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* This week's Throwback Thursday entry:

Don't know what reminded me that I still had this- maybe all the "shop talk" going round the house with our kitchen project, which Eleanor se habla so much better than I ever have or will. I got none of it at home, and school didn't help, either- except when it came to one 40-plus-year old business card. As I retold the tale earlier:

My ‪#‎tbt‬- in junior high, they made all the boys take shop class in 7th and 8th grade. (The girls were in home ec, learning to burn popcorn.) Yeah. Imagine me with saws and power tools. The teachers were mostly frustrated ex-military types who treated us all like the juvies on the VoPro track who they taught at the high school. Alas, my bird feeder from wood shop and yard sign from metal shop didn't survive the decades, but print shop was kinda fun, and the teacher let me get away with this for the business card project:


Tricky

On reflection, that was pretty prescient on my part- print shop would've been either fall '72 or spring '73, quite a bit before Watergate became a complete national obsession- and it was pretty tolerant of that one shop teacher to let me diss the incumbent President that long before his resignation.

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* One moment of time I'd like to throw back:

That stupid moment of yesterday when I slipped and hurt my foot. It's much better today- I even got through my usual afternoon cardio routine without incident, although step-ups and such are still at least a few days out- and I got a reasonable mixture of sympathy and laughs from friends and family to whom I told the tale.

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* The financial institution I'd like to throw into the Niagara River right before it pours over the Falls:

Not one in this town, but one that abandoned Buffalo at the retail branch level a decade or so ago. Its name can be found following a comedian's first-named Chevy, or preceding a horrible Phillie last-named Utley. It very kindly froze an opposing party's bank account for me last week, with whom I worked out a reasonable settlement premised on the amount being wired to me quickly.

Almost three full days later, no wire. Their definition of "quickly" is not the same as yours or mine.

I'm still fine if it shows up tomorrow, or even Monday, but it still sucks that they are slow in carrying out the request of their own customer (whose checks are still potentially bouncing until the wire goes through). Ironically, the bank's only remaining significant presence in Buffalo is sponsoring a corporate road race and drunken after-party for corporate challengers; this experience has me wondering if they even bother to time the results. And that's cutting to the chase of how I feel.
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ecosopher From: ecosopher Date: April 24th, 2015 02:15 am (UTC) (Link)
That is a very cool business card. I love it. And sound like your teacher was spot on, doing what teachers should be doing, which is encouraging their students to question the status quo.
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