Happy Halloween 2017

I am 77 years of age.  Wanting a return to the “good old days”, I suspect, is code for wanting a time when America was white and colored knew their place.
There was a time when  Halloween was a great holiday.  I suspect that it was as great for colored but I do not know for sure.  I did grow up in black and white neighborhoods. I do not remember any differences to problems.
Happy Halloween 2017

I am not sure when Halloween went to hell.  I think when news reports of drugs and razor blades and stuff like that in the candy was reported.  If it did happen it was rare and I am not even sure there was a case of it happening.
Then hospitals that charge hundreds of dollars to do an x-ray on a person started to scan candy for free.  People would come in with their candy to have it scanned.
I worked at hospitals when that took place.  It was stupid and never did any hospital ever find anything.  I think that was the end of the real fun Halloween for kids. Now kids do not go door to door.

I am not sure when the born-again Christians, you know the same people that elected Donald Trump, decided to make war on Halloween.   I learned not to ask someone what their kids were doing for Halloween.
I guess when I was a kid I missed out on all the pagans and witches having sex and doing “ritualistic cannibalism” on children.
Well, as soon as Halloween is over I can start my war on Christmas.

 

The sky this morning

  I have been watching the sky since I was a kid.  I started a bulletin board system in 1982.  Not long after that, the local astronomy club asked if they could post their stuff on Howard’s Notebook. Then later they started their own BBS.

Back in the old days, you had to look up information in a magazine and later on a bulletin board system.
Then later the Palm devices came along. That was great.  I was one of the first people to use the Palm devices. So I had one in my pocket.
I worked a lot of night shifts so I was up all night.  I could look up and see the moon and planets in the sky.

Now with computers, you can see the moon, planets, stars and other objects on your computer.  There are great apps for cell phones now.  You see something in the sky and just point your cell phone and it shows you what the object is.
I have an Android cell phone and I use Star Chart.  I also have Heaven-Above on my cell phone.

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This photo was taken this morning Tuesday, October 17, 2017.  I was walking over to get the mail.  Photo was taken with my Panasonic LX7.  The moon above and I did not check my cell phone for the planet below.  I am going to guess Venus or Jupiter.

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The photo above is after I zoomed in a little bit with the Panasonic LX7.  

Nude swimming in the United States

  The following is a reprint of a blog post I made in July of 2010.  It was posted on my TypePad blog.  Some of the links below may not work.  They are seven years old.

I posted in ShowMeBlog back sometime ago about nude swimming at the YMCA.  That blog post gets a lot of traffic each day.  It has had a lot of comments.  Many of the people comment that it never took place.
It was normal and standard for boys swimming at the YMCA to swim nude.  It was also normal at many schools all across the United States.
Many people today just can not believe that such a thing took place.
It just shows how crazy things have come now in the United States with sex, nudity, sin and religion.

I just notice that Wikipedia now has an article “Nude swimming.”
If you want see the post from ShowMeBlog :  Swimming Nude in America and that was from April 23 of 2008.

The following from the Wikipedia article:

“…Before the YMCA began to admit females in the early 1960s, swimming trunks were not even allowed in the pools,[6] and high school swimming classes for boys sometimes had similar policies, citing the impracticality of providing and maintaining sanitary swimming gear and clogging swimming pools’ filtration systems with lint fibers from the swimsuits. These practices were common because of the perception that there was nothing wrong or sexual about seeing members of the same gender in the nude, especially in these indoor contexts among equals in ‘birthday suit uniform’.

In some English schools, Manchester Grammar School for example, nude swimming was compulsory until the 1970s.[7] This was also the case for some U.S. junior high schools.[8] A 2006 Roper poll showed that 25% of all American adults had been skinny dipping at least once, and that 74% believed nude swimming should be tolerated at accepted locations.[9]…”

I never did nude swimming when I was young.  Hell, I do not know how to swim.  Plus I am not sure I was ever at a YMCA.  I had a cousin that was a year younger and he did swim nude at the YMCA near his home.  I knew it at the time but they were poor and until a few years ago I was thinking that the YMCA just did it there because poor kids could not afford swimming suits.  Then a few years ago I read on the web about nude swimming back in the “old days.”  Smile

That would be an interesting poll for a TV station.  Go out on the street and ask people if kids every did nude swimming at the YMCA and at schools years ago in the United States.  I would be interested in the results.

HIGH blood pressure

  If I do almost anything my blood pressure will shoot up.  If I bend over to put on my shoes or if I have to try and pull on socks over my swollen feet my blood pressure goes up.
  I took a heavy item out to the trash tonight.  For the first time, I took my blood pressure when I got back to the apartment.  I knew it was high.  I can tell.  But this time I took my BP.  It was 222 over 98.  The heart rate of 89.

I took my BP about 30 minutes later and it was 172/83.

Normal BP for me runs;  162/76, 147/68, 163/79, 145/66 and that is about normal for.

No Florida for me

In 2000 I moved from Missouri to Florida.  I lived for a year or so in Orlando (FL) and it was OK.  Nice weather and I drove over to Miami and went to a nude beach.  I went to Titusville for a beach a number of times.  I loved the beach.
I then moved to Texas for a year or so and then back to Florida.  I lived in Miami (FL).  I loved the weather and beaches and driving down to the Florida Keys.
I was in FL for a number of years and for a number of Hurricanes.
I still loved Florida.
I moved back to Texas because of the family but my dream was to move back sometime to FL.

CNN:  Nursing home deaths how the risks of being old in Florida

   I am 76 years of age now.  Now, is the time to give up the dream of Florida.  I am too old to put up with Hurricanes.
I may end my days in Texas, God help me.  Fort Worth is a nice town.  I like the downtown area.  There are a lot of great eating places here.
If you follow my blog and my YouTube videos you will know that I am a Democrat for sure.  I am very Liberal.  I think all of the big cities in Texas are Democratic.  Austin is one of the most Liberal cities in the United States. 

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See The blue dots in Texas red political sea

 

My son in Florida and Irma

 I have a grown son that lives in Florida.  He lives on the east coast and in about the middle of FL.

  He has a small apartment and a small business in a small strip mall.
  During Irma the water was right up to his apartment door but did not come into the apartment.  He did lose power for about 24 hours.  After the power came back his cable service is dead or almost dead.  So right now for his home, the Internet and cable service is the problem.

Now his small shop is another thing.  The roof was taken off the entire strip mall. Part of the roof is in his shop.  He got rain damage inside the shop.   He is not sure if the owner of the strip mall is going to fix the strip mall or going to tear it down or sell it.
It sounds, to me, like he is out of business.  It was hard making it before and Irma may have put him out of business.