March 21st, 2011

20111112, Marilee

Need Semi-New Battery

I was online late again last night and the Sunday paper takes longer to read so I didn't get to bed until just before 3am. I read until 6am and had the alarm set to 2pm, but on about the third hot flash, I just turned it off. I got up at 3:45pm, but tomorrow I need to really practice because I need to get up at 10am on Wednesday.

I got money for the week and then did the grocery shopping. It's always strange how people can't quite figure out how to make bags equal weights, so I sat on a bench beyond the checkouts and rearranged.

The phone stayed on yesterday, but from charging it in the morning, it was uncharged this morning. I recharged it at 4:30pm today and now it's down to 2/3 of charge. This was a new battery because the old one had stopped lasting for a week -- it'd gone down to three days -- and I kept that battery. I've put it in -- at one out of three bars -- and the phone is charging. We'll see if that will work better.

It's very unusual for me to recommend an obituary to you, but this man, of whom I've never heard, has done a lot of fantastic inventing.

Frances Perkins saw women & girls leap to their death from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory because the fire escape doors were locked. She became the first secretary of Labor and made Social Security, collective bargaining, and a lot of other benefits. Her successor, Hilda Solys, will be at the 100th anniversary of that tragedy. In a striking opinion, she compares that tragedy with the Upper Big Branch Mine's death toll and notes that Congress should give OSHA more rules, so the miners can be safe, too. Here's the last two paragraphs:

History is an extraordinary thing. You can choose to learn from it, or you can choose to repeat it.

For me, the choice is clear, as it was for Frances Perkins. We must always be a nation that catches workers before they fall