Monday, August 31, 2020
8:58 pm edt
It looks like the local rail trail will be extended by
1,000 feet. All approvals have been completed. Work is ready to start.
It will be such a positive addition to the city's waterfront. The trail has
a railroad right of way on a very choice people of property that remains undeveloped after 40 years.
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Just Go Outside
11:24 pm edt
sun was going down tonight when I went out for about 20 minutes.
It was 68 degrees and I wondered about the future of outdoor dining as we transition into
Many places are approved through October 31st, but that will only work on sunny days.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
College Parties 2020
11:56 pm edt
In light of the pandemic, we have been told to wear a
mask. There are many who don't, especially younger people.
The news reported that at least 21 students at Holly Cross have tested positive for Coronavirus after
attending a very crowded party off campus.
This virus certainly seems to spread when you have many people in close quarters.
Friday, August 28, 2020
1:20 pm edt
Many people and businesses are trying to make money from
the pandemic. There are many schemes out there that prey on people.
We are hearing a bizarre story about sanitizers being packaged to look like
liquor bottles and other innocuous objects. Some are even flavored. Why would they do that?
The FDA has warned consumers to be aware of these products and to keep
them away from children.
Things just get crazier.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
No Will To Give Them Money
5:03 pm edt
I didn't realize it was National Make-A- Will month until
I got an email and letter from one of the colleges I attended.
I already have a will, health care proxy and power of attorney that I did back in 2017.
The purpose of the outreach was to remind me that I can leave
them some of my estate.
Every college does this, as well as many institutions.
It's a way of getting money from people who are willing to designate funds to them.
They won't get it from me, but at least they tried.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
The Disappearing Quarters
11:17 pm edt
The national coin
shortage seems to be real. Stores are asking customers to use a credit or ATM card.
Quarters are so difficult to get in your change. You end up with dimes
Laundromats are especially being hit hard because they
rely on quarters. I'm trying to find more to use in the washers and dryers in my apartment building.
No matter what happens, we won't be reverting to the use of dollar
coins. They were never received well by the public.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Take The Year Off
11:46 pm edt
should do themselves a favor and take a gap year in light of the pandemic.
Students are being hurt by being forced into on-line classes in many
instances. They are still being charged the same tuition and fees as if they were in live classes on campus.
Colleges should be ashamed of themselves for this ripoff. Many schools
face dire financial situations, but it's not the role of students and their families to keep them afloat by paying full price.
Monday, August 24, 2020
Those Wild Turkeys
9:10 pm edt
Wild turkeys are more abundant then ever.
While driving on a state highway in Massachusetts today, I was forced
to stop and let around ten of them cross the road.
The last thing I would want to do is hit one of them. It would be like hitting a solid 20 pound object.
I have no doubt it would damage my career.
I later saw a deer running through a field. I'm glad it didn't try and cross the road as I drove by.
Sunday, August 23, 2020
How Popular Is Fencing?
10:23 pm edt
Some businesses and services are so specialized that
it's hard to see how they can survive, especially in these trying times.
A Boston radio station featured an ad for a fencing school. How many new students
do they think they can attract?
many people really want to learn how to duel with a sword?
It's marketed as a great workout and a way to build confidence. Who is their targeted
Saturday, August 22, 2020
Another California Summer
11:31 pm edt
It's very shocking to see the devastation caused
by the wildfires in California. Over 500 structures have been lost.
The flames are very ferocious and consume everything in their path.
I had the good fortune of taking seven trips
to California during the summers of 1993-1999 where fires were always going on.
It's a beautiful place, but you never have any guarantees
for the safety of your home from fire.
Friday, August 21, 2020
Pool By The Hour
11:42 pm edt
There is an app for almost everything.
People in the metropolitan New York City area are renting
their home swimming pools to the public by the hour using a special app.
According to a story in the New York Post, some pool owners are pulling in
big amounts of money.
It remains to be seen if this catches on. The pool season
length varies around the country.
There are people who willingly pay more than $90+ per hour to use someone's backyard
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Flu Shot Controversy Starting
9:55 am edt
Many adults don't believe in getting a flu shot for various
reasons. I had a very bad reaction to one last November, but took it four days after running a marathon. My immune system
was probably weak at the time.
all students in Massachusetts in grades K-12 will need to have one before December 31 unless they have a medical or religious
reason or are home schooled.
just entered the news cycle. I have no doubt that it will be a very controversial issue. Will it really happen?
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Same Price Less Product
5:40 pm edt
I've been buying the same multi-grain bread for a number
When I went
to buy it today, I couldn't find it on the shelf. After looking further, I saw it had a "new look".
It was the same price, but the loaf was smaller. They eliminated a
That's how you keep the price the same. Just give the
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
All Set For The Holidays
6:46 pm edt
I always find it interesting when people post on Facebook
that they are bored. For some reason, they feel the need to let everyone know.
One particular individual said that to deal with his boredom, he wrote out
his holiday cards although it's the middle of August. He also finished all of his shopping and wrapping of gifts.
He is certainly ahead of everyone else on this, but so much can happen
in his life and those of others before December 25th.
Monday, August 17, 2020
9:45 pm edt
Buildings along rivers
always have the potential for a rodent problem. It comes with the territory.
While walking by a group of historic old mill buildings today, I noticed rat
bait boxes disguised with a decorative covering to fool people into thinking they have some other purpose.
It's never good advertising to show a rodent problem.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Try Spring Semester
11:10 pm edt
Like so many colleges, UMass will be doing remote
learning this semester. The campus is closed except for a small number of students who have labs or studio classes.
It's a tough break for everyone involved. This isn't the so-called college experience that
students signed up for.
Nobody knows what the future holds for the spring
Saturday, August 15, 2020
Too Many Surveys
10:51 pm edt
It seems like every
company and business is on the survey bandwagon. It's a great way to get feedback from customers, but it gets a bit much at
Last night, I stopped at CVS and gas station across the
street. Both transactions resulted in emails requesting my comments on their service.
There wasn't much to say. The CVS cashier processed my transaction. I pumped my own gas at the convenience
For some reason, my credit card authorization took
longer than normal. It happened for whatever reason. I didn't feel it was worth commenting on, but others might feel
Thursday, August 13, 2020
Trying To Count Them All
11:49 pm edt
The 2020 Census continues with a response rate of less than
70% of households. What percentage of the unreported will actually get counted?
There is no doubt that the final numbers will be filled with controversy because so many people are missing.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
The Fifth Computer
5:32 pm edt
I bought a new desktop
computer yesterday. My streak of owning Gateway products ended when I purchased one from Dell. Best Buy no longer sells
I was surprised by the minimal choices in the store. A desktop
is still the best value for your dollar.
So much has changed in technology in my seven years of ownership of my recent PC. I can't even imagine
what it will be like in another seven years.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
10:22 pm edt
I have a much better idea of my options with my dead desktop computer.
call to Staples and visits to Batteries+ and Best Buy clarified some of the technical issues.
now is sits on table in my living room after being taken apart.
I'm very comfortable working on
it, but don't want to keep guessing on the diagnosis.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Computer Fights For Life
11:22 pm edt
I was planning to write to my website as I try to do daily.
I'm not sure
what happened to my desktop computer.
The screen suddenly went blank two hours ago.
watched a few youtube videos that point to the power supply unit, motherboard or its battery.
seems like a real challenge with a seven year old computer.
We shall see.
Friday, August 7, 2020
It's All About Lint
11:38 pm edt
After all these years, I'm using the dryer after doing
In the past, I put everything on hangers by the windows
of my apartment.
I was trying to save money by not dumping quarters into the dryer in the basement.
I decided to start using the dryer because of the lint left on my clothes
after washing them.
It's amazing to see the amount of lint collected in the
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Using The Juice
11:56 pm edt
I really love my dehumidifier. It takes out so much water
from the air in my apartment. I wish I did this years ago.
My electric bill went up quite a bit in the past month. How much was from that?
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
No More Scooters
6:45 pm edt
Many thought it was a bad idea to bring cheap rental
scooters to the streets of New York City. The Revel rides required no training and only a driver's license.
The controversial program had support from City Hall, but many residents
complained about the way people drove them.
It all came to an end after two recent deaths caused by erratic operation.
It was a bad idea from the start.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Closing On Thanksgiving 2020
11:43 pm edt
A number of major
retailers have said they will not be opening on Thanksgiving.
I think it's a good idea in light of the current pandemic.
What will Black Friday be like?
Monday, August 3, 2020
Rooms To Spare
11:35 am edt
Colleges in the Boston
area are trying to take every precaution to protect their students as they return during the pandemic.
Several schools have been renting rooms in Boston hotels to allow students
their own space and bathroom.
is a win for everyone. Schools provide greater health protection for students while limiting their contacts with others.
Hotels will receive greatly needed revenue as their occupancy rate
has been very flat.
Sunday, August 2, 2020
Trying To Finish The Book
11:34 pm edt
I have been a slow
reader my entire life. I recently got a book from my local library which I reserved and finally got to the top of the queue.
They put a three week limit on checking it out.
It's already three days overdue with 100 pages to go. I plan to stay up and
read for a couple of hours.
Hopefully, I can finish by tomorrow. By then, I will owe $1.
Saturday, August 1, 2020
Making Water Go Away
3:11 pm edt
People build houses in areas that are prone to flooding.
One place I regularly drive by has water in the front yard in the spring
and whenever it rains hard.
The owner finally got tired of it and spent a small fortunate
on drainage and other preventative measures.
After spending all that cash, I have no doubt they will be upset if the problem continues.