Weekend Coffee Share

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)!

It’s been a mixed week. On the plus side, Friday I celebrated my birthday with a dinner with my parents and two cousins, I haven’t seen in ages. We ate outside at a local spot which has a lovely patio area. The downside, which is minor, is that it was quite chilly. We wore our fall coats the whole time. I must admit fall has come and it’s time to switch out my seasonal wardrobe.

While Friday was great, Saturday started with a fender bender. Ugh. I was parking in front of a food pantry where my partner and I were going to work. I accidentally started to park in a loading zone and the man who owned the store by the zone, startled me as he dramatically waved and pointed to the sign. Of course, I started to move out, but I wasn’t careful enough so I soon heard a dreadful CRRRUNCH. I’d hit the taillights of the car in front of me. Long story short, I’ve exchanged information with the other driver and will go through the process of making things right. There’s something so awful in that sound of a car accident, even a minor one. Then there’s the dreadful thought of how much will it cost and how much hassle this will be to fix. My car had a pretty long scratch, but when I got home, I wiped off the door and saw that the scratch isn’t so bad. Have you had any experiences like this?

This week at work we got more people to do the Census than any other, but 200%. Where have these people been? They were pleasant and we didn’t have any insults shouted at us. We have had some of our future assignments changed as both in Albany Park and the Morse CTA station, there were shootings. We work during the day and these incidents happened after 6pm, but it’s good we’ve been reassigned. I do wonder when Chicago’s violence will decline. Nothing seems to be working.

On Thursday, my partner and I had an interesting talk with the two police officers covering the Rogers Park CTA stations. They explained how there’s a lot to their job that TV commentators and social media users just don’t understand. For example, tasers only work as designed if they can touch the skin. If someone is wearing thick or baggy clothing, they’re ineffective. Someone can pull out the prongs pretty easily and once those wires are disconnected, the device is useless. I’d love to see a news program that offers information on how tasers work and what they can and can’t do. I’d like to see the actual statistics on how often someone draws a weapon on the police and the officers make the arrest without drawing a weapon.

I’m reading That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis. It’s the third book of his space trilogy. It’s quite different from the first two books, but relates to what’s going on in society right now in terms of violence and division. The main character Mark is a university professor and I’m enjoying the view into academia.

I finished the Hillsdale College Children’s Classic Literature course so I got Peter Rabbit and reread that and got Beatrix Potter’s Two Bad Mice. Both were witty and soothing timeless stories.

My job will end on September. I have lined up short term work as a judge for early voting which will start here on October 19th and culminate November 3rd. After that I have to get something else. First and foremost I have to figure out what I want to do.

Weekend Coffee Share

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)!

If we were having coffee, I’d say that I’m working on Labor Day. I volunteered since this job may end at the end of the month. I’m not complaining, just sharing.

I loved the old movie Vivacious Lady.with Ginger Rogers and James Stewart. I’ve seen Ginger Rogers before with Fred Astaire, but she really shines here. She gives her character lots of smarts and spunk. She plays Francey who marries James Stewart’s Peter, but has to pretend they aren’t yet married due to Peter’s timidity. It’s fun light entertainment.

Saturday I got my hair done. I go to a beauty school. In this CCP Virus era that’s now strange with all the new protocols. I applaud the student who did my hair. She was skilled and cheerful. I’d definitely go back to her.

The trip was pleasant except for the parking situation. I used Spot Hero for the parking lot adjacent to the salon. I had my paper to scan but couldn’t see the light that I was supposed to scan. After a few minutes, I figured that I was supposed to scan it later so I took a ticket. This lot had no human attendants. On my way out, I saw a guard helping drivers who had some problem. The guard had the owner or manager on the phone. I told him about my problem and he put me on the phone with the manager after the driver was done. I explained my situation to the manager and he told me not to worry. I couldn’t hear much of what he told me and figured I’d call him back when I was done. Yet when I was finished at the salon, I called the posted phone and got no answer. I then called the number on my receipt and no one answered. Both times I left my number. I tried the scanner on the entry device, but it wouldn’t work. I wound up paying again figuring I can get my credit card company to help with this. No one ever called me from either number. I won’t use that lot again.

Tuesday was my mother’s birthday. One of my brothers and his family planned to go out to dinner. But it was raining and the spot we’d chosen was outside. Also, my sister-in-law doesn’t want to go into a restaurant so we went on Wednesday. My aunt and uncle also came. It was terrific to see them since I hadn’t since Christmas Eve. My aunt told us that my cousin in Las Vegas has to have heart surgery and his job is iffy after October unless they get some new business.

Kentucky Derby, 2020

Saturday my cousin and aunt (different side of the family) hosted a Zoom Kentucky Derby party. They had about 10 people and you could bet on a horse. I chose the two favorites, but neither one. Still it was fun.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Old Buildings, Barns or Sheds

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of buildings of any sort that are old. The Japanese concept of wabi-sabi values the aged, old, broken, imperfect.

What will you choose to share?

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Guangdong, China taken in 2007

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New Mexico along the Turquoise Trail

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Columbus, Indiana, a grand home

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Wilted, Aging or Dying Flowers

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of bicycles, tricycles or even motorcycles.

What will you choose to share?

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Bikes, Trikes, or Motorcycles

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of bicycles, tricycles or even motorcycles.

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Chicago

What will you choose to share?

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Jinan

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Trains, Railroads, Etc.

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of trains, tracks or anything related to trains. I happened upon a freight train when I just hoped to get the railroad signals.

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What will you choose to share?

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rusty train

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Boats

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of boats, a great way to get around — their parts or as a whole.

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Beijing, Hou Hai

What will you choose to share?

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Cars, Trucks

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of cars and trucks — their parts or as a whole. I went for whimsy this week.

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What will you choose to share?

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Painted

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of doors, knobs, drawers, cupboards, etc.

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Pilsen

What will you choose to share?

 

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Seoul

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In Chicago

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