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Friday, December 13, 2013

I Need To Be More Observant: The Hot And Cold Of Winter Indoors

From cold to hot. That is what my indoors has been like over the past two winters. Last January, I was cold. I put a sleeping bag over my bed covers, and I was still cold. In fact, I had finally determined my indoor temperature was below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. My main room baseboard heater was... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Another Cat Stevens

I knew one of my fellow workers, a white man, was of a different persuasion, but I was surprised to hear he was a Muslim. It is easy to fall into the traps of stereotypes. One tends to think that only Arabs and blacks become Muslims, but that obviously is not true. A huge population of Muslims have... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Danish And Dutch MisIdentificaiton

"So you speak Dutch?" a coworker asked me yesterday. I corrected him, telling him my translation ( The Red Meadows ) was from Danish. It annoys me a little that people consider Holland a part of Scandinavia. They might make this confusion, because the muddle in their minds Dutch and Danish. Both the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I Am Your Mother/ I Am Not Your Mother

The upkeep of work lunch rooms is a constant battle and often is stated the chiding words: "This is not your mother's kitchen." In other words, people need to pick up after themselves, wash their dishes, and take the initiative to keep the work lunchroom clean. With all due respect, however, I have... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Snow Should Not Be Excluded From Football Play

Snow, snow, snow all around on the football fields yesterday--but it made for exciting football. Two of the most notable snow games were the Detroit Lions at Philadelphia and Minnesota at Baltimore. Warm weather wimps will argue that football should only be played in warm, controlled conditions,... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Cold Weather Plumbing Problem Prevention

Upon this matter of winter plumbing problem prevention, I focus again on regional differences. Compared to where I lived growing up in South Dakota, where I live now (Washington) has temperate winters. As such, when the more severe cold has come (in the 20s Fahrenheit), apartment management has come... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Different Kinds Of Cold

People where I am, in the Pacific Northwest, are complaining these days about the bitter cold. It has been in the 20s (Fahrenheit). I recall different regions where I have lived and consider how cold was defined differently. When I was in southern California in the winter, a couple classmates of... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Mandela: A Modern Joseph Figure

As the world mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela, I cannot help but think of where he came from to accomplish what he did. It is unfathomable to think that he spent 27 years in a South Africa political prison and yet was able to accomplish so much. It is well known that as his many years in prison... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Putting In For An Extra Work Day

My supervisor was surprised yesterday when I put in for an extra day of work. I usually do not do so, because the work schedule and conditions at the job site are physically arduous--three 12-hour shifts in a row followed by three days off. I normally prefer to let my body recover fully during the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Early Morning Blogging

I am not nodding off, and that is a welcome change in my blogging. Battling sleep as I was trying to finish my blogs the night before has become too bothersome to me. Twelve hours of work takes its toll, and my body afterwards tells me it wants to retire for the night. Even if I have get up even... Sign in to see full entry.

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