Dear Miller Medical...

Aug. 21st, 2017 11:36 am
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(which is the name my address book has for this number), or Montgomery Medical Equipment (which is what your voice menu thanks me for calling), or whoever you are:

I missed a call from you at 10:21 this morning. I have been trying to call back for the last 10 minutes, but your voice menu always assumes that I know what your call was about, and hangs up when I press zero for operator. CALL ME BACK, and if I am unable to answer please LEAVE A VOICE MESSAGE.

Seeking a book for someone.

Aug. 21st, 2017 02:07 am
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I just saw a request on a community called findthatbook, which I am pasting below. I don't remember if nonmembers can read posts, but they can't post. Since I know that a number of LGBTQ people read my blog, rather than link to there I told the OP I would ask here and pass the information on to them.

gay novel from the early 80s?

I recently remembered a book I last read in the early 80s, but can't recall the exact title (or author) - I *think* it was called something like The Stairs on Avenue C but googling that and some keywords like 'book' 'novel' or 'gay' got me nowhere. it was a paperback about a gay guy in New York City (who lived on Avenue C?); and I vaguely remember the cover illustration was a doubling-back staircase - I think the cover was greenish. It was definitely no masterpiece and I think relatively negatively slanted; I can't remember if the protagonist turned out to be a serial killer or died, but that's the sort of impression I have. it was early in my discovery of gay lit, and I was gulping down anything I could lay my hands upon. and now I'm vaguely curious about it but unable to gratify that curiosity.

anyone have any pointers for where I might look?
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The Best Trick U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves Ever Pulled on a Criminal
A particularly glorious example of “fake it ‘til you make it.”

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by Eric Grundhauser
August 08, 2017

The American Old West was a fertile cauldron for myth and legend, producing such fantastical figures as Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill. But while many folk heroes of the era may have been embellished-unto-fable, or completely dreamt up, the legendary Wild West figure Bass Reeves was absolutely real, even if his exploits sound like tall tales.

Reeves was one of the most remarkable figures of the Old West, serving as a deputy U.S. Marshal from 1875 to 1907, mostly in and around the regrettable Indian Territory, which once made up much of what is now Oklahoma.

(Click title for article)


Aug. 18th, 2017 02:05 pm
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My cellphone apparently has decided to charge only very slowly, and I can't count on receiving calls or text messages on it. I will pay more attention to my landline phone and use my laptop to check my email.

If this doesn't resolve itself by the end of the weekend (crap, BOTH my electronic gizmos will be sick!) I'll have to take them to Verizon and the Apple Store respectively.

Classic scam

Aug. 18th, 2017 11:52 am
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One of many, many frauds reported to AARP:

reported 2016-06-13 11:29:00
Email from First National Bank: Dear Beneficiary, After our meeting of today with the President Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, the senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, the Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, and the Federal Executive councils, It was Resolved and Agreed upon that your Inheritance/Contract Funds of $10.5M (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). Would be released to you on a special method of payment which the tag Name Reads "SWIFT PAYMENT" Such as KTT, Bank to Bank Wire Transfer or ATM. You are advised to send to us YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, OCCUPATION, AGE, and NEXT OF KIN. PHONE AND FAX NUMBERS TO CLAIM YOUR FUND I wait to hear from you along with the above mentioned information. Best Regards, Mr.Frank Antony Banking & Chief Cashier F.N.B. Corporation First National Bank +234 8134862758

The saddest part of these is when people have fallen for them.

O lousy day

Aug. 17th, 2017 12:24 am
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Any day that features two teeth extracted is not going to be an enjoyable one.

Nine hours later and gums still bleeding.

Lost track of my medications schedule , especially since the dentist prescribed me a new antibiotic in place of the old one, so I have dosed myself much too close together.

Have not been able to think very straight for a number of hours.

Go kommer highbury hjem og som du og kommer strækninger man altid gæster karlekammer vores unikke kæmpe bølge
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Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville - Find an Event *

This weekend, hate groups and domestic terrorists of all stripes went to Charlottesville, VA to push their hateful message of white supremacy, fascism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry.

When they got there they waged violence on unarmed anti-racists, killing one and injuring many others. We mourn for the life that was lost, and we will honor all those under attack by congregating against hate in our own communities.

Tonight and tomorrow, Indivisible groups, along with our friends at Women’s March, Democracy for America, Working Families Party, 58 more groups listed behind cut )

 and others will come together in solidarity with our brave friends in Charlottesville who put themselves at risk to fight against white supremacy.


 Attend an event in your community to show that you’re standing with CharlottesvilleLogos of partnering groups )

* At the bottom of the page is a field to enter city or ZIP Code to find an event near you.

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From Jewniverse:

Curious George and the Nazis

When the Nazi party was gaining popularity in Germany, Hans Augusto Rey, a Jewish salesman, knew it was a good time to get out. He moved to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. There, he met and married an old flame, Margret, who’d also come to escape the Nazis. Together, the couple moved to Paris in 1935.

When World War II broke out, the Reys realized they needed to make other plans. They left Paris a few hours before the Nazis invaded, riding a pair of bikes that Hans had made himself. To their backs they strapped some food, some of their possessions, and the manuscript of a children’s book the couple had been working on–a book about a mischievous monkey named George.

The rest is history: The Reys made it across the Swiss border and eventually to New York, where they published Curious George, and would eventually enjoyed worldwide success. The Reys’ story is told more fully in the nonfiction book The Journey that Saved Curious George. Meanwhile, the George book itself, and its sequels, have been translated into dozens of languages–including the Reys’ native Yiddish, where the monkey’s affectionately known as “George der Naygeriker.”


From The Forward:

How Curious George Fought the Nazis

It’s hard to imagine a cartoon monkey saving the day anywhere other than in storybooks. But Curious George, the signature monkey of author and artist duo H. A. and Margret Rey, did just that, according to “Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H. A. Rey,” an exhibit of 80 original drawings and letters by the creators of the animated character. The exhibit opens on March 14 at the Jewish Museum in New York and runs through August 1.

The Jewish husband-and-wife team first created Curious George (then known as Fifi) while living in Paris in the late 1930s. The mischievous monkey often barely escaped trouble, frequently with the help of his friend and captor, The Man in the Yellow Hat.

It was George, however, who quite literally saved H. A. and Margret Rey — twice — during the couple’s escape from the Nazis. In 1939, authorities suspected their studio of being a makeshift bomb factory. But when they raided the grounds, they found drawings of Curious George instead of bomb parts, and didn’t arrest the Reys. A year later, the couple fled France by bicycle, taking with them sketches of the monkey. They used the salvaged images to prove their occupations when applying for American visas in New York, where they ultimately settled.

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From the website of AnneeLondon, an interesting new bicycle helmet company in Philadelphia. Their pitch is "Be safe without being unfashionable", and their helmets are — get this — collapsible, so you can carry them easily.


Well, we are really glad you asked. Annie Londonderry Cohen was the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle. She did this in 1894 when women were at home and out of the way.  She was bet $10,000 that she could not do it. But Annie was a tough, determined woman and entrepreneur. Despite being a novice cyclist, she began the trip on a hot summer day in Boston as she boarded a ship to Europe.
She completed her trip in 15 months and came back as an expert cyclist! She used the prize money to start her own company. Her story inspired us so much in the beginning days of AnneeLondon. To us, Annie is a courageous, bold friend who encourages us to keep going when things seem hopeless. She ignores all of the haters and makes things happen. She is the friend that inspires us to pursue our goals and dreams.

about my congregation

Aug. 10th, 2017 11:28 am
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While cleaning out my email folders I found this paragraph. It suggests a few things about my synagogue, Kol Tzedek of West Philadelphia.

Come celebrate _____'s conversion, Shabbat and Ramadan! Thank you to everyone who has organized tonight and facilitated connection with our growing Calvary Muslim community.
See, we meet in Calvary United Methodist Church,  as do a number of other congregations and other kinds of organizations as partners in Calvary Center for Culture and Community. Besides the Methodist congregation, there's a Mennonite congregation, a masjid (mosque), Alcoholics Anonymous, a theatre company, a world music concert program, a low-power FM community radio station, and many more. Talk about community! Talk about fun!

The Last Mischief

Aug. 10th, 2017 02:38 am
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From Leo Marks (1998), Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War 1941-1945, p. 597. (My post about this book.)
Chapter 81 (final chapter), “The Last Mischief”.
(The poem has no title in the book.)

We listen round the clock
 For a code called peacetime
 But will it ever come
 And shall we know it when it does
 And break it once it's here
 This code called peacetime.

 Or is its message such
 That it cannot be absorbed
 Unless its text is daubed
 In letters made of lives
 From an alphabet of death
 Each consonant a breath
 Expired before its time.

 Signalmaster, Signalmaster
 Whose Commandments were in clear
 Must you speak to us in code
 Once peacetime is here?

Foot stomping (boost)

Aug. 10th, 2017 12:24 am
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[personal profile] kk1raven has made a post, Foot stomping,* that begins

President Toddler is having a tantrum, stomping his feet and threatening to use his nuclear toys.


* ETA: Sorry, it's a locked post; I should have spotted that.
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The second use of nuclear weaponry in war — so far, the last, and may it remain so forever — destroyed Nagasaki.

Although the bomb was more powerful than the one used on Hiroshima, the effect was confined by hillsides to the narrow Urakami Valley. ... Casualty estimates for immediate deaths vary widely, ranging from 22,000 to 75,000. At least 35,000–40,000 people were killed and 60,000 others injured. In the days and months following the explosion, more people died from bomb effects. Because of the presence of undocumented foreign workers, and a number of military personnel in transit, there are great discrepancies in the estimates of total deaths by the end of 1945; a range of 39,000 to 80,000 can be found in various studies. (Wikipedia)

(Vern Partlow, as sung by Pete Seeger)

I'm gonna preach you all a sermon 'bout Old Man Atom,
And I don't mean the Adam in the Bible datum.
I don't mean the Adam Mother Eve mated,
I mean the thing that science liberated.
You know Einstein said he was scared,
And if he's scared, brother, I'm scared.

Yes, life used to be such a simple joy.
The cyclotron was a super toy,
Folks got born, they'd work and marry,
And "atom" was a word in the dictionary;
And then it happened. . . .

These science guys, from every clime
They all pitched in with overtime.
Before you knew it, the job was done;
They'd hitched up the power of the doggone Sun,
Splitting atoms, right and left,
While the diplomats . . .
Were splitting hairs . . .

Then the cartel crowd up and put on a show,
They're gonna turn back the clock on the UNO.
Grab a corner on atoms and maybe extinguish
Every damn atom that can't speak English.
Down with foreign-born atoms!
America for American atoms!
Step right up, folks, and let's atomize world peace. . .

Ah, but the atom's international, in spite of hysteria,
Flourishes in Utah, also in Siberia.
He don't care about politics
Or who got what into whichever fix.
All he wants to do is sit around . . .
And have his nucleus bombarded by neutrons.

Yes, it's up to the people; the atom don't care.
You can't fence him in; he's just like air.
And whether you're white, black, red or brown,
The question is this, when you boil it down,
To be or not to be!
That is the question. . .

And the answer to it all ain't military datum,
Like "Who gets there fustest with the mostest atoms,"
But the people of the world must decide their fate,
We got to stick together or disintegrate.
We hold these truths to be self-evident:
All men
Could be cremated equal.

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