Data, please

Heard on 560 AM (The Answer) this morning.

How many non-fatal car crashes are there each day?

Shouldn’t that be reported?

Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge

 

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For this weekly challenge Xingfu Mama will make a post every Friday morning. To play along: Create a post with a photo of places one sits or might sit, or art about sitting, and maybe a little background or story about the spot or a picture of the view.

  • Add a tag “Pull up a Seat”.
  • Add a link to your post in the Pull up a Seat comment section, either by writing a comment with your URL or by creating a pingback.
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Painting in a Gold Coast art studio, 2018

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Weekend Coffee Share

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If we were having coffee in person, we’d be at a small café called Leonida’s, which now has outside seating. Otherwise, I’d suggest meeting outside as I did with a couple friends. We chatted in the fresh air for an hour or so. It was so nice to see friends without a screen between us.

My family celebrated Father’s Day three times. On Saturday, we had a Zoom with my sisters in Connecticut and Utah and their families. They treated us to a wonderful take out dinner.  To abide by the 10 person government WuFlu guidelines, yesterday my brother in LaGrange and his family came for lunch, which we shared on our patio and my other brother and his family came for a barbecue. So glad we had good weather.

There’s a lot of drama at work and I’m trying to get a transfer. It’s a long shot, but my fingers are crossed.

I’m making good progress reading Proust’s Swann’s Way, the first book of his In Search of Lost Time. The style is beautiful and mesmerizing, so much so that I can only read 15 pages a day to savor it. It’s sad that a small number of hooligans can wreak such havoc.
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I’m gleeful at the prospect of the library opening tomorrow for pick up. It’s been too long. I do still miss being able to select by browsing. One day . . . .

I’m disturbed by the wholesale destruction in parts of the country. If you want to have a piece of public art removed, you can petition your local government or request this at a town hall meeting. Some people see to get high on destruction and they don’t know that some of the statues are of abolitionists and people like Lincoln or Grant who fought to end slavery. Grant sent the national guard to the South to root out the KKK. Yet his statue has been pulled down in San Francisco.

Chicago had a horrendous weekend in terms of violence. Over 100 shot and 13 killed. Some of this is due to the governor releasing prisoners for COVID, but I really can’t explain the rest of it. Lots of theories for the cause (gangs, guns, but few solutions.

In Minneapolis there was a senseless shooting just 2 blocks from my nephew’s apartment. One killed and 12 wounded. I hope they soon find the shooters. I think a lot of the destruction isn’t about justice, it’s about power and evil.

Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge

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Northbrook, Illinois 2020

 

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For this weekly challenge Xingfu Mama will make a post every Friday morning. To play along:Create a post with a photo of places one sits or might sit, or art about sitting, and maybe a little background or story about the spot or a picture of the view.

  • Add a tag “Pull up a Seat”.
  • Add a link to your post in the Pull up a Seat comment section, either by writing a comment with your URL or by creating a pingback.

You can see more posts by clicking here.

Come join the fun!

Weekend Coffee Share

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If we were having coffee this week we’d be outside in the sunshine. The weather’s getting better hear and that gives me hope. We had some downpours, but that mainly made the grass and shrubbery greener.

I’d ask how week 10 of this lockdown was. In some ways it’s not so hard, but to cut out face to face socializing has been tough. It’s taking its toll on many, particularly parents with young kids who need to be homeschooled.

I’d mention that my nephew graduated from high school out in Connecticut and my parents and I “attended” or rather watched a Baccalaureate Mass on Friday and his graduation on Saturday morning. Both events were virtual and the school tried to check all the ceremonial boxes, but virtual just doesn’t hold up for me. I feel badly for these kids who aren’t getting the usual transition out of high school.

Work is bumping along and I’ve got to accept that the environment is full of people who like power and secrets. People who’re poor communicators and quite disorganized.

We’re still here on lockdown with no easing up yet. Our state has not been adding up the testing data correctly, which is troubling as thee numbers are used to determine when the state opens up.

I’ve started rereading Proust’s Swann’s Way with a friend in Washington state. We choose classic novels and discuss them via email. Swann’s Way is so packed with allusions and precise language that I’m constantly looking things up. It’ll be a slow, but delectable read.

My nephew dropped by to introduce us to his new puppy, Blue. Blue’s a mild-mannered Australian shepherd with one light blue eye and one brown eye. I’ll have to get a photo up.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend 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 ask you how you did during week 9 of the Lockdown. April dragged along and May seems the same. I wrote that last week but it seems we’re just going round and round. People are losing patience.

I can’t believe last week was Mother’s Day. That seems ages ago.

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I’d been engrossed in Paul Johnson’s Heroes, which I got via Hoopla, one of my library’s ebook services. One thing I don’t like about these services is there’s no way to renew. You’ve got three weeks and poof! they take back the book. So it’s a longish book and I’m busy so I needed to pick up the pace. Well, Wednesday, though the book’s still checked out to me, when I open it, all I get is a white page, which can’t be flipped. I try repeatedly, then i clear my cache, turn off the device and try again. Same problem. Then I uninstall and reinstall Hoopla. No change. I email Hoopla for help and I still haven’t heard anything. I’ve tried repeatedly to fix this, but all I see is white. I’m not big on ebooks to begin with so I’m even less impressed. I’ll have to buy this book.

(I did check Libby/Overdrive and they don’t have Heroes.)

Last night ESPN showed the final two episodes of The Last Dance about Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls. All I can say is “Wow.” Watching the final episodes of this four star documentary was practically a religious experience. So much drama and heart.

Illinois is still locked up tight. The mayor has the lakefront all locked up. It’s a wonderful place to go for a walk, run or bike ride and getting some fresh air, sun and exercise are terrific for general health. I sent the Chicago Tribune a letter to the editor in March suggesting that the City open up this public space and hire life guards to insure adequate behavior like physical distancing. It wasn’t published.

A couple Chicago churches dared to hold services while practicing physical distancing and the mayor threw up last minute Tow-Zone signs in the vicinity of these churches. Then she had all the cars towed. So residents including the elderly and healthcare workers got their cars towed. It could be that churchgoers came by public transit. So this overreach has punished the innocent. What recourse do they have? It’s costly to sue the city to recoup the expense of getting one’s car back. There are more positive ways to modify behavior.

Our governor is very strict on lockdown, yet his family is staying in their equestrian estate in Wisconsin, a state that opened up on Friday, after 7 weeks in Florida in that mansion. It’s horrible that he doesn’t have his family stay in Illinois in one of their residences.

The week at work was quite stressful. More on that later. Suffice it to say our managers are very anxious and they haven’t explained why they’re doing what they’re doing.

Which Way Challenge

The Which Way Challenge, that Cee began, has been picked up by the Alive and Trekking blogger.  The beauty of it is that it’s free form.

You can include images of doors, gates, roads, streets, exits, signs, paths, waterways, canals, railroad tracks, you name it.

See more Which Way photos by clicking here. You’ll be amazed at where people are going.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend 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 ask you how you did during week 8 of the Lockdown. April dragged along and May seems the same.

For Mother’s Day we celebrated with a nice at home breakfast and then both of my brothers stopped by at separate times with their families. It was nice to see people.

Later we had a nice dinner and watched — you guessed it — The Last Dance. This week really added to MJ’s reputation as an intensely competitive guy. I was rather surprised that he hit Steve Kerr in the eye during a practice. Kerr was new to the team and MJ was testing him, guarding him with all his fury. When Kerr felt he had too much, he hit MJ in the chest and MJ responded by hitting him in the eye. In time Jordan realized how wrong that was and apologized and they made amends. The night also spent time on the tragic murder of Michael’s father and Scottie Pippen’s rivalry with Tony Kukoč. Boy, was Kukoč treated to a tough welcome. Nonetheless, the show does highlight respect and team spirit as well as excellent athleticism.

Now for work we can only recruit via Social Media. It’s a major restriction as we can’t email community groups to recruit. We had been trying to get churches, civic organizations and employers, who’ve had to let people go, to spread the word about our jobs. That’s forbidden now. Go figure.

I’ve watched a lot of house remodeling shows — Home Town, Property Brothers and Flipping 101. They’re all based on a formula and many series create Today I saw a show called Texas Flip and Move and was surprised that people will buy a house at auction and then pay to get it moved to where they want to live. It’s a guilty pleasure that I usually indulge in while eating lunch. Pretty soon, I should be able to lay tile or inspect for termites. 😉

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I’m thoroughly enjoying Paul Johnson’s collection of biographies called Heroes. So far I’ve learned about Samson, Alexander the Great, Joan of Arc, Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, George Washington and Lord Nelson. Johnson’s writing style is precise and he weaves in his opinions and context. For example, I didn’t realize that George Washington was six years older than George III and that they both loved farming. Washington kept all his papers. All and so there’s more documentation of his life than of most Presidents.

I suppose the highlight of last week was venturing out to a different neighborhood for a daily walk. Our town’s engaging in a campaign to encourage people to put teddy bears in their windows or around their front doors for passerby’s to spot. The idea is based on the story Going on a Bear Hunt.

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Our Bear

 

Which Way Challenge

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Seen on my walk Thursday – Read from Bottom to Top

The Which Way Challenge, that Cee began, has been picked up by the Alive and Trekking blogger.  The beauty of it is that it’s free form.

You can include images of doors, gates, roads, streets, exits, signs, paths, waterways, canals, railroad tracks, you name it.

See more Which Way photos by clicking here. You’ll be amazed at where people are going.