Day 326 – updated

A sign of the times
A sign of the times

It’s a sad day. Cindy’s  step-mother, Chris passed away a few hours ago. I’m glad that we were able to go to Minnesota and see her last week. I’ll try to get back to this post tomorrow to add some comments.

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I’ll only comment on the picture to say it was the only one I took yesterday. There were no geese in the road, so I snapped a picture of the sign. Winters have become so mild around here that the geese no longer fly south, they just hang around town, disrupting traffic when they want to cross the road. Now, back to Chris.

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I met Chris when Cindy and I were dating. We decided at that time that we liked each other. I wish I could say the same about Cindy’s father, but I was not the kind of person that around whom Roy felt comfortable. Chris welcomed me into their family, and for that I have always been grateful.

The one word that everyone uses to describe Chris is “classy.” I agree, she was classy, but I would also add the words “warm, friendly, outgoing, and caring.” “Classy” just doesn’t show her depth. You can’t sum up a person like Chris with one word.

Chris and I didn’t always see eye to eye. The biggest example of that was the first year Cindy and I met her family on vacation in Michigan. Chris had practically planned for every minute of the trip. It’s hard for people to believe, but I am a little more spontaneous than that…or maybe I just don’t like people exerting that much control. Anyway, I let her know how I felt, and the next time we met them on vacation, Chris understood that I had to exert a little control myself, and gave me a list of things I could do on my own. That was sweet of her, though I’m not sure she understood the concept of letting go completely.

I’m not one of her children, just a son-in-law, but I will miss her. She enjoyed  her children, her husbands and companions, her friends, her life. We enjoyed being part of her life.

Day 325 – updated later than all of the others

White barn
White barn

I looked through the notes I keep for blog post ideas. I realized that some have been on the list so long that I’m not sure what I had in mind when I made the note. I’ll list a few of them and see if I can remember what I had in mind. 

1) JFK & FDR – I think I made this note during the presidential election campaign in response to something a friend said about wondering why people were making a big deal over Mitt Romney’s wealth. I’m sure I had something insightfully witty to say. It probably mentioned the fact that much of FDR’s wealth was controlled by his mother, and that JFK’s father, Joe, was rumored to have ties to bootleggers during the depression. But how I was going to make my point and tie it to Governor Romney…? 

2) Medical show diagnosis – I’m pretty sure that I was going to use that phrase while posting about spending a lot of time in hospitals and doctors’ offices this year. Somehow I was going to work around to saying that if I felt sick, I had watched enough shows like House to diagnose my own incurable illness. It doesn’t seem very humorous now, and I’m glad I didn’t use it. 

3) Andy Panda – I know I jotted this down because I had seen something on TV about the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker, and it mentioned that Woody’s first appearance in a cartoon was with Andy Panda. I had forgotten about Andy, though I still remembered Chilly Willy. 

4) Not change for the sake of change, but because it needs to change– Boy, I wish I could remember what brought on this note, because I think it was probably something that could have brought on a full-blown rant from me. My first guess is that it was in response to something foolish that a politician said, or perhaps it was something a foolish politician said, or maybe it was something somebody “liked” on Facebook. Maybe I won’t cross out this note, and hope I remember enough to use it some day. 

All in all, you’re probably lucky I didn’t use these ideas when I first put them down.

Day 324 – updated even later

Another country scene
Another country scene

It was another overcast day and I found this building standing steadfast in the chilly weather. Now, how often do you hear steadfast used regarding something other than a concept? I am guessing that your answer is “seldom to never.”

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 One of the reasons I fell so far behind in my updates is that I allowed myself to be sidetracked. I started looking for a specific graphic that I wanted for a project. I’ve been collecting graphics since I started using computers, and I have hundreds, if not thousands of graphics on floppy discs, cd’s and flash drives. I was pretty sure that the graphic I want was on a cd that I had burned, but it was not on the disc I had at hand. As I searched for other discs, I came across a stack of 3 1/2 inch floppy discs. I’ve been working my was through the discs looking for the graphic. As I find graphics on the floppies I’ve been moving them to flash drives, because I’m pretty sure the next PC I buy will not have a floppy disc drive.

You are probably wondering why I’m using a PC that has a floppy disc drive. Well, when I bought this PC I had a lot of material on floppy discs. There was material from my work, and material that I wanted for other reasons. I made sure the PC had a floppy disc drive and a cd burner so that I could transfer the material to the newer medium. I quickly transferred the work related material, but transferring the personal material has been an on again, off again process. Since I started that process I have gone on to move a lot of the material to flash drives as well.

Needless to say, the process isn’t complete. I hope that someday I’ll finish that project. If I’m lucky I’ll also find the graphic I was looking for.

Day 323 – updated very late

 

 

Another day for deer
Another day for deer

I had to use the extent of the zoom function on my camera in order to get a picture where you could really see the deer. I lost definition because they were so far from me. At least one of them was looking my way this time. *** I am old enough to remember when New York city started using the logo “I N Y” back in the 70’s. The heart symbol was used as a synonym for love. Since then there has been a lot of ing going on the country. I can’t say that I am enamoured with the whole idea, but English is a living language and change must occur or it will die. Recently, however, I saw another page in this story. There is a store in Lafayette where the owner and/or manager wrote some Christmas sentiments in the store windows as a means of decoration. One of the sentiments was “I Heart Christmas.” There was no heart symbol. They just used the word heart as a synonym for love. Do you think this means that in another thirty or forty years people will be calling a cardiac infarction a love attack? ***I am not holding my breath for a white Christmas this year. Indiana, on average, has more non-white Christmases than white. It seems to me, however, that my memories of the best/happiest Christmases include snow. My guess is that most of the time my memories are false, and include snow because that’s the way I want to remember them. I’m just a romantic at heart. I’m a cynical romantic.

Day 322 – 6 (?) days late – updated

Trackside debris
Trackside debris

Confession: I’ve lost track of which pictures I’ve taken on what days. Starting with the Day 321 post, through the Day 325 post, I downloaded the photos of a five-day period from my camera, and I also emailed photos from my cell phone. My memory isn’t what it used to be, and the sequence of pictures is a bit jumbled in my mind. I can say with certainty that the pictures were taken within that period of time, but I may not be attributing the correct photo to the right day. I’m pretty sure that this situation only bothers me. 

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I keep reading and hearing that the sound quality of music in MP3 format isn’t as good as that of a vinyl record. That may be true, but you couldn’t prove it by me. I’m perfectly happy with MP3s. When I was younger I played vinyl all of the time, but to be honest, I couldn’t afford to buy high-end stereo equipment, so I never heard high quality sound. Also, as I’ve grown older, my hearing has deteriorated enough that MP3s sound fine to me. I guess that I’m lucky that I never heard such high quality sound that I would be disappointed with what is available now. 

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I’ve also noticed that as I grow older I move slower, yet time seems to pass quicker. It seems like that situation should be covered somewhere in Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. After all, doesn’t his theory deal with issues of space and time? I would like to see an episode of Nova explore that whole phenomenon. I checked to see if I could find an article about it in The Journal of Mundane Behavior, but it appears that the most recent issue of that scholarly journal was nine years ago. Evidently there hasn’t been much research in mundane behavior for quite some time. Perhaps the research grant dollars dried up.