On Debates

I did watch last night’s Presidential Debate and was extremely disappointed, mainly with the moderation. Both candidates interrupted each other and talked over each other. Thus I mentally tuned out. The cacophony was too much.

I hold the moderator and network responsible Laura Ingraham does a much better job when two strong, loud people are battling for airtime.

In the future, I’d implement control over the mics. When it’s someone’s turn to talk, their mic is on. If they want to counter a claim, they’d have a device that they could type with and whatever they want to say would appear on the bottom of the screen.

The idea of the open time was a major failure because both candidates just talked over each other.

I usually watch the evening news and some follow up commentary shows. Not today. I just want to move on.

Chris Wallace may be a fine interviewer, but as a moderator he failed. He couldn’t keep order and his voice has a screeching pitch so that made things worse. I’d get James Earl Jones to do the job. His voice is commanding. Someone could give him the questions.

Poem of the Week

Sonnet 10

By William Shakespeare

For shame, deny that thou bear’st love to any,
Who for thyself art so unprovident.
Grant, if thou wilt, thou art belov’d of many,
But that thou none lov’st is most evident;
For thou art so possess’d with murderous hate
That ’gainst thyself thou stick’st not to conspire,
Seeking that beauteous roof to ruinate
Which to repair should be thy chief desire.
O, change thy thought, that I may change my mind!
Shall hate be fairer lodg’d than gentle love?
Be, as thy presence is, gracious and kind,
Or to thyself at least kind-hearted prove:
Make thee another self, for love of me,
That beauty still may live in thine or thee.

Weekend Coffee Share

Somehow this wasn’t published in time yesterday, though I thought it was.

Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)! To join, al l you need to do is create a post and link to Eclectic Ali

If were were having coffee this week, I’d tell you that work is winding down. Although the enumerators (aka Census Takers) will still work, my team, which hosts events to ask people to do the Census will end their work on Wednesday. So I worked both Saturday and Sunday and got some very reluctant people to do their Census. I was sent to an alderman’s office during their food pantry. Many are reluctant to complete the simple survey, but we got a few. I think the most important thing we did was to let people know about another food pantry. The alderman’s main job isn’t food distribution so what they gave up, while appreciated, was a hodgepodge and not what you could use for a meal unless you were on Chopped, (e.g. a box of cereal , a jar of capers and a package of diapers). We suggested people also try Friendship Center at 2711 W. Lawrence Ave. Chicago where they give people produce, protein, milk, eggs, and packaged food. That recommendation will make a real difference to people.

I’ve gotten an estimate for the scratches on the car door. Now insurance will cover it, but I’m still shocked that it came to $4000. (I’ll get a photo up here soon.) The guy was super nice, but he proposed to fix every little dot on this 2013 car. The Kelly Blue Book value of the car is around $8300. I just want it to look okay, not brand new.

The sign with the pointed finger says that capitalism causes unemployment. The one with the fist of dollars decries the wealthy.

I was a bit surprised by the alderman’s window display and office art. It was all very left-wing. Very left wing and it made me feel unwelcome. She won by a small margin so I don’t understand why she wouldn’t have a more neutral office. I suppose the office reflects her personality, but should it? Family pictures would also personalize an office.

The weather’s changing. Today it’s chilly, gray and a little rainy. The temps are lowering. We’ll have some sunny, colorful days as we move towards November, a bleak, cold month usually.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Windows or Doors

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Each week Cee challenges us to share photos based on an inspiring prompt. This week we’re challenged to share photos with orange and/or green in them, hence the photos above that I took last weekend at a laundromat in Chicago.

From the Night of 1000 Jack o’Lanterns

To join the fun, you just need to check what the new prompt is at Cee’s Photography. Create a post and link or ping back to her blog.

Chinatown, London
Ward 33, Chicago, 2020 (I shared this yesterday as well.)

By the way, the post above does not represent my views. It’s not as nuanced as what I think we need.

Chicago, IL 2019
Northbrook, IL
Chicago, IL

Sepia Saturday

Each week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to respond to a historic or nostalgic photos. For some reason the first thought that came to me about this week’s photo is the Algonquin Round Table, a group of witty writers, critics and actors who would meet for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel.

Source: ‘Algonquin round Table’ (n.d.) Wikipedia.org

Algonquin Round Table: (standing, left to rightArt Samuels and Harpo Marx; (sittingCharles MacArthurDorothy Parker, and Alexander Woollcott

Algonquin Round Table by Al Hirshfield
By Carl Purcell

There’s something attractive about a group of smart, funny people meeting everyday and exchanging stories and barbs and working together on projects. They put on plays, vacationed together on an island in Vermont and played numerous pranks on each other.

If you’d like to see more interpretations of this week’s theme, click here.

Sculpture Saturday

In Xi’an, China

Saturday Sculpture was hosted by the  Mind over Memory blogger

To join in, what you need to do is:

1. Share a photo of a sculpture.

2. Link or ping back to Ruined for Life because Mind over Memory’s has had to stop hosting. Between a new graduate program and work, she’s super busy.

It’s a fun challenge. Give it a try.

Which Way Challenge

The Which Way photo challenge is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, steps, signs, etc. we move from one place to another on.  You can walk on them, climb them, drive them, ride on them, as long as the specific way is visible.  Any angle of a bridge is acceptable as are any signs. There’s no topic to this challenge.  All you need have is the “way” visible and the main focus of your photo.  To enter, simply add a link in your post to this post and leave a comment down below.

Here is a list of acceptable “ways”:

  • Roads:  gravel, asphalt, cobbled, dirt, freeway, expressway, highway, bridges
  • Indoor walkways:  hallways, aisles, people movers
  • Outdoor walks:  sidewalks, paths, trails
  • Stairs, elevators, escalators, or steps
  • Railway tracks, monorails, ski lifts
  • Runways and tarmacs
  • Ferries, canals and locks
  • Parking lots, private driveways
  • Tunnels
  • Signs of any kind:  directional, informational, store signs, wind vanes
  • Maps that are posted as sign

You can see more Which Way Challenge posts by clicking here.