The 5 Reasons I get Happier as I get Older…

Long past the grim-dark of midnight, in a loud and crowded bar somewhere in the red-brick old town of Edinburgh, I found myself talking with a friend who was well and truly down in her cups due to a recently ‘celebrated’ birthday.

As the conversation unfolded, she repeatedly invited me to commiserate with her on the general unfairness of aging and the perceived dearth of her bright glow youth; to which I replied that, in all honestly, as I have gotten older I have noticed myself becoming markedly happier.

Sitting up suddenly, alert, incredulous, (and swaying not a little) she blurted: ‘How is that even possible?’.

This post is my answer to that question.

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Palm Beach County Reaches Agreement With All Aboard Florida

The Palm Beach County Commission on Tuesday approved an agreement with All Aboard Florida and its affiliate Florida East Coast Railway that will require the private rail project to pay the cost of adding a second line of train tracks at 20 crossings in the county.

Under a previous agreement, the county was responsible for much of the cost of adding the new line of track to each of the rail crossings.

As part of Tuesday’s vote, the county said it would continue to pay for annual signal and road maintenance at the 20 crossings.

County officials said the additional set of tracks is expected to increase the signal maintenance costs by roughly $22,000 a year.

The cost of maintaining the roadway is expected to increase by about 30 percent at each of the intersections as a result of the additional rail line. Road maintenance at those crossings is done on an as-needed basis, the county said.

Aboard Florida plans to run 32 trains a day between Miami and Orlando, with stops in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Service is expected to begin in 2017.

Second Avenue Subway’s Next Phase Threatened With Delay’s

The MTA’s perennially plagued new subway line may be opening as soon as 2017, but its second phase is still without funding and no one’s happy about that. On Monday, MTA chairman Thomas Prendergast announced that if the city doesn’t give the cash-strapped agency the additional $3.2 billion its seeking for its budget, it’ll make good on its promise to put the second phase of the Second Avenue Subway off until a later date, the Post reports. Under mounting fiscal struggles, the MTA previously announced that the subway’s second phase would be the first project to get chopped from its five-year capital plan if state and federal governments didn’t pony up. The subway’s second phase would extend the line from 96th Street to 125th Street.

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By the Mighty Mumford


Of many books this is writing,

Solomon’s own kids found them unexciting…

Instead of inspired

They gereally bonfired,

Wisdom the old man had been writing!

I wasn’t after sales but sold one,

That I bought to “cloud read” some…

Have yet to hear

If ANY this year,

Have been sold…not a one!

I wanted to publish a project,

Why bother if , as I suspect…

The subject’s too narrow

The market’s a sparrow

And I’m better off not extending my neck!

Of course, it’s partly my choice,

Not following procedure as voiced…

No separaate website,

Didn’t do it right,

The swampland I’m selling is moist!

I have no right to be bitter,

I’ve logged on but don’t follow TWITTER…

Three or four more

Distribution sites for

Poetry from a quitter.

I’ve focused on blogging here,

Word Press…

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How Philly’s Businesses Are Prepping for the Pope

If you had to, could you double your staff in one weekend for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?

That’s what many companies are going through as they prepare for the more than 1 million people visiting Philadelphia this weekend. Most of the visitors are coming to see Pope Francis and attend the World Meeting of Families, the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families, held every three years. Pope Francis will appear at the World Meeting’s closing ceremonies Sept. 26 and will celebrate Mass the following day.

The influx, which local reports estimate will yield a $420-million economic impact (including 100,000 short-term jobs), is both a privilege and a headache to the many businesses involved.

The privilege, they say, is participating firsthand in a transcendent, singular event. “It’s not just a religious occasion, it’s a cultural moment,” notes Jonah Berger, Wharton professor and bestselling author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On. “It’s something people want to be a part of, whether just to see it, or to be able to tell their kids they were there.”

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New 7 train station at 11th Ave. finally opening in September: MTA

A vintage No. 7 train pulls into the Shea Stadium stop in Queens for the MTA’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Flushing line. Next month, the new 7 train station on Manhattan’s west side will finally open.

One of the longest delays in the subway system will finally come to an end with the opening next month of the newest station on the No. 7 line, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said Thursday.
After years of snags and slowdowns, the new 34th St.-Hudson Yards station — extending the line from its current terminus at Times Square to 11th Ave. on Manhattan’s far west side — is set to debut Sunday, Sept. 13 at 1 p.m.
The first train run for paying passengers will arrive nearly two years after former Mayor Michael Bloomberg — whose administration largely financed the project — took his “inaugural” ride before leaving City Hall in December 2013.
“Happy to be near the finish line,” MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said. “The 1.5 mile extension of the 7 Line to 34 St-11 Av will make it the only line south of 59 St to provide service west of Ninth Avenue.”
Since work began in 2007, the $2.4 billion extension has been beset with problems with key communications, fire alarm, power and ventilation systems.
The new subway stop will serve the burgeoning far west side of Manhattan, where the 17 million-square-foot Hudson Yards retail and residential development is being built.
“I feel pretty confident that the 7 train extension is going to be heavily used almost immediately,” said Councilman Corey Johnson, who represents the area.