It Is Pun Time Again

PSA-210224-Unobtanium

I have posted many articles about the need to utilize hydrocarbon fuels over the past few years. Today, I received a video from a cousin which very eloquently posits that wind and solar alone won’t do it for us.

Which path do you believe is the correct one?

Vote for as many as you want.

WIND

SOLAR

COAL

HYDRO

OIL

NATURAL GAS

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The most correct answer is that we should use all of these forms of energy until we have actually found Unobtanium, Super Man’s Cryptonite, or Star Trek’s Lithium Di-sulfide Crystals.

I Am One of These

Special Group / Born Between 1930 – 1946. Today, they range in ages from 75 to 90.  Are you or do you know someone “still here”? 

Classy Chassis

  Some interesting Facts for you. 

  You are the smallest group ofchildren, born since the early 1900s. 

    You are the last generation, climbing out of the depression, who can remember the winds of war and the impact of a world at war which rattled the structure of our daily lives for years. 

    You are the last to remember ration books for everything from gasto sugar to shoes to stoves.

     You saved tin foil and poured fat into tin cans. 

  You saw cars up on blocks because tires weren’t available.

   You can remember milk being delivered to your house early in themorning and placed in the “milk box” on the porch.

   You are the last to see the gold stars in the front windows ofgrieving neighbors whose sons died in the War.

    You saw the ‘boys’ home from the war, build their little houses.

   You are the last generation who spent childhood without television;instead, you imagined what you heard on the radio. 

  With no TV until the 50’s, you spent your childhood “playing outside”. 

  There was no little league.

  There was no city playground for kids.

       The lack of television in your early years meant, that you had little real understanding of what the world was like.

     On Saturday afternoons, the movies gave you newsreels sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons.

     Telephones were one to a house, often shared (party lines) andhung on the wall in the kitchen (no cares about privacy). 

    Computers were called calculators; they were hand cranked.

     Typewriters were driven by pounding fingers, throwing the carriageand changing the ribbon.

     INTERNET’ and ‘GOOGLE’ were words that did not exist. 

      Newspapers and magazines were written for adults and the news was broadcast on your radio in the evening.

  As you grew up, the country was exploding with growth. 

    The Government gave returning Veterans the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow.

  Loans fanned a housing boom.

Pent up demand coupled with new instalment payment plans opened manyfactories for work.

     New highways would bring jobs and mobility.

SUV’s Chevrolet Suburban Generations

  The Veterans joined civic clubs and became active in politics.

     The radio network expanded from 3 stations to thousands. 

    Your parents were suddenly free from the confines of the depression and the war, and they threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had never imagined.

    You weren’t neglected, but you weren’t today’s all-consumingfamily focus.

  They were glad you played by yourselves until the street lights came on.

They were busy discovering the post war world.

     You entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a worldwhere you were welcomed, enjoyed yourselves and felt secure in your future though depression poverty was deeply remembered.

   Polio was still a crippler.

   You came of age in the 50s and 60s.

  You are the last generation to experience an interlude when there were no threats to our homeland.

The second world war was over and the cold war, terrorism, global warming, and perpetual economic insecurity had yet to haunt life with unease.

     Only your generation can remember both a time of great war, and a time when our world was secure and full of bright promise and plenty.

You grew up at the best possible time, a time when the world wasgetting better…

   You are “The Last Ones.”  More than 99 % of you are either retired or deceased, and you feel privileged to have “lived in the best of times!”

My Idea Of A Green New Deal

The world will be hard pressed to give up oil for one reason alone. Where will we get plastic for all the things we use? Plastic has become a mainstay of our lives. It is in everything. Plastic is made from oil. So when we stop drilling for oil and using oil, where will we get material for plastic bottles, dishes cutlery? There are so many things made from plastic that waste disposal is a major problem. Communities are dumping their waste in the oceans with the result being that the oceans are polluted. We need better answers for how to address plastic disposal. The video below is one answer to using wasted plastic. It brings the material into another dimension of usage, a new life. The new life will be more lasting than the first life of the original product that the plastic was used for. The second life will last for decades while the first life may have only lasted for minutes, weeks, or months. Watch and tell me this isn’t a good idea for recycling?

Sock Sort One

What a day this has been! The sun is shining making us feel warm even though the temperature is at 26 degrees Fahrenheit. The snow from the roofs is melting and forming giant icicles. Any of these pointed ice spears would kill anyone it fell on. Today was planned to count and sort socks. My Lions Club is conducting a community wide sock collection for the purpose of giving those in need some fresh new socks. Our idea is that if your feet are warm, the rest of you will be warm too. For whatever reason, this project is resonating with the public. Probably because it is simple and COVID-19 has affected so many of our neighbors. The Frankfort Lions Club goal is to provide every man, woman, and child registered with our local food pantry with a six pack of socks.

Ten super excited Lions gathered for this event at our local Community Center. We were masked and spread apart as wide as was possible and within thirty minutes we counted 672 pairs of socks, tied them into bundles of six, and bagged them for transport to the Food Pantry on Monday morning. Since our food pantry is sheltered in the Township building and the Township is government they don’t work weekends so hold your hunger for Monday thru Friday.

Our count was six hundred and seventy-two pairs of socks in 112 bundles of six, or 36.7% of our goal. Next week Lions will energize the purchasing component of the project and spend sponsor donated funds to buy what the public didn’t give. By the end of February, our public school partners will end their drives and provide us with a mountain of socks to spread around the community through the shelters.

All in all, this has been a successful project. A highlight will be our Lions produced video to publicize the event. What else but a sock puppet show to do the job. I promise to post our video once it becomes final.

Part two of this day had me delivering two pieces of art-work to Frankfort Arts Association Member Exhibition at Tall Grass Arts Association in Park Forest, IL. The show is “Emerging Perspectives,” and it is my debut as an artist. I feel that all the hours I have spent on making Intarsia pieces deserves some recognition, or at least some exposure. The next step will be to sell something, but I have a problem with that, i.e. I can’t bear the idea of letting my babies go. Maybe that is why we are called “starving artists.”

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