EE HOA, Green Valley, AZ

Monday Morning Memo

August 17, 2020                Esperanza Estates                    Green Valley, AZ
Mystery Spot...Blast From The Past!
Know where this pic was taken?
(answer is below)
Antique Polaroid photo from Tom Cooke
8-9 AM
8:30 AM
7:00-9:00 AM
Fun & Relaxing Pen & Pencil Doodling Activity Being Offered Only In EE...Come and Try It!!
One of our neighbors, Lila Stoffel, has offered to moderate a special (and free) session of a relaxing (and fun) Pen & Pencil Doodling Activity for EE residents on Wednesday, September 9, 3-4 pm. This activity puts focus on your personal thoughts and life experiences. No contests, no analysis, no judgment....just contemplation, relaxation and fun. You'll need to bring a pen or pencil and any kind of paper, plus your memories of people, places and things you've experienced. This activity is based on Lila's 15 yrs. of experience in a project designed to address issues of boredom, isolation and loneliness; issues we've all experienced during this time of the COVID virus. No fee, no prior experience needed. With respect to social distancing, the group size will be limited to 15; one person per table in the EE Ramada. Please wear a mask.  Call Lila if you'd like to attend to the first "Come and Try It" session. 218-731-7694.  All EE residents are welcome!
Gardners Meeting
The Gardeners will have a planning meeting on Tuesday, August 18 at 8 - 9 am at the Ramada.  We plan to wear masks and/or social distance.  If you can help with watering and/or gardening, please call or text Rod Harp at 520.329.9103.  A big thank you to those who helped maintain our parks through the last couple of very hot months.
WARNING: Pack Rat Vehicle Damage
Pack rat damage to vehicles is an ongoing problem for many years in this area. Ordinarily pack rats will not bother a vehicle which is in regular use.  However, since many of us since the pandemic, are not using our vehicles with frequency, they become a target for pack rats. This has already happened to one neighbor, and the rats did $1200 damage to the wiring and other components of the vehicle before it was discovered. The two best suggestions for dealing with this issue are (1) keep rat traps or bait in your garage, and (2) keep the hood of your vehicle open when garaged. Pack rats are nocturnal and hate light and will ordinarily not go into an engine compartment where the hood is open.
Caring Connections is where we share information about an EE neighbor who may be ill or needing a little pick me up, so our neighbors can reach out to provide assistance.  If you know of a situation, please call Judy Hayes, 720-201-9260, or email
FDA Update on Hand Sanitizers
We ran an article a few weeks ago about the danger of methanol in hand sanitizers.  The FDA has expanded their list to include products containing 1-propanol.  "FDA is warning consumers and health care professionals about certain hand sanitizer products, including those manufactured by Harmonic Nature S de RL de MI in Mexico, that are labeled to contain ethanol or isopropyl alcohol but have tested positive for 1-propanol contamination."  Click here for more information from the FDA.
What Do You Call A Person From...?
By Cynthia Surprise, EE Periodico, February, 2015

"When I started writing about residents of EE, I wasn't sure what to call them. Esperanzans? Esperanzites? That sounded almost biblical. I finally resorted to looking up the rules. For those of you who are interested, see the footnote. Happily the rules gave me the answer: we are Esperanzans.

"Of course, I then got to thinking about what some of my fellow Esperanzans would be called based on their home states. While I sometimes refer to myself as a Bostonian, I actually live outside the city. So, should I say I'm a Massachusettsite or Massachusettser? To avoid these tongue twisters, local broadcasters frequently call us Bay Staters. While the rules are often applied, tradition, folklore and custom often rule the day. 

"Citizens of Michigan, for example, have long debated whether they are 'Michiganians,' 'Michiganders' or 'Michiganites.' The state legislature finally resolved the issue in 1979 when it voted to make Michiganian the official name, but there apparently is still strong support for "Michigander." Note, however, that those who live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula proudly refer to themselves as Yuppers. 

"Nicknames are also popular references. Iowans may prefer to be called Hawkeyes, derived from chief Black Hawk who figured in the early history of Iowa. Jayhawker is a common nickname for a Kansan and many Ohioans call themselves Buckeyes.

"Sooners are Oklahomans. The name Sooner reportedly goes back to the opening of the Oklahoma Territory in 1889. Lands were opened legally for settlement at noon on April 22. Some settlers sneaked in before the official time and were dubbed 'sooners." Like many nicknames, this one's negative connotations faded over time and the name, Sooner, is now worn with pride. 

"Wisconsinites are also called Badgers. This nickname originally referred to the lead miners of the 1830s, who worked at the Galena lead mines in Illinois. The Wisconsin miners lived, not in houses, but in temporary caves cut into the hillsides. These caves were described as badger dens and the miners who lived in them were referred to as badgers. This derisive nickname was brought back to Wisconsin by these miners. Eventually, the nickname was applied to all of the people of Wisconsin and, finally, to the state itself. 

"Arizona residents are Arizonans, and like the ancients, those from Phoenix are Phonecians. But Arizonans who escape the summer heat by going to San Diego are affectionately known there as Zonies. Sort of a reverse snowbird. 

"Then there are Illinois and its neighbor Indiana. Illinoisians from Chicago are Chicagoans, never Chicagans. Folks from Evanston, Illinois are Evanstonians. Indianans are often called Hoosiers from Indiana's nickname as the Hoosier State. There are no villans in Evansville, Indiana, only Evansvillians. 

"Similarly, those from Louisville, Kentucky prefer Louisvillians to Louisvillans. Minnesotans are also called Gophers and Newfoundlanders are Newfies. Are there any Independents (Missouri) here? If you live in Liberal, Kansas are you a Liberal or a Liberalite?

"Folks from Utah are Utahn not Utaan or Utahan. Trojans are from Troy, New York. Washingtonians reside on either coast as residents of the state of Washington or the District of Columbia. 

"People from Maine are Mainers, not Maniacs, and are also called Down Easters. Why? When ships sailed from Boston to ports in Maine (which were to the east of Boston), the wind was at their backs, so they were sailing downwind, hence the term "Down East." When they returned to Boston they were sailing upwind, and many Mainers still speak of going 'up to Boston,' despite the fact that the city lies approximately 50 miles to the south of Maine's southern border. 

"While it can be amusing to try to figure out what to call yourself or your neighbors, remember there are limits. Sometimes the best thing to call people from Sioux Falls is "people from Sioux Falls." 

Rules for determining names of residents: 

Place name ends in...
ychange "y" to "i"and add "an"
sounded "e"is
a consonanteither "ite" or "er"
silent "e"either "ite" or "er"
Source:  Unknown
Source:  Unknown
Source:  Cowboy-Up
I went Speed Dating once. 
"Have you got any pets?", one girl asked. 
"Yeah, a goldfish."  
"Any hobbies?"
"Yes, he loves swimming...."
Source:  Humor Train
We cannot allow this year to end.
That would be admitting 2021.
Source:  Humor Train
An exercise for people who are out of shape: Begin with a five-pound potato bag in each hand. Extend your arms straight out from your sides, hold them there for a full minute, and then relax. After a few weeks, move up to ten-pound potato bags. Then try 50-pound potato bags, and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-pound potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. Once you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.
Source: Readers Digest
When our granddad was 65, we told him to run a mile every day.
Now he's 70, but we don't know where he is!
Source:  Humor Train
In 20 years when kids ask about the toilet paper shortage,
I'm telling them we had to drag our butts across the lawn.
In the snow.
Uphill.  Both ways.
Dodging murder hornets,
and falling statues,
without calling the police.
And ALL while wearing masks!
Source:  Life, Fun, and ?
Trust....wait for it... 
Source:  Larry Ogren, thanks!
Source:  Larry Ogren, Thanks Larry!
Please share your jokes....Judy Hayes at  
Let's keep Esperanza Estates laughing!!
The Mystery Spot location is the swimming pool and shuffle board courts before they were converted to the current Ramada at Sunset Park.  Watch for a new EE Mystery Spot in next week's MMM.
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