October 13th, 2015

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Worth Reading -- In Playboy and About Playboy

This article about AGEISM is really worth reading! Here's a quote: Aging is difficult, but the passage of time confers very real benefits. Older people exhibit better judgment, become more emotionally adept and often grow more creative. No one reaches 80 without encountering adversity and loss, but life remains very much worth living. By blinding us to those benefits and heightening our fears, ageism makes growing older in America harder than it has to be. Most of w hat we know about aging is wrong—and staying in the dark serves commercial and political interests that don’t serve ours.

In the 20th century the civil rights and women’s movements woke us up to entrenched systems of racism and sexism around us. More recently, the gay rights movement has made great strides against homophobia. It’s high time to mobilize against age-based discrimination and stereotyping. Otherwise, ageism will pit us against one another. It will rob society of a vast amount of knowledge and experience. And it will poison our futures by framing longer, healthier lives as problems instead of the remarkable achievements they represent.

You can read the entire article online HERE. And I highly recommend it, even if you're not over 50! Because someday YOU WILL BE (hopefully!).

And in Playboy-related news: No more nudes in Playboy magazine, centerfold's future at risk...

I think it's a good decision on many levels. Because of the online world, anybody who wants to see nudity is only a few clicks away. Playboy was always about more than mere nudity, from the very beginning. (The magazine was created the year after I was born, by the way.) Marilyn and I have subscribed to it for decades (and read our father's magazines prior to that). You can read that article HERE.

Sexy isn't just about nudes, of course. Most women can tell you that clothing can enhance a man or woman in ways that nakedness never could. Even if we're just talking about scanty bits of clothes. But women are so self-conscious about their bodies that they're rarely comfortable without at least some sheer covering (especially if the lights are on!). Just sayin', guys. Hahaha. Yes, there's a time and a place for nudes. But I think this might be the thing to save Playboy magazine.

I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens!

By the way, if you've NEVER read Playboy, then you're missing out. Some of the most amazing FICTION appears in those pages! I just recently read a short story that knocked my socks off! The political debates are wonderful, too. It's informative. The comics and jokes are humorous. And the articles ARE first rate. (Some people DO read Playboy for the articles, all joking aside.)

I hope the magazine doesn't go under, as I feel it would be a terrible loss.

In OTHER news, I chatted a couple of times with Kris today. He's coming to the office on Friday so we can deal with several IT concerns -- including Marilyn's Outlook problem. I would LOVE to resolve that!

I tried to phone Hector, but didn't reach him -- and I couldn't leave a message because his voice mailbox was full. Unfortunately, that happens all the time with Hector. (sigh)

Okay, Hector called back. He's coming either tomorrow or Thursday. We need our usual work, plus the gutters done.

Fine, get this: I just brought in the mail, and I've been called for jury duty. Again. I don't even know how many times I've been called in my life! (I was just called in 2014.) There are TONS of people who never get called, so what gives with that??? I've actually served several times. My last experience was HORRIBLE. I was treated really badly by the judge. As far as I'm concerned, I NEVER, ever want to serve on a jury again. No, I'm NOT kidding.

My status as a full-time volunteer was denigrated by the judge -- and later by almost the entire jury I sat on. WTF??? They acted like it wasn't the same as a paying job. Well, HELL NO, it's not! I have the same responsibility as people who get paid, and I do the work without a pay check. I'm not only our Webmaster and IT Manager, but I help train our new personnel and do a number of other tasks during the year. Anyway, because there's no one else who can replace me in my IT role (among many other tasks), I'm sure Jeff will write to have me receive a Discretionary Excusal. We'll see how that goes. I have no clue who would do my job if I wasn't around to do it!!!

(heavy sigh)


Jeff has a letter to request I be excused from jury duty. It's pretty nearly impossible for me to be away at any time during the year. Yes, I went to New York and to California. But at any time -- day or night -- I could have been reached by phone to do my job as needed. A lot of what I do can actually be done from my home office. And has been done when I've been on the road somewhere. But it's clearly impossible for me to stop in the middle of serving on a jury to take a call about IT. And as you all can guess, IT doesn't wait around to fail when it's convenient. Hopefully they'll honor the request for me to be excused. It's NOT as if I've never served in my life, because I certainly have -- I've been on several juries and I've served numerous times as foreperson. No, I haven't served recently. Yet I know a ton of people who have never even been called for jury duty! Why is that??? I would think after a certain number of times they'd stop calling the same individuals over and over again. I just don't understand the reasoning. It seems entirely unfair to me.

And as difficult as it might be to believe, there are work places who have so few people working there that each person is necessary to keep things running. Our office can't function without IT -- I can tell you that! On the rare occasions that we've been out for several hours, the entire place is dead in the water until we get it BACK UP and running again. And that's MY job. Anyway, all I can do is wait to hear what they reply in response to his letter.

Meanwhile, I dealt with some IT issues today -- that I'll still be dealing with later this week, until they're 100% resolved. That's another thing about IT: It's often difficult and time-consuming to entirely resolve things.

Marilyn actually came home at a reasonable hour tonight! It was a shock for both of us! Around 6:30 she asked me if that was the correct time, and was really surprised to hear that it was. She certainly hasn't been home that early in quite some time!

We ate frozen burritos and a frozen meatloaf for dinner. We still don't have our new range, so if it can't go in the microwave, we're out of luck. Or if it doesn't need cooking at all, of course!

Still watching Matt Jackson on "Jeopardy" -- and loving his wins!

I haven't talked to sister Sue in days. I miss talking to her. And I haven't talked to June in ages, either. At least I wrote a few emails to my friend Shari today...

It's been MONTHS since we promised to go to dinner with our friends Rob and Jeff! I really, really need to set that up. (sigh)

And tomorrow I need to write back to Blake about the work on the house.

Hector is coming either tomorrow or Thursday. Good thing. We worry about those gutters and flooding!!!

Good night, everyone. Sleep tight!