Saturday, 23 August 2014
INTERESTING STUFF – 23 August 2014
NEW FRIEND WITH 1956 THUNDERBIRD
One of the best things about having this blog is the interesting people I get to meet. Let me tell you a little story.
A few weeks ago I got an email from a TGB reader named Donna Jensen who will soon be 80, lives in a town near mine and, she wrote, owns a 1956 Thunderbird convertible named Ava. Could we have a photo in the car together?
Don't ask, she said, it's just a bucket list thing.
1956 Thunderbird convertible??? Named Ava??? Are you kidding? I'll be there in a New York minute. Finally, on Tuesday, we met at a local Starbucks, took a ride in her fantastic car, had a wonderful chat about life and the Villages movement and stuff and here's the photo:
I am thrilled to have this photo of us in such a fantastic, beautiful car, and so pleased to have made a new friend.
Wait, this is not enough. For a car as gorgeous as this, you need to see the whole thing:
OH MY GOD
That's all I'm going to say – that and pay close attention. It happens fast. (Thank you to Jim Stone)
BABY SHAPED PEARS
Remember a couple of weeks ago when I showed you how some Chinese retailers are dressing up peaches in panties? Now the Chinese are growing pears in the shape of babies. Look at this:
You can see more photos and find out how it's done at the designboom website.
DEAD AT NOON
That's the time of day an 85-year-old woman chose for her suicide last week rather than live through the indignity of advancing Alzheimer's disease. As the Vancouver Sun reported:
”On Monday morning shortly before noon, Gillian Bennett dragged a foam mattress from her home on Bowen Island to one of her favourite spots on the grass, facing a craggy rock cliff, the place she had chosen to die.”
This is a photograph of Ms. Bennett with her cat Cosmo last year.
Bennett...chose to take her own life with a draught of good whiskey, a dose of Nembutal mixed with water and her husband of 60 years by her side,” the Sun story continues.
“'I held her hand,' said Jonathan, a retired philosophy professor. His voice is reflective, resonant, measured. “'I agreed with her choice.'”
Read more here where you can also see a video about Gillian Bennett and more photos of her and her family. There is a website, Goodbye & Good Luck!, which Gillian wrote about her decision. (Hat tip to Cile who blogs at cilesfineline)
PAUL RYAN AND FRANK UNDERWOOD
Millions of us are fans of the Netflix series, House of Cards which stars Kevin Spacey as the treacherous member of Congress, Frank Underwood.
Particularly given the current mediocre level of congressional behavior, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan let his sanctimony show last week when he said that House of Cards “disgusts” him. As Truthdig reported:
”According to Politico, Ryan said, 'I watched the first couple of episodes until [Frank Underwood] cheated on his wife with that reporter. It turned my stomach so much that I just couldn’t watch it anymore.'
“Really? You made it through canicide, but infidelity is too much to bear?”
For the rest of us who delight in Spacey's cathartic portrayal of Congressional chicanery and evil, here is a collection of clips from the series to help hold us until next year when season three opens. Watch Underwood as he breaks the fourth wall to tell us what he really thinks. Enjoy.
WHAT $100 IS WORTH IN EACH STATE
Here's a nice little map that shows the buying power or, actually, the relative value of $100 among the various 50 states.
That's way too small to read - here's a larger version. In my state, Oregon, I gain $1.21. Go see where your state stands.
JOHN OLIVER ON POLICE MILITARIZATON
With the 24/7 coverage of Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown, we have gotten a good look at what the militarization of a police force looks like. It ain't pretty and John Oliver had a go at the phenomenon on his HBO show last Sunday.
THE THREE YEAR OLD AND WORLD WAR II VETERAN
A beautiful, bittersweet little story about unexpected best friends and that life doesn't always turn out the way you want it to.
MUD BATH TIME WITH AN ADORABLE BABY ELEPHANT
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.
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