Thursday, April 30, 2020
Six Months Until NYC
11:14 pm edt
So much can happen in six months. Last November, I was in New York City getting ready to
run the marathon.
We are here at this moment with everything upside
down because of this pandemic.
Will I be in NYC six months from tonight for the
I can't see it happening this year in light of everything.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
The Forever Cruise
11:33 pm edt
a Zoom meeting tonight where a couple talked about their crazy experience on a cruise ship during this pandemic.
They were forced to stay in their room for days on end. I can't imagine doing that in the 194 square
feet they talked about.
This will never be an issue for me because I will never
go on a cruise ship.
Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Wait Until 2065
7:41 pm edt
Time capsules are fascinating whenever they are opened. Unfortunately, some get lost over time with
people forgetting their location.
local church had the perfect solution back in 1965 when they sealed their capsule until 2065. It's located right next to the
main entrance with a huge engraving.
only have 45 years to go.
Monday, April 27, 2020
11:46 pm edt
I was out walking today, I noticed some buildings have rotted wood that needs to be repaired.
These places are worth so much money in their current condition, especially because of being in a historical
There are so many great examples of Victorian architecture that need to be preserved for
Sunday, April 26, 2020
11:59 pm edt
You see a lot more when you are out walking.
is so much trash in the streets that needs to be picked up, but it won't happen soon.
Saturday, April 25, 2020
What Is Normal?
11:59 pm edt
People keep asking when
will things get back to normal. That is a very good question. Good luck finding the right answer.
The economic impact around the world has been staggering, but life goes on.
Friday, April 24, 2020
1:30 pm edt
A local thrift store
run by a charity has been inundated with unwanted donations during its temporary closure.
They have a very strict policy on what they will accept, but that hasn't stopped people from using
their parking lot as a dump.
are people so selfish? These individuals are the ones who dispose of things on rural roads. They make it a problem for somebody
Thursday, April 23, 2020
7:13 pm edt
The Massachusetts Lottery has experienced a profound drop
in revenue over the last few weeks due to the Coronvirus.
Scratch ticket sales have taken a beating, but keno has done worse.
The decrease in daily revenue will impact the cities and towns who depend on the money when it comes
to balancing their budget.
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
So Many Adoptions
6:41 pm edt
As people are forced to stay home, animal shelters are finding their facilities are being
emptied by those who are willing to adopt.
is great news for the animals involved, but what happens once people go back to work?
I'm sure there will be those who realize that adoption
was a bad idea and need to return the pet.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
The Worst Edition
12:16 pm edt
Last week, my local newspaper announced that it would not
publish a print copy on Tuesday and Saturday.
This didn't sound like a big deal as I subscribe to the e-paper format.
Today's edition was much different from what I expected as it was difficult to navigate.
They should either publish the e-paper edition or not at all.
Monday, April 20, 2020
So Many Barrels
11:17 pm edt
It's amazing to see
that there is a glut of oil in the world's market. People are not driving around and using gasoline.
The President mentioned that we should take advantage of the low price and fill up our Strategic
After doing some research, I never realized the storage
capacity was 713.5 million barrels of oil. That's a lot of gallons.
We should fill it up all the way.
Sunday, April 19, 2020
Hope For NYC
11:59 pm edt
I've been looking at so many articles about New York City and it's future.
The Coronavirus seems to rule the world right now.
How will the city respond to this horrible situation
in the long term?
Saturday, April 18, 2020
Don't Walk and Text
3:02 pm edt
Pedestrian deaths in America have steadily risen
since 2009. Last year's toll of 6,590 was the highest since 1982.
One reason could be the proliferation of smart phone users. It grew from 50 million in 2009 to 285
million in 2018.
You can just look around and see people walking
and looking at their phones.
So many don't pay attention to the world around
them as they walk and stay fixated with their phone.
It's very easy to get struck by a car or become a crime victim while inattentive.
Friday, April 17, 2020
Publishing Less Days
6:12 pm edt
Newspapers were having a tough time before the Coronavirus
pandemic. Print subscriptions were down considerably while papers tried to migrate to on-line viewing.
My local paper announced that they will no longer publish on Tuesday and Saturday until we are past
this current crisis.
They blame it on the drop in ad revenue, but said they will return to seven days in the future.
Will it happen? Newspapers need ad revenue to stay alive. They are all facing a slow death. This
paper has published for over 150 years, but their long-term survival is up for debate.
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Cars Burning Up
5:55 pm edt
The rental car industry
is taking a huge financial beating due to the caronavirus pandemic.
A suspicious fire last week in Florida destroyed 3,500 vehicles and damaged another 3,800.
The fire was a raging inferno that consumed the vehicles at a great financial cost.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
The Great MTA
11:06 pm edt
The New York City subway and bus system tries to be the
very best, but it doesn't always work out.
The Coronavirus pandemic has certainly reduced ridership and revenue. The final budget will be filled with
deficits in all accounts.
It's so crazy to think that 62 employees of the MTA have
died so far from the virus. The number changes every day.
The death toll last week was at 33. It's too many for a great agency that always got the job done with the
trains and buses.
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
4:36 pm edt
The company that has my car insurance policy will be giving customers a 15% credit on their monthly
payments for April and May. They are only doing it because of pressure from the Attorney General.
My credit will be around $30. It's not much, but it's always great to get money back.
Monday, April 13, 2020
They Want More Time Off
4:47 pm edt
The school year has
been basically lost at all levels because of the pandemic. Teachers are trying their best to do it on-line, but this has its
Some states have already agreed to shorten the school year
and eliminate standardized testing. School districts are now faced with what to do with the spring break coming in the next
The last thing kids need is more time off and less instruction.
Some localities might not have any choice except to close as the vacation has been collectively bargained between the teachers
and the local government.
Sunday, April 12, 2020
April 2020 Storm
11:30 pm edt
In the craziest time of our life, some people must deal with a tornado threat. That sounds so crazy.
Hopefully, nothing happens, but you never know.
Saturday, April 11, 2020
COBOL Help Needed
3:08 pm edt
With millions of Americans
being laid off, we are hearing horror stories of the antiquated computer systems used by many states to process unemployment
Predictions of slow response time and computer crashes have
come true primarily because of the age of the state systems which are often more than forty years old.
In some instances, a call for help has been made to find individuals who have experience in COBOL
Looking down the road, government at all levels should look
at the age of the hardware and software that run so many critical functions.
Hopefully, something will get done.
Thursday, April 9, 2020
Some Publicity Is Bad
4:06 pm edt
There is an expression
that says any type of publicity can't be bad. I'm sure the owners of my gym would beg to differ.
They are part of a national chain owned by a large corporation. They decided to keep deducting monthly
dues from members in spite of the place being closed down due to Coronavirus.
They took a firm stand without relenting until the Massachusetts Attorney General filed a class action lawsuit
in federal court.
I received an email from my club today reversing their policy.
Members will no longer have dues deducted. The corporation is trying to stop the bleeding from all of the bad publicity and
irate club members. They should have known this would happen.
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Stay In The Car
11:06 pm edt
There are still car crashes and deaths, in spite of
the Coronavirus pandemic.
recent late night highway one proved it all when the single occupant was ejected.
If they wore a seat belt, would it have made a difference?
I think you're better off being belted into the vehicle
and not allow the laws of physics to take over.
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
8:08 pm edt
New York City is always the center of bizarre behavior no
matter what is going on. The Coronavirus pandemic is bringing it out in all forms.
The New York Post had a story of a man who decided to climb down into the track pit of a subway station
in Greenwich Village and take a nap on the tracks. This was such a bad idea on a Saturday afternoon at 2:30 pm.
The reduction in service probably saved his life as police and medics had plenty of time to respond.
They ultimately brought him to Bellevue Hospital for observation.
He was so lucky that he wasn't run over by a train or electrocuted by the third rail.
Monday, April 6, 2020
No Bacon and Chocolate
11:15 pm edt
People really like their chocolate and bacon. I can't say
the same since I have not had any chocolate in over 11 years and can't even recall when I last ate bacon.
Someone posted a picture on Facebook of "bacon on a stick with drizzled chocolate". It
got so many likes and comments.
can't imagine eating any meat with chocolate, but that's me.
Sunday, April 5, 2020
The Bridges To Money
12:42 pm edt
There has been consistent agreement between all parties
that the Bourne and Sagamore Bridges leading to Cape Cod are vastly outdated and don't meet federal highway standards.
The issue has
been whether to start with two new spans or try to rehabilitate them.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers own the 80 year old structures
and have decided to go ahead with a $1 billion plan to replace them.
That sounds like a great idea, but the project has not been designed and remains unfunded.
The question is how long will it take before construction starts and the final date of completion.
We all know that the projected cost of $1 billion will never
be enough money to get the job done.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
The Selfish Ones
9:38 pm edt
A crisis always brings out the best and worst in people.
We are seeing some disgusting behaviors with the disposal of latex gloves in the parking lots at grocery stores, gas stations
and other places.
This is such selfish behavior because someone else needs
to pick them up. Those who choose to be so disrespectful to others tells a lot about that person.
Friday, April 3, 2020
Can't Stop Junk Mail
5:59 pm edt
While I was out for a walk yesterday, I saw a house that
had a sign by their mailbox informing the postal worker not to leave any junk mail or fliers.
I think many people feel the same way, but how do you comply with the wishes of the public? Does
the letter carrier keep carrying the stuff along the rest of their route?
It's not the worker's job to determine what is really junk mail. The customer should just throw it out.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
10:51 pm edt
This pandemic has caused a surge at the grocery stores.
Items are not always available, but they do their best to stock the shelves.
It's always best to check the expiration date on anything you buy. I saw some expired milk last week. It probably
kept being stuck at the back of the shelf.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
No Time To Cut
2:59 pm edt
With so many being confined to their home, stories are coming
out about the challenge of cutting your own hair.
It's never a good thing to do during normal times. It can only end up bad if you have a full head of hair.