Hunky Husband and I spent most of this past week in Omaha, Nebraska, meeting with others with whom we work on disaster responses - or, in my case, in serving on the regional training team for KS-NE-SW IA. The most inspirational session was one in which about 100 of us were kept entertained while being enlightened on working with people with disabilities.
Alex Valdez is a professional comedian who also gives inspirational talks. He presented our "Diversity Session", stressing that when we were processing people into a shelter necessitated by disaster, we should find the "ability" in "disability" among those whom we process. He kept us, by turns, in stitches and enrapt - especially when telling true stories of adventures with his first dog.
Speaking of "ability", just yesterday, Ronni Bennett (Time Goes By) posted the following video.
P.S. Alex Valdez has been blind since about age 6.
Years ago (1964-1981), as an active private pilot, I kept track of the weather. For the past 25 years, I've pretty much ignored the weather. I live with a weather freak. Hunky Husband not only keeps records of local weather conditions (temp/wind/etc when he goes for a run, precipitation amount from his rain gage, for instance), but most of the time that his television is powered up, it is tuned to The Weather Channel. Especially on weekends, The Weather Channel, fills part of their air time with segments called, "That's Amazing". I noted, today, that Ronni Bennett (of Time Goes By) had included one of the "That's Amazing" videos - Subject: FOLEY ARTISTS. Thanks to Ronni and YouTube, I can share that video with you.
Of course, while I was at YouTube, I took the liberty of importing another interesting video on Monarch butterflies. I'm pretty sure that I've seen the video, below, before.
Once or twice in the past 17 years (in this house), we have had an influx of migrating Monarchs in late summer/early Autumn. They gather in our woods. It's has been several years since an influx came through. in 2016, I recall seeing only one or two Monarchs.
Belated congrats on your whole Mr. Robot thing. You promised to use the Internet to expose and bring down all the corrupt bastards ruining our world, and boy did you almost follow through. Julie baby! Boychick! The job's only half-way done! You need to show us you're not just another gun for hire and hose down the other mosh pit. You know what I'm talking about. The tax returns, the out-takes, maybe even some freaky-deaky-golden-leaky beauty pageant video action. Time to step up, J-man. If you wanna be a cyber Fidel, or a digital Che, or a virtual Ho, you've gotta stop stuffing your face with arroz con pollo and get to work. It's time to go all Talking Heads on this situation. Burning down the house, bubelah! You're one wikiwacky-leak away from being a hero. Or maybe a martyr. Ecuadorean potato soup, Ecuadorean puhtahto soup, they're usually the same thing.
Back in the late 1960s, Elegant Friend and I got together to paint in oils - copying whatever struck our fancy. That lasted long enough for each of us to complete one canvas. Eventually, my painting (copied from Franz Marc's Antilope) went to Bogie - who may or may not still have it. I don't recall the subject of EF's canvas. Fast forward about 50 years: Several months ago, EF and I started getting together to paint in acrylics. Each of us has completed several small canvases, none of which we would brag upon. Come to think of it, I didn't brag upon the antelope painting that I did - EF is the artist!
Unfortunately, last week, EF left our little town - moving up to Wichita to a "Senior Retirement Community". Moving from a house in which she had about 3000 square feet (main floor + nicely finished basement) to herself into a one-bedroom apartment (maybe 700 square feet?) EF had to rid herself of many belongings. Among the belongings for which she needed to find new homes were the first two paintings that EF had done. I pleaded with EF not to let them out of her family; but, she was convinced that no one in her family would care to have any of her work, so she gifted me with the second of the two paintings.
The painting, photo below, was painted at the request of EF's late mother-in-law. I am now the lucky owner. As I told her, unless someone from her family comes to take the work from me, I shall treasure that painting "forever"!
Bad, because the knee that I twisted while in Colorado has become quite painful. For the past several weeks, I've been unable to sleep in my bed and have had great difficulty sleeping in my recliner since finding a relatively-pain-free position is a huge challenge. Oh, well. Come Jan 14, 2016, my new physician will take a look at it. Since my knees have taken turns giving me a pain since 1974, I've become accustomed to putting up with pain for periods of time. Wasn't it just about eight months ago that I went through (nearly) this with the other knee?
Good, because it is a sunny day and I, at last, figured out the fix for my computer problems that kept me from getting audio with most (but not all) of the online-posted videos - all YouTube videos were beyond me. I simply uninstalled Adobe Flash! Duh! Why didn't any of the help/community websites suggest that? I had to figure it out myself.
Since I can now play videos and hear them, here are a couple that I enjoyed. The Boogie video is a re-posting from Ronni's blog (Time Goes By), while the Supercool video is from a website suggested by one of the videos that Ronni had also posted, today - but not the same one! BTW: I never cared for Coca Cola as a kid (as if I got to try it all that often!) but learned to like it when I discovered that the little refrigerator in the office of the branch library in which I worked cooled the 8-ounce bottles of Coca Cola to the precise temperature needed to have the Coke instantly freeze up in my mouth. Yum! (I still only like it at that temperature.)
And the following video is for any family who may have missed it.