Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Put Down The Brush
7:55 pm edt
I always enjoy looking
at stone walls, especially ones that have been around for centuries.
A local business had a nice one along the road, but someone decided to paint it white.
I don't think stones or bricks were ever meant to be painted.
Monday, June 29, 2020
Light Up The Sky
12:29 pm edt
The use of fireworks is totally out of control across cities
and towns. Police departments have been inundated with complaints from angry residents, but there isn't much they can do.
It will peak over the 4th of July this weekend, especially with public shows and displays.
A recent letter to the editorial page of the local newspaper said that communities should substitute
laser shows in lieu of fireworks.
isn't really practical as people who attend fireworks shows want to see the real thing.
Sunday, June 28, 2020
So Many Car Crashes
11:58 pm edt
There are so many bad auto crashes these days. There
is a cause for each one.
Is this a product of our crazy times? Are people just driving worse and not caring?
We have never seen this stuff before.
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Masking The Water Issue
11:25 pm edt
I just saw a story on the 11pm news about lifeguards
being at state beaches.
The reopening guidelines said that lifeguards must
wear a mask at all times, even when giving assistance.
I assume they are allowed to override the order if they need to swim to save someone.
You really don't need to have a mask on when you're trying to do that.
Friday, June 26, 2020
They Clean Up
11:52 pm edt
Some businesses are so specialized that it's hard to see
how they survive. You must have a steady flow of customers to keep the revenue flowing.
While out for a walk yesterday, I noticed a store specializing in cleaning sneakers.
I wonder how long they have been there and how they do.
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Today's Walk In June
11:53 pm edt
I had my car serviced today at my local Toyota dealership.
I walked home and returned to get it.
way was less than two miles, but I saw so much on the streets.
You see a certain amount when your drive by, but the street view shows so much.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Hot Days In Siberia
11:36 pm edt
We have experienced extremes in the weather in recent years.
Temperatures have fluctuated strangely in some places.
A place in northeast Siberia recorded a temperature of 100.4 degrees the other day. What really made this
striking is that it happened north of the Arctic Circle.
The weather should be an interesting this summer.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
2020 In NYC
11:48 pm edt
There is so much craziness going on in the world, especially
in New York City.
The news had a video of someone throwing a very devastating
piece of fireworks at a sleeping homeless person sleeping on the street.
That was such an inhumane thing to do to anyone.
Monday, June 22, 2020
Less Sun Going Forward
11:48 pm edt
These are the longest days of sunshine because of the calendar.
Daylight will only get shorter from this point forward.
At 8 pm tonight, darkness was not here, but will show up by the end of July.
Summer will pass by so fast, although we had one interesting spring.
Sunday, June 21, 2020
4:46 pm edt
The pandemic has shifted consumer patterns on various items.
People are just starting to travel while others feel safer at home.
The sale of swimming pools has spiked because they don't want to go to the ocean or lake. They want to walk
out the back door and have everything there.
A pool is never a wise investment to increase the value of a home, but it doesn't matter at this point.
Saturday, June 20, 2020
It's Ok to Touch Indoors
1:24 pm edt
A local outdoor farmer's
market is opening for the season, but with restrictions because of the pandemic.
Customers must practice social distancing and will not be allowed to touch produce. They can only point it
out to the clerk who will then bag it.
This is contrary to indoor grocery stores where customers routinely touch the produce and nobody seems to
Friday, June 19, 2020
Smooth Ride 2020
11:58 pm edt
I was on the highway
very early for a 8:40 medical appointment in Burlington.
It was shocking to see how light the traffic was.
I never had it like this in my previous trips for this appointment.
Hospitals want patients to return because they need the
Thursday, June 18, 2020
11:25 pm edt
People swimming at South
Shore and Cape Cod beaches have been dealing with shark sightings the last few years. The media made it a fun story until
someone was attacked and killed by a shark.
Beach goers can now deal with the lion mane jellyfish which can grown up to five feet across. They will be
getting plenty of camera time on the news.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
No Buzz In The Air
7:12 pm edt
I have not flown since
2000 for a variety of reasons.
We continue to hear stories of passengers acting up and
being disruptive. It makes for a stressful situation for everyone aboard.
Several airlines have now removed alcohol from their domestic flights. It's probably a good idea and might
lead to peace in the cabin.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
The Last 140 Days
11:54 pm edt
It's the last few minutes of Tuesday, June 16th. Twenty
weeks from this moment is the election.
How will this end? What will happen over the next 20 weeks?
The world is evolving so much.
Monday, June 15, 2020
Too Far Away
11:38 pm edt
I received a new ATM card from my bank the other day. The
embedded chip allows for cashless transactions.
The digital wallet is the future. I don't have that many cash transactions, but I get my money from the ATM
when I need it.
The card has an expiration date of July 2024. That seems
so far away at this point. The bank will replace it before then.
I have no doubt that this card will be replaced by some new technology in the next four years.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Time For Infrastructure
11:33 pm edt
While driving on the
highway today, I noticed a number of guardrail improvements. There are so many places along the road that need them.
I think they make a difference. You can see the damaged ones and the tire marks going onto them.
The world is really crazy right now, but we could do so much good with having a jobs program to rebuild
the infrastructure of America.
We have so much work to do with roads, bridges, tunnels,
railroads, public transportation and so much else.
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Great Example of Bad Timing
11:06 pm edt
This is probably the
worst time to open a restaurant, but a local couple is still going forward with their plans to open in the Harbor Place
The space has been empty since it opened four years ago.
It was a challenge to attract the right tenant with a good business plan.
Hopefully, things work out for them in these pandemic times.
Friday, June 12, 2020
No Big Bang Fan
2:16 pm edt
Boston Police are being overwhelmed
by calls complaining about fireworks. People have no consideration for others when they shoot them off at night.
It's the same where I live. Last night around 11 pm, it
went on for about two minutes. I was awake, but dogs started barking in the neighborhood.
Fireworks never did much for me. I would never go out of
my way to watch them.
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Tire From Nowhere
11:06 pm edt
The news had a story of a 42 year old school teacher who
was killed yesterday afternoon in a very freak accident on Rt 2 in Fitchburg.
She was driving on the two-lane divided road when her car's windshield was struck by a loose tire on a rim.
Her injuries were fatal in a situation that was being in
the wrong spot at the wrong moment. It could happen to anyone.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Don't Dump The Beer
10:10 pm edt
Bars, restaurants and
craft brewers have been told not to dump stale beer into storm drains or sinks. It apparently damages sewage treatment plants
because of changes in some of the gases that break down during the process of beer going bad.
Most of it can be made into sanitizer, but that assumes they take the time to find the right connections.
It would be so much easier for businesses to dump it and move on with trying to open up.
Will anything be done to prevent this?
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
2:35 pm edt
Funeral services have been hit very hard by the pandemic.
Families have been unable to hold traditional wakes and attend masses at churches.
Some people with prepaid plans for family members have complained of not getting a refund for limited
Funeral homes are saying that their expenses are higher
during this time, but have not given a breakdown. Others have returned money, but not to the level that people want.
Monday, June 8, 2020
The September Classroom
4:07 pm edt
Public school systems in Massachusetts are seeing the first guidelines about reopening for students
As of right now, it will be a real challenge to hold traditional
classroom learning with social distancing and limitations on seating. Masks will be mandatory for all.
Some of the older teachers and staff will probably decide it's time to retire in spite of wanting
Sunday, June 7, 2020
Some Want Four Days
11:32 pm edt
A recent poll showed
that 82% of Americans would like a four day work week with ten hour days.
This isn't doable for everyone, especially certain occupations.
Working from home seems to be the future for many jobs, but not all.
Four day weeks will be a case by case basis.
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Always On Video
11:39 pm edt
Everything seems to be recorded today. There are so many examples of people acting stupid.
A recent story showed a woman having a meltdown over a mother and her two young children who were
driving a miniature toy car.
They were in a public park in California when the lady screamed
that the kids should have a license.
was just another bad moment caught on video.
Friday, June 5, 2020
Drive-ins Are Back
11:45 pm edt
Drive-in movie theaters are making a huge return during
the pandemic. Many of them have reinvented themselves as a car-hop with a movie.
It's a great business plan that people are buying into. The demand is there. Weather can always be an issue.
It will be interesting to see if this was a profitable move by the owners.
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Just Don't Scream
5:01 pm edt
There appears to be
excessive rules and regulations when it comes to trying to reopen businesses in light of the pandemic.
Japan has a rule which might be extreme for amusement parks. Customers cannot scream when on any
type of ride.
I wonder how they will enforce this. Wouldn't a mask solve
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
The Bird Caused It
4:47 pm edt
Two weeks ago, a Royal
Canadian Air Force jet crashed after taking off to join a flyover for first responders.
One of the crew was killed when the jet crashed into a neighborhood, but nobody else was injured.
It was good to hear that there was nothing wrong with the plane, but everything is pointing to a
bird being sucked into one of the engines after take-off.
Birds continue to be a problem around airports.
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
The Expensive Shave
11:25 pm edt
There has been a constant
evolution of shaving products for men over the years. Gillette unveiled their newest product with the so-called "hot
It sounds like a great idea to get the feeling of a hot
shave with a straight-edge razor. The reviews I read have been mixed.
The price at around $200 could be an obstacle for many.
Monday, June 1, 2020
The Longest Third Date
9:49 pm edt
The news had a story
of a young couple who decided to take a trip to Costa Rica for their third date.
Unfortunately for them, it was a few days before everything shut down because of the Coronavirus. They were
stuck in a room at a resort with many things closed.
They will finally make it back this weekend and are still dating.