A Different Melting Pot

The world has reached the state where someone more than ten years old has had no experience outside of the twenty-first century.  Further, it might be safe to say few people would remember much before they reached something like the age of three, if then; but, there’s no need to go back to 1997 or so.  A ten-year-old youngster is more than a small child.  Such are in school in the fourth or fifth grade and are often called “pre-teens.”  They may not know much, but they do know more than home and family.  The thing is, everything they know of life in personal experience has taken place in the twenty-first century. 

As of 1945, overwhelming an opponent with greater fire power ceased to be an ultimately viable approach to disagreements, although it was before then.  It’s still done on a small scale; but, such is no longer a policy that’s acceptable as a way to successfully win anything in an ultimate sense.  Now, there are people in the old folks’ home underfoot who are in their nineties, adults of the “pre-1945” school of thinking where such ideas were okay if not good.  Meanwhile, in some definitions people in their fifties, born well after 1945, are “senior citizens,” and they are of the later attitudes.  There’s a difference in ways of behaving. 

While to date there are two approaches to a way of living, there is a third soon to be upon the senior citizen scene.  It was not too long ago when space travel was fiction and fantasy. Today that’s also part of the real world, and the people with no earlier experience have still a different way of thinking and behaving.  A good many will not make it into the mixture described above; but, they’re close and “older.”  The thing is, none of the above alone directs the attitude of the coming generation that will soon be running things.  And, what it is that will be the attitude may be beyond the comprehension of all others. 

The future can be a sizable mystery.    


Where Did Yesterday Go?

The witching hour comes, preceded by as well as followed by dark of night for it is not the land of the midnight sun.  Dark of night may be pitch black or spotted with faint lights, either natural, man-made or both as circumstances create, but mostly it’s a dark, lightless affair.  And, the earth spins on until sooner or later the part of the earth underfoot starts to again face the sun with the light of day expanding over the horizon.  And, still the earth spins on until, either higher or lower, the sun is directly above in what is the noon hour.  Then the day is half over and, as is known, the earth spins onward to another witching hour.  

Although the first declaration of a time of day set for yours truly is set for 9:00 a.m. (DST), it’s not for anything but an announcement that it is that time as per human convention.  The actual get up and go happens whenever it happens; it can be hours before then or it can be then because the alarm has gone off and made enough noise to cause an awakening.  Then there is a need to carry out “advisable things,” like visiting the bathroom, looking over communications that have arrived and considering what is paramount to maintaining existence. That fits no time frame (it’s been tried).  It just continues as long as possible…. 

It’s well past Sunday noon at this point in time, and there’s no clear recollection of what happened to Saturday. There was no such thing a a proper meal. There were no visitors at the door, entries for here written and no backlog of anything that was cleared out.  In recent days there have been bad headaches; one was of such proportions that much bed rest took precedence over all else. To disturb things further, there was equipment failure and a need to make up for a service failure.  In the end, the clock today prompted the observation, “It’s Sunday … what happened to Saturday?”  Losing days may be of the ways of old age. 

Days vanish fast when there are few. 

Here At Last

A bit late, but present nonetheless, there is here an entry to The Diary’s Blog. It is a case of life was interrupted by what is called housekeeping inspection, that is, mostly, which was already well discussed two days ago.  And, here’s a little more….  They happen for assorted reasons, but most often because someone somehow “higher up” is going to show up to see how those not so high up are managing to take care of things.  And, the activity itself doesn’t take more than a few minutes.  The getting ready, the possible aftermath and the interruption of the normal course of events can be huge.     

The proper procedure is for the powers that be to send notice of when the visit will be. The management of the apartment building underfoot is very, very good about that.  A good many are pretty lousy about it. Some state no definite time; they announce something like “during the week of…” and add notes about how the tenant doesn’t have to be home while the management goes pussy-footing around the place.  The “it’s only us” attitude is deadly.  It’s also a sure sign the management is not managing the place very well and simply runs hither and yon to whatever demands the most attention at any given time. 

Now, the date on this message is January 28, and it is the message of January 28, present shortly after January 29 began.  Within the first hour (as has been noted before), it not really too, too late.  However, a thought percolating in the back of the mind (if it could be figured out how to actually do it quickly), in the event there is literally no time to put together some words and there are none on the back burner, is to do something like find a picture – maybe classical art of some sort – so at least people have something to view. So, if that happens with no explanation, it means one should tune in later to see what happened.

Speculation can be fun. 

Housekeeping Inspections

Owners of things who lend them out (especially if it’s a building or part of one in a long-term lease arrangement) have rights to an occasional inspection of same to actually see that all is okay. This boils down to “housekeeping inspections” or similar visits by landlords or property managers.  Under special circumstances it might be called something else, like “an inspection to see if there’s been water damage” if there was some kind of flooding somewhere adjacent.  The over-all idea is not really to see if someone dusted the furniture.  The idea is to check to make sure the floor is not ready to collapse or some such thing. 

In some cases a place doesn’t need much inspection – even once a year isn’t a real necessity.  Once a year, however, is a fair amount of inspecting. Tenants do not always ask for something to be fixed, while a landlord really can’t be asking for money for something if it’s not in adequate enough shape. Sometimes semi-annual or even quarterly inspections are within reason.  Regardless, whenever one is scheduled for whatever reason, it is only practical for residents to make sure the place is spiffed up a bit for whenever the visit is to take place. If it isn’t, most often a landlord can demand some things. 

Now, housekeeping inspections can be a special breed of cat.  If management of a place wants to get rid of someone, there has to be a reason.  If the rent is paid, the tenant doesn’t bother anyone, is perfectly legal and all that, about an only way to accomplish running someone out is to get picky over housekeeping. And, yes, there are situations when managements want to run out responsible tenants.  The most untenable of such situations is when a tenant isn’t “docile” enough with a landlord who wants to play big shot.  There are such people.  A housekeeping inspection is due tomorrow (the 27th) for yours truly. 

Laws can be complex. 

New Names

As a good many people know, especially if they think and remember a little, the great city of New York City in the state of New York was in its early settlement named New Amsterdam.  And, even today there is clear evidence of that Dutch community in things around.  That the English would re-name the place when it was eventually in English hands is perfectly understandable.  The town also has an advantage now in the fact that “York” is easier to say than “Amsterdam” – with all due respect to the “old” Amsterdam. The reason for bringing it up is that even in relatively modern times great places have had name changes. 

Changing the name of something usually indicates (and it should) that basic or at least very important changes have taken place in regard to the thing (or the person, as in the case of a woman who takes her husband’s surname as hers), but it doesn’t always happen that way.  There are places and the like that are re-named just to honor someone.  Sometimes towns will increase in size until a line on a map is all that separates them, at which point they decide to become one town with a name that’s a mixture of the two.  But, it isn’t just places or women deciding to marry that cause name changes. 

In these days of economic changes, company after company, and also the likes of schools, hospitals and even clubs and organizations are changing the names associated with them until they are no longer identifiable by people who have been around for a while.  Today, in the home town newspaper, a news report about a hospital with a totally unfamiliar name made headlines.  It could not be placed at all.  Finally it was searched out for a street address.  It didn’t need much study once the location was pinpointed.  It was the place where yours truly was born and several relatives died.  That’s name-change disorientation.

People can get lost due to “improvements.”  

Mail Order Business

The latest news has included a tidbit about the fact that another venerable old mail order house plans to close out it’s mail order aspect.  It will still have store operations, but there will be no big, colorful “Wish Book” operations.  Those big catalogues are/were no doubt expensive to produce.  And, the family on the far distant farm or the hundred or so people in the little crossroads town who once needed mail order to have anything no longer need it so badly.  They now have cars that can take them to the shopping malls that are a lot closer than a day’s travel somewhere.  And, shipping is likewise expensive. 

This is a great loss to society, nonetheless.  The mail order house stocked items that were not readily available otherwise, because even in larger towns there wasn’t enough demand for an in town company to keep an inventory of them. If in a year’s time only six people want an item that takes up “x” amount of space and the manufacturer sells it in lots of forty-eight, it doesn’t pay to use space to stock it.  Mail order houses, however, shipping to a customer base in an area of hundreds of miles can stock it as there is much more chance of buyers. Some people will still need those rarely stocked items. 

Now, it seems a bit strange that such a thing is happening at all, in spite of the obvious increases in costs, because people do use mail order services for some ordinary things.  The parcel delivery company is seen about once a week at the apartment building underfoot, and there’s no looking for him/her.  In fact, there is usually maybe a half hour a day at the most somewhere around the front of the place.  The regular U. S. postal service mail carrier is also often seen with a package or two in hand.  Admittedly, it’s an old folks’ home and they don’t run around as much; but, there are a lot of old folks.  Something is amiss. 

The passing scene says things. 

New World Order (Again)

The world is more or less the same size that it has been for eons (might as well say always although maybe not when it was first forming).  And, as most people know, what was once a great distance is no longer a great distance, not due to a change in the distance itself, but due to the superlative means for spanning it that now exist.  If humans walk, the distance covered is little. Some people can, say, walk ten miles.  But, plenty of people can’t.  Cars can cover that fast; and, aircraft can do it still faster.  Radio waves can do it almost instantly.  Such things are often viewed as part of a new world order.  

The new world order, however, is not simply a matter of a smaller world, indoor plumbing and electricity or incredibly marvelous medical doings.  The new world order is dealing with the changes brought on by things like air pollution, global warming and especially the petering out of some natural resources commonly in use presently.  It’s using uncommon materials (and foods) not only for practical and maybe health reasons but also because there isn’t (or won’t be) enough at hand of what has been used (and what is familiar and known).  That’s even in regard to the recent past.  . 

What brought this all up again is another consideration of things like the effects not of the frightening things like AIDS nor radical changes like the apparent fall from respect by religion but by that new plague on the scene, bed bugs – yours truly just recently saw some information that suggests the problem of the bugs, which is growing, is still mired in general apathy.  Since there’s nothing that is really effective against them, until something is found, ways of living have to be changed from what was.  It’s not happening except with the victims.  There are studies that have been completed, but putting them in play is going to be a job.

Trouble can ride in on the future.