Friday, November 17, 2017

As If

Live to evacuate. Long hours listening to friends and acquaintances puzzle out how to manage their inventories, acquired or inherited, has taught the wisdom of conscious ownership. Recent experience of first-hand accounts of FEMA sites taught the obvious wisdom of preparedness.

Last week's triple whammy of e-room visit (false alarm), windstorm, and power outage taught the value of a key chain flashlight, even a featherweight zipper light, and possibly that of a tactical flashlight. Keep a week's meds in the sidebag -30- More after the jump.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Cheap Pens Sabotage Critical Detail

It's easier to remember to carry pen and notebook if you value the pen. With note-taking materials always at hand, one can record every flash and memo, protecting the here and now from anxious preoccupation -30-
More after the jump.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Simple Advantage

At a Pike Place cutlery, I learned to understand trying to cut ingredients with a dull blade as "fighting with one's knife". A keen edge is as great a labor-saving asset as any I can describe -30-
More after the jump.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Punch List

I learned this term from a housepainter whose work is going strong eleven years later. The list is one of tasks to be completed to bring the job up to the expected standard.

Another meaning is a list of urgent matters to attend to. The recent massive data breach of personal information has put the punch in my security to do list -30- More after the jump.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Poetry By The Yard

San Francisco's Union Square legacy fabric store is the go-to home sewing, quilting, and costume design resource. Their web site offers an illuminating collection of yard goods and ribbon, not to mention what to me is a novel approach to historic preservation.


Since I began to use woven ribbon and entertaining cloth (surf furoshiki), I frequently spend more on the wrap than the gift. No one has complained so far. Wide grosgrain makes a good hatband -30-
More after the jump.