30 thoughts on “Our Daily Thread 7-23-21

  1. The one about Afghanistan is telling and true.]
    We ought to stay out when we can’t make permanent improvements.
    Let them work out their own problems.
    The solution is beyond us.

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  2. Good morning. Thinking of mowing today, after watering gardens and feeding animals. Son is coming over to help build a fence. He has been coming by rather frequently lately. Spends a lot more time with us than he did when he was fifteen through eighteen.

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  3. There is on TV a picture of a sea gull hitting a girl in the face while she was on a ferris wheel.
    Amazing!. Not that a sea gull hit the girl, buy how did they happen to be taking pictures of this? Do they record everyone on a ferris wheel?

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  4. Chas (10:41), sometimes it feels like we’re living in a dreary, dystopian movie.

    And how about those new virus numbers? Sigh. I’m still hoping this is just a blip on the overall recovery radar, a speed bump we’ll get past soon.

    I was up late picking up around here, sweeping, hauling the weekly trash and recyclables out. I worked hard enough that I had to take a quick shower before going to bed, but that saves me time this morning.

    I need to get Cowboy to the vet (leaving at around 9), then my cousin is coming by just to pick me up so we can go deliver our personal best wishes to our other cousin who’s getting a pacemaker put in early this afternoon in an outpatient procedure. We’ll have lunch once we get in (hopefully) to say hi before they take him in.

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  5. I attended the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Olympics in LA. My brother gave our mom two tickets, he didn’t want to go, so I flew home from CT, left the boys with my mother-in-law (my husband was out to sea, of course), and the two of us went.

    It was fun, long, amazing, and we had a good time.

    I see no point, however, in repeating the experience–even on TV.

    Of course, I wrote a blog post, which I see needs to be updated!

    https://www.michelleule.com/2012/07/28/olympic-games-opening-ceremony-1984/

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  6. I’ve watched the ceremonies off and on through the years (and remember waving flags along the street as the torch runner went by in ’84). These games seem especially dreary, I’m afraid. No crowds, everyone fearful of virus spreads, perhaps a record number of protesting athletes making statements of some sort or another on the platforms. Ugh. I’ll definitely be skipping it all.

    A friend used to do competitive swimming, though, and she’s glued to the summer Olympics every time, this year (I’m sure) will be no exception. She’s always loved the cooperative spirit evident among the nations at these games, she’s a universalist at heart.

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  7. Son sent a pic of the bottom of the first, first event of the Olympics so he is there, for the duration. I never went to any opening or closing or events because I don’t do lines. I did go watch and hear Andrea Bocelli sing about two blocks from my house in Italy, outdoors, for some Olympic extra. And went to a couple of pre Olympic World Cup events that have the same athletes but without the crowds or costs. We don’t watch them on tv

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  8. I’m with you, DJ. Why bother? The original spirit of the games is long gone and I see no point in listening and watching braggadocio Americans.

    But, my daughter is enthusiastic, so I’m going to bring over a puzzle and spend time with her (house sitting with a gazillion TV stations.).

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  9. I spoke with my friend, K, while she watched the end of the opening ceremony on tv. She felt rather disappointed in it. I think she thought it was not polished, but I reminded her how they were not sure if it would even happen. It’s not a reflection of the abilities of the Japanese so much, as it is another reflection on the Chinese government and how they have infiltrated the whole world with this virus.

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  10. I read some of the article, Cheryl. It is interesting. I am like Chs in that long articles are difficult for me to get through because of my vision. I do books with very large print slowly on a Kindle.

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  11. Michelle, the 1984 Olympics was the first I ever watched, since it was the first time our household had a TV. By the ’88 Olympics I was out on my own (without a TV), though my sister and I probably went to my mom’s house to watch a bit of it, and in ’92 I was in college and probably saw bits of the summer Olympics. But I’m guessing I saw more of the 1984 Olympics than of any since then.

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  12. I do remember going to the Olympics athletes village at USC during the ’84 LA Olympics. Seems like there were random tickets available for some of the events but I wound up not going to any. I don’t think I was ‘that’ fascinated with it all, but the Olympics can easily draw you in. Gymnastics, ice skating especially appeals to us females, I think.

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  13. Well did it work Chas? 😊
    My neighbor and I just returned from the Vintage Market Days show held at the Equestrian Center in the Springs. Tooooo many people!! There were two booths that had a smattering of “vintage”…all the others were Boutique style with clothes, newish shabby decor items, China reproductions and candles. We were there maybe 35 minutes…just to walk through that building and we both bought candles. We then left and had lunch at Chick FIL A . All those people and the horrendous traffic we had to drive through has done me in for the day!

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  14. Nice blog post, Michelle. Just wish the pictures were larger.
    I think I went to the horse events. A friend had gotten tickets and showed up to watch the kids. We had to drive to LA from northern California and stay with my sister, last minute. Since my friend didn’t tell us ahead of time. The jumping was lovely. Then we decided to go see something else. Which resulted in a fruitless drive across town as there was no way to get into an event without advance tickets. We drove home up the coast. The topper of it all was to find out later that there was no film in the camera.

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  15. Chas, my brother still buys the disposable cameras, maybe like the Instamatics we used with flash cubes, that use film. He takes photos at the family reunion or other type social occasions with those. He seems to take much pride in doing things the old fashioned way.

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  16. I just read chapter three in the Yancy book and had tears by the end of the chapter where he wrote about his father’s death. It’s very interesting to me because they lived in Atlanta back then.

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  17. But film, not really so much. Nothing more convenient (with good quality and a zoom) than a smart phone these days.

    Long day with the cousin(s), Bill hopefully is out of the pacemaker procedure by now but they’ll keep him overnight and a friend is picking him up in the morning.

    Other cousin and I had a delicious tuna sandwich at a fish place nearby — pretty expensive place, but the sandwiches were among the cheaper things on their extensive fresh fish menu at $15.

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  18. There was still film for cameras at the 1984 Olympics, which is when that was.

    STill working on my newsletter. Making new groups for the group that wouldn’t go. Michelle you are in the one that won’t send. But three of the new groups are working. so progress

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  19. Okay, it is done. Now to do some more school work.
    I also listed an old microwave for sale. Really I am willing to give it away, but would like $50 for the transformer. You see we are on 240 volts here and the microwave is 110 volts, so made in USA. I want 50 for the transformer that allows it to work on this current. Decided to just package them together to get them out of here. We will see.

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  20. You can still buy film, and there are some places that develop it. But with Smartphones and digital SLR cameras, why bother? I suppose there are enthusiasts who prefer the nostalgia of not knowing what the photo looks like right away.

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