Old People and Weather



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.


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.


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.


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.”

There is more information at Kaiser and the original report is in The Journal of the American Medical Association - abstract only without subscription.


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!


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.


Has there ever been a senator as disingenuous and irritating as Ted Cruz. Take a look at this:


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)

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 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 include the name of the blog and its .


On Facebook, I saw that story about the gun shop where all the guns in the store have a history. What a great idea!

I have a Tea Party loyalist relative who didn't have health insurance and did the same thing Ted Cruz is talking about doing. He signed up for health care and is getting all kinds of health issues taken care of for the first time in decades, yet he still keeps bashing Obamacare---damn, ignorance fool that he is!

Love everything & again, thanks to Darlene for that hilarious post!
And the gun story just reinforces my thoughts exactly. I have a family relative who's with the DEA & every Sat. & Sun. he "instructs" folks in gun use & "safety".......ha. He was a big fan of Cheney's, too! No thank you! I'm alone in my own home, but I'll never have a gun in it.

Great start to the w/end as usual. Thanks, Ronni. :)Dee

John Oliver is terrific as always!

Another terrific Interesting Stuff Saturday. I could comment on the merits of each item, but that would go on forever. I will just say thank you Ronni and contributers!

It's a mind-set. My Libertarian brother (the bulk of whose estate he plans to leave to the cause) sees no hypocrisy in taking advantage of programs with which he disagrees. He believes it is the thing to do! I can only think that he believes that a system that is bad to him can be over-loaded and voted out.

The gun store is genius, but how does the guy make a living? People must buy these things even after hearing where they came from?

And yes there's irony in Ted Cruz getting insurance through Obamacare, but it shows he'll be interesting to listen to in the debates. I can't stand the guy, but I keep watching - like people do at a train wreck.

Ted Cruz frightens me. He is very bright (at least on paper) and he knows exactly what he is doing (bad). He is an excellent debater and will convince the gullible loons that his view is the correct one even as he disingenuously distorts truth. And they will vote for him. Sigh!

Great posts today Ronni! I had seen the John Oliver show last week, but it was just as powerful again today. I have watched the use of increasingly aggressive and parasitic use of fines and fees related to municipal violations in my own community for more than a decade and it's been horrible! And it's not just the "offenders" being hurt. A FB friend recently posted that his car had been stolen from in front of his house. It was found a day or two later, but to get it back he had to pay nearly $200 to get it back -- a $145 "recovery" fee to the police and $27 in overnight storage fees to an impound lot where the police had it towed when they came across it. I guess it can be hard for anyone to avoid the f**kbarrel these days.

Bless you, Ronni, for the last clip of dog needs friend after all the madness that preceded it.

Loved the Australian one - could apply to UK too.

As usual, John Oliver's show tackled a little-known but hugely important issue thoroughly and professionally.

The gun shop in NYC was amazing. I wonder how it manages to procure the specific guns connected to horrible accidents or mass shootings. And, as Lauren asks, how can the shop make any money?

Finally, Rainworks! was wonderful. Very geeky, very Seattle!

The gunstore was set up I believe, by States United to prevent gun violence, it is a non-profit: http://www.ceasefireusa.org/

The clip with the dog that wanted a kitty was a "save forever." We have a husky, Beau, that, when he wants something, stares at us as if he thinks he'll be able to send his thought vibes to our brains. We end up walking around to various sites - leash, food bowl, toy - hoping to get an inkling. I think we'll show him this little video. Maybe he'll find some new tools to let us know his needs.
Ruth Carr
P.S On second thought, maybe it's who should study the video!

I LOVED the offerings this week, especially Rainworks (former Seattle-ite here) and Dog Wants a Kitty. I saw the word "Gun" and passed over it, but when I read so many comments about it, I went back for a second look. Oh my, it is so well done that it brought tears to my eyes. Keep up the good work, Ronni.

I agree Darlene..Ted Cruz is very dangerous and the mindless will be sucked in by him. We could be in for very scary times.

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