2018 July 31 Tuesday in Grimes Iowa
61° and hazy because of the humidity in the air at sunrise. It reached a high of 85° and was partly cloudy however the humidity dropped from 100% to 50%.
Today would have been my mother’s 111th birthday.
On that same day that my mother was born the Wright brothers made the first powered flight of a manner heavier than air machine. Now twelve men have walked on the moon and five hundred and thirty six people have been to space outside the Earth’s atmosphere.
We went for breakfast at Cozy Cafe.
We stopped at the post office next.
We arrived early at the senior center so we helped to put the center pieces, salt, pepper, and other things on the tables. After I got the games out, we played some Rummikub until Joyce arrived. We switched to Fast Track. We were part way through the game when Sue arrived and joined the game in progress as my partner. We lost. However we won the next one. Then it was time for lunch.
As we were finishing lunch we had a couple of special speakers from South Africa.
The pastor of the church that shares the Grimes Community Complex with the senior center (and other things) and his sister were born in South Africa. He came to the states a couple of years with his family (wife and daughters).
His sister works as a librarian for their Parliament (think Library of Congress). It was interesting to learn that their country has eleven official languages. And you thought having everything printed in English and Spanish was a pain. There are literally hundreds more languages spoken other than the 11 official ones.
They also have three capitals that co- govern. Minimum wage is equal to $1.25. However, most people work as casual labor and pay no taxes. And forget any preconceived notions of what the country is like. It is a very modern society.
Oh, by the way, did you notice that they are Caucasian? Yes, Europeans arrived there in the 1500s just like they did in North America. They are known as the rainbow nation because it is so very multicultural.
Sunset tonight was not very impressive.
However, the clouds in the Eastern sky at sunset were very impressive.
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