Wednesday, March 31, 2021
9:40 pm edt
The Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo will be a financial
disaster for the organizers with the recent decision to bar foreign visitors from attending.
The 10,000 athletes from around the world will not be able to have
family and friends in person. That will have a huge impact in the canceling of hotel rooms and spending by tourists.
Lost ticket sales will create a financial burden. People could lose
money in the process.
It's just another example why cities and countries should never try to be the host site.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
10:12 pm edt
The local school
superintendent just got a new three year contract with a hefty pay raise and a bunch of perks.
These individuals are often the highest salaried employee in cities and towns across Massachusetts.
They usually stay for a few years before moving on to another school system.
The local paper recently had an article about the contract
negotiations. They mentioned the names of all the people who held the job since the 1980's.
It's like a revolving door, but nothing unique.
Monday, March 29, 2021
The Big Blockade
11:02 am edt
gigantic cargo ship blocking the Suez Canal has highlighted the entire worldwide shipping industry. The incident caused many
ships to line up and wait, while costing hundreds of million dollars in additional costs.
Container ships haul 30% of the
world's cargo and 10% passes through the canal. The ship is one of the largest in the world with a length of 1,300 feet and
a width of 64. It only had 82 feet of clearance before the wind created havoc.
It was hauling 20,000 containers
carrying a host of goods. Shippers feel that bigger is better, but more of these incidents will happen in the future as the ships
Sunday, March 28, 2021
10:08 pm edt
I never go to the movies for a number of reasons. The
seats are often uncomfortable and the films are lousy.
A person I know who is an avid film attendee posted
his grades for several of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture.
He generated a lot of comments on his post. I realized
that I had never heard of any of them.
A Drive Too Far
11:50 am edt
don't know how people endure long car trips to Florida or other destinations.
A Facebook friend posted about
doing a 1,400 mile solo drive from Florida in 26 hours.
That seems beyond comprehension. He slept for a couple
of hours and was able to run a few miles during his breaks.
During my trips to New York City in recent years, it
has been a real challenge to drive 200 miles to Stamford, CT in four hours to get the commuter train.
I was more than ready to get out of the car and walk around. It would take me days to drive to Florida or a place that far.
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Won't Get The Ratings
8:09 pm edt
never watch food shows, but I caught about ten minutes of one today. They cook and serve the unhealthiest entrees. Everything
looks nice, but it's far from being healthy.
If they served nutritionally balanced meals, nobody would watch the show.
People willingly eat unhealthy food, especially in restaurants.
Friday, March 26, 2021
Barrel of Water
10:37 am edt
Some public officials come up with strange ideas. Local residents can now purchase a rain barrel
for $69 at the local DPW garage to collect storm water.
Why would homeowners want one? They are being told that the 60 gallon
barrel could reduce outdoor water consumption by as much as 40% during summer.
This sounds like a reasonable idea in theory, but there
is an assumption that the barrel will capture 60 gallons of rainwater. It sounds rather ambitious.
I wonder how many will get
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
The Prize Is Gone
11:39 pm edt
Someone in Rhode Island failed to cash in a $1 million
lottery ticket after one year. The money will now go back to the state.
This happens periodically around the country, but what really happened here?
Did the person die or throw away the ticket? Maybe they forgot about
There is a story here, but we will never know.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
11:30 pm edt
I just opened a new ream of copy paper. I can't believe
I used up my last 500. Where did they go?
I know I wasted a lot of paper with copier issues. My new Epson is finally printing properly, but I hope it
doesn't go south again.
Many sheets have been wasted since i bought it.
Monday, March 22, 2021
10:05 pm edt
When I was growing up, everyone got a license for their
dog. It was the proper thing to do. People have gotten away from doing that.
A local New Hampshire town has over 800 dogs without a tag. This seems very
excessive, but many people just don't want to do it for various reasons.
Pets with micro-chips are becoming the norm in many cases. It's easy for a
dog to lose its collar or to have it removed. The chip is always there.
Sunday, March 21, 2021
11:40 pm edt
It's always a good idea to know how your money is spent.
There are fixed monthly costs for everyone.
Some bills paid annually should be prorated as a monthly cost throughout the
thought my list was complete, but I keep thinking of additional items.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Problem Trolley Cars
11:38 pm edt
The MBTA can never catch
a break with their new trolley cars. A derailment the other day will keep them out of service for at least three weeks. Commuters
will be forced to use shuttle buses.
These cars were delivered late and over budget. Nothing is ever easy for the MBTA.
It's a shame because so many people depend on a public
transportation system that is far from reliable.
Friday, March 19, 2021
Rope Tows Are Back
11:32 pm edt
Rope tows on ski
slopes are making a comeback, especially on privately owned land.
Skiers who own a hill can now get a kit for around $5,000 that will get them up to the
top like the old days.
I always remember they were a challenge to use and did
a job on your gloves.
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Books and Movies To Finish
11:34 pm edt
received a phone call today informing me that I have an item to pickup at the local library.
It turns out to be a movie I
requested. I'll wait a few days. I still have one left to watch from the start and another that needs about 30 minutes of
I'm trying to finish a book, while another is staring at me on a table. They can't be renewed.
I have one
more on reserve where I'm next up in the queue. I hope the person who has it now reads as slowly as me.
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Plane Hits Car
10:42 pm edt
The news had amazing video of a plane that crashed into
a moving car in Florida. The pilot and passenger in the plane were killed, as well a child in the car.
It was such a freak occurrence. The plane had trouble taking off before
it plunged and struck the car.
driver was at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
The Vacant Lot
1:28 pm edt
Many office workers in downtown Boston continue to work
from home in light of the pandemic.
saw a great example today when I drove by a park and commute lot in Newburyport. Most used it to take a shuttle bus to Boston.
The lot which holds several
hundred cars was almost empty.
When will the commuters return?
Monday, March 15, 2021
Hands For The Weather
11:24 pm edt
Spring will be here
by this time next week. The temperature was in the 60's for a few days last week. We already turned the clocks ahead one hour
for Daylight Savings Time.
The temperature over the couple of days has been brutal.
Today must have been the coldest day of winter with the wind chill close to zero.
My very dry hands were doing well, but not tonight.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Can't Replace The Battery
11:02 pm edt
I just found out that many new cell phones don't have
a replaceable battery. From what I read, they last about two years which means your phone needs to be replaced. That is a
way to make phones obsolete.
Fortunately, my Samsung S10 has a removal battery. I have no plans to do any upgrade.
Playing With Font Size
11:16 pm est
I picked up a book at the local library that I had
on reserve. The 400 pages was a bit intimidating because I read so slow.
Fortunately, the text seems to be in a bigger font. Most books out there vary
in size, but 200-240 pages seems to be the average. This book would be about 260 with a normal font.
Friday, March 12, 2021
Almost Spring 2021
11:16 pm est
We had a couple of
warm days for this time of year, but it happens annually. This is nothing new. I wrote this same statement several times in
Spring is on the doorstep. We get more daylight after
tomorrow with Daylight Savings Time.
could snow at any time, even into April.
Thursday, March 11, 2021
11:27 pm est
I had my first Covid vaccine today at 10am with a shot
of Pfizer in Newburyport. It was very well organized. My next appointment is April 1.
My arm got sore this evening at the spot of the needle stick, but otherwise
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Ice Time For Fools
11:27 pm est
It was a beautiful sunny day today with the temperatures
around 50 degrees, but that didn't prevent an individual from venturing onto the ice on a Boston area pond. He crashed through
and was lucky to get rescued.
do people act so foolishly? Ice is melting on bodies of water. It had to look unsafe, but that didn't stop him.
People do dumb things and put first responders in harm's way with their
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
11:51 pm est
People who place memoriums in newspapers want them to
look right. They mean so much for the families.
I've been doing separate ones for my parents for many years. My biggest concern has been that something could
happen and the picture would come out horrible. It happened once with a colored photo of my father. I only use the same
black and white ones now.
I saw one the other day where the photo ended up as a
double image of the face. The family must have been upset. I felt bad for them because you want it to be right.
They are not inexpensive. I hope the newspaper didn't charge them.
Monday, March 8, 2021
Changes Are Coming
5:52 pm est
Nothing stays the same in the world of high-tech. We
are often unaware of issues that are staring us in the face.
I had a conversation with a customer service representative from the company that hosts
Apparently, the security standards have changed to the point where I need to rebuild the site with a new software
users cannot access it, especially on mobile devices. I noticed that my traffic had dropped significantly in recent months.
It will have a new look, but my biggest concern is migrating the 4,000+
postings on this site since it was activated in 2009.
The person I spoke with assured me that this can be done without aggravation.
I will find out soon.
Sunday, March 7, 2021
The Phony Survey
7:07 pm est
The internet is filled with scams that attempt to plant
viruses and malware on electronic devices.
I received an email with a very suspicious address which was soliciting my feedback about the Covid vaccination
process. They offered financial incentive, but it looked so fraudulent.
Unfortunately, some people will fall for it and eventually
regret what they did.
There are those out there who will always try to take advantage of a situation.
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Hold The Sugar
10:54 am est
A Facebook posting of someone putting sugar on their
breakfast cereal made me think back to a time when I had a sugar bowl and used it.
I can't believe I drank tea with three sugars until I was 35. A spoonful
was good on some cereals. Fortunately, I stopped using it.
Sugar is so unhealthy in our diet. There is no need for more of it. We get enough through the stuff
we eat. No doctor will ever say to add it to food and drinks.
Friday, March 5, 2021
Lowering The Water
10:07 pm est
Many towns and cities in
New England have dams on bodies of water, especially those with mills from another era.
Studies have been done in many cases to determine what
the impact would be with their dismantling.
There is one locally that is being looked at next to a shuttered mill complex.
By lowering the river level, the buildings would be more
suited for future redevelopment into housing.
It will be interesting to see the final outcome of this.
Thursday, March 4, 2021
My Name Isn't "Current Resident"
10:34 pm est
There is no doubt that asbestos contamination has hurt
and killed many Americans. It's a terrible problem from the past to the present.
It has caused lawyers to come out of the woodwork looking for people to represent
in their claims in class action lawsuits.
I got a piece of junk-mail today from a law firm inquiring if I or any members of my family were impacted.
The worst thing about it was it was addressed to "Current resident".
They didn't care enough to put names against addresses.
Some lawyers just want a piece of the financial settlement and will try any method.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Some Want More Options
12:38 pm est
Whenever we call a customer service phone line,
it's inevitable that we will end up in a queue listening to some type of music.
During one of my calls yesterday, I was given the option of listening to jazz,
pop or nothing at all.
My choice was jazz, but I'm sure that some future callers
will be upset because there are not enough options.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
It Was So Dark
6:34 pm est
We had an incredible wind storm last night with gusts
over 50 mph. At 11:15pm, it felt warm and cozy in my living room while reading a book.
It all changed suddenly when the power went out. Everything became
totally black. I was glad I had my cell phone next to me to shine the light to my bedroom and flashlight.
That was how last night ended. About five hours later, I awoke because
the lights came back on when the power was restored.
Monday, March 1, 2021
8:58 pm est
We always hear stories about doctors who do outrageous
things in the operating room that should not be tolerated.
A surgeon in California attempted to attend a virtual traffic court session while having a patient
on the operating table. The judge wasn't happy about it and rescheduled the hearing for later this week.
His behavior was so unacceptable and unprofessional. Patients deserve