I find myself reflecting on something I noticed in Sacred Harp. It has a number of songs about death (Morning Sun and I'm Going Home for two) that are decidedly cheerful and uptempo. Granted that death visited more frequently two hundred years ago, and also granted that they were looking forward to going to Heaven forever, it still bespeaks a healthy attitude. To speak about it openly, sing about it, celebrate it--good.Alan
Voters Shame Cowardly Reps with Town Halls Hosted by Cardboard Cut-Outs [Click] And some other dandy ideas!--Alan
Flat Reps, Missing Congressperson posters on milk cartons, even billboards, trying to be heard. I love the creativity in this country!
The foiled bomb plot in Kansas that didn't make Trump's terror list – video[Click] Gee—I wonder why…—Alan
That hat is very clever, in many ways.
Newly discovered network of planets could harbor water and life, scientists say - Click
I bought some rubber cement this afternoon. I was surprised that they now ask for your birthdate before you can buy it. Don't know what wild new thing kids have figured out to do with it, but it must be serious.
Interesting, as I bought some rubber cement in December and was not carded. However, I was carded when I was buying ginger ale. Yes, ginger ale. It was an all-natural brand, in a 4-pack, and with a super fancy label. The clerk thought it was beer. LOL!
So, I looked it up and sure enough it's the huffing issue. Sad. What I came up with was a conversation on a bee-keeping blog and someone was saying they had been carded for buying rubber cement. She was a 40-something year old mom with a heap of school supplies and four children in tow and was still carded. Everyone was musing about it until one member piped in with:"Just had a patient this morning (around 3ish...sigh) who developed flash pulmonary edema after huffing."P.S. Being north of 40 myself I might just put whoever carded me on my Christmas card list...with a bonus gift if I were carded with all 6 kids in tow. ;) "
Maybe you should write a thank-you letter to the store!Alan
Why Democrats Need to Forget About "Reaching Out"[Click] “The time for that will come—but it's not now.”The Resistance Has the Upper Hand[Click]How to Keep Trump Off Twitter[Click] And on the other hand, how to push him over the edge…Cabinet Picks Clash with White House Over Hiring[Click]Mark Sanford on his town hall.[Click] Sunnavagun; a Republican with a mind of his own. I could like the guy.Flight Erupts in Celebration After Racist Man Booted for Harassing Pakistani Passengers[Click]I'll Never Bring My Phone on an International Flight Again—Neither Should You[Click]You beat me on this story, Cat, but maybe there is enough different information in this version to make it worthwhile:Thrilling discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby star[Click]—AlanP.S.: Susan--I should think that the solvents in rubber cement are similar to those in old glue, so should lend them selves to huffing AKA glue sniffing. Intoxication and lots of brain damage.
Alan, there are news stories about the newly discovered planets all over the place. Seems to me, the more the merrier. It's very exciting!Being behind the times, I'm unfamiliar with the term huffing but from context gathered it would be analogous to glue sniffing. Never did much for me, glue sniffing, BTW. I always preferred the smell of paste and of Scotch tape. I know, I know, I'm weird. *grin*
It's still kind of bizarre that they have to ask. Because most of my working life I was doing house visits and driving in the sun I am just as wrinkled as a raisin. I mean, I LOOK my age, but I guess they are complying with rules, however daffy.
The Facebook Algorithm Is Watching You[Click]—Alan
Yes, but it doesn't know me very well. :P
Let me just climb up on a short soapbox and state my opinion in re: fund-raising calls, or robo-calls or sales calls: I have this phone for MY use. I did not buy it to provide a marketing tool to whomever. I have caller i.d. and if I don't recognize the number I pick up the phone and immediately hang it up. If I answer, as I do once in a while, and they start a spiel I know I have no interest in I say, "Sorry, No, Bye." Rude? Maybe, but aren't they rude to invade my phone line when they weren't invited? I never try to explain anything to the political fund-raiser people - they don't care and it won't make a difference. They'll just keep on asking for lesser and lesser amounts. If it's a volunteer calling (you can usually tell because you don't get the massive background noises and voices of a boiler room. I'll let the volunteer talk a little longer because they're trying to help, but in the end I tell them I only donate through ActBlue and NEVER over the phone. If they persist I hang up on them too. I always feel a time deficit because I can never get done all I want to do - so sure not wasting any on uninvited phone callers!
Yep. I used to feel mildly sorry for people whose job is to place telemarketting calls. After all, it's a lousy job and it costs me nothing to be at least marginally polite. But that nicety has gone by the board, along with trying to be polite to volunteers calling for a political cause. As you say, Susan, the phone is for my convenience, not theirs.
I recall an old story about an old fellow who finally decided to get a telephone. So when the telephone man came to put up, he asked the customer where he wanted it. Fella points to a tree some distance from his cabin and says to put it over there, on that tree. The telephone man says, "But you won't be able to hear it ring if it's over there!" Old fella says that's where he wants it; he's payin' for it, and it's for him to use, not anybody else.Alan
Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party [Click] From the Murdoch WSJ, so probably slanted, but hey! Gotta run--off to San Diego early Thurs. AM, got home late from work.Alan
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