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10/27/19 12:59 A

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Yeah, I had no clue that the thing hanging out was just the light component - I thought it was some kind of reservoir or something like that. Had NO idea!

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10/26/19 11:34 A

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Psst, it looks a lot worse in a photo with the hood up. The innards look like damage in and of themselves, given the proximity to the poor little headlight.

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10/26/19 12:35 A

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We bought the car last year, so that we could drive down to Tucson and have it there. We figured it made more sense than renting a car for that whole period of time. And then, we drove back up here - so we put a lot of miles on it. It was a certified pre-owned (nice way of saying "used") - but it was a lease, and had low mileage. Nice little Corolla. I was ready to cry when I first saw his wounds:





But now, he looks just a little scraped up, and missing a hubcap. That weird thing hanging out is all the headlight/turn signal piece!



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10/25/19 10:59 A

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Miss Emily Litella sometimes summed up everything.

When a trusted, respected doctor switches out of a medical plan, it's rough. Many years ago my [late] beloved internist did so. I asked him for a recommendation and he referred me to a cardiologist in his suite. I had some concerns and probably already had my stents, so it made sense. A few years ago I chose to switch to someone else, as the cardio had begun to seem to ignore me and my concerns. Too late now, but I wish I'd thought of trying to stay with my beloved doctor separate from my plan.

So you bought a car when you got to Washington this year? Without thinking, I expected that it is a rental. Then, again, there may be no long-term rental offers that wouldn't add up to astronomical numbers.



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10/25/19 2:53 A

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We're still in WA, waiting to get in to see a neurologist recommended by Richard's primary care person. Just found out today that the clinic we go to will not accept our insurance (Medicare Advantage) after Dec 30 this year, so we either need to join their plan or find other drs. Need to schedule an appt with our primary dr to either find new people, or see if she can see us anyway. Plus move Richard's prescriptions to the pharmacy I moved to - the only one in town that will mail meds to someone within the state. (He gets his meds via a special state program because he has less retirement income than I do - I earn too much to qualify.)

Turned out the headlight/turn signal component was flipped and unplugged in the collision, so after taking a ton of photos I took it to the body shop recommended by our car dealership. The guy there said not having a light and turn signal is a safety issue, so he plugged the light component back into the wires, popped the lightbulb back in place, shoved everything into the right spot, and then put the bumper back in place with a ziptie. Still need a new bumper and grill or two grills, and the fender needs to be repaired - but it doesn't look as bad. Plus now the engine is covered and sealed off again, which is good given that rain is due again tomorrow.

"If it isn't one thing, it's another." Rosanne Rosanna D'Anna

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10/24/19 9:35 A

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Those little collisions are unnerving. I'm glad Richard wasn't hurt and expect that the other driver wasn't.

Where are you now, Phebe? I thought Washington, but it sounds as though you've moved on.

I had a minor collision years back with a big truck that cut me off to get to the exit. My car was a rental and, when I returned it, took pictures from all angles on the company's premises. It's a good thing that I did: A few weeks later, I received a letter from them saying that I owed umpty-ump dollars for damage way beyond the real damage. They claimed that I caused damage to some other area of the car. I wrote back that it wasn't so and that I had the photos I'd taken on their premises. Never heard from them again. Since then, I photograph rental on the renter's premises at pickup and return.

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10/24/19 2:32 A

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It's tempting, Laurie - very tempting!

We hit a bit of a snag today with our travel - Richard drove to get a sandwich for dinner, and had a bit of a collision with another car. Our car's front right corner needs repairs, no idea how much. Doesn't look good to me, but what do I know about cars, right? Anyway, getting the repairs done will slow us down a bit.

Sigh.

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10/23/19 11:01 A

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Did you see Yidstock on the website? It's the Center's annual (July) four-day music festival, heavy on klezmer, it seems. Wouldn't that be fun? A large area including Amherst is lovely with plenty to see and do, not to mention relax. I'd never been in the vicinity before (only the farther-west Berkshires and Boston, both decades ago) and would like more than a day to explore.

Same here with Yiddish, but you may know more curses than I. Both grandmas spoke Yiddish, but had been reared in Yiddish. So often either would begin speaking with me in English, then turn to Yiddish. My response: "Oh, Grandma, you know I don't understand." It wasn't until well into adulthood that I wondered whether they never gave up hope that I would learn.

While listening to the discussion on translation initiatives at the Center, it occurred to me that at least one of the nearby CUNY schools must offer Yiddish which I could take as a "Sr. Cit. Auditor." For now, it's just an idea for the back burner; I have plenty to do.

Oh, Phebe, why not spend, oh say, a semester-length sojourn here? We can take class together and have a practice partner. To sweeten the suggestion, one of my neighbors is active in the tango scene and can introduce you. He's serious about it, having spent a couple of weeks in Buenos Aires at a tango event a little while back.

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10/20/19 2:33 A

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Sounds like a lovely trip, and their website is wonderful!!! I'll have to spend more time looking at it - my parents and grandparents conversed in Yiddish, though my parents did it mostly to talk with the kids knowing what they were saying. At this point, I can mostly swear in Yiddish and that's about it.

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10/19/19 6:13 P

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I could have dispatched Thing One to reconnoiter. Alas she now is in Northern Virginia. Northampton is a nice place too. We sort of miss going up there, but do not miss the tuition bills.

"Some day we will look back on this, and it will all seem funny" - Bruce Springsteen (The real BOSS, as opposed to me.)





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10/19/19 3:51 P

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I was thinking of them the other day, remembering I had received mailings to donate money and/or books, and then I couldn't remember where they had finally built the center. I'll have to check the website again. Not much Yiddish here in Branson, much less even kosher.

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10/19/19 2:17 P

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It's the perfect time to visit the Pioneer Valley. The foliage colors should be lovely in the western part of the state this weekend. We are beginning to see some color in my area. I have a special spot in my heart for Northampton (my first real job). Enjoy your visit!

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A friend and I will make a day trip tomorrow to the Yiddish Book Center for its Community Open House. I'm posting because the website, charming and interesting, is worth exploring. This is the first time I've looked into it. I've known of the place, but no more than its basic purpose, to preserve Yiddish books and culture.

My friend has been receiving their emails for some time, as years ago he donated a few books. He has no knowledge of Yiddish beyond the basics that a New Yorker can't help but absorb, but, way, way back, when he'd be browsing book stores, he'd now and then spot a Yiddish book. He bought them thinking that, if he didn't, they'd disappear. I think he was aware that speakers and readers of Yiddish are not as plentiful as they once were. When he learned of the Center, he knew he'd found a home for the books he'd been 'safeguarding'.

www.yiddishbookcenter.org

I hope we can fit in some time at the Emily Dickinson museum. There's so much more in the Amherst area that will have to wait.

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