Looking at Little Changes

When there are small changes in things, they can slip past our consciousness. We just don’t see the changes until one day we look back and wonder what happened. I noticed a couple little changes that make me wonder why they were made. The first thing I noticed was in the newspaper. Growing up some of my friends would study their horoscopes. I always thought them silly and not very precise. I mean most of the time they were vague and could apply to almost any event. Anyway according to Wikipedia “The word horoscope is derived from Greek words hõra and scopos meaning “time” and “observer” (horoskopos, pl. horoskopoi, or “marker(s) of the hour”). It is used as a method of divination regarding events relating to the point in time it represents, and it forms the basis of the horoscopic traditions of astrology.” So why in the world would the newspaper change the title of that small section of the paper to “Astrograph” and increase the size of the font? I’m not an expert but I’m pretty sure an astrograph is a telescope designed for the sole purpose of photographing the objects in the night sky – things like asteroids, meteors, and comets. So I’m confused. Or maybe the newspaper gurus decided to try to make the horoscope less voodoo and more scientific. I’m just guessing. But the change bothers me.

Another change I noticed was in the uniform section at Goodwill. Bear with me for a moment. Goodwill has always sold their uniforms at $2.99 – $3.99 depending on if it was a single piece, a jacket, or a set. The last time I was at Goodwill most of the uniforms had been marked $4.99 each! That was bothersome. But what really caught my eye was that almost all the scrubs were royal blue. The 2 big hospitals in the area have gone to blue uniforms. They used to have the nurses coordinate uniform color by area and then have any LPNs or CNAs wear white or grey pants. The idea was that you could tell who was who based on what they were wearing. But after all the mergers and buyouts of the hospitals they decided to make everyone wear navy and white or royal blue and white. At first the Goodwill was flooded with every style, color and pattern of scrub uniform out there. It has been a couple years and there isn’t much selection. I don’t have anything against blue, however I prefer a pretty print with a little green or turquoise or something seasonal…I guess I will have to just keep mending the current wardrobe to make it last another 5 years!

13 thoughts on “Looking at Little Changes

  1. A couple of months ago, without notice, the LA Times moved the puzzle page (Crosswords, Sudoku) to the middle of the comics section. When I called them to ask about the Sudoku, the attitude was “of course,>>>” I now print the puzzles off the web, and even the search function changes periodically! Grrr ~ ~

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      1. My frocery store has a habit of displaying the same thing in two different places in the store — are those lemons the same as these? Is the price the same? Is one organic and the other not? So frustrating!

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  2. You can write your future by consulting the stars! Astrology seems about as real as anything else we have going on.
    My hospital home away from home went to colors for specific jobs recently. Red is bloodletters. Green is docs. I forget the others. So clearly the color coding doesn’t work for me. Honestly, I don’t care what color their scrubs are: help or get help if we need it.

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    1. I have probably 50 sets of scrubs. It is an addiction that I’m going to break. I like to rotate them according to season. Next Friday will be the last day for the Halloween scrubs. I’ll have a short interlude and then drag out all the Christmas scrubs… so I really don’t need any scrubs….

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    2. Hah! There you are! I’ve been thinking about you, but too busy to write because of coordinating eye surgeries (cataracts plus a skin cancer on an eyelid), biopsies for a female issue, ultrasound for thyroid issues, and today the re-piping of my home! Things should settle down after next week, and I’ll try to get a long letter to you!

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  3. I just heard a word for borrowing a word and changing its meaning. It does seem questionable.

    Rules seem to change with bosses. ‘Look what I did!’ Change for the sake of change. I’m not a fan, except in cases where it doesn’t matter. Then it can be refreshing. Just as this post!

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