This winter really kicked my arse. I had colds and flu three times (April, July, and August). And generally struggled with energy and motivation.
As of today I am taking a week of annual leave, and the only thing I need to do today is be awake and at home during the hour my groceries are scheduled to get delivered. This is a good amount of responsibility to have.
Over the next 9 days I want to do the following 3 things:
1. Take laptop in for repairs
2. Book and have an appointment with osteopath
3. Spend a night at my dad's.
Also do some chores around the house, but not to spend more than 2 hours a day on them.
Also finish The Stone Sky and start on The Shepard's Crown.
Also some Ingressing if the weather is nice.
Also lots of naps.
There are many who claim Poland is one of the worst places for car drivers in Europe! I think that first time I visited Poland with my husband, he felt the same way…at least at the beginning. After few days though he started having fun! Like any time you are visiting a different country, you just have to get used to it!
First rule: never drink and drive in Poland! There is zero tolerance for driving under the influence of alcohol. The blood alcohol limit while driving is 0.02. If you drive and have been drinking (even 1 unit of alcohol) you can be charged.
Lights On! Belt Up! It is compulsory for all motor vehicles to use dipped headlights or daytime running lights, day and night, all year round. Seat belts are compulsory in both the front and back seats, and children under the age of 12 are prohibited from riding in the front seat. Use of cellular phones while driving is prohibited, except for “hands-free” models. The fine for violating laws against the use of mobile phone while driving is significant.
Polish drivers are, unfortunately, in the habit of speeding even in the most risky places. Apart from speed limits, other rules that are often ignored by Polish drivers are those related to overtaking: you will quite frequently see vehicles (including lorries) overtaking on double white lines and in other places where it is prohibited, dangerous or unreasonable, such as pedestrian crossings or junctions. You really have to be extra careful and make allowances for that. It is best to assume that other drivers may overtake pretty much everywhere, so be prepared to move out of their way.
can I park here? – czy tu można parkować?
where’s the nearest gas station? – gdzie jest najbliższa stacja benzynowa?
we’ve had an accident – mieliśmy wypadek
we’ve run out of gaz – skończyła nam się benzyna
could I see your driving licence? – poproszę prawo jazdy
could I see your insurance documents? – poproszę ubezpieczenie samochodu
have you had anything to drink? – pił/piła pan/pani alkohol?
Give way – Ustąp pierwszeństwa przejazdu
No entry – Zakaz wjazdu
One way – Droga jednokierunkowa
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 Yeah, sorry, haters. Howard the Duck is a delightful sci-fi comedy. Lea Thompson is a surprisingly credible new wave frontwoman. Tim Robbins is so young and so gangly. Jeffrey Jones is no Emilio Lizardo, but he does a good possessed scientist. There are practical effects. There is stop-motion. (There are too many fight scenes and things blowing up, but I feel this way about most movies with any action quotient.) And there is a road trip, with a pit stop at a nuclear power plant. It's sweet and full of consciously comic-book dialogue and it plays its interspecies romance straight and the only joke that really pulled me up short was a tossed-off sex-change line which mercifully goes by fast. No regrets of any sort.
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In recent weeks, President Trump has delivered a number of fiery speeches and incendiary tweets about what will happen to North Korea if Kim Jong-un launches nuclear missiles over Japan and toward Guam and the United States.
Naturally, the feisty dictator replied with some choice words of his own:
"North Korean leader responds to Trump: ‘I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire'", b
That's not how I pronounce it. For me, it is \dō′tərd\.
"Dotard" is related to the word for the mental condition referred to as "dotage" ("feebleness of mind associated with aging").
James Griffiths has an article,"What is a 'Dotard'?" on CNN (9/22/17) in which he rightfully points out:
Kim, of course, did not say the word — he was speaking in Korean. "Dotard" was the official English translation provided by state news agency KCNA for the Korean "늙다리미치광이" ("neulg-dali-michigwang-i"), which literally translates as "old lunatic."
On the other hand, in "'Dotard' rockets from obscurity to light up Trump-Kim exchange, spark partisan war of words", Los Angeles Times (9/22/17), Mark Z. Barabak writes:
The Korean equivalent of dotard is “neukdari,” which is a derogatory term for an old person.
One possible explanation for Kim’s use of the antiquated insult came from Joan H. Lee*, who covered North Korea for the Associated Press. She said on Twitter that she had visited the offices of the government’s propaganda arm, the North Korean state news service, and “found the agency using very old Korean-English dictionaries for their translations.”
*[VHM: I think that Barabak is referring to Jean H. Lee.]
There's been some confusion about just which Korean expression Kim applied to Trump. The full epithet he employed was "neulg-dali-michigwang-i 늙다리 미치광이" (neulg-dali –> derogatory term for old/withered man/dotard; michigwang-i –> lunatic"). Google Translate renders that as "an old man lunatic". Colloquially, one could translate the entire expression as "crazy old fool".
For a detailed discussion of the Korean expression, see this tweetstorm from Noon in Korea.
Prediction: President Trump, whether directly or indirectly, will be the source of more new ("bigly", "covfefe") and resuscitated ("dotard") words than anyone since Shakespeare, though they are unlikely to last as long.
[Thanks to Ben Zimmer, Haewon Cho, and Jichang Lulu]
Which, given the weather - today was persistent drizzle rather than yesterday's chucking it relentlessly down - was a good idea. Salt mine, to be precise.
However, has been a long day - only just in from a Mahler concert - so any more detailed reports on touristic activities may follow at some later season.
in funbecause I would have a problem with, for example, somebody using a Ku Klux Klan costume for fancy dress at Hallowe'en. So, why the difference in my instincts?
I suppose that I regard golliwogs as being of a more ambiguous character and I do not wish racist people success in defining things according to their favored interpretation. The significance of a KKK costume is unambiguous but many have used golliwog toys without ill meaning. My feeling is usually that it is worth the risk of reminding people of bad things if it allows other interpretations to prevail through still being used, or at least not to die into obsolescence without a fight.
This is why I have been irritated by the acceptance of words like
orientalas being offensive. That a once fine word has been used offensively does not require that as a community we should accept that it now entails intent to demean. Offensive meanings gain power and occupy increasingly many symbols if innocent uses are denied currency.
Naturally I am open to being persuaded that I am wrong to want to preserve an innocent view of golliwogs but I suspect that whatever insulting baggage they bring is rather more a symptom than a cause of the societal issues that need fixing.
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