Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Vowels, Job Fair, Bowling,

It appears that I wasn't correct when I stated emphatically that y is not a vowel. A teacher friend went to the trouble of checking it out in the dictionary and it seems that it can be considered a vowel (read yesterday's comments if you haven't already). My bad. But certainly when I was a kid, y was not classified as a vowel according to my teachers - and who do you believe as a youngster? This morning GMA are running a job fair in Chicago. Needless to say, there are thousands looking for work. I believe the jobless rate is running around 15% at the moment. I was surprised there was one woman of 67 looking for work and she found some too. I am not fully au fait with the pension support offered to Americans, I know there is one government pension which kicks in around 62 yrs. old, but it isn't enough to live on. Beyond that I don't know. I just tried to google and it looks like it would take quite a while to figure out what kind of government pensions are available. This woman may just feel she wants to work anyway, but I hope at 67 she doesn't feel she has to. Nowadays there are a lot more older people in the work force. Quality of life and life expectancy have improved considerably and older people who are in good health are not likely to want to have to sit around for 30 or 40 years just waiting to die and they may not be in a financial position to do a lot of travelling or pursue expensive hobbies so, what do they want to do, go back to work (or stay there)? Some companies tend to fire older people, I remember years ago Du Pont in the UK laid off every employee over 50. A friend of mine was still working there (we had both joined the company together when we were 20) and was one of the one's laid off. As she pointed out, Du Pont had disposed of hundreds of years of experience and knowledge. Seemed somewhat short sighted to me. Maybe those kinds of policies have been changed. Bowling - ha! Two pretty lousy games and one good one. I wondered why I went. Matt didn't even have the consolation of one good game. However, he beat one of the top bowlers in the last game - he too had a lousy game. It happens to the best bowlers. Lets hope it will be better next week. For some reason we play a team game in the summer league but not in the winter league. I prefer it. Adds interest to the game. Yesterday, our team leader was holding up the rest of us who were bowling so badly (well one player was missing). At least I pulled my weight in the last game. Its amazing really that some of us can bowl at all. There are one or two who get up to the foul line and then bowl without moving. There are others who are still fit enough to take a run up and slide. I couldn't do that when I was younger, let alone now, the slide that is. Here's another recipe using asparagus. Sole is not something we see round here a lot but any nice white fish which isn't too thick to roll will work. Sole with Asparagus 1 lb Asparagus 1 lb Sole fillets (4 pieces approximately the same size) 1/4 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Grated lemon or lime peel 4 Tbs Lemon or lime juice, freshly squeezed 1/8 tsp Black pepper 1 Tbs Chives, finely chopped 1 tsp Your favorite mildly flavored mustard 1 Cut asparagus into 3 inch lengths. Cook in 2-quart saucepan in lightly salted water for 5 minutes, drain. Set aside. 2 Season the skin side of the sole fillets with salt and lemon or lime peel. 3 Place asparagus spears at one end of each fillet. 4 Roll up fillets with asparagus spears inside and secure with plain round toothpicks. 5 Place in a 2-quart oven-save casserole dish liberally sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. 6 In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients and pour over fish. 7 Bake in a 400° oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily. 8 Baste fish every 7 minutes. Servings: 4 Source: Produce for Better Health Have a great day.


  1. Hi Jo...sorry, I remember the sometimes "y" thing also....just never saw it often....did the teacher friend give an example?

  2. Well if you read the comments for that day, she gave quite long quotes from the dictionary. Can't remember now if there was an example as such. My teacher friend is from the UK and I thought maybe it was a US thing, but apparently not. You USAn's change the English language a lot LOL