58 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 4-7-21

  1. oh, yes, Chas. I just found you at the end of yesterday’s thread and then you posted twice on the news thread today. That is great. No controversy in those posts.
    I have a flight radar app on my phone and ipad. I am tracking my friends. I found them over Iceland and they are now over Turkey heading for Doha. Probably having breakfast..
    Two hours in Doha and then on to Singapore.
    It is making me tired.

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  2. Good evening Jo.
    It must be interesting, seeing your friends travel across the world like that.
    When we lived in Va., Elvera and Polly (her sister) used to travel to SC to a family reunion. I would follow them on Polly’s phone. It is interesting to follow someone you care about as they travel.

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  3. I never could understand, with today’s technology, anyone being lost.
    It was my policy (and Chuck is a grandfather now) when Chuck was dating. My policy was that somebody knows where you are supposed to be all the time.

    I can’t understand somebody being “lost” today. Somebody should know where you are supposed to be.

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  4. Chas, there are still vast tracts of wilderness out there that human technology have not yet mapped in which it is entirely possible to get lost. In the far north in Canada, occasionally a tourist goes by themselves into the wilderness and they can never find them again. Even around our area, people who go hiking in the forests can get lost and trained search parties can take days to find them. I know the tract of forest at the back of our property well enough that I know which direction to keep walking to get out, but even so I have briefly experienced the feeling of utter disorientation that causes people who are lost to wander in circles.

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  5. I was lost in the woods when I was a child. It was frightening. Fortunately, I was spotted by an adult who was very startled to see a child where I was. She knew our neighbors and so was able to bring me home in her car. My home sat on ten acres and I had walked to the back edge of it. My parents never even knew I was lost until I was found. There are spiritual implications to that, I think.

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  6. We have a lot of areas that are not covered by cell phone. But Chas is correct, tell people where you are going and when you plan to return and things generally work out a lot better.

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  7. I was lost once as a young child when a friend and I wandered off and discovered a military base of some kind where the soldiers were nice and talked to us through the chain link fence.

    It was great fun — until our parents finally hunted us down. Each of us blamed the other for wanderings and we both got spanked. Maybe it was a National Guard base, not sure, this would have been when we lived in the Hollywood area.

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  8. I never was “lost” that I can remember.
    But when we lived in Fort Worth, I once, on a trip to San Antonia, drove 45 minutes south on the Interstate before I realized that I was headed in the wrong direction. That’s when I learned that 45 minutes in the wrong direction, takes 90 minutes of your trip.

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  9. Oh, I forgot about driving (back) to Colorado when I thought I was going the other direction, to New Mexico. to catch a flight home. That was pretty epic.

    Missed the flight but my mom and I got to spend a night and several hours the next day seeing Santa Fe, more than worth it. We originally didn’t have time to make that particular stop on our trip, so it all worked out.

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  10. I also felt pretty lost when I managed to miss the NY subway and was left by my host — my friends’ son and my city tour guide for the day who was used to pushing through the rush hour crowds and got on the train — standing helpless on the platform. He pointed to his cell phone and mouthed something to me as the train sped by, indicating, I think, that he’d get in touch with me at the next stop.

    Lots of physically pushy people in NYC.

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  11. I don’t get easily lost in cities. Generally, if you go too far one way, all you need to do is go back in the opposite direction. But the city where I work, the roads do not make any kind of intuitive sense, converging at odd angles and illogical one way streets (they don’t alternate the way one way streets should). I have a smartphone to help me find the way, but occasionally I have felt the same sense of disorientation that I experienced in the forest.

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  12. My first weekend as a student in Chicago, they had activities for freshmen that were supposed to be bonding activities, I guess. For one of them we had a scavenger hunt that included some very interesting items. For instance, a penny from a particular fountain and Mrs. Field’s cookie crumbs. (We found Mrs. Field’s closed but found a few crumbs outside the door, collected them and figured we’d be the only ones getting that item–only to find out back at school that there was a different Mrs. Field’s and it was open.)

    Well, the problem was multi-faceted: It was a race against other teams so we were going fast, our team leader wasn’t a freshman and he knew his way around, and I’m not particularly fast and didn’t know Chicago. So I didn’t particularly enjoy that event, as I was too afraid of getting lost from the group.

    I’ve had several times in my life when I have missed my exit–sometimes because of weather and visibility and once because I was tired–and that’s never a good feeling. Twice it meant driving a good number of miles out of my way in an area I didn’t know, once during a blizzard and once after dark when I was tired and just wanted to get home to bed. Once I attended a conference in another city, armed with directions written out from mapquest, and when the expressway was closed when I attempted to return I was really in a mess.

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  13. Quick answer to a couple of questions.
    I had cell coverage in Idaho if Mumsee took me to the playground in town and I climbed to the top of one of the pieces of equipment.
    My new car has so much technology that when I am parked and put it in reverse a picture of my car in the parking space pops up on a screen so that I can see all that is around me. It’s a little disturbing. Of course, I am sure that I can be tracked with my cell phone. What will all this ability for people to know where I am and what I am doing I may as well spring for a personalized license tag.

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  14. Probably my best ever time of being lost, though, was during the months my husband and I were courting and I was still living in Nashville. I had ministry engagements in the next town over, Franklin. I drove seniors to the doctor. But Franklin was really a big city, and it grew in quite confusing ways; some is farmland and some is city, and it sprawls over a huge area. I knew my way home from Franklin Avenue (Blvd?) and I knew my way home if I found the expressway. But if I didn’t have written directions or someone in the car with me who knew the way, I was lost until I found one of those two streets.

    Well, one day I was trying to return home from Franklin and the expressway was closed. I drove around for half an hour or more hoping to run into Franklin (the street) but never did. I even asked one or two groups of construction workers for directions but never did find it. When I’m that thoroughly lost, I find it very unpleasant–depressing and scary. I tried to call my husband-to-be, but I didn’t quite know his phone number yet (he usually called me, and I had one digit wrong).

    I ended up calling my best friend and asking her to email my man, ask him to pull up GPS, and then have him call me. He gave me directions one at a time for the next 20 minutes or half an hour, and there were so many twists and turns involved that there was truly no way I could have found my way home myself.

    I told him that was really a miracle of modern technology: I used my cell phone to call my local friend, who emailed a man in another state, who used GPS and his own cell phone to get me home. It was good that I knew my best friend’s number and my man’s email address, and that he had bought a GPS when he decided to travel down to see me (we had met in person by that time). It’s not every man who gets to help a damsel in distress from hundreds of miles away!

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  15. I spent much of last night trying to understand my Cherokee by reading the owner’s manual. More confused than ever, I think. Some options I don’t think it has (as it’s on the lower/’sport’ end of the Cherokee model offerings) but I’d like to access some things, if I can. I’m obviously not using even a fraction of what’s available somewhere in that dashboard.

    So aside from doing a story today on bowling reopening in CA (woo-hoo), it looks like our LA Fleet Week will be live and in person for Labor Day (depending on current optimist trends continuing). (“Seal Team” is filming there today with a helicopter landing on the deck.) And still questions about whether there might be crowd limits, vaccine requirements, etc., all to be figured out in the next few months.

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  16. Oh yes, I also got well and truly lost when I first moved to Nashville. I wasn’t actually living in Nashville yet, but in one of its suburbs, and I did occasional child care in people’s homes. I’d only been in town one or two months and didn’t know my way around well, and I only got a computer with internet service in my house when I moved to Nashville, so I wasn’t used to checking mapquest for directions.

    When I talked to the father of the children I’d be caring for to get directions to his house, I said he could give me directions via the expressway or via the main street. He gave me directions via the expressway. When I did check mapquest later, I found out that more than doubled the route length. Well, Nashville and suburbs are nothing close to a grid, and to make it even more complicated, streets change names frequently. I had no problem getting to his house, following the directions, but when I went to leave, I realized that there was no street by the name I was looking for–it had changed names somewhere, and I had no idea how to get home. I tried several alternatives, and nothing looked familiar. Furthermore, it was 11:00 at night and the people were strangers, so it felt icky to go back to their house and ask for directions home–by the time I knew I was lost, they might already be in bed. So I decided to drive around until I found a street I knew or a place to ask for directions.

    I drove around for a good long while and never found a street I knew. I was getting low on gas, didn’t yet own a cell phone, and was getting close to panic when I pulled up at a stop sign and two women pulled up in the car behind me. I quickly jumped out of my car and approached theirs. To my relief they rolled down the window. I told them, “I’m new in town and lost. I’ve been driving around for 45 minutes trying to find a street I recognize, and now I’m low on gas too. Could you tell me either how to get to the expressway or a gas station?”

    The driver said, “Well, there’s a gas station if you turn right at that next corner and . . . ” and she gave me two or three simple steps. I drove to the station, got gas, and rejoiced–because I knew where that gas station was, I was only a mile from home, and now I knew my way home!

    Well, as it turns out, since the directions the man gave me took me ten or eleven miles, I had no idea I was in fact only about four miles from home. The street on which I got thoroughly lost was in fact just a couple of blocks from my church, but I happened never to have been on it before, and that road is all lined with trees on one side and so you really don’t know what’s on the other side unless you know the area. I wasn’t even looking for street names close to my home, since I thought I was miles and miles away when I was only a mile and a half or two miles from home.

    Being lost that night was very unpleasant, and it’s what prompted me to get a cell phone. But getting unlost was a very big relief and a joy.

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  17. I have been in a snarky mood lately. I have given up trying to find out what happened and why the flag is lowered to half staff. It has become more noticeable when it is all the way up. Just because your great uncle’s cousin’s grandmother got a hang nail is not reason enough to lower the flag.
    Today after I got my hair done, I went down the street to the courthouse to register my new car and get a tag for it. They had the “take a number” machine labeled to see the person at the reception desk. I walked around a few minutes looking for the person at the reception desk , then returned to the tag/probate/registration area and there was someone there. I asked about getting my car registered. She told me I would have to do it online. I asked about doing it at the TAG OFFICE, and she replied it would be a long wait. She gave me a scrap of paper with a web address so I could “make an appointment” to come back. When I got home and on the computer I discovered I could do it all online. I entered all the information, uploaded photos of the documents, my driver’s license, and the dealership papers.
    At the end there was a survey. I replied that at first I was hacked off I wasn’t able to take care of this at the courthouse and that the woman at the desk was rude, but now, I may never had to deal with a rude county employee again.
    I wonder if she knows she is in the process of eliminating her job?

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  18. Janice, the Kent, or British, variant is causing cases to rise here, mainly among front-line workers, i.e. grocery staff, workers in food processing plants, etc. and hospitals are reporting that entire families of these workers are becoming ill and requiring hospitalization. The Kent variant is more likely to cause illness in children, and the caseload has increased most in the 20 and under age range.

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  19. roscuro, ugh.

    The variants remain an issue of serious concern.

    For some reason, LA County is on a recovery upswing, maybe due to an aggressive vaccine rollout that was slow in the beginning but now is pretty impressive.

    Kim, I think with the way things are going — riots, shootings, general mayhem and outrage — we might as well get used to just leaving the flag at half mast permanent. The new normal.

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  20. I may have mentioned that fourteen has a decided lack of work ethic. He waits for his little sister to cover for him or his parents to get too frustrated and step in. You may recall him sitting out by the wood pile for three days eating peanut butter sandwiches rather than do his share of the wood stacking. Then something flipped, he got up and moved it all in an hour.

    Anyway, I decided to gift him with the opportunity to rebuild a portion of sheep fence. Then I asked Mr Perfection for input. It became a production and will be beautiful when done. But that requires son to dig approximately twenty four post holes. The first one took him over a day. The second day he got another. The third day he got three. Today he has done about eight and is out working on it again. He is also getting his schoolwork done and his laundry. He can do it, he just needs to want to.

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  21. Chas, we have looked and looked for his incentive but it just does not seem to be there. He has to want to. Today, he must have seen the end of the road. And a popsickle. He got them all done. It is “easy” digging in wet clay. But it is work. Quite proud of him but what really matters is he is quite proud of him. That is what I was looking for. We have the same challenge with him sweeping the front porch. Today, he did a really nice job. And the Fed Ex guy came by. I suspect son made the connection that somebody came here and saw his work.

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  22. I’m the daughter of a geographer and grew up reading maps. The only real time I was totally lost was in Boston–at least I couldn’t figure out how to drive to the Old North Church despite many attempts.

    After we parked and walked to the church, it turned out that you can’t drive there, so while I was not exactly lost, it wasn’t straight forward to get there anyway.

    I had trouble in Slovenia as well because I couldn’t read any signs, but I told my husband if he kept driving west, we’d run into Lake Bled eventually–which is exactly what happened.

    It’s my birth family’s unerring sense of direction. If we let it go free it finds its way.

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  23. Seen on FB:

    “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Ps. 11:3)

    Matthew Henry, on Ps. 12: “In singing this psalm and praying it over, we must bewail the general corruption of manners, thank God that things are not worse than they are, but pray and hope that they will be better in God’s due time.”

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  24. Michelle, my career was as a cartographer.
    Primarily with the Defense Mapping Agency mapping denied areas with Satellite photography. Highly classified at the time.
    One of the unclassified tasks we did was map the moon for the Apollo program.

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  25. Loved that, Chas, ” . . . you can’t duplicate a smiling face.” At the bank, the tellers disappear behind a wall now, totally hidden. They walk out with your receipt. It seems very odd. This was the friendliest bank around. They are still courteous but walls don’t smile.


  26. Nothing on the moon.
    I am proud that I was part of the Lunar program. However, we have done it. No need to go back. There is nothing there.
    Also. No need to go to Mars or Venus. Nothing there.
    Nothing. And there will be nothing except what we take there.
    There is nothing we have to send a person to examine. We already have a Mars rover. That’s all we need.

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  27. In case you missed it. I see no need for a manned extraterrestrial program.
    Nothing at all that can’t be accomplished by machines.


  28. But we get bragging rights for going. And with all the ways the news gets twisted these days there is no telling what we might hear about those places. Who can defend the truth about such things?


  29. We don’t need to defend anything.
    No need to expend resources and possibly lives by dressing men up in space clothes to travel on uninhabitable planets.


  30. Good night Chas. Goodnight Little Sister.

    Re: getting lost. Once we were going to visit a cousin of Mrs L who was in the vets hospital in Chicago. I studied the map to get there and then go to Moody Church downtown. I’m glad I did since we forgot to take the map with us. I managed to find everything fine, no problems except the one way streets downtown. At least every other street goes the opposite direction.

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  31. We buried my dad’s ashes today. It was a good service. All my siblings and several of our children were present, as well as my stepmother’s sisters and a couple of her cousins and people dad worked with over the years. Then we went to a park and had a picnic. We spent two hours talking and enjoying each other’s company.

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  32. It is good to get together, it is sad to say good bye to a parent. I realize his death was a while back, but the ceremony makes it more real. I am glad the clan could all make it. That helps.

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  33. I love maps. Hence following my friends route around the world. They are now resting in Singapore, by the way. I love having my phone and ipad with google maps. I had two new friends over for dinner and had them show me their homes, one from Australia, one from Iowa.


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