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Not Just Nostalgia

I tore a ligament in my wrist a week ago. I first went to an Urgent Care center where they x-rayed my wrist and didn’t see anything.  Instead they gave me an Ace bandage and told me to see a specialist if it continued to hurt.  I looked at the bandage, and do you know it doesn’t even come with the little metal clasp anymore? It comes with a flimsy velcro-like end that loosely grips the bandage.

It got me thinking that my children and younger people don’t have much experience with real materials. Almost everything they use is plastic.  Simple household objects are now made of plastic instead of glass, metal, or even wood.

  • Ice cube trays
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Many drinking glasses
  • Some eating and serving utensils
  • Earphones
  • Mechanical Pencils
  • Key chains
  • Or are almost extinct: Typewriters, Payphones

Okay, maybe not everything (keys, pots and pans, china, etc.) but much of their daily lives is plastic.  I saw this article, A Threat to Male Fertility, in the NY Times while this was on my mind. Plastic is in more than we are aware:

The gender gap was particularly wide when it came to phthalates, those ubiquitous compounds used to make plastics more flexible and cosmetic lotions slide on more smoothly. Women who wore cosmetics often had higher levels of phthalates in their bodies, as measured by urinalysis. But only in their male partners were phthalate levels correlated with infertility.

I know that sometimes my friends and family think I’m over the top with my desire to eat traditional foods, pastured raised meats, organically grown, non-GMO, non-processed food products.  I also do not use commercial moisturizers or lotions.  But reading this kind of information makes me think I’m not doing enough!

Phthalates belong to a group of industrial compounds known as endocrine disruptors because they interfere with the endocrine system, which governs the production and distribution of hormones in the body. The chemicals have been implicated in a range of health problems, including birth defects, cancers and diabetes.

I do use plastic containers to store food, and at work, I will put them in the microwave.  Time to rethink that practice?

Phthalates…include not only cosmetics and plastics, but also packaging, textiles, detergents and other household products. Phthalates are found in the tubing used in hospitals to deliver medications; in water flowing through PVC pipes; enteric coatings on pills, including some aspirin; materials used to create time-release capsules; and countless other products. In 2008, the government banned them in children’s toys, and the European Union is also moving forward on restrictions.

This is why I get so annoyed at people who are seeking cures for diseases. We should be looking to prevent disease rather than cure it.  That’s my goal anyway.

Resting Rooms

Bedford Springs Bath Notice

Bedford Springs Bath Notice

Do you remember the highly fashionable, pampering, relaxing rooms that fronted public restrooms? I particularly remember them being luxurious in department stores.

Whatever happened to those nice ladies’ restrooms of long ago?  I remember them being very fancy with vanity tables and a sitting area in the first room before a room with stalls and sinks in the back.

I think Nordstrom still has this set up; I’ll have to check it the next time I shop there.

I was in my local department store the other day and saw a shabby facsimile of the past:

Local Dept. StoreThey tried, but are nowhere close to the old glamour!

A few days later, I was saw this in the NY Time Magazine:

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However, this was an ad for an (expensive, of course!) apartment house in Manhattan. I’m sure that they would not be happy if they saw me using their ad in a post about the waiting areas in ladies’ rooms!

Well, then I got on a kick…paying special notice to ladies’ rooms.

I went to the Bedford Springs Spa and Resort, where they were abundant!
Bedford Springs Resort Lobby Ladies Room

Bedford Springs Resort Lobby Ladies Room

The ladies’ room in the lobby was very fancy, with a long hallway, making the ladies’ room seemingly huge. Interestingly though, only two stalls.  But at least there’s a nice bench for waiting one’s turn!

The hotel room was nice, and the bathroom had a little vanity area that is tastefully done:

Bedford Springs Resort, Hotel room bathroom

Bedford Springs Resort, Hotel room bathroom

and the ladies’ room outside the spa had an interesting area too:

Bedford Springs Resort, Ladies Resting Area

Bedford Springs Resort, Ladies Resting Area

I hope this post is utterly fascinating to you.

I think there are more pictures to come…I’m thinking a coffee table book…or maybe one to keep in the bathroom instead?

The Week of the 30 Year Olds

I met DDSO on personals. It was a whirlwind romance; we were committed for life.

I do not have an issue with meeting someone online (though I sometimes believe lightening doesn’t strike twice in the same place) and am on a couple of dating sites.

In the past 7 days, I have received messages from 3 men in their thirties and 1 in his twenties.

I don’t get it (or want it).

One friend says that younger men are looking for someone to take care of them (a sugar mommy?).  I’ve raised my children and am not looking for more.

Another friend says that younger men know that older women are more experienced. I am looking for more in a relationship.

I don’t get it.

I am thinking of telling one of them that I will meet him for a drink….as long as he also brings his (single) father.

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the New Black

Orange is the new Black.

I am addicted to this show.

I just started watching it two days ago and I’ve seen 5 episodes already.

Should I be admitting that?

This is a new series on Netflix where they release all the shows in one season all at once.  I like to watch shows like that. I usually DVR a series so I can watch at least two episodes at a time.

I think this habit started with LOST. I started watching it in its third season when I got the first two seasons on DVD and was HOOKED.  I don’t understand how anyone can be happy watching one episode per week.

The sad part is when the current season is ending and I have to wait months to see what happens next.  Sometimes I won’t watch the finale of the previous season until the next season is about to begin.

Does anyone else do this?

Have you Kickstarter-ed yet?

Helping others achieve their dreams!

Not tax-deductible, but it’s still tremendously fulfilling to help people get their designs/projects/businesses out in the world through Kickstarter.

I’ve backed 28 projects!

Kickstarter is a site where people solicit funding for their projects or businesses. They post a video of their project, what it is and what will be achieved when they hit their target goal. Each project includes different contribution levels, with incentives/gifts for each level.  People make pledges at whatever incentive level they like. If the project does not garner the dollar amount of pledges in the allotted time, it is not funded. If it meets or surpasses the dollar goal, the pledges are fulfilled.

One’s contribution is not tax deductible. It’s a straight out offer of cash (via credit card) to help people create their dreams, achieve their goals, move them forward on their chosen / created paths.

Contributing to help people achieve their goals and fulfill their dreams is very rewarding.

The incentives are just icing on the cake!

Some of the kickstarter products I've supported.

Some of the kickstarter products I’ve supported.

It’s really quite a clever concept. You invest in someone’s dream. They meet their financial goal. You pay a token amount of money, and then get the “gift” in kind. It may be a handwritten thank you note, the product itself, or the product and other items.  If I invest at a level where I get a product, and I almost always do!, I become an instant promoter.  It’s like I’m an owner of the project owner’s success. It is awesome.

Kristy and Coulter at Quinn Popcorn are in continued contact with their Kickstarter backers. I love getting their emails and hearing how they’re doing, what they’re learning about the food industry, how their business is expanding.

Alexa sends periodic updates about the film festivals in which her movie, Oma and Bella, is showing.

I visit the websites of some of my other Kickstarter projects either to order more of their products (like Savor Sweets – you have got to try their products) or just to see how their business is doing.

If you haven’t supported a Kickstarter project yet, I strongly urge you to do so.

It’s an inexpensive, quick way to help others achieve their dreams. How often do you get a chance to do that?

Here are the projects I’ve backed, in order of my support:

  1. Quinn Popcorn, August 9, 2011
  2. Over Our Heads – Umbrellas for Happy People, August 16, 2011
  3. Savor Sweets, September 4, 2011
  4. Phin & Phebes – Help Us Make More Ice Cream (Funding Unsuccessful) September 6, 2011
  5. Brys & Edgewood Fondant Cake Kits – September 17, 2011
  6. Ai Means Love, September 30, 3011
  7. Spice Mixology – Bringing Unique Spices to the World – October 8, 2011
  8. Oma & Bella, October 23, 2011
  9. Wonder Threads – Clever Laptop and iPad Sleeves – March 5, 2012
  10. The Golden Moth Illumination Deck – March 10, 2012
  11. Smidgen Stick – The Smidgen Measurement System – March 11, 2012
  12. Gremolata & Cancellaresca Milanese – April 14, 2012
  13. Angel Food…Bakers From Hell – April 21, 2012
  14. Stu’s Bloody Mary Mix! (Funding Unsuccessful) – June 2, 2012
  15. Artisan Hand-Painted Yarn – Custom Dyed for You! – June 9, 2012
  16. Crowded Teeth Fancy Stamp Ring – June 13, 2012
  17. The Magnetic calendar – Project Suspended – October 5, 2012*
  18. 15 Songs Every Kid Should Know (and will LOVE!) CD – November 1, 2012
  19. Genki-Su: Japanese Drinking Vinegar – December 15, 2012
  20. SRSLY Chocolate – December 27, 2012
  21. Clotheshorse – Fashion (Funding Unsuccessful) – January 5, 2013
  22. Ring Bracelet (Funding Unsuccessful) – April 29, 2013
  23. Malvi: Redefining the Marshmallow Sandwich – May 15, 2013
  24. Dizmio Wallet: Slim, Small, Minimal – RFID Blocking Wallet – May 17, 2013
  25. Kreate-a-lope – The Fastest Envelope Maker on the Planet! – May 22, 2013
  26. One Screw Loose, Jellies and Jelly Rubs, Spread It On Thick –May 25, 2013
  27. Ian James New York – Uniquely Handcrafted Bags for All – June 15, 2013
  28. Kobe Red -100% Japanese Beer Fed Kobe Beef Jerky  – Project Suspended – June 13, 2013*

* A project may be suspended if it:

• Violates or acts inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the Kickstarter Guidelines or Terms of Use.
• Materially changes the stated use of funds
• Makes unverifiable claims
• Exhibits actions that are more closely associated with fraudulent or high-risk activity

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