Category Archives: Opinion

A Bright Side of Time

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I traveled far from home last November. I boarded a plane in the US, destination UK. After 6+ years of online communication between myself and a woman in the UK, I thought I had found love. In about a month after my arrival, I became yesterday’s news.

I was smitten, and she was infatuated. She wanted to be in love,
and she believed she was in love with me. It turns out the single life for her seems better, for now

She discovered I wasn’t her ideal companion. Those feelings were further amplified by her discussions with her sister. Her sister then determined to set things right by reading me the riot act.

Fortunately her mom & dad didn’t behave in the same
boorish manner and we had a lovely dinner a few times together, as well as a wonderful walk in a botanical garden.

I left the UK in January just before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recent communication between her and myself became strained. Her last text said she was annoyed with
my frequency of texts. Thus the circle is complete. What started out simple, became complex, now I’m returning to simple.

I’m going down my own path, far from the confusion of what someone else may think of me. I learned some things and I wish her well. She’s a very nice person.

A Time To Lead

America has seen crises come and go, but this time is different. There’s a chasm of leadership with seemingly no political party that has an answer. The Democrats have actually done a disservice to the minorities of this country. They’ve pandered to them as a voting bloc, but have systematically assisted in the breakdown of families and educational programs.

When we look toward the Republican party their answer has been tilted more towards meeting civil unrest with adequate law enforcement and crowd suppression.  Neither of them seem to be connected to how or why we got here.

George Will in one of his latest Washington Post opinions excoriated Donald Trump as well as the Republican party. He goes on to admit that racism,  bigotry and social tension existed before Trump took office, and will continue long afterwards.

Nonetheless, he goes on to state, we need a voters purge of Congressional Republicans this November.

If that option was chosen, what are we left with at the ballot box? Do the Democrats have an answer to these and other real problems, such as the pandemic? The Democrats in Congress, seeming only purpose as expressed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are to vote out Republicans and replace them with sycophant Democrats. That’s not a solution but simply another change of deck chairs on a sinking ship.

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I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others,” Jordan said. “We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability. Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all.

Home Economy – We Have a Winner!

Whether you’re downsizing, in retirement, or fed up with too much stuff, there are unique challenges to lifestyle change as well as opportunities. I’m living in a much reduced physical space with fewer things that require maintenance.

Once I moved into a new (only new to me), apartment, I looked at it as another phase, another challenge. Like all challenges, there’s a need to find solutions.

The basic problem facing apartment dwellers who don’t have clothes washing facilities, what do you do?

There’s really no room for a conventional washer dryer and there’s nothing within the building. A nice commercial laundromat is close by, but that’s not as convenient or as inexpensive as having your own.

Yes, there’s an up front cost to purchase your own, but where do you put it, use it, what do you purchase and is this even a practical idea?

Now, looking at the Internet and watching people talk about their experience, I found several that seemed to meet my criteria.

– useful & practical
– compact
– affordable
– reliable

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Stainless steel tub with water jet cleaning instead of agitator. Clothes came out very clean

Two other criteria came to mind after seeing what people use. I refuse to buy and use the twin tub types. They wash clothes in the larger tub, then you have to transfer the clothes to the adjacent and smaller tub when the wash was completed, in order to spin dry. The spin tub is typically half the size so full wash loads require more than 1 transfer.

Forget that, as they’re mostly made of plastic including the wash tubs. I guess that’s fine if you want a more portable, lighter weight machine. I wanted a conventional style wash machine, and one with a stainless steel tub with a metal fabricated cabinet.

I shouldn’t be this excited over something as simple as a wash machine, but this is something different.

I got everything I wanted, and I’m pleasantly surprised with how well this washing machine functions. It’s well balanced, sturdily constructed, and very quiet in operation.

I will include a short video later, on just how quiet this operates. I purchased this online from Walmart and received free delivery to my door. If this is something you might want, shop around. There are frequent sales. Be aware there are some very small units with slightly under 1 cubic foot capacity  (imagine wadding up your clothes within a 12 inch cube.) I chose a 1.6 cubic foot design. I live by myself. Those who have 2 adults and a child in a household, might want to consider a 2 cubic foot portable. When the size you select is 3 cubic foot, you’re approaching the smaller end of full size washers. That’s still useful if all you have is a single, sink water hookup and 110 volt ac power. It’s just a matter of portability and purchase price.

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Multiple load capacity, water temp, bulk, normal & delicate settings. Soak and extra rinse are also available

I’m waiting for the delivery of a compact dryer. It’s uniquely designed to fold up similar to a patio umbrella, but it’s completely enclosed with a dryer / blower. In the meantime, I’m using an over the door drying rack.

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Clothes hung up temporarily over door to dry