One of my neighbors recently had her father move in with her. He had a stroke and he walks up and down the block all day to keep up with his exercise. He does not speak English, but he makes sure that I get into my car every morning, and that I get back into the house safely every evening. He watches until I wave and let him know I’m OK. He waves back and continues his walk.
On days that I have to move cars around for street cleaning, he makes sure that everything starts OK and that I’m clear of driveways.
Yesterday, he wasn’t outside, so I had to move my car without his help. His daughter happened to come out, so I asked where he was. She had made him go inside to rest. She had no idea that he helped and wondered how he had so much energy. I explained that it wasn’t so much help as supervision. She said she told him to stop staring at the neighbors. I told her that he was fine and I missed the company.
My kids said that he makes sure they get in and out of the cars safely, too. They wave to him, too.
He’s not doing any harm, and he certainly isn’t creepy. There may be a language barrier, but the wave hello and goodbye translates well.
Woohoo! Muni is bringing back the butt dents! When the new cars were brought in, the butt dents weren’t there, and those of us with short legs and can’t reach the ground were sliding all over the place. I gave up and stood for the most part.
This is much safer than the flat bench-like seats that were on the new streetcars. Not as cushy as Bart seats, but it’s an improvement.
Space heater into power strips
The above linked article is a reminder to not plug space heaters into power strips. It explains why. Scary stuff.
beginner’s guide to open water swimming
The above linked article talks about steps to take to move from pool swimming to open water. There is some really good advice here.
I posted this as part of the water safety post that I posted earlier.
These three articles have some wonderful information for swimmers and parents about water safety. The first article is written by a parent who lost her child to drowning. The second is about cryto which is easily transferable from swimmer to swimmer (EW). The third is by a pediatrician who has some good tips for safety when near the water.
Be safe out there this summer!