HAIKU 5*7*5* Resolutions

October 18, 2017 Leave a comment

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Twenty seventeen

Making resolutions for

Two thousand eighteen

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HAIKU 5*7*5* Resolutions

October 18, 2017 1 comment

Twenty seventeen

Making resolutions for

Two thousand eighteen

Christopher Columbus Day 2016

October 10, 2017 Leave a comment

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Christopher Columbus Day passed with nary a notice this Monday, October 10, 2016, with about as much attention as that garnered by Thanksgiving in Canada.

Columbus Day was a celebrated holiday during my boyhood.  I remember very well standing in front of the 1/2 bathroom of 269 Lincoln Blvd. Merrick, New York that stood at the cusp of our kitchen and screened porch looking at the Meadowbrook Bank calendar affixed to the door and seeing the caricature of Christopher Columbus wearing what appeared to be a round crowned sombrero on 10/10.

My 2nd. Grade teacher Miss Glugatch at the Merrick Ave. school had us make little models of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria by tracing around construction paper forms to make little flat models of Columbus’ ships from the very same construction paper forms that would make little flat models of Thanksgiving turkeys.

Brown for the boats…

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HAIKU 5*7*5* Walk home

September 7, 2017 Leave a comment

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Just don’t have a car

Fifty seven hundred shifts

Walk home from the bar

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HAIKU 5*7*5* Walk home

September 7, 2017 1 comment

Just don’t have a car

Fifty seven hundred shifts

Walk home from the bar

DEFINITION: Showroom(ing)

Showroom(ing) verb:  To visit a brick-and-mortar retail store to inspect, touch or try on a product as a precursor to purchasing the product online.

Brick-and-mortar stores are rapidly being supplanted by their online cousins. My Fenway neighborhood has seen the disappearence of Best Buy at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Newbury and Daddy’s Junky Music in the last year.

In both instances the stores were crowded with shoppers inspecting wares before making an online purchase. 

However, an $800 guitar or HD flat screen would be tagged with a 5% MA sales tax thus adding $40 to the retail price.  The retail store also operates under the handicap of having to pay staff, rent and utilities regardless of sales.  A website does not suffer this encumbrance.  Indeed through strategic delays in shipping inventory can be minimized.  This enables websites to offer a lower price than a retail establishment.

Yo, I dig the action on this Gibson Flying-V guitar I showroomed at Guitar Center.  Ii can save $50 buying it from Amazon.”

“The Forever 21 shorts fit like a glove but if they think I am going to spend the dollars they want they are just kidding themselves.  Showrooming is just a way to see that it fits”

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2:30 A.M. MBTA Service: An idea whose time has come again.

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I propose restoring Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority(MBTA) late night service(LNS) until 2:30 A.M. on Friday, Saturday and the evenings before legal holidays.

  From March of 2014 until March of 2016 the MBTA offered LNS carrying 16,000 riders nightly for its first year before declining to 13,000 riders by February, 2016 (1)

  I propose doubling the late-night subway and grade level train fare to $4.20 from the $2.10 charged on stored value cards.  (Paying by the trip is $2.40)

  This would defray some of the cost of LNS and enable the return of this economically justifiable, convenient and safe means of travel.

  Casual phrases such as ‘world class city’ are often bandied about when Boston is spoken of.  Yet, the last outbound trains from Park St run at 12:54 A.M.

  The benefits of restoring LNS MBTA service would be numerous.

  Hospital and hotel workers work…

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