Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Summer class!

Check it out!

Indiana Jones and Archaeology in the Mediterranean World

Tomb robbers, adventurers, spies, and gentlemen (and some women) travelers played a central but problematic role in developing the modern discipline of archaeology. This course will use the lives of such travelers, their archaeological discoveries, and well-known artifacts as case studies to explore the themes of the “rediscovery” of the ancient world and concurrent imperialism around the Mediterranean from 1790 to the 20th century.
Perfect summer class.  I'll miss the first two weeks but the instructor, a graduate student already added me to the list.

Monday, May 22, 2017

E gets her cancellation!!!!!

Huge happy news.  E, the inmate at Northwest Detention Center had her final hearing this morning and the judge gave her the cancellation of her removal!!!  Huge!!  That means she will be released and not deported to the Philippines.  The family came through with her 15 year old son coming from Sitka and her sister and teenage niece and nephew attending.  The hearing was done via video with a judge and homeland security attorney in a courtroom from Portland.  She expected to call her sister and son to testify.  The judge did not want the son to testify because, he said, that when children give testimony and the case is lost, the child thinks that it's his fault, that he should have done better.  The sister was sent out of the courtroom; they never called her testimony so Dennis realized that we were the only two adults witnessing, the rest were teenagers.

To my surprise as I reflect back, the homeland security attorney laid the basis for the cancellation asking her many personal questions about misfortunes she had suffered.  Then the judge threw out her asylum petitions and granted the cancellation!!

She had no attorney,

I had suggested that we look into drug abuse resources in Sitka as a way to demonstrate her commitment to sobriety.  Which we did.  And it came up and she had the answer.

Not much celebration in that place but we did it.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Republican health care

From CNN quoting a 'Senior House Republican"

"Clearly, when you have a big majority, there are people in tough districts who need to vote 'no,'" the GOP House member said. "However, there appear to be a lot of folks who aren't in tough districts who are still voting 'no.' "

Hard to get my head around this.  So if you are in a district that is heavily Republican, you can still comfortably screw people out of quality health care without consequences?  But if you may have to face the voters in a non-trivial way, you better not?

Apparently part of the fight is that those with pre-existing conditions are still covered but the states can opt out of this.  So how would I feel if my state officials opted out of this deal so now I either
a. cannot buy a plan or
b. it costs a ton of money
because we all have pre-existing conditions.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Popsicle season starts...

It's starting already.  Today, they did Ballard (taken several years to break into that one) and Fremont.  Things will start getting under full swing.  Megan has had to hire NEW people to get everything done.

I had stopped to think about the production of the boards illustrating the different popsicle boards.  But since they use five or six in every booth, well do the math.  Susanna posted this picture.

Tonight we had a combined restaurant dinner for Jessica and myself, with Megan and Susanna and Megan and Jessica.  I bought Jessica a big flashy hanging basket.  Megan asked Danny "Are you going to sell popsicles for me this summer?"  He said "Yeah, sure."  We all work for Megan.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Progress at Seattle Pops store

As Megan says, the walls are up at her new brick and mortar store in Wallingford.  Exciting!  Originally I heard it was going to take about six weeks!

Can hardly wait

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Danny at Blue Fin

Check out this link that ran today on a Seattle entertainment website.  Danny is in the first of the three buffets.  It's really pretty funny!  Picture is when the taste tester decides to eat some really spicy wasabi straight.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Cresting 65 - Part 2 Health

A friend said a while ago, "It's upsetting that people my age are now dying from natural causes and not accidents."

Yes, exactly.

As I look around, I am beginning to see people my age with serious health crises.  Even dying (Fred of blessed memory, of flu complications).  Non-Hodgkins lympoma next door.  "Lung nodules," found in a friend, complications of heart and diabetes in another.

And, despite, the model that we were steeped in, people don't necessarily 'get better.'  You know the model, go to the doctor, get your medicine and you get better.  In previous centuries, people expired in middle age.  Now not so much or not talked about.

People died in their 60s, even now.  Nobody is immune from this death thing.

It's circling.

I talked with my cousin about the money thing, she knew many people who were fortunate to have trans-generational wealth.  I can only think of one other person.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Cresting 65 - Part 1 money

I will turn 65 in the next few weeks.  We can step back in astonishment and wonder how that could really happen?  Do the math.  I always am, working to understand what happens to people at what age.

What do you associate with age 65?


Until very recently, I was not clear how that worked.  You stopped working and you still lived and ate and slept.  But, exactly how did that money thing work?  People did it; they went on trips and had houses.  How did that get paid?

Now, I'm beginning to see a dichotomy among those in my cohort.  In the past, there could be money problems but, you could always change things.  Yes, you might be struggling financially, but you could get a better paying job or maybe work a second job.  The potential for improvement always existed.  And you could always live paycheck  to paycheck.

Until that doesn't work any more.  "When you are too old to work but too young to die."

I probably would have used the 'bakerman' approach to retirement.  I did it for college expenses and it worked.  Refers to a game played in preschool.  The teacher makes an imaginary cake and puts it in an imaginary item.  And when the buzzer goes off, she reaches back and there's something there for the kids to eat.  What really happened was the preschool parents hustled around to find something.  I did that for my kid's college expenses, just figured the money would be there and it was.  But likely for the same reason, that we 'can retire'.

But now, I see that people, families, my peers divide into two groups.  People who are doing ok and people who are not.  If you don't have the assets to 'retire' (ie stop working), the situation is not likely to change.  Some people around me are really stuck for money.  They have nothing behind them and nothing likely to come.  They must be prepared to eke along, hope they have social security.  Lotsa people.  More than I would have been prepared to admit.

So who skates here?  Who 'can retire'?

Some people have good pensions.  I know some people like that.  You work for a long time in a job with a good defined benefit pension and then you collect that pension and bob's your uncle.  Dennis' parents had that.  Somehow the jobs I had never had that sort of thing, not Dennis' either except for his last job.  With this deal, you just keep on collecting.  But not many of them left.  It never occurred to me to specifically look for a job with that kind of benefit.  Too many other variables.  When I was younger, jobs came with benefits and they seemed like a good idea I never could put them in perspective.

Some people have amassed wealth themselves.  They have enough put away to take care of themselves.  Buying and selling.  High paying jobs.  Very few people but there are some.

Some people have trans-generational wealth.  Their forebears acquired wealth and it passed down to the younger generation.  That's what we have.  Inheritance from my parents and grandparents provide the money so we 'can retire.'  Indirectly, that paid for the college costs.  I'm grateful and lucky.

Some people figure they will just keep working.  One man I know just got a new job as he turned 80.  But often you can't keep your job.  Like my father, you get re-organized out.  Ageism is huge in the employment market.  Especially in these days of the 'free market.'   Hire the younger cheaper people.  There's no societal responsibility for business to keep on the old folks.  Clean house.

Here we all are.  We either 'can retire' or we will struggle along.  I realize that for some people, some close around me, things look bleak, they have nothing and world ahead looks cold and a little hungry.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Some good times

How about a picture of a good time?

I have been working on some oral interviews.  I've been working with this community member for several months.  She has performed all her life and had a CD of a variety of her recordings.  Some in Hebrew, Ladino and Yiddish, some popular songs.  I suggested that we add the CD to the archives.  So last week, I picked up her (and her CD) up and we went to the university and their specialty librarian made some copies.  The archivist and the librarians were so good; we all had a great time in the basement.  I'm listening to the CD right now.