There are rumours that my company will be sold again. The most recent sale won't be complete until March 18. The word is they are going to rename all the stores they changed, back to the original name. Then they will sell all the Boston area stores under one name. The name we had when all this first went down in1999. They said there was value in the name because we have been around since 1915. What fools. They should have left the name alone when we were first purchased by an English outfit called Sainsbury who owned another New England chain. They stuck both companies together and it seems randomly changed the names of some stores while keeping the old name on others. They changed the way we do business and basically dumbed us down or as they told us, "Lower your standards." I am lucky to still have a job. 700 people were layed off 2 months ago as a condition of the sale. Now they are re-hiring again. I hope the second sale happens and we go back to doing business the way we used to. Of course I'd also like to retire in about a year but that's just a thought at the moment. If this next sale goes down it will be the 5th time we have been sold in 14 years. OK enough about work. I'll be there soon enough.
From the "Are you kidding me?!" Dept. A local group has put in a bid for the next Olympics. In Boston! are you kidding me?! Where? It's cramped enough as it is. I was driving home from my mechanic this morning about 9:45, on a road that runs parallel to the major highway into Boston from the north. From time to time you can see Rt.93 from the road I took. At 9:45, about 10 miles from the Boston line was this nearly stalled traffic jam on a 4 lane highway. According to what I read in the Globe, there will about 16,500 athletes, technical assistance for some 15,000 media members, and they will need hotel space for about 45,000 visitors. That's 76,500 people! Where are you going to put all these people?! In theory it's a great idea and I would love to see it. It would be a boon to the economy, and sure would be fun but let's get back to reality. Boston is a small, big city. It originally was an almost island at the end of a peninsula. Apart from land across the harbor, both north and south, a good deal of downtown is landfill.
There's the Garden, where the Celtics and Bruins play, Fenway Park, and Harvard Stadium. Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots play, is about 30 miles away, so I suppose you could have events in these various places but you would have to go beyond the city limits. Personally I think this would be a nightmare.
Congratulations to my lady freiend's daughter for being accepted into Harvard University graduate school. I can't imagine how tough that is. This young lady is destined for success. She's very bright and a hard worker. Congratulations Allison!
Well this wasn't one of my better blogs but what do you want for nothing? Your money back?
I'm outta here.