I had been looking at the new features of Reunion 10 (which my mother just downloaded). I walked back into the kitchen and half of my father’s link-sausage-wrapped-in-pastry was uneaten on the floor. I was afraid it was the Rapture and I’d been left behind – but he had just dropped it and incidentally left the room before picking it up.
I just dropped #1 Niece off for a day of camp at the Baylor School (we’re McCallie people, but McCallie doesn’t offer girls camps and GPS’s camps are too early for my sister to send her down here to the grandparents).
Baylor painted big red paws on the drive in to campus (shades of Clemson and Auburn).
However, if their mascot is supposed to be a predator, shouldn’t the paw prints be headed OUT the drive towards prey rather than IN, as though the big cat is slinking home?
Back to Geneva this evening.
My father is much improved — the trick will be to keep harassing him to get up and do something when he’d rather sit. I explained that he has to keep doing more than he wants to do so that eventually he’ll be able to keep doing what he wants to do. Whatever. I’ll be calling to check up.
I haven’t slept in my own bed a lot this calendar year and I am looking forward to doing a little of that!
All along the North Shore stretch of Frazier Avenue you can learn different dances by following the life-size diagrams set into the sidewalks. I hadn’t seen The Twist before today! For Chattanoogans, it’s in the sidewalk in front of what used to be the Little Art Shop.
Home for the holidays! I’m reading the local paper coverage of two distribution facilities Amazon is building in the area – one in town and one in an adjacent county. Both are taking advantage of I-75, a nearby junction with I-24 and I-59, and a regional airport. They’re also taking advantage of a supply of seasonal workers.
For Hamilton and Bradley counties, the result is a $139 million investment, more than 1,400 full-time jobs and more than 2,000 seasonal slots, according to the world’s No. 1 Internet retailer.
The Amazon announcement represents this year’s biggest job addition by any new business to Tennessee, according to the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development.
Yes, they figure they can more than double their employment seasonally. That sounds good until you think about the implication — there are that many people looking for extra jobs or part time jobs. Later in the article:
Around some Amazon facilities, “work campers” live in recreational vehicles while they perform seasonal jobs for the Internet giant. Fred Kiga, director of policy for Amazon who finalized the tax incentives for the company earlier this month, said the company doesn’t expect to have such labor issues in Southeast Tennessee.
And, of course, to land this deal, the city is giving Amazon the property and discounting their property taxes by about 75% (they will still pay the schools portion, about 27%). A big Volkswagen facility, now this — some kinds of jobs seem to be coming to Chattanooga. But some of the ingredients in the decision-making still worry me.
Coffee and the paper outside–very nice.
It’s 59 and cloudy in Geneva (well, it is 8:45 p.m.). 80 in Chattanooga. The cold is baking out of my bones!