Thursday, December 31, 2020
The Last Hours of 2020
9:26 pm est
We are down to the last three hours of 2020, a year that
will live in infamy because of the Coronavirus pandemic around the world.
This is certainly the biggest news event in my lifetime. It's different than
9/11 and the subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It has impacted so much of our daily life.
2021 will the "Year of
the Vaccine". Will it be successful? The roll-out will take a lot of time. There is already controversy over some getting
it ahead of others.
This story will write itself.
People Love The Weather
11:58 pm est
The weather people
owned the 11pm news tonight. They got attention right from the start because everyone wants to hear about New Year's Eve.
So many things are shut down at this point because of Covid, but people will be doing things on the
last night of the year.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Don't Flip Over It
7:39 pm est
When I bought my new mattress and box spring in June,
they said to never flip it. Instead, it should be rotated very 5-6 months which I did the other day. It was much easier than trying to lift and flip a full-size
can only imagine what will happen over the next five months before it gets rotated again by May.
11:45 pm est
I'm trying to finish a book in the next five days. It
can't be renewed because of a waiting list.
I read very slow. It has been like that forever.
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Dumpster Holiday 2020
11:55 pm est
We have two big dumpsters to serve the 38 units where
I live, but it's not enough. It gets emptied on Wednesday.
They are overflowing from the holiday with a few days to go. It happens every year.
Saturday, December 26, 2020
Save Those Batteries
10:23 pm est
replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors every six months. They still have life in them for other uses.
I just replaced the two in my tooth brush with ones that I saved. They
also get used in wall clocks and TV remotes.
11:40 pm est
Christmas 2020 was
so different from being normal. We seem to be in another world with this pandemic.
How does this all work out in 2021 and beyond? Nobody really knows.
This will evolve before us as it has since it started.
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Fenway Going Nowhere
11:06 pm est
A local Boston sports columnist wrote about the long-term
viability of Fenway Park. He said that eventually fans would need to let go of their beloved ball park. Ownership knows that
their economic growth is limited in the small place.
Where would the replacement go? Would it still be within the city limits? How about public transportation?
The cost and who pays for it is another story.
Wednesday, December 23, 2020
11:45 pm est
A house in my neighborhood took down a gigantic tree.
It was amazing to see the amount of wood on the ground.
I'm sure it will be cut up before going to someone's wood pile.
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Holiday Rain 2020
11:48 pm est
The weather people got all the attention tonight on the
news with the forecast of rain on Christmas Day.
It sounds like it has a good chance of happening. They are wrong so often.
The rain would wash a lot of snow away.
Monday, December 21, 2020
Cards Could Be Late
11:45 pm est
I finally mailed some holiday cards today at the post
office. I have no idea if they wil be delivered before the big day.
Some vary from 20-60 miles away, but we all know that delivery is strange.
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Hold The Ice
11:36 pm est
They are saying it might rain on Christmas Day. You never
know with the weather people.
was nice to get some snow, but we need to move on to bare ground.
Walking can be hazardous these days. We must be so careful around ice.
Saturday, December 19, 2020
8:10 pm est
It's very easy to put too many items into a washing machine.
I proved that the other night when I tried to wash my bulky bedsheets with a load of towels.
The machine didn't drain properly. The dryer took extra quarters and
more time than normal.
The next time I wash my sheets, I'll make the load a lot smaller.
Last Two Weeks of 2020
11:35 pm est
Christmas is one week from today. New Year's Eve is upon
us. The year is ending real fast.
want 2020 to be gone, but what will 2021 bring?
Nobody really knows.
Thursday, December 17, 2020
Fall 2020 Snow
11:48 pm est
We got at least 12 inches of snow today and some people
complained so much about it.
was a very different day with the storm and snow.
The neighborhood looks so different. People should enjoy it.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Never To Sell Again
3:20 pm est
A local hardware store is going out of business after
over 70 years at the same location. The owner decided to close it after being unable to find a buyer.
The building and land will be sold to a developer who will tear it
down and build twelve apartments.
residents are lamenting over the loss on a local Facebook page. The owner said his adult children had no desire to be
was hoping to sell the business, but it didn't work out. In the end, the land was more valuable.
Small businesses are critical to our economy, but the amount of time needed
to run them eventually catches up to the owners.
December 2020 Snow
11:46 pm est
The weather people are so over the top on the forecast
of 8-14 inches of snow tomorrow starting around 9pm. Will they be right on this?
The temperature looks to be cold which will prevent it from becoming
Nobody has any idea what will happen. They can only speculate
and get paid well for it.
Monday, December 14, 2020
Need More Quarters
11:57 pm est
It's very easy to overload the washing machine in the
basement. It makes it worse for the dryer. We end up feeding too many quarters to dry this stuff.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
The Saturated Fat Is Real
3:16 pm est
We hear so much about the benefits of eating a plant
based diet.There are many imitation burger products out there.
I read labels all the time and was shocked to see the amount of saturated fat in some
of the meats.
They don't sound much healthier than eating the real
Saturday, December 12, 2020
A Different Bunch
8:30 pm est
I like to cut up two small radishes and mix them into
my tuna fish. I think it adds a lot to my sandwich.
They get sold by the bundled bunch. They usually cost $1.29 at the store I go to.
The bunches today were different sizes, but all for the same price.
Sometimes they have bigger ones and more of them.
I'm just glad I eat them.
Friday, December 11, 2020
Twice The Nonsense
11:27 am est
We all get too many robo-calls throughout the day and
early evening. They never seem to stop. It's usually about extended warranties on cars or lower interest rates on credit cards.
This morning, I got one on my cell phone at the exact moment my land
line was ringing with another. I didn't answer either one as they were both from different states.
What are the odds of both phones ringing at the same moment?
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Nobody Behind The Wheel
7:48 pm est
General Motors announced that they will begin testing
driver-less cars on the streets of San Francisco.
In the past, they had an operators behind the wheel in case of a problem. This time, they will be
riding as a passenger.
The goal of GM is to use its subsidiary as a competitor
to ride sharing services.
Where will this be one year from now?
Those BIC Pens
11:50 pm est
BIC pens are a great product. Their six sided pen was
a big hit when it was unveiled in the 1960's.
It's probably cheaper to make a cylinder pen as they do now.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
11:19 pm est
I was all set to recycle two computer monitors. I found
a place that only charged $10 for each item.
After dialing their number, they said they are not accepting materials at this time because of Covid.
I have two other places to check out.
Monday, December 7, 2020
People Feel Winter
11:41 pm est
We are still two
weeks away from the start of winter, but I think people feel it's here when it's cold outside and they see snow on the ground.
We only have a couple of inches right now, but it's not melting because
of the cold temperatures.
It could all change so suddenly with a warming trend.
Sunday, December 6, 2020
No Golf This Weekend
7:59 pm est
We had a few inches
of snow yesterday. I played golf last weekend and was hoping to do again two days ago, but my plans fell through.
It's hard to say if I will play again this year. We need some warm
temperatures to melt the snow.
can change real fast when it comes to the weather.
Saturday, December 5, 2020
Places To Put Stuff
7:25 pm est
Some people have too much stuff, but they never get rid of it. Those who own a home can hide it in the basement,
attic or garage. They can keep accumulating it until there is no more room.
A friend on Facebook
posted a photo of a garage cleanup which allowed the family car to be parked there. It doesn't look like much got tossed out.
Things were just stocked in more organized piles.
Friday, December 4, 2020
Can't Do It In One Day
6:26 pm est
We are getting closer to a working vaccine to address
the Coronavirus. Not everyone will want to participate. Many are skeptical about it.
The logistics to roll out the process are very daunting. What is the
best way to administer it?
One state official suggested having a National Vaccine
Day to allow the public to get the shot.
The problem with this idea is having a sufficient quantity of the vaccine in stock and keeping things orderly
at the site. That could be a challenge.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
No Room For Them
6:17 pm est
I have not flown in 20 years. I can't imagine what it
must be like now.
The US Department of Transportation finally did the right
thing and prohibited all emotional support animals, other than dogs, from flying with their owners. They will now need to be checked like luggage.
There will be some unhappy people, but the majority of passengers and
flight crews will welcome this change. It was getting chaotic on some flights.
11:20 pm est
I organized a bunch of photos from the early 1970's.
Some were taken using a Poloroid Swinger camera and others with a Kodak Instamatic.
A number of the Kodak 4x4 prints have lost color. They don't look right.
Film and processing was different back then.
I wonder what the negatives would show now in a reprint.
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Time To Weigh In
7:30 pm est
I bought a new scale the other day to weigh myself. I
tossed out my old one which was about 50 years old.
It was working fine, but just looked real bad. I tried to clean it up, but there was not much of
This one is digital and only cost $20. It probably won't
last as long as my old one.