber lose so much money and never make a profit. How long can they keep this up?
They have so many willing investors.
Friday, January 3, 2020
Stay With The 20's
10:58 pm est
I can never imagine the world of
computers and cell phones in 2030.
The last 10 years went by so fast. I hope I have another 10-20 with all this technology.
It's so challenging at times.
Thursday, January 2, 2020
4:39 pm est
Ever since 2009, January
2nd has been special for me because it was the day I retired from my job of 32 years.
The time has flown by since then. It's scary how quickly it passes.
None of us are getting younger.
11:12 pm est
Cities and towns across the country are planting trees all
over the place as a way to improve air quality and the environment.
New York City finished an eight year project in 2015 which resulted in the planting of one million tress across
the five boroughs.
The biggest challenge is the long term survival in an urban
environment. Not every type can survive with poor soil and lack of water and care.
I see it where I live. Many trees have been planted, but they don't all make it the first year.