Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The Last Straw
5:39 pm est
Too much trash ends
up in the ocean and other bodies of water. Some cities and towns are taking steps to ban various items.
Malibu, California is going much further. After banning plastic bags and styrofoam containers, they
have added plastic eating utensils and straws to the list.
This seems a bit excessive and a potential burden for the consumer. In a perfect world, things would get recycled
or at least placed in a trash barrel rather than carelessly discarded.
People have created this problem by their actions.
Time To Sand
11:07 pm est
The apartment above
me became vacant last week, but will be filled soon.
All the units have nice old hardwood floors. My landlord had a crew sanding the floors in the unit today.
I can't imagine doing that job. There is so much dust, no matter how you try to capture it all.
interesting to note that I've heard the floors being sanded a number of times over the years.
Monday, February 26, 2018
Dollars Over People In Seats
1:06 pm est
Hollywood is all about the
money. Movies need to make a profit. So much emphasis is put on weekend box office gross.
Using the total dollar figure as an indicator of success
is somewhat misleading. Ticket prices continue to go up. More revenue can be coming in, but there might be fewer patrons in
measure of a movie is how many people pay to watch it. Nobody in the industry is really concerned about attendance figures.
It's all about the revenue.
Sunday, February 25, 2018
10:37 pm est
The Winter Olympics
are finally over. I watched less than two hours of the coverage.
The big question now is what will happen to the various venues? Will they fall into disrepair like so many
other host sites?
It's a sin what happens to some of them. So much money was spent for venues that have limited use after the
It's easy to see why the Olympics are finding it challenging
to find cities that actually want to host.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Just Add More Milk
3:57 pm est
When I was at Whole Foods
market the other day, I bought two different boxes of cereal I wanted to try.
I had the first one today. It was very crunchy, in spite of the milk I added. More milk will
be added the next time to soften it up more.
Friday, February 23, 2018
6:44 pm est
Members of Congress
always come up with some crazy and costly ideas. The latest is to spend up to $1 billion to develop a flu vaccine that will
prevent all types and be needed only once.
I have my doubts about this working. The current flu vaccine leaves a lot to be desired. Its effectiveness
is not even 50%. I have not had a flu shot since 1980 because I got so sick after taking it.
The flu has been deadly this year. Researchers need to find something that works better. That is
a huge challenge.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Fake Graduation Rates
3:33 pm est
The New York City public
school system is a nightmare. There is violence and weapons in many schools. The high school graduation rate is a joke.
They recently announced that 74.3% of high school students graduated within four years. They failed
to say that the standards have been lowered to the point where most students are not ready for community college without taking
There is pressure on teachers and administrators to raise
the graduation rate because they are judged on that. In reality, students are not ready for the higher education if they pursue
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
12:20 pm est
The $2.4 billion Wynn Casino complex in Everett, Mass should
be really something once it opens in 2019. No expense has been spared.
With all of that money being spent, why is there such a debate over who will pay for a $23 million footbridge
from the new Assembly Square over the Mystic River to the casino?
The state has been reluctant to pick up the cost, as well as a $10 million walkway connecting it to a subway
Maybe it's because the original cost was estimated to be
$8 million in 2009. With the way state projects go, this thing will never be built at for its 2018 price tag. The Wynn company
needs to pay for most of this.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
All Set For Ten Months
4:08 pm est
I bought some fish oil supplements the other day when they
were on sale. I don't like to buy in bulk, but it was a great deal.
There is now enough to get me through the rest of the year. A 300 day supply is more than adequate.
Monday, February 19, 2018
Driving & Sinking
2:53 pm est
When it comes to frozen
bodies of water in the winter, we always hear stories of foolish actions by people.
The other day, a truck went through the ice on a lake in New Hampshire. It happens every year. Why
do people think it's a good idea to drive on ice?
It was only a matter of time before we heard this story. It will happen again next year.
Snow & 70
11:27 pm est
We got about four inches
of snow last night. It warmed up today and melted a lot of it. They say it might be almost 70 on Wednesday. That is crazy.
Everyone loves warm weather, but this is not normal. It was never like this when I was younger. We
had snow on the ground until spring.
is no consensus on what is happening with the weather and climate, but something is up.
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Too Many Hashtags
1:43 pm est
I have a Twitter account,
but never posted anything. Some people link it to their Facebook account.
I will never understand why some use so many hashtags, especially the ones that are a phrase. Do
they seriously think that anyone will search for it?
Some use over ten hashtags at times. At least they are having fun doing it.
Friday, February 16, 2018
Huge Jackpots Drive Sales
1:51 pm est
A winner of a $560 million
Powerball lottery jackpot is trying to keep their identity from being revealed. She fears for her safety and getting all sorts
of unwanted contact from strangers looking for money.
The state said her name must be public to ensure players of the lottery's integrity. Both sides
presented valid points.
A letter in the Boston Globe editorial page made a strange
point. I agree that $560 million is too much money for one person to handle.
They said the jackpot should be divided 1,000 ways, with
winners each getting $560,000.
They failed to realize that the big jackpots drive the lottery.
Without a huge prize, there will a drop in ticket sales.
Time after time, we have seen sales spiral out of control when there is a huge jackpot.
Someone needs to explain that to the letter writer.
The No Name Car
11:47 pm est
My car loan is through
Toyota Financial Services. It was a year ago yesterday that I got it.
They sent me an email inviting me to answer some questions so that my car could have a name.
I thought it was a weird idea. The message was deleted because I don't give names to cars.
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Good Until 2028
11:05 pm est
I am a big supporter of NASA and the US space program. Every
dollar we spend is so worthwhile. The proposed budget for FY 2019 is $19 billion, but that only gets so much.
I totally support the involvement of private industry. SpaceX has done so many great things and is
leading the way to the future.
NASA has invested $100 billion in the International Space
Station. Funding is scheduled through 2028. The future is cloudy after that.
There is talk about privatizing it. That is an option under the right circumstances.
I have no doubt that we must get private industry involved
for the future of space travel and exploration.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Presses Still Rolling
10:25 pm est
The Boston Herald is a great
example of a newspaper fighting to stay alive. It recently filed for bankruptcy and was auctioned off today with a wining
bid of $12 million.
is the future of the paper? Will it be publishing in a hard copy format five years from now?
The Boston Globe needs to have competition, but both of
them are facing trying times.
Those Magazine Renewals
11:50 pm est
I renew a couple of
magazines through an automatic on-line program. It doesn't stop mail from coming to me with various offers. They don't seem
to know that I already paid.
This happens all the time. I have no idea how to end it.
You can call and talk to someone, but that only goes so far.
Sunday, February 11, 2018
The Money Didn't Matter
3:46 pm est
I never play any type of lottery
games, especially those involving large jackpots. Winning all that money causes problems for some people.
A man from New York won a million dollars on a scratch ticket
in early December. He didn't have health insurance and was unable to see a doctor for his back ache.
With his new found wealth, he went for an examination, only
to find out that he had stage four cancer. He died last week, leaving behind the remainder of the $661,800 that he won.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
2:18 pm est
I started a digital subscription today to my local newspaper.
They recently had a 50% price increase to $1.50 for the daily edition.
I will be paying $21 monthly, compared to $52 if I bought it at a store, for an overall annual savings
version is slower to use than the actual paper. It's always easier to read a hard copy, but it was getting to the point where the print version
was too costly for the small content.
11:26 pm est
I just saw a commercial for one of the major cruise lines.
There was also a radio ad I heard today.
No matter what, I have no desire to ever go on a cruise ship. I can't imagine what it would be like in rough
seas. That is one place I don't want to go.
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Winter Olympics 2018
7:21 pm est
The 2018 Winter Olympics start tonight with the opening
ceremony on for tomorrow. They are halfway around the world in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
I'm not the biggest fan of the Olympics. They are over-hyped
and a financial disaster for the host country and city. There are too many events. Venues are often filled with few spectators.
This will go on for two weeks. Eventually, it will end.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
All In The Bag
2:20 am est
I would never knowingly eat a salad from bagged lettuce
at the grocery store. It never looks good when I check it out.
A woman in Maine was eating her salad when she suddenly found a dead three inch lizard. How did it ever get
into the bag? How sanity is the entire process?
She was quite concerned about getting ill because the lettuce was potentially contaminated by bacteria associated
with the lizard.
No Big Wave
11:30 pm est
It was pretty crazy
when the people of Hawaii got a warning abut a missile attack from North Korea. All it took was one employee to mess up the
Today it was about a tsunami on the east coast. How did
that happen? It certainly scared the people who got the warning.
At some point, people will not trust these warning systems.
Monday, February 5, 2018
Another Stadium Subsidy
2:18 pm est
Super Bowl LII was played
at the new $1.1 billion stadium in downtown Minneapolis. It's a beautiful place, but taxpayers were forced to pay $500
million of the cost.
funds should never subsidize a stadium or arena. Sports teams are private businesses. They should do this on their own or
with other partners.
Sunday, February 4, 2018
The Hidden People
6:03 pm est
Boston conducted its homeless population census the other
night. An army of volunteers attempted to locate and count the people who fall through the cracks.
Whatever number they come up with is never 100% accurate.
They do the best they can, but miss people in various parts of the city who go to great extremes to stay under the radar.
Every city in America must deal with homeless people. It's
not unique to cities and urban areas.
No Days Off
11:14 pm est
There will be a lot of tired
people on Monday morning because of the Super Bowl. One Massachusetts high school announced a three hour delayed opening because
students might be tired.
other school districts also delayed or canceled classes. What will they do if the Patriots win and have another Duck Boat
parade in Boston?
a huge fan of the Patriots and NFL, but I think it sets a bad precedent to cancel classes. School districts have already had
several snow days. They don't need to cancel any more.
Friday, February 2, 2018
They Notice Me
1:23 pm est
AARP is a powerful voice for
older people. They have a big lobbying presence in government. They are also relentless in keeping their members.
I paid my one year membership last July. I just got my renewal
notice, five months ahead of time. I have no plans to pay up so soon. These notices will continue until I put a check in the
Thursday, February 1, 2018
2:38 pm est
I never heard the term "raw water" until I read
a story today about a company in Maine selling it untreated and unfiltered. They claim all sorts of health benefits.
It doesn't come cheap at $3 per half litre. Critics say it's only a matter of time before someone
becomes ill from drinking it.
I agree with them. There is much controversy about bottled
water. This only adds to it.