We traveled to Los Angeles in early May. I hadn’t been there since 1978. The air was certainly cleaner this time around. Our accommodations were lovely. We had a very nice time, ate in great restaurants, and had fun with our daughter. The people we met were very friendly. Our flight connections worked as well as could be expected, and we had no major glitches in our travel plans. Aside from some cool and rainy weather, it was a great trip.
It was kind of surprising when both husband and I independently stated that, as far as we were concerned, neither of us had to go back to Los Angeles ever again. We had been there, done that, and now we wanted to move on to other things.
I suppose it could be a sign that we are aging, and the fast pace of such a vibrant city was more than we could tolerate. I don’t think it is only that, though. I think it means that it is more important for us to do things that are truly meaningful and feed our souls. While I dislike how the word is bandied about, we want to be more mindful when we travel.
What are you relieved to be finished with?
Once a month, after I volunteer at Loaves & Fishes, I drive east on 98th Street on my way back to 35W to get home. Imagine my excitement to see that the Denny’s there has been sold and will be a new Snuffy’s coming spring. While the Edina Snuffy’s isn’t actually that far from me, it’s not convenient to get to so I don’t think about it often.
But a Snuffy’s where I have to drive right by it? I’m thinking I’ll be having Snuffy’s take-out once a month from now on. Veggie Burger, fries and a malt – either Oreo or Brownie or the Dreamsicle. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
Do you have a favorite take-out place or meal?
On January 5, 1797, John Hetherington, a London haberdasher, stepped out into the public with the first top hat. It caused a riot, and Hetherington was arrested. The arresting officer said:
“He had such a tall and shiny construction on his head that it must have terrified nervous people. The sight of this construction was so overstated that various women fainted, children began to cry and dogs started to bark. One child broke his arm among all the jostling“.
The London Times came out in favor of the hat, and predicted that it would become a fashion staple. It was declared “a significant advance in the transformation of dress“.
I suppose the only time I was at the forefront of fashion was when I wore bib overalls in my early 20’s. That sure didn’t last long. These days I am a corduroy and sweater sort of person, dressed for comfort, not fashion, although those overalls were pretty comfy.
What do you think it would take to get a similar reaction to fashion today? When have you been at the forefront of fashion? Own any fun hats? Where would you like fashion to trend now?
A little over three years ago, Dale wrote a piece when NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft approached and photographed Pluto. He included several nice photos and gave us an update on the PTA (Pluto Tourism Association) about groups wanted to book some serious vacation time on the planet (or whatever Pluto is categorized as this week).
Today, after 3 years, New Horizons is doing a flyby of 2014 MU69; it will be the most distant object every visited by a spacecraft. Even NASA realizes that 2014MU69 is a terrible name – they have nicknamed the object, an icy Kuiper Belt object, Ultima Thule, which means “distant places beyond the known world”.
Scientists are not sure if Ultima Thule is one object or two objects circling each other and are hoping this flyby, which will happen at a whooping 31,500 mph, will clear up that mystery. After the New Year’s flyby, it will take a full 6 hours for the radio signals to arrive back at earth.
It’s amazing to me that just 117 years after our first machine-powered flight, we will be waiting for signals from a spacecraft that has traveled a billion miles since it passed Pluto three years ago. I wonder if we’ll still be getting signals in three more years when it is a billion miles farther from Earth and if we will be vacationing on 2014 MU69 by that point?
Have you ever had a speeding ticket?
For a variety of reasons I was contemplating the tradition of Hobo Days at South Dakota State University. It has been going on since 1912, apparently, and involves festivities in conjunction with Homecoming. There are parades and contests, such as the six month competitions for beard growing (for the men) and leg-hair growing (for the women), a parade featuring a 1912 Ford, and people dressed up like Hobos (mainly the men) and “Hippie Chicks” (mainly the women). The women used to dress up like “Indian Maidens”. That was eventually deemed offensive, so the women were recast as Hippies. I wonder how former Hippie women feel about it?
I believe that university staff look on the tradition with mixed feelings. It certainly promotes school spirit and cohesiveness. It is also a time of heavy drinking and all the problems that brings, and also glorifies homelessness.
I think I am pretty anti-tradition when it comes to festivities like Hobo Days, but I must admit changes to my comforting and familiar Lutheran liturgy are upsetting. Change is hard. Finding new traditions isn’t easy.
What traditions do you cling to? What traditions would you like to see end? What new traditions would you like to see?
Daughter has been on our phone plan until now, and is taking a step toward independence and is getting her own phone plan. It has been four years since we upgraded our phones. We are helping her financially with the transition. After reviving from the sticker shock of how much a new iPhone costs, I thought about my own experiences in elementary school getting trained by Ma Bell in proper phone use.
Does anyone else remember phone company reps coming to school and teaching phone etiquette and how to operate rotary phones? I remember it happened in about Grade 3. The phones were tan and were desk models. They even brought in a slimline phone. I was green with envy. I thought the technology was cool, since the only phone we had hung on the kitchen wall. I can’t imagine such training in the schools these days.
How do you learn how to use new technology? How did you learn to use phones and computers? Where do you think this technology is going?
Our former fearless leader was almost a prophet. Missed it by that much.
That one little a.
I sent this to Dale. He answered “I take no pride in being able to predict the Sherpa. All it took was cynicism + imagination. I’d feel better if I had prophesied something hopeful.
Unfortunately those who expect the worst are frequently right!”
We will keep mum about Dale’s own little Russian influences.
Heard a prophesy lately? Have one to make?