48 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 6-14-21

  1. I understand it. but still, it’s rather irritating to see them practicing “social distancing” on TV when I know they don’t practice it off camera.

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  2. Chas, there’s a pretty good chance they do practice it off camera, too, with their co-workers. But anyway, they also probably don’t wear those particular clothes when they aren’t working, talk in just that way, etc. People do different things “at work” than at home.

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  3. Good Morning. Little Miss is off to tumbling camp today. She left here with Mommy and Daddy and is excited.
    I am still worried I’m going to have to snatch some skinny yoga gear wearing mother out of her Range Rover because “Anna Grace” was mean to her. She is so innocent and no one has ever been mean to her.
    I don’t understand this because I wasn’t this way with BG.

    Speaking of BG. I need to go hunt her down.

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  4. Good morning, all. We have hot and humid in the forcast today, but tomorrow the humidity will go down. It is a good example of Less is More as in more enjoyment because of easier breathing and more energy. Humidity is such a zapper.

    We are changing the day of our weekly ladies’ Bible study to Tues. That worked out to be a better day for everyone, but it will be another adjustment. I will still do Zoom so all the vaccinated ladies will not have to put on their masks for my sake.

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  5. On my walk this morning, as I was praying for all of my children and grandchildren, it occurred to me that Kim has one child and I have fifteen. The other day I mentioned that God gives us children so we will be more like Him. Clearly, Kim did not need as much work as I did and still do. But I prayed for Kim anyway. Same with Chas. He did not need as much work either. But God is not done with any of us.

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  6. Thanks Mumsee @ 1906.
    The Lord has blessed me beyond measure.

    It may be because Elvera was such a good woman. I tried to think of something wrong with her. I came up blank.

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  7. Good morning, Pauline, and everyone else. We spent a busy weekend preparing for and celebrating our grandson’s graduation from high school. It is so good to be with family and friends again. Even the work was a pleasure.

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  8. Catching up: DJ, my husband was in a union for decades. My dad was, too, and was a grievance officer. I typed up his grievance papers and, at least one, speech he made. Unions can be a blessing if the leaders do good negotiations with management. If both can work to make a good work place climate, that is a positive. Unions can also be bullying. I know people who were bullied enough to quit work. (that can happen without a union, too of course!) They can also be corrupt and just use the union dues for their own purposes. In other words, it is a mixed bag.

    Kizzie, I am not supposed to eat late, since it needs to be hours before I lay down. Also, the later one eats, the more the calories tend to stick. When we are at our children’s we usually end up eating later and I go with the flow. I would dislike it for everyday. It sounds like you having your own meal earlier is a good solution. Dishes and clean up can always be done in the morning, if you don’t feel up to it.

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  9. We’re in for another very warm day. It’s 85 degrees and sunny, and just after 11:00. It should be a very good day for photographing insects, but I see that temperature and I second-guess my decision to wait till afternoon to go out for a walk. 🙂 It was 88 degrees when I came home yesterday, and I felt it more than I used to feel the 105 in Phoenix. (But no, not more than I used to feel the 115. Anything over 110 and it’s hard to breathe. I’ve experienced 122 twice in my life, and don’t want to ever see that again.)

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  10. We’re heading up to 77 today but even the high 70s are feeling too warm. It’s maybe the only thing I actually “miss” from being in an office, the A/C.

    Kathaleena, thanks. We’re hoping for a smooth and cooperative process; our direct management is cooperative enough, it’s the owners over them who have just dug in and won’t give an inch when it comes to any raises ever. They’re theory is you can go get a job elsewhere for that and so far no one’s been too successful at getting them to move (I believe about 1/3 of the news sites under them nationwide have this guild in place now, with very uneven results so far — it took a year or more for one of them to even get to the point where a contract was signed). So we’ll see how things play out, I’m hoping for the best.

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  11. I was raised with management’s perspective of a paper mill. Three times I can remember they went out on strike. I mostly remember the tension because the union workers would “get up to mischief” while out on strike. Sugar in gas tanks, etc.
    Then one summer my “lottery” number came up and I worked 89 days at union wages with a union crew. My view became more balanced.
    Unions were necessary to change conditions in factories like that. Once the conditions were changed it probably did become more political. Alabama is a right to work state. There aren’t many unions left. The pendulum may be swinging to some unions being necessary again, although there is a part of me that watched the advancements in robotics and thinks, “You better not complain too much. Robots don’t complain”.
    There was a segment on Sunday Morning yesterday about Amazon.

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  12. *Their.

    Mondays.

    I feel for our editors, actually, as they’ve suffered under the same NY-based regime that’s over all of us in this company — so their salaries and workloads have taken the same kinds of hits as ours have.

    It doesn’t help that our entire industry, not just our piece of it, is in a tailspin, thanks (essentially) to the Internet and how it upended ad revenues and just about everything else related to mass media. Now newsrooms are having to cope with both generationally-inspired ideological whirlwinds. I’ve seen the sea change during my career and it’s been stunning (in a mostly bad way). But there’s no easy fix to any of it. It is what it is and “the media,” especially as more of us who are news-traditionalists leave the field, will likely be in this turmoil for some time to come. Sorry AJ, and everyone else, it’s just what you’ll have to live with for now. Take deep breaths … Find a couple (preferably) nonpartisan news sources you trust and try to move on.

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  13. Kim, yes, and those are the issues that are hitting the docks out here (where a very powerful — often belligerent — union has resulted in executive-level wages for workers over the years; everyone wants one of those jobs, people leave teaching and other college-based careers for the chance at a union card on the docks). But automation is coming to several of the terminals and that’s going to be a big issue in contract talks going forward.

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  14. And I see on TV where Biden is moving away from the “America First” agenda.
    If not America, then who? I see where we need a change. But the “change” was America’s dumping of Trump.
    I thin Trump is what we need.

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  15. For national news, I generally go to the WSJ — no media site or voice is completely trustworthy in all cases and all the time, however.

    Fox news isn’t bad (speaking of the news side, not the commentary which is, of course, also partisan but on the conservative side).

    Peggy Noonan said it well recently:

    ~ Conspiracy believers don’t believe what the mainstream media tell them. Why would they? Newsrooms are undergoing their own revolution, with woke progressives vs. journalistic traditionalists, advocacy versus old-school news values. It is ideological. “We are here to shape and encourage a new reality.” “No, we are here to find and report the news.” It is generational: The young have the upper hand and the Slack channel. The woke are winning. If a year ago you thought the obvious—maybe the coronavirus that came from Wuhan leaked out of the Wuhan lab where they were studying coronaviruses—you were shut down as racist, bigoted, divisive. The progressives’ great talent is policing, and they are always on patrol. Everyone, even the most unsophisticated news consumer, can kind of tell. ~

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  16. Would that all the world gave it’s residents thew opportunity mot Americans have.
    I know
    I was part of it. My life changed when Bobby Murray said, Charlie, let’s join the Air Force”.
    There’s another world out there.

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  17. I’ve ordered fly swatters, three for $5 on Amazon.

    ‘Tis the season …

    We’re heating up this week, though we should stay in the low 80s, tops (we hope) on the coast. But it’ll get up to 105 in Riverside and other inland LA areas. And before long, we’ll all be posting news about wildfires again.

    Meanwhile, I’m interviewing biz folks who managed to survive the pandemic (if barely). One local bar owner says she’s reopening but faces about $50,000 in debt going forward.

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  18. DJ, be sure to interview a tax business owner.

    I have been weed wondering about citronella candles, do they work? Anything new to keep mosquitoes away in a small outside area?

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  19. I see on TV where Biden and Putin are going to meet.
    Biden is no match for Putin. Nothing good will come of this.
    He needs to stay in the basement,

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  20. Chas, lol

    Good news, that new mattress I ordered almost 3 months ago is finally coming in later this week. Yay! It’ll replace the 20+ year-old one I’ve need to replace for a while now.

    The plan will be to deliver it on Saturday, I paid for everything up front months ago. And they warned me that the factory told them it would take a while, everyone was backed up on supplies for this stuff due to the pandemic.

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  21. I agree, Chas. You wonder what folks are thinking now as they watch this president.

    I take a walk most evenings. Just a mile. But it is the only relatively smooth mile around here. Our roads are dirt and gravel. When it doesn’t rain the rocks come up and roads are treacherous. I even walk to church a longer way, avoiding the hill that has lots of loose gravel. A friend is leaving and I am buying her rebounder, a mini trampoline. I will put it where I can hold on to something while I use it.

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  22. Glad you are getting a new mattress, DJ. The old type mattresses were made to flip over so you could get more service from them. The newer style one I have now is made differently on each side with an extra layer of something on the top side, not sure if if is what is called pillowtop. I would prefer the old style that did not sit up so high. Next time I may shop around some and see if I can find the older style.

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  23. janice, I did think about going old-style again but wanted to try the new hybrid. True, they don’t last as long — and you have to “turn” them frequently, which could be a challenge as those things are heavy, I’m told. We’ll see how I like it. I’m sure it will feel great and comfortable, especially compared to what I’m getting rid of!

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  24. My daughter has a refrigerator under warrenty. Unfortunately, there seems to be no one to fix it. They have been a few weeks of it not working now. There old one is in the basement, so this family of four does at least have that. I know lots of people not being able to remodel or build right now, though they wanted to do that. High prices, no workers for the projects are the reasons.

    My husband is looking for a riding lawn mower and coming up short. I am irritated, since I suggested we get one when they were on sale this spring. He may be able to baby ours along yet, but I am not sure for how long.

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  25. I saw an article just the other day on the shortages of supplies for furniture and other items due to the pandemic generally, but I didn’t read the entire piece. I did think, ah, that’s why I still don’t have my mattress.

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  26. ~ So what is contributing to the shortage? It is a myriad of factors.

    First off, the COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand as more people look to spend their disposable income on home related decor.

    “It was the demand; factories can only produce as much as they can in a given timeframe,” says Gail K.

    Other factors have also contributed, including a national foam shortage. Foam is used to make everything from mattresses to ottomans and couches. Severe storms in Texas impacted the petroleum industry; foam rationing went into effect limiting the supply.

    It has all led to challenges for furniture stores.

    “Its labor, supply, trucking, high demand, foam shortages, all this big bubble its causing,” says Randi K.

    At this point it isn’t clear when supply may start returning to normal, but it is expected to take some time. ​~

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  27. Michelle – Thought you might be interested in this little piece.

    “GROTON, CT — The latest Hidden Gem is a tribute not only to Connecticut’s service to the nation but to a silent surface that might sometimes go unnoticed on a worldwide scale.

    U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney last week was in Groton with members of the military and veterans community to commemorate the 79th anniversary of the battle of Midway, and take part in the grand reopening of the Submarine Force Museum and the USS Nautilus after a 14-month closure amid the coronavirus pandemic.”

    https://patch.com/connecticut/stafford-willington/s/hmf1n/hidden-gems-of-connecticut?utm_term=article-slot-2&utm_source=newsletter-daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter

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  28. My husband was told there is a supply chain issue and no workers for assembling, so lawn mowers are not around. I know every air conditioner in the town where we shopped is also gone.

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  29. The union that Nightingale and her fellow nurses joined earlier this year not only has fought for decent wage increases, but they are also fighting for more staffing for better patient care. I was impressed by that. (I’ve tended to hear bad things about unions in the past. On the other hand, the portion of Hubby’s pension that I am getting is from the Teamsters, so I’m happy about that. 🙂 )

    On one of the town Facebook pages, someone was asking how the care is at the nursing home where Nightingale works. One lady complained that patient calls are ignored – or at least, not answered quickly enough. Nightingale said to me (although she did not bother commenting on the post) that they don’t have enough staff to jump at every request, but they take care of the serious problems as quickly as possible. They’re not sitting around or goofing off. But the impression to family visiting can be that their loved ones are being ignored. Hopefully, better staffing will help with that.

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  30. Here I am in Tucson. So now I’m in the same timezone as Mumsee (if she is in the Mountain Time Zone), but on California time, since Arizona does not go on Daylight Saving Time. We got here at dusk, but had enough light to unload the car. We’re staying in one wing of a supposedly historic house. I think because it was the first house built in this part of the city, it’s historic.

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  31. Peter, say hi to Arizona for me, even if it is Tucson and not Phoenix. (I haven’t been to Phoenix since my mom’s funeral in 2003. Last year–before Covid–I gave my husband a heads-up that I very much wanted to make plans to visit in the next 12-18 months, ideally probably about last month. 😦 )

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  32. And I am on Eastern tme.
    Good evening Jo.
    Good morning everyone elase
    It’s 68 degrees outside. Cold for mid June.
    Off to fix breakfast.

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