As what I think is a fairly normal person, I too have social needs that from time to time need filled. I get a lot of that done when I sing with the Barbershop Chorus but there is also a few times when I just feel the need to get out and meet with people. Today we went to mail some packages at the Post Office and met a nice young lady with two small children. Doing my best imitation of Grandpa, I talked to the kids and on the way out of the Post Office the mother stopped to talk with Barb and I. She had been a substitute teacher at Tecumseh North Elementary and she and Barb had a lot of friends in common. It was nice to stop and talk to her for a few moments. Made me wish we had offered to take them to lunch.
If I was to try to aim this Post to a topic, I guess it would be how people feed their social needs? With the kids here while their bathroom gets remodeled, there is a lot of social interaction with them. With the Christmas season here, there will be family gatherings to go to. What do you do to fill that need? I am sure there are many of you that feel Church is a good place to go and meet people.
Moving on to the next topic, I am always amazed at the news does its best to dramatize topics way above their real importance. Turn that around and I ask why some events don't get more attention. There are more young people killed on the streets of Chicago and Detroit on a weekend than most of the rest of the US combined. Let one young white girl in rural Oklahoma die and it gets 15 minutes of airtime.
This morning Barb and I talked about how many people in the USA don't feel empowered to participate in the climb of the ladder in a career that pays a living wage. I read that a lot of employers have taken to hiring older workers who have lost their jobs to replace the kids that would have taken these starter jobs. I can relate to that when I went back to school in the fall of 1970 and my job at Safeway bagging groceries was filled by an laid off Engineer at Boeing. Being the kind of guy I was, I worked at a Salvage a couple of days a week to make do. Our needs were not that great and I did know how to work. I didn't ever go back to Safeway so I don't know how that guy fared. Most of the Boeing jobs were transferred to Seattle so I guess that guy either moved or stayed at a fairly minimal job.
I hope you all can join in the discussion od how we can get our country back on track. For those young people, there were a lot of worse times in the 60's and it is possible to put it all together. It takes a lot of smart people willing to work on our problems and not run around playing gotcha.
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