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1 hour ago, NYCat said:

Thank you, Allan, but I mean it that it is better to not be attractive to a man who can barely stagger down the street. We are seeing more of that these days I'm sorry to say.

 

Paulette

 

Agreed but if he can hardly stagger down the street a well aimed kick will help him not to stagger anymore and you can walk away.

 

Allan

 

PS I don't usually advocate violence but it can't be helped in self defence sometimes.

 

ITMA

 

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11 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

Agreed but if he can hardly stagger down the street a well aimed kick will help him not to stagger anymore and you can walk away.

 

Allan

 

PS I don't usually advocate violence but it can't be helped in self defence sometimes.

 

ITMA

 

 

No way, Allan. The smart move in NYC is to just walk away. We have somehow not found a way to take care of our crazy and/or addicted population and with the emergence of the idea that we should "defund the police" it is advisable to take great care in the great city of New York. Not my idea of how to go about our governance but it is what it is. Don't mean to get political. Just surviving as best I can.

 

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3 minutes ago, NYCat said:

 

No way, Allan. The smart move in NYC is to just walk away. We have somehow not found a way to take care of our crazy and/or addicted population and with the emergence of the idea that we should "defund the police" it is advisable to take great care in the great city of New York. Not my idea of how to go about our governance but it is what it is. Don't mean to get political. Just surviving as best I can.

 

Paulette

 

OK Paulette you need to go with the situation as it stands in your part of the world as we all do the world over. Walking away is not always possible but is the wise move in most situations.

 

Allan

 

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I got my flu shot at Walmart This morning. Very easy. Last year, my doctor ran out and every other place I tried, like CVS and Walgreens. But because Walmart had bought up about 70% of the vaccine, they had it when nobody else did.
I have no idea if it’s like that in other countries. Do you all have Walmarts? I know you have McDonald’s.

BTW, my shot was free, too.

Paulette, I’m sorry things are rough. I’ve been told that people, in quite large numbers, are fleeing NYC and California, especially the LA area. My granddaughter is one of them. She’s in Oklahoma City now, and has found a job that pays twice what she earned in LA in spite of the cost of living being double there. She’s a Radiology Technologist.

 

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36 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

I got my flu shot at Walmart This morning. Very easy. Last year, my doctor ran out and every other place I tried, like CVS and Walgreens. But because Walmart had bought up about 70% of the vaccine, they had it when nobody else did.
I have no idea if it’s like that in other countries. Do you all have Walmarts? I know you have McDonald’s.

BTW, my shot was free, too.

Paulette, I’m sorry things are rough. I’ve been told that people, in quite large numbers, are fleeing NYC and California, especially the LA area. My granddaughter is one of them. She’s in Oklahoma City now, and has found a job that pays twice what she earned in LA in spite of the cost of living being double there. She’s a Radiology Technologist.

 

 

I don't visit Walmart often, but their in-store pharmacies give free flu shots here as well.

 

This info is mainly for Canadians, but there's some good general flu / COVID-19 info. Flu shots usually begin earlier in the US than in Canada because there are so many more people to vaccinate in the US.

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On 05/10/2020 at 00:58, Thyrsis said:

When my daughter first started school she caught chicken pox and passed it on to me and my son, I was about 34. They both recovered in a few days but I was really poorly for a week or more. Blisters everywhere!!

 

I was teaching when I got chicken pox so I most likely got it from one of the kids. I actually had trouble getting diagnosed at first because I didn't fit the usual demographic. As I remember, I was out of commission for a week or two as well.

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45 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

I got my flu shot at Walmart This morning. Very easy. Last year, my doctor ran out and every other place I tried, like CVS and Walgreens. But because Walmart had bought up about 70% of the vaccine, they had it when nobody else did.
I have no idea if it’s like that in other countries. Do you all have Walmarts? I know you have McDonald’s.

BTW, my shot was free, too.

Paulette, I’m sorry things are rough. I’ve been told that people, in quite large numbers, are fleeing NYC and California, especially the LA area. My granddaughter is one of them. She’s in Oklahoma City now, and has found a job that pays twice what she earned in LA in spite of the cost of living being double there. She’s a Radiology Technologist.

 

 

I also know people who are leaving California. It is where I was born and grew up so I still have relatives and friends there. Idaho is a popular choice.. and Arizona. A friend of mine here has moved to Tennessee but I somehow can't see myself leaving New York City. I just love the lifestyle... no car .... a couple of blocks from a gourmet grocery .. lots of arts of all kinds and a surprising number of free things to do. Of course, with Covid we have lost theater and concerts. I volunteer as an usher and ticket taker for the Voices of Ascension (a professional choral group that plays in a church near me). They are doing virtual events and the first one was quite wonderful. Our artistic director talked about the music and then a selection would be shown. They are sending a piece by email every morning and it starts my day right. They have won a lot of Grammys and I do miss hearing them in person. NO amplification... just wonderful human voices.

 

Paulette

 

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1 hour ago, NYCat said:

 

. NO amplification... just wonderful human voices.

 

Paulette

 

Paulette 

 

Yes nothing nicer than beautiful choral singing!

 

I wish there could be more of this. Live music is often played far too loud. Pre Covid my wife and I attended a number of folk concerts in small local venues and some of the performers used totally unnecessary amplification, while others sounded just great without.

 

They started having a music night at our local some years ago, where I used to go for a quiet pint and a chat. Again acoustic would have been fine, but amplified just killed the atmosphere. We took our custom elsewhere. 

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2 hours ago, NYCat said:

 

I also know people who are leaving California. It is where I was born and grew up so I still have relatives and friends there. Idaho is a popular choice.. and Arizona. A friend of mine here has moved to Tennessee but I somehow can't see myself leaving New York City. I just love the lifestyle... no car .... a couple of blocks from a gourmet grocery .. lots of arts of all kinds and a surprising number of free things to do. Of course, with Covid we have lost theater and concerts. I volunteer as an usher and ticket taker for the Voices of Ascension (a professional choral group that plays in a church near me). They are doing virtual events and the first one was quite wonderful. Our artistic director talked about the music and then a selection would be shown. They are sending a piece by email every morning and it starts my day right. They have won a lot of Grammys and I do miss hearing them in person. NO amplification... just wonderful human voices.

 

Paulette

 

Paulette 

 

Ah what a good idea, I have their Beyond Chant, let's play that.

If you like that sort of thing: Huelgas; Stile

 

wim

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2 hours ago, NYCat said:

 

I also know people who are leaving California. It is where I was born and grew up so I still have relatives and friends there. Idaho is a popular choice.. and Arizona. A friend of mine here has moved to Tennessee but I somehow can't see myself leaving New York City. I just love the lifestyle... no car .... a couple of blocks from a gourmet grocery .. lots of arts of all kinds and a surprising number of free things to do. Of course, with Covid we have lost theater and concerts. I volunteer as an usher and ticket taker for the Voices of Ascension (a professional choral group that plays in a church near me). They are doing virtual events and the first one was quite wonderful. Our artistic director talked about the music and then a selection would be shown. They are sending a piece by email every morning and it starts my day right. They have won a lot of Grammys and I do miss hearing them in person. NO amplification... just wonderful human voices.

 

Paulette

 

Paulette 

If a place is in your blood, it’s hard to give it up. I had to give up Oklahoma for Wichita, Kansas in 2018. A lot of things are different here, but the people are pretty much the same. After all, it’s just one state away, so regional warmth & friendliness goes on.

I took note of what my granddaughter said after being in Oklahoma for a week. “Gosh, I forgot how friendly people are here!”  She grew up visiting both sets of grandparents in Oklahoma City on Thanksgiving or Christmas.  She was raised In Knoxville, Tennessee, and the people are warm and friendly there, too.

For instance, last summer I’d bought a new tire for my wheelbarrow. I had my garage door open and was sitting just outside in the breeze trying to put the new one on. I’m not mechanical. Parts were not fitting properly and I was struggling. Mike, my next-door neighbor, saw me and asked if he could help. He spent an hour on it and had to make a trip to Home Depot for an adapter. Wouldn’t let me pay him. That's just one of a dozen things he’s volunteered to help me with in 2 1/2 years, and his wife gives me vegetables she cans and cookies.

 

The woman over my back fence saw me on a ladder washing windows. Next thing she was over on another of my ladders washing windows with me. She brings me small gifts for every holiday, even Easter.
I don’t have the cultural things like you, Paulette, but never really had an interest so no loss. The reason being in the wide open country here I was busy raising 3 kids, writing, painting, fishing, camping, riding my horse, water skiing, snow skiing and going to football games. My concerts were Boots Randolph, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings.  And dancing to soft rock bands, or to disco, and country line dances like to “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” or two-step dancing to “Tulsa Time”.

Everybody has their own way of life and what they love to do.  Even though I love to paint, I’m not a part of the art scene. The reason? If people knew I painted, if I joined a group, there would be expectations. I’m too much of an independent cuss to fulfill someone else’s expectations, other than the people I love. I joined the Art Association once so I could enter my paintings in a show. Next thing I was railroaded onto a committee to do things I had absolutely no experience doing. I was so shy, felt so inadequate, that it was a horrible experience. Those people were experts at browbeating.

Ah, well.

 

 

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I love New York City, as well as Paris, for basically the same reasons: public transportation, ease of getting around, a plethora of things to photograph, and historical/cultural sites and events. All the little neighborhoods have their own personalities and turning a corner can bring you into a whole new area of the city. Over the past several years I’ve spent a lot of time in both places and I’m always so much healthier when there, mostly from all the walking. I’m also glad I’m not in either city at the moment, but I’d make do, if necessary. I have friends in Paris and hope to get back there as soon as traveling becomes safe again, but now that my youngest has left NYC, I’m not sure I’ll ever return for more than a short trip. Having a free place to stay in the city was always a real plus. 
 

Dealing with unsavory people on the streets is never pleasant. I had a young woman (not a street person, however) go off on me last year because she didn’t want to move off the door-stoop so I could exit my apartment building. She was already worked up about something, and decided she’d try to take her aggressions out on me. Sometimes these situations can almost ruin your day, but it sounds like you know just the right way to handle things, Paulette. 

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58 minutes ago, Cecile Marion said:

I love New York City, as well as Paris, for basically the same reasons: public transportation, ease of getting around, a plethora of things to photograph, and historical/cultural sites and events. All the little neighborhoods have their own personalities and turning a corner can bring you into a whole new area of the city. Over the past several years I’ve spent a lot of time in both places and I’m always so much healthier when there, mostly from all the walking. I’m also glad I’m not in either city at the moment, but I’d make do, if necessary. I have friends in Paris and hope to get back there as soon as traveling becomes safe again, but now that my youngest has left NYC, I’m not sure I’ll ever return for more than a short trip. Having a free place to stay in the city was always a real plus. 

 

Although I've never visited New York City or Paris, I can understand your feelings for them. I was born in London, leaving when 2 when my parents relocated 40 miles away to Aylesbury where I still live. When a schoolboy I used to regularly stay during holidays at my grandmothers in London. I would often walk exploring different areas, often walking from Wood Green to Central London and back. When a teenager and older if seeing a band play in London I would often stay overnight in Wood Green. In recent years I've been travelling into London regularly for photography 2 - 3 times a week, but only once recently since early March due to Coronavirus risks. Then I travelled into London by train but avoided the tube, walking from Maylebone Station to Westminster, a relatively short and interesting walk. I thought I would be doing this more regularly until risks started increasing. Now I'll risk assess any London events I might be interested in. I enjoy London, but my current location allowed me to safely walk countryside foot paths a few minutes walk from home, until the HS2 construction preparation began recently.

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What wonderful responses I have had from you, my friends on the Forum. Thank you for the links, Wim. It's the kind of music that I find soothing. I feel very lucky to live a few blocks from the Church of the Ascension and to be able to hear all the Voices concerts in person. The church has wonderful acoustics and it fills with glorious sound. I"m not musical and it amazes me the way the members of the choir can sing their own part with so many other notes coming from around them. Every singer is wonderfully talented.

 

Paulette

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Got my flu jab at the smaller nearby Boots pharmacy today. T'was free. I just went in and they did it right away. I love Boots and the NHS and most Scousers, but still can't understand them. 

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On 06/10/2020 at 10:38, NYCat said:

 

No way, Allan. The smart move in NYC is to just walk away. We have somehow not found a way to take care of our crazy and/or addicted population and with the emergence of the idea that we should "defund the police" it is advisable to take great care in the great city of New York. Not my idea of how to go about our governance but it is what it is. Don't mean to get political. Just surviving as best I can.

 

Paulette


That's generally the advice anywhere in the world.   I had a drunk decide he needed to kiss me (a couple of years back) and I started screaming.  Neighbors came out and lead him out of the way and calmly explained to him why he should leave the gringa alone.  Very civilized actually.  He seemed to have a penchant for touching gringas as two other expat women had had to deal with him.  Haven't seen him in a while. 

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Your neighbours make me wish I had been able to visit Nicaragua, MizB. The day I was to get on the PanAm flight from San Salvador in the '70s was the day of the big earthquake. I've been everywhere else down there except for Belize. 

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7 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

Your neighbours make me wish I had been able to visit Nicaragua, MizB. The day I was to get on the PanAm flight from San Salvador in the '70s was the day of the big earthquake. I've been everywhere else down there except for Belize. 

 

Jinotega is a fairly unique little city.  International Living's former rep for Nicaragua tried to get an expat in Jinotega to talk to her.  We all have an understanding that if anyone does, we'll beat him or her up.  I can live here without a car, and in better times, there's jazz in the park and I've walked by someone playing an Andean flute in his house.   And sometimes, there's street music.  

 

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18 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

Sunday is as Sunday does (whatever that means?).

 

https://edostrange.blogspot.com/2020/10/selfie-abuse.html

 

 

And I'm in tears. Again. Not a bad thing, don't get me wrong.

Edo you are an amazing person. And you probably have more selfies/photos of yourself than me. It's verboten.

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Great Blog Edo! Sorry you will on hiatus while working on the other writing project.  I too have selfiephotophobia.  I don’t think I have ever intentionally taken.  My headshot was taken by my daughter but only after a magazine said they needed my portrait and bio for the contributors page. Boy did I fret over that.  So, no, does not seem odd to me. I always want the camera pointed in the other direction. Lovely photo of your ex!

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That's a lovely portrait of your wife, Edo. I too shy away from having my picture taken, plus I don't do selfies. The current shot of me with an ancient Mayan flowerpot on my head -- which I really need to update -- was taken by someone else. I think that personal photos had much more value when there weren't so many of them. I have very few photos of my parents, and I cherish them all. I also have only a handful of snapshots of myself as a child. People growing up now will have countless images and videos of themselves and their family members. Everyone is a movie star these days. 😎

 

 

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