Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Odds & Ends

1. With the ouster of Liz Cheney from the number 2 GOP position in the House the republican party is officially insane-as if we didn't know that to begin with!

2. Watch for tons of pictures here, on Facebook and on my website (http://georgeswebpage.com) of various flowers and shrubs as they blossom this spring.  Our yard is becoming very colorful.

3. Yet another visit from our daily visitors taken with my trail cam.  They're looking for a hole in our flower garden fence. 

 



Sunday, May 2, 2021

Welcome MAY

About the Month of May

May is the 5th month of the year and has 31 days.

Season (Northern Hemisphere): Spring

 

Holidays

May Day

Cinco de Mayo

Armed Forces Day

National Teacher Day

Mothers Day

Victoria Day

Memorial Day

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Asian American Heritage Month

Jewish American Heritage Month

Skin Cancer Awareness Month

National Bike Month

 

Symbols of May

Birthstone: Emerald

Flower: Lily of the Valley

Zodiac signs: Taurus and Gemini

 

History:

The month of May was named for the Greek goddess Maia. She was the goddess of fertility.

The Romans had a similar goddess named Bona Dea. They held the festival for Bona Dea during the month of May.

The Romans called the month Maius. The name changed over the years.

It was first called May in the 1400s near the end of the Middle Ages.

Fun Facts about May

It is the third and last month of the season of spring.

The birthstone of May, the emerald, symbolizes success and love.

May in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to November in the Southern Hemisphere.

May was once considered a bad luck month to get married.

There is a poem that says "Marry in May and you'll rue the day".

In Old English May is called the "month of three milkings" referring to a time when the cows could be milked three times a day.

The Indianapolis 500 car race is held each year during this month.

The Kentucky Derby, the world's most famous horse race, is also held on the second Saturday of this month.

The month of May is devoted to the Virgin Mary in the Catholic Church.

The United Kingdom celebrates May as the National Smile Month.

The last week of May is Library and Information Week.

Here are some more fun things to celebrate this May:

  • May 1: School Principals’ Day
  • May 2: World Tuna Day
  • May 4–11: Root Canal Awareness Week
  • May 8: No Socks Day
  • May 14: Dance Like a Chicken Day
  • May 28: Slugs Return from Capistrano Day

 

 



Sunday, April 18, 2021

A couple of fast observations

 Well, we're home again after a week in Aruba and then in three days it's off to Florida to check on our condo.  Then it's home again until July at which time we're headed to Ocean City with our daughter and her family.

A word about our trip to Aruba-Aruba is probably the best Caribbean island we've ever visited but international travel during these times of a pandemic is a royal pain in the rump.  We needed COVID tests to get there and more tests to get back.  Customs lines were very long and undermanned.  All in all you're looking at a 10 hr day of travel-much of it waiting in a line somewhere and the other 4.5 hours in the air.  Then once you're there, there are restrictions of one kind or another on the  island itself.  Nevertheless we managed to have a good time with friends and family.

The second observation I wish to note is upon our return I learned of the passing of a very good friend of mine.  We hadn't seen each other in a while due to the pandemic but were planning to meet up at our 60th class reunion in September.  Well, now that's not to be.  This will mark the last of many losses of friends for me in recent years.  Last July I lost a very close boyhood friend and previous to that several others.  It's a reminder that we are all getting older and no one lives forever.  The only thing you can do is enjoy those who are left and move on.  That's life. 

I'll post again from Florida.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

No Blogs for a while

 The rest of the month of April is going to be a heavy travel month so there won't be any blogs for a while.  I expect to post again around the third week of April.    

See you soon.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Hello APRIL!

About the month of April

Holidays

April Fools' Day

Autism Awareness Day

Easter

Earth Day

Arbor Day

National Poetry Month
National Arab American Heritage Month

Teacher Appreciation Week

Jazz Appreciation Month

Alcohol Awareness Month

Cancer Control Month

 

Symbols of April

Birthstone:Diamond

Flower: Daisy and the sweet pea

Zodiac signs: Aries and Taurus

In the initial Roman calendar April was the second month of the year until January and February were added in 700 BC. It is thought that the name April comes from the Latin word "to open" and describes the trees opening at springtime. It could also be that the name comes from the Greek goddess Aphrodite.

 

Fun Facts about April

It is the second month of spring.

It is a time of planting and spring cleaning.

In the Southern Hemisphere, April is the same as October in the Northern Hemisphere.

The diamond of April symbolizes innocence. The Boston Marathon is held during April.

In Ancient Rome the month of April was sacred to the goddess Venus.

The Japanese fiscal year for most businesses starts on April 1st.

In England there are many cuckoo festivals.

The arrival of the cuckoo bird in April is a signal that spring has arrived.

April is the month when the professional baseball season begins in the United States.

“Just for Fun” Days

  • Apr. 1: Sweet Potato Day
  • Apr. 6: International Pillow Fight Day
  • Apr. 7: National No Housework Day
  • Apr. 17: Blah, Blah, Blah Day
  • Apr. 21: Go Fly a Kite Day
  • Apr. 26: National Richter Scale Day
  • Apr. 27: National Sense of Smell Day

April Astronomy

The Full Pink Moon

April’s full Pink Moon will rise on the night of Monday, April 26, reaching peak illumination at 11:33 P.M. ET. This full Moon is one of two supermoons this year.

 



Tuesday, March 30, 2021

A Problem That Just Won't Go Away

President Biden got off to a strong start with the passage of his COVID relief plan-no thanks to the republicans.  Now, however,  he's up against the wall (no pun intended) with another sticky issue-the massive influx of undocumented people over the Mexican border-many of whom are children.

So...what should he be doing?  Here are his choices: 

Turn everyone away. No exceptions. Adults & children
Let everyone in.  Review the reasons for wanting to be here. Act accordingly.
Do what he's doing now.  Only let in unaccompanied children.  Care for them as well as possible until they can be returned to their parents.

Many republicans are calling for a return to Trump era strategies, i.e. separate children from their families and deport the adults while housing the children in detention camps.

Personally I don't see that he has a choice but to do what he's doing now.  It's the humane thing to do.  The question is what should be next.  What is the long term solution? I'm guessing it will end up being something like allowing essential workers through, reviewing cases where people are seeking refuge from oppressive regimes or drug gangs  and insisting children be accompanied.  Couple that with cooperation from Mexico and other countries south of Mexico and maybe the situation will improve.  Maybe.  

It's a very tough problem.  Cruel, inhumane solutions should not be part of the discussion. Period.  People are people.  It doesn't matter the color of their skin. 

Good luck with this one, Joe.  It could be your undoing next time around.  It is after all the main reason why Trump was elected to begin with.


Monday, March 22, 2021

Spring is here!

Here we are, approaching the end of March and the temperature today approached 60.  Same yesterday and it's going to be that way throughout the rest of the week.  When it's this warm, I do not use the wood stove.  It heats the house too much so instead I'll turn the central heat up for a short time in the morning to take the chill off.  That usually takes care of it for the rest of the day.

Later in the week and next week it's supposed to cool off a little and there are a few days of rain and temps in the low 50s.  Those kinds of days are perfect for a nice little fire going but for all practical purposes I'm pretty much done with using the wood stove for the rest of this year.  This is especially true considering we're going to be either in Aruba or at our condo in FL for most of April.

With this in mind I took inventory of our wood situation.  I started the season back in September 2020 with 6.75 cords of wood on hand.  I now have about 3.5 cords on hand.  So for the season we used a solid 3 cords of wood.  About normal.  We have the same amount on hand for the coming winter but I need to get busy for future winters. 

The thing is since I turned 78 about a month ago the question is how much longer do I want to keep doing this?  We've talked about the possibility of converting our fireplace to a propane powered insert.  This wouldn't be difficult to do since we installed a 500 gallon propane tank for our generator.  We could use it also for the fireplace.  The downside is propane is not free-nor is it  particularly cheap but my wife is pushing hard for it.  

For myself I still love wood heat.  Especially in view of the fact that the fuel is free since there's so much around.  I just have to cut, split, haul and stack it!  That's a lot of work and I'm not sure I'm still up to it.  So this is an issue that needs to be resolved soon.  We'll probably decide this summer.  We'll see.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

ZOOOOOOOM!

 Ah, the world of technology.  Virtual classrooms, Face time, conference videos.  It's the second best thing to actually being with someone or a group of people.  

My grand children have been using two particular platforms to do their distance learning.  One is called Google Classroom and the other is one I recently discovered.  It's called Zoom.  You can video chat with one or more people, together or separately.  They're both amazing.

I've been using Zoom to do my weekly discussion groups with a group of seniors in an assisted living home.  It can be done from anywhere with any computer, iPad or notebook that has an internet connection. 

The other thing I use Zoom for is to video chat with a group of former colleagues who are spread all over the country.  Six or seven of us got together recently and reconnected from the comfort of our homes.  

The part of  Zoom that I especially like beside the technical features is it's free for a 40 minute meeting.  More than that and you have to pay a monthly fee.  I find 40 minutes to be quite sufficient.

Can you imagine the fix we'd be in were it not for these technologies?  Schools and businesses would be completely shut down.  Some companies are thinking of continuing with this format even after the pandemic.  

Not so the schools.   Distance learning is no where near as effective as being in a classroom but it's definitely better than nothing.

Who knows what the future has in store for these kinds of technologies?  That's the challenge for our children and grand children.  For now I find Zoom  plenty challenging-and fun!

Friday, March 5, 2021

About those masks-part two

 Just recently Texas and Mississippi announced the removal of all restrictions previously in place during the pandemic.  Since then numerous other states have followed.

The most notable of the dispensed rules is the one requiring masks in spite of CDC and other health officials' recommendations.  The point is that just because we now have vaccines it is way too early to be letting down our guard.

My wife's niece who we are very fond of  lives in Texas and she recently shared an article on Facebook supporting the governor's decision.  I replied to the post that it was a mistake and the governor was very foolish to encourage irresponsible behavior.

Someone picked up on my comment and said he  didn't need government telling him what to do and because he got his vaccinations he has to reason to wear a mask.

Against my better judgement I  pointed out that he can still be a carrier and that a mask isn't to protect himself.  It's to protect others.  He responded that that was unproven and that there was no science behind it.  Others (all Texans) jumped on his bandwagon.

I went on to point out I can no longer have a reasonable conversation with someone who has chosen ignorance over knowledge and signed off.

And therein is the problem.  I don't like government telling me what to do any more than anyone else but when we have a country full of so many incredibly irresponsible and stupid people it's necessary to take extreme measures.  

I'm going to be watching the situation in those states that have opened up.  I'm willing to bet their positivity rates are going to increase a great deal. 

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Hello, March!

 

About the Month of March

 

March is the 3rd month of the year and has 31 days.

Season (Northern Hemisphere): Spring

 

Holidays

Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Birthday)

Saint Patrick's Day

Pi Day

Daylight Saving Day

Women's History Month

National Nutrition Month

American Red Cross Month

Fire Prevention Month

 

Symbols of March

Birthstone: aquamarine and bloodstone

Flower: daffodil

Zodiac signs: Pisces and Aries

 

History: The name March comes from the Roman god of war, Mars. For many years, March, being the start of spring, was also the start of the New Year. Much of Europe used March as the start of the year.

Britain used March 25th as the beginning of the New Year until 1752. 

 

Fun Facts about March

It is the first month of Spring which begins between March 19-21.

In the Southern Hemisphere, March is the same as September in the Northern Hemisphere.

Each year March and June end on the same day of the week.

It is the time of year when animals start to wake up from hibernation.

March Madness is a basketball tournament played by the NCAA.

Easter is sometimes celebrated in March.



Monday, February 22, 2021

Presenting Another Edition of ODDS & ENDS

 It's been a cold, snowy February so there are no major events to report but there are a few odds and ends that I've been kicking around.  Here they are:'

1. Socialism revisited.  Remember my post back on Dec. 10?  I straightened out the morons who don't understand the concept of socialism.  They are often the ones (read republicans) who say they wouldn't vote for a democrat because they hate socialism.  Anyway, it popped up on the news again the other day when a reporter was talking to some folks from Texas who were suffering from loss of electricity, heat and water.  They were mumbling something like where's the government when they need it.  Wait! Isn't that socialism?

As comedian Ron White says "Ya' can't fix stupid."

2. On a related note, those same people mentioned above are always grumbling about democrats and abortion.  Then they go on to suggest we're baby killers.  They miss the point completely.  For example I'm a democrat but I hate abortion.  Having said that I realize it's a woman's choice to decided what to do with her body-not my choice-or anyone else's.  That's the point-choice.  But again, you can't fix stupid.

3.  Continuing with the Texas disaster-this morning a woman was interviewed and sobbing that she just couldn't understand how we could do something so remarkable as put a rover on Mars yet not provide the state of Texas with electricity.  The journalist missed an opportunity to educate the woman.  The answer to her question is that the Mars mission was a scientific achievement.  The Texas disaster is the result of political (read republican) incompetence and greed.  Take a look at your corrupt U.S. Senator Ted Cruz!  Thank God he wasn't running the Mars mission.  The rover would have ended up in Aruba!

Monday, February 15, 2021

The dirtbag dodged another bullet!

 Two impeachments.  Two acquittals.  All thanks to a bunch of spineless cowards in the Senate.  Is Trump's base that strong that those morons in the house and senate  ignore the millions of republicans across the country who think Trump is a corrupt coward?

Apparently it is.  Polls show that Trump still enjoys the support of 80% of the republican party.  That's how far it has deteriorated.   

There was once a time when a republican congressman while having fundamental differences with democrats was still able to work effectively across the aisle.  Not any more.  Now they're not willing to do anything that is not in their own personal best interests.  The hell with the country.  

It's unfortunate but I suspect it will come back to bite them at some point.  For the time being the dems have control so all is well. 

Sunday, February 7, 2021

The snow is pretty but.....

I shouldn't complain because this is winter in Connecticut so you get what you get-snow, ice, cold.  Normally I can handle all of them.  Between the snow blower, calcium chloride and salt and my wood stove I usually have everything covered.  It's when things go wrong that things can get ugly-fast.

For example this last snow storm was big enough for me to hire a snow plow to do the bulk of our driveway.  The problem is it doesn't usually get it wide enough and it usually leaves clumps of snow in all the wrong places.  I then go out with the blower and clean up.  

It doesn't end with the driveway though.  There's shoveling in front of the garage doors, in front of the mailbox, the sidewalk, clean up around the bird feeder, shovel around the generator, shovel a path to the propane tank and finally shovel a path to the woodpile and cleanup around it.  A lot of shoveling. 

While trying to snow blow a path to the wood pile after our last storm I pick up a chunk of wood and broke two shear pins on the blower.  OK, so now I have to fix them (which I did) so now I'm ready for today's storm.  

These are all little aggravations I could happily do without but it's winter so it is what it is.  And on a positive note-the days are definitely getting longer so spring is on its way!

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Hello, February!

About the Month of February

Full Moon the 27th

Symbols of February: Birthstone: Amethyst Flower: Primrose

February was added to the Roman calendar in 713 BC. The length of the month changed over time and, at one time, it had as few as 23 days. When Julius Caesar remade the Roman calendar, the month was assigned 28 days during normal years and 29 days during leap years which occurs every four years.

 

Chinese New Year

National Freedom Day

Groundhog Day

Valentine's Day

President's Day

Mardi Gras

Ash Wednesday

Black History Month

American Heart Month
Chocolate Lover's Month

National Bird Feeding Month

National Dental Month

 

Fun Facts about February

It is the shortest month of the year.

The Welsh call February "y mis bach" which means "little month".

It is the third month of winter. In the Southern Hemisphere

February is a summer month the equivalent of August.

The month is named for the Latin word februum which means purification.

Together with January, it was the last of the months added to the Roman calendar.

The largest American sporting event of the year, the Super Bowl, is held in February.

The Saxon term for the month, Sol-monath, means "cake month".

This is because they offered cakes to the gods during this month.


Friday, January 29, 2021

No News Is Good News

Isn't it nice to be able to get up in the morning and not be bombarded with a bunch of crude, misspelled tweets?  Things are actually, well, dull!  Biden has been busy undoing 4 years of damage while actually showing some leadership where the pandemic is concerned.  I think we're in for a pretty good ride.

Even the weather here in Connecticut has been relatively pleasant.  Oh, it's still winter. Don't worry about that but no big, crushing ice or snow storms and with the exception of today (Friday the 29th) the temps have been manageable.  Today it is in the teens and very windy so wind chill makes it below zero.  Plus February is apparently coming in right on cue-A nor'easter possible for Monday into Tuesday so we have a long way to go but I'll take what I can get.

I had my first COVID shot last week and am due for my second one Feb. 11th.  The side effects were minimal and it was with a minimum of hassle getting the shot at the local hospital.  Things are definitely looking up.

Be on the look out for my February calendar and almanac and don't forget to check out http://georgeswebpage.com.  Lots of good pictures which I plan to update soon.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Better Days Ahead! A Few Unrelated Observations.

1.  He's gone! Imagine my joy, sitting there watching Marine One fading off into the distance, never to carry the likes of that fat load on board again.  What a four years this has been! But it's over.  Now on to better things.

2.  I rec'd my first COVID vaccine shot yesterday.  I'm scheduled for my second shot on February 11th.  After that I can breathe a little easier.  Now it's just a matter of getting Sandi vaccinated.

3.  Here we are with 10 days left in January and Old Man Winter has been pretty kind to us so far.  Hope I haven't jinxed us.  As anyone who lives in New England knows, February can be a brutal month so we'll see.

4.  Wear a mask-whether or not you've been vaccinated. You could still be a carrier.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Enough Is Enough!

 Recent events should leave no doubt whatever in anyone's mind.  Donald Trump is an unhinged, deranged lunatic unfit to govern.  He needs to be removed now-not in 8 days-but now.  Impeach him.  

What good will that do, you ask?  It will prevent him from ever running for office again.  That's the goal.  He may even end up in jail given his level of corruption but that's a long shot.  For now, I'll settle for his being barred from ever holding a political office. 

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Thirteen Traitors Come Forward

Tomorrow is January 6th.  It is among other things a day when there is to occur a very routine procedure in the Congress of the United States.  The Senate formally counts and accepts the Electoral College's votes.  It's been this way since 1790 when the United States adopted the constitution.

Not this year.  This year 12 republican senators and the sitting Vice President plan to challenge the results of the Electoral College.  The challenge will only result in some confusion and a slight delay in the inevitable, i.e. Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris will be officially president and vice president elects to be sworn in in two weeks.

It is my considered opinion that the actions of those 12 senators and the Vice president are tantamount to treason.  It is a concerted effort to undermine the Constitution and as a result nullify a legal and legitimate election.  

All of this is being done out of self interest.  Those 12 senators have their eyes on 2024 and they're betting Donald Trump will still be a powerful influence in the republican party.  They don't care one wit about their country or the democratic process.

The hell of it is there are a significant number of ordinary Americans who not only don't care, they applaud their efforts.  

How low we've become as a nation.  God help Biden and Harris.  They have an enormous job ahead of them.  Let's help them pull it off.

The following post was taken from Facebook.  I couldn't have said it better myself so I'm posting it here. I don't know who authored it so unfortunately I can't credit the person.  



Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year!

 January 2021.

Significant number of people are very happy to bid farewell to 2020 and with good reason.  I've pretty much covered my thoughts on that in the previous post so this is a welcome to January.

Everything you've ever wanted to know about January-and probably a lot you didn't much think about.  Anyway, here it is.

Hello, January

 

January Full Moon-Jan. 28th Wolf Moon

 

Holidays

New Years Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Australia Day

National Book Month

National Thank You Month

National Eye Care Month

 National Volunteer Blood Donor Month

National Soup Month

Symbols of January:

Birthstone: Garnet

Flower: Carnation

 

History:

January was named after the Roman god Janus. Janus is also the Roman word for door. The god Janus had two faces which allowed him to look forwards into the coming year and backwards into the past year. The original Roman calendar only had 10 months. January and February were not included, but were added later.

Fun Facts about January

On average, it is the coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

It is the second month of winter.

In the Southern Hemisphere January is a summer month the equivalent of July.

Sometimes the Saxons called January the wolf month because hungry wolves would come into their towns searching for food this time of year.

Celebrities Born in January

If you were born in January, you share your birth month with quite a few celebrities. Some of the most prominent are listed below.

  • Elvis Presley
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • J.D. Salinger
  • Zora Hurston
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Morris Chestnut
  • Mel Gibson
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Bradley Cooper
  • Jason Bateman

Things to Buy in January

If you need any of the items listed below, you may be able to save money by purchasing them in January. Shopping for things that are on sale during January is a great way to use any gift cards you might have received for the holidays.

1. Gym Memberships and Fitness Equipment

Retailers usually offer deals on gym memberships and fitness equipment in January because they know fitness is a popular new year's resolution. During January, there are typically five times as many exercise equipment deals than during other months. Gym memberships and fitness equipment like treadmills, elliptical machines, weights, and exercise mats may be heavily discounted during the first month of each year.

2. Bedding and Bathroom Linens

The best sales for bedding usually come in January. Discounted prices on sheets, blankets, pillows, comforters, and other bedding items can be found at a number of major retailers both in-store and online. Prices may also be discounted on bathroom linens, so be sure to stock up on washcloths and towels as well.

3. Winter Clothes

January is one of the top months of the year to buy clothes, but it’s not the best time to buy all clothes. Most retailers want to clear out their winter stock to make room for spring styles. This means you can get steep discounts on winter coats, sweaters, suits, and other cold-weather apparel.

4. Spring Travel

To get deals on spring travel, schedule your trips in January. January is a slow month for the travel industry. Start looking in January if you want to take a vacation later in the year.

5. Holiday Decor

Many people know that the best time to get bargains on holiday decor is right after the December holidays. Before you take your Christmas trees and other decorations down, go shopping for new items for next year. Once the holidays are over, most retailers offer ridiculous discounts on any Christmas merchandise they have left over.

 

 


 

 

Sunday, December 27, 2020

The Year in Review

 Well, here we are. Dec. 27th, 2020.  Just a few more days to the kind of year most people have no problem waving goodbye to. One word describes it all:  pandemic.  

For some people their lives were either turned on their heads or sadly ended.  Those who succumbed to COVID were mostly elderly or those with seriously compromised immune systems.  There were however many who fall into neither of those categories making the disease quite serious.

Along with the pandemic came economic hardships that are nearly impossible to measure.  Suffice it to say we continue to experience the worst economic times since the Great Depression.  Compounding this is a criminally ineffective federal government who can't put politics aside long enough to help those who have fallen on desperate times.  

That's the bad news.  The good news from my point of view is I along with my whole family managed to stay healthy.  Having said that there was a period of time last February when I, my son and my wife Sandi were quite ill from respiratory ailments of one kind or another.  My doctor said I could very well have had the Coronavirus but who knows and at this point it's academic.

Another bright spot this year is that our democratic system held up under the worst attack since its inception.  Democracy prevailed-in spite of unprecedented attempts to dismantle it by the likes of Donald Trump and his deranged supporters.  It didn't work.  In less than a month Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as president and vice president.  Hallelujah!!  Maybe 2021 will bring us some semblance of normality.  

Personally this has not been such a horrible year.  Sure, sacrifices were made.  Trips to our condo or anywhere else had to be postponed, we were housebound a great deal and enjoying a restaurant meal will have to wait a while longer but all in all we've managed to get through it all unscathed.  

The highlight of the year was definitely Christmas with family.  Here are some pictures:









Monday, December 21, 2020

It's great to be 5 again!

A couple of days ago we rec'd our first significant snow storm of winter 20-21.  We got 12 heavy inches. 

As I am frequently reminded by my family, I'm not getting any younger so rather than attempt to clear my entire, rather challenging,  driveway, I used the snow blower to clear the turn around area up top.  A snow plow did the main part but I went back over it with my blower and widened it out.  

Before that, however, Sandi and I got bundled up to go out to shovel.  She worked on the front walk way and I shoveled out the wood pile, around the generator and a path to the propane tank behind the shed.  

Non of those things took all that long and when we were done we observed we had returned to being 5 yrs old again because it seemed to take longer to get dressed to go out than we were actually out!  

Here are some pictures of us and our feathered friends that morning. 





 

Monday, December 14, 2020

A Day to Remember

Here we are with another unforgettable day.  I've posted comments like this before.  These kinds of posts deal with extraordinary events-usually tragic ones-aside from one's personal life.  The last post of this kind was on Sept. 11th.  

It's the kind of remembrance when you know when it occurred and what you were doing and where you were when it all happened.  There aren't more than half a dozen or so in a person's lifetime.

Today's remembranc-12/14/12- is the shooting at Sandy Hook School where 20 children and 5 adults were killed by a deranged lunatic who shot his way into the school with an assault rifle.

Needless to say it rocked the nation-but especially our small community.

So, where was I and what time was it?  It was at about 9 o'clock in the morning just after the school day had started.  I was in my kidney doctor's office when the nurse came in and asked me "didn't you teach at Sandy Hook School?" To which I replied indeed I did. 

She told me to go out in the waiting room and look at the TV.  It was all down hill from there. A sad day, indeed.

As an aside, I would note that as I stated, the nation was rocked-but not rocked enough to do much about it because since then thousands and thousands of people have died as a result of gun violence.

Has our republican led congress taken action to prevent guns from fallen into the wrong hands? A loud NO answers that.  That's another tragedy!




 


Thursday, December 10, 2020

Two Observations

1. I was watching a "man on the street" type interview show the other day.  The people who were being interviewed were Trump supporters.  They were asked why they supported him. The various reasons were all over the place but one common theme seemed to emerge.  I heard a lot of people say they always voted republican because they hated socialism.  I've heard this many times from people I know also.  

It got me to wondering: Do these people actually know what socialism is?  What do they mean by socialism?  The answer to the first is no.  The fact is this country is no where near a socialist state.  Socialism is when the government owns and operates the means of production.  They own everything.  We are a very, very long way from that.  The answer to what do they mean by socialism is, to me, very simple.  They're against welfare.  The notion that the government is giving handouts to people who are unwilling to pull their own weight.  Most of these people in their view are members of minorities.  So now we're talking about something very different than socialism.  

We need a new name for this phenomena.   How about racism?

2. My second observation is on a totally unrelated note.  I grocery shop at Stop & Shop.  I go there for two reasons.  First I know where everything is and second I get gas points for the amount I spend.  I get ten cents per gallon off for every one hundred dollars I spend.  As you may know it's not hard to spend a hundred bucks.  

The problem with this is that the one and only gas station in town where this program applies is a Shell station.  What do they do?  They jack up the price of their gas by as much as $.40 a gallon.  So in order for it to be worth going there I have to accumulate at least 500 points or $.50 off per gallon. On top of that they limit you to 20 gallons.  

Well, my truck has a 26 gallon tank but of course I don't run it dry but if I have a 5 gallon gas can to fill for my yard equipment in which case I easily go over the limit.

Not worth it.  My incentive to go to Stop&Shop just went out the window. 

That's it for today. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Hello, December

 Happy December.

Birthstone: Turquoise, zircon, or tanzanite

 

Flower: Narcissus or Holly

 

 

Holidays

Pearl Harbor Day

Hanukkah

Christmas

Boxing Day

Kwanzaa

Read a New Book Month

Human Rights Month

Fun Facts about December It is the first month of winter and the last month of the year. National Cookie Day is December 4th. Other snacks celebrated this month include pie, cotton candy, chocolate brownies (mmm!), cocoa, and cupcakes. December often marks the beginning of rain, snow, and cold weather. In the United States the month is associated with Christmas. There are Christmas decorations, sales, musicals, and parties. Many people spend their time Christmas shopping. A lot of people have days off around Christmas and before New Year's Eve. December in the Northern Hemisphere is similar to June in the Southern Hemisphere. The first day of Winter is on either December 21 or 22. This is the shortest day of the year and the longest night. It is called the Winter or Southern solstice in the Northern Hemisphere.

December’s night skies

Full moon- Dec. 29th

 

This is the month of the Great Conjunction which unfolds every two decades.   The moon is near Jupiter and Saturn on the 16th and 17th. Then Jupiter passes closest to Saturn on the 20th to the 22nd.  They will be so close that they appear as a single star.  Look for them 45 minutes after sunset in the southwestern sky.