The Alex and Ronni Show – 4 December 2019
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INTERESTING STUFF – 7 December 2019

ALABAMA UNVEILS STATUE OF ROSA PARKS

On the 64th anniversary of her 1955 arrest in Montgomery, Alabama, for not giving her seat on a bus to a white man, Rosa Parks has been honored in that city with a statue:

Civil rights attorney Fred Gray told the Montgomery Advertiser,

“For the city officials, from the city and the county, to be able to honor Mrs. Parks and honor those plaintiffs, and even more importantly to honor the 40,000 African American men and women who stayed off of the buses for 382 days, it is indeed a step in the right direction."

Rosa Parks died in 2005 at age 92.

FANS TOSS 45,000 TEDDY BEARS ONTO ICE AT HOCKEY GAME

It was all for a good cause at a hometown game of the Hershey Bears. Take a look:

Mother Nature Network explains:

”After 40 minutes of fluff-tossing mayhem, the team collected 45,650 stuffed toys from the ice. They will be divided amongst 40 local charities for the holiday season.

“In addition, Community Aid Pennsylvania is donating 25 cents per toy to the charities, and the Sweigart Family Foundation will donate $1 per toy to benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.”

And the Bears won the game too.

SOCIAL SECURITY OFFICES EXPAND BUSINESS HOURS

In the past three years or so, the Social Security Administration has cut back in several ways. Now however, it is expanding service in local offices and nationally.

The agency's website tells us:

”Starting on January 8, 2020, Social Security offices nationwide will be open to the public on Wednesday afternoons...This change restores Wednesday public service hours that were last in place in late 2012. 'I don’t want someone to come to our office at 2:30 on a Wednesday only to find our doors closed,” Commissioner Andrew Saul said.

The agency is also hiring 1,100 front line employees to provide service on the agency's national 800 number and in its processing centers.

”The agency is currently bringing onboard 100 new processing center employees and approximately 500 new teleservice representatives for the 800 Number. An additional 500 hires for the 800 Number will occur later in 2020.”

TO EACH HIS OWN

All my life, red has been my favorite color. I don't do much about it except to wear a red sweater now and then. But this guy – the color red is just about his whole life.

CONSTRUCTION WORKERS HIGH IN THE SKY

You know this photograph – you've seen it many times – but there are additional photos and some film footage in this video you've probably not seen before.

Me? I can't watch it for more than few second without getting queasy from the height.

COME TOGETHER

That headline is the title of a 2016 Christmas advert from H&M. I've published it in a December past and am using it as a teaser today for more to come later this month.

AVOID HOLIDAY SHOPPING SCAMS

The FBI has published information about how to avoid holiday shopping scams this season:

”According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), thousands of people become victims of holiday scams every year. Scammers can rob you of hard-earned money, personal information, and, at the very least, a festive mood.

“The two most prevalent of these holiday scams are non-delivery and non-payment crimes.

“In a non-delivery scam, a buyer pays for goods or services they find online, but those items are never received. Conversely, a non-payment scam involves goods or services being shipped, but the seller is never paid.

“In 2018 alone, the IC3 estimates that non-delivery and non-payment scams together affected more than 65,000 victims, causing almost $184 million in losses.”

There are more details about what to watch out for at the FBI website.

WHAT BECAME OF BERLIN'S MILITARIZED ZONE AFTER THE WALL CAME DOWN?

After 30 long years, the 93-mile-long Berlin Wall dividing East and West Berlin was brought down in November 1991. The YouTube page tells us,

”Today, [a part of it is] a beautiful public park where people gather every Sunday to sing karaoke in an outdoor amphitheater. Joe Hatchiban, who came to Berlin from Dublin, founded Bearpit Karaoke in 2009, and the event is still going strong a decade later.”

What a lovely counternarrative.

THE OWL AND THE PUSSY CAT – FOR REAL

This video is a year old but these best buddies have been hanging out together for a long time. There are videos of them going back at least eight years. You can find more at YouTube.

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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” at the top 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.


Comments

Wonderful stuff, as always!

What a great way to begin my Saturday - thoroughly enjoyed all these videos! (Red has always been my fave color, also.)

Lovely. Thank you.
o/

Iron workers fascinating!

Ah-HAH!!! I thought I recognized Adrien Brody in the H&M commercial, and I looked up the cast afterward, and it is! Not only that--the film was written and directed by the fabulous Wes Anderson (Moonrise Kingdom, the incomparable Grand Budapest Hotel, etc). What a fabulous little piece, thank you, thank you!

I too couldn't watch the skyscraper without a lot of abominal churning.

And the owl and the pussycat are simply miraculous.

IF I don't read this first thing in the morning, I'm a scratchy, moody, irritating gal the rest of the day! Thanks, Ronni, for making life easier for my family !!

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