Random Observations

We forget what we once knew. Sometimes it’s a blessing and sometimes it’s not. Killing time, waiting for a delivery, and just sort of wandering around YouTube without purpose and just randomly (! hey!) picked this one. I had forgotten how absolutely dim little kids are. It’s why they are so hysterically funny! They haven’t got a clue and we know it and we revel in their innocence. It’s why people love baby anything – puppies, kittens, mice; if it’s a baby, people will ooh and ahh because they are tiny things of the big things we’re so familiar with. If adults did this stuff, we’d be looking to get them put away somewhere safe, lol, but we delight (and sometimes encourage) this behavior. Dads – you know who you are! Take a few moments to delight in this video.

October is, of course, the spookiest month of all and I’d be greatly remiss if I didn’t include this video. No; it’s not a scary video, it’s a great tutorial on how to create something that looks like it may have existed in some place in time. You can advance the video if you want the ‘speed version’ but I really like this gentleman and have watched several of his tutorials.

Lots and lots of talk again about ObamaCare. I’ll be frank, I don’t quite know what to make of it. I’ve never had to apply for it; we have our own insurance, not tied to an employer. I had a bad attitude about it because I personally know two people who were fined $960 each by the government (pre-Trump) because they didn’t have any health insurance. Outrageous! If they’d had that kind of money, didn’t the government think they’d have health insurance? Tuesday a self-employed friend was here and she just happened to mention that she loves her ObamaCare insurance because her payment is based on her income ($93 a month) and she doesn’t have to pay a co-pay. So I don’t know what to think.

I once lamented that with the dawn of personal computers, we would never again see a book entitled “The Collected Letters of … ” because no one writes letters anymore. A friend laughed and said the new title would be the collected emails of … My, my, my; how current headlines bear that out!

And never forget – French bulldogs.

41 Responses to Random Observations

  1. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    We still write the occasional letter, usually to our parents. There’s something very personal about receiving a handwritten letter and we’d much prefer that to emails. In fact, we were thinking about sending a Christmas card to you and Dave this year with handwritten notes – that is, of course, if it’s not too impertinent to ask you to email us your addresses. If not, we’ll email you instead.

    As for Halloween, one of the things we like to do, while we’re pottering around on Halloween morning, is put this on in the background:

    There’s quite a few like this on YouTube.

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    • audremyers says:

      Of course! I’d let you hold my checkbook, so my address is no problem at all. Alys has sent me things and I save the ‘Royal Air’ stamps! It’s such a thrill to me!

      The telling word in your last paragraph is ‘morning’. Too spooky to listen to at night!

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      • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

        Excellent stuff! 🙂

        Has Alys ever sent you food before? There are some local preserves Tina and I were thinking of sending your way but when I checked online, you have to fill out all sorts of forms to send food to the States.

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        • audremyers says:

          Lamentable, but no. She’s quite an accomplished baker and cook and I’d give my right arm to be able to sample her breads but besides the expense, it often takes more than a week, once mailed, to leave the UK so freshness could be a problem. Our Amazon has quite a stock of British foods – I’ve tried crumpets (lol, no offense…) that were just awful, lol, but I loved clotted cream and strawberry ‘conserves’ and as soon as it cools off, I’ll be having me tea – Yorkshire Red.

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    • the unit says:

      Wow. I remember in the ’60s come Sunday afternoon about 4pm (hour before dark in the winter of central U.S.), time to sit right down and write a letter of the week to the folks back home. And get mailed before Bonanza came on TV.
      After college and military service then in the seventies and later it changed to telephone calls, usually still one for the week. Then in the 90s as mom and dad got into their eighties, visit as often as possible. Wasn’t every week though, but watched quite a few Saints football games with dad.
      And in the early 2000s after mom broke her hip, was nearly weekly visit to take her to doctor visits. Until she passed in ’06 (666…06/06/06) after home was washed away by Katrina (’05).
      I can’t remember getting a hand written letter from anyone in probably 40 years. Not even one of my three children. Did get a hand written traffic ticket in 2002. 🙂

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      • audremyers says:

        Wonderful time line you’ve outlined and so true for so many of us. Progress can be outstandingly good but it tends to leave lovely things behind.

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  2. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    Audre, if you like your preserves, visit this place:

    https://www.mrsbridges.co.uk/shop/category/11/Preserves

    The jam and curds are exquisite. They’re actually a Scottish company but they sell their preserves all over the country including at our local garden centre. As for English tea, as long as it’s a builders brew, I’m not fussy. I don’t think they do those in the States so if ever we make it over the pond, I’ll have to bring a bag or two.

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    • Neo says:

      Concur on Mrs Bridges, and it is available on Amazon as well.

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      • 39 Pontiac Dream says:

        Their lemon curd is gorgeous. We have the strawberry jam but we haven’t used it yet.

        I’m watching Chris Cuomo’s grilling of Ice Cube at the moment. Crikey, we talk about our MSM being partisan but yours is off the charts. Cuomo wears that donkey on his sleeve. I can’t decide which one is more annoying – Chris or Andrew. Probably Chris.

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    • audremyers says:

      I tried Teetree (Teatree? spelling, please, as it was awhile ago) and it was delicious. I forgot – I also tried ‘lemon curd’ because of hearing about it so much on Bake Off. I was really quite surprised at how ‘not sweet’ it was!

      I’ve heard of ‘builders tea’, which I understand is strong, like military coffee is here, but is there a brand? Is there a specific tea? Or is it like “English Breakfast Tea”?

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  3. 39 Pontiac Dream says:

    ‘Les ‘educated’ me on how to drink tea ‘the right way’, lol. You English have a lot of ‘food rules’, lol! The clotted cream has got to go on the not black toast first, then the preserve can go on. Never the other way around. Les has spoken!’

    Raps, God rest his soul. It’d have been interesting having that discussion on TCW because it’s just as contentious as the toast debate. Different regions put their clotted creams on in different ways in a similar way to people who like their tea strong and others who like their tea milky. The clotted cream argument, though, is between Devon and Cornwall, one of which puts the cream on first and the other which doesn’t. If we’re making tea and toast for strangers, we’ll usually ask how they like it in the same way you might ask someone how they like their steak cooked. Tina likes her tea strong and pressed to within an inch of its life and she also likes her bread cooked for 4 hours until it’s dust on a plate (a little hyperbolic there but you get my drift) whereas I like my tea milky and my bread lightly toasted. It’s nice to be different even though Tina thinks I’m wrong! 🙂

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  4. the unit says:

    ‘Random Observations’ has become my go to site first thing Saturday morning. Used to be weather and Drudge. I like to start thinking critically early to warm up. 🙂

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  5. audremyers says:

    Neo – ok; if you say so. Seemed pretty quick to me.

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  6. audremyers says:

    Unit – ahhh! But you forget! My brother is 8 years older than I am and my one sister is 4 years older than I. I KNOW this music. My older sister taught me how to do the Lindy so she could have someone to dance with doing chores in the kitchen, lol! How about Gogi somebody and Wayward Wind? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cQUVtbztEs

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    • the unit says:

      That was a good rendition of Gogi Grant’s ‘The Wayward Wind’ and visuals. Un-winded my earphones wires to listen again. Thanks.
      Plus she only passed not so long ago. Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg @ 91.
      I might have to reveal my real name one day…waiting a few more days. 🙂

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      • audremyers says:

        Whenever you’re comfortable, Unit, but I, for one, would much rather address you by name than ‘the unit’.

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        • the unit says:

          Well, I do know the names of some who post here under screen names, but you (I think and NEO) are the only ones for sure. But like Trump says…”what you go to lose?”
          Me: Tommy Cooper, Milton, Fl. (not the English comic). 🙂

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  7. audremyers says:

    Tommy!!! I LOVE it! How very nice to meet you, Tommy!

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  8. audremyers says:

    Tommy – whatever works. (laughing)

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