53 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 1-15-19

  1. Who wants a car that will go 143 mph?
    I see on FoxNews that Toyota has a car that will do that.
    That is exactly twice the speed limit on I-95 in NC.

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  2. If you did 71.5 on I-95 you’d be roadkill. The slowest car on the road. πŸ™‚

    I once did 130 mph in a ’73 Pontiac Ventura. Scared the snot outta me. Never did that again.

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  3. AJ- It depends on which part of I-95. The nearer you get to NYC the slower it goes sometimes, especially in the morning heading towards the George Washington Bridge. At least it was like that when we were going to my grandma’s funeral.

    But down South, I think the speed limits are just suggestions, or else the people think they are the minimum. On our trip to Florida I was amazed at how fast everyone was going. On I-10 most were going 85+ in a 75 mph zone.

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  4. Peter, I have been in three different Tennessee cities (enough to call it a fair sampling) where on certain stretches of road the traffic is all going 15 above the speed “limit.”

    The problem with letting traffic be that much a variance from the posted speed? I have gotten one speeding ticket in my life. According to the officer, I was going 16 miles above the speed limit, which sounds like I was “really” speeding, but I wasn’t. I was on a road where 10-12 above is really common, where 15 above is not uncommon and where in fact I had to gun the car as fast as I could just to enter the road safely where I most commonly entered it (a stop sign before I turned left into fairly heavy traffic going 50 mph and higher) and I didn’t know I was speeding. (Leaving my Nashville church, that was the situation, turning left from a stop sign into traffic that didn’t have one, onto a road without any big gaps in traffic; I got the ticket a couple minutes later, on my way to lunch with church friends.)

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  5. I’ve been over 100 mph twice.
    Both times doing stupid things. I was a dumb kid.
    I have gotten two speeding tickets. One, a speed trap. I was going downhill in Pa. and just let the car roll. The other was a 35 mph zone. I may have been doing 36. The officer had just come on duty early in the morning and was looking for someone to tag.
    That must have been in 1973,last ticket I got.

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  6. I love the photo posted today because of the patterns in it. The tree is a sycamore that has lost most of its leaves in late fall, but sycamores don’t need leaves to have interesting patterns, because they have white bark and peeling bark, and they have the perfectly round dangling seed balls.

    This tree is over my little pond. I was photographing ducks in the pond when a hawk flew into a different tree, near the pond but not over it, and in fact not in a good spot to get photos. I got a few photos of it anyway, but I ended up discarding all of them. While it was there, this bird (likely its mate) flew in above the pond, and I got a couple photos of it landing (not zoomed in closely enough to be great photos, but I did get the shots). Liking the near-silhouette possibilities of this scene you can see, I got shots zoomed in at multiple distances, from close-ups to one zoomed out far enough to see the pond under the tree. (This is a middle zoom.) After I got several shots, I walked around the right side of the pond a bit (where I don’t usually go–I can only see the pond a few places because there are lots of trees obscuring it, but in this case I had something to photograph and it was worth getting that “something” through the few places where I did have gaps, for another angle.)

    Last summer I photographed a hawk (a more distant shot) a block or so from where this one was sitting, and identified it as a red-shouldered hawk. A different day I chatted with someone on the trail about birds, and she mentioned a local pair of red-shouldered hawks, and I told her I had seen one of them. When I took this photo, I figured that this bird and the other one that had landed 100 yards away or whatever the distance were the pair. (Mated pairs of red-tailed hawks often sit on the same branch in a tree, and doves tend to stay quite close all year round, but in my experience bird mates often pretty much ignore each other, with both of them staying within the territory but not necessarily the same tree.) However, in looking up hawks I see that the red-shouldered hawk and the broad-winged hawk are very similar, we have both in this area, and in photos that show this hawk’s “shoulders” I do not see a patch of reddish brown. But I do have such a patch in some of my other photos taken close to here, and I don’t know how distinctive the red shoulder is on the species. (Ruby-crowned kinglets and double-crested cormorants are just two of multiple species named for features that can rarely be seen. Horned lark, posted last weekend, is another.) So I think I can say confidently this is either a red-shouldered or a broad-winged hawk, and that I have definitely seen red-shouldered hawks in this immediate vicinity, but I cannot say confidently which species this bird is. . . .

    OK, I googled to see if I could find a website that gives more ID tips, and it is a red-shouldered hawk. πŸ™‚ Overall it is more colorful than the broad-winged (with a heavily barred reddish chest as well as these pretty wings and lovely barred tail), and it has more bands in its tail (the photos of the bird landing showed the tail clearly). I’m thrilled to have these birds near me, as I think they are even lovelier than the much more common red-tailed hawk. This photo is nearly a silhouette and doesn’t show detail, but I think there is enough there to hint at the bird’s beauty.

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  7. I was taking an evening course at Northern Virginia Community College.
    (Forgot the course. I used to take some courses just to be doing it.)
    There was a police officer in the class with me.
    There was a discussion. Forgot the subject, or the occasion, I just remember the answer I gave hem:
    “The same reason you don’t put radar at the top of a hill,”

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  8. Another day, another snow day. This time it’s because there is freezing drizzle on the snow. I’ve heard a few cars spinning their tires trying to get up the hill in front of our house.

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  9. Another day, another picket line.

    A few of us have been asked to head out early AGAIN today to tweet “early and often” where teachers are striking and marching. I really don’t know how what we get today will be any different from yesterday, although so far the rain hasn’t started with will be helpful for Day 2 (though heavy rain is supposed to arrive again by mid-morning toward noon, I believe; hopefully I’ll be writing and indoors by then).

    I guess I’ll head to a high school in a neighboring community to get some more variety. The district is holding a press conference at 7, which is in about 30 minutes, but I don’t know that anything significant is expected to be announced. Someone else is covering that in downtown LA.

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  10. Morning! It is a beautiful day in the forest and a squirrel is watching me through the window…..he is hanging upside down with his face planted flat on the window and he is scaring my bird!!

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  11. Oh, I used to love watching squirrels hanging upside down in my tree when they were getting the last of the seed out of my “squirrel-proof” bird feeder.

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  12. Good morning. We were at the doctor’s office for Art’s 7:45 appointment. I am at home to try to get some more things done before being in the thick of tax season. It was good to be back at the office yesterday.

    I am interested to know what people on the blog like to get for souvenirs when they travel? Over the weekend I was in a nicely furnished home that seemed to have collectibles that may have been bought as souvenirs. For myself I tend to get a mug or maybe a t-shirt (not so many of those now).

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  13. Janice, I buy post cards, and not just of places I’ve traveled. I’ve collected them since I was nine or ten and I now have thousands. I’ve bought a T-shirt or sweatshirt occasionally, but I have to like the place, the shirt, and the price, and those don’t always go together. (A couple of times my husband has encouraged me to buy one anyway when the price is a bit higher than I prefer to spend, but usually a high price will deter me.)

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  14. OK, this is hilarious, or at least I think so. You know how people will say, “I was at a restaurant with my friend, and she was telling me how much she loves asparagus, but I can’t stand it. I went to make a call five minutes later and I had an ad for asparagus”?

    Well, I posted about the beauty of the red-shouldered hawk and then I went out for a walk. I had a dozen or so robins flying in and out of trees and playing in the creek / drainage ditch near my home (mostly drinking, but one took a quick dunk–robins love bathing, but the temperature is officially below freezing, though the creek is moving and doesn’t have a chance to freeze until it gets a little colder). On my walk I heard a fair amount of bird song and I heard (but couldn’t see) a screaming hawk. But I really didn’t see anything that interesting after the robins, the trail past where I was looked a little bit icy, and my legs were cold, so I turned to come home.

    I saw a falcon or hawk in flight (I thought falcon) and tried to get photos in flight, but couldn’t manage to. Then a hawk (red-shouldered) came in to land in the top of a tree–same bird or different bird, I don’t know. A bird or two came to pester it, so I tried to get photos and it flew–whether to get away from the birds, me, or both, I don’t know. The problem is, it flew the same direction I was going, so it couldn’t get away from me that way. I saw it twice more, neither with a chance to get good photos.

    I then approached my house, and in a tree just yards from my back door was a red-shouldered hawk. I couldn’t continue on home without going past it, though I hated to flush it. It flew into a tree across the street (not very good views for me) and then to a telephone pole (a very good view). It was on the telephone pole for several minutes, and I got several photos. I wanted to get it in flight leaving the pole–when you get a bird flying from a tree, you may or may not get a good shot, since branches may be in the way and the camera might even focus on the wrong spot. But a bird flying from a fencepost or pole out in the open will probably have some moments where the whole bird is surrounded by sky. (If he dives, he may stay too close to the pole, but otherwise he’ll have open sky.) But I didn’t want to flush the hawk again, nor did I want to stand there for an hour. Then I saw a lady walking down the sidewalk on the hawk’s side of the street, and I knew it would fly. I didn’t get great photos (it flew with its back to me and the sky is too gray for ideal lighting), but I got several shots.

    So I guess the moral of that story is be careful what you say on the internet about hawks if you don’t want them scoping out your house!

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  15. I think we need a laugh button, DJ 10:13.

    Beautiful world here today. The trees are frosted. Our apple tree has crystals of frost and apples of red. The pines behind are frosted, but also have the gray green of winter. God’s world has such magnificent beauty from the smallest aspect to the largest. What must the beauty be in a world free from sin?

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  16. The drizzle is starting, my elderly Bible study students are choosing to stay home (wise) and we’re supposed to get a deluge starting later today.

    Mr. Energy said the forecast for tomorrow is “flooding.”

    After Bible study I can stay home until Friday if need be.

    I usually buy something I’ll use at home. So, I have a hand whisk from the MOMA in New York, a beach towel from Hawai’i (and a Hawai’ian quilt), socks from New Zealand and pens from all over the place. We have a set of wooden tongs from Slovenia, I can see a Hawai’ian mug on my desk and a red poppy painting from the Somme.

    For Adorables, I buy a local book or postcards. I have enough junk in my life, I don’t need souvenirs.

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  17. One of my relatives, who doesn’t like to be uncomfortable, is the social studies chair at his high school and is out on strike. I didn’t talk to him last night, so I don’t know if he was on the picket lines or not.

    He kept talking about how they’re trying to break charter schools–as a parent who, unlike him, sent my children to public schools, I like the idea of charter schools. At least parents have a choice. This strike is about getting rid of them and I don’t like that idea.

    OTOH, I agree with him about the ridiculousness of overtesting–which they’re also striking about.

    I know from him how poorly the school district–which is huge and answers to no one–is run.

    Over on the community FB page for Donna’s town, my fellow natives are remembering what they did during the last major strike when I was in 7th grade. It last five weeks–I didn’t remember that.

    But, for science we ended in Miss Eyster’s class. She eyed an overflowing classroom of 7th and 8th graders and decided the best use of everyone’s time was to teach the Sex Ed curriculum!

    You could have head a pin drop in that class every day . . . LOL

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  18. My mother, another school teacher in Donna’s town, told me years ago that if she was doing it over again, she’d send her kids to private school. So, we know what some of the teachers are doing with their own children’s’ education.

    Why not ask that question, Donna? “Where do your children go to school?”

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  19. Janice I usually purchase a hooded sweatshirt from a town we visit…I have a few accumulated now and I wear them! My favorite one is from Cincinnati 😊
    When we went to the Carolinas to celebrate our 40th anniversary I brought home a handmade wooden plate from the Arts and Crafts Guild at the Moses Cone Mansion…something I admire and use!
    Otherwise I am a pine cone collector and you will always find some stuffed in my suitcase 😊

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  20. My kiddos have attended public, private,homeschool and charter school. Whatever worked for that individual child is what we decided upon. Homeschool just wasn’t my forte’!
    We have a very successful charter school in the Springs where two of my children atttended for a while…my grandchildren attend there now!

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  21. I’m like Michelle, I usually get something that will be used. Our dog has a beautiful dog dish because at the time we needed one and their was a large Farmer’s Market in the park with lots of handicrafts and other things available. Every time I feed Keva I get to admire the pretty bowl and remember our trip πŸ™‚

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  22. Already have talked to a couple strike supporters (a parent and a teacher) whose kids go to private schools.

    Today, one teacher said the strike mainly is about class size and “charter control.” Interesting way to put it.

    My next assignment, after I finish a belated breakfast at home, is to hunt down and interview kids who are playing hooky.

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  23. I was going to have toast this morning but Cowboy stole the brand new loaf of bread I bought last night and had eaten a chunk right out of the middle of it. It became my excuse to make pancakes.

    Where will kids go when playing hooky (and it’s raining)? Fast food joints around lunch, I figure, but we have no ‘mall’ and the skate park will be useless … I’d asked one of the union reps where he thought kids were hanging out and he said he’d asked some but all they said was they were “hanging out” or “having fun.”

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  24. Where will they go? to their friends’ houses or their own bedrooms, but in either case to play with their devices. But yeah, a few will probably be hanging out at fast food joints.

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  25. 1969 or 1970, apparently for five weeks, according to some on the community FB page. I thought it was maybe two weeks.

    We sat in the cafeteria and a friend crocheted me a green nose warmer– which I still own.

    I bought a gorgeous bowl from Poland last spring from which I eat oatmeal every morning.

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  26. Hi, fellow wanderers. I’ve been behind on the daily thread for a long time — since sometime last year. Sorry to have missed so many birthdays in the cold-weather months: Pauline, Kizzie, Kim, Kathaleena, Janice I think? DJ before those maybe? Oh, and Linda — it’s always her birthday in the secret room. πŸ˜‰

    The coughs at our house since the week before Christmas are now mostly gone, thankfully. I mostly escaped getting that, but had some tummy trouble this weekend — nausea coming out of the blue this past Saturday when we were at the last Christmas gathering of the season. (No, not pregnancy nausea, if anyone’s wondering, though I did have a dream last night that I’d had a baby and was carrying her around a former workplace of mine, telling everyone this was my daughter, not a grandchild, while silently mulling over how a 56-year-old could have recently given birth.)

    I can assure you that season of having babies is long past now. πŸ˜‰ Grandbabies…well, that season is hopefully in the future. πŸ™‚

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  27. For those who gave me feedback a while back about writing a final post on my blog, thank you. I published the post on December 27, and called it What I Love About Teaching Piano. (I think that was the title.) If you’d be interested in reading it and don’t know my site URL, I can email you a link on request.

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  28. DJ and Michelle, yes, there was an LA teachers strike for 5 weeks in spring 1970, when I was in 7th grade. I remember the timing so specifically because 7th grade boys rotated through 4 different “boys'” classes (shops and such) for 10 weeks each. The strike started just as we rotated into our fourth segment, which in my case was Drafting. The 5-week strike cut our 10-week drafting curriculum in half. We had subs for some of our classes, but I guess there was nobody to teach drafting so they had us sitting around in the bleachers in the PE area.

    If we had more younger folks around here, I could paraphrase Chas and say: Some of you people don’t even know what “drafting” is. (It has nothing to do with bicycling.)

    But I don’t think we have real youngsters here, except maybe Roscuro, who probably knows what drafting is anyway. πŸ™‚

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  29. The new photo is a starling from the day we had the ice storm. The ice was beginning to melt and drip everywhere, but you can see it encasing each twig in the tree, and you can even see the starling’s feathers are wet.

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  30. Oh, are we talking about speeding tickets? I got my first one after I had been married a month. I was furious! I told George that I wouldn’t have gotten that ticket if I hadn’t had those rings on my finger!
    Last time I told the policeman “I was speeding big gern dammit. I swear I saw you and the speed limit sign at the same time. Yes sir. I am taking my sick baby to the doctor”. “You slow down now and have a nice day Mrs. C”,

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  31. Well I found one truant kindergartner playing hooky and enjoying the day at the park with her babysitter, a 4th grader at a nearby mall with her dad (but she actually HAD attended school today, they just got out early) and I managed to embarrass a young couple who actually turned out to be college students on break, not wayward high school students taking advantage of the teachers’ strike. By this time mall security was keeping an eye on me.

    Honestly, I went to Game Stop, fast food joints, hung out at one of the popular shopping centers, nada. I sent the lead reporter the stuff I managed to scrape out of mostly nothing and so that’s that I guess. What a frustrating day.

    Lead reporter is in the Valley and she said the mall there was teeming with teens. Of course.

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  32. Kim @ 6:10
    In all my 88 years, I’ve never seen a woman play a trumpet before.
    When she started singing, I was glad when she picked up the trumpet again.
    But if you stick with it, at the end you get a chance to see Kris Kristofferson tell about his conversion experience and the song “Why Me Lord”.
    Jimmy Snow is the son of Hank Snow.

    I highly recommend watching the clip. Even if you don’t like country.
    Kris Kristofferson was a pilot in the AF. He taught, so I understand, at West Point for a while. Doesn’t look like a military man, but he was.

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  33. The way the tour guide told it, Kristofferson wrote a song but couldn’t get anyone to listen to it.
    So he flew a helicopter and landed it at Johnny Cash’s house and made him listen to
    Sunday Morning Coming Down.
    You know the rest.

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  34. I read Kristofferson’s biography on Google. Makes me doubt the tour guide’s story. But he led an interesting life. Rhodes Scholar, helicopter pilot, turned down a teaching job at West Point (I thought he taught there), etc.

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  35. DJ, that’s about what I predicted at 1:51. Kids don’t look for new opportunities to hang out with their friends; they hang out with their devices (even if they’re with their friends).

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  36. Sunday Morning Coming Down is an awesome song. So well written. There was pressure to not use the term ‘stoned’ but it was used anyway. The song reeks of the loneliness of a certain lifestyle.

    My last trips I bought some clothes (jacket, hat) jewelry and socks for all the grandkids. I buy useful items for the most part. I did buy some nesting Russian dolls to keep here for the grands to enjoy. My mother never bought souvenirs and thought any type of ‘tourist trap’ places were horrible.

    No speeding tickets or any other kind for me. Hope that is true forever. πŸ™‚

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  37. For a second I thought that the kindergarten truant had with her a babysitter who was a 4th grader. πŸ™‚

    Dancing Queen was one of my favorites, and ABBA my favorite group for a number of years. But I like musical eclecticism, so changing up the song’s instrumentation and style like in the video above is an idea I like (though it’s hard to beat Anafrid’s and Agnetha’s voices). πŸ™‚ I could have done without the dancing in that video. I have nothing against dancing but, IMO, her dancing… well, let’s just say I think the song would have been better in an audio-only format.

    Great piano player!

    As far as women trumpeters: I know three of them. One a fellow music major who started college the same time I did; one a former piano student; and one the daughter of a friend of mine.

    Chas, here’s a woman trumpet player who is well-known in the classical music world today: Alison Balsom.

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  38. My brother-in-law was a middle-school teacher. He and my sister decided to homeschool their two boys. At that time (1980s) the stats showed that the professionals who were most likely to send their children somewhere other than public schools were public school teachers. My sister knew all the stats, since she was the regional representative of the state homeschool association.

    We also kept our children home for schooling, especially since we moved a lot when they were young (four different cities in 15 years).

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