What’s In A Name?

The legal name herewith involved is considered a Hungarian word or trade name.  The root word it came from, however, is Slovak, evidently picked up for some reason many hundreds of years ago.  An experience has been, at least in the area underfoot, that only a Hungarian (or someone of Hungarian descent) identifies it as Hungarian.  The usual guess is Greek.

Latin Americans on the other hand commonly identify the name as Spanish, and there is a Spanish branch that was created at least 500 years ago.  Berliners or thereabouts might identify it as a Germanic name imported at some time.  And, since the root word is Slovak, various Slavic peoples might suspect it as Slavic related, just not their particular language.

It’s definitely a military-related name since, so far, three coats-of-arms have been found, one each for the Spanish, German and Hungarian.  In basic translation it’s not “glorious” like “king” or practical like “miller” but is rather fear-creating and over-powering.  While It can be translated and isn’t common, it’s obviously wide-spread so generally can be left as is ordinarily.

A name is first an identity for the spark of life to which it’s attached.  A parent looks at a child and gives it a first name that’s rather how the parent wants him/her to appear to be and by which he/she is distinguished from others with the same surname.  The surname already has an image and maybe heritage the kid should mirror.  At least it should be known if possible.

The opinions of others aren’t identities.  🙂

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Government Shut Down

Contrary to a lot of evidence, the “big news” recently was the partial government shut down.  It’s hard to believe some sources don’t think that’s particularly important.  While admittedly not all of the government was included, common sense says that since the government is funded by citizens’ tax money, whatever there is of it should be a real need.  If it’s possible to just shut it down, it isn’t too needed.

That point mentioned, at least one place in the area immediately underfoot was part of the shut down, reportedly.  It should not have the economic impact on the surrounding community that some other places might have, as (reportedly) that office will be closed permanently next year.  Nonetheless, for the moment businesses that provide services for government employees should expect much less business.

The fact that places like the Statue of Liberty have been affected is, of course, notable in general; but, the main interest here is how will the shut down (regarding the national parks) affect the places and things of concern to Aviation Trail?  The air force museum, which is an allied site, did close; but, what of the ATI related Landmark sites is, was and will be closed isn’t clear from what information could be found.

Someone can, say, go look at the outside of the bicycle shop and the surrounding area any time, but going inside and hearing a presentation from a park ranger is more truly exploring the matter.  Something like Woodland cemetery should be operating on their regular hours, so paying one’s respects at the Wrights’ grave sites should be possible; but, that’s not getting much of an idea about inventing airplanes.

How long something lasts can be important.  🙂

M. L. King, Jr. Day — Another Holiday

Another holiday means another day when offices are closed.  They aren’t all closed, but the important stuff like mail delivery is out and banks aren’t open.  Mail can be tossed in boxes, of course.  Cash money can still come in hand if someone has an ATM usable account and the means to get to one.  On the whole, however, as with any holiday, it was best to be prepared to not be carrying on ordinary living.

Given that it’s mid-January, at least in the Northlands, there’s a second reason to be more or less prepared to not be carrying on ordinary living, namely, the weather, and this year is no exception.  Indeed, a government-type of office called Friday afternoon was already closed on the basis of expected bad weather.  By sunset not only was there considerable drop in temperature, but it had started to snow.

One might say today’s holiday was a day of convenience (maybe a convenient matter).  Although some people have just started getting “after holiday” organized again (we must keep in mind here that technically Christmas decorations are not due to be taken down until the traditional arrival of the Three Kings/Wise Men, January 6), there is sure to be much less squawking about anything if it’s also convenient.

It’s good there was a Martin Luther King, Jr., for many reasons.  This year the holiday is on his actual birthday, which doesn’t always happen.  Although he would be quite old, if he had not been killed, he could have been still alive in the natural order of existence.  And, maybe most important, it’s to be considered that a great legacy of the whole matter is good results from there being a holiday at this time at all.

What’s done with things can be valuable.  🙂

Cold Weather At The Old Folks’ Home

Born and bred in the Northlands doesn’t mean someone must stay in the snow/ice belt, but people do.  Children, of course, need to stay with parents, and children account for a hefty percentage of the population.  Adult population is another matter.  Many stay for the sake of a job and a measure of income, especially if around what’s called “middle-age.”  Only a few are in a good position to leave, which means dealing with the weather.

Zero and sub-zero temperatures (Fahrenheit) are obviously more likely the farther north one goes (or for that matter south in the southern hemisphere).  The area underfoot is In the more temperate area, and “zero” only happen sometimes (right now underfoot).  Since it only happens sometimes, and since the people in an old folks’ home often do not do much like hold down a job, they are among those who often aren’t well prepared.

There’s less going places (never mind hanging around outside congregating regardless of nice selling points like a lovely view) and more of a rush to get in if there’s some need to go out.  And, that “getting in” includes getting beyond the halls, which, especially near the entrances, aren’t much warmer than the outdoors.  Chilly halls also put a damper on necessities, like going to a laundry room or even getting some snacks from machines.

There can be a serious strain on the heating system if it is getting a little old, but if it is a big building there is less chance of something like pipes freezing up or electricity being knocked out for an extended period (especially when a place has a back-up generator). Reasonable older people also try to avoid driving if roadways are bad, so getting things like food or making it to things like doctor’s appointments are very common problems.

To be remembered:  snow covers a lot of dirt.  🙂

What Year Is It?

The year called by many “2017” was most likely very good for some and very bad for others.  Those for whom it was good may hope “2018” will be better; those for whom it was bad surely at least deep down inside seriously (if not desperately) hope “2018” will be better.  Regardless, it’s the year “2018” only for those who calculate time from the Birth of Jesus Christ era.  There was time before that, lots of time so lots of years on the records of whatever people such as the biblical Three Kings or Wise Men with gifts.

Were they kings or wise men?  They saw a star, so most likely they may have been at least astronomers if not sages or seers, but they could also have been kings, and they did think to bring meaningful gifts.  Since they “saw a star” they were aware of the changes “heaven-ward” and surely operated on calendars of some sort using other numbers for the year (unknown at this desk).  Apart from that being a bit interesting if it could be learned, it seems important to recall there are other numbers for years.

Today humans can get off the earth and soon may be going to other planets ordinarily where a year is not 365 (or whatever) days.  Scientists have calculated, for example, that one year (trip around the sun) on the more distant planets such as Neptune is more than a known human lifespan.  In the case of Neptune it’s 165 earth years.  One could live a standard human life and not be a year old.  Planets closer to the sun, such as Venus, have years that have fewer days than the Earth, just 225 Earth days for Venus.

A big to-do about an Earth-based “new year” is no longer really appropriate since it’s not the monumental thing it was before space exploration.  And, that’s not to mention much about the actual limited area of Christianity, which, especially in earlier days, consisted of people who didn’t live somewhat world-wide as they have for several generations now.  That doesn’t mean an Earth-based new year should be ignored or even somehow be re-numbered.  It just means it needs to be remembered things are different daily.

Good wishes for the new year to all. 🙂