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Tuesday Chatter Weekly – November 6, 2017

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Tidbits and Pieces- The Year 2004

In General

World leaders remember the 60th anniversary of D-Day; Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918; Facebook launched as a social networking site but limited to those groups chosen by Mark Zuckerberg; environmental protection laws dropped to allow increased logging in US National Forests; computer worm, my doom, is currently the fastest virus to infect the internet; Google debuts Gmail.

People

5,000,000 new cases of aids reported by World Aid Report and 3 million people have died; Lance Armstrong wins the 6th consecutive Tour de France cycling title; President George Bush wins against John Kerry; Martha Stewart, convicted of a felony, is sentenced to five months in prison; Spain elects a new socialist government; first same-sex marriage is performed in Massachusetts.

Weather

Japan is hit with multiple quakes and typhoons causing loss of life and damage to the economy; Hurricane Charley devastates Jamaica, Cuba, and Punta Gorda, Florida including the surrounding area; Hurricane Frances pounds the southeast coast of Florida; Hurricane Ivan hits Grenada, Jamaica, Cuba and the panhandle of Florida packing winds at 130 mph; Hurricane Jeanne strikes Haiti causing devastation and loss of life and follows the same route as Frances through Florida; the worst quake in 40 years measuring 9.3 on the Richter Scale creates tsunami waves that sweep the coastlines of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. At least 290,000 people are confirmed dead.

Music and Culture

Wardrobe malfunction for Janet Jackson during half-time show Superbowl XXXVII; Kayne West releases his debut album The College Dropout, which won the 2005 best Rapper album; Luciano Pavarotti performs his last opera at New York Metropolitan Opera’s Tosca; 68th Masters Golf Tournament won by Phil Mickelson; Ronald Regan’s funeral is held at Washington National Cathedral; Shania Twain releases album Greatest Hits which became Billboard Album of the Year.

My husband and I took a road trip from Jacksonville, FL to Punta Gorda, FL, after Hurricane Charley. Punta Gorda is a small coastal city in southwest Florida –  2010 population 16,641. Hurricane Charley, a Category 4 storm, made its mark by leaving a path of destruction. At that time, little did we know there would be 3 more major hurricanes to hit the state. A memorable year in Florida – The Year of 4 Hurricanes.

Let’s hitch a ride on maple leaves

Up and away from mindless thieves

As we swirl and twirl in the brisk cool air

Witless gossips gawk and stare

Their colorless jealousy not even green

Their purpose in life remains unseen

Empty talk at dinner begets no winners

The social dice roll not for beginners

Abracadabra a speed bump like a mantra

Ears to the ground reveal secret memoranda

Leaves cradle our souls as we drift in the sky

No expiration date to transcribe the Why

Tis time to noodle the thought by and by?

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21 replies »

  1. Thank you for including the 2004 Aids stats in this post, Eugenia – it will be a cause near and dear to my heart until the scourge is eliminated and a cure is found.

    Worth repeating here:
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    “5,000,000 new cases of aids reported by World Aids Report and 3 million people have died.” O.M.G. !!!! (especially since 7 of my close friends are among the dead along with one who has been living with it for many years now). “ALL” it takes is a commitment to health in our world – and RESEARCH FUNDING and maintaining health insurance of course.

    I struggle with the mention of Reagan’s funeral during this year – likely to have escaped in life any feelings of true remorse for the *large* part he played in American Aids deaths by ignoring his Surgeon General’s early warning and call for immediate research resources appropriations.

    Had he responded rapidly (vs. not at all), the 7 good friends I lost might still be doing as well as the one I did not — diagnosed after Reagan’s time, when medical science *finally* knew a great deal more, albeit too late for millions. MILLIONS!

    Reagan’s homophobia will always be a struggle for me to forgive – willing to leave them to DIE and totally unwilling to understand that it was not simply “a gay disease” despite the research coming out of Africa at the time, where it was first introduced into the hetero population.

    I dearly miss my best friend Robin, and will never forget his struggles from diagnosis to death since I was one of his care-partners.
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!

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    • Thank you for your commenting and it seems things that are difficult to face and perhaps considered taboo are swept under the rug. Yes, I agree with you about the hurricane season. It seems the storms are bigger and more powerful and with the growing population the greater the chance of loss of life and damage to the economy.

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  2. Another great post and poem Eugenia. I realised an ambition to see the Boston Red Sox a couple of years ago. There was always a magic about them and that existed for sports fans in the UK.

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