local newspaper

Today we are going to Muse about Local Newspapers.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come

Newspapers are necessary

The Weekend Search

I subscribe to Ancestry.com. This week they gave free use of the site Newspapers.com for three days. Over the weekend I spent my time browsing through old newspapers on line, looking for information about various family members.

Family Tree

Interesting and fun! I learned a lot that I didn’t know. Both of my grandfathers were involved in local politics. One of my great grandfathers had numerous mining claims (none successful). I came across the wedding announcement in the early 1930’s of my aunt to a person I never heard of until long into my adulthood. The marriage didn’t last long.

What I found so interesting is the capability of the internet. My family is pretty middle-class. None that I know of had any special notoriety. They were working class people, merchants and professionals. There was only one I can think of who had any degree of fame — my grandfather was a baseball first baseman in the early 1900’s. But when I would put in a search for people dead now 50 years or more in a matter of seconds a list of articles, sometimes photographs would develop. Wedding announcements, obituaries, social events, graduations, engagements . . . the events of everyday living. Remarkable.

If you like this type of thing you might want to check out Newspapers.com.

The experience got me thinking.

Much of this was available because many small American towns had a local paper which reported local stories. The paper wrote about the girl getting engaged, the young man going off to the army, the house burning down, local things, things which were of local interest only. In doing so, the papers created a history.

I am afraid that is being lost. Newspapers are struggling and closing. The ones that remain for the most part carry syndicated stories. If you have one, support your local paper.

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It is all in the translation

Today we are going to Muse about language and translation.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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It is all in the translation

A friend  visiting in  Beijing  was given this brochure by the hotel.  Obviously, it has been translated directly, word for word from Mandarin to English.   This was sent to me a while ago.  I have shared it before, but on the chance you did not see it,  I will again.  This is too wonderful.

 

Resist Bacteria Hotel

Resist Bacteria Hotel

Resist Bacteria Hotel Brochure

Getting There:

Our representative will make you wait at the airport. The bus to the hotel runs along the lake shore. Soon you will feel pleasure in passing water. You will know that you are getting near the hotel, because you will go round the bend. The manager will await you in the entrance hall. He always tries to have intercourse with all new guests.

The Hotel:

This is a family hotel, so children are very welcome. We of course are always pleased to accept adultery. Highly skilled nurses are available in the evenings to put down your children. Guests are invited to conjugate in the bar and expose themselves to others. But please note that ladies are not allowed to have babies in the bar. We organize social games, so no guest is ever left alone to play with them self.

The Restaurant:

Our menus have been carefully chosen to be ordinary and unexciting. At dinner, our quartet will circulate from table to table, and fiddle with you.

Your Room:

Every room has excellent facilities for your private parts. In winter, every room is on heat. Each room has a balcony offering views of outstanding obscenity! .. You will not be disturbed by traffic noise, since the road between the hotel and the lake is used only by pederasts.

Bed

Your bed has been made in accordance with local tradition. If you have any other ideas please ring for the chambermaid. Please take advantage of her. She will be very pleased to squash your shirts, blouses and underwear. If asked, she will also squeeze your trousers.

Above All:

When you leave us at the end of your holiday, you will have no hope. You will struggle to forget it.

Odd translations like this are not exclusive to China.  Here are examples of signs seen around the world.

At a Budapest zoo:  PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS. If you have any suitable food, give it to the guard on duty

Car rental brochure, Tokyo:  “When passenger of foot heave in sight, tootle the horn. Trumpet him melodiously at first, but if he still obstacles your passage then tootle him with vigor.”

On an Athi River highway:  TAKE NOTICE: When this sign is under water, this road is impassable.

Tokyo hotel’s rules and regulations:  Guests are requested NOT to smoke or do other disgusting behaviors in bed.

In Nairobi restaurant:  Customers who find our waitresses rude ought to see the manager.

In a New Zealand restaurant:  Open seven days a week, and weekends too.

Outside Paris dress shop:  Dresses for street walking.

Hotel, Zürich:  Because of the impropriety of entertaining guests of the opposite sex in the bedroom, is it suggested that the lobby be used for this purpose.

Sign at Mexican disco:  Members and non-members only.

A sign posted in Germany’s Black Forest:  It is strictly forbidden on our black forest camping site that people of different sex, for instance, men and women, live together in one tent unless they are married with each other for that purpose.

Athens hotel:  Visitors are expected to complain at the office between the hours of 9 and 11 A.M. daily.

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Staying at home

Today we are going to Muse about the respect for others.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

Masks

MASKS

We have entered into May with staying at home and social distancing. It has been two months.

For the most part we are staying at home. When I walk the dog which I do three or four times a day, the walks are short and I wear a mask. When possible I avoid other pedestrians.

Being home bound is tedious. I have learned to make tapioca pudding from scratch and I have made a pizza from scratch, even the dough. It wasn’t very good, something to improve upon. I’ve watched more television than every before. We have played many rounds of Canasta.

This is all wearing and like everyone I am eager for the restrictions to to be dropped and for life to return to normal. But, I believe what we think of normal is not going to come back.

On the bright side, the golf courses, parks, beaches and tennis have been opened to allow people to enjoy some entertainment providing they do it responsibly keeping their social distance.

At our club, tennis and croquet opened this last week. Everyone was happy to get the chance to play outside in our gorgeous weather. The croquet players I observed wore masks. Some lowered them as they got hot. I only saw a few tennis players with masks.

The issue is being a responsible person, respectful of others. Wearing a mask will not protect you. It will protect others. It shows a respect for their health. Conversely not wearing a mask in public shows a lack of caring and respect for others.

Please wear a mask when you are out and about.

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Thoughts of the future

Today we are going to Muse about the future.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

Lets not call it socialism

so·cial·ism/ˈsōSHəˌlizəm

noun

a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole.

CHANGE

This time last year could you have imagined the government sending millions of people unfettered money? Could you imagine the government lending and likely forgiving $350,000,000,000 to companies and businesses? And two weeks later lending and likely forgiving another $480,000,000,000?

I could not imagine that.

As a country we do a poor job dealing with poverty, homelessness and despair. Many of our states like Florida will not provide the money for an adequate social welfare safety net. I think the people will demand this be addressed.

Protests have already taken place in Tallahassee at the State Capital building by people angered with the inept system of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. It was never meant to be generous. The maximum benefit it offers is $275 a week for up to 12 weeks. And, the application process is difficult. Only one state has a less generous system.

Most of us did not think about it. It did not affect us. Now, however, it affects the many and people feel IT IS NOT OK. I predict the pressure will be great and the system will respond and improve.

The need for testing is great, more than the states can handle piecemeal. I predict the federal government will establish 100,000 person health corp which will monitor the health of our citizens nation wide. It will establish regulations that will affect group events, workplace practices, and daily activities.

Think about air travel. When you go through security you are crowded together often in a slow moving line. You then sit in crowded waiting area. After which in the plane you sit shoulder to shoulder with another traveler, surrounded front and back by people none of whom are even three feet away. I predict there will be big changes in terminals, security and even the planes. This will come at a price and the cost will be significant.

My guess is many of the small businesses that have closed will stay closed. Unemployment will be high. In cities fewer people will work in office buildings, partly because they will need more social distancing space and partly because the companies have learned people can work from home at less cost. How this will ripple through our daily lives is uncharted.

What seems apparent to me is that the needs of the group will begin to supplant the rights of the individual. We didn’t think about poverty much until everyone lost their job. Then we cried out for the government to help.

The change is underway. We cannot go home again. We can go somewhere similar, but it will be different.

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Corona Virus update

Today we are going to Muse about our daily routine.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

UPDATE

I hope you are having an acceptable day.

Here it is warm and somewhat hazy. We are supposed to set some heat records for this time of year.

Hazy Day

This is the seventh week we have been sheltering in place, staying at home. We pretty much have our routine set.

Teddy
Teddy

Teddy, our Norfolk Terrier, is my alarm. He wakes me each morning around 7AM. I toddle off to the shower, after which I dress, make coffee and take Teddy for a walk. I wear a mask and keep away from anyone I encounter. Back at the house, I feed Teddy and then read the newspaper, poor thin thing that it is. Most days my wife joins me at this time. That starts the day.

What comes next depends. I’ve reacquainted myself with the vacuum cleaner, something I have not done since the 80’s. I’ve also discovered some of the “new” toilet cleaning products. It makes me appreciate the lady who used to come once a week and do these things.

For diversion, I have taught Jeanette how to play Canasta. We have played dominos. My next project is to teach her cribbage. And, of course, there is television. We watch a lot of television.

Dominos and cards

For exercise we walk along the intracoastal waterway and use our pool.

Exercise

Fortunately I have my studio and I’ve spent some time with watercolors. This is a view by our pool.

El Niño

This is my window to the world.

New Project




Final observation

The doctors and experts tell us among other things we should not touch our face.

” Don’t touch your nose. Don’t touch your eyes”.

Now my nose itches all the time! HMMMM!

Be well.

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GO FIGURE

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  1.  Click on this link: thomas-tribby.pixels.com.  
  2. Click on one of the categories in the menu bar at the top: Wall Art, Home Decor, Lifestyle, Stationery or Apparel.  It will list a number of options. 
  3.  Click on option.   
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Have fun.

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