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It's a busy week as I prepare for the TGB elderblogger meetup on Saturday so today I'm taking the easy way out with a few items of Interesting Stuff so I can run all the errands that need doing.
Have you ever noticed how life conspires against you when there is too much to do? Why are we nearly out of cat food and kitty litter around here this week? How come I let the battery run down on the hand vacuum just when I need it? And I don't suppose any of you can tell me where I stored the big serving platters when I unpacked after my move?
ELDERBLOGGER MEETUP – SKYPE
About 18 or 20 people are expected at the meetup on Saturday. For those who live too far away to attend, if you would like to join in for a bit via Skype, my Skype address is ronni.bennett (note the dot), and I will open up calls from anyone for that day only. The meetup begins at 10AM Pacific Time.
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Did you know there are 76 million cases of food-borne illnesses every year in the U.S. leading to 300,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths? A few days after Crabby Old Lady's food rant here last month, The New York Times ran a story on those alarming statistics with some good advice on keeping food safe in our homes.
100 BEST FIRST LINES
“The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.” — William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)
“I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.” — Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome (1911)
“Justice? — You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.” — William Gaddis, A Frolic of His Own (1994)
Those are three of the 100 Best First Lines From Novels as selected by The American Book Review. You can read the entire list here.
HOW RICH ARE YOU?
Although we manage to get by, most of us don't have a lot of money in our old age. We limp along with an ancient computer or skip taking a vacation or even put off needed dental work and it can seem unfair that the banksters are raking in million-dollar salaries while there is no COLA this year for Social Security beneficiaries.
There are, however, other ways to look at it, as the owners of a website named Global Rich List explain:
“We wanted to do something which would help people understand, in real terms, where they stand globally. And make us realise that in fact most of us (who are able to view this web page) are in the privileged minority.”
You can plug in your annual income here and see where you stand. I am among the top 1.95 percent richest people in the world.
LIFE AT NEARLY 100
Jan Adams of Happening Here turned me on to a diary at DailyKos from Charlotte Lucas who was set back a bit to realize the expiration date on her new credit card, 2013, coincides with her hundredth year.
“The world seems much smaller than it once was,” writes Charlotte. “Newspapers are shrinking. Phrases quickly become acronyms that have to be explained to me - I have trouble keeping up with them. I have a small library on my precious Kindle but I will always prefer the solidity of real books...
“Life is bland and rather monotonous these days but mine has more pluses than minuses. We play with the cards we're dealt and I've been lucky in having a good hand.”
Go read her entire post titled Getting Along in Years here.
GOVERNMENT A LA CARTE
You must have seen the story this week about the fire department that let a man's house burn to the ground, killing several pets too, because he had not paid a $75 annual fee for fire protection. Even when he offered to pay the fire fighters any amount to turn on their hoses, he was refused.
I am speechless. Is this the future of municipal services? Read more here.
MAHER'S NEW RULES
I don't subscribe to any premium television channels so I am reliant on the internet to catch up with the best of their offerings. Bill Maher's regular segment, New Rules, on his HBO show is a favorite and although last week's offering was mostly just okay, the final two minutes are a fabulous hoot – Maher as President Obama's imagined alter ego, “Barry Whitehouse.” Don't miss it.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Mickey Rogers: A Desperate Fan