Basic Needs Reviewed

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“Basic needs” (to maintain life) are very often said to be food, clothing and shelter.  It is possible to leave it at those if the “food” includes enough watery liquid to cover the essential need for water.  Meanwhile it is possible to make do a while without shelter, if a place’s safe enough, and also the clothing (nudists manage to do so a lot). 

The reason for bringing this up is that there are a lot of homeless “out there,” and a country like the United States shouldn’t have a homeless problem at all.  While there are organizations committed To helping with the problem, those ideas of basic needs need to be expanded for people to get out of that homeless situation and into ordinary life. 

Among “additional” basic needs (say in a city), apart from things like medical matters, there’s transportation and to some extent communications.  It’s not easy to go see about something like needed paperwork someplace across town when getting there is miles of hiking.  There’s also a need for some way to be getting cleaned up at least marginally. 

With the coming of warmer weather (in the northlands) more people will become homeless.  It is for different reasons, seemingly somewhat reasonable.  One is that some temporary shelters are just for the like of cold weather, i.e., they close down as soon as possible, often due to lack of funds and staff.  It’s a timely thought to consider or more. 

Looking ahead can make things better.Coffee cup 

Back To Ordinary Stuff On Presidents’ Day

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As stated in last week’s message, while the topic of hints for hunting a place to hang one’s hat isn’t exhausted, the twelve weeks of it is enough to put together something for distribution.  Locally there is an organization that deals with “remembering” older (and sometimes confused and slow- moving) persons that can put it into a kind of booklet.  

It’s Presidents’ Day, which is a far cry from Thanksgiving and Christmas and for some it has amounted to no more than some extra time off from work.  The nation (so, all in it) has been blessed with the presidential system.  While it’s not perfect, of course, it should be worth attention, more than some offer.  Once there were two president’s days. 

The forerunner of these essays was ordinary life in what’s today called by some “The Rust Belt” in a column called “A House In The City.”  It was a nice, mid-size town that had good features and grew.  Inventions were developed; during World War II it “boomed.”  Then amid changing life 100,000 people moved out.  Many things are different there now. 

Among the interests here, apart from more or less everyday life in what is now an apartment house and recollection of days past, there is early aviation (for which there is too little time it seems).  (That be very early aviation.)  In addition there are references at times to any of the stuff over to the left, which doesn’t exclude more of living. 

Any day has both sunrise and sunset.Sun 

Old Folks’ Home Hunt Notes 12 … And Valentine’s Day!

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There’s other stuff that might be added to this hunt notes listing, but one objective here is to get a something down and get it printed for distribution to help at least to an extent.  It can then always be revised with any additional material put together, possibly within a few months.  Past articles also contain information, just not so together. 

34.  Laundry.  If there’s a laundry room (they are in some places but not all), the odds are there are rules covering the use.  And, not all take cash.  If there is none and no using one’s own washer and dryer, it makes sense to locate the nearest laundry service and take a look at it.  Vendor operated laundry rooms’ problems don’t go to the office. 

35.  Transfers.  Moving from one apartment to another that seems better is nearly impossible some places and not that difficult in others.  As noted in item #20, sometimes with doctor’s statements it’s done when not otherwise done.  If there is a transfer, the rent is likely to be different if the space is different.  It is just a point to remember.

36.  Utilities.  Commonly water, sewer and electricity are the utilities of “utilities included.”  It could just mean the plumbing services.  An electric bill (like a telephone bill) needs to be considered.  Even a small place can have noticeable electricity costs.  Obviously there should be a difference in rental amounts depending on the utilities. 

Happy Valentine’s Day to all.Red rose 

Old Folks’ Home Hunt Notes 11

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There are major things and minor things and, as many know, the minor things can absolutely wreck major things.  A few things in the notes may seem negligible until unexpectedly this or that rather remote item can become a major concern worth considering an unwanted move.  It seems worth effort and space to offer them even if they may seem numerous.

31.  Service reps.  Sales people still go door-to-door and service to an apartment complex has the doors fairly close together.  There is likely a rule about no soliciting amid the rules of a place, but that doesn’t mean sales reps are absent.  It may take individual contacts (and maybe even a clearance from management at times) to get one to come. 

32.  Hand rails.  The true mark of an old folks’ home just may be a hand rail along the walls of a hall.  They’re put other places as well, of course, but if no railing and the place’s billed as something like “retirement home” chances are other “senior” matters aren’t top priority, either, or the ownership may be running on near empty financially. 

33.  Entry Overhead (Awning).  A main entry door without a weather protection overhead (like an awning extending over the driveway or the like) can make life a bit difficult if it’s pouring down rain, but it’s not essential to life, no matter how classy it looks.  They do have a value, and big places are likely to have a thing there but not always. 

Changes should be hopes for something better.Fingers crossed