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csziggy's Journal
csziggy's Journal
February 3, 2021

I called 911 for the first time tonight

My husband was fixing his salad while we talked about the day and what will happen tomorrow. Somehow he inhaled a piece of bacon. While he could pull in air, his throat was spasming and he couldn't seem to breath normally. He was making horrible gasping noises and finally had to sit and looked as though he might fall to the floor. A Heimlich maneuver was not the answer since his throat was not blocked.

So I called 911. By the time they answered and I talked to the woman for a minute, his breathing had gotten better and he did not want an ambulance to come. I told the operator that he was OK and we disconnected. Then the emergency system called back. My husband spoke to them and they recommended that an EMS team come out to check him, so he agreed.

The team arrived about a half hour later, checked his BP, blood sugar, pulse oxygen, and listened to his lungs. Everything was fine - in fact his blood sugar was a fantastic 76! We talked for a few minutes (it must have been a slow night but I also think it is part of their evaluation) and then they went on their way.

While the EMS visit was really unnecessary, at our ages (he just turned 69) it's good to know that if something goes wrong they are on call. By the way, I asked about insurance or payment - if they don't transport a patient, there is no charge.

I'd called the Sheriff's Department non-emergency number in the past, I never had a situation that needed 911 - before. At least this time it turned out fine, though my husband's throat is still a little scratched feeling.

January 30, 2021

Randy Rainbow made his name satirising Trump - now what?

Randy Rainbow made his name satirising Trump - now what?
By Vincent Dowd
Arts correspondent, BBC News

Those with cause to lament Donald Trump's departure from the White House may include America's satirists - the people he gave comic material to almost daily. In those four years the videos of Randy Rainbow delighted countless followers with satire chiefly using the improbable medium of Broadway show tunes. But the curtain's not down yet.

Randy Rainbow - it's his real name - grew up outside New York City and at 10 moved with his family to south Florida. Returning to New York at 22 he was intent on a performing career.

"But I knew I was a pretty young 22," he recalls. "I'd been on stage as a kid and I thought I just had to grow into myself as a person before I began a career for real. To fill in I did jobs such as working in restaurants and behind the desk at production offices."

To fend off boredom he started writing a blog which picked up on trends in popular culture and especially in musical comedy. "That led me to YouTube and once I had some eyeballs on me I got a job providing content for the BroadwayWorld website," he says.

More: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55751804

So long as he can produce videos like the one below, he will have a place in US entertainment and political commentary.

January 25, 2021

Dang - just got a call from Rasmussen Report wanting me to take part in a poll

I was eager to be in their poll since they usually skew them and I wanted to see if my opinion messed up their attempt.

Unfortunately it was not to be. Something went wrong with their software and it was not taking my entries in their system.

Oh well, I will fuck with their polls some other day!

January 21, 2021

UPDATE - For those who were enthusing about the fashions at the inauguration

From post #3:

A better explanation - Pictures of the ladies in their oufits were arranged as a rainbow!

Michelle Obama in magenta, Lady Gaga in red, Amanda Gorman in yellow, Meena Harris (Kamala's niece) in green, Dr. Jill Biden in teal blue, Laura Bush in blue, Vice President Kamala Harris in purple, and ? in pink. They've cut off the pink wearing lady and I don't recognize the half face that is shown.

Most of the outfits are shown in this article: https://www.vanityfair.com/style/2021/01/joe-biden-kamala-harris-inauguration-fashion

The McCall's & Simplicity Group on Facebook has a nice line up of the clothes - in a really nice color array:


Sorry I can't post the image directly here, but it is lovely.

ETA - I just realized that it is a private group so the image may not be available to those not on Facebook and/or in the group. I'm sorry - since that is the case I do not feel comfortable copying the image and posting even if I could.
January 20, 2021

Dawn - Lincoln Project

January 20, 2021

Need advice on polishing brass items

I have a bunch of smallish (under 8" tall) brass (and some other metals) statuettes that have been in storage for years. Most are just slightly tarnished but a few have some green and white corrosion. None are valuable, most were found at thrift shops or discount places.

I need advice on cleaning them up. I looked online and found three routes to polishing them.

First - Bar Keep's Friend, liquid version. The woman in the video I saw said was really easy to do using a soft cloth and it did look easy but I am not sure if she edited the video to cut out the hard parts.

Second - white vinegar, salt and aluminum foil. The acidity of the vinegar with salt allows some sort of electrolysis action with the foil. I tried that out tonight since I had those in the house. It worked, but it took a lot of scrubbing to get the black coating that the process leaves. My hands can't take that. In fact by the time I got to the fourth little horse I tested it on, I just couldn't finish so it's still a little tarnished. It did get the corrosion off.

Third - Dremel polishing pads with a polishing compound. I have a Dremel with some polishing pads but no polishing compound. I was real tempted to try the pads on the horse that I couldn't finish without using a polishing compound but was too tired to deal with it. None of the local stores carry the recommended polishing compound and I have on hold an Amazon order with polishing compound and a set of various sized and shaped polishing pads - my Dremel set only has flat, round ones. I'd have to invest about $25 to get both things.

I have maybe a couple of dozen brass horses, then some iron ones with minor rust and corrosion, so the Dremel is very tempting since it won't wear my hands out as much as hand polishing. Plus a couple are mounted on wooden bases so could not be dunked in the vinegar bath method and I am not sure I'd want to expose them to the Bar Keep's Friend.

Any other suggestions?

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