Her Hair Was A Hoot

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No offense intended, but not going to miss this lady in a crowd.

Orange-hot pink hair, a zebra shirt, big black-rimmed glasses, and a wild bag with dozens of pins all over it. 

It was also funny that the sign over her head says, “Orange” to match this lady’s hair. 

My childhood friends would probably call this a “Hair Don’t” like a hairdo, only don’t do it!

Sometimes, you have to wonder what people are thinking.

It’s nice to get attention, if it’s attention worth getting. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Powerball Powers Past

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I suppose the makers of the Powerball lottery never envisioned a $1.3 billion jackpot. 


As you can see the sign only goes up to $999 million. 


Yeah, stupid planning from the people that run the odds (where winning is 1 in 292 million), but they can’t figure the odds of the lottery going this high, ever.


Anyway, win it or lose it, someone stands to walk way with a lump-sum payment of $806 million, and after federal, state, and local taxes you’re looking at maybe half or less of that. 


Either way, not a bad take-away from a $2 lottery ticket. 


Lots of needy people to help and good deeds to do. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Shut Up, Pleez!

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Some people just don’t know when to turn down the volume or shut it off, altogether. 


Perhaps they don’t have enough to do, are craving attention, trying to make a name for themselves, are plain ‘ol destructive, or are simply acting the fool and looking for their next victim.


But they have to get into everyone else’s business, telling them how to do their jobs, taking over and hostage any meeting they can shove their way into with their private agendas, emailing everyone and their mother with their henpecking of the day, and demanding their needs are the priority and rises up over everyone elses–no matter whom or what else is going on. 


These people think they have an open mic and they are going to grab it, hold it, and never let it go. 


You beg them to stop, to control themselves, to work out their issues constructively, to give others a chance, to get in line, to let you do your job and they should do theirs, to get some situational and personal awareness, but rather than putting the mic down….


No, they see your calm and rationale requests for peace as squirming capitulation and the opportunity to hit you again and again. 


Everyone else has already given up and just won’t respond or even acknowledge the Chicken Little screaming over and over again “The sky is falling”–when it isn’t, and when so much important work is getting done by very hardworking and good people, who know how to act professionally. 


The kids nowadays say it straight up, “shut your pie hole!”


And that is really such a good idea. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Shoes On The Dumpster

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So I had a great new pair of sandals that I wore just 3-4 times, but they didn’t fit right on me.

 
We wanted to give them to a poor person, but didn’t want to just walk up to someone on the street and say, “Hey, do you need a pair of shoes?”
 
So down in Fort Lauderdale here there are plenty of needy people, and we decided to leave them prominently on a trash/recycle bin on the street where we were confident that someone in need would see them and take them.
 
We left the shoes at about 5:45 pm and went to the store for some errands, and literally by the time we circled back not half an hour later, the shoes were gone.
 
It is terrible to see people on the street in need of food, clean clothes, and just a pair of shoes. 
 
While it was rewarding to see that someone got these shoes, the fact that they were gone so quickly shows me clearly that there is still so much more that needs to be done.
 
Too much poverty, too much suffering…my daughter says “Dad, we can change things!”
 
I hope someway we can all make a difference and help all the people that are in need–those are some mighty big shoes we need to fill, but I pray in my heart that G-d will help us all succeed. 😉
 
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Homeless At Foggy Bottom

Homeless
The homeless situation in Washington D.C. (as in other big cities in the U.S.) is horrible and tragic. 

 
The homeless person here is wrapped in a blanket trying to stay warm on her wheelchair. 
 
Further, her bucket, at her feet, for people to give is empty. 
 
The Thanksgiving holiday is this week, but where is the thanks and where is the giving?
 
Interesting…halfway down the block is GW Hospital and across the street behind this lady is a gorgeous, modern, brand new GW University engineering and science building (almost completed now). 
 
The haves, the have mores, and the have nots. 
 
Where are all the trillions of dollars of spending going..,that we can’t feed, clothe, shelter, and educate our people. 
 
We need to do better as a society for providing care for the truly needy.
 
G-d is watching what we do and what we don’t do.
 
Our test, and the test of our elected officials/leadership–will we/they stand up for those that can’t? 
 
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Needy And You Know It

Needy And You Know It

Some people are so needy–they are almost like children in adult’s clothing, while others are so distant they may as well be living on another planet–they are in there own world.

The Wall Street Journal (15 July 2013) asks why some people seem to demand so much?

It explains that there are three types of people:

1) Secure–these people were raised in a consistently caring and responsive manner and they become warm and loving people themselves able to form healthy balanced relationships–where they can be apart from and together with others and function well in both situations.

2) Avoidant/Dismissive–those who are raised in an environment where neediness was not tolerated and was seen as suffocating, and so they learn to minimize closeness to others–they are distant and detached.

3) Anxious/Needy–People raised in an inconsistent environment, where they got mixed messages about nurturing, and they end up constantly feeling insecure and needy, like they will get drawn in and then rejected again, so they smother other people with their neediness and don’t recognize and respect appropriate boundaries.

This third personality type, who is always needy and ends up pushing away other people, who feel suffocated, reminds me of a funny scene in Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” where a couple visit the therapist, who asks each of them how often they have sex? The man says, “Hardly ever. Maybe three times a week.” But then the woman when asked the same question says, “Constantly. I’d say three times a week.”

Just like people can’t really change their basic sexual needs (men apparently wanting physical intimacy more often then women), so too people can’t change the home life they were raised in–good, bad or indifferent.

Whether people are needy and clingy, aloof and dismissive, or plays between hot and cold, we need to figure out how to care about and love them for whoever they are.

Boundaries are key. Taking some personal space is healthy. Together time and intimacy is critical.

It’s all about finding a balance–where each person has the time and space to be who they are, and then come back to a warm and caring relationship to share, rejuvenate, and laugh and cry together. 😉

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Appropriate Technology For All

For July 4th, we headed down to the D.C. Folk Life Festival today on the Washington Mall.

The Peace Corps had a number of exhibits at the festival, including one on what they call “Appropriate Technology.”

Appropriate technology is about being user-centric when applying technology to the local needs and realities on the ground around the world.

There are 3 key rules in developing and implementing appropriate technology:

1) Affordable–technology has to be affordable for the people that are going to use it. Even if it saves money in the long-term, it has to be something that can be acquired by people without access to traditional financing in the short-term. 
2) Local–the material must be available locally in order to make it accessible to people living in remote and even dangerous parts of the world. 
3) Transparent–the design of the technology must be transparent with the assembly instructions available to the local people, so that it can be maintained indigenously. 
One company that is helping needy people around the world using appropriate technology is Global Cycle Solutions.
Two products from this company that attach to your bicycle were on display and one was actually being demonstrated:
1) Corn Sheller–For $75 plus shipping this attachment to your bicycle shells corn from the husks in pretty amazing speed. According to the supplier, you “can fill a 90-kg sack of maize in 40 minutes and 10-15 sacks per day…[so the] machine pays for itself within a month.” (Pictured you can see the exhibitor from Peace Corps loading the corn into the device and the husk coming out the other end; a little girl is pedaling and powering the device in one, and a little boy is spinning the wheel in the other.)
2) Phone Charger–For $10 plus shipping this bicycle attachment charges your phone as you pedal from place to place or as you spin the wheel in place. According to the website, it “charges as quickly as using a wall outlet.” (Pictured is the bike and charger on display.)
Since bicycles are routinely found around the world, these add-on devices that help in food preparation and communications are practical and cost-effective. 
Appropriate technology is not a technical term and the concept is not rocket-science, yet if we just keep in mind the people we serve–what their needs are and what constraints they may be living under–we can make solutions that are functional, cost-effective and sensible, and we’ll can help a lot of needy people in the world, bells and whistles aside. 
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