Friday John Ku – AKA – TGIF

Twiggy and Lucy

“What are you doing, Little One?”
“Checking to make sure this is Friday.”
“Trust me, it is.”
“Trust is fine, Control is better.”

Another Friday is upon us. Yes indeed. I hope it means that you will be doing something fun for the weekend. I am wondering these days what that something fun could be?

For us here in Serenityville, it means trying to figure out a photo session for Views of the Neighborhood, which has to be taken on Saturday. It is getting tougher and tougher to find a subject due to the suspension of most of the activities around town. When we finally decide on a topic, it is a rush to get it done and scheduled to run.

The schools here in Texas have been given local authority to decide to conduct classes remotely. There has been a great deal of angst by the teachers on possibly having to go back to the classroom while the virus cases continue to climb. Now the local school boards can decide. Most are leaning toward virtual learning sessions.

Today’s JohnKu talks about local control.

I hope you have a super weekend.

Local by John W. Howell Β© 2020

The Feds want power,

To make decisions for us. . .

Local is better.

 

78 comments

  1. Most effective for sure. Nice haiku, Boss.

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    1. Thank you, Marc. (Man you are up early)

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      1. I was, wasn’t I?

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  2. I like the haiku. I agree that local is better. Have a good and safe weekend, John πŸ™‚

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    1. You as well, Harmony.

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  3. Maybe you can do some re-visits from past neighborhood walks, John. Happy Friday!

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    1. I have been reluctant to do that. I think we found something for this week. Thanks, Jill. 😊

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  4. Local is definitely better. They’re discussing what to do here right now. Being in New York, I’m a little worried that they’ll go for in-school. I just don’t think the virus is really under control and it’s going to rise up again. I go in first a one day sub job today too, so I’ll see how things are going to go.

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    1. Best wishes on that, Charles.

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      1. Thanks. It’s okay. Plenty of space.

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  5. I’m with Twiggy. Trust is fine; control is better.

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    1. I agree. Thanks, Liz

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  6. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Local is better for sure. As for your neighborhood, a before and after might be good. Or…a refresher. I loved the one of the painted rocks, the rocks with messages. Simple and powerful. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. I think before a refresher I’ll try some goofy stuff. I have an idea for this week. 😁

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  7. I’m not sure who’s going to decide around here, John but it won’t be the feds. Of course, all of CT isn’t much bigger than some Texas cities, so our state gov is almost “local” πŸ™‚

    We’re looking good, as far as cases go, but no one wants to swing that pendulum back.

    I hope you have a good weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. Have a good one as well. 😁

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  8. Here in FL, our numbers are climbing at an alarming rate, so which is better – I haven’t a clue. This virus doesn’t want to let go!

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    1. As long as people gather together it is going to hang on. Have a safe weekend, GP.

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      1. I know I will, so you do the same!!

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  9. Lucy’s dream: alone at the yard & Friday is carrying cocktails! πŸ™‚ Online classes is a nightmare, dear John! I hope that your locals will be wise enough to avoid it as much as they can. A curious fact: we, Russians, are too free people. So, no matter the lockdown people, including me, went out as much as it was necessary. Certainly, most of us took simple health preventive measures. It is said now that we have formed a sort of a common immunity against the virus…if it exists. What a pleasant surprise! πŸ™‚ Wish you the same!

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    1. Yes the common immunity is a natural result of those being able to develop antibodies to prevent infection. You folks are lucky if that is the case. Stay well and safe, Maria. 😁

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      1. Fear kills more people than the virus…if it exists, dear John! I wish you the same! May your Scottish blood protect you! Stay well & happy, dear John! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      2. Thank you, Maria. Do you believe the virus is a hoax?

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      3. Actually, as the one who practises astrology (the amateur’s level at the moment), I can even prove it. I would say that the virus does exist, however all the fuss around is the pure manipulation. (10% of the virus/90% of the rest). The present situation is a sort of a Mass media war we haven’t got used to. I suppose that it would not have been this way if people had lived offline more. Or if the majority had been more sceptical regarding the info in the Internet. πŸ™‚ A curious thing: here in Russia it is strongly believed & feared that the evil American politicians & Bill Gates want to chip the humanity by means of the anti-virus vaccine. So on so far. As I can read news in various languages I’m amazed to see how the propagandistic mood changes from country to country. Just keep your mind in a cool place, dear John! We will make it! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  10. Local is better, but then you have inane actions such as the governor of GA suing the mayor of Atlanta for her efforts to mandate masks in the city. I shake my head…

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    1. The mask has become a symbol of those that believe the virus is a real threat and those who think it is a hoax. I’ll bet if we had “Trump in 2020” printed on every mask the tune would change. Stay safe, Lori. 😷

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  11. I was just reading about the school systems here yesterday. They’re giving parents the option of sending kids to school or remote learning, and it stated only 25% chose remote learning – kind of surprising. It also mentioned all the precautions the schools would be taking, so I hope it works for them. Tough decision to make. Have a great weekend, John!

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    1. Yes it is tough. I am surprised by that 25% number too, Teri. I finished Subject A36 and loved it. (Of course I had to sit there a while and think of the next book. Asher is in deep yogurt for sure.)

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      1. Yep – that’s one way of putting it.

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  12. All I know, John, is that I’m glad I no longer teach or have children in school. Have a great weekend.
    πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. Yes. I would think it nerve wracking. I know a number of teachers who have decided to retire rather than go back. Stay safe, Suzanne.

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  13. Local is better, they taught us that way back in American Government class and it still seems true to me.

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    1. I agree. 😊

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  14. Agreed! Every day I scratch my head and wonder why Covid became so political?
    I hope your weekend is filled will all kinds of surprising and magical photo ops!

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    1. I woud like that as well.

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  15. Definitely, John. I appreciate the urge to return to normalcy as soon as possible, but I wonder if that’s going to be possible. It’s pretty much been determined that things like war and pandemics change our world. Probably we’re going to need to adapt. What worries me is that too often, we don’t know WHO or WHAT to trust because the powers-that-be are so intent on pointing fingers at each other and spinning the story their way. Enjoy the weekend!

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    1. Yes. You just described the current state of affairs.

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  16. Hi, John. Local is always better than loco! (That’s what we are seeing in Portland, Oregon)

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    1. Talk about Loco. I have known for years that Portland was Nuts Central but lately they have taken the grand award.

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      1. My daughter lives in Portland! God help her. I love going there–but only to see her and to visit Powell’s Book Store–a one-square block multi-storied monstrous book store that I can spend hours in. Those imbecilic anarchists had better leave Powell’s alone.

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      2. Hahahaha. I’m sure the anarchists know that Powell is a seat of democratic socialist thought and will leave it alone. Have a great weekend

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  17. Agreed. Local is way better! Well done JohnKu!
    Have a fabulous weekend!

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    1. You as well, Dale. Movie night tonight?

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      1. You betcha! Don’t know what, yet…

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  18. No surprise teachers don’t want to be in the classroom at the moment. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Can you imagine all those rugrats and god knows what deseases they are carrying. Thanks, Guy. Have a good one as well.

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  19. I feel for the parents, the students, and the teachers in this crazy time, John. Perfect JohnKu and local is better, too! Happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren. Have a happy Weekend as well.

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  20. I hope you have a good weekend too, John. Here, everything about schools reopening is still up in the air, but much discussion is taking place.
    I plan to spend Saturday and Sunday in my pool, but I was fairly productive with writing today. Happy Friday!

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    1. Watch for wrinkle toes. πŸ˜‚

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      1. Haha! πŸ™‚

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  21. Local is better except when locals are doofuses: AZ.

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    1. There is a lot of doofus going around these days. Thaks, Luanne.

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      1. Tell me about it!

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  22. I wonder in my time how often I’ve heard politicians in their bids for power promise to go more local and when they’re in to centralise like mad…

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    1. When you go central the pile of money is bigger and waste and corruption harder to find. I see the bastard’s point.

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  23. Our cases are climbing too, John. The virus is pretty out of control here. I always take the US stats and divide by 50. That gives a more normalised per country figure to compare to the rest of the world.

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    1. A true accounting professional. So how do we look compared to the rest of the world. Or how does SA look compared to the US? and the world?

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      1. Hi John, SA has 59 million people and the 6th highest number of cases in the world (based on available testing). We have just under 340 000 active cases and 5 000 deaths. If you divide the US figures by 50 you get an average of 75 000 cases and just under 3 000 deaths. Of course, some states have been harder hit than others but I suspect it is the more densely populated areas that have higher numbers of cases and deaths. If you look at it like this thought, it makes the US figures seem much more aligned with the rest of the world. For our population, our figures are huge

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      2. Wow that does put it into perspective. Thanks, Robbie.

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  24. Hi John, we are waiting to see what our school district will decide. Earlier this week, they were working towards some sort of in-class learning, but that is changing. Our other son’s college campus is ready to open in 3 weeks. Take care. Good John Ku!

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    1. Thak you, Barbara. Take care as well.

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  25. Local is always better! No word yet on what schools will do up here. Sigh!

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    1. Nail biting for sure.

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  26. Agreed, John. It’s usually better when the decisions are made by those who have closer ties to a community.

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    1. True enough, mark. Thanks.

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  27. Distance learning works. Teachers shouldn’t be forced back into the classroom if they’re uncomfortable being exposed to all those kids, and parents. Heck, I’m uncomfortable with my Grandson returning to school! Fortunately, his district has decided to continue via distance learning.

    Have a great week-end!

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    1. I wouldn’t want my kids in school either.

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  28. Reblogged this on Where Genres Collide Traci Kenworth YA Author & Book Blogger for all Genres as well as craft books and commented:
    I couldn’t agree more, John! Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Traci

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  29. I fully agree with your John-ku … especially under the circumstances. Happy Friday on Sunday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Happy Sunday on Sunday.

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