Daily Archives: August 24, 2011

Back to Downey: “I Won’t Last a Day Without You” – The Carpenters



Yes The Carpenters…There are two bookshelves with memorabilia donated to the Downey Public Library by The Carpenters. They grew up here, their music got recognition here, and they became famous here in Downey.
You are invited to look at that memorabilia:

Downey City Library-1

Downey City Library-1

Downey City Library_ Plaque
Downey City Library_ Plaque
(They Long to Be) CLOSE TO YOU_Gold Recod donated by Richard and Karen Carpenter T Downey City Library_December 1971
(They Long to Be) CLOSE TO YOU_Gold Recod donated by Richard and Karen Carpenter T Downey City Library_December 1971
LP presented by Richard and Karen Carpenter to the Downey City Library-December 1971
LP presented by Richard and Karen Carpenter to the Downey City Library-December 1971
Bookcase with memorabilia-presentd by The Carpenters to Downey City LIbrary
Bookcase with memorabilia-presented by The Carpenters to Downey City Library

Diabetes and Hot Weather


If left in heat (in a car parked in the sun), the meter may need to be cooled down to become operational.


Every year many people with chronic health conditions are profoundly affected by weather extremes. you hear it on the news, especially during heatwaves, due to not only the intensity, but even more by the duration, sometime of weeks, when nights do not bring the much relief from the heat. To add to these conditions it in not uncommon to experience power failure and rollouts, due to extensive use of electricity. So what it a person suffering from diabetes to do in such situations? A heighten state of awareness is needed in order to be able to function with little or no impact it is critical to have your medicine (such as insulin) and your Blood Glucose meter and test strips sheltered from heat and humidity, for as long as possible. Insulated containers such as wide outlet thermos, double wall soup jars, and even insulated launch bags are best, once cooled to room temperature, and cold pack can provide for optimal storage.
Even when on the road, a soup jar can be easily carried so you have everything you need at hand. I like to drink my protein shake cold, while riding on my bike, so I do the following: I first cool the water to the point it starts making ice, I prepare my drink, and then I put it in the freezer (covered in the wet insulating pouch  for few minutes, until the water on the pouch freezes. As I ride the evaporation of that water keeps the bottle colder for hours.

But even room temperature water is irreplaceable when it comes to hydration. Some drink distilled water: Make sure the water you drink contains the mineral needed to make ir suitable for drinking (potable), as distilled water will dilute the electrolytes needed to function, making you even more susceptible to acute heat induced health conditions). When it comes to glucose: If you have diabetes, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can make you very sick or even kill you. Therefore always carry glucose tablets ON YOU (in your pocket, strapped on your belt, but on you). One tablet weighing 4 grams, will increase your blood glucose level in a matter of seconds, to safe levels.  Always remember to add tablets to your supply, as you use them. You can have hard candy, but don’t expect the same fast action.  

One very important thing, people forget when it comes to spending time outdoors: When your biking, and you have put 25 miles between you and the place you started, weather conditions may be a bit, or a lot different, so plan to have what you need for change in weather, precipitations, or a variation in heat,  which you may have to accommodate.  
Lastly: If you think tha brown sugar has lesser calories so therefore you can use it instead of bleached sugar, well, you’re wrong: It has the same amount of sugar!
To a large extend spending more time outdoors will help your medical condition, once you start earlier in the morning and exercise in a controlled environment (such as a park, with water fountains, facilities, diverse exercise equipment, An elastomeric track (if possible) and…Shade in summer and shelter in winter!)

There: Now what other excuses can you find to continue to be a cautch potato, while medicating your medication?

The sooner you start to control your medical condition, the more confident you’ll be to enjoy life as you were intended to!

Quotation o fthe Day: Jonathan Swift – on social status


I would rather be a freeman among slaves than a slave among freemen.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Discuss

My take on this:
Freeman among freemen would be nice!

The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal


The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal

The Royal Library of Ashurbanipal in Nineveh was the first systematically organized library in West Asia. It was created by Ashurbanipal, the last great Assyrian king, who reigned in the 7th century BCE and controlled most of the then-known world. Excavations at the site have uncovered thousands of clay tablets constituting today’s chief source of knowledge about ancient Mesopotamia. The collection includes historical and scientific literature, flood and creation myths, and what famous epic? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Lavinia Fontana (1552)


Lavinia Fontana (1552)

One of the few female Italian artists of the 16th century, Lavinia Fontana was the daughter of Italian mannerist painter Prospero Fontana. She was a fashionable portrait painter in Bologna and Rome who was especially noted for the vibrant color and detail of her works. Her self-portraits and a portrait of Pope Gregory XIII show a fine decorative sense in the treatment of costume. She was also a painter of religious subjects. What are some of her major works? More… Discuss

Coming Thursday: Facebook Will Roll Out New Privacy, Tagging, and Sharing Features


Coming Thursday_ Facebook Will Roll Out New Privacy - Tagging and Sharing Features

Coming Thursday_ Facebook Will Roll Out New Privacy - Tagging and Sharing Features