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How people turn out after high school

Wow. I just browsed through a web site maintained by my high school graduating class. It lists every member of the almost 600 students, along with their senior yearbook photos. The site keeps track of where people are (with updated photos), who has not been located yet, and who is deceased, along with their obituaries. So the most detailed info is on the deceased ones.

Some people just knew, in high school, what they would go on to do and become. Others were uncertain and had some surprising outcomes.

I was not surprised that the one who knew since grade school that she wanted to be a nurse became one. Same for the one who decided she would be a doctor, a guy who knew he would be a lawyer, and several who wanted to be teachers.

But the surprises showed zero inclination that I can remember of what they eventually became.

There was the kid whose family immigrated from Italy when we were in grade school and vowed all through junior high that he would go back as soon as he finished school and was on his own. He stayed, became a high school English teacher, then a principal.

There was the very good looking guy who seemed to have no interests outside of girls, drinking, and music. He did get a degree in music, but then served a tour in Vietnam and returned to study veterinary medicine. Opened his own vet clinic and developed some patented medicines. Who knew?

But the most surprising was the guy who was hyper social, cussed constantly, and seemed like the most shallow person I knew, always mooching off of people at lunch. I took him for a perpetual drifter who would live off of others forever.

He first majored in fine art, then went to a seminary, became an Orthodox priest, and then an archbishop. He developed an educational program for children, wrote and illustrated books, directed choirs, developed a church web page, became a director of communications for the American Orthodox Church, and took in immigrants from Russia and Eastern Bloc nations when the Soviet Union collapsed and helped them assimilate. He married and had two chiildren, one of whom also became an Orthodox priest. A late bloomer, I guess.

Amazing what a difference there can be in people between high school and later years.

CDC says that the Delta variant is now the dominant one in the US

According to a report on NPR news tonight, the CDC says that the Delta variant of covid-19 now accounts for 51.7% of all new covid infections in the US, making it the dominant strain as it replaces the Alpha strain.

That didn't take long.

So you are ready and willing to play

into their hands and give them the civil war that they want. That's what their behavior now is all about.

Start a battle with them now and their sympathizers across the country will claim that this is their moment, time to rise up and fight. Innocent lives will be lost.

Handle this as a legal matter instead of going in with guns blazing and their balloon of heroism will deflate.

Buffalo NPR now reporting a partial collapse of a

three story building in downtown Buffalo. It was not occupied and there were no injuries, but the collapse has disrupted traffic in the area and blocked off one entry/exit to I90.

The building was in the process of renovations, but is now expected to be demolished.

Collapses of old buildings probably happen more often than most of us realize, but the Surfside tragedy makes us more aware of them now. Fortunately, this one is not a tragedy, except for the person or company that invested in the renovations.

Spooked while watching a ghost story

I was watching videos of the old TV show, Medium, about the psychic who worked for a DA and talked to ghosts. OK, so you don't have to believe it to enjoy the program. I like Harry Potter, too, but don't believe in witches.

Anyway, it was late night and quiet in my apartment building. My bedroom is off the living room, and the bedroom door is behind me when I'm watching the TV screen. i always leave that door open.

Just as Allison Dubois was trying to contact a ghost, I heard the bedroom door squeak behind me. WTH? I live alone. The windows were closed, so I ruled out a breeze. As I watched the door, it moved about an inch, then stopped. Did somebody get into the apartment earlier in the day when I was out for a few hours, and hide in the bedroom closet? But what for? There are more affluent neighborhoods in town than mine. In this town, I'm more likely to get attacked for my politics than my money.

As I searched my mind for plausible explanations, still wary of going to the door to check, the tip of a lime green pipe cleaner wiggled through the space under the door. Aha! My "ghost" intruder was Ember, the cat, entertaining herself, invisible to me from the other side of the door.

She likes to push pipe cleaners under doors, then pull them back. She had just discovered that the carpet resistance, combined with the twisted up pipe cleaner, made the bedroom door move, and was experimenting with it. By the time the video was done, the bedroom door was nearly closed, except for a small gap.

Of course she's not smart enough to deliberately spook me out while I watch a ghost story. But the timing couldn't have been more coincidental.

Support the Democratic Party

There are a number of items at this site that I like, but my favorite is the tote bag with the US flag that says, "Hate has no home here." Great reusable bag for shopping, with an important message.

If you like this bag, too, just click on the 3 bars menu icon at this website and choose accessories to find it. Or maybe you prefer a coffee mug or something else. Proceeds go to electing Dem candidates.


Ancient Civilizations of the Americas

I just recently discovered some online videos on these civilizations that are very good and informative, with views of artwork and architecture to accompany the info about them. Maybe others are already aware of these videos, but I wasn't.

The talks were given in 2015 at Vanderbilt University by archeologist Anna Guengerich who specializes in cultures of the Andes, but has broad knowledge of other ancient American civilizations. She is really good.

There are 5 videos on You Tube. I could not paste links with my phone but you can find them easily with a You Tube search for "Ancient Civilizations of the Americas" or googling for her name. There are a lot of online junk videos on the topics so be sure you get the right ones. You can view each one separately by itself in any order, but she does sometimes reference previous video info so viewing them in order helps.

They are each around an hour long, followed by Q and A. If you have the time and patience, they are worth it. I have the patience because the topics interest me and the time because I am retired. I have studied these civilizations but learned new details and insights from Ms. Guengerich.

Each video is identified on You Tube by its date. These are the dates and topics:

1-15-15 - Aztecs
1-22-15 - Maya
1-29-15 - Inca
2-5-15 - Andes cultures (besides the Inca)
2-25-15 - Cahokia (Illinois)

Enjoy. I did.

I met an absolutely beautiful dog today.

Sorry, no pics. Didn't have my phone on me.

I went out for a short walk and a new neighbor was out walking her dog. He was a 9 month old blue merle Australian sheepdog. Initially, I saw only his face because a fence post blocked view of the rest of him. Looked like a border collie to me so I asked if he was.

He had the playful, mischievous energy of his breed at 9 months, which brought back memories for me of the border collie that I had several years ago. The owner said she is currently dealing with his penchant for chewing everything in sight, which he obligingly demonstrated for us (without us noticing until too late) by chewing through the connection between his collar and leash while we talked.

The swirled markings on this dog were incredibly beautiful, set off by solid black ears and a white blaze on his face. I think I'm in love with this dog.

Does anybody know what this CDC classification means?

I check my county health department's website regularly to see how many new cases there are, how many new deaths, new hospitalizations, etc.

Currently the website says that community transmission in the county is classified as "substantial" by the CDC. Is there a hierarchy of classifications, e.g. low, medium, high, substantial, non-substantial, etc.? Anyone know what "substantial" is in relation to other CDC categories?

Can anyone recommend a good cat video?

I have the original Cat Sitter video, which my cat took to right away, but it's getting to be old stuff for her now. I got another one for her at Christmas, but she didn't show as much interest in it.

She likes videos and sometimes watches parts of movies with me, but I'd like to get her another one made just for cats. Any ideas?
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