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Tuesday Chatter Weekly – September 25, 2017

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“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
― George Eliot

 

Excerpt from last week’s Tuesday Chatter-This time in my life was an interesting chapter and I will chat more about Marlton, and the North American Blizzard of 1996 in my next Tuesday Chatter.

My two years in Marlton, New Jersey was delightful. We lived in an apartment, which was a cozy place in a lovely setting. We were surrounded by lovely trees and foliage, and everything we enjoyed was nearby.

Being born and raised in Florida, I hadn’t experienced much snow except during my college days in Fulton, MO. That all changed when I moved to NJ in November 1995.

The holidays were past us, and I was looking forward to the new year. It was the beginning of January and very cold. Now I understand the feeling of wintry gray days. I don’t recall the day, but I remember the snow starting to fall in the morning and getting heavier as the day went on. The conditions worsened and the wintry mix turned to heavy sleet and freezing rain. Luckily we had plenty of food and supplies because all the roads were closing.

One of the many things I loved about this apartment there was a fireplace between the living room and dining room. We could sit in either room and enjoy the fire, plus it kept the apartment warm and cozy.

By the next morning, we had snow past the top of our front door, yet, we could go outside via the back and side doors. I remember it wasn’t too long before the snow was cleared and we could use the front door. Ah, the joys of living in an apartment where someone else takes care of the heavy-duty stuff.

Well, to wrap up my blizzard story, I was the only soul that thought the blizzard was a hoot. I was outside building a snowman and having a great time. Soon, children that lived in our complex came outside, and we played and frolicked in the snow having lots of fun. This chapter in my life was an unforgettable one, indeed. Here is the link for information on the North American Blizzard of 1996. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_blizzard_of_1996.

Tidbits and Pieces-Year 1998

General Hodge-Podge

Exxon and Mobil merge creating the worlds largest petroleum company; Rolls-Royce is purchased by BMW for $570 million; Windows 98 debuts; Google is founded; iMac is debuted by Apple; Viagra is approved by FDA

People

1998, the year of the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal; another incident involving Bill Clinton is his impeachment for perjury and obstruction of justice, stemming from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Clinton by Paula Jones; Clinton is subsequently acquitted in 1999.

Average Costs in the US

The average annual income is $38,100; average cost of a new house is $129,300 and average monthly rent $619; the average cost of a new car is $17,200 and to fill it up is $1.15 per gallon; a loaf of bread is $1.26 and a dozen eggs are .88 cents.

Weather

Florida tornadoes devastate 2600 structures leaving 42 dead; forest fires in Florida causing 120,000 to flee their homes; in China the Yangtze River breaches the main bank leaving more than 12,000 dead; Hurricane Mitch hits Central American causing approximately 18,000 fatalities; a severe ice storm hits Canada and the northern US leaving millions without power.

Music and Culture

The three tenors, Jose Carreras, Placido, and Luciano Pavarotti hold a concert for the opening of the World Cup In France, which is viewed by approximately 150,000 live and 2 billion around the world; Mamas and Papas, and the Eagles are inducted into the Hall of Fame; Elton Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens at Disney World in Orlando, FL.

Fee-fi-fo and fum

Can you walk while chewing gum

Are misshapen actions a major shirk

Either shut your lid or hide your smirk

My sarcastic font has lost its slant

Fumes of pity lost in a rant

Hey, my friend, you know the drill

My invisible ink took a spill

You can’t make haste and copy/paste

You’ll forever need to save your face

So much said for off-kilter musing

Makes hair-raising moments too confusing

Hey, hey, what’s that sound

Get that chin off the ground

Not all the world loves a clown

High fives to an upside down frown

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Film Frolic

I love horror or retro style thrillers (Get Out and The Guest are two of my favourites). Whilst growing up in Mexico, I was fascinated by Mexican cinema. Films such as Amores Perros and Y Tu Mama Tambien were finally pushing the country’s cinema into a new direction, and away from the ‘Telenovela Curse’ that gave Mexicans a false representation of their own lives. Honesty in cinema is everything.

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Eugenia

http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1998.html

http://www.onthisday.com/events/date/1998?p=2

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_American_blizzard_of_1996

29 replies »

  1. We hardly ever have snow, a light dusting once a year, maybe a couple of inches that last two days. None this year. My nephew married a girl from NJ and now they own Boxwood Coffee shop and roaster in Summit.

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  2. You did not live far from me in NJ during that storm. I remember it very well. My son brought a friend (female) home from college and got she got stuck in the house with us for three days. I know she was overjoyed when the trains started running again. Imagine get stuck for 3 days at the age of 19 with total strangers!

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  3. It is good to have supplies in case of an emergency. We tend to forget that. The best snows of winter for me are when the temperatures are so warm the snow is damp and it clings to the trees. In the light these trees are beautiful.

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    • Yes, I agree. There is a large tree outside our back porch that takes on many different personalities as the seasons change. It is beautiful in the winter, especially with snow on the branches.

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  4. What wonderful memories of a snowy Winter.. I remember also some harsher winters in the 90’s here in the UK… Your description of making a snowman. made me smile, and how its good to have someone else shovel the snow from your apartment..
    And there is something so comforting about sitting next to a fire when its snowing outside..

    Love your poem.. 🙂
    And oh to go back to those price lists in the 90’s 🙂
    Great memories
    Thank you Eugenia..
    Love and Hugs my friend.. Happy Tuesday! ❤

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  5. This was a walk down memory lane for me. I was in NYC for many a snow storm and quite a few blizzards during the 20 years I lived there. I LOVED it, because I could be like a kid in the winter – somebody else had to shovel the walks, and somebody else had to drive in the snow. Public trans almost always runs.

    The City slush was a bit of a pain, but even that wasn’t too bad and didn’t last particularly long – except in the case of BIG blizzards like the one you described living through in NJ. It was one of the few where NYC actually closed the schools. I recall the appearance of “I Skied Manhattan” sweatshirts and hoodies – since more than a few folks strapped on trail skis and snowshoes to get around for a few days following.

    Loved all the tidbits after the snow story as well. I hope to be prompted to get back for more of these now that Bernadette is feeling better and has resumed the Senior Salon (how I got here today, btw) – I seem to do best with prompts and reminders.

    I’m desperately playing catch-up because I still have the old Wednesday schedule stuck in my brain – but I’m determined to get around to read and comment on ALL the posts before next MONDAY – the current day for her posting of new Salons.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  6. Living in an apartment has its perks – like not being responsible for clearing a drive to clear after a snowstorm or raking up all the leaves during Fall. Time is certainly nothing. To think that it’s almost 20 years since the Clinton scandal.
    On a cheeky note, what happened to your sarcasm slant 😉

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  7. Hi Eugenia. We had moved to Pennsylvania in August 95, after living in Maryland and South Carolina for the previous 8 years, my kids were longing for snow. When the blizzard hit, the neighbors blamed it on us. We enjoyed it, until our oil furnace emptied and the roads were impassible. It was like camping.

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