Fidget Quilt

This is a “Fidget Quilt” for dementia and alzheimers patients, with velcro, hook & eye, belt and loops, zipper, button, tie and braid activities. Made for mother-in-law who still has busy hands. Worked all day yesterday and finally finished today. Spent weeks collecting components that I didn’t already have on hand. I can see why these sell for $50 and up. That’s about .50/hour. Next time I will have a horizontal zipper to hold small objects that now fall out of a velcro pocket. Has to be one mistake, right?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

non-handshake greetings

My wife sent me a video link on fist-bumping as a major improvement in social hygiene. You can see in the clip to the right that handshaking is a significant disease spreading vector.

I confess to having hand-shaking deeply embedded into my cultural norms. My circle of acquaintances are probably similarly programmed. I’m not sure this can work.

Of course the lamestream media onslaught of virus fear-mongering should make this an opportune moment in our history for a cultural shift in greeting and deal-making rituals. I suppose that is assuming we don’t want to regularly challenge our immune systems.

I share with you here a photographic set of cultural alternatives to the western handshake. I think a hands at the side, eyes down bow has the best shot at ignoring the proffered hand without causing significant embarrassment for either party.


Observe the efficiency of the group bow

ham radio operator culture

The Amateur’s Code

by Paul M. Segal / W9EEA (1928)

The Radio Amateur is:

CONSIDERATE – never knowingly operating in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.

LOYAL – offering loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.

PROGRESSIVE – with knowledge abreast of science, a well-built and effecient station, and operation beyond reproach.

FRIENDLY – with slow and patient operation when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, cooperation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.

BALANCED – Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.

PATRIOTIC – with station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

time warp floor covering

Our bedroom has been mired in 70s shag carpet for two years of our residency. Obviously for over 40 years before as well.

Who made this stuff thinking it would sell?

What miracle of marketing moved it into people’s homes?

What kind of people thought this looked good? Ever? Not me then, now or anywhere in between.

Even more mind boggling is the nicely finished hardwood floor the red/orange/green shag hid.

Yesterday we began the chore of moving OUT of our ‘master bedroom’, uncovering the hardwood, cleaning it up, hauling a couple hundred unwieldy pounds of stinky 50-year-old carpet outside, then moving back in.

Today we finished moving back in and cutting the carpet into manageable, moderately-heavy, stinky chunks for a dump run. There is NOTHING useful that can be done with it.