Thursday, February 28, 2019
End of February 2019
11:33 pm est
It's the last hour of the
last day in February. The weather has been so cold and windy for several days.
We had four inches of snow this morning. The weekend might have more snow issues.
Tomorrow is March and it's only three weeks until spring.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Don't Forget Inflation
7:49 pm est
We can never go back in time.
It's all about moving forward. It doesn't do any good to look at consumer prices from years past.
People often post on social media about the cost of things from another era. That was the price then,
but inflation has always been around.
Wages and prices go up. The key is whether you have the
same buying power.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
The Wind of 2019
5:21 pm est
The wind was very severe the
last two days. Many trees and branches came down.
It's a natural thing for trees to experience wind damage, but you hate to see it impact homes and
had some pretty tough stories of people being effected. At least nobody was killed so far.
Monday, February 25, 2019
Let The People Decide
9:34 pm est
The Boston City Council voted
to initiate a petition to the Massachusetts State Legislature to extend their terms from two years to four.
The Secretary of State remarked that the voters of Boston
should make the decision.
voters are the ones to determine how long they want their elected officials to serve. It varies from cities and towns, but
it's up to the people.
11:25 pm est
I always recycled my plastic
bags or used them for trash. Now that my food market doesn't use plastic, I no longer have a stock on hand.
I could use the paper bags for my trash, but it's not the
same. I will continue to save plastic bags from smaller stores and use them as needed.
Whenever I shop in New Hampshire, it's back to plastic.
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Too Wide and Too Narrow
9:29 pm est
Trucks with wide loads pose
a threat no matter where they travel.
I encountered one today causing a huge traffic backup on the curvy and hilly road that is Rt 202 out in western
At one point,
I counted twelve cars ahead of me and at least ten in the rear. It was getting a bit dangerous as nobody could pass this vehicle.
After about ten minutes, he pulled over and let everyone
pass him. He was transporting a very big excavator on a narrow and hilly road.
11:35 pm est
It's never a big deal with
winter parking unless there is a big snow fall.
We never know when snow happens.
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Weather or Not
11:47 pm est
have a few inches of snow on the ground. It could all be gone in the next few days with the predicted rain storms. Who knows?
Nobody can get it right 100% of the time with the weather.
All you can ever do is get as much information as possible.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
7:12 pm est
My landlord replaced two overhead
lighting fixtures in my apartment with LED's.
They are basically throwaway lights after 15 years. I find it hard to believe that they will last
as long as advertised.
will be great if I never replace another light bulb.
How To Fall
11:29 pm est
The New York Post had an interesting
article about how to properly fall if you slip on ice.
It was helpful, but it can happen too fast to react.
I try to be so careful around it. The worst thing is black ice. It can be hard to spot at times.
Monday, February 18, 2019
Speed Doesn't Help
11:14 pm est
I have never been on a snowmobile
and have no plans to ever take a ride.
This was a bad weekend for the sport as drivers were involved in numerous accidents, including two fatal
Speed seems to
be a factor in most cases. It's amazing to see how fast they go.
At some point, we will hear of one falling into a lake after breaking through the ice.
Sunday, February 17, 2019
The Terrible 2's
11:23 pm est
The weather people owned the
11pm news tonight because of the pending snow.
It looks like we will either have 1-3 or 3-6 inches. They can never be wrong.
So many parents are wondering about tomorrow. They need
to make plans.
really knows how much snow we will get.
Two inches of snow can make a big difference.
Saturday, February 16, 2019
11:08 pm est
I believe in high speed trains.
I'm not sure if I'll ever see it in my lifetime. I can't imagine having one between Boston, NYC and DC. The cost would be
astronomical and take forever to build.
Back in 2008, California voters voted to spend $10 billion as their share for a high speed train between Los
Angeles and San Francisco.
520 mile line was meant to be finished by 2029 at a cost of $32 billion. The latest schedule is for 2033 and $77 billion.
Will it ever get done? There is only so much money you can
spend on these projects.
Friday, February 15, 2019
No Longer George's Day
10:28 pm est
Presidents Day is no longer the celebration of Washington's
Birthday. That happened a long time ago. Now it's a big time for car sales.
They say to come in before deals expire. It implies that you will never never get a deal again.
Sales need to happen. You can always make a deal.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Ready To Rip
7:02 pm est
Many cities and towns have banned the use of plastic bags.
After years of using them, we are back to paper.
The bags are awkward to carry. You can handle a lot more with a bunch of plastic ones. The bags rip
Some of the
employees at the food market could do a better job packing them.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
6:50 pm est
I finally got a copy of the new IRS Form 1040 and instruction
booklet. There are so many changes in the way Americans will file their tax returns.
Is it easier for taxpayers? They eliminated Forms 1040A
and EZ and created several schedules.
There is nothing really easy when it comes to taxes, especially for those who need to pay additional money
by April 15th.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Paying For The Garage
7:08 pm est
UMass Boston recently rebuilt
their parking garage for a cost of $69 million. Users were outraged when the daily fee of $6 was increased to $15.
This has a huge economic impact on students and staff. If
there had to be an increase, it could have been for a lot less.
It sounds like the users are financing the cost of the garage.
The Losing Wheel
11:09 pm est
I always thought it was a
bad idea to have Boston bid for the Summer Olympics. The proposal to have a very tall Ferris Wheel on the Boston waterfront
doesn't make any sense.
should read the story of trying to build a larger one on Staten Island. It never worked out and lost so much money.
Sunday, February 10, 2019
That Street Map
11:57 pm est
I still have a huge atlas
for NYC. It's outdated compared to the various apps out there.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
From Gas To Teeth
10:43 pm est
I'm a big advocate of giving
buildings a new purpose when their time comes. You never want to lose great architecture.
I saw an old gas station today that is now a dental office.
It looked really nice.
I'm sure there was additional cost to remove the gasoline tanks and contaminated soil.
Friday, February 8, 2019
Free For All
12:56 pm est
The MBTA certainly has its
share of problems, especially providing timely service to riders. It loses money and could not operate without a subsidy from
fare increase is finally implemented will not solve the financial problems of the system.
A Boston city councilor has proposed to make ridership free
for everyone. Nobody will need to pay.
The revenue generated from fares will now need to be covered by the state. That cost will be the responsibility
Don't Park There
11:27 pm est
Some people don't care where
they park. It doesn't matter to them.
Are they just inconsiderate and selfish or do they not know the rules of the road?
People park too close to intersections. In my neighborhood,
they cause blind corners when turning onto to streets.
I saw someone park right in front of a fire hydrant across the street from where I live. It didn't
matter to them.
do people do that?
I was 22, I parked at a meter in Boston that was a tow zone after 4pm. I neglected to look at a sign that stated the hours.
It was my fault.
learned the lesson of a lifetime. I only park where you can legally do it with no doubt.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Not 30 Minutes
5:34 pm est
Advertisers on the radio, television and other forms
of media always under estimate the distance or time to get to a destination.
A local ski area continues to say that they are 30 minutes from Boston. It's a huge stretch to say
The only way you
could travel in 30 minutes would be to have no traffic on the road.
It doesn't matter when you travel, there is always traffic out there.
Too Many Riders
11:20 pm est
It got up to 65 degrees today,
but will be cold again tomorrow. The New England Patriots duck boat parade had perfect conditions. Everyone seem to have a
It was a
nightmare for people using public transportation to get home. Stations had very long lines. The system isn't equipped to handle
that many riders.
eventually got home.
Monday, February 4, 2019
10:55 pm est
never saw one minute of the Super Bowl half-time show and wasn't familiar with some of the acts.
The TV ratings
were the lowest in the last ten years. Fans want to see points. They get bored with defensive contests.
Sunday, February 3, 2019
12:00 am est
I think you can waste a lot of time trying to find a parking
changes are happening in Boston. Parking a car for a reasonable rate can be a challenge.
Friday, February 1, 2019
No Colors or Symbols
3:33 pm est
A local private school isn't
allowing three boys to wear the colors of the New England Patriots in their hair as part of the Super Bowl hype this weekend.
They were sent home with the stipulation that they can return
when they get rid of the colors.
might seem heavy-handed, but he school has a policy against displaying any type of colors and symbols in the hair of students.
Where do you draw the line? What is considered offensive?
No matter what, not everyone will be pleased.