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Deconstructing the #ThickenedLiquidChallenge

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The folks over at GeriPal.org have been focused on the #thickenedliquidchallenge.  So much so, that I thought it was time to deconstruct it by taking the mini-challenge.  This was mainly because I wanted to see what thickened liquid looked, felt, and tasted like.

You are probably wondering, why thicken liquid?  Google it and you'll find that thickened liquid is quite different from the protein shake you might be downing as you read this.  It's for people who have difficulty swallowing.  Drinking it can help prevent fluid from going down the wrong hatch (that's what my mother used to call it) or getting into our lungs.  Difficulty swallowing can be caused by a lot of things -- it happens to be common in older adults.  The idea behind the challenge is for health care professionals to walk a mile in their patients shoes.  In a subsequent post,  Do thickened liquids benefit people with swallowing problems?, @EWidera broke down the evidence around drinking thickened liquids. …

Bins, Bins, Bins

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In addition to all the tools, materials, and equipment lying around, construction sites always seem to have a surfeit of bins on wheels.  Sometimes they're filled with junk and sometimes they're standing by empty waiting for junk.  Some bins are even outfitted with really strong hooks -- I guess for going up (and coming down)?


The Series
#1:   Hudson Rail Yard
#2:   Just Two Hooks Hanging Out at the Yard
#3:   Tinker Toys
#4:   Tinker Toys in Reverse
#5:   Attic with a View
#6:   The Big Drill
#7:   Phoenix Rising
#8:   On Phoenix Wings
#9:   Lined Up
#10: Rust
#11: Barbed
#12: Construction Site Slice

Construction Site Slice

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I've been posting small views of the construction site that is Hudson Yards since late November last year.  Here's a slice of this massive construction project looking North over the rail yards -- in color and in black and white because, like most photos these days, I like them both.


The Series
#1:   Hudson Rail Yard
#2:   Just Two Hooks Hanging Out at the Yard
#3:   Tinker Toys
#4:   Tinker Toys in Reverse
#5:   Attic with a View
#6:   The Big Drill
#7:   Phoenix Rising
#8:   On Phoenix Wings
#9:   Lined Up
#10: Rust
#11: Barbed

Barbed

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Painfully Beautiful in a look but don't touch sort of way.

The Series
#1:   Hudson Rail Yard
#2:   Just Two Hooks Hanging Out at the Yard
#3:   Tinker Toys
#4:   Tinker Toys in Reverse
#5:   Attic with a View
#6:   The Big Drill
#7:   Phoenix Rising
#8:   On Phoenix Wings
#9:   Lined Up
#10: Rust

Rust

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So, the guard wasn't paying too much attention and I was able to slip in and get these shots.  The first time that is.  The second time -- let's just say he took notice and waved me off -- sadly.


The Series
#1:   Hudson Rail Yard
#2:   Just Two Hooks Hanging Out at the Yard
#3:   Tinker Toys
#4:   Tinker Toys in Reverse
#5:   Attic with a View
#6:   The Big Drill
#7:   Phoenix Rising
#8:   On Phoenix Wings
#9:   Lined Up
#10: Beds of Nails

Still a Dreamer

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Beds of Nails

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I'll add "where are they going" to the "what are they for" question in Lined Up.  Googling is failing me.  Perhaps it is time to try throwing the image itself into google.  What a novel thought.  It didn't work so well though -- I got back a lot of pictures of rusty colored things with the caption:  "visually similar images".

So yesterday I asked my brother what they were called -- he couldn't come up with a name but posited that the plates are used to strengthen cement.  After which I took to google again to learn about cement and steel plates.  Still didn't learn what these babies are called but I did learn a little bit about cement and about steel. Not too much though -- wouldn't want to clutter up my head.  Let's just say that you need both to make a tall building in Manhattan.

Still lacking a name, I turned to Instagram last night -- posting a picture from my Lined Up with a query for @46patches (who just happens to be worki…

Lined Up

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Time to get back to the massive construction site that is the Hudson Rail Yard after taking an extended seasonal break to document the holidays in New York City.  Next up in the series are these sheets which were residing on a flatbed parked outside the yards.  I am more than a little befuddled about what they are used for.

If they have any left over, I think one would make great art (albeit a bit heavy for hanging on a wall).  I suspect that Xu Bing, creator of the Phoenix, would be able to figure out how to hang it.  The Phoenix is a massive sculpture, currently on display at the Cathedral church of St. John the Divine, that is made out out of leftover construction materials and tools (Phoenix Rising, On Phoenix Wings)


The Series
#1:  Hudson Rail Yard
#2:  Just Two Hooks Hanging Out at the Yard
#3:  Tinker Toys
#4:  Tinker Toys in Reverse
#5:  Attic with a View
#6:  The Big Drill
#7:  Phoenix Rising
#8: On Phoenix Wings

Less is More

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That, in a nutshell, is what I wrote down as my resolution for 2015.  Perhaps a reaction to the "more" resolutions that marked 2014 (Resolved).  As in walk more, see more art, go to more movies, and write more (which translates into blog more).

Don't get me wrong, I was not an abject failure on any of the 2014 resolutions but at times it seemed like there was a lot of things on my to do list.  So I took some short cuts.  Seeing more movies turned into catching up on all the great television series my friends had been raving about.  Weekend mornings often included a little binge watching as I moved through Downton Abby, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Sherlock (of the Benedict Cumberbatch variety), Orange is the New Black, True Detective, and most recently Fargo.  The trick now will be to figure out when the next season starts so I can keep up with the post-show discussion.
As for the walking, while I just added up my NikeFuelBand (Jan-June) and FitBit (June-Dec) stats and…