Odds and Ends

The Winter Olympics begin today, and like the code in yesterday’s picture of a 1900 Ivory Soap advertisement, the American luger Chris Mazdzer always displays his own secret message for why we should watch the Winter Olympics, particularly the luge. Chris actually lives about 75 miles west of me in Saranac Lake, NY, which always seems to be the coldest place on our weather maps here. I like Mazdzer and he seems like a pretty nice guy. I’ll probably also watch some of the figure skating, but I’ve never found the Winter Olympics to be as interesting as the Summer Olympics. The athletes wear too many clothes, although if they all wore skintight body suits like Mazdzer, who needs to see someone in a Speedo!

In other news, I’ve viewed four different apartments in the last week. None of them were suitable. One was rented just before I saw it but the landlord showed it to me anyway. I viewed two different ones on Tuesday. One was in a terrible neighborhood and the other was in a seemingly better neighborhood, but the rooms were so tiny. Neither of those two apartments were in great shape either. Although I was told they’d look better with a fresh coat of paint and a deep cleaning, you just can’t put lipstick on a pig and expect it to win the Miss America Pageant. The one I viewed yesterday was on the third floor of a house that had been split into apartments (most apartments in Vermont are like this). The outside stairs leading to the apartment were not in great condition; they did not feel completely safe. The apartment itself was huge: two bedrooms, two baths, a nice sized kitchen, and living room. However, there were just too many issues to make me want to pay the rent they were asking. So, the search continues.

In better news, it looks like the installation of the new exhibit is running ahead of schedule. I suspect we will largely be finished today and ready for our soft opening tomorrow, that is if the 6-18 inches of snow (I know that a wide range but we are on the border of the line between 12-18 inches and 6-12 inches) we are expecting today and tomorrow don’t derail us from finishing it in time for the official opening. Because of COVID, we will not be having our usual opening reception, though I’m hoping we will have one in the summer for the local community. I’ve had a vision for this exhibit in my mind for months, and it’s so gratifying to see it in reality almost exactly as I pictured it. I know the saying goes, “Pride goeth before the fall,” but I am very proud of this exhibit. I think it looks good and is very calming and soothing, which not many of our exhibits are. In fact, we’ve never had one quite like this one, and I am proud of it. I hope our visitors will enjoy it and learn from it.

About Joe

I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

2 responses to “Odds and Ends

  • H Thomas

    just saw this
    A little long but wanted to share my rosemary / migraine story. I have shared before but was reminded again this week how life changing it has been for me. Most of my life I have had chronic migraines, 4 or 5 a week sometimes lasting for several days at a time. I couldn’t even tell you how many medications, both prescription and over the counter that I tried. Some helped, most didn’t , nothing got rid of these headaches. The ones that helped made me so sleepy I felt like I wasn’t able to function like I should. I even joined trial medication migraine studies at the recommendation of my doctor, kinda scary to think about now. One day while cooking I nibbled on some fresh rosemary. Within 30 minutes my migraine was gone. At first I thought just a coincidence but decided to try it again with my next migraine and it worked! I was eventually able to stop all migraine medications and as long as I nibble a little rosemary every few days I seldom got a migraine. But then my rosemary plant died, busy with work and the holidays I kept forgetting to buy another. Had a few headaches but nothing major and debilitating until yesterday. I ended up taking something over the counter for the first time in years, didn’t help at all. Hubby offered to go buy a rosemary plant while I tried to sleep it off. Just that little nibble of my new plant and my headache eased up tremendously! I had let it get too bad to work in one dose but after using the rosemary several times it was gone!! Thankful God provides us with his natural remedies!! Thankful that hubby went out in the weather to come to my rescue!! Just a reminder if you choose to try, rosemary, it can interfere with some medications and shouldn’t be used if you are pregnant so research before you try.

    • Joe

      Thanks for the advice. I don’t believe I have to worry about being pregnant, but I may give this a try. Sometimes, the taste and smell of rosemary can trigger a migraine for me, as strong smells often do.

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