Monday March 10, 2014
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I had just put some oil in a frying pan and turned on the gas when my baby started screaming like mad in another room. I went to take care of the problem, and just as I walked back into the kitchen the oil in the frying pan burst into flames. I quickly threw baking soda on the flames and everything was OK.
That was a time when useful information stored away in a 7th grader's mind came in handy. I can remember my Home Arts teacher standing in front of the class and saying, "If you ever have a grease fire do not throw water on it. The fire will just float on the water. Throw on some baking soda." That advice given many years ago, sure came in handy on that day. Of course, she probably also said, "Never leave a oil on a lit flame unattended." But then, how can the mother of a screaming baby remember everything?
:-) Now, Tom, I could say typical male chauvinistic response, but I won't. :-) I cannot agree with you more that there are some jobs that demand a great deal of physical strength. However, there are some very physically strong women. If these women choose a physically demanding occupation, and can keep up with anyone else on the job, shouldn't they be allowed to do their thing?
There are many men who have the self confidence to become excellent caregivers. I guess you could count yourself in the group of excellent male caregivers.
I can relate a story about my oldest daughter. She has a degree in a typically male area, and her first job was in a position that was previously held by a male. She experienced sexual harrassment. First, it was from the women who worked for her. However, after she worked hard and earned their respect, she had no with them problems. However, the men who were on an equal base as she could not accept a female among their ranks. They continued with typical childish behavior such as telling off color jokes, giving unwanted sneering compliments, etc. She eventually had enough and quit that job and went on to bigger and better things. However, in her exit interview she let management know exactly what the problem was. She does an excellent job in her field and has been amply rewarded by her current employer.
On another note. My husband does all the grocery shopping which is a typically female thing. However, he does have an ulterior motive. No he is not making eyes at the cashier. He says he has to do the shopping because I break the bank when I do it. :-)
I remember this kid that I ran into when I was practice teaching Freshman English. He was a small, skinny black kid, that always wore a white shirt buttoned up to the collar and black pants that were too short for him. He couldn't spell worth a darn. He couldn't write a sentence and I never asked him to read out loud in class. He always said, " Yes mam" or "No mam." The regular classroom teacher was of no help, and I knew that I could do little to help him. I wondered then, "How did he get to be in high school?" I was told his family recently moved from the South. I am sure he quit school as soon as he could. I fear that he came to drugs and no good. He was really a nice kid. I always hope that my fears were not realized.
There are many maybes involved. Maybe the house owner didn't have insurance, maybe the insurance company is giving them a hard time, maybe the cause of the fire is under investigation.
However, Kim is right living next door to a burnt out house is not pleasant.
Many years ago almost in another lifetime the house next door to us caught fire. It occurred in the middle of the night. My husband and I were awoke by the sound of voices. I said that it was probably the teens across the street having another party because their parents weren't home. My husband said that it sounded different and went outside to investigate. The next thing I heard was "call the fire department "P" house is on fire and we were entertaining an adult and five kids. The fire department came and put out the fire. While there was almost immediate action on starting repairs, it did take about 6 to 8 months before the house was habitable. I agree with Kim the smell from a burned house is not pleasant, especially when it rains. However, I never found reason to complain because the repair work was started almost immediately and continued at a reasonable rate. The house owners were impatient to get the work done. They did not like living in an apartment.
During that time I was the house key holder. Various workmen would come and ask me to let them in to do some work. One morning a guy came rather early and I was still in my bathrobe even though the kids had already gone off to school. Anyway as I was going down the front stairs I say to the guy, "Don't close the front door." as he slammed the door shut. There I was in my bathrobe locked out of the house. Our front door had one of those automatic things where as soon as it was shut it was locked. I said a few swear words (under my breath of course) let the guy in "P" house and went to another neighbor to call my husband and ask him to come home to let me in the house. The neighbor was very hospitable and offered me some of her good Norwegian coffee once she stopped laughing at my predicament. Of course, that was just one of the many predicaments I got into as a stay at home mom.
I sure do miss that neighbor's Norwegian coffee!
By the way, I thought I might add: My husband is EXTREMELY HAPPY that I can drive a car. I saves him from driving me all over town and allows him to sleep on long road trips. :-)
While I cannot argue about women being treated with respect in this country, I can mention that they have not always had equal opportunity. Some of the lack of equal orrportunity came about because of feeling that one had to protect "the weaker sex." In the not too distant past there were only 3 professions open to women -- nursing, education and library science. These are admirable professions, however, there were some women who did not fit into their "mold." For example, Sandra Day O'Connor graduated at the top of her class at Stanford Law School. Stanford has a well respected law school, right up there with Harvard, Yale, etc. Yet, when she looked for a job she was offered a legal secretary position.
I can recall being in college and meeting the first woman to be admitted to the College of Engineering. While at the same time many women were being admitted to Bus Ad, they were in a definite minority and they were usually directed towards those fields dealing with customer relations or human resources.
Yes, women in the USA have never had to wear burkas, and never have been subjected to female mutilation, and they can ride a bus and drive a car. However, there has been a more subtle types of discrimination.
However, all said and done I am extremely happy that I was born female and in the USA.
We have been on several cruises and always had a wonderful time. I know that you will have a great time -- just use common sense.
Tom, the original question was: "Will there ever be a Palestinian state?" Perhaps your original question should have been: "Do you support the establishment of a Palestinian state?" or "Should the establishment of a Palestinian state be supported?"
However, no matter how you word the question of a Palestinian state , my answer is the same: the issue is very complex. My assertion that the issue is complex does not in any way indicate that I support the Israelis or the Palestinians. It is merely recognition that there is no pat answer.
Everyone knows, or should know, what the Israelis have done are are doing. How do you get them to stop? Do you impose sanctions? How do you get a country that feels threatened to stop taking what they perceive to be corrective actions? Will diplomacy work? What if the Israelis agree to stop taking what they perceive as corrective actions, and they are attacked? Are you willing to go to war over this matter? Should you supply arms? If so, to whom? Is it right to not take any actions? etc. etc. etc.
I can only emphasize that I think that the situation is very complex. Anyone who can come up with a solution to the issue should be deemed a genius and be given the Nobel Peace Prize for the rest of the century.
Yes, those who might know what Israel is doing should be informed. However, one should not be pushed into taking sides. Remember fools rush in where wise men fear to go. And, I cannot say it often enough: there are no easy answers to the Israeli/Palestinian issue.
Pat, I take Ron's definition that he gave on the string dealing with the Supreme Court and also on string 593 The Question is . . . Gun Registration: "It is like the 'tar baby' that once you get hold of it, it is nigh on impossible to let go of, as there are strong and passionate feelings on both sides."
I feel the Palestininan situation is one in which there are strong feelings in favor of Palestine and also strong feelings in favor of Israel. Therefore, feel "tar baby" as defined in the other strings is a good description of the situation.
Tom, I think you have hit upon another "tar baby." :-)
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