Monday, December 13, 2021

Hershey, Pennsylvania

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  1. DeniseVB says:

  2. elliesmom says:

    Elliesdad and I enjoyed sharing where we came from with each other. I introduced him to the Pilgrims, the Minutemen, Cape Cod beaches, and the ethnic neighborhoods of Boston, While his parents had moved him to Connecticut near the end of high school, he was a Pennsylvania boy through and through. He took me to the Reading Fairgrounds for funnel cakes, Roadside America, the Promised Land, and Hershey! While I’m not all that familiar with western Pennsylvania, I’ve had the grand tour of the eastern part of the state. I’m not sure ED himself had traveled much beyond the Susquehanna before we moved to Chicagoland. Hershey may have been as far west as he traveled as a family. They were Pennsylvania Dutch and part of a close knit community. When we were living in IL, we’d meet “the cousins” in Hershey in the summer.

  3. Dora says:

    Good Morning.

    This is Elephant Rock in Iceland:

  4. Dora says:

    Adios Chris Wallace: Who Says There’s No Good News?

    National Review reports he’s streaming to CNN.

  5. elliesmom says:

    The sunrise here this morning is gorgeous. The whole eastern sky is a blaze of red. “Red sky at morning sailors take warning”, but the forecast is for a sunny day in th 50s.

    • DeniseVB says:

      You’re having a mild winter too ? Then I realize it’s still fall til Dec 21, so I’ll take it. I know it’s not “global warming” since I remember many holidays putting up lights and decorations in t-shirts and shorts. I can I leave this weirdo weather for Florida? Ok, ask me in February 😀

      • elliesmom says:

        I don’t want to jinx it, but it’s suprising we haven’t had to shovel anything yet. We had a tiny bit of snow I took a broom to on my stairs, but the driveway melted off shortly after sunrise. I have added a puffer vest to my “don’t shoot me” fall jacket a few mornings, but I haven’t put my winter coat on yet. Lots of rain the last few weeks.

        • lateblum says:

          It’s because I brought out the snow shovel and the car snow brushes last week. We could be safe from snow for a while. I hope so, bc I have to renew my driver’s license in the next couple of weeks and *this time I have to take an actual driving test. Please cross your fingers for me. I’m a good driver, but I get nervous when I have to prove it to the state.

      • Miranda says:

        We’re seesawing in NC. 70’s to 50’s and back again. My sinuses are permanently locked.

  6. Mothy67 says:

    Brat can’t go back to school until the 23rd (half day) because she was at the same lunch table with a girl who tested positive. The girl is asymptomatic. Monster doesn’t even sniffle. This is second time brat has been ordered to stay home. Tests have been negative. She has to be tested on the 22nd to return.
    I have been quarantining. Been sleeping a lot. Adding garlic to everything. Feel a little under the weather, but could be due to actual weather. It’s been anywhere from low 30’s to mid 50’s but it’s damp. I’d rather have cold than damp.

    • elliesmom says:

      I don’t know if garlic helps with covid, but you won’t have to worry about vampires. 🙂

    • jadzia1971 says:

      We went through that last month. My two youngest had their last day of school on November 18 and didn’t return until this past Thursday. Like your brat, mine were not sick. The kid who tested positive was not sick. And they shut the whole school down, illegally I might add, anyway.

      Why am I paying for Catholic school again?

      • lateblum says:

        DD#2 has had a cold since a week ago Sunday. She has been in isolation since last week Monday even though ALL her tests have come back negative. Yesterday I went to visit her but stayed outside her window as I had all last year. The asst director of the facility came out to bring me inside because even though dd is in isolation, she was “allowed” visitors provided they wear masks (already required anyway) and gowns and gloves (over my coat?) since I’ve had the same “cold” since last Sunday, I declined.

        So I asked, “Did her Covid test come back negative?”

        This administrator said, “All her tests came back negative.”

        I again asked, “Did her Covid test come back negative?”

        She said, “All her tests came back negative.”

        I said, “When we spoke last week, I asked you specifically about the Covid test because I was isolating due to having spent close contact with her just prior to her becoming ill. And I had to cancel several necessary appointments without knowing the results. DD said no one has shared the results of the Covid test with her, either.”

        She said, “ ”

        But we are supposed to believe this is about public health and not about power.

    • votermom says:

      So where does she go to get tested?

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Here we go again. Another young couple missing, left their cell phones at home? No way.

  8. Dora says:

    DATA: Trust in Presidency, Congress, Military and Media in Free Fall as Americans Say China is ‘Enemy’ and COVID Came from Wuhan Lab.

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  9. jadzia1971 says:

    Further to our conversation about kids, especially boys, and reading, voila the list of YA and slightly younger books that I just ordered. I’ll asterix the ones that are especially appealing to boys, for those of you who have grandsons. For reference, I’ve got girls who are 10 and 11 and boys who are 10, 14, and 15. Some of the more difficult books (like Pride and Prejudice and some of the Dickens stuff) I’m just holding on to until the girls are a few years older.

    More appealing to boys (but not unappealing to girls):
    *A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
    *A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich, Alice Childress
    *A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    *Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Joseph Bruchac
    *Darius the Great is Not Okay, Adib Khorram
    *Coraline, Neil Gaiman (tween and up)
    *Lord of the Flies, William Golding (older teens)
    *Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Richard Atwater (tween or younger)
    *Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales (THE WHOLE SERIES, age 8/9 and up)
    *Sophie’s World: A Novel About the History of Philosophy, Jostein Gaarder (mid-teens and up)
    *That Was Then, This is Now, S.E. Hinton
    *The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie
    *The Catcher in the Rye (older teens)
    *The Grounding of Group 6, Julian Thompson (older teens)
    *The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton
    *The Twenty-one Balloons, William Pene du Bois (tweens)
    *the Fudge books, Judy Blume (tweens and under)
    *Then Again, Maybe I Won’t, Judy Blume
    *Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls (bring your kleenex, this one is SAD)

    These are more appealing to girls:
    Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    Are you There God? It’s Me Margaret, Judy Blume
    Blubber, Judy Blume
    Can You Sue Your Parents for Malpractice? by Paula Danziger
    Deenie, Judy Blume
    Freckle Juice, Judy Blume (tween)
    Hans Christian Andersen’s Complete Fairy Tales
    Here’s to You, Rachel Robinson; Judy Blume (tween and under)
    Iggie’s House, Judy Blume (tweens)
    It’s an Aardvark-eat-turtle World, by Paula Danziger
    It’s Not the End of the World, Judy Blume
    Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
    Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
    Persepolis I and II, Marjane Satrapi (girl book, but my boys had to read it for school and they enjoyed it, tweens and up)
    Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
    Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor
    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares
    The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath (older teens)
    The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, by Paula Danziger (tweens)
    The Crucible, Arthur Miller (older teens)
    The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Paul Zindel
    The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros
    The Pistachio Prescription, by Paula Danziger
    There’s a Bat in Bunk Five, by Paula Danziger (tweens)

    • DeniseVB says:

      Thank you so much for this list. How do you feel about Jane Austen for an 11 year old? I saw a cute little gift set (in pink !) on Amazon.

      • Miranda says:

        It depends on her reading level and how she feels about romance (I wasn’t into it at 11). I liked them as a teen, but might have found them boring at 11.
        If you can find a copy, I loved Rebecca’s War by Ann Finlayson. Lots of action.

      • Miranda says:

        Also, The Perilous Gard and The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope.
        Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel
        Witch of Blackbird Pond by Speare

        • elliesmom says:

          My grandson liked the Witch of Blackbird Pond so much he also read Calico Captive and liked it even better. He found them in a box in the attic on a day he was bored. Not his usual choices.

          • Miranda says:

            I’d forgotten Calico Captive, but it was good. I liked that Miriam was not at all saintly and that she also made the smart choice on a husband at the end.

        • Mt.Laurel says:

          Oh my I have not thought about the Witch of Blackbird Pond in ages. I gave many of my books to my one cousin as they encourage the kids to read and evidently the books provided a lot of pleasure during lockdown as it filled out their home library.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        I don’t know! I did buy Pride and Prejudice but honestly I’ve never read it! So it’s on the pile. I thought it would be a “wait a few years” book, but maybe if you showed them one of the many movies first it would work. Perhaps somebody who has READ IT could chime in here.

    • lateblum says:

      Jadzia, THANK YOU!

      For 11 year old girls:
      “Front Desk”, by Kelly Yang
      “Three Keys”, by Kelly Yang

      Gave them to my 11yo grandgirlie who requested them for her b’day.

    • taw46 says:

      You may already know that Judy Blume lives in Key West. She is part owner of a book store down here and works there 2-3 days a week. Lots of people make that a major destination on their trips to KW, just to meet and talk with her.

      Many writers have called KW home for a time. Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, and Shel Silverstein, to name a few.

      • elliesmom says:

        My daughter and I met Judy Blume in a restaurant in Bar Harbor, ME. My daughter asked me, “Mom, when you were a little girl, did you read Judy Blume?”
        Judy Blume jumped in and said, “Now, wait a minute. When your mom was a little girl, I was a little girl, too!” She was so gracious and talked to my daughter for about 30 minutes or so.

      • jadzia1971 says:

        I did not know that! She appeared at an ACLU event that I worked on many years ago and she was by far the nicest of all the literary celebs that we had.

    • 1539days says:

      A book that had a huge impact on me (but is probably for later teens) is Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      Oh, and a holiday choice: O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. I read “Two Thanksgiving Day Gentlemen” to the kids during the TG holiday and they really liked it.

  10. Dora says:

    Not safe anywhere!


    Groom robbed outside wedding reception in PhiladelphiaThis time, the bandits went after a groom who had just gotten married.

  11. lateblum says:

    I don’t know whether this was already posted. But it’s just as on point now as it was before.

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  13. DeniseVB says:

    This has become better than the show now…..

  14. elliesmom says:

    My daughter has done it to me again. I sent an invitation to both of my kids to come visit me over the Christmas weekend. My son and his wife responded immediately that they would like to come for Christmas Eve as they so often do. My son has the day off, and my DIL’s store has become successful enough she now has staff that will cover the store for her that day. I let my daughter know her brother would be coming that day. She gave me a gazillion reasons why Christmas Eve won’t work for her, and she’ll get back to me about which day will.

    My son and I like to cook together so I ordered some filet mignon from Omaha steaks for us to make. They’re here and in the freezer. Enough for three. My friend has invited me to come to her house either Christmas or Boxing Day. She would like to serve prime rib with a little help from me, but she needs to know which day I’m coming so she knows how many other guests will be there. So I started a FB group message with my daughter, but I decided to add my son-in-law to the conversation. It seems my SIL has made plans to come on Christmas Eve. My grandson wants to talk to his uncle about the robotics competition at school. My son’s team got to go to the nationals, and his nephew has his sights set on getting that far too.

    All of that is well and good, but now I’m back to square one on Christmas Eve dinner except I have some very expensive steaks I didn’t need to buy. I’m sure an occasion will pop up to eat them, or Ellie, Hank, and I could have some party. My friend is off to the butcher shop to pick up a rib roast and offered to pick up two. I told her to go ahead and do it. If plans change again, Ellie, Hank and I will really have a bash because my freezer is very full already. ❤

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    This is probably a silly contest, but the American fascists see it differently.

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  20. helenk3 says:

    I took my two youngest kids to Hershey Park and on that day they were filming a commercial. My daughter was picked to be in it. She was in the magazines and on the tv in the ads. They were on a roller coaster singing Hersehy Park Happy.

    • Mt.Laurel says:

      Not sure if they still do but they also use to ask kids on the tours at the Hershey plant to be on tasting panels and one if the items in the packet was a family day pass to the park(along with lots of chocolate 🍫). I got a lot of swag over the years as my Dad loved to drive and thought Hershey was a great day trip.

    • jadzia1971 says:

      I don’t know why we aren’t at least considering what Japan has to say. It’s an extremely advanced country with a reputable medical system. Fine, dismiss what happened in India (although I don’t), but Japan?

      • Mothy67 says:

        What is going on with Russia? Their fatality rate is steady and has been for weeks. New infections same. No ebb and flow.
        Opposite end Cuba and Japan were late to the game, then got hit very hard over a short period but then precipitously dropped. What are they doing so differently? My county gets more cases?

  21. DeniseVB says:

    Once again I’ve been shut out in the Golden Globes, ok, I did see a few minutes of Impeachment because I wanted to see Carmela Soprano play Hillary (Edie Falco). West Side Story certainly didn’t sweep the noms like last time 😉 How did your favs fare?

    Not even going to televise, just stream this year. 😀

    • elliesmom says:

      I hadn’t seen any of the movies, and the only TV show I had seen was “The Good Fight”. I don’t know who a lot of the actors and actresses are. Of the ones I do know, many of them are Golden Globe worthy, but I didn’t see them in the role they’ve been nominated for. I guess I watch “the wrong stuff”.

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  24. DeniseVB says:

    This woman is pathetic now. I’ve seen many Dem losers over the years, this old gal definitely needs an intervention now. Do you think she’s trying for Kamala’s job? It could possibly be Hill’s last chance to be President. Scary.

  25. lyn5 says:

    From September:

  26. helenk3 says:

    from about the 25-minute mark until the end is that part that I rode on the head end of the California Zepher. I will never forget that trip. Glad I was able to make it when both Chicago and SanFrancisco were beautiful cities and not shit holes

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    • Mt.Laurel says:

      I have noticed few of the fed staff now adding the proffered pronoun under their names on webinars and i admit I roll my eyes and correctly guess those will be the worst presentations as its all woke gibberish rather than useful geeky info dumps. I also noticed once this started they are using cameras where up until recently it was just the white board and names, it’s distracting.

      • elliesmom says:

        When I get asked for my pronouns, I respond YM. Your Majesty

      • jadzia1971 says:

        My favorite example of this recently was another lawyer, a white lady who is DEFINITELY not Latina, who lists out she/her/ella on the sig line of her emails.

        • Mt.Laurel says:

          Most of the time only those that listed pronouns have the cameras on and they only participate in some of the series and all they do is read the script and ask for the new slide while preening to the max. All the regular gang stayed to the old style of just with just their computer screen visible because they are suppose to be showing participants how to use the new online tools. It’s like the pronoun contingent whined until they could not only be part of the webinars but be on camera and you notice as they have not bothered to hone presentation skills but have been practicing expressions and head tilts before a mirror.

  28. helenk3 says:

    remember this

  29. lateblum says:

    John Kass has a guest writer today. Her name is Donna More. She is the reason I registered as a Democrat in the Illinois primary when she ran against KimFoxx. Clearly she is a powc – “person of the wrong color”. She never stood a chance. She’s from Evanston, but doesn’t parrot the Evanston talking points. People in the Chicago area are idiots. (Most of them.)

    • elliesmom says:

      John Kass is someone I’ve continued to read long after I left the area. When I lived there, which was admittedly a long time ago, the friends I made while I was there had the attitude that while they were aware Daly was as corrupt as they come, he kept Chicago running. His successors have been as corrupt, but not as competent. The problem with letting the corruption pass is it becomes endemic to a city or state. Chicago has no patent on that. The last three speakers of the house in MA have all gone to prison. Boston elected Mayor Curley while he was in jail. “The Last Hurrah” by Edwin O’Connor was based on Curly. The other result of accepting corruption as the cost of getting things done is it becomes harder and harder for good people to get elected, and if they do succeed, to be able to do their job honestly.

      • lateblum says:

        I maintained my subscription to the .tribune until the day John Kass was retired/let go/terminated. The morning he announced it would be his final column, I called the circulation dept and told them to cancel my paper. They offered me many “reasons to stay” with the paper. I said they were wasting their breath.
        John Kass was only one of the many people they cut that day. They had many cancellations throughout the week. I doubt many have returned to that paper. I am the only one of my family to cancel the Trib. Everyone else in my family was happy to see him go. They, of course, vote Democrat.

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  37. Mothy67 says:

    I wonder if Wallace exiting has anything to do with Fox going young(er). The hosts they tried out are all 30 to 50’s Network is killing msnbc and cnn in the coveted demo. Wallace brought nothing new to his program. Other cable news had abandoned weekends other than Sunday mornings. Fox is doing better on a Saturday with new(er) hosts than others do on weekday primetime nights.
    Seriously doubt gloomy gus is going to draw a paying audience to cnn +. The cnn/msnbc stuff is depressing AF. Fox has upbeat hosts.

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      Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald

      Like people are sitting around on Monday night with all their concerns and difficulties, thinking: I’m dying to watch Adam Schiff and Liz Cheney drone on and on , and show off fake tears, about The Insurrection™. I’ll be surprised if 10 people under the age of 65 watch that.

      I mean, I cover these things for a living and you couldn’t pay me enough money to watch Adam Kinzinger and Adam Schiff and Liz Cheney talk about January 6.
      4:43 PM · Dec 13, 202

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