Dave's Journal, June2016
The plan for today was drive to Alewife station and train into Charles Street and wander up and down Beacon Hill.
Three miles before Alewife, I hit dead still traffic (construction) and we inched along so it took 32 minutes to go the 3 miles to the station garage. Which was full, and so was the overflow garage across the street.
I once asked Mike what the backup plan is when Alewife is full. "There is no backup plan" is how he so honestly put it.
So I continued and drove all the way into the art museum parking lot (where I get a discount).
I was NOT in an artsy mood, I wanted to walk around Beacon Hill which is now a 2-train ride across Boston. But I made a 30 minute visit to the museum. Then left my car there and walked zig zag for some hours, but never made it up to Beacon Hill. Then I took the train back to my car, got on the turnpike (a lot more miles, but I avoid that construction jam).
I surprised myself that I actually stayed in a reasonably good mood, despite that I went through the troubles to do something I didn't plan on doing.
Life's tough, huh.
These (below) are pots and pans and cooking utensils.
The sign said it was Art, and who am I to argue with the museum experts.
Pots and pans, huh.
"The Pru" behind apartments along Commonwealth Ave.
Hmmmm.... Mike is telling me that for $14.50 I could take the commuter train from home into Boston, and it would take just little more than an hour. This trip into Boston cost me gasoline ($6-$7 ?) and parking ($14 at the museum) plus 1h:50m driving.
I think the commuter train is in my future. In fact (I love this part), now that Deb is retired, she can drive me back and forth from the Leominster train station! Is that great or what !?
Deb's first day of retirement, we drove up to Ogunquit (I love the place). Never saw the water this high or this turbulent. It was just gorgeous.
It'll take me a day or two to sort through the pictures, and post them here.
The local library issues discount passes to various places, and one of them is the Boston Aquarium. The pass lets you in for $10 and the regular admission is $26. So today, we "saved" $32 and had a really nice time in the city. Ate at Joe's grille on the harbor and got a great table and they let people sit and sip drinks and never every rush you out of there. A good time.
Okay, enough political raving. (I'm probably upset because we are meeting my daughter and grandchildren in Disneyworld, Orlando later this week.)
Here's a nice pretty picture from my "new" $50 / 60 year old Russian lens. The old lenses are not razor, clinically sharp, and they have this kind of pleasant feeling in their pictures.
Holly sh#t . . . . we are off to Disneyworld (Orlando) tomorrow to meet Loretta & family. Aside from this mass-murder last week, this morning in the news: Alligator kills a little boy who was wading in a pond at Disneyworld ! !
We've been to Disney maybe 6 times in the last 30 years, and I always enjoy it, though less and less as I get older-er. But the same thought hits me every time we go.
I ask myself "Why can't we run cities like this? Everything's pretty near perfect; a utopia."
Then I think .... well actually none of us visitors is making this place run smoothly. We are here for the ride. The whole of Disney runs smoothly because of the behind-the-scenes, underground, underpaid Disney workers. They are mostly invisible as we enjoy our days there. We can afford to "live above ground" there, but the workers don't make enough $$$ to do that. It strikes me like a sci-fi story theme: the city dwellers living a good life on the surface, in the sunlight, and the "subteraneans" running the machines below ground that keep DisneyWorld (even the name seems scary now !!) running ever so perfectly.
Remember the Fritz Lang movie (1927) Metropolis ? Here are the subteranean Disney workers on their way to work inside "the Disney Machine" . . . .
In fact, look at this picture I took at Epcot this week. Looks pretty similar to the one above from Metropolis, right ? I may be onto something here.
Well, anyway, we had a really nice 4 days at Disney with Loretta, Michael and the kids!!!
I am still sorting through pictures and will post them soon.
Here you go . . . . . DisneyPix2016
I made the mistake of clicking into Google News this morning to check up on how the world is doing. Of course . . . same news as yesterday, last week, last year . . . same old sh#t over and over. I am reminded of my favorite George Carlin quote:
"I think the human race has squandered its gift, and I think this country has squandered its promise. I think people in America sold out very cheaply, for sneakers and cheeseburgers. And I don't think it's fixable."
The best political system is a "benevolent, intelligent monarch" - a king (or queen) who loves his country and it's people and always makes the best possible decisions. The second best political system is democracy - the people vote for stuff.
The big flaw in the democratic system is the sum of two real-world forces:
1. people in power tell lies
2. misinformed people vote
I sometimes think that if we all knew and thoughtfully considered 100% of the absolute truth, we would all vote for the same things, time and again. Maybe I'm wrong there, but I don't think I'm too wrong.
Take the Brits, for instance. They just voted to exit the EU and that sent the industrialized world into a tumble of fear and speculation. Indeed their decision is not unanimous, and they (the Brits) continue to have fierce conflicting feelings on this referendum.
Today's news is that the politicians who spearheaded the "Brexit" campaign are taking back the statements they made to get people to vote for exiting the EU. Step by step, all morning, they have been backtracking on what they were promising and with every step back, the people who voted are getting more and more furious about "having been lied to".
Here is a short article on the 3 big false promises the Brexit politicians made to get voters to vote their way: Broken Promises
None of this is new. It's been going on around the world since politicians and democracy came into being. After the Brits, we have the second best liar / politicians that money can buy right here in the US.
My little speech here won't change a thing - people are sheep and must be told how to think, what to think, what to vote for, etc etc etc. No one, no one, no one ever spends the appropriate time to read the various viewpoints and truths and fact-checkings on any topic anymore. We just think like the guy on TV tells us to think. Then we go out and vote. Scary, huh!