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I fall somewhere between the two.
  1. Someone who doesn't know me well thinks I'm a total extrovert, and want to have people around me all the time . Part of that is because I don't mind meeting new people, and draw them out with questions. But I like to be alone much of the time.
  2. A friend was describing herself when we were talking yesterday, and she called herself an "extroverted introvert." That also describes me.
We had our first snowfall here in Chicago Dec. 4th...pretty late by Chicago standards. Only 3 inches (8 cm). This list is not about today, but what might happen over the years.
  1. It takes a few snows for people to learn how to walk well without slipping. It also takes a few for people to drive carefully without going into a skid. I skidded out on the Kennedy Expwy once, but fortunately went into a big mound of snow by the side left behind by a snowplow
  2. I keep 2 snowshovels in the trunk of my car (I put them there a few hours ago.) Also, a pickaxe that a friend moving out of the country gave to me. The snowshovels break up snow, the pickaxe chops thru ice. Once, I was digging out my car after a major storm, and this woman came out to dig her car. All she she had was a tiny toy shovel, the kind
  3. Continued.....kids have with a little plastic pail at the beach. She'd waited too long to buy a snowshovel, and they were gone from the store shelves. It would have taken her hours and hours to dig out with that toy shovel. I lent her one of my snowshovels.
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  1. I got a call from a friend this afternoon: Black Friday. Would I like to come with her that night to see "Hamilton"? Her husband was too sick to go. She had won two $10 tickets in the lottery they have (which I had told her about).
  2. That really lifted my mood. And the show (the Chicago production) was fantastic, the singing, the dancing, and the story of the USA's beginnings intertwined with Alexander Hamilton's life. And our seats were front row center. We were about 10 feet from the actors when they came to the very front of the stage.
  3. Sometimes wonderful things come out of the blue.
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I don't know about you, but I need an extra helping of humor right now. Suggestions welcome.
  1. Best name for a home WiFi network This one is in a building in Lincoln Park, Chicago
  2. Best Twitter hashtag
    From a community theater company, doing a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream": #Puck You They sold t-shirts with that hashtag on them.
  1. Maple leaves and political signs everywhere Tomorrow's compost.
  1. Once I was body surfing off Hampton Beach, NH as a hurricane was making its way north, parallel to the East Coast. It was near DE or New Jersey, and was causing great bodysurfing waves. Once, when I was swimming back to shore, I got caught in a rip current, and was standing still, or drifting a bit back towards Europe. I didn't remember that
    you're supposed to swim PARALLEL to the shore to break out of it. I was getting afraid, but, after a minute or two, the rip current stopped, and I made it to shore. I was delighted to still be alive. My GF on shore maybe even more so. I don't think anyone could have rescued me. So I'd like to go back to that moment of relief and deep gratitude. I've kinda forgotten that I'm lucky to be still walking on this Earth and I still get annoyed by all kinds of petty things.
    I don't think there's anything I'd want to last forever. But, once I was at an aquatic center in FL: Seaquarium? I was with my sister. We were both adults, there for an uncle's funeral, but doing some tourist stuff afterwards. We came across 2 dolphins in a tank abt 25 ft/8 m in diameter with a wall around it a few feet high. They had been performing earlier, but were done for the day. One had a half-deflated ball in its mouth, maybe a soccer ball.
    She or he wanted to play catch. We played for a bit and then each of us changed the rules a bit, s/he swimming, me walking. Sometimes, changing direction. After a while, I took a break and my sister took my place. We played this way for over an hour. Boy! Dolphins really know how to have fun! I wouldn't have wanted this to last forever, but I wouldn't mind a lot more playtime like this.
Plus a small helping of opinions...
  1. A somewhat portly middle-aged guy in a non-motorized wheelchair. He was having an animated conversation, holding his phone to his left ear, and turning the wheel of his wheelchair with his right hand, but barely moving along the sidewalk. A good candidate for a Bluetooth ear clip thing.
  2. A gaunt older black gentleman asking for money from drivers, at stoplights where Lake Shore Drive ends/begins, at Hollywood and Sheridan Road. Multiple lanes of traffic, some making a right turn. He causually jaywalks from one stoplight to another as each red light ends. I'm amazed. I jaywalk more than most people, but this is a very dangerous
  3. Continued...intersection where bad accidents happen. I don't think I'd ever jaywalk like this here, except maybe at 3 AM. This guy is paying close attention, and is a lot braver than I am. And he's motivated...this is a workday for him.
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I tend to think every documentary is underrated...and hardly seen.
  1. Lo and Behold 2016 directed by Werner Herzog, IMDB 7.5
    This is a documentary about the internet. But more about how it came to be, it's risks/problems, and where it might be headed. Social media are not mentioned, and few apps. One early guy showed an early email directory...everyone in the world with an email address, w/address & phone #: about 1/2 in (2 cm) thick. A current one would be 72 miles (115 km) thick. Everyone knew everyone...
    Herzog meets with people at at treatment center for internet addicts. He talks with Elon Musk of Space-X about what the internet on Mars might look like. He talks with famed hacker Kevin Mitnick, and others, about internet security (humans are the weakest link here). There are 10 short segments, so nothing is covered in great depth. But a scintillating overview. You don't need to be a techie to enjoy this. At a few theaters now + Amazon streaming. Grossed about $500k.
  3. The cove
    IMDb rating of 8.5 and a gross of less than 860,000 Shows you the truth of exactly where the "show" dolphins come from and how their mistreated by infiltrateing a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.
    Suggested by   @elmospimpingme
I'm left-handed, which doesn't say much beyond the fact that I much prefer using my left hand for writing. Lefties seem use different hands for different tasks. Righties? I'd like to hear from lefties, righties and ambidextrous folks. I'm especially interested in what you use your non-dominant hand (or foot) for.
  1. Me What I basically only use my left hand for: handwriting, silverware, chopsticks, scissors, ironing, toothbrush, hand tools, tennis, one-handed texting, archery. Unscrewing the top off a wine bottle or a jar I seem to be a rightie when it comes to baseball, golf, basketball, guitar, using a mouse. In soccer/football, I kick with my right foot.
  2. You As a suggestion or comment, please say if you are a leftie, a rightie, or ambidextrous. Then list what you use each hand for. If no preference for a task, say that. If you are a leftie but live in a country or culture or family where using the left hand is strongly discouraged, please mention that and how it has affected your handedness.
  3. Thanks!
I guess almost all documentaries tend to be under-rated because they get shown on so few screens. Or watched online. And pull in so little money. Two of these movies were mainly shot in my hometown, Chicago. A little bias on my part, but these really are MUST-SEE.
  1. Code Black 2013 directed by Dr. Ryan McGarry
    This was the inspiration of the 2015 TV show of the same name. What's really unusual is that Dr. McGarry shot this movie while he was a resident at the Los Angeles County Medical Center ER. There are no actors: just the real ER staff and patients. They have way too many patients (a "Code Black"), not enough staff and funding, and they work as as tightly knit team making fast life and death decisions. Real people get cut open. Not for the squeamish. Only grossed about $190,000!! IMDB 7.8 stars
  2. Finding Vivian Maier 2013 dir by Paul Maloof and Charlie Siskel
    An amazing movie, attempting to understand/unravel the life of Vivian Maier. She worked as a nanny for wealthy suburban Chicago families, but unknownst to everyone, she was a very gifted photographer. After her death, photos & thousands of rolls of undeveloped film turned up, revealing what a keen eye she had.. Her life was a complete mystery, partially unravelled in this film. Did get an Oscar nomination, so not completely underrated. Only pulled in $1.9 million. IMDB 7.7 stars
  3. Life Itself 2014 directed by Steve James
    Steve James directed Hoop Dreams, which Roger Ebert, the Chicago Sun-Times film critic, named Best Film of the Year. Life Itself Is about Roger Ebert's life, and was filmed shortly before he died of cancer. He was one of the most well-known and liked critics in the US. And a great guy. He used his influence to help along directors like Martin Scorsese and Werner Herzog early in their careers. Grossed about $800k. IMDB 7.9 stars
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