Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
USPS SLANG GLOSSARY
Like many organizations, the US Postal Service has its own vocabulary of formal and slang terms. For example, envelopes that enter the automatic canceller back to front are called smiles if the flap makes a V and frowns if the flap is inverted. Others include:
Balloon: an unusually large sack or pouch of mail.
Bulkie; Heavy: a regular envelope containing an irregular object (e.g., a pen).
Chunk: a small parcel.
Dump up: to empty sacks for sorting.
Elbow and eyeball: to check empty mail sacks for trapped items.
Flagpole: overseas military post office.
Hit: to postmark mail by hand.
Hot mail: preferential mail.
Log; Truck: a heavy parcel.
Skin sack: a sack or pouch containing few items.
Skip: an item of mail that accidentally escapes machine cancellation.
Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery. I quit such odious subjects as soon as I can.
Jane Austen (1775-1817)
The first of the Dead Sea Scrolls was discovered, near Jericho (1947)
BUDDHA'S FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS
Life involves suffering and is inevitably sorrowful.
Suffering has its rootes in desire and craving, which arise from ignorance.
The end of suffering comes with the cessation of desire.
Nirvana can be reached by the Noble Eightfold Path.
The Noble Eightfold Path further outlines a method of disciplined behavior:
Right view: understanding of the Four Noble Truths.
Right aspiration: having caring thoughts and intent for all living things.
Right speech: speaking kindly, truthfully, without bad language.
Right bodily action: following the Five (or Ten) Moral Precepts.
Right livelihood: undertaking work that will harm nothing living.
Right endeavor: practicing meditation and working to stop bad thoughts.
Right mindfulness: giving full attention and best effort to one's actions.
Right concentration: which leads to enlightenment.
You can't say civilization don't advance, however, for in every war they kill you in a new way.
Will Rogers (1879-1935)
After an incredibly grueling promotion, I am now an advanced brown belt. This is my first kyu, which means it's the last step before black belt. When he gave me the patch for my belt, Shihan told me he was proud of me, which meant so much.
More later. For now I'm pooped...........