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Saturday, 01 February 2014

INTERESTING STUFF – 1 February 2014


NO ONE YOUNGER THAN 50 UNDERTSTANDS

Huffington Post came up with 50 things people younger than most of us at this blog don't get. There's Howdy Doody, dial telephones, Burma Shave signs, drive-in movies, life without beepers, answering machines or cell phones.

My favorite is this: when women dressed up - really dressed up to go shopping:

Well dressed shopper 1960s

You can read the rest of the 50 things only people 50 and older understand at Huffington Post.


PHOTOGRAPHING CATS

There is a man, Walter Chandoha, who has been photographing cats and other animals all his long life and he's got some tips for you on how to do it well.

Read more about photographing cats here.


HOW MANY KIDS ARE INJURED BY GUNS EVERY DAY?

Did you know this? I didn't. In the United States, 20 children and adolescents are injured by guns every day.

Kid gun injuries

Shameful. Shameful. Shameful. You can read more here.


IS DECORUM TOO MUCH TO ASK OF ELECTED OFFICIALS?

Remember when, at a past State of the Union Address, Representative Joe Wilson yelled, “You lie” while President Barack Obama was speaking? Or at that speech another year when Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito mouthed the words, “Not true.”

This year, it was Republican Representative Michael Grimm of New York not during but just after the State of the Union address. He didn't like a question a New York1 reporter asked so Grimm threatened to throw the reporter off the Capitol balcony. Watch.

(Click the rectangle next to the YouTube logo at the bottom of the screen to watch a larger frame for easier reading of the transcript.)

So do you think it is too much to ask for some decorum from our elected officials? Not just for the president, although that is important, but for the dignity of the offices they hold and the building where they work.

Me? I think this kind of behavior should be an impeachable offense. You can read more about the event and its aftermath here and here.


HOW MANY DAYS OLD ARE YOU?

This comes from Darlene Costner – a website that gives you a bunch of statistics about how old you are in days, weeks and months. Here are some of my stats:

• You are 26598 days old
• Which is 3799 weeks and 5 days
• That's 72 years and 300 days
• Or 72 years, 42 weeks and 6 days.

There are more numbers but you get the idea. Go try it for yourself here.


PARAHAWKING

I never heard of parahawking until Darlene Costner sent this video along and wow-o-wow. The YouTube page explains:

“Parahawking is coming to the USA. These are a few shots of training a Harris's Hawk to fly with a paraglider. More to come! Music by Asche & Spencer...”

Take a look – bird and man flying together.


THE OLD TABLECLOTH TRICK

Or, as it says on the YouTube page, Der Tischdeckentrick. With an unintended ending. (From Darlene Costner again)


FROZEN IN OHIO

A fourth shoutout to Darlene today for this photo and poem titled simply, Winter.

Winter in Ohio

It's winter in Ohio
And the gentle breezes blow,
70 miles per hour at 52 below!
Oh, how I love Ohio
When the snow's up to your butt;
You take a breath of winter air
And your nose is frozen shut.
Yes, the weather here is wonderful,
You may think I'm a fool.
I could never leave Ohio,
Cause I'm frozen to the stool.


SEA OTTERS

With so much bad news almost daily about extinction of plants and animals around the world (have you read about the monarch butterflies this year?), it was good to get this video from TGB reader Ali.

You can read more about the otters here.


Interesting Stuff is a weekly listing of short takes and links to web items that have caught my attention; some related to aging and some not, some useful and others just for fun.

You are all encouraged to submit items for inclusion. Just click “Contact” in the upper left corner of any Time Goes By page to send them. I'm sorry that I probably won't have time to acknowledge receipt and there is no guarantee of publication. But when I do include them, you will be credited and I will link to your blog if you have one.


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Ronni:
This grim fellow has learned a rhetorical marker of the times; the non-apology apology. you'll note in his explanation, that he was so stressed out by the weight of his duties, that he issued an unacceptable threat, unworthy of his high office. After all, he says, he's only human.

And pigs have wings.

Ronni,

Yes, we did dress up to go shopping in the "Olden days",as my grandchildren call it.

We used to say we had to go to Bonwit Teller to buy an outfit nice enough to wear shopping at Bloomingdales.

My wonderful mother-in-law never left home unless well dressed and made up - regardless of her destination.

Darlene/Ronni you've done us proud today. Loved the shopping outfit - I had one just like it to go to work.

I'm staggered that I've lived for 26,660 days - 72 years, 362 days.

Add to the 50 things people younger than us don't get:

Dressing up for air travel. Now, anything goes.

Saying "Please" and "thank you" automatically when appropriate.

Not swearing in public.

Showing respect and giving up your seat on public transportation for elders, women and always for pregnant women.

Having a tooth filled without Novocaine. (Lucky for them)

Spending 10 days in the hospital after giving birth.

Etc, etc. But there are many things (like going to the dentist then) that I would just as soon forget and consider those under 50 are lucky they are unaware of them.


Darlene,

I agree with you about the dentist.

I went to have dental work done and said to the dentist," I would rather have a baby than have a tooth pulled."

He responded, "Well, make up your mind, Madam, so I can adjust my chair."

”My favorite is ... when women dressed up - really dressed up to go shopping”

Who knew we would devolve from this to what we routinely see with many Walmart shoppers today.

”Republican Representative Michael Grimm of New York ... threatened to throw the reporter off the Capitol balcony.”

Had this guy been dark-skinned and/or Muslim they would have arrested him for terrorist threats.

Loved the "Frozen in Ohio" poem and photo

Oboy, dressed to shop, replete with girdles, stockings on garter belts, all kinds of things. I see women in our little downtown in pj bottoms and slippers, not a homeless person, often a young mom with a stroller, and I wonder. Oh well, I'm often in jeans and sweatshirts.

Someone needs to do a list of what those younger than 70 don't understand -- like holes in desk for inkwells. And sitting in front of the radio on Saturday mornings listening to "Let's Pretend. And paper dolls of famous actresses.

Why did the video of that beautiful wild bird hanging out with people make me sad?

When I went trekking in Nepal a couple of years ago with a group that turned out to be mostly women well over 60, one of them had just come from doing that parahawk thing. Here's a picture. I think that will work. Scares me!

Pamela made me go back to the photo of the woman out "shopping". Shoppers carried a small handbag in those days, not an attaché case. The woman looks more like a model (or possibly a saleswoman) carrying a portfolio of her work (or photos/brochures on what she's selling).

My Mom always looked lovely when she went out shopping....she had class. BTW - just listened to Stones From the River - Hegl wrote it and read it....all about a German Dwarf...did that effect me.....OMG....those years of the Shoah and the people responsible - no words suffice.

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