Saturday, July 31, 2021
11:44 pm edt
A person I know on
Facebook posted a picture of their fractured bicycle helmet from an accident yesterday.
They were involved in a group ride when it happened. Her helmeted head
hit the ground. She suffered a concussion, but lived to tell about it.
The helmet absolutely saved her from further injury.
Friday, July 30, 2021
Inspect Before Buying
7:58 pm edt
In these crazy times, it has become a seller's market
when it comes to homes and condos. They are drastically overpriced and only stay on the market for a short time.
Buyers have been in bidding wars to the happiness of the owners. Many
have waived the right to pay for a home inspection.
I would draw the line here. I don't own any real estate, but still believe it's one of the biggest
purchases in your lifetime. To move forward without a professional home inspection is risky. Things can happen, but buyers
are willing to put up with them.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Put Down The Drink
7:49 pm edt
New York City is
looking into allowing the consumption of alcohol in public parks. This sounds like an idea that can only turn out badly.
People drink alcohol openly in parks, but many try to hide it. This
has been going on forever. We are seeing the results right now in some of the crazy stories coming from the city about late
Alcohol, late closing hours, public drinking and the
concerns of local residents are never a good mix.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Summer Fires 2021
11:39 pm edt
It looks like we might set an all-time record for rain
in July with the way the month is closing out.
This is so opposite of what is happening out west, particularly with the uncontrolled wild fires.
These comments could have been written during any of the 12 years I've
been writing on this site.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
11:55 pm edt
People who drive Jeeps really like their vehicles. Many
like to take the doors off in warm weather and drive around.
I saw someone today without a driver's side door or seat-belt.
I'm sure it was normal for them.
Monday, July 26, 2021
Printer Down Again
10:14 pm edt
My printer stopped producing clear copies today after
my system got a Windows 10 update. This has been identified as a problem by Epson in the past.
This shouldn't keep happening. They don't seem to have a long term
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Little Plane Delivery
11:39 pm edt
The media can hype up any story to make it look better.
They did it today with a story about UPS testing small electric aircraft for package delivery.
It sounds like a great idea and the way of the future. It's interesting
to note that they expect to be using it by 2024.
Will this happen three years from now?
Saturday, July 24, 2021
3:25 pm edt
The Olympics are off to a questionable start with
some athletes testing positive for Covid, but it hasn't stopped the competition.
There is a tropical storm in the forecast next week which could impact
the Tokyo area. Bad weather could mess up the schedule of events and impact the broadcast partners.
Friday, July 23, 2021
The Games Go On
12:07 pm edt
The Summer Olympic Games had their opening ceremony today
in front of an empty stadium because of Covid restrictions. A number of athletes have already tested positive and have
been ruled out of the competition.
have called for the cancellation of the Games. They seem to be hanging by a thread, but there is $3-4 billion on the
line right now in broadcasting rights and fees.
It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.
Thursday, July 22, 2021
No Happy Times
1:33 pm edt
The Massachusetts legislature is looking at a number
of bills, including one that would bring back alcohol "happy hours".
This happens every few years, but always fails to gain enough support. It
was banned almost 40 years ago as a result of some high-profile incidents.
I'm not sure what has changed. Some people drink without regard for others.
It probably won't go anywhere for now.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Same Old Ship
10:37 pm edt
I just saw a story about the ongoing struggle to save
the legendary cruise ship SS United States.
After launching in 1951, it set a world record for an Atlantic crossing by a cruise ship in under three and
one half days.
The popularity of flying forced it into retirement in
1969. Since 1996, it has remained docked in Philadelphia at a cost of $60,000 per month, paid by the charity that owns it.
After sitting for 25 years, there is the usual talk about possible uses.
The story showed some of the deck areas.
There is no doubt the ship has a great deal of potential. It's enormity is quite an attraction with its 1,000
ft length and 175 ft height
do you do with it? I can't imagine the cost to do whatever is finally done.
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Name That Water
11:43 pm edt
I bought a bottle of FIJI water tonight at a bar where
I was involved in a comedy show.
cost $3 and with a $3 tip became a $6 bottle.
What makes this water special? It looks nice in the four-sided plastic bottle.
The bar loves to sell it because it's almost all profit.
Monday, July 19, 2021
Time Finally Stopped
12:15 pm edt
The life span of a digital sports watch all depends on
the battery. My current one is over two years old and the battery just died.
Will I be able to replace it for a reasonable price? It's hard to find anyone
who does this. The watch coast $35 when I purchased it. The battery will be at least $10 if I can find someone who does that
type of repair.
Sunday, July 18, 2021
11:28 pm edt
The news had a story of three people who were rescued
by the Coast Guard while clinging to their capsized sailboat. They were so lucky to be spotted.
These stories don't usually have a good ending. I can't imagine what
went through their mind while in the water.
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Those Long Car Trips
11:00 pm edt
I saw a comment on Facebook casually remarking about
the 16 hour car trips they take to see family.
People go to great extremes to see their kids and everyone who is considered family.
When people drive that long, do they take fewer breaks? I can't
imagine being in a car that long.
Friday, July 16, 2021
11:46 pm edt
It's so dry out west right mow. We have been getting
so much rain, but they have their usual drought which makes it perfect for a fire.
When I was visiting there years ago, I was shocked to see the dryness
in the soil and vegetation.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
A Ball of Lightning
4:27 pm edt
The news had an amazing video of a golfer hitting a ball
at a driving range and it being struck by lightning in flight.
It was a very unlikely event, but one that showed the destructive power of nature.
The golfer called it a day at that point. It's never
a good idea to be around lightning if you're holding a golf club.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
11:29 pm edt
I watched a few videos of people walking through the
streets of New York City. It was interesting to see parts of Upper Manhattan that I haven't been to.
I don't know what type of camera they were using, but the quality was
good and not bouncing around.
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
The Deep Station
10:44 pm edt
This part of the country got a huge amount of rain recently,
but it was shocking to see that flooding of the New York City subway station at W157th St.
The news had a video of commuters wading through waste
deep water at the bottom of the stairs to get to the platform.
The water was dark and looked filthy, but commuters plowed through it to their
This won't be the last time it happens.
Monday, July 12, 2021
The Party District
10:33 pm edt
New York City is a pretty crazy place these days. There
is so much noise in a city that never sleeps.
Clubs and bars can serve alcohol until 4am and most places try to be empty within the hour.
The city government seems to support the creation of a 24 hour party
district. Where would that be? Does anyone live around it?
This seems like a bad idea from the start.
Sunday, July 11, 2021
9:23 pm edt
The Millennium Tower in San Francisco is becoming one
of those questionable buildings for those who live and work there.
Since it opening in 2009, the foundation has settled
18 inches. This is a source of concern to the point where the structure will have piles driven to bedrock to give it a better
this address the issue?
Saturday, July 10, 2021
The Empty Games
11:23 pm edt
It's now or never for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
They were already postponed last year.
In light of the pandemic concerns, there won't be fans in attendance for any event.
Loss of ticket revenue will have a huge economic impact,
but there is $3-4 billion on the line right now to make this happen.
Friday, July 9, 2021
The Old Road
11:34 pm edt
I saw a story about a town in rural Indiana that has
been surfacing roads with gravel and tar instead of asphalt.
Residents have complained that the roads don't last as long, but town officials say it's
When I was a kid, this method was used a lot. I remember
my childhood street getting fresh gravel and tar.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Storm on Friday
11:14 pm edt
The weather forecast for Friday is some type of tropical
storm from Hurricane Elsa. It sounds like we will get a lot of wind and rain over a period of several hours.
Nobody can really say how this will play out. We don't even know the
Wednesday, July 7, 2021
The Plane Field
10:01 pm edt
Accidents can happen to anyone at any time. Nobody can
ever predict the future.
The story I read was about someone cutting grass at a
small private airstrip 37 miles north of Montreal. They were struck by a small plane landing.
There are small airstrips like that all over the world. This one had
grass and was being maintained.
will be interesting to see what the investigation shows.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Heading To Florida
11:56 pm edt
It looks like Hurricane Elsa will strike Florida. Things
change quickly, but it's headed that way.
I hope it works out well for the people there.
Some of those storms get so bad.
Monday, July 5, 2021
The Deep Hole
10:32 pm edt
The Science Channel has a great story about sink holes.
They show the extreme ones that swallow up property and cause great damage.
Some of this is related to the ground water levels. That's a tough issue that
needs to be addressed.
Sunday, July 4, 2021
Less Bang In 2021
11:43 pm edt
The sun came out very bright this afternoon after so
got another shower this evening which didn't stop the fireworks.
I think many are saving it for Monday night. There is usually a lot more noise.
I'm not a big fan of it. They don't do anything for me.
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Summer Rain 2021
11:49 pm edt
It has been raining hard for the last several hours.
We have received over three inches of rain in recent days.
This will be great for the greenery and water bodies.
We needed it. You just don't want anything damaged.
Friday, July 2, 2021
Change of 41 In 48
11:11 pm edt
The heat wave certainly broke today. It was 99 degrees
when I went to the gym on Wednesday, but 58 today. That was a 41 degree change in the course of two days.
Although I wore a long sleeve top, I was cold when I wasn't in my car.
The sun never came out.
People really roll the dice when the book a beach vacation
this time of year.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
9:42 pm edt
I think many computer tasks work better with a desktop
computer. I tried using my cellphone to conduct a transaction with my health insurer to get benefits on my Wellness card.
After several tries, it wasn't going to work. When I went to my desktop,
the transaction was completed without any issues.