Weekend Coffee Share

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I’ve forgotten what it’s like to have a weekend as I’ve had to work every day since the 19th. That’s taking a toll on my concept of time and my overall exhaustion. I’m shindioi, i.e. tired, body and soul Kansai-ben (a Japanese dialect). I can’t wait to get back to normal starting Wednesday.

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)! To join, al l you need to do is create a post and link to Eclectic Ali

Little Freddie Kruger
Little Chainsaw Murderer

Friday I found out that I’ll be working at my village hall as an Early Voting judge for the next few weeks. It’s long hours (7:30 am – 7:30 pm) from today till Nov. 2nd. Then on the 3rd, Election Day, I’ll work somewhere else from 5 am till 8:30 pm or so. I’m lucky that the Census ended when it did.

After the election, I’ll be unemployed and looking for something new.

I got to see another classic film, Man of the World with William Powell of The Thin Man fame and Carole Lombard. I give it a thumbs up.

Weekly 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)! To join, al l you need to do is create a post and link to Eclectic Ali

Fall Flowers

If we were having coffee, I’d suggest we enjoy it outside where we could see some of the brilliant foliage. Then afterwards, I’d offer to show you some of the Halloween decorations that are appearing around town.

That’s not your lunch, Mr. Squirrel.

I’d tell you that work has continued. We were to end September 30th, then October 5th and now the 31st, though we’re just scheduled till the 19th. All summer we got our schedule one week at a time so that’s nothing enw.

I’d mention that I watched the US Vice Presidential Debates and found them more coherent as there fewer interruptions. The moderator was better.

Must watch wit and analysis

I’m enjoying Man of the World starring William Powell and Carole Lombard – review to follow. It’s a story of an American con man in France, who meets an heiress.

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)! To join, al l you need to do is create a post and link to Eclectic Ali

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that work is moving along. It’s like pulling nectar from a sieve to get people to do the Census in half the cases. I’m surprised about how many people who were most likely born here refuse. One young man swore about the government and stated that the government has never done anything for him. He was walking on the sidewalk the government put there and getting on public transportation the government build and subsidized. There was no need to swear at my partner and I as we sat in the cold rain trying to get people to do the census. Such is life.

Last night my brother and his family came over bringing take-out from a favorite local hamburger place. My nephew was in from Minnesota and it was great to see him. He lives near some of the violence and it’s been tough. Just the week before there was a shooting near his apartment. When will all the violence end?

Yesterday afternoon a friend and I went for a long walk around a small lake. It’s one of my favorite walks and it was lovely to catch up.

I’m thinking of what to do with my writing. I have sent my play to a few friends and am waiting for feedback. Theaters have been on hold with the lockdown, but won’t be forever. They can’t commit to anything, but they can plan for the future. However, they don’t have revenue so they probably aren’t able to pay the people who’d read through submissions.

In Illinois, COVID-19 cases and more importantly deaths and hospitalizations are down. One sad statistic is that last week more people died from shootings and suicide than the CCP Virus.

RIP, Gracie

Last week my sister’s dog Gracie died. She would stay with us every summer when my sister lived in New York so we were closer to her than them my other siblings dogs. Gracied had a long life for an English Bulldog. She lived to be 9 and she was a great companion to my sister particularly in hard times.

I finished the Hillsdale College online course in Children’t Classic Literature. I highly recommend it as I gained a lot of insight into favorites like Wind in the Willows, which I’ll soon begin to reread and Beauty and the Beast, which I haven’t read, though I did see the Disney version. Those have their place, but don’t hold a candle to the originals.

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.

Weekend Coffee Share

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If we were having coffee, we’d be on our patio so we can enjoy the warm weather, the blue sky and the quiet as the roof is completely finished.

I’d tell you that I finished reading Swann’s Way, the first book in Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. It’s a challenging, beautiful book. I savored it and didn’t want to finish reading it. I had read it in 2008 and a friend suggested be both read and discuss it. I enjoy reading and discussing this sort of book with my wise, well read friend. Proust jams so much observation in every page so I didn’t want to finish the story (even though I can read the next one anytime).

On Friday I went with a group of women to bring lunch to the police at a station in Chicago. It was great to show them some support and to let them know that people are grateful and know that not all cops are rotten. Most are brave and professional.

We had more protests cum riots in Chicago yesterday. When will this stop? This weekend (and Sunday isn’t even over) 50 people have been shot and 4 of those were killed. The riots yesterday resulted in 17 police injured and 24 people arrested for aggravated assault.

 

Weekend Coffee Share

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If we were having coffee, I’d ask you what the schools are doing in your town vis-a-vis reopening. Every school seems to have a different approach even in areas with the same CCP Virus statistics. Then they form a plan and change it. Some people think the schools require special ventilation even if they have windows that open, i.e. the system used throughout the world and advocated by healthcare professionals. Now some schools and offices don’t have windows that open, which is a shame.

I’d tell you that work is proceeding along. It’s hard to get people who don’t want to do the census to do it, but there you are. Many think that although the Census did get a two month extension it’s not enough time to complete it. They seem to not know that we’ve already got higher response rates in much of the country compared to 2010. If people have seen thousands of ads and received mailings that they throw out, another month isn’t going to help.

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Easy Living 1937

I would recommend you see Easy Living with Jean Arthur from 1937. It’s a fun screwball comedy and I’ll soon post a review.

I’m learning a lot about Albany Park, the Chicago neighborhood where I’m working almost every day. It’s a neighborhood with lots of diversity. I’ve come across a lot of people from Korea, Syria, Latin America and Mexico.

I’d tell you that we had a fun barbecue last night to honor my niece’s departure for her sophomore year of college. She leaves this morning for University of South Carolina. I hope she gets a full semester there. She’ll have 5 of 7 classes online. This year she’s in an apartment so if they do close down, she can stay down there.

Last week we had roofers installing a new roof. Every home in this subdivision has to get one. Ugh. It’s been quite a controversy for 3 years as many people don’t need new roofs but everyone’s got to have the same look. The workers from Apex roofing were terrific, but it’s a hell of a lot of noise from early morning till about 6pm. I am working in the field much of the day, but not all day. I tried to escape the noise, but there’s no seating in the library, the nearest Starbucks only has outdoor seating and across the parking lot is a fitness center that’s moved outside and the exercise music and coach’s yelling are not the same as the usual café music so that wasn’t a good spot to work. I wound up taking my conference call in my car in another parking lot.

 

 

Weekend Coffee Share

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If we were having coffee, I’d invite you for tea or coffee on my patio. There’s a lot of greenery and we could watch the chipmunks and the occasional rabbit hop by. We might be lucky enough to see a crane that visits every so often.

I’d tell you that I just finished Getting the Best Care: Rescue your loved one from the healthcare conveyor belt. I highly recommend this book for anyone who’s got aging relatives or who is thinking of their own wishes for healthcare in case they get dementia or other debilitating conditions. It’s full of know-how about the hospital and the medical system and how you won’t be run over dominated or confused.

I’d tell you that I attended an absorbing Zoom meeting about the opening of high schools here. An ER doctor began by presenting the situation in her hospital. She teaches on the South Side of Chicago. She told us that the big spike in CCP Virus was in March and April. Now the virus is like “background noise.” Most of her patients have the same sort of maladies as they had this time last year. She updated us on how doctors in other specialities (i.e. not ER) were afraid to return to the hospital, but after two weeks acclimated.

I saw the 1964 version of The Killers with Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson and Ronald Reagan. Boy, is that a compelling film!

I finished two graphic novels in the Hereville series, How Mirka Caught a Fish and How Mirka Met a Meteorite. Both were fun, clever storie of a girl with lots of spirit.

The other speaker was a statistician who noted that in the local high school 67% of teachers were under age 50. The data showed that in this area 8 people have died of Corona and that no children have. In essence these experts advocate for school in the classroom in the fall with reasonable accommodations. He had a lot of data on the effects of the virus on kids and how it’s rare for a child to transmit it to a teacher.

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It’s summer!

(Note: a friend told me that in Israel there was a case of a child infecting a student, and I found this article about an Israeli kindergarten teacher who believes she was infected by a student. It hasn’t been conclusively confirmed. Perhaps there’s another incident.)

In a nutshell, the thinking is that other professions have come to grips with working in new ways during the CCP Virus Pandemic and schools can to. It was a mistake to have closed them in the spring, but no one knew that. We thought millions would die.

This work week had some ups and downs. The high point was attending a summer concert in a park in Evanston to get people to do the Census. There was a good crowd, but everyone was distanced and wore masks when moving around. The band played hits from Motown, Prince and Koko Taylor. The weather was nice and we got 2 people to do the Census, which wasn’t great, but was something.

On Friday we had a lot of challenge. We were assigned to a train station in the city at the end of the Brown line. Three of us set up our table, and had our devices ready. Soon a homeless man told us we were in his living room, i.e. outside the station. Clearly, the man needed help. He had no shoes. His ranting and later constant heckling showed that he wasn’t of sound mind, but at the same time, we did have work to do. I contemplated moving our table but then thought no one would see us.

There were other homeless people there, but only one who misunderstood something a coworker said, left us alone. That guy who thought he’d been insulted turned back and threatened to harm my colleague. As the day wore on, first guy drank more and more vodka (no doubt to self-medicate) so he got more belligerent and told us off. He did not like us there. Then a young man, probably in his 20s, came by to protect us. He got a bit loud and told the first man he was going to kick his ass if he didn’t leave us alone. It looked like things were going to get worse.

I saw a police car across the street and went to talk about our options. We didn’t want the man arrested, but we did want to be left alone. They knew all the people at the station and we discussed if having them walk over would make matters worse. There was no way to know. In the end, we wound up leaving early. We certainly earned our money on Friday.

Weekend Coffee Share

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If we were having coffee, would go out. It’s sunny and lots of places are open for outdoor dining. We won’t have warm weather forever so we’d be outside.

I tell you that I went out to lunch with a friend from high school. We went to Pinstripes, a restaurant with a beautiful area for outside dining. It looks out to a hill and fields of wild flowers. The service was attentive and, yes, safe.

My friend teaches high school and she’ll be returning to school in a few weeks. They’re dividing students by alphabetic order. The first half of the alphabet goes on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday everyone is remote and Thursday and Friday are in class for the second half of the alphabet.

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I watched Ernest Hemingway’s The Killers with Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner. It’s a compelling film noir, that I highly recommend. I also saw a Russian version made by Andrei Tarkovsky as a student.

Friday I went to my public library for the first time since the lock down. It was nice, but weird. First at the entrance a policeman in a mask was there. He asked me what I wanted to do and I explained I wanted to drop off and pick up books. He let me in. I went to the main desk and asked for my books and learned that even though the holds are kept right behind the circulation associates. I had to make an appointment for curbside pick up and the associate did that for me. (The appointment had to be at least two days out.)

I wanted some quick reads so I went upstairs. There was easy access to the new books but everything else was behind yellow tape that said CAUTION. The youth section and DVDs were the same. A lot was off limits. Staff all had masks and worked at least 6 feet apart from each other. All the tables and chairs were moved into the corners and chairs were put upside down on top of other chairs. Some tables were covered with tarps. It all looked very off-putting.

I chatted with a librarian I knew, which was probably the highlight before I got a book and some DVDs. As much as I love my library, I won’t hurry back. It’s a rather unfriendly, odd experience.

 

Weekend Coffee Share

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If we were having coffee, we might actually be out. Now it’s week 18 of the lockdown.

I mentioned having some big news last week. A week ago Wednesday the head honcho called me and offered me a promotion. Woohoo! I was told to immediately send my resume to his boss and that woman’s boss and I did. Then I waited patiently. I didn’t want to bother anyone and I had faith that they’d contact me.

By last Tuesday, I wanted to hear. I sent a message to the head honcho, who replied a few hours later that they changed their mind. They didn’t need another manager after all. How capricious.

Friday we went to a barbecue at my brother’s house to celebrate my nephew’s 21st birthday. My other nephew came in from Minnesota so it extra nice to see him.

My sister-in-law teaches 3rd grade. We asked her how she felt about returning to school and what her school plans to do. She said she’s not crazy about starting the year with such young kids online. It was one thing to teach online with kids she knew, but this seemed harder. On the other hand, she didn’t see how kids could learn if they couldn’t work in groups in the class room. The school board is making a plan and this week sometime they’ll share the plan with the teachers and ask for input.

I had a great time talking over lunch with my cousin. We haven’t gotten together since February due to the CCP Virus. We had a lot of catching up to do at a proper distance.

I’ve started the Hillsdale College online course on Children’s Literature. I recommend it already. The emphasis is on classics and I must admit I need to read more classic children’s literature.