July 29, 2015

Yates Kin Mosaic

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1. Yates & Edgmonds making sorghum, 2. JKP Yates with grandchildren, 3. JKP Yates singing master, 4. Jim Pentecost & Jim Yates, 5. Myra & Lydia Yates, 6. Jim & Mary Smith YATES, 7. Cerilda, Myra & Jim Yates, 8. JESP, 9. Harvey L. SMITH family, 10. Eleazer Smith, 11. Anna Breedlove & Jasper O. SMITH, 12. John, Roy and Lydia Barnett

Photos Taken At Luxor, Egypt 2007

The below photo was taken by my friend Peggy who lives near Kaiserslautern, Germany. We have known each other since 1982 when we were next door neighbors in Port Orchard. She is currently teaching at one of the American bases near that town. She and her husband travel a lot during breaks and the summer. This is one of the pictures she sent to us from their visit to Luxor in Egypt. I know, it looks like a postcard, but it is just a snapshot she took. I am just showing a thumbnail to save space.

The next two photos are of the columns at Luxor. They date from 3500-3800 BC. They are 23 meters high, and the obelisk in the background is one of the few left in Egypt. The Romans stole a lot and took them to Rome and Vatican City. To change them from a pagan symbol to a Christian symbol was easy: the Romans put a cross on the top!

Columns at Luxor, Egypt

Columns at Luxor with oblisk.

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Was It Rude To Say Hello To Him?


My husband and I attended a wedding yesterday at the local public golf course at Gold Mountain. As we were walking up to the building , we passed three Japanese gentlemen walking towards their cars with their clubs and carts. Maybe it is because I used to work as a lobby attendant in a resort hotel where I got used to greeting people from all walks of life. Anyway, as the last man was passing us, he made eye contact with me enough that I just said, “Hello”. He seemed (to me) to be pleasantly surprised and with a smile and a slight bow, he said hello back to me. :)

My husband was appalled and said that it was rude of me to say hello to this Japanese man, because in their country it is considered rude to even look them in the eye or initiate conversation. The reason my husband commented, and voiced his opinion about it, is because he has been to Japan for his job with the shipyard. Right now, many of our Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (NBK) personnel are working off-station in , Japan, and there have been strict guidelines for living and working in that country. When in Rome, as it were….

My reaction to his admonishment was that I am not in Japan. Rather, I am in my own country, and it is my custom to say hello to people to be friendly. I don’t feel I did anything rude. What do you think?

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