Thank you for all you do!
(If he were alive now.)
You lose the high frequencies first, and consonants, which are made with the tongue against the teeth, are at higher frequencies than the vowels, which are vibrated in the throat. So you can hear someone talking and it makes no sense. Hearing aids make everything clearer because they give you the consonants back. Been wearing them since my twenties.
The feedback can damage your hearing further. Happened to me.
They show their teeth first. As one did to me once just after I wondered how a cat (looking at the one at the water dish on the patio) could be so hideously ugly—that weird two-layer fur! It turned, saw me, and bared those teeth but good. It’s like someone shrank an alligator mouth to possum size.
That’s what possums do for defense.
It was an epic non-violent protest. Epic. And beautiful.
Actually, there is: Blue Moon Fiber Arts. They hand-dye yarn and awhile back they had a Sock Yarn of the Month Club with 12-month subscriptions. Which was doing fine, they create nice stuff—and then suddenly their bank, without calling them, without calling a single customer to see if they were really buying yarn, decided that selling yarn to make hand knit socks with? That was so outlandish to some stuffed shirt that they reported it as an obvious terrorist front and shell organization and refunded something like 150 customers the entire year’s worth out of the business’s bank account with no prior warning. Never mind that the customers might actually want what they’d paid for? Yeah that was fun. The ensuing uproar among knitters got the business a whole lot of publicity—not to mention people pointing out that there are all kinds of weird X of the month clubs out there—bacon, for one. (Wait. Actually I like that idea.) Blue Moon never outed the bank by name because they were trying to negotiate a settlement over the mess. I have no doubt the same bank stamped Insufficient Funds when they were paying their bills before they found out what the bank had done. But yes, there are some really nice hand-dyed wool, silk, alpaca, and cashmere yarns to knit, crochet, or weave in Scappoose!
23AndMe is the only one that doesn’t just hand your info over to anyone for anything and without a warrant—privacy is privacy. I thought all my ancestors had come over and wagon-trained straight out West from Ellis Island with no taint of slavery, but turns out one of them married someone from Tennessee and I’m related to the descendants of the slaves that family had owned. (I only know that because I approved a request from someone who matched enough to show we were clearly related.) I can’t say how sorry I am for what was done to their ancestor but I’m delighted to find the new third-something cousins. Welcome!
Oh this is wonderful!