Monday, 27 May 2013

08:17 – It’s Memorial Day here in the U.S., the day set aside to remember those who sacrificed themselves to protect our freedom. Although the official purpose of Memorial Day is to remember those who gave their lives in the service of our country, let’s also remember all of those brave men and women, living and dead, who through the years have put their lives on the line to protect all of us. As we have our cookouts and family get-togethers today, let’s all take a moment to think about our troops in the Middle East and elsewhere, who can’t be with their families. And let’s have a thought, not just today but every day of the year, for them and the sacrifices they are making and have made.

Barbara is doing some work around the house and yard this morning before she heads over to visit her dad. This afternoon, she’ll help me with kit stuff. We’ll assemble 30 of the regulated chemicals bags for biology kits, 30 of the non-regulated chemicals bags, and 60 small parts bags. If we have time, we’ll get started on final assembly of 30 biology kits. After that, we’ll start on 30 more forensics kits and then 60 more chemistry kits.

Barbara finally took pity on me last night. We’d watched one 90-minute episode of the British series Vera on Netflix streaming the other night, and were part way through the second episode last night when Barbara suggested we bag it. The problem was that I had no clue what was going on because I could understand only a small fraction of the dialog. Some of the characters might as well have been speaking Martian. We watch a lot of British TV, and normally neither of us has any problem understanding the accents, but this series badly needs subtitles for US viewers. And probably for some British viewers as well.