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Pottstown Was Chilly Today!

As some of you already know, while this blog is named Pottstown’s Blog, it isn’t a commercial vehicle. As you can plainly see  I’m not talking about all the things that are happening in and around Pottstown!  Certainly you might have come here thinking that is what you’d find, but it most assuredly isn’t.  My sincerest apologies if I’ve led you into imagining you’d find something that just doesn’t exist here!

Instead, you’ve arrived at my place for thinking.  Yes,  This is a virtual space that reflects what I’m thinking about.  I bet you are wondering why anyone would care about what I’m thinking about!  Heh,  Honestly, that is a question I  regularly ask myself.  But back to this blog-  I can type almost as fast as I can think.  If you add the peculiar fact that I’ve always imagined I’d be a writer when I grew up you’ll see that I’m suffering from something I like to call “hypergraphia”.    I’m stuck writing about the stuff I think about.

My kids think I have ADD.  I can be talking about food and then I’ll launch into a discussion about price gouging, and then maybe I’ll talk about how strange it seems to me that some stores give away the plastic hangers on clothing items and others remove them before they bag your purchases.  Oh, and plastic shopping bags make me think of the highways around here strewn with flapping white air catchers,  but thinking about those flimsy bags makes  me think of Katy Perry’s Firecracker song.

Right now I’d like to ask you to check your lip…If you are sneering at me, then I would like to remind you that the only cost to you after having plowed through this much of my folderol has been time.  I’d give it back to you if I could, but I can’t so that’s that.

Okay, so  let’s assume you are still with me, maybe you are asking yourself Well, hey, where does Pottstown fit in?  Well that is simple!   Pottstown  is where I live!  I work there/here.  I am part of it’s community.  People from Pottstown may well recognize me.  When Limerick’s sirens go off, I’m generally hearing them too!  When 422 is blocked I wonder if anyone I know is caught in the delay.  When a local kid does well I’m happy. I wave to the same police officers that people in Pottstown see.  I visit the same library.  I eat at the same takeout joints.  Basically I’m a citizen of the world but my heart is in Pottstown!

So, um, what about you?  Who are you and what do you think about?

love,

mo

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Face Recognition and Hoodies!

First I want to say I think it’s nutso that people are thinking of banning hoodies.  I understand that they can be worn by people so as to hide their faces, but they are also worn by kids who have ‘bedhead’ or by folks who are feeling chilly, or by teens who are trying to say ‘leave me alone’.  But all of America seems to be talking about hoodies so I might as well jump into the melee.

What I’d like to say is when you really know someone, you can almost tell who they are when you can’t see their face anyhow!  How many times have you noticed someone from behind?  Was it because they have a certain style choice when it comes to their clothing?  Was it because they were dragging one foot in a unique way as they walked away from you?  Or is it possible that we can recognize people we know by things other than their faces!

While it’s admittedly easier to notice someone when you can see their face, and it’s easier to identify them in a still image when you can see their face clearly- it  still isn’t the only way we can identify and recognize other people.  For example if we allow that we are part of the animal kingdom, we can take notice that animals recognize one another through the sense of smell.  My guess then is that humans might be able to recognize others through the sense of smell too.   But a really long time ago, we decided we didn’t always feel perfectly comfortable with the tangy or musky odor of human- so we hid it with lotions and balms and powders and colognes.  My question to everyone is what if that too was illegal? What if a computer was able to “nose” out anarchists, or terrorists, or troublemakers?  Would you be willing to give up your odor protection because it hid the real you from others?

What if in order to recognize other people we decided it was helpful to lick people?  Would you be okay if someone came and told you from now on you were to allow authority figures to lick your skin to test for lying?  Or for fear?

My point is that we’d all probably think that kind of thing is nutso!  Giving up personal choices about clothing, or tattoos, or hair styles, or scents might make it easier for people who don’t know us to recognize us, but what kind of world would we have if we regularly agreed to give up facets of ourselves to suit the folks who want all of us to conform to certain standards.

Just think about it!

I don’t recommend anyone go out and march in a hoodie, but I don’t think you should be stopped by anyone for going out and marching in a hoodie!

I know I’m a little naive’ but I’d really like to live in a world where we didn’t hurt one another and we left each other alone unless we wanted support and companionship!

I’m going to keep dreaming!

love,

mo

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Conjunction Tonight!

Want to do a little star gazing tonight?  Well, first find the moon and then find Venus!  Then see if you can spot Jupiter!  Here is some more information from the Christian Science Monitor-

Venus is not the only object currently shining bright in the evening and nighttime sky. Tonight, Venus will appear near the moon and Jupiter for the second night in a row in an event that astronomers call a conjunction.

At sunset tonight, Venus will appear in the west just to the right of the crescent moon with Jupiter shining below. In the eastern night sky, Mars is also currently visible at night and is unmistakeable due to its reddish hue.

Check it out!

love,

mo

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Voter ID Law In PA!

Voter’s will have to identify themselves in future elections.  While the law will officially effect the November election, in Montgomery County officials will be doing a dry run during the May primary.

Since tomorrow is the last day anyone can register to vote in the May election I thought it would be important for those folks who don’t have a Photo ID that is legally recognized by PA to find out about how they can go about getting one.

Generally when you get a photo ID in PA you have to pay a fee of $13.50 cents.  If you don’t have any other ID that shows your photo that has been recognized by PA as an accepted form of ID then you can have the fee waived and go and get your picture taken for voting purposes for free.

Here is the DMV  site where you can find out more about the law.

love,

mo

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Worrying About Racism

I imagine a lot of folks are thinking about racism.  It’s pretty hard to avoid in all the conversations about Trayvon and George.  Personally, I don’t know the entire story, but I’m afraid no matter how much we study what happened, and whose fault it was, and why hoodies scare people- we aren’t going to fix what happened.   I am very sad about that.

The other day I watched a program from the 60’s featuring a class of third graders from Riceville Iowa.  They were taught a lesson in prejudice and while it isn’t going to give anyone who isn’t a minority a true feel for the impediments and the pain of living with racism- it does make a striking difference in the lives of those young children who had Jane Elliot as a teacher.

Here is where you too  can watch the PBS  documentary online.

love,

mo