Good News and Jokes From the New Yorker; Being a Good Girl; Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face; Elizabeth the First; Fickle Again; A Redacted Calendar

I was able to sort out my subscription so I can pass along the humour and good news found within their digital. The good news found is that Children are Swearing More During Quarantine. It begins with the function of swearing for the youth. written by Rumaan Alam
Casual swearing is a great perquisite of adulthood, and one of the first that kids attempt to seize for themselves. Cigarettes and wine coolers make teens feel grown up, but obtaining those takes ingenuity, to say nothing of money. Swearing might be an art difficult to master in your youth, but it’s free. At ten or eleven or twelve, itchy for adulthood before the long slog of puberty has begun, kids can perform maturity by swearing with brio. Anyone who’s ever had the bad timing to share public transport with a gaggle of preteens knows this. It’s almost cute: they’re foul-mouthed but illogical, their muddled expletives like a standup act rendered into a foreign language. Damn, hell, ass, indeed.

Mention is made of a child in a Montessori School whose concerned teacher said that the child had taught him a new word, The mother laughed, the teacher was offended. “That is not funny!”
“But is it not a little bit funny.”

Then this: A new test of the drug hydroxychloroquine suggests that it may cause delusions, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Monday.
In a conference call with reporters, Fauci indicated that his findings were based on a preliminary test involving one white male subject in his seventies.

“It’s too early to be definitive about this, but the evidence suggests that, if you are already prone to delusions, paranoid fantasies, and a generalized detachment from reality, taking hydroxychloroquine may only make those symptoms worse,” he said.

Then Andy Borowtiz went on the say: “Additionally, because of the mind-altering effects of the drug, “It’s important never to do what someone taking hydroxychloroquine tells you to do,” Fauci said.

“The only thing as dangerous as taking hydroxychloroquine is listening to someone who is taking hydroxychloroquine,” he said. “Therein lies the road to madness.”

I faced a crisis in my life which you might hear about, but sometimes privacy can be the best policy. (did I just say that?) To be honest, revenge did cross my mind but the expression “cut off your nose to spite your face” came to mind, it is so apt as you will see. “The idiom to cut off your nose to spite your face means you shouldn’t do something out of spite or revenge that will end up causing more harm to you than to the person with which you are angry. In other words, do not let your overreaction lead to self-harm. The phrase is not cut off your nose in spite of your face..” And this from Wikipedia: “The phrase is known to have been used in the 12th century. It may be associated with the numerous legends of pious women disfiguring themselves in order to protect their virginity.[citation needed] These cases include Saint Eusebia, Saint Ebba, Saint Oda of Hainault and Saint Margaret of Hungar “ Well, in my case it is a little late to protect my virginity as I was abused by my father when I was very young but it is a very useful reminder in many ways. I am constantly made aware of Uncle Dave’s wisdom: “Alexis, stop fighting. Go to the sidelines and they will do themselves in!” So that is my plan, once the intense anger dissipates , in other words:disappear, vanish, evaporate, dissolve, melt away, melt into thin air, be dispelled; disperse, scatter; literary evanesce.. So my plan is to wait until the rage melts away, melt into thin air when it will be possible to speak in good humour about the situation.

Yesterday was a Good Girl day, made a list of various odious chores needed to be taken care of, then preformed the chorus and crossed them off the list. It is most motivating and productive, the list contained twelve items and all but two were accomplished. One task was to call Apple Support as my ‘newer’ computer was no longer functioning. It took an entire hour but the man who assisted me was so incredibly helpful and now it not only functions but it has a new operating system. (what ever that may be) It gave me such joy as I am incredibly computer reliant. The laptop evidenced severe problem , it was unusable for over a week but rather than deal with the frustration of it all, (and with a shut down Apple Store) I was using my elder computer. But now both are up and running because of the amazon help found on Apple Support. He was such a great man. Most impressive assistance, rather makes you hope that your computer breaks down. (joke)

At the moment in time I am viewing Elizabeth on Netflix, an hour long film that is most impressive. It is about Elizabeth the First at the time of the war with Spain. Everything about the film is superb – the acting, the sets, the costumes. I am about to prove, yet again my fickleness as now I am in love with the actor that plays Sir Walter Raleigh. He is such a hunk! Theirs was a most complicated relationship, it was beautifully and subtly presented bringing up questions of how men deal with powerful women, powerful, older women and then how the women deal with the consequences of same and go on. There were lessons to be learned watching Elizabeth the First and for me, it was most timely. Actually the timing could not have been more perfect. For some obscure reason people in London, then Vancouver and now here in San Francisco, refer to me as The Queen. It began at the Rex Whistler Restaurant, located in the Tate Britain in London. I laughingly say to people that I am Queen Elizabeth the First, the Virgin Queen. A woman in San Francisco had the funniest response.

She: You may be but you have better make up and a much better hair line.

Me: That is SO funny and you are right. That bald head and the white make up was not attractive and I have thick hair and do not wear much make up at all.

The photograph shows my May calendar, keeping track of the passing days of self isolation. It is slightly redacted which means: • censor or obscure (part of a text) for legal or security purposes. I reacted the name of my physician because if everyone knew who he was and how wonderful he was, they would make an appointment and he would be too busy to see me.

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