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Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of June 9, 2024



Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of June 9, 2024

June 9, 2024

Au pair – a person who helps with child care in exchange for room and board

June 10, 2024

Neonatal – Relating to newborn children

June 11, 2024

Dingle – Small wooded valley

June 12, 2024

Slatch – the area of quiet water between two breaking waves

June 13, 2024

Copse – A thicket of small trees or shrubs

June 14, 2024

Estuary – Area where a river flows into a sea

June 15, 2024

Derecho – Fast-moving windstorms


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Thought(s) Of The Day – For the Week of June 9, 2024



Thought(s) Of The Day – For the Week of June 9, 2024

June 9, 2024

It is said that a mistake is the first step of success. But, the real fact is that correcting the mistake is the first step of success.

June 10, 2024

Things that define you: Your patience when you have nothing, your attitude when you have everything.

June 11, 2024

A negative mind will never lead a positive life.

June 12, 2024

Your beauty starts in your heart, not in your mirror.

June 13, 2024

If your absence doesn’t affect them, your presence never mattered.

June 14, 2024

OK, so what’s the speed of dark?

June 15, 2024

If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.


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Quote(s) Of The Day – For the week of June 9, 2024



Quote(s) Of The Day – For the week of June 9, 2024

June 9, 2024

“There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile.” – Staubach

June 10, 2024

“Don’t handicap your kids by making their lives easy.” – Heinlein

June 11, 2024

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.” – Nietzsche

June 12, 2024

“You could die right now. Let this fact guide the rest of your life.” – Aurelius

June 13, 2024

“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” – Plato

June 14, 2024

“Consider how precious a soul must be if both God and the devil are after it.” – Spurgeon

June 15, 2024

“The best and fastest way to learn a sport is to watch and imitate a champion.” – Killy


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Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of June 2, 2024



Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of June 2, 2024

June 2, 2024

Bantling – Young child

June 3, 2024

Bassinet – Baby’s wicker cradle

June 4, 2024

Colic – Intense and frequent cying in an infant

June 5, 2024

Apgar score – Measure of the physical condition of a newborn

June 6, 2024

Fontanella – The space between the bones in an infant’s skull

June 7, 2024

Helicopter parent – an overprotective parent

June 8, 2024

Object permanence – Understanding that objects exist when they’re out of sight


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Thought(s) Of The Day – For the Week of June 2, 2024



Thought(s) Of The Day – For the Week of June 2, 2024

June 2, 2024

People don’t change. They reveal who they really are.

June 3, 2024

You’ll be ignored, until you’re needed.

June 4, 2024

If they are OK with losing you, stop fighting.

June 5, 2024

Don’t be embarrassed by your failures. Learn from them and start again.

June 6, 2024

Being offended is a matter of choice. The moment you let somebody else’s words upset you, you’ve let somebody else defeat you. And who wants to lose a battle to an opinion?

June 7, 2024

Nothing will kill you more than the weight of your own thoughts.

June 8, 2024

We never know the best time of our life until it becomes a memory.


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Quote(s) Of The Day – For the week of June 2, 2024



Quote(s) Of The Day – For the week of June 2, 2024

June 2, 2024

“A food contributes nothing worth hearing and takes offense at everything.” – Aristotle

June 3, 2024

“Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” – Adams

June 4, 2024

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Huxley

June 5, 2024

“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” – Churchill

June 6, 2024

“You are not only responsible for what you say, but what you don’t say.” – Luther

June 7, 2024

“if you can’t fly then run, if can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to kepe moving forward.” – King, Jr.

June 8, 2024

“Sometimes the person you take the bullet for ends up being the person behind the gun.” – Shakur


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Quote(s) Of The Day – For the week of May 26, 2024



So, Let’s consider: Ever wonder how the restrictions on suitcases was determined?



So, Let’s consider: Ever wonder how the restrictions on suitcases was determined?

“I’m sorry sir, but your suitcase is over weight”.

Ever get told that when you’re flying? Well, I did a couple weeks ago while on a trip from SLC. I wasn’t the happiest flyer either as it was a rather expensive event!

Come to find out, airlines really like to limit the amount of stuff you can take with you before they start adding fee$ to your flying experience. Further, if you’re going to be on a trip for a week or so, chances are that you’re going to be needing more than 45 pounds of stuff and most likely more than one suitcase. This is especially trying if you’re planning on doing anything more than just spending money at your vacation venues. In my case, I collect insects so I threw in a few kiling jars, etc., along with my cloths, etc. Not the whole lab, but enough to snag a few specimens for my collections, should I run into anything of interest. And all in one suitcase.

So, how did they come to the weight, size and quantity limitations that they did you ask? Good question! Inquiring minds would like to know.

Well, let’s think about this for a moment, or two…. Flyers are to a large extent constrained by the whims of the airlines and they can dictate basically anything that they want to. And, it’s in their best interests to milk out all the fee$ they can get out of your wallet that they can! But, they want to appear to be the nice guys in this equation. Now, I have no insider knowledge on how the real events happened, but I have a theory.

Consider that the airlines can easily, and probably do, determine the average size, weight and quantity of checked items passengers take with them. It’s simple data analytics. So, it would be really easy to determine the average weight of a suitcase. Let’s say for discussion sake that it is 53 pounds. I think this is a fairly reasonable and probably low number, but let’s use it.

Now, from an airline’s perspective, they want to limit the amount of weight and number of suitcases you bring. So, let’s presume that the average flyer takes 1.8 suitcases at about 53 pounds each. Now, with this information, Mr. Airline realizes that there’s a revenue opportunity here. How can they either reduce their baggage concerns or make you PAY more fee$, which would equate to more revenue for them? AH! BAGGAGE FEE$! So, let’s limit the checked items to one and set a weight that might be just under the average…say maybe 45 pounds. OH, you can carry on a bag, provided it’s the size of a toaster(more on that later). And, if they need any inforcement weight, well, they’ll just lobby the FAA and other federal agencies to approve their policies and bingo, the fee$ are basically law. OH, this is above and beyond the prices of your ticket and in some cases your “seat fee$”.

In short in our hypothetical example, if your suitcase if 47 pounds, you’re OVER WEIGHT and it’s time to pay them more fee$. And we’re not talking chicken feed here! You get the idea? If you feel like you’re being ripped off with the high price$ and all the additional fee$, you’re not alone. But don’t waste your time writing your congressman, they probably couldn’t care less.

Then there’s that “carry on item”. It’s really annoying to have two airports tell you your carry on is within size limits, only to have a midpoint airport challenge them. Presume you’re traveling from Chattanooga(CHA) to Salt Lake City (SLC) via Dallas Ft.Worth (DFW). You’re given a document by your airline with the allowed dimensions of your allowed carry on. You measure it to make sure you’re basically in compliance. Airport one lets you on no problems, but the midpoint airport thinks it’s to big and they point to a box the size of a toaster that it’s supposed to fit into. Since you made the major mistake of not bringing your notation from the airlines with the size limits nor did you bring a simple ruler, you’re totally constrained to the whims of the all knowing gate agent that’s been flying for 40 years and knows that God comes to her when He has questions. So, you have no choice but to capitulate, pay the baggage fee$ and check in your carry on at the gate. To make matters worse, when you’re returning from SLC to DFW, SLC verifies that you’re in compliance. But, you can kiss that $40 in baggage fee you paid to God’s tutor in DFW goodbye…

You’re also going to find that, contrary to the assured knowledge of my least favorite DFW gate agent, there’s all kinds of space and room up above the seats in those bins! And chances are she has no clue what kind of a bird you’re flying in anyway, but she’s hell bent for leather that there’s not going to be any space up there for your item or anyone else’s. I think it’s all about the fee$.

So, what’s a flyer to do beyond thinking they need to put their head between their legs and kiss their ass goodbye? I’d recommend that you review the carry on size documentation, usually provided with your ticket. Print a copy and put it some place readily available in your carry on. Measure your carry on to make sure you’re in compliance and if you’re at the limits, pack a small ruler in that same carry on bag. It will come in handy if you run into someone like my least favorite DFW gate agent. And, put all your heavy stuff in the carry on! They don’t weigh it! And if you can schlep it, they won’t care. It’s amusing to see them suggest people repack their suitcases to shift the weight around in them to get under their weight compliance…uh, all items are going on the SAME PLANE. So, is the net weight really the concern or is it the fee$?

Now, some legaleze: The numbers and suppositions I’ve postulate here are my own random fictional hypotheticals. However, the DFW gate agent was very real. But at the end of the day, could it all really be this $imple?

I’m Don Rima and that’s the view From Where I Stand.


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Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of May 26, 2024



Word(s) Of The Day – For The Week Of May 26, 2024

May 26, 2024

Pastoral – Rural

May 27, 2024

Knave – A deceitful man

May 28, 2024

Parable – A story with a moral or meaning

May 29, 2024

Soothsayer – A psychic

May 30, 2024

Coronate – Crown

May 31, 2024

Ogre – A man eating giant

June 1, 2024

Echolalia – Repetition of speech by a child learning to talk


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Thought(s) Of The Day – For the Week of May 26, 2024

May 26, 2024

If you want to make everyone happy, don’t be a leader. Sell ice cream.

May 27, 2024

Common sense isn’t a gift, it’s a punishment. Because you have to deal with everyone that doesn’t have it.

May 28, 2024

Sitting along and enjoying your own company is better than being surrounded by fake people.

May 29, 2024

If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

May 30, 2024

Failure is a part of life. If you don’t fail, you don’t learn, if you don’t learn, you’ll never change.

May 31, 2024

Be careful what you tell people. A friend today could be an enemy tomorrow.

June 1, 2024

No matter how good a person you are, you’re always bad in someone’s story.


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Quote(s) Of The Day – For the week of May 26, 2024



Quote(s) Of The Day – For the week of May 26, 2024

May 26, 2024

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Franklin

May 27, 2024

“I hate music, especially when it’s played.” – Durante

May 28, 2024

“People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.” – Kierkengaard

May 29, 2024

“A ship is always safe at shore, but that is not what it is built for.” – Einstein

May 30, 2024
“Nobody is more hated than he who speaks the truth.” – Plato

May 31, 2024
“while we teach, we learn.” – Seneca

June 1, 2024

“Two percent of the people think; three percent think they think; 95 percent would rather die than think.” – Shaw


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