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  1. droughtquake

    Chapter 5

    And much like a kissing booth, there would be many hetero men who would refuse to touch another man (because merely rubbing lotion on a man’s back ‘makes’ you Gay)! ;–)
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    It’s enough to drive a font designer crazy! You can tell when the font designer is from the US when a new font doesn’t contain the €. You can tell when the font designer speaks only English when there is no ç, é, è, ñ, ß, ü, ô, or any of the Scandinavian and Eastern European variants. Things used to be much more complex, but these days modern computers can handle multiple languages more easily than most users. I can remember shocking an Israeli-American by clicking a couple boxes in menus and having my old 2001 iBook suddenly switch to Hebrew, complete with Right-to-Left text in the menus. In the ‘90s, support for Hebrew on a Mac came in the form of an extra cost Hebrew Language Kit. Now days, I can click a few boxes and switch to Icelandic, Faroese, Japanese, Arabic, Gujarati or numerous others in an instant (not all applications can accommodate all languages). Too bad I only understand English! ;–)
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    Good thing I’m neither English nor German! ;–)
  4. They’re still playing their games. Neither one is exactly telling the other the truth. And now they’re adding a hint of S&M? ;–) This day together shows a bit of what life together might be for Aidan & Heathcliff… ;–)
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    I had skipped this forgetting that Prickly Prompts weren’t poetry. And then I get a Notification anyway. I don’t know why an umlaut reminds you of me. There’s no umlaut in droughtquake! drøüghtquåké? ;–)
  6. Maybe they can switch things up and use the old Adam West TV series as the inspiration for this movie! ;–)
  7. It’s good to see military personnel portrayed as having different skills and personalities. No matter how much the Generals want their soldiers to be interchangeable, it’s important for individual soldiers to have different skills. Different strengths and weaknesses mean, like plywood, they can be stronger as a whole than they are individually. Diversity is a strength, not a weakness.
  8. droughtquake

    Chapter 5

    This was my favorite line in the chapter! When I was growing up in the Sixties and Seventies, no one worried about skin cancer (and now many have plenty of regrets about that). People used sun tan lotion. Peeling skin was almost a badge of honor. We used to laugh at lifeguards with their white noses. It wasn’t until the Eighties that most people started using sunblock. I can remember buying sunblock with SPF ratings of 5 and 10. But these days, I just avoid the sun. I might have found putting sunblock on more fun if I’d had a boyfriend applying it… ;–)
  9. droughtquake

    Up For Discussion

    At San Jose State (the oldest campus of the California State University, the less prestigious sibling of the University of California system) in Silicon Valley, they’ve set up a food bank on campus. They discovered that a significant percentage of their students were skipping meals because they couldn’t afford food as well as their other expenses like housing (another major difficulty many struggle with), tuition, and books. Students are allowed to take food not only for themselves, but also their family members. San Jose State alumni include John Carlos & Tommie Smith of the Black Power Salute at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, Ray Dolby of Dolby Labs, Doug Clifford & Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Johnston & Patrick Simmons of The Doobie Brothers, Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane, Amy Tan (Joy Luck Club), and numerous business and political leaders.
  10. Maybe Robert and Keno just weren’t meant to be together. Sometime people make better friends than lovers. And sometimes they just need to get over themselves. ;–)
  11. I would think they boys would want to check in on how she’s coping with her loss…
  12. droughtquake

    Up For Discussion

    Those who deal with the less well off often do not truly understand the people they wish to serve. Different backgrounds, different experiences, and cultural differences all contribute to misunderstandings. This is exasperated in non-governmental agencies by the demands of the funding sources – often governmental, family foundations, or religious organizations. Government agencies are very susceptible to legislative extremist who tinker with regulatory guidelines and use funding cuts as punishment of those agencies and their clients. Those who seek services often face conflicting demands, competing agencies that don’t cooperate with each other, and an overall lack of coordination. This leads to both incomplete and duplicate services. Funding usually targets specific goals of the funding source that don’t necessarily match community needs, sometimes ignoring basic problems in favor of more trendy and fashionable goals. My county has a county-organized database where client information is entered once and available to all participating groups, reducing the times that a client has to repeatedly provide identical information to numerous agencies. This improves accuracy, reduces wasted time, and assists in identifying additional services that might be beneficial to the client – even if the service is provided by a different agency. San Francisco is just now setting up a similar system. California applicants for CalFresh (aka SNAP or ‘food stamps’) and GA (General Assistance) are required to submit to fingerprinting and having their mugshot taken as if they were criminals. This sends the message to the applicant that the government believes you are guilty of a crime or are more likely to commit criminal acts. Those on the opposite end of the economic spectrum who apply for government assistance are not treated in a similar manner. The assumptions are very clear to anyone applying for CalFresh or GA. While much maligned, the homeless study funded by Mark Benioff will not only find out what the needs are, but also the best practices for meeting the needs of even the most difficult cases. The study will also compile the existing data from around the world, translate academic jargon, and make it available to others so they can build on what is learned. In many cases, no one has actually surveyed the actual needs before programs are designed.
  13. droughtquake

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    I guess I’ve been around more than a few Gay men who had ‘fluttery’ hands. And some of the numerous cultures I am surrounded by are more expressive physically. Not all cultures are as repressed as the British, Japanese, and Scandinavians. ;–P
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    Even her hands being constantly in motion distracted Eric! ;–)
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