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TGIF


I would say that it’s been a long week, but it hasn’t been. With the exception of yesterday, the week has kind of flown by. Yesterday was a bit of a snore. I had a few things to do, but I accomplished them fairly quickly, far quicker than I’d expected. That’s the only problem with my job. I have things to do. I do them. They don’t take that long, and then I have nothing to do. Unlike my colleagues who have more than they can do, I have things that take relatively little time. There are a few things in the works and once we meet certain goals, I will be much busier. Until then though, I get my work done and then discreetly look at Facebook, read the news, or go gossip with a colleague. Just fifteen more interviews and I will be busy, busy, busy working on the book that will come out of these interviews. I can’t wait to get started.


Work

Several people have asked how my interview last Friday went. It was a pretty important interview and it went really well. My interview subject got off topic a few times but I was able to guide him back to where I wanted him to be. It was a good experience. I have another interview today. This guy seems very talkative, so it should be a good interview. Fingers crossed.

Luckily, I have had a string of interviews in the new year. I’m hoping for a few more so that I can travel a bit and see more of New England. While I can easily go on my own to explore New England, it’s nice when someone else is payin for it. Anyway, things are good at work. I love when I get to do research for various projects. My writing skills are actually valued. I really don’t have any major complaints.


Big Interview 

I probably have the most important interview of my career as an oral historian today. I will be interviewing a retired army general. He is the highest ranking military officer from our school. To say that I am nervous would be an understatement. Luckily, the general is very down to earth, and I am interviewing him about a subject he loves. I hope I can keep him on topic. He is notorious for getting off topic. It’s going to be a challenge, but hopefully, in the end it will be very rewarding.


Back to Work

After two weeks off, I return to work today. My other coworkers returned on Tuesday, but since I didn’t fly back until late Tuesday night, I took Wednesday off also. I needed yesterday as a day of recovery from Alabama. I feel like I need the rest of the week to recover, but it will be nice to get back into a routine. I really wish I was busier in my job, but there will at least be some emails to catch up on and a few things like that to do.

If all goes well in the morning, I will also get Isabella back. A coworker has been keeping her for me and when she went to get her she ran away and hid. Isabella is a smart cat and probably knew she was about to be put in the cat carrier which she doesn’t like. I’ll just be glad when I get her home.


Back to Work 

I’ve been away from work for basically two weeks. I went back to work after my conference last week only to have to fly to Alabama for my granny’s funeral. It will be strange after being away for so long, but I do have plenty of work to do to keep me busy. I haven’t seen my boss in over two weeks as she left for a conference just as I was on my way back from mine.

Now, if you are wondering: why the picture above? The World Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs started last night. I personally am rooting for the Cubs. Since I was a child, I loved Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs. I can’t root against Ryne’s team now. I hope they win this thing. I will watch what I can of the World Series but I can’t stay up and watch all the games since I do have to work.


Work and Politics

I’m working today, but I leave tomorrow for a week long conference. I’m looking forward to the conference but not the flight. I hate flying. It scares me to death. It’s also going to be a long flight, because I am flying to California. I’ve never been to California before, so I’m excited to be going. I wish this wasn’t a trip that I am going on alone, but I will make the best of it. I will be in Long Beach, California. If any of my followers are in that area, I’d love to try and schedule a time for a drink or something.

By the way, I watched the debate last night. Donald Trump is really hard to stomach and difficult to listen to. He’s such a despicable person. I honestly can’t understand how we got to the point where Donald Trump can be a legitimate candidate for a major party. Hillary came across as classy. Donald Trump came across as a petulant child. The second debate was one of the most painful things I’ve ever watched.


Need Coffee 


I had to work late into the night last night for an evening event we had at the museum. Once I got home, I had several things to do, so I went to bed later than usual. So this morning I need coffee more than ever. I have a special tour to do this morning.


Labor

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. – Colossians 3:23-24

The beginning of work is from the beginning of time. God Himself worked for six days and rested on the seventh. When God completed creation He called it “very good”. We are created in the image of God and are designed to experience success and fulfillment through hard work! As Christians, we should view our jobs as an opportunity to serve God through perseverance and patience, and serve others through a Christ-like attitude.

More than 80 countries in the world have a day which commemorates the value of work, and the contributions of workers to the well-being of society. In the United States and Canada, it is the first Monday in September.

The Bible has much to say about the dignity of work, which helps us to see our labor as more than “just a job.” And, of course, we should keep in mind the labor of many who may not receive a paycheck for what they do, but whose contribution is just as valuable. Studying at the university or changing diapers or volunteering at a soup kitchen is valued labor in the eyes of God.

So on this Labor Day holiday, take a break, and know that your labors are worthwhile.


Opening Night


The opening reception was a great success. Everyone raved about the exhibit. I think it’s one of the best we’ve ever done, it is certainly the best since I’ve been here. So I thought I’d continue with another little lesson about sex in World War II.

During World War II social bias on the increase authority of psychiatric and scientific logic, the military chose to exclude homosexuals from the military because it was considered a mental illness, and it was believed that they would hurt the productivity of the armed forces. The military used an unreliable screening process through military psychiatrists in determining if an individual was homosexual or not. Some psychiatrists did not enforce their screening, which let homosexuals into the military. Also, homosexuals simply lied to psychiatrists about their sexual orientation and were able to get into the armed forces. Anti-homosexual policies because homosexuals were very much part of the military. Homosexuality was a crime according to the military and punishable by prison. But because military prisons already held more than capacity, a new discharge system was used instead essentially kicking out homosexuals from the armed service. Using mental illness again as an excuse, the military was able to justify discharging homosexual GIs from the military.


The Exhibit


The above picture has to do with a tiny part of our exhibit. The exhibit opens today. We will have an opening reception with dignitaries from the university in attendance. As for the picture above, I cropped out the part that showed the actual “short arm inspection.” The guy in the middle is quite handsome in my opinion.

The outbreaks in World War II in 1939 brought interest in the sex education by the Public and the government. During this time period military maneuvers and activities, sexual hygiene and conduct had proven to be a major problem for the Worlds’ Armies, and WW2 proved to be no different. Soldiers and Sailors on assignment overseas were often lonely, had time to spare, got homesick, or were just looking for female companionship. Due to this many men started to have multiple sex partners and as a result sexually transmitted diseases were again another major health concern. During the Great War, Venereal diseases had caused the Army to lose the services of 18,000 servicemen per day. Although by 1944 this number had been reduced 30-fold, there were still around 606 servicemen incapacitated by V.D. every day. This drop in numbers was partly because of the Army’s effort to raise awareness about the dangers faced by servicemen through poor sexual hygiene, but also because of the important developments in medicine in the area of treatment of the disease. In late 1943 a case of gonorrhea required a hospital treatment of 30 days, and curing Syphilis remained a 6-month ordeal – by mid-1944, the average case of gonorrhea was reduced to 5 days, and in many cases the patient remained on duty status while being treated.


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