The dogs hang out on my couch when I’m working. During video conferences complain if they aren’t there.
The are young girls who are staying with the nuns (probably to get an education, or maybe because their parents can’t support them). Like the monks, they go out to collect donations and food every day.
Note the diesel generator in the distance. Many buildings have them for when the power cuts out, which can happen several times a day. Between that, and the removable concrete caps for the drains that most side walks have, and the businesses (phone stores, food vendors with tables, nut vendors, betel nut venders…) on the side streets, it’s often easier to walk in the roads, especially on the smaller streets.
There’s a bit of sunlight in this photo, but it comes and goes. It’s the beginning of rainy season, which means that every day comes with occasional drizzle and periodic downpours (and we’re talking “the heavens open up and throw out the bathwater” downpours) that may last anywhere from five minutes to half an hour. Combine that with the drains and everything else, and obviously the street and sidewalks can get ripe.
Most everyone wears flip-flops or sandals. You take them off when you enter a residence (and then promptly rinse your feet in the bathroom). Some restaurants that have a second floor have you take them off there as well. So imagine my surprise yesterday at a cafe when I noticed a white guy in his 30’s who got up to check the wifi password and was barefoot. I figured maybe he just had his sandals under his table, and didn’t think too much about it, but later I spotted him on the street. Nope. No shoes at all. Never mind the social issues, this is not a country where I would recommend anyone walking around barefoot if they don’t have too. 🤷♂️
Freedom Cafe, Yangon, Myanmar
Another #LaConner #sunset
Today’s #joinindaily theme is “Horses And Equine Family”
I’m cheating here, I didn’t take this, my grandfather did. That’s my aunts and my father; you’ll see the family resemblance. Not sure who the boy is.
Today’s #joinindaily theme is “Hills And Mountains !”
Today’s #joinindaily theme is “Down On The Farm !”
New #COVID19 from New Mexico is showing some alarming racial disparities.
The rate of positive cases per capita for some Pueblo communities in New Mexico is 50-80 times higher than the rate of positive cases per capita in the rest of the state.
I have a family member who has been living with an abuser. Things have been bad for a while, but within two weeks of COVID quarantine beginning, the situation had gotten so dangerous that we had to orchestrate an escape.
In the good news category. The Four Seasons totally reworked everything from how to do the elevators to how to hand out keys, and turned themselves into a space specifically for high-risk health care workers. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/07/nyregion/coronavirus-four-seasons-hotel-new-york.html
Op-Ed: Desperate small businesses are being pushed to the back of the coronavirus relief line. Why? https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-04-07/bailout-small-business-loan-cares-act-wells-fargo-bank-of-america (via @latimesopinion)
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