Wednesday, September 30, 2020
11:01 pm edt
Car makers issue recalls on a regular basis. My 2019
Toyota Corolla had two in the past year.
I made an appointment for next Wednesday to have the remaining one taken care of.
The dealership said it would take a few hours. My last recall took
about 90 minutes.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
No Times Square NYE
8:21 pm edt
There will be no crowd in Times Square on News Year's
Eve. The pandemic has forced the change to a televised event.
It's another setback for the New York City tourism trade, but there is nothing they can
It will be the first time in 114 years without people.
Monday, September 28, 2020
The Hilton Was First
10:07 pm edt
It was a shock to hear of the pending October 14th closing
of the Times Square Hilton. The iconic 44 storey tower was a catalyst for the redevelopment of Times Square when it
Owners blamed the pandemic. It shut down back on March
16th and never reopened.
Plans are unclear about the future of its 478 rooms.
It won't be the last hotel to close in the city.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Nice Leaves Sept 2020
11:38 pm edt
The foliage is very nice around here. The leaves are
turning so many colors.
One big rain
storm will bring many of them down and change the view.
There is no turning back. Winter is on deck.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Eating In The Cold
6:37 pm edt
The pandemic has closed many restaurants and bars forever.
Outside dining has been a savior for many, but we are approaching the end of the year.
New York City announced that it will allow dining outside throughout
the year. It will be very challenging to keep patrons warm.
Many places will need to spend more money to get ready for colder weather. It's a matter of
survival at this point for them.
Friday, September 25, 2020
The Supplier Scam
6:48 pm edt
I got a letter today that said "official business"
and had my city's seal on the envelope.
It turns out it was from an energy company that is trying to get everyone to switch their electricity supplier
and save less than two cents per kilowatt hour.
I think it's very unfair to force residents to opt out or their own or end up being enrolled against their
I will complete the opt out form, but this could be very
confusing to some people.
I'm giving up $20 annually doing this, but there is no guaranteed rates in future years.
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Asphalt & Granite
11:12 pm edt
A new asphalt sidewalk was laid down in front of three apartment buildings in my neighborhood.
It would be nice to realign the granite curbing, but that would be
The sidewalk will be safer for all.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
11:31 pm edt
Autumn is upon us. I already turned on my heat.
It will only get colder, in spite of some very warm days in the future.
This is the best time of the year, although spring is pretty awesome.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
11:57 pm edt
Spinach pie is the best. I wish I could make it, but
it never happened.
Monday, September 21, 2020
Checking On my Checks
11:14 pm edt
We all get emails and phone calls from people trying
to sell us something. It doesn't matter what it is.
I was surprised to get an email reminder from the company
that prints my bank checks. They asked if I was ready to reorder.
Years ago, I paid all my bills by check.
I write very few now and have enough blank ones for another year.
Sunday, September 20, 2020
6:50 pm edt
Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade will look a lot different
It will be staged in another part of the city without
any live viewers. The gigantic balloons will be stationary.
In light of the pandemic, it was the only option other than canceling it.
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Season Done For Dehumidifier
11:43 pm edt
I have not used my dehumidifier for almost six
weeks. It was a big mistake not to empty the collected water from five weeks ago. The water looked real bad.
The air filter was very dirty after such a short time. The
kitchen faucet was the best way to clean it.
Friday, September 18, 2020
Not Helping The Battery
5:39 pm edt
The terminals and cables for automotive batteries should
be kept clean at all times. A buildup of corrosion will keep any vehicle from starting.
The other day, I saw some neighbors trying to jump-start a vehicle
that had a dead battery. As I walked by, I could see a huge amount of corrosion on the cables and terminals.
They could've stayed there all day trying to get it going, but
the only solution was to clean it all up.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
The Big Smoke
8:00 am edt
The wild fires in
California and other states continue to destroy everything in their path. The destruction has been enormous.
The huge amount of smoke has drifted across the country caught up in
the jet stream.
It's another hazy day around here. The blue sky is gone
and has been replaced by the smoke.
They say it's not harmful because it's so high in the atmosphere, but you never know.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Cool Weather Dining
10:54 pm edt
Boston will allow
outside dining until the end of November.
How many people will choose to dine outside on a cool autumn evening? Hopefully, the restaurants will have
heaters for the customers.
Eating outside in cool weather is great if you're tailgating
at a football game. It might work for some places, but not for most.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Best Time To Leave
6:54 pm edt
I have a 10:45 appointment tomorrow in Natick. I made
it for that time with the hope of avoiding rush hour traffic.
It's always a roll of the dice because anything can happen. I will leave earlier to
allow for traffic and delays.
Monday, September 14, 2020
October Is Too Soon
7:13 pm edt
At this point, we are halfway to October. Once we get
there, the holiday rush will be upon us. It starts earlier every year.
People really need to pump the brakes and wait until at least November. It
gets crazy too soon.
It will probably be different this year in light
of the pandemic.
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Leave The Dog Home
9:19 pm edt
Dog owners love their pets, but I'll never understand
why they take them on long runs or have them climb mountains.
I saw a picture on Facebook the other day of a group which had just completed a 4,000
foot climb in New Hampshire.
were excited about their accomplishment, but the dog was sprawled out in the parking lot looking totally exhausted.
Dogs will push themselves to please their owner. They can't say to
slow down or to take a break.
breeds are not meant to run ten miles or go mountain climbing.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
A Tale of Two Melons
11:40 pm edt
I bought a honey dew melon yesterday for the first time
in many years. It has a different taste than cantaloupe.
They both had the same seed cavity that I scooped out with a large spoon.
Both melons are on the list for being low in sugars.
Friday, September 11, 2020
My Big Three
11:39 pm edt
Every generation has events that define it. I have seen
that in my life.
The assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 was a
huge moment. They buried him on my 10th birthday as we all watched it.
September 11, 2001 changed America forever. The impact has been so profound.
We have no idea of the future impact of the Coronavirus pandemic of
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Flu Shot 2020
5:10 pm edt
I had a flu shot today. It's the earliest I ever had
one. I went 37 years without one before resuming them in 2018.
It was a disaster for me last year when I took it four days after running the New York
City Marathon. Apparently, my immune system was compromised from the race.
I didn't have the flu, but the adverse reaction was bad enough.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Serious TV Watching
11:53 pm edt
When people binge
watch a season's worth of shows, they are making a serious time commitment.
A posting on Facebook showed someone who watched 96 episodes of "Homeland"
How long did that take?
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
Always On Fire
11:01 pm edt
It's horrible to see the wildfires in California.
a beautiful place, but seems like fires are a way of life.
The state is doing another rolling power blackout because their energy grid cannot support the demand.
That is so unacceptable in the 21st century.
Monday, September 7, 2020
9:57 pm edt
It's easy to waste time with computer issues or other
Since I bought my new PC, I have trouble scanning.
After spending over an hour tonight, I'll try again tomorrow.
I think I need to uninstall the printer and start all over again.
Sunday, September 6, 2020
The Didn't Want To Leave
8:21 pm edt
When I bought my new omputer four weeks ago, it
came with a 30 day free trial for McAfee anti-virus protection. I already had a paid subscription to Norton.
I decided to check it out for free, but waited until today to uninstall
it and add Norton.
During the installation process for Norton, the uninstalling
of McAfee didn't go easy.
kept getting prompts asking me if I really wanted to do this. I have been satisfied with Norton and saw no reason to change.
Saturday, September 5, 2020
Summer 2020 Is Ending
8:10 pm edt
Labor Day is the latest it can be this year. A week from
Monday, the month will be almost half over. October is right around the corner.
We have two weeks left to summer. It went by so fast during this pandemic.
Autumn 2020 will be one amazing time with all that is going on in the
Friday, September 4, 2020
Getting The Last Dollars
5:26 pm edt
Everyone who has visited an ATM machine has experienced
it being down or out of money. It happened to me last week.
While I was using a drive-up one yesterday, a car pulled up behind me as I finished my transaction.
As soon as it was completed, an out of service notice posted on the
screen. It must have been out of money.
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Bars Will Close
11:46 pm edt
The pandemic is slowing killing the bar business. So
many are closing and will never reopen.
A local couple was approved to open an axe throwing bar with a liquor license at a place that has been without
tenants for over ten years.
They got all their approvals right before the pandemic
hit, but never opened.
They must be losing money. How will it end for them?
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Danger At 3,000 Feet
7:11 pm edt
It's bad enough that some careless people fly drones
near commercial aircraft or point lasers at the cockpit.
They reached a new level today when two separate pilots reported someone with a
jet-pack near their aircraft as they approached Los Angeles at 3,000 feet and ten miles from landing.
Was this a social media stunt or a threat to show how easy they could
bring down a commercial airliner? Will anything come of this or will it die in the news cycle?
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
The Rate Was Off
9:56 pm edt
My Versa 2 Fitbit didn't record my heart rate during
my run today. Everything else was fine.
Apparently, it was turned off in my settings. I have no idea how this happened as I'm very careful.
Phones and computers can do some very strange things