Saving A Life

As everyone knows, the difference between life and death can be a split-second or hairline space or some other very tiny factor.  And, of course, the opportunity to go from the living to the dead is ever present, but it’s not good to dwell on that as it would likely leave a person motionless at best.  Instead, based on reasonable assessment of things, one takes a chance that the traffic and roadways will be such that one will drive the car accident free, the house is sound enough to remain standing, the food purchased is not contaminated with something deadly, etc.  Even if the odds are not in favor of “it’s okay,” with super-alert or the like, very ordinary people can still survive. 

Sometimes things don’t work that way, and continued existence rests with some person or thing capable of saving a life.  Even if someone can do something well, that doesn’t mean he or she could save a life.  A swimming champion, for example, might not necessarily be able to get someone drowning to the safety of a shore or boat.  The fire fighter that pulls someone from a burning building knows much more about such things than ordinary people and quite possibly could be far more capable than other fire fighters.  And, that’s the point here, that those with the knowledge and ability to save lives (including in hospital rooms) are really rather few and far between. 

Modern America has put traffic helicopters and care flight hospital helicopters over cities big enough to have a sizable hospital.  It doesn’t take much space for them to land — even a flat roof will do — and going as the crow flies, they can get someone to medical help relatively quickly, but that doesn’t mean anyone should take those life-saving capabilities for granted.  It may all be seen and heard in the news reports of the day, but it’s really not that common.  Not just in the old folks’ home underfoot, but in most other places among younger folks as well, life is just as precarious as it ever was, and life saving is mostly a do-it-yourself activity.  The neighbors can’t help much. 

Saving a life is rare. 

You Say The World Is Falling Apart?

It’s sad to think that the world is getting worse each day, so it needs a mention that somewhere out there someone is inventing something that will make life better at least on an individual basis.  A few days ago the day’s news said someone had figured out how to keep bread from molding as easily as has been the case.  Big deal?  On an individual level, yes, if bread is needed to eat what one has to eat.  Will people know how and who it affects?  Will it affect everyone?  No and no.  It’s one of those minute things that will be changing the course of events via this person or that in hidden places and hardly noticeable ways. 

At one time people lived in "safe" areas, especially in the United States.  War was in other countries; crime and/or sleazy life were on the other side of town if the town was big enough to have anything of the sort.  Things haven’t always been that way, but they have been for some for a time.  And, there have been people who committed their lives to making the rest of the world just as positive.  Well, it’s not going to be good everywhere.  The isolation that made it possible in some places is gone for good.  Those that lost a loved one killed working to create a better, more civilized society can weep twice as the hope can’t come to be. 

What can come to be is that peace, safety, security (etc.) exists in, for, around those that aim to maintain it on a personal (individual) basis rather than in general, i. e., not over-all from above or the outside.  That’s how some have survived in the midst of upheavals throughout history, as in, "It’s safe in this house."  A tranquil, safe, nurturing state or condition might conceivably extend throughout a business or even an area like a neighborhood but not far beyond a relatively small collection of people.  Religion is already openly often a highly individual thing, and morality held is an important factor in whatever is in play.  

There is hope for a “good” world, just not everywhere. 

It’s Post-Holiday Time

Mid-January is here.  It isn’t particularly cold outside, like below zero.  It isn’t snowy, either.  It is around freezing and at the moment dark "out there," so not really nice but not exactly deadly.  There may be three more Christmas-y things to do..  Obviously it’s after holiday for others as the apartment manager on some level or the other decided it’s time maintenance could start checking things like the heating system everywhere so it works until spring.  The official notice says they’ll be around on Thursday or Friday.  Now, if a person owns a house, keeping the heating system working is a personalized activity and an additional chore for old folks but at their convenience. 

One of the things to do is deliver a small gift to a lady down the hall.  There was an attempt to deliver it before Christmas.  That’s about how Christmas was — no paper cards were given to people although there were quite a few at the door.  The world did some heavy interfering this year.  The world interfering is only a detriment in some cases.  If a person is in near prime condition, it’s possible to breeze right through whatever is around because most people are in a happy, upbeat mood.  In the more decrepit state of the old folks’ home variety getting through is difficult because everyday living is difficult enough of itself, and holiday celebrating is just more to do. 

So, anyway, it’s kind of a nothing time (that’s why maintenance has time to come around and change the HVAC filters), and that’s perfectly all right not only because there are things to be properly finished, but because some rather startling things have happened in the big world and, if possible, one needs to get a handle on which way it’s going.  While it should be going out into space, it looks more like it’s fracturing into millions of fragments.  It’s not in good order.  The apartment isn’t, either, but that’s another story with possible solutions soon.  For the moment, there’s something to eat in the refrigerator, some clothes around and the place is warm enough.

Tomorrow is soon enough to hurry.   

About Floors

Floors are very important things.  They should be flat, not lumpy in places here and there.  They should also be smooth, not too cold or too hot, ideally a little bit soft (a rug can make it so) and more.  They should look nice.  Anyone with good sense will likely glance at where they expect to set their feet, so the floor is going to get more at least momentary attention than anything else around.  Something around may be far more important — life and death — but the floor will still be noticed.  It’s especially important that a floor is soundly laid if there is space underneath it, but that’s a little beyond the topic here which is just floors, like the floor in a room. 

A floor can be dirt.  That’s probably a rather dusty life, but many people have done all right on those.  They can be neat strips of wood, but then something needs to be done to it to make sure it’s not full of splinters.  They can be man made rock (cement), and possibly even other things (brick comes to mind).  They can be covered over with linoleum as well as rug….  If a floor is old, it might have a few dents or cracks that can be ignored if they are not too bad as replacing a floor if it is still usable is expensive.  The point is, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to floors.  And, seemingly – that is seemingly – often the last thing that appears to be of interest is the floor. 

The topic is at hand because the rug underfoot did not get swept last Wednesday.  Somehow sweeping the rug doesn’t seem to be too important to the (well paid) "home making" service staff.  Even if its stated emphatically that sweeping the rug is a lease requirement (it is in the old folks’ home underfoot and probably some others), the point seems to just roll right off of the people paid to "help around the place" like water off a duck’s back.  …That is, if they are not outright wide-eyed over the notion that they have just driven maybe five or ten miles on an assignment that boils down to sweeping the rug and carrying out the trash.  There can also be laundry to do…. 

Old age has some strange aspects. 

Not Dead Yet, So Another Commentary….

Whatever you do on New Year’s (day) you’ll do all year long, or so my mother calmly stated one fine post Christmas holiday time in immediate anticipation of New Year’s Eve.  Considering that it was stated at least forty years ago, it obviously made an impression.  It made sense in it’s own unique way.  Perhaps it might be called a touch of advisory wisdom.  And, many times in the past things were done on New Year’s Day with that in mind.  Much effort has gone into trying, but it’s been impossible to maintain any weblog since the previous message.  …But, if something can be published tomorrow (this is being done New Year’s Eve), maybe there will be more. 

Starting up again is/was not any kind of a swing back into an old routine.  Not in the least.  Many things interfered, and much is still around.  This past Christmas morning three sentences were written down on a sort of note paper with an eye toward doing more — at least keeping track of things.  There were thoughts, but there was nothing more written down for a couple of days, although things happened.  Now there are some notes for a week for the Old Peasant’s Blog.  So, maybe if something is written here and published tomorrow there will be more throughout the days ahead.  It’s worth a try.  Whatever develops, if anything, the commentary will not be as it was. 

The setting is still an old folks’ home (senior citizens’ retirement place).  Between an inability to breathe right, an inability to stand up and hands presently well bandaged (a nurse practitioner physician’s assistant is scheduled to come once a month) not much at all is accomplished.  The equipment previously in use (with some files in it) was never made usable, and the equipment at hand doesn’t work well.  And, among other things, some stuff has reached the stage where, in the absence of a U. S. Congressional Representative for Kentucky’s Fourth District, a request sits in the office of a U. S. Senator, no less than the Senate Minority leader, Mitch McConnell…. 

Happy New Year 2013 everyone.