Back to the Meat Grinder

I hope you all had a good holiday and got to do at least one thing that was fun!  We had a good one, but relatively quiet.  The older I get, the more I seem to like quiet and peaceful (with the exception of being with my grand kids!)

Today you had to go back to work, eh?  Join the rest of us working minions!  Actually, I have a job that I love, so it’s not bad at all for me, other than the getting up in the mornings (I hate mornings while I’m in bed, but once I’m up, they’re rather nice, actually!)

Still, the statistics are overwhelming.  Between 2010-12, about 100 million Americans were employed.  Do you know how many of them “hate” their jobs, according to surveys that ask?  Are you ready for this?  70% of Americans work at something they hate!!!!  They either hate the job or are “checked out” while at work.

What does that mean?  It means that returning to work after a holiday gives meaning to “back to the meat grinder”.

Speaking of meat grinders, when I was growing up on the farm in Iowa, we wouldn’t buy lunch meat – we’d make our own lunch meat for sandwiches.  My mom would take chicken or beef or something like that (to my knowledge we never had “road-kill” sandwiches!), and would feed it into a meat grinder just like the one in today’s picture.  You’d shove it in the large opening at top, push down on it, and turn the crank with your other hand and the ground up meat would come out the little spout on the device.  She’d then mix mayonnaise with it, maybe some ground up pickles, smear it on bread and we’d eat it.  We (my sister and I) loved to turn the crank, too!  We thought it was great fun.

Saw this over the weekend and I just HAD to take a picture of it!  This grinder is in mint condition, ready to grind away!  Any buyers?

_MG_5105ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: On this day in 1939, in response to Hitler’s invasion of Poland, Britain and France, both allies of the overrun nation declared war on Germany.

The first casualty of that declaration was not German—but the British ocean liner Athenia, which was sunk by a German U-30 submarine that had assumed the liner was armed and belligerent. There were more than 1,100 passengers on board, 112 of whom lost their lives. Of those, 28 were Americans, but President Roosevelt was unfazed by the tragedy, declaring that no one was to “thoughtlessly or falsely talk of America sending its armies to European fields.” The United States would remain neutral.

As for Britain’s response, it was initially no more than the dropping of anti-Nazi propaganda leaflets—13 tons of them—over Germany. They would begin bombing German ships on September 4, suffering significant losses. They were also working under orders not to harm German civilians. The German military, of course, had no such restrictions. France would begin an offensive against Germany’s western border two weeks later. Their effort was weakened by a narrow 90-mile window leading to the German front, enclosed by the borders of Luxembourg and Belgium—both neutral countries. The Germans mined the passage, stalling the French offensive.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: The “last meal” for Death Row inmates has became embedded in the American death-penalty ritual. Reporters have dutifully recorded the last meal menus: John Wayne Gacy had fried chicken and strawberries; Ted Bundy passed on steak and eggs; James Smith, executed in Texas in 1990, requested a “lump of dirt” (request was denied); Missouri inmate Lloyd Schlup asked for venison and hare (request was granted).

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