Sallymargaret, we are alive and well, just very (very, very…) busy. I got out of the habit of reading the comments section. Hope this finds you well, too!
I enjoy the joke inside the joke since ALL THREE of those teen choices are professions where many are helped by learning to write clearly. We know some successful investment bankers and they absolutely have to be able to write clearly so that their investors stay comfy with the decisions made. A number of rockers also write lyrics. Writing lyrics is like writing poetry since one’s thoughts must be organized and vocabulary up to the task because either of those two is like writing an essay or story in many fewer words. Let’s face facts about acting; people who act well must understand the words and phrases exceedingly well. Using them to create essays is another route toward increased comprehension.
Have you tried PT? I have arthritis, and my wrists and thumbs are especially bad. PT was a haul for what was my worse hand but it made a huge difference. I can do almost everything again with it even though I had gotten to the point of needing two hands just to brush my teeth. Now I am doing the same exercises at home for the other side which has begun to worsen and it is helping, though I think I need some forearm cupping to break down fascia so might need to ask my internist to write a script for more PT.
I bet they used to be less flexible in their approaches to daily life.
Seniors get used to adjusting how exercise is accomplished while still having good form, working around arthritis, working around eye damage, working around hearing damage, and a pile of other things. After 35 it is all maintenance. After 50 it is all maintenance and adjustments that are used daily and are constantly evolving. That increases attitudinal flexibility in how life is tackled and provides greater abilities to deal with life throws at one.
We remain one recombination or nasty mutation away from a very different scenario. Remember that being endemic for a species does not mean not being periodically epidemic, especially regionally, as with influenzas. Expect times of epidemic illness from this. The most important thing is to NOT go back to bad habits, keep innovative approaches that worked both for daily life and for businesses, and be ready to turn on a dime to use more precautions when things change again, as they will. Living with an epidemic is like being a tree in a heavy wind. The branches which do not break are the ones which can bend. Historically, populations tend to tire of precautions, usually before a disease is safe enough to do so, and many politicians follow. With the 1918 – 1921 influenza that meant that most gave up precautions but then it had its worst siege, killing an enormous number of young people. That is not an unusual pattern with epidemics. Sorry, but that is just reality. So, do vaccinate, use masks indoors and in crowds, use good masks like N95s (which you can rotate more than a few times after a week or so if the exposure was not huge, and if they did not get dirty or wet), encourage funding for more research into pansarbecovirus and pan coronavirus vaccines, and just basically don’t act like a teenager playing chicken with a train at a crossroad. If you are planning a vacation look at types where you will not be stuck in poorly ventilated areas with a bunch of people whose health status is unknown. There are a number of options to those.
I think that I might have answered, “Performance Art?” to the initial question to either A. remind him that the choice to be public was his, or B. thank him for the entertainment.
That is actually the very approach I was going to suggest. It is what I used to get our nieces past the confusion of a math phobic third grade teacher they had and the accompanying gift of graph paper helped them beautifully, too. I wish it had worked as well for your child and teacher. Even tiny kids can learn multiplication that way. (My own recollections from third grade are of flash cards, having had a teacher who thought multiplication was all memorization and that the answers “just were” rather than seeing why and how.)
Tip: if your tv sound has a “news” setting use that. Voices are emphasized. It is not hugely better, but somewhat better. Really hard ones to hear often have subtext availability. The problems with that are that the wording is approximate, and it sometimes covers important parts of the screen.
Wide arms and red car make my first thought, “Dirk”, but I wonder if I am only seeing a shadow rather than the arms, and that would make other options possible. Does Evil Annie still have a red convertible from Tiff’s dad? Does Tiff? Anyone else we know with a red car now or in the past?
Hmm, you look like you might be about my age. If so, you remember kids with polio before that vaccine, maybe had some who were friends, as I did. (If you are younger then, heck, man, get a new photo, or use your Cardioglide more, please.)