WE FELL ASLEEP IN ONE WORLD
And woke up in another.
This was written by British-born, Pakistani singer-songwriter, Harood Rashid and has been making the internet rounds for about three or four months. There are now dozens of video interpretations (just search “we fell asleep in the one world” at Youtube for more of them).
TGB reader Joan McMullen sent it and I like this version of the video.
MASSAGE PARLORS ARE OPEN
Animals, lots of animals, giving and receiving massages. Also from Joan McMullen.
PLACING BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS
People who have lost love ones to COVID-19 are more frequently placing blame in the obituaries they write. TGB reader and political blogger extraordinaire, Jan Adams, sent this one which I believe may be the first.
The number of obituaries with political messages has been increasing as the pandemic continues. The Washington Post has covered the phenomenon.
YO SEMITES AND THIGHLAND
We have always known the president is only semi-literate but his errors and gaffes have been increasing in number and they get funnier. Here are two he delivered this week when he tried to read the words Yosemite and Thailand.
AMERICAN'S SATISFACTION AT 9-YEAR LOW
Fairly regularly the polling firm Gallup asks the broad question, “How are things going?” Here's what they have to say about the results of the latest survey:
”Americans have rarely been less satisfied with the state of the nation than they are now. Although the public does not have to be highly satisfied for incumbents to be reelected, the current level of satisfaction sits well below the low-water mark (33%) at which an incumbent has won reelection in the past.
“An even more troubling sign for the current president is that satisfaction is significantly lower now than it was in 1992 (22%) when George H.W. Bush lost his bid for a second term.”
That sounds bad enough but I found it shocking when I looked at the graph:
More information at Gallup but don't make this an excuse for complacency.
ONE MAN'S WALK AROUND THE WHOLE WORLD
The Youtube page tells us:
”Tom Turcich of New Jersey and his adorable pooch Savannah have walked over 18,000 miles through the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Chile, Italy, Turkey and dozens of other countries over the past five years.
“It’s been a life-changing adventure. They’ve survived hardship, and they’ve experienced the kindness of strangers along the way. And they’ve still got miles to go.”
My friend Tony Sarmiento sent this photo. He is a cat person (of course he is):
The photograph, by John Hryniuk, is from a collection of faces of Toronto citizens during the pandemic published at the Washington Post.
PENGUINS AND A BUBBLE MACHINE
I have read a bunch of stories lately about how bored zoo animals get without visitors to entertain them. Here is another. The Youtube page reports,
”Penguins who couldn't be entertained properly at a zoo during lockdown have been cheered up - with a bubble machine...Staff at Newquay Zoo in Cornwall were trying to find a way to keep them entertained, and then someone kindly donated a bubble machine.”
BUILDING A MUD DOG HOUSE FOR ABANDONED PUPPIES
TGB reader Joan McMullen is back again, this time with video of an extraordinary young man who builds an astonishingly elaborate dog house for four abandoned puppies.
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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