Painting of a family moving in the 19th Century  Louis-Léopold Boilly - 1. Art Institute of Chicago 2. The AMICA Library

Painting of a family moving in the 19th Century
Louis-Léopold Boilly - 1. Art Institute of Chicago 2. The AMICA Library

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Sunday, March 17, 2019


Moving, thy name is disruption.

A friend will add a small bedroom to her apartment to accommodate her five-year-old daughter.
The contractor will build it only if she entirely moves out for three months.

A daunting task, the one-room apartment crammed with a home office, dining room, entertainment center, and child’s playroom.

So much stuff to divest.
So many decisions to make, both the old and the new.
So much physical work.
Emotional stress.
Financial cost.
Time lost.
Explanations to make.

And that’s if the contractor completes the work as promised.
And that’s her drawing on every resource, getting help from her friends.

And yet, every tunnel has a light drawing us to it.
This tunnel has two.

One light is the creation of privacy for her beautiful little girl.
Another is the opportunity to reset her life in a more organized way.

Meanwhile
Where does she work?
Where does she live?
Where does she stuff the stuff she’s keeping?
Who does she get to move her stuff and where to?

Moving, thy name is disruption.

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Postings Count, Weather Brief, and Dinner
Sunday, March 17, 2019

My 339th consecutive posting, committed to 5,000.

Time is 12.01am.
On Sunday Boston’s temperature will reach a high of 41* with a feels-like temperature of 34* under mainly sunny skies.

Atlantic cod Hans-Petter Fjeld - Own work

Atlantic cod
Hans-Petter Fjeld - Own work

Dinner of cod baked with little neck clams on rice.

Nasty surprises are most unwelcome.  Tick Tock. In clock language: Enjoy today.

Nasty surprises are most unwelcome.

Tick Tock.
In clock language: Enjoy today.

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Tick Tock : Marking Calendars and Deep Weather


After 339 posts we’re at the 6.78% mark of my commitment,
the commitment a different way of marking the passage of time.

Long term forecast confirms a steady march to spring.
I believe we are all ready for it.

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Question of the Day:

What is moving?

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Elephant jokes to tell at a bar

Where do baby elephants come from?

Giant storks.  Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala), Pak Thale, Petchaburi, Thailand JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) - Own work

Giant storks.

Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala), Pak Thale, Petchaburi, Thailand
JJ Harrison (https://www.jjharrison.com.au/) - Own work

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Answer to the Question of the Day:

What is moving?

Relocation, also known as moving, is the process of one or more individuals leaving one dwelling and settling in another.
A move can be to a nearby location within the same neighborhood, a much farther location in a different city, or sometimes a different country.
It usually includes packing up all belongings, transferring to the new home, and unpacking, as well as administrative or bureaucratic tasks, such as changing registration data, change of insurance, services etc.

On the Holmes and Rahe stress scale for adults, "change of residence" is considered a stressful activity, assigned 20 points (with death of spouse being ranked the highest at 100), although other changes on the scale (e.g. "change in living conditions", "change in social activities") often occur as a result of relocating, making the overall stress level potentially higher.

Various studies have found that moving house is often particularly stressful for children and is sometimes associated with long-term problems.

Moving Day in Little Old New York , satirical painting, c.1827

Moving Day in Little Old New York, satirical painting, c.1827

Moving Day was a tradition in New York City dating back to colonial times and lasting until after World War II.
On February 1, sometimes known as "Rent Day", landlords would give notice to their tenants what the new rent would be after the end of the quarter, the tenants would spend good-weather days in the early spring searching for new houses and the best deals and on the first of May all leases in the city expired simultaneously at 9:00 am, causing thousands of people to change their residences, all at the same time.

Local legend has it that the tradition began because the first of May was the day the first Dutch settlers set out for Manhattan, but The Encyclopedia of New York City links it instead to the English celebration of May Day.
While it may have originated as a custom, the tradition took force of law by an 1820 act of the New York State legislature, which mandated that if no other date was specified, all housing contracts were valid to the first of May – unless the day fell on a Sunday, in which case the deadline was May 2.

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Love your notes.
Contact me at existentialautotrip@hotmail.com

So we got this letter from Howard:

Subject: snakes in Ireland  

I wasn’t surprised to see no mention made of corned beef and cabbage in tomorrow’s [today’s] post, by the way, never mind St. Patrick.

It made me think (noticing the omission) that, in fact, through my whole experience with the North End, including two sojourns of some length (I did live on Moon Street for two years or so), there was never much notice taken of that one particular bit of Irish hagiography.

That thought in turn made me recall having taken notice in the past from time to time certain subtle signs of a broader ethnic mutual antipathy between the Irish and the Italians.

Yet, it seems like as much of a possibly spurious commonplace or cliché that there is also a kind of volatile mutual attraction, and I have known in my time the offspring of such unions, of an Italian with an Irish. Always a fiery and colorful result. Often enough, or so it seemed, red-haired and wild-eyed.

I am thinking in particular of one friend, a novelist, who I met in my first college teaching job 50 years ago. The man I would have to say was the most naturally funny person I’ve ever met, especially in his writing. Also a ferocious drinker. Never mean, but certainly flamboyant. He died eventually of complications of that affliction, a massive heart attack when he was still in his 50s. Auburn-haired and freckle-faced with a somehow familiar glint in his eye.

Anyway.

Erin go bragh, you chauvinist.

xo

hhd

xo

I, of course, have no skin in this game whatsoever. Though my sister always had a weakness for handsome men from each tribe.

Web Meister responds: Well done; appropriate.

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So we got a question: What is Averna?

Fratelli Averna factory buildings in Caltanissetta Sicily.

Fratelli Averna factory buildings in Caltanissetta Sicily.

Web Meister Responds: According to Wiki:

Amaro Averna is an Italian liqueur in the Amaro category produced in Caltanissetta, Sicily.
It is named after its inventor, Salvatore Averna, who invented the recipe in 1868.
This drink is produced on the Island of Sicily and is considered a traditional drink.

The Averna company was acquired in 2014 by Gruppo Campari.

In 1802, Salvatore Averna was born into a family of drapers.
Growing up in Caltanissetta, he became one of the most active members of the community, a justice of the peace and benefactor of the Abbey of the Holy Spirit. Here, following an ancient tradition born in the fortified Benedictine abbeys and spread to Europe through the Cluniac and Cistercian monasteries, the monks produced an elixir of herbs that was pleasant despite being "bitter", and was popularly thought to possess tonic and therapeutic properties.
In 1859, as a token of gratitude, the monks gave Salvatore the recipe for the infusion. In 1868 he began producing Averna for guests at his home.

Averna Bros Laboratorio_dello_Stabilimento_dei_F.lli_Averna_di_Caltanissetta,_1911_-_san_dl_SAN_IMG-00001330.jpg

It was Francesco Averna, son of Salvatore, who took the initiative to promote the bitter, participating in various exhibitions in Italy and abroad.
During a private visit of King Umberto I in 1895, Francesco received a gold pin with the House of Savoy insignia in recognition of the Sicilian bitter, which by now was well known. In 1912 Vittorio Emanuele III granted the Averna Company the right to affix the royal crest on the label of their liquor with the words "Patent of the Royal House": the Averna Company became supplier to the royal household.
All these awards led Francesco to redesign the label, incorporating all its certificates and prizes. After the untimely death of Francesco, his wife Anna Maria took over the company.

1978 was a very significant year in the company's history: after 110 years and three generations a family craft product become a major company in the Italian market.
Since 1978, the fourth generation of Averna has maintained that position in the market, further consolidating it through product diversification: the "Averna Group" now includes the Villa Frattina winery producing (still and sparkling wines).
In the last decade, consolidation within the domestic market has been accompanied by an intense internationalization effort that has seen growing development in foreign markets.

In 2014, the Campari Group acquired 100% of Fratelli Averna. The transaction was worth 103,750,000 euro, made up of a price of 98 million and a net financial debt of EUR 5.75 million.

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Answer to the Question of the Day:

What is moving?

Relocation, also known as moving, is the process of one or more individuals leaving one dwelling and settling in another.
A move can be to a nearby location within the same neighborhood, a much farther location in a different city, or sometimes a different country.
It usually includes packing up all belongings, transferring to the new home, and unpacking, as well as administrative or bureaucratic tasks, such as changing registration data, change of insurance, services etc.

On the Holmes and Rahe stress scale for adults, "change of residence" is considered a stressful activity, assigned 20 points (with death of spouse being ranked the highest at 100), although other changes on the scale (e.g. "change in living conditions", "change in social activities") often occur as a result of relocating, making the overall stress level potentially higher.

Moving Day in Little Old New York , satirical painting, c.1827

Moving Day in Little Old New York, satirical painting, c.1827

Various studies have found that moving house is often particularly stressful for children and is sometimes associated with long-term problems.

Moving Day was a tradition in New York City dating back to colonial times and lasting until after World War II.
On February 1, sometimes known as "Rent Day", landlords would give notice to their tenants what the new rent would be after the end of the quarter, the tenants would spend good-weather days in the early spring searching for new houses and the best deals and on the first of May all leases in the city expired simultaneously at 9:00 am, causing thousands of people to change their residences, all at the same time.

Local legend has it that the tradition began because the first of May was the day the first Dutch settlers set out for Manhattan, but The Encyclopedia of New York City links it instead to the English celebration of May Day.
While it may have originated as a custom, the tradition took force of law by an 1820 act of the New York State legislature, which mandated that if no other date was specified, all housing contracts were valid to the first of May – unless the day fell on a Sunday, in which case the deadline was May 2.

In here is the list of boxes I used n my last move. Two weeks ago. I’ve saved it because I might be moving in a month or two.

In here is the list of boxes I used n my last move.
Two weeks ago.
I’ve saved it because I might be moving in a month or two.

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Good Morning on this Sunday, the Seventeenth of March.

Today we talked anecdotally about moving.
About the weather and calendar.
We posted an elephant joke
We answered a question about Averna and we finished with a Wikipedia entry on moving.
 
And now? Gotta go.

Che vuoi? Le pocketbook?

See you soon.

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