November 20, 2016 Vol. 9 No. 11
ODE TO MY UNCLE SEAMUS
Hi again, gang, from the shores of the Salish Sea. I have a notorious great uncle who lived and died by a nom de plume guaranteed to totally confuse and disorient anyone who tried to ascertain the actual facts of his undeniably colorful existence.
Uncle Seamus lived to be 110 and died when he mistook a bear in the woods for his son Jeremiah and invited it to share a jug of what he thought was pine mash whiskey but turned out instead to be hard cider which had fermented so long it had turned to vinegar. The bear swallowed a mouthful of that and washed it down with Uncle Seamus.
At both the kaddish and the wake, people came from miles around. They were of all faiths, all ages, professions and political parties. Since Uncle Seamus was not renown for his amiability, a local newspaper reporter covering his demise asked one of the mourners and the black-banded gentleman explained,
“He owed us all money.”
It turned out that all those folks really were sad that Uncle Seamus died before he paid them back. That was his secret to a long life. His health and longevity were of a rather practical concern to the community.
I’ve often wondered if it might not have been his ticket to immortality if he hadn’t picked up the wrong jug that day he went for a walk in the woods.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear.
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Hello Rusty from Kyiv;
The train got me here again to find more interesting places while wandering around the capital this time. Kyiv is gloomy this time due to a cold-wet weather of its transition into winter. It is always exciting to come and feel big city atmosphere and enjoy its lights both at streets and at more luxurous places.
During a cup of coffee in a Hyatt five star hotel, a harbour for business people and foreigners, the talks around I assume weren’t much different than in western countries with discussions of post-Brexit and post-Trump worlds. As for the streets, it felt safe enough despite some gathering of mostly middle-aged people protesting against the policy regarding future of clients’ savings in a recently bankrupt financial institution.
In unstable economies, protecting such assets is a dilemma. When we had a range of such bankrupcies before which did not survive the turbulence of those several years, many of us began to wonder if it was not better to keep money under matrasses.
But even there, it would not be safe, as we learned from Soviet Union history when their economy collapsed and people had to stand in long chaotic queues to exchange banknotes. In this connection, a recent news story from India reminds of the situation: Indian Supreme Court refuses to stop currency change
The most interesting findings of that little journey to Kyiv was an abandoned about two century old building the windows of which were decorated with the pre-revolutionary photographs. They have taken three rows of windows of the former hotel “Star”.
That artistic initiative was started in 2013 by “Kyiv Charitable Society” – a public organization, that looked for interesting projects designed for the development of the city and attract sponsors to these projects. KCS did, in fact, exist in Kyiv from 1834 to 1917 and was re-established in 2013.
I am hoping that with their help and with the support of experts from different fields many good projects could be implemented in Kyiv. On that positive note, that’s all for this week.
Olya Bereza – European Editor Понедельник, 14 ноября 2016, 7:59 +03:00 от Minstrel312@aol.com:
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