ONE OF THE REASONS I MISS NEW YORK CITY
When I first moved to New York in 1967, a taxi driver told me that the best thing about the city is that if you're one in a million, there are seven more people in town just like you.
And so it is – a city with odd, wonderful, interesting people on every block. Below is one of them in a video titled, This is My Home. But before you watch, let the filmmaker explain:
”On an unseasonably warm November night in Manhattan on our way to get ice cream, we stumbled upon what appeared to be a vintage shop, brightly lit display window and all.
“As we began to walk in, a man sitting out front warned us that we were welcome to explore, but nothing inside was for sale. Our interests piqued, we began to browse through the collections the man out front had built throughout his life. This is a story of a man and his home.”
You can watch three bonus clips of the man and his home here.
FCC ENDS TELEMARKETING ROBOCALLS
I get twice as many as personal calls – those auto-dialed, recorded messages telling me my credit is in dire need of repair or some such that eat up mobile phone minutes. Now it ends. Last Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) banned them.
”Companies will no longer be able to point to an established business relationship with a consumer to justify the automated pitches.
"'Consumers have complained to us by the thousands about annoying robocalls,' said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski during the agency's monthly open meeting.
"'The order we adopt today will require written opt-in, and it will make it easy for consumers to opt out. We're closing loopholes that have allowed robocallers to sneak through,' Genachowski said.”
Robocalls from charities, political campaigns and a few other types are still allowed. You can read more about the new rules here and find out all you need to know about unwanted telephone calls at this FCC webpage.
SENATE CANDY DISH
It has come to my attention that there is a candy dish – well, desk - in the U.S. Senate. It's been in existence since being started by California Senator (and former movie dancer) George Murphy in 1968, located in the back row of the Republican side of the room near the most high-traffic door.
Since Murphy, other senators have kept the desk full of sugary treats including Rick Santorum from 1997 to 2007.
Democrats, who do have their own, less well-known candy desk, also use the Republican supply. You can read more here.
MORE PRESIDENTIAL SINGING
This clip from an In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues television show that will air next week on PBS has been shown everywhere and you've probably seen it.
Too bad. I love it too much. It's just great, so I'm posting it here – B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger and bunch of other blues legends who coaxed President Obama into joining them on Sweet Home Chicago.
Later, the president said this about life in the White House:
“Some nights when you want to go out and just take a walk, clear your head, or jump into a car just to take a drive, you can’t do it. Secret Service won't let you. And that’s frustrating. But then there are other nights where B.B. King and Mick Jagger come over to your house to play for a concert. So I guess things even out a little bit.”
I don't have a bucket list. Aside from living in New York City again which I can't afford, the things I want to do before I die are smaller and more personal in nature than are convenient for a list.
Except this: it would be fun to spend a night or two in an ice hotel. There is one each winter in Quebec and a few other places. This one is in Sweden about 400 miles north of Stockholm. You can read about more about ice hotels here.
WHEN REPUBLICANS ARE AT THEIR WORST...
Jon Stewart is at his best. From early this week:
AMAZING COMPUTER FUN
From Nancy Leitz, who is a regular contributor to The Elder Storytelling Place, comes this computer, internet silliness. Yes, it's an advertisement and more, it's for a product we don't need anymore at our age, but still, it's still silly fun.
Go try it here. Just type in your first name and wait about ten seconds to see what results.
GERMANY'S BEST ENGLISH LOANWORD
A jury of linguists in Germany has selected the best English-language word import to their country and language. Are you ready for it? Shitstorm.
”Anatol Stefanowitsch, who headed the jury, said Monday that shitstorm 'fills a gap in the German vocabulary that has become apparent through changes in the culture of public debate.'”
Sounds like their politics are even more contentious than in the U.S. You can read more here.
TWIN BABY MOOSE PLAYING IN THE SPRINKLER
Did I ever tell you my personal moose story? Never mind – some other time. This video shows that even the most ungainly animals have cute babies.
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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