The Kindness of Strangers

I have to believe in the inherent goodness of humanity. I rely on it. I’ve built my life around taking advantage of it. I don’t mean “take advantage” in a bad way; I appreciate the hell out of people’s inherent goodness.

I remember the first time that I had to ask a stranger for help. It was my first day of college. I was on campus, ten minutes to get between classes, and as usual, I was completely and totally lost. I knew what building I needed, but no manner of map was helping; my brain was spinning. I knew my only option was to ask one of the people walking down the sidewalk. The first one that looked my way got a smile and a sweet “excuse me”; I asked where the building was, the stranger told me and didn’t seem to mind doing it. I found my class, and I realized that I would live my life relying on the kindness of strangers.

What I’ve found is that every single stranger I’ve ever asked for help gave it. They usually seemed happy to do it. They liked being knowledgeable of the thing and able to help; it probably made them feel good about themselves. As it should. I appreciated the service they did for me.

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Albuquerque in August

A woman rocking
On the sidewalk corner
Her man asleep beside her
Tents and boxes
And wrappers and blankets
What I see as we drive by
A small home
On the sidewalk corner
A woman sitting cross-legged
Rocking inside.

 August 11, 2023

Aztec Ruins National Monument at Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Larkin Poe: An Amazing New Band

New music to me is anything since 1990.

Larkin Poe does some rock, but their blues blow me away!

And another incredible blues song…

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Quote of the Week — The English Language

The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don’t just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.
― James D. Nicoll

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Spider Babies and their Moms: Nursery Web Spiders (Pisaurina mira)

American nursery web spider (Pisaurina mira) babies — photo by D.K. Sanders-Weatherford

This five-legged nursery web spider (Pisaurina mira) must have had an adventurous life. Somehow she wound up in my house and overwintered in there and put her egg sac in one of my plants, one that I don’t normally take outside in the summer. I didn’t notice her or the egg sac, but early this summer, I noticed the babies. They’re called nursery web spiders because they build this nursery out of web, and the mom hangs around and protects the babies. I had to take that plant outside, but I had plenty of time as baby spiders move out of the web so slowly; it usually takes them a few days or a week.

Nursery web mom protecting her children — photo by D.K. Sanders-Weatherford

The male nursery web spider brings the female a gift of a webbed up insect meal. Often he webs up an empty gift, thinking he can pull that off, but the female usually knows and rejects him and his empty gift. After mating, if the male survives, he usually takes his gift with him when he leaves.

American nursery web spider (Pisaurina mira) mother and babies — photo by D.K. Sanders-Weatherford
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Toilet Paper, Yeah, Toilet Paper

I am starting to find this toilet paper controversy a little annoying. Which way should the roll go on? Why does anyone care? I can’t really tell a difference either way. I think anyone who cares is just looking for something to complain about. Here’s the solution. When the toilet paper roll is empty, instead of waiting for someone to put a new one on there wrong, get up off your ass and put a new roll on there yourself. Put it on there however you like it. If you encounter a roll that is not the way you like it, take it off and turn it around. Take charge of your toileting life and quit complaining about toilet paper.

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Thanksgiving Pie!

Pie!

Pie!

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In My Honest Opinion

The phrase “in my honest opinion” is such a redundancy, and I can’t understand how it’s gained such popular use. Of course whatever you have just stated is your own opinion and not someone else’s whose opinion is different from your own. Who would do that?

Honest opinions are even worse. Do you really need to say that you’re being honest? Do you normally lie and this time need to point out that you are telling the truth for a change?

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Stupid Walmart Deli

What is with those damn Walmart deli workers. There are three of them behind the counter. One is furiously writing in a very important looking ledger. It looks like one is counting chickens or something, and the third is just running around, trying to look busy. No one will acknowledge that I’m standing at the counter, waiting to buy some of this food. Do they not understand why they are cooking and counting and writing about this food? Do they not know that the food is there to sell to customers? I’m thinking, I can’t believe I’m actually going to have to call one of them over. Finally I did.  And she was not happy about it. I wave my arm at her as she rushes past, and point at the food in the case. “Can I get some food?” I ask, waving my arm at the food case. She slopped my food into dishes and flung them over the counter at me.

Do they just hate their jobs and think they’ll feel better about themselves if they refuse to do their jobs? I had a job once that I hated so much that I quit recycling, but I didn’t turn into a rude ass.

This is the not the first time I’ve had this encounter at the Walmart deli. That’s their reputation — bad service.

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OK, Wow!

Darla Kay

I have this blog set up at my own domain. I can think of it as real now. I can’t wait to tell you about all the stuff I think about all day! Like if I were to figure up which food I’ve have eaten the most of in my life by weight, it would probably be macaroni and cheese. I want to show you my photos. I want to link you over to my travel blog and keep you updated on all my road trips and plans and also link you up with my after school lesson plans blog (coming soon). I want to make jigsaw puzzles for you and share my recipes and my household tips with you (like getting burn off of stuff). I’ll tell you what I think about things in the news and also how I feel about them. I can be quite nostalgic, and I like to reminisce about old movies and videos from the 80s and earlier. I’ll tell you about the books I read and about movies that I think you might not have seen because they have unfortunate titles or whatnot. I’m OCD and a hoarder so I might talk about that some. And the agnosias. Hopefully, I’ll run across some funny stuff to show you as I read labels in my spare time. I also have a lot of opinions about TV commercials.

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