Sunday, March 31, 2019
11:43 pm edt
I can't imagine being on the
plane that left Logan airport and struck a bird shortly into the flight. The plane was bound for LaGuardia, but made a safe
landing in Boston.
news coverage showed the plane with blood splattered all over the windshield. It must have been frightening for those on board.
There are too many bird strikes at airports around the country.
Something must be done to address this. The solution might not make everyone happy.
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Six Years Too Late.
5:52 pm edt
I keep getting junk mail that will outlive me. I received
a letter about it being my last chance to get an extended warranty on my 2011 Toyota Corolla.
It looks like a reasonable deal, but I traded the car back
in 2013. I wonder who owns it now.
Friday, March 29, 2019
Taken For A Ride
1:09 pm edt
Public transportation gets
a subsidy from the government no matter where it is. Subways and bus systems could not provide affordable rides without public
taxi program in New York City seems to be out of control. The current program attracts few riders along its routes, especially
during cold weather. Each ride already gets a subsidy of $10.73 per passenger.
Plans to expand the system with more shuttles and routes will increase the subsidy to $24.75 per
seem to matter to City Hall. By 2022, this is expected to cost the city $638.5 million.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
They Just Barge In
1:38 pm edt
New York City has always been the king of neon signs. Now
it's all about LED's. Bigger is always seen as better.
The latest controversy involves large LED displays being towed on barges on the East and Hudson Rivers.
consider them to be a nuisance and in violation of zoning laws. Any effort to curb them would present interesting legal issues.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Making It Look Better
12:53 pm edt
Empty store fronts are always
a bad economic indicator. In some instances, there are too many retail places.
Art is now popping up in some of these empty spaces. It's
not the solution, but the displays dress up the empty windows and make for a better appearance.
Monday, March 25, 2019
6:09 pm edt
There is no doubt that plastic in the ocean causes all sorts
of problems for anything that swims in it.
After a 15 foot whale washed ashore in the Philippines, its 1,100 pound carcass was opened up. Inside the
stomach was 88 pounds of plastic.
Whales especially love bags because it gives them a sense of having a full stomach.
In the end, it was the cause of death. There are probably many other whales out there with stomachs
full of plastic waste.
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Shop & Drink
11:30 pm edt
food markets be allowed to serve small amounts of alcohol to shoppers? It's a great way to bring people through the door.
Saturday, March 23, 2019
1:03 pm edt
Many proposed laws never see
the light of day. Some of them are too crazy, but one in Connecticut should be looked at.
There is a proposal to allow pedestrians to be ticketed
for "distracted walking" if they are looking at their phone while trying to cross a street.
People are so into their devices that they can't put it
aside even for their own safety.
Drivers always need to keep an eye on them, but pedestrians need to do their part.
Friday, March 22, 2019
House of Moss
11:27 pm edt
There are some nice old houses
in my neighborhood.
For many years, a small 60 year old Cape with moss growing on the roof, looked in distress.
The last couple of days have seen an industrial dumpster
there and a guy carrying bags out of the house and tossing them in.
I have no doubt that it will have a total rehab and more.
It will look awesome in the end and make a profit for the seller.
Thursday, March 21, 2019
11:31 pm edt
Everyone feels differently
when it comes to expiration dates on food products.
Someone on Facebook mentioned that they were eating yogurt with an expiration date back in
November. Several mentioned
yogurt products older than that.
don't willingly eat stuff past the expiration date because I feel some food goes bad.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Spring 2019 Is Here
11:53 pm edt
The first day of spring is in its final minutes. The season
has so much potential.
we have the great spring that everyone wants?
People always complain about the associated bad weather. Who knows how this will transition into
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
They Want New Ones
6:04 pm edt
Many communities are suddenly
declaring schools built in the 1950's and 60's as obsolete.
A local regional school district wants to replace their junior and senior high schools which were
built in 1967 and 1956 for a total cost of $146.3 million.
The two schools located on the same campus would become a three storey building for grades 7-12.
There doesn't seem to be any discussion about fixing the
older buildings. People want new schools for their kids.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Big File Loss
1:57 pm edt
I was never involved in MySpace.
It had a brief run before losing out in popularity to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
It has lost considerable value in recent years while being
sold several times. It became a hosting site for musicians and their music.
Today they announced that a server problem caused the loss of all files from 2003-2015. This included
50 million songs from 14 million artists.
Nobody really knows what the next step is, but any recovery of the lost material is very doubtful.
Sunday, March 17, 2019
11:32 pm edt
I was surprised to see such
a blatant reporting error in a story on the Boston 11pm news tonight.
was a nice bit on a 84 year old woman who competes in track and field events. They were talking about her pole vaulting, but
showed video of high jumping with a graphic indicating a vault.
The woman was amazing. It's too bad they couldn't get the story right.
Saturday, March 16, 2019
Old Pipes Break
7:10 pm edt
There are so many old water and sewer pipes under our streets.
It's a constant challenge to address the problems when they break.
The other day a two foot section of a 16 inch water main ruptured and created a major flood in the
Back Bay of Boston.
pipe had been there since 1875.
Friday, March 15, 2019
It Starts With The Third Floor
5:34 pm edt
Malls are closing on a regular basis all across America.
There are too many retail stores and not enough sales to keep them all viable.
The CambridgeSide Galleria is closing its top floor and converting the stores to office rental. With
its close proximity to Kendall Square, there is a great need for office space.
This is probaly the first step to the eventual closing of the mall. It has struggled for years.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
The End of Winter 2019 Is Near
11:30 pm edt
As we head into St Patrick's
Day weekend, the end of winter is before us. By this time next week, it will be over.
Spring will certainly have its issues. Weather is always a factor and can influence plans.
Only a fool would think that we could never get
another bit of snow again. I've seen some pretty crazy weather over the years.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Feeding The Sharks
5:47 pm edt
Shark sightings off the coast
of Cape Cod were a light story in recent years until there was a fatal attack last summer.
It was inevitable because of the large seal population which
provided an endless food supply.
are taking a stronger stance in trying to educate the public about the dangers in the water. Some people think they can peacefully
coexist with the sharks.
it happen again? Nobody ever expected a fatal attack.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Not In Hot Water
8:48 pm edt
My apartment building lost
hot water last night when one of the heaters failed. My landlord wasn't able to fix it today, so we will wait until tomorrow.
I showered at my gym today. The cold water in my bathroom
was just too much.
have been having trouble with hot water for the past month. It looks like it finally came to a head today.
Monday, March 11, 2019
11:27 pm edt
I think people keep food for
too long. Some do it out of necessity. Healthy eating is a challenge, but just having enough to eat can be a bigger one.
Many people have no problem preparing their Monday through
Friday meals ahead of time. Kids school lunches are done for the week.
Some think cold cuts last forever.
Sunday, March 10, 2019
The Drive To Nowhere
2:10 pm edt
When I was younger, kids couldn't wait until they became
old enough to drive.
the last few decades, there has been a consistent trend for younger people not getting their license.
Back in 1983, 87.3% had one by the time they were 19. In
2014, that figure dropped to 69%.
What is the cause of this? We see it in other age groups too. Trends like this certainly impact car sales
among other things.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Taken For A Ride
4:41 pm est
Uber and Lyft dominate the
ride sharing market, but also lose a ton of money.
Lyft will be raising cash through an IPO. Documents released show the company lost $911 million in
2018. Uber also had huge loses.
what point will these companies be profitable? Buying stock like this is a risk for any investor. Nobody likes to lose their
Friday, March 8, 2019
A Pile of Bricks
4:44 pm est
Deteriorating buildings are
a blight on a neighborhood and can lower the value of surrounding properties.
I'm a big supporter of historic preservation, but some have no connection to it.
A local home has been an eyesore for decades. Nothing was
ever done to address the problem. The house was beyond repair and had also been used for car repairs.
When I drove by today, the structure was a pile of rubble.
I have no doubt that a duplex will rise from the site, but the soil on the lot is probably contaminated to some extent from
the years of automotive fluids.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Age of Adults
2:55 pm est
There is a proposal to lower
the voting age to 16. What is the proper age for adult things?
The age limits on buying alcohol and tobacco products don't make any sense if they lower the voting
You can join the
military at 18, but can't buy a smoke or a drink.
When are kids considered adults?
They Drive Too Fast
11:11 pm est
It's hard to believe that Maine had it's 9th snowmobile
death of the season. That is far too many, but what can we really do about it?
People drive their machines much too fast. They want to do it. It's part of the whole experience
of being out there.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Ready For Beer Sales
3:40 pm est
After 162 years, the town
of Rockport, Mass is finally allowing one store to sell beer and wine.
All efforts in the past to get a liquor license have met with failure.
The town has a long history of being dry, but it seems odd
that it would ban the stores in light of its big tourism industry.
Monday, March 4, 2019
Providing Their Own Ride
1:50 pm est
NASA and SpaceX had a huge
accomplishment the other day when they launched their Dragon capsule for a trip to the International Space Station.
It's one of the final steps before NASA is able to send
astronauts on missions without paying Russia $82 million for a seat on one of their rockets.
The $8 billion invested by NASA is a great example of partnering
with the private sector in the space travel industry.
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Giving Up Jackpots
1:04 pm est
Every state that has a lottery
has unclaimed prizes. It happens for whatever reason. They usually give players one year to come forward and claim their money.
has two prizes of $100,000 each that will be forfeited in the next few weeks if nobody comes forward. The money will revert
to the state treasury.
unclaimed ticket has a story behind it.
Friday, March 1, 2019
Time For New Shoes
7:11 pm est
Running shoes are overpriced and never last as long as they
should. My latest pair was no exception.
Upon examining them before my run today, I decided the outer sole wear was sufficient enough to stop
wearing them. This was after about 450 miles.
My running style promotes wear on certain parts of the heels to the point where the shoes need to