MORE DATING FOLLOWUP
You will recall we discussed elder dating in three posts over the past week or so. Darlene Costner send one more update for us. Enjoy:
Daughter: Daddy, I am coming home to get married. Take out your cheque book. I'm in love with a boy who is far away from me. I'm in Australia and he lives in the UK. We met on a dating website, became friends on Facebook, had long chats on Whatsapp, he proposed to me on Skype and now we've had two months of relationship through Viber. Dad, I need your blessings good wishes and a big wedding.
Father: Wow! Really!! Then get married on Twitter, have fun on Tango, buy your kids on Amazon and pay through Paypal. And if you are fed up with your husband, sell him on eBay.
Easter's almost here. Maybe that's what accounts for this story that surfaced yesterday in Portland, Oregon.
CLARKE AND DAWE
This note and video arrived a few days ago from Peter Tibbles, the TGB music correspondent who holds forth here on Sundays. Here's his introduction:
”John Clarke and Bryan Dawe are [Australian] national treasures. Each Thursday for two minutes just before the news they do an 'interview' – Bryan interviews John as a government or opposition member or some other prominent figure.
“Here is last night's piece and it will show how the country is going far better than any lengthy article.”
Ronni here: Not to mention that their bit pretty well explains U.S. government too.
JOHN OLIVER ON MUNICIPAL VIOLATIONS
One of the minor funny things about John Oliver's HBO show, Last Week Tonight, is how often the titles of the essays – that is, the names of the topics - are so snooze inducing that if you didn't know who John Oliver is and what his crew can accomplish, you would skip right past.
This is one of them: municipal violations. Ho-hum. Go ahead and think that if you like, scroll past to the next item. You will have missed something funny, wonderful and important.
EVEN IN NURSING, MEN EARN MORE THAN WOMEN
As Kaiser Health News reported this week, even in a career where women outnumber men 10 to one, men make more money – a lot more.
”...even after controlling for age, race, marital status and children in the home, males in nursing out-earned females by nearly $7,700 per year in outpatient settings and nearly $3,900 in hospitals.
“The biggest disparity was for nurse anesthetists, with men earning $17,290 more.”
One of the things about living in the northwest that can either amuse or irritate depending on one's mood is how many people, even natives, bitch about the rain. Hul-lo. It's not like the weather and reputation for it are secrets.
Seattle has an equally wet climate and reputation but an artist there with the wonderful name of Peregrine Church has used it to charming advantage. Take a look:
You can see more examples of Peregrine's (just HAD to sneak in that terrific name again) rain-activated art at his website, Rainworks!
A GUNSHOP IN NEW YORK CITY FOR FIRST-TIME GUN BUYERS
Hardly a day goes by without a horrific report of a child killed or accidentally killing another with a gun left lying around the house. And there are plenty of other deaths and injuries among adults that would not have happened without easy access to guns.
From the website of GWH (Guns With History):
States United to Prevent Gun Violence is a national non-profit organization working to decrease gun death and injury and build healthy communities by supporting and strengthening state gun-violence-prevention organizations and nurturing new state organizations.
“Together with our 28 state affiliates – and our combined 200,000 grassroots supporters – we are dedicated to making our families and communities safer through stronger laws, community education, and grassroots action.”
Take a look at what happened when, to foster their goals, they opened a gun shop in Manhattan. (Hat tip to Jim Stone)
You can find out more at Guns With History.
IRONY LOST ON SENATOR TED CRUZ?
Has there ever been a senator as disingenuous and irritating as Ted Cruz. Take a look at this:
DOG WANTS A KITTY
It's amazing the genres of humor the internet has spawned. Where could this possibly have happened before the World Wide Web came along. (Hat tip to Bev Carney)
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