Playful as a Kitten

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By 2009, when this Sunday A&J first appeared, video games had advanced well beyond what Ludwig is playing, but yours truly still was stuck in Atariland. But after all, he is a cat, and I’m an old man, so cut us some slack. I actually owned an early Atari game console and enjoyed it very much. My glory days, though, coincided with the dawn of computerized arcade games, such as “Space Invaders.” I remember a buddy and I were playing Space Invaders at a two-man, sit-down game console in an establishment called “The Cherokee Inn” in Jackson, Mississippi, one evening in the early ’80s. The Cherokee Inn was, well… they would call in a “pub” in England. Someone who had gotten a head start elsewhere pulled into the parking lot and failed to stop quite in time. There was a loud “wham,” and the plywood wall next to our gaming table buckled inward. If the driver had been going much faster, you might not be reading this, but, unperturbed, we kept playing.

273 responses to “Playful as a Kitten”

  1. My cats all seem to know how to log on. Find some interesting stuff on computer in mornings.
    That or my resident ghost is still trying to communicate. Nah, probably Ashes, the Wonder Cat.

  2. My cats all seem to know how to log on. Find some interesting stuff on computer in mornings.
    That or my resident ghost is still trying to communicate. Nah, probably Ashes, the Wonder Cat.

  3. Mindy from Indy, happiest of birthdays! I hope each year ahead is even better than the one before!

    Jimmy, that’s quite a story! I imagine that when the driver finally staggered into “The Cherokee Inn”, the only beverage choices he was offered were pop, juice, or water.

  4. It slightly amazes me how many things “unperturb” me these days, compared to “back then”. Due to maturation? Or to just having developed more of a don’t-give-a-spit attitude over time regarding the small stuff?

    Happy Birthday, Lady Mindy. I hope you find a way to have some fun today. Maybe have some rum or something. 😀

  5. Ghost, go back to the end of last retro and my comments about my Legally Blonde lawyer Erin from Harvard and my James Brown and Pavarotti duet on It’s a Mans World. I have gotten better on linking it seems. Love, Jackie

  6. The only video game that I played was Super Mario Brothers on Nintendo. We still have the console and my son wants to keep it to play with his kids. I remember being out of work the summer that we bought it and I played on it too long. I remember feeling “jumpy” at a job interview, so I quit plaing the game. My son tried to get me to play Madden, but when I saw Barry Sander spiking the football after a touchdown, I quit. No way Barry would have done that in real life.

  7. Someone is making consoles with the classic games built into them now. There are sets for Atari, Colecovision and Intellivision. All have multiple games already installed.

  8. I peaked at Pong, which should give you the idea. The only other game I remember is Tetris and I was never very good at it. Now the computer version of pinball, that’s a different story. We’re happy to hear from you Debbe and I understand your situation with loaning a vehicle and I’ll be happy to give you the telephone number for Hertz. Yesterday we received a kind of apology from my step-daughter and I was amazed because that’s never happened before. We’ll just have to see what the future brings.

  9. I tried posting once this afternoon; it didn’t appear. But I wrote that I found last year’s appearance of Luddie playing CatArari. It was on September 2. I also wrote that I used the other A&J search engine, which was—on the homepage here—pushing “Next” 95 times. Maybe my URL threw the message in the message dungeon.

  10. Happy Birthday Mindy of Indy. My favorite “outside” game was Galaga. We never got a console, but played lot’s of stuff on a Commodore 128D. My better half still wishes we could nail a copy of Dolphin Speller somewhere, it was on a cartridge that plugged into the back of the 128D.

  11. Yes, Jackie, there have been some wonderfully weird singing duos over the years, but Luciano Pavarotti and James Brown would have to rank right up there.

    Re Legally Blonde Erin, smart and beautiful is a killer combination for a woman. But of course, you’d know that. 😉

  12. I never really played this particular game, but I watched many fine players run up some impressive scores. With that in mind, I present

    (To the tune of “Yesterday”)

    It’s a game at which I can succeed
    I could play until my fingers bleed
    You know I’m good at Centipede.

    There’s a spider right in front of me
    Can’t stop now to have a cup of tea
    The centipede came rapidly…

    Where’d my quarters go?
    Guess you know
    I played all day.
    I did something wrong
    Now I long for a replay-ay-ay-ay…

  13. Whoops, the last verse dropped off for some reason:

    Only got my paycheck yesterday
    What’s my starving family gonna say?
    They’ve packed their things, and moved away…

  14. Yes, I have always thought Elvis could have sung opera. He did sing in German, learned phonetically in GI Blues. No one often speaks the language they sing in. Especially opera.

    But that jacket! Covet that glitz! Bling! I am wearing a silky top with a 64 point compass rose across front, all directions of wind and water and Astral signs (leggings reat geometric patterns and colors bur no bling. Elvis washing of Bling. Looks like a Mayan calendar?

    Yeah, I think Brown and the tenor were an odd couple.

    Love Jackie

  15. Pong Deluxe or Super Pong, whatever it was, and it carried the Sears nameplate. It had four games on it and was a marvel.

    Although I didn’t have the very first home video game console (Odyssey), I did have Odyssey II shortly after the Super Pong. Later, I added the voice attachment – one of the first available.

  16. Debbe 😉 Glad you made it though the weekend OK, hon. Some here were worried about you, but not I…if something had been wrong I’m sure I’d have felt a great disturbance in the Force. 🙂

    Who says pop music can’t be great music?

    Of course, having a string section never hurt a tune.

  17. Jackie: “No one often speaks the language they sing in. Especially opera.”

    That’s true here, and maybe the UK and such. Many Eur. nations generally translate into the local tongue, which most local singers speak. When I was in Germany, ’52-’53, I attended a performance of ‘Der barbiere von Seviglia’ [if I remember the spelling] in Munchen or Frankfurt. Nicely done.

    Peace, emb

  18. You know what always just irritated me so much ? People translating great opera into English, like a musical comedy or maybe worse, running stupid English electronic subtitles on a flashing sign over the proscenium arch. Who the heck cares what the plot is anyway? Most are ridiculous just read your program if it matters!

    It’s all about the music and the emotion conveyed by the voice.

    Now I have confirmed everyone’s belief, I am an eletist snob! Who also loves rock, funk, soul, Tejano, blues and almost anything except rap and bubblegum teen boy bands,

    Love Jackie

  19. Sorry, don’t see Sea Speller, but here is a website that lets you play old video games online with your pc:

    Personally, I still think David Bowie and Bing Crosby singing The Little Drummer Boy is an odd match.

  20. Mark:

    Didn’t know re Bowie, Crosby, and The Little Drummer Boy , but thanks for the warning.

    Jackie: “Who the heck cares what the plot is anyway? Most are ridiculous just read your program if it matters!” Amen.

    What strikes me about opera and musical plots is their basic similarities and, often, shallowness. I’ve ranted re that here before. Physical prettiness, of females especially, is paramount, even in my favorite Savoy operas. [What’s great about them is Sullivan’s delightful music and Gilbert’s insight into Victorian Britain’s idiosyncrasies.] And its opposites, physical plainness or extreme ugliness. Quiet beauty of the person is better, lasts longer, but may make poor box office. As opined here before, Julie Andrews would not have made poor box office in Warner Bros.’ My Fair Lady. Sad.

    Peace, emb

  21. Agreed EMB, on all points including Julie Andrews, nothing wonderful about lip syncing Eliza Dolittle for the look. By the way, I worked on first amateur production of My Fair Lady as stage manager assistant and we used the Beeton costumes from Broadway. I am so sorry I ever gave up playing with stage productions. Costumes were beautiful but not in good shape after we were loaned them. One of my Monroe acquaintances had taken off for the big city, New York, and used the family money to become a producer. So, we got cool plays and use of costumes, etc. from his productions and friends as well.

    I especially loved Miss Andrews in Victor Victoria which I thought one of her best movies. I am trying for the life of me to remember what I saw her perform live in? Saw Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins live in one of his many incarnations of it, had to fly to New Orleans to see it, it didn’t come to Houston. Went to dinner and a show, flew home. Had a baby sitter with girls.

    Love, Jackie

  22. Jackie, hearing Rex Harrison live as Professor Higgins must have been marvellous. I used to play the original cast recording of the broadway show over and over — vinyl of course. The album has a very nifty and clever picture on it — it’s by Hershfield (spelling questionable.)

  23. I love Broadway performances, even as road tours. I saw Rex Harrison more than once, I think once in Mousetrap or something like it? A murder mystery. Saw Yul Brenner sweeping around the stage as the King, Robert Goulet as Lancelot, Liza Minelli in Caberet, stage managed a college production with the great Bob Fosse as guest choreograph director (and he danced solo), saw Harve Presnell and those beautiful long legs, list just goes on and on. Sometimes in audience, most often, for a few precious years on stage and back stage in college and community theater. That rich ex-pat Monroe exile called in lots of favors. A cat I rescued went on to Broadway and Greenwich Village with a young director. Richard Simmons slow danced with his head on my chest (and I am short) as a fat drama student freshman. It was all just a hoot.

    Needless to say, marrying Mike I gave it all up, he didn’t like my associates nor the long, late hours or the interesting crowd we were. He was just too strait. My first role in college was in Oscar Wilde’s ‘Importance of Being Earnest” where I sat on the lap of and kissed a lovely, handsome gay drama major who later became an ambassador to Russia. I suspect Sand knows him? Love, Jackie

  24. Good morning Villagers…

    And a very happy belated birthday to Indy Mindy!!!! And where has she been? I hope she has not been gobbled up by some corporate pac man.

    Ah, Mario Brothers and Donkey Kong were two of my son’s favorites when he was just a wittle guy. Now it’s Destiny…some online game. Video games have come a long way.

    Ian sprayed for weeds yesterday using some week killer called “Power Line’….are ya ready for the price tag? $550 for a two and a half gallon jug…just add water and some Round Up and you’ve got some week killer. The Power Line stuff is supposed to go for the roots. The Corp suggested the brand. Think I’ll check it out online…gotta be a better deal out there.

    GR 😉 thank you for being confident in me…but, there is some disturbance in my ‘Force’…and thank you for A Whiter Shade of Pale….I remember dancing to that song at ‘sockhops’….remember those days?

    Jackie, that is too funny about Richard Simmons. But there is something about him that just drives me nuts…like his clothes! And that hair!!!

    Ya’ll have a blessed day…

  25. And Mindy waits for her truck in five minutes and I sit here in dark in my office? With two annoying cats who want breakfast and will settle for little cans of dog food. Raining steadily, I think I am going back to bed! Love, Jackie

  26. I remember my first nephew playing Pong when he was just a toddler; that’s the first of that ilk I recall. I’ve never played them, with one stunning exception: the original Sims, which I enjoyed very, very much. Oh my gosh, it was having the best dollhouse ever! I did not get Sims 2, but I do have Sims 3 now. I enjoy it, but not as much as the very first Sims.

  27. Denise in Michigan, I never got started on the Sims, but there is one called Tropico I had a lot of fun with. You are playing the part of the leader of a small Caribbean island nation. You have to balance out mining, farming, building schools and churches, etc to bring in income and still keep the populace happy enough not to throw you out of office. It’s a real challenge.

    Good morning Debbe. The little kitty might be a Bengal, which have been bred out of both domestic and wild cats to get one which looks wild but is domesticated.

  28. my game was Burger Time. I still have my Atari2600, with Starpath Supercharger, Intellivision with Intellivoice adapter, and Colecovision which has the arcade exact looking Burger Time. Q-Bert was a good one too. .. ..stage shows – after the series ended – Jack Klugman and Tony Randall toured in the Odd Couple, saw it at the fancy Jones Hall in Houston, “Oscar” flung some pickle chips into the audience.

  29. Debbe: Apparently someone has successfully cross-bred ocelots, genus Leopardus, with domestic cats, Felis sylvestris* catus [brought my taxonomy up-to-date], but there was no info / the hybrids’ fertility. I’d expect them to be sterile or nearly so.

    Don’t know if the terms are still used, but in the ’50s at U. Mich., we referred to “lumpers” and “splitters.” Cat taxonomy, in my lifetime, seems to have gone from one extreme to another. When I was a kid [= nerd; I knew about this in JHS], many taxonomists put all cats except cheetahs [genus Acinonyx*], from lions to tabbies, into one genus, Felis. Now the family Felidae comprises many genera, maybe more than is useful.

    Taxonomy, by itself, is more art than science, up to a point. To be valid, a scientific classification should be consistent with phylogeny as best we understand it#. E.g., early on, hippos, rhinos, and elephants were placed in one order, the Pachydermata, because of their thick skins [used this example here some time ago]. On the basis of anatomy, the fossil record, and now DNA analysis, we now realize hippos belong in the Artiodactyla* [cloven-hoofed mammals and their kin], rhinos with tapirs and horses in the Perissodactyla*, and elephants + their extinct relatives in their own order, the Proboscidea*.

    #There are at least two valid scientific positions on what “consistent with phylogeny” implies for classification and nomenclature, but that headache should be ignored here. Currently, I’m in a minority, but not a minority of one.

    I expect current felid taxonomy is internally consistent with phylogeny, but maybe the family has been split into more genera than needed. However, I’m not a professional taxonomist; some may have quite sound reasons for the current set-up.

    Peace, emb

  30. Thanks, sand, but I’m reasonably sure that what I was getting were just ordinary ads coming from some overly money-grubbing, low-life, scuzz-ball, scum-sucking sites, such as Not that I really minded, of course. 🙂

    Actually, I finally got sick enough of it enough to try Adblocker Plus again. ABP did not cause the problems I encountered the first time I installed it and seems to have solved my popup ad problem. (Happily, no more $35 jockey shorts ads, but sadly no more tiny bikini panties in a rainbow of colors or eye-poppingly illustrated push-up bra ads, either.)

    No 6:00 AM truck, nor (so far) rain for me this morning, but both Lady Mindy and Jackie have my sympathy. I could get both tomorrow.

  31. Re Breaking Cat News, the premise is good and it can be funny but, like a news item on a local station, the beginning usually doesn’t seem to know how it’s going to end and may, in fact, have nothing to do with it. It would probably improve it to shorten it by half. Ghost, don’t go there.

  32. The spots an the kitty are just a variation of Tabby.
    Stripes, Spots, and a Wavy pattern,
    our Skeezix has stripes on top and spots underneath.

    Subject: It’s Good to Know these Things
    10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4 years.

    Now Albert was a genius but not a Botanist – There are many plants that do not rely on bees.
    On the other hand diet might get monotonous. Many on Earth would go hungry.
    On an other hand if all insects were to disappear we would have a real problem.
    emb: Your ideas?

  33. Happy birthday, Indy Mindy!

    Yes, I believe Elvis could have sung opera, if he had gotten the chance. He wanted to improve his voice and do something besides rock-and-roll and silly movies, so he took voice lessons for several years but “Colonel” Tom Parker wouldn’t let him quit a formula that worked and made money. Sad.

    And his German wasn’t just phonetic for GI Blues. Elvis was stationed in Germany while in the Army, so he most likely picked up some there.

    My sister played Centipede, Space Invaders, Frogger, and Pac Man on the video games in the grocery store while our mom did her shopping, and the fascination with them led to a degree in Computer Science and a career at Scientific Atlanta and several other companies throughout the years. My son plays whatever the latest and greatest video games are out there now. I can’t keep up with them. I play solitaire on my computer. 🙂

    Jackie, look up Josh Groban on YouTube. Whatever song you pick, you can’t go wrong.

    And speaking of ocelots, who remembers Honey West and Bruce?

  34. Jean, Elvis was one of greatest voices there was, Colonel Parker ruined his life and kept him from what he could have been, that and fame’s price he paid. I love Josh Groban but thank you for reminding me, another great voice. Right now I am listening to a great guitarist named Julian Bream from 1970’s on my Smartphone because this stupid computer has me locked out of youtube. Yes, I know, I need Spotify or even my streaming Amazon prime set up and I am an idiot at this kind of stuff. You know the joke about blondes and light switches and light bulbs.

    Except some of us, like my beautiful new attorney, kicked down the doors at Harvard!

    I laugh at Ghosts ads, Google cannot decide who I am, am I Michael Monies or Jackie Monies? So I get some fascinating ads and even more fascinating spam mail. They can’t decide if I am male, female, gay or transgender? I have decided to consider them additional entertainment.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  35. John in Richmond, I saw that same performance at Jones Hall. Great theater, I miss it. I went to so much they decided I must be a “patron” so I got invitations to all the fancy society balls in Houston which amused me no end. I hardly cared then and now about social position. Social position hardly equates love of music nor art.

    Love, Jackie

  36. OF due 1221-1241 CDT.

    Old Bear: “There are many plants that do not rely on bees. On the other hand diet might get monotonous. Many on Earth would go hungry. On an other hand if all insects were to disappear we would have a real problem. emb: Your ideas?”

    We sure would, and in some ways we don’t know of yet. Biologists of many sorts continually discover ways in which this or that sp. is dependent on one or more other sp. for its survival. Search for the “life cycle of figs”, for example, one we’ve known of for ages. OTOH, we’ve discovered only recently that a great variety of plants are dependent on fungi for effective absorption of nutrients [minerals and such] by their roots. Root hairs, which we learned about in Bot. 101, or JHS life science, are not enough, or at least much less efficient.

    Many of our veg. crops are insect pollinated, but grains are mostly wind pollinated, so we might still have bread. Flowering plants, many of which are insect pollinated, first show up more than 145 MYA, in the late Jurassic/early Cretaceous. They and insects diversified greatly during the long Cret. Period [roughly 145-65 MYA, a process Paul Ehrlich [I think] called “coevolution.”

    Considering the current accelerated rate of extinction, we are conducting a major [if messy, uncontrolled] experiment in just how dependent various spp. are on other spp. If surprising, unwelcome things happen, we can depend, based on current and past experience, that many will deny that humans had anything to do with those extinctions.

    Peace, emb

  37. All life is both valuable and essential, whether we may “like” it or find it inconvenient. Man may not even be the most important nor essential, we just think so. Love, Jackie

  38. Yes, Jean dear, I certainly remember Honey West but had somehow forgotten Bruce. I wonder how that happened. 😉

    Jackie, I’ll bet your ginormous deputy and/or his petite girlfriend could set all that up for you on your computer and smart phone. One just about cannot survive in law enforcement these days without being computer literate. Much of their professional communication is now via cell phone text, on-line access to data bases, and emails on in-patrol-car laptops.

  39. Yep, Paul Ehrlich and Peter Raven:

    Butterflies and Plants: A Study in Coevolution Paul R. Ehrlich; Peter H. Raven Evolution, Vol. 18, No. 4. (Dec., 1964), pp. 586-608. You can read the whole article online: not sure if you can do it for free. I own 40+ years of Evolution, incl. that issue [in a storage locker].

    I was 35. Some of you weren’t born yet. I can remember lots of excitement generated by the article. Among other things, articles like that are why responsible science profs have to revise their lecture notes continually. Watson and Crick published in 1953 in Nature, the British equivalent of the AAAS journal Science, but I didn’t learn about it until ’60-62, when it got into textbooks, and continuing research on DNA, RNA, and cellular metabolism kept me revising notes until I retired in ’94. Word processing made it easier, mid-’80s on.

    Peace, emb

  40. Website left out a period after Raven, thus:

    Paul Ehrlich and Peter Raven: Butterflies and Plants: A Study in Coevolution Paul R. Ehrlich; Peter H. Raven. Evolution, Vol. 18, No. 4. (Dec., 1964), pp. 586-608.


  41. As I seem to recall, in my college Genetics course, that our textbook was authored by a couple of guys named Watson and Crick.

    I also recall getting very tired of hooking up pairs of Drosophila melanogaster and letting them have all the fun while I had to count and classify their offspring.

  42. Minion and I have moved on to clearing out and throwing away accumulation of “junk” in my big sun-room on back half of house. Workmen will begin installing white ceramic tile floor which I have owned for 20 (count ’em 20 years!), replace the cabinets around kitchenette area that were damaged in broken frozen pipes and flooding, install mini-fridge, plantation wood shutters, repaint it all, replace all the doors off for 20 years.

    And y’all thought I was just rebuilding landscaping! I think I am going to enjoy living here for a long time yet.

    Just had dinner of left overs from lunch, Chinese stir fry of sirloin chunks, brocollini or oriental broccoli, mushroom and onions, made by me a tad spicy, plus big bowl of fresh pineapple chunks and lots of water. Time for a nap!

    Forgot, my Lands End order arrived, lots of sweaters and salty looking sweats purchased on deep, deep sale. I like that. Coupled with some white and other colored jeans and deck shoes from L.L. Bean and boots, very casual chic “boaty” wardrobe, all layered over wicking short and long sleeved tees. Maybe I haven’t forgotten how.

    Love, Jackie

  43. Ghost:

    They may well have thus cashed in on their fame. They got the Nobel in ’59 [+/-]. Watson publd. The Double Helix in the early ’60s, I think. Crick also did a general reader book in the ’70s or ’80s. He was several years older than Watson, and has since died. Watson should be pushing 90 about now.

    Peace, emb.

  44. Today was the last day I had to use the post-procedure eyes drops associated with my cataract surgeries (to prevent infection and/or swelling). That turned out to be the most vexing thing about the procedures…not to administer the drops, but to remember to administer them multiple times per day.

    I also had my final post-op visit this afternoon with my ophthalmologist. All is well; she said the results were even better than she had hoped.

  45. Ghost:

    I presume you were under local but awake during the operation. Weirdest procedure I’ve experienced. Did you have both eyes done during one surgery appt.? Peace, emb

  46. If you really want to spook somebody who’s going it to get their cataracts removed, remind them that they’re going to be lying on a table looking up and watching the scalpel coming down to cut into their eye. BTDT, twice; once for each eye. And later this month, I’m going to have the first of two laser capsulotomies done. Fun, fun, fun.

  47. I had my cataracts done two weeks apart, emb; there would have been one week between them, except that I had to carry my Mom for her to have a minor procedure instead. It was with topical anesthesia drops while under “conscious sedation”, an IV cocktail of Versed and a couple of other drugs the names of which I don’t recall at the moment.

    My memory is that I was perfectly aware of what was happening and carried on a lucid conversation with my physician during the entire procedure. The assisting RN was the daughter of one of my all-female staff, and what she told her mom bears that out. According to her, most patients either zone out immediately, or freak out and have to have the IV drip rate turned up until they are effectively out. But apparently I just treated it like a pleasant way to pass part of the morning.

  48. GR6
    Are lenses plastic?
    Co-worker will have procedure end of the month.
    Was advised against bifocal style. I know the brain can handle many things but that
    would seem weird.

    I was thinking specifically about wheat & corn as wind borne pollination, and grass.
    So we would have bread & meat.

    As Brother Dave Gardner said “Man cannot live by bread alone – he must have peanut butter”
    “Gratitude is riches, and complaint is poverty, and the worst I ever had was wonderful!”,
    “Let them that don’t want none, have memories of not gettin’ any… let that not be their punishment, but their reward,”

    For those that adore old cars:

  49. Bear: Intraocular lenses (or IOL) materials are of several types, such as silicone and acrylic, so I guess the short answer is, “Yes, plastic.” 🙂 Newer ones are folded when inserted through a smaller incision and then unfolded into place.

    Bifocal as in one lens for near vision and the other for distant vision, like some contact wearers have? There is also a “toric” lens that will correct for astigmatism,

  50. From the Department of Useless Information: Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allen Poe, Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin and Jerry Lee Lewis all married cousins, of either the first, second or third persuasion.

    I’m sure Jackie knew that about at least one of the men listed above.

    Debbe 😉 May the Force be with you, hon.

  51. My implants are toric Ghost, and got rid of my astigmatism completely. Alas, instead of being very nearsighted, I’m slightly farsighted, but reading glasses from the 99-Cent Store are enough.

  52. Actually Jackie knew three of the five and may well have known all five but forgot Darwin and Einstein? All those cousins my ancestors married narrowed the gene pool, we may be missing a few brain cells, even if we don’t have an extra eye in our forehead and have the right number of
    number of fingers and toes. That is, if we can count correctly?

    Love, Jackie

  53. Had another funny thought, I know I am distantly connected to George Washington through his wife but not him, so far as I know. No connection to Jefferson or Jerry Lee so far as I know but this is the South? I forgot all the ancestors who married or shacked up with sisters in laws, brothers in law, aunts, uncles. In other words, lots of old men married young relatives, like nieces, step daughters, so on.My step father was my mother’s second cousin, actually a double or multiple cousin on more than one side, They had many shared ancestors and no children.

    My biological father was from North Carolina and had they been related, no one had connected in family tree for over 200 years in colonial America prior to Revolutionary War!

    Genealogy is fun! Love, Jackie

  54. Good morning Villagers…..

    Re: today’s real time striip….thank you for the laugh JJ, nothing like a good laugh to start off a bleak looking day.

    Going to be 86 degrees here….and not all of our fans are running at the hen house. When I left yesterday at 2:45, it was 89 degrees inside the hen house. Don’t need my Miss Prissies dying of heat exhaustion.

    Emb, thank you for a lesson in ocelotology 🙂

    GR 😉

    not much time….gotta go

    ya’ll have a blessed day

  55. Old Bear, thanks for the link. I was in downtown Ft. Lauderdale in the ’70’s, looked in a window and saw a garage that looked like one day in the ’20’s they just walked away and left the cars that they were working on. Sorry, but no stories about being my own grandpa.

  56. eyeball talk – I had both corneas replaced due to dystrophy, they do one at a time, (you wouldn’t be able to function with both healing) they wait at least a year just in case of rejection. If you told me years ago that I would be aware while the front of my eye was shaved off and new one stitched on, I’d have been frightened by your craziness. But with enough Valium I laid still while the doctor needle and threaded my eyeball, I mean real sewing, I could see him going in and out with the thread. The worst part is snipping the sutures out later. There’s two rings of stitches each time and he takes one out at a time. The first one, I was freaking pretty bad and he valiumed me up, next time, he held the snips in one hand down low, while chatting me up and then took me off guard. Just had the first one removed from the second eye and I was about to hyperventilate but got through it. They don’t heal up to perfect 20/20 but soooooo much nicer I barely/rarely need drug store cheaters. Things were still funky until I had the second one done. When one is pretty dang good but the other still blurry blobs – that’s headachy

  57. Sorry to be so late. The eye surgery segment caught my attention. I had cataract surgery several years ago. One eye a week, missed 4 days of work in two weeks. While having the first one, I asked my opthalmologist if he could “fix” my ears since I couldnt hear very well. He really laughed and told me that he didn’t work on ears. I now have hearing aids. The cataract surgery has been wonderful. I was very near sighted and when my local hign school football team had a fifty year reunion, I made my teammates laugh when I told them that I could now see the scoreboard, but, when we played, I had to be told the score since I couldn’t wear my glasses. I always wanted to be a US Air Force pilot but couldn’t pass the eye test. Now I could pass the test but am too old! That’s life.

    God bless us every one.

  58. A year or two ago, a friend surprised me my telling me she has some type of degenerative condition that would lead to her eventually requiring cornea transplants. Wonderful that they can do that; I just hope it doesn’t change the appearance of her eyes, as she has just about the most beautiful brown eyes I’ve even seen. Of course, I’m sure her priority would be being able to see.

    She has other issues, and I believe I mentioned that I once commented that at age 38 she had more health issues than my Mom. “Yeah,” she agreed. “Crappy DNA.”

    I only personally know one person who has had the LASIK procedure for nearsightedness, and he got very good results from it. He’s a surgeon himself, so he must have had a high degree of confidence it was a low risk procedure.

  59. Ghost Sweetie, sounds like we had the same Genetics class. My lab partner, who was my roomie’s fiance, kept over-anesthetizing our Drosophila melanogaster, thus annoying the professor and making it necessary for him to give us another pair.

  60. Divine providence just erased my thoughts on DNA, genealogy, ancestry and mankind all being related and intertwined irrevocably, plus the likelihood that I am not only one of Ghost’s kissing cousins but related to anyone on this group, no matter what nationality or race they are. I will take that as a message from higher powers and not repeat it but it was funny! And irreverent and not politically correct probably in some people’s views.

    yep, I have that lousy Caucasian DNA my multiply mixed Polynesian friend commented on long ago. Sorry it has no more ethnicity to it but it was a narrow genetic base all around.

    Off to have a major cat bite puncture wound looked at before I end up dead or with a missing leg below knee. I may have stepped on tail of an inherited cat? If the emergency room asked, I didn’t see it nor can identify the mysterious feline that bit me. Looks like giant snake bite.

    Love, Jackie

  61. Back in the day, when the nation’s population was much smaller (31.4 million in 1860 vs. 307.7 million in 2010), I suppose the odds you’d get frisky with a cousin (accidentally or otherwise) were much greater, especially in more isolated rural communities. Even in present day times, I occasionally see individuals from small communities I highly suspect are the result of inbreeding. (Cue the dueling banjos.)

    Of course, on the other end of the social spectrum, the royal families of Europe are probably the past masters of inbreeding.

  62. Old Bear enjoyed the link. It reminded me of how I used to shop for motorcycles, I called it “Lump Shopping”. As you drive around watch for motorcycles with old tarp covers, an unidentifiable “lump” sitting there. If you can find the owner there is a high probability of it being an older bike that a spouse or girlfriend gave the owner the word to quit riding. If not a rare or too old a bike make an offer. A few days work and refurbishing gives a nice running bike on the inexpensive side. That’s how I got the last bike I rode, a ’73 Honda 750 four that I rode for several years. I even picked up a parts bike to go with it from the same person to go with it.

  63. Going for antibiotics, we will reassess the cat bite on Monday. I have a son in law who designs and builds better legs than God gave us, should I lose all or part of one. Having a low cal and healthy totally vegetarian meal of basmati rice, beans and creamed spinach. Really good actually.
    Were it not for seafood and eggs, cheese I could be a vegetarian. Listening to Michael Buble. Great lunch, it was Indian and it says “Palak Paneer.”

  64. Jackie, that is one of my favorite items at our local Indian restaurant. Although I also like the Chicken Tikka Masala, about medium, since I’m not going Vegan. Good luck with the cat bite. I’ve never (knock wood) had serious problems with a cat bite or scratch, though my mom got a long-lasting infection in her ankle. She was foolish enough to try to move an upset cat away from a screen door with her foot. Better to either leave it alone, or use a long-handled object.

  65. I like tikka masala too. I need to eat more Indian food, it is like Thai or Vietnamese usually quite healthy. We don’t have many Indian restaurants in Oklahoma, neither Native American nor Indian.

  66. Huh. I’m typing on the highway (Jim driving, thank you) and just as I was going to submit that fairly long comment, I lost the iPad signal. Bummer. Oh well I was saying that I wore mono-vision contacts (one near one far) before cataract surgery. Then I got both for distance, and saw much better than I could ever remember—right with you on the scoreboard thing, Doumacan!! You can get mono vision cataract implants. You can also get bifocal implants—both near and far in both eyes. I think those are still considered experimental, though, and most insurances won’t cover them.

  67. Post IOLs, both my eyes corrected to 20/20 for anything beyond about six feet. But within that six feet (in which my vision is not bad but not totally sharp, either) falls instrument panels; handgun and rifle sights; monitor screens; keyboards; books and newspapers; and my cross-stitching work and lace making. (Just kidding on that last one.)

    Since I have a relatively new pair of frames made from titanium or expensium or something like that, I decided to get progressive lenses for them, which I imagine will be plain on the upper part with some minor correction on the lower part, to use basically as reading glasses.

  68. I innocently dated a person in college who I learned later was a third cousin. Guess I got lucky, instead I married a Loon.

  69. I have to keep my computer monitor about a foot from my face. That way, it’s nice and clear with my readers. If I put it at the normal distance, it’s too far for the readers but not far enough to use without them.

    I remember once, my hardware friend was over, helping me with an upgrade. He’d put the monitor where he thought it went, and I’d put it where it had to be. Then he’d move it back. After the third time, I ‘splained to him just why I’d been bringing it up close. He’s a good friend, so I never asked him why he kept changing it after I’d put it where I wanted it.

  70. sideburns, Loon lives with a maze of screens. Laptop, three large monitors above and to the left and right, a tablet and smartphone that migrate across her workspace. Add in earbuds/mic attached to aforesaid phone and cans over the buds streaming music from the tablet. Only the steady stream of bank deposits clues me that she is working and not lost in the cyberspace.

  71. Sideburns, I have two pair of reading glasses—one for reading books, papers, etc, and another a little less strong for computer and piano rack or other music stand. That works well for me.

  72. Does anyone know of a legitimate work at home business that doesn’t involve selling and lets you work at your own pace and when you have time & strength to put in an hour or two? (Yeah, right!) I’m looking for something that fits the disabled-heart patient lifestyle.

  73. That was I.
    Selling as an agent does not require you to ask someone to buy – it’s not that kind of selling. You could do as many lots as you want, with ending times to suit.

  74. Oh, Jackie! That sounds like a case of “you always hurt the one you love”! I know your kitty must love you, but the tail thing was bound to cause a reaction. You’re in my prayers.

  75. TR, there are agents who serve as the middleman for eBay transactions. They facilitate the financial clearing and delivery operations. While I don’t personally know any, we have friends who children workedthesr jobs while in college.

  76. Trucker Ron, sadly, yes it does. I don’t do this myself altho a few years ago I thought it would be a nifty way to make money on the stuff I’ve collected over the years. Well, I never got a “round tu it”. My son-in-law is quite adept at E bay stuff, as opportunity happens, and I know other people too. S I L gave me a book on “your own E bay business” part of the “For Dummies” series. I read it … it was daunting. Need to take pix, post them, do all kinds of computer stuff, then wrap the item(s) and take them to the Post Office. I’d offer to send you, or anyone, the book, but it’s fairly outdated by now.

  77. Sandcastler is right, TR, but I’m not up for it … Senior Citizen status has lowered my energy. This could be great for you, though!

  78. I am on side that says this is a big PITA and not for disabled. It is exhausting and it requires far more than an hour or two. I know a few home based activities that can be done by homebound but all take far
    more than a couple hours and require detailed knowledge of a field or industry to be successful.

    I believe the best rehabilitation efforts result from analysis of the skills you have and finding a way to use them, rather than picking a job and trying to fit your skills to it. Love Jackie

  79. Dear Jackie, a very perceptive analysis, full of wisdom. I’m sure you are right. I never heard of a PITA before but thanks to you sharp and witty folks in the Village, I was able to figure it out instantly — so I guess the wit and verbal high jinks are infectious.

  80. Dear Trucker, thank you for the picture of the missing item that I spoke of. I’m glad to have it as I use it a great deal, many times each day in fact!

  81. GR6
    Yes – I guess. Lens has far in center and near around edge – or verse vice a.
    Was not recommended because it is a compromise neither one is as good as
    single focus. Also that lens is not covered by MC added 1200/eye.
    She also had to be checked for detached retina. Vitreous humour shrinks as we get older
    and sometimes pulls retina.

    Plastic as in one of its definitions as apposed to “harvested”

    Have a friend that had LASIK – he is loving it. A choice of $120 glasses or $40(per eye)
    LASIK – no contest – a month after procedure he was still trying to put glasses on in
    morning – old habits …..

    Lace Making = tatting
    Mind your tatting = mind your own business

    Jerry in FL
    was that Albert from Pogo?

  82. Jackie
    Wife got nailed by our Tippy the other day – & I almost got his paw (felt something so
    no real pressure same time as yowl) he does like to sit behind while person is working.

  83. Jackie is full of wisdom because she once was tasked with both awarding large sums of money to the dead and disabled, often for life, along with getting those who could be rehabilitated to accept training and become re-employed in some other occupation, then reducing their long term disability payments to take this into effect. Talk about a dichotomy of tasks, you can imagine the joy which this was greeted with by those who had no intention of sacrificing their tax free life time ticket to ride!

    However, when faced with the same choices myself, to accept a lifetime of tax free dependence and a “disabled and unemployable” label, I did exactly what I just prescribed. I rehabilitated myself by choice, had an extremely successful second career with more than 15 minutes of fame, went on to another and another, never once accepting I was either disabled or unemployable. Everything I attempted I succeeded in, often with more than those 15 minutes as recognition. Never once did the issue of whether I could work or not enter the equation, I simply did it and no one ever asked. Like the military, don’t ask, don’t tell. If you succeed, no one frankly cares what label you bear, it is immaterial.

    Wisdom comes with a price. So does rehabilitation.

    Love, Jackie

  84. TruckerRon, since you have the OTR experience, is it possible that you could serve as a work-from-home employee for a trucking company? Part-time dispatch or something? I have a work-from-home job, but it is not like you need. I code medical records as a full-time job, having to clock in and out via the computer. I take it you are looking for paying work and not just volunteer work to fill the time.

  85. Wow, this is seriously heavy wisdom, Dear Jackie. No wonder I am so in awe of your experiences and attitudes. I have had a pleasant and easy life … just very lucky … and never had to learn any of these things you know so well. You are a remarkable person.

    Are you speaking of physical or mental rehab, especially referring to yourself; or both?

  86. c-xp: No harm done, no offense taken. My wife has a friend who is managing to sell a few dozen books on eBay each month. She goes around to yard sales to restock. That’s is not something I would really want to do. Among other things, I hate shopping!

    Mark in TTown: There may indeed be something I can yet do for a trucking company, but I have been hampered by the fact that all my contacts in trucking are up in Montana and I am in Utah. Also, the dispatching that I watched with my former company looked very stressful. The dispatchers appeared to live on coffee more than we truck drivers did. Driving through Los Angeles traffic was certainly less stressful for me!

    The good news is that in the last three weeks I have had four job interviews for part time positions—so I have not given up hope of finding something that I can safely handle and, if I am very lucky, enjoy.

    Last week I received an email from a non-profit company offering access to at-home positions with private businesses, doing such things as taking orders or booking flights for customers. They appear to be properly approved by Social Security, and such a job may indeed be right for me. The only problem is that they are wanting me to have and use my phone line and a PC. We have no PCs in our home, just Macs. They do say that some of the client companies provide equipment for those working for them. I’ll let y’all know how it works out if I decide to go with it.

  87. No, Ghost, not OCD. He does hardware tech for a living and put the monitor where most people would want it. Then, when I shifted it, he put it back without even thinking about it. If it were OCD, he’d probably have tried at least once more after I pointed it out.

  88. Trucker, can you write? It doesn’t need to be the “great American novel”, but perhaps something based on your career. It could even be like an informal training book for others entering your profession: “stop here for the best pizza”, “diesel tends to be cheaper west of the divide”, “for Pete’s sake, don’t ever do this!” – kind of stuff. Try humor or serious or both.

    Your church just might be small enough that keeping financial records (to a greater or lesser extent, possibly including issuing checks for supplies) would require not a lot of time and might pay just enough to be useful. I suppose most churches have this as a non-paid position, however.

    Can you man the front desk in, say, a retirement condo? That ought not require a lot of movement, and would be a paid position. Clearly, it would not be working from home, but I am thinking you have some mobility.

  89. Charlotte, actually both, I have had some horribly bad things happen to me in life and if one accepts them, then bad wins and evil triumphs. I have never accepted that as a valid way to look at life. And I have never believed we are not all capable of great achievements in life, no matter how life has treated us, it is still all up to us in the end to determine what our lives are in most cases.

    Physically, I was told to expect not to live to see 21, so here I am at 71 still defying the odds, a triumph as it were. My mother in law who lovingly and willingly embraced ill health (it wasn’t that bad actually) and became a martyr to seek pity always would say things like “You should get a walker like me and a disabled tag” and I’d reply things like, “Well, I am going to have a d—m hard time carrying all these sample cases into shops when I call on them. Won’t it get in my way?” Just never thought of being disabled when I stood on my feet 80 hours a week designing flowers and sometimes more! If I couldn’t stand, then I learned to design seated. You compensate.

    And yes, Trucker I had thought about the home dispatching but I have a neighbor who lives next door and did that and she was tied foot and horns to that computer day and night, could never leave the house, stress out the spectrum! I didn’t suggest it. And you use your own phones and computers and usually end up paying cost of said.

    Love, Jackie

  90. Good morning Villagers…..

    Overslept….had company last night. Andrew, Rachael and Kyler came over. Andrew apologized.
    Enough of that drama…..

    Another hot day at the ‘office’ today.

    Ya’ll have a blessed day

    GR 😉 I always loved dancing to that song.

  91. Debbe, now I doubt I could live with your drama queens! Not you, the relatives. I like peace too much, something some may doubt! You are a saint, I am not. Sister Debbe, saint in waiting.

    How did I miss Ghosts music for you? Brown Eyed Girl, I loved that one. I am re-accumulating CD’s, so hopefully I get someone to sign up up for Spotify and enroll me in my Amazon Prime music since I apparently get it free? Dumb Texas blonde! Well, not too blonde now, more like the frosting I used to pay for.

    Got about 20 more CD’s yesterday while picking up the antibiotics for the cat fang puncture wounds. Lots of rock groups including a deluxe two volume Queen. Fat Bottom Girls, you make the rocking world go round!

    EMB, we will have to convert you to some rock operas before you check out of life. There is an entire world out there waiting to be discovered you know.

    Right now I am actually listening to Arthur Rubenstein playing classical Spanish music, just listened to Segovia, Atkins and several others doing their interpretations of Recuerdos de la Alhambra, beautiful music to wake up to but the birds lost the competition!

    Love, Jackie

  92. Great job on the clothespin bag, Jimmy!

    Debbe, that sounds very promising about Andrew. He, Rachael, and Kyler need some peace. How has Ian been feeling?

    I’ve been following with interest the discussion about vision correction. Having worn glasses for nearsightedness since age eleven, I just don’t look or feel like “me” without them on. I’ve never wanted contacts. As the inevitable age-related farsighted tendency has made glasses unnecessary at times, I opted to get multifocals just so I could keep my glasses always on. I can imagine the sense of liberation many feel, though, to be free of glasses and contact lenses.

  93. So yesterday, Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, (from my HS alma mater) rescinded his commitment to Mich State and may be headed to my college alma mater, Purdue. Yes, I am interested in where he attends school. His legal Guardian went to Purdue and hung out at my dorm room on several occasions. I would hope that he would stay 4 years and get a great education as he is a decent student, but he is talented enough to play in the NBA and will leave sooner.

    However, today is not about some 18 year old kid. It is about my Father’s generation. The Greatest Generation. Thanks to all those — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion —

  94. I was always proud to be a Teleflora designer, to do shows for the company and represent them, both as a florist and a stage designer but I have never been moved to tears by one of their commercials until just now. Up popped a Teleflora ad for Mother’s Day called “Ryan’s Special Delivery”, I watched instead of clicking it off. I know it was staged but I don’t care.

    What a wonderful tribute to unwed single mothers who raised sons to be proud of, what a wonderful tribute to those who serve in our military forces! We should all remember those who sacrifice and sometimes as Jimmy says, they are those who stand and wait. I am still crying just a little bit. Watch it for me as well as Ryan and his mom.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  95. for ebaying, you don’t have to drag yourself to the post office to ship stuff, you can set up your own UPS account and print shipping labels on line and call them to pick up at your house. The thing with selling on ebay is you can’t do it half-a**ed or part-time, it’s not worth the trouble and expense. You need a complete stash of boxes and packing material and the best thing to do is have one or two specific stocked and inventoried products or some kind of unique homemade knickknack or art. AND categorize it right. As I collected every issue of American Heritage I wound up with a lot of extras. They sell for a dime a dozen BUT for example, one had a big cover story about Duesenburg, so I categorized it in automotive/collectible and sold it for a lot more.

  96. One thing I would caution about selling on ebay is you may end up spending more than you recover. While I have never sold on ebay, I have certainly bought. I have purchased items, often quite valuable so far as “book value” or antique appraisal value, paid less than 10 cents on the dollar and the people who sold and shipped it to me paid more in shipping than I paid them!

    I have given up this particular hobby, much to ebay’s despair, they keep trying to get me to come back, but beware of people like me who may know how to work the system and get a lot of something from you for almost nothing. I remember a particular shipment of Wedgewood I believe purchased from what was I assume an older lady in Las Vegas who’d possibly needed cash to live on or gamble with? Anyway, it was a value of around $1,000 in collectibles, I seem to remember paying around $15 for lot or actually individual items that she shipped together I think. Shipped lovely boxes and properly, shipping far exceeded what I paid.

    I actually felt guilty, like I had robbed her. Since I never buy for investment, just insane liking of things, I don’t play musical collectibles, just hang the stuff on the wall. My help/minions often break things so I don’t like to care if they do so!

    Love, Jackie

  97. Trucker, with a bit of training, you might be able to set yourself up as a genealogist and work when you want from your home computer. I have no idea, though, of what the companies who provide such data will want in return for your commercial usage thereof.

  98. Ghost I totally agree on John Williams. He is incredible. Now who would have picked me as a guitar groupie (no really but I would have I suppose )
    Just love guitar in any genre, but classic and rock like led Zeppelin or Eric Clapton ties. Love Jackie

  99. OF due 1306-1336 CDT.

    EMB, we will have to convert you to some rock operas before you check out of life. There is an entire world out there waiting to be discovered you know.

    Thanks, but that’s true of many areas. I’ve more than enough to discover within my relatively broad areas of interest that I’ll never get to before I die. After that, with my late wife if possible, I’ll find out what I can by spending some time in the Late Permian-Early Triassic of southern Pangea, for starters.

    Peace, emb

  100. GR6, I never really had WWII taught to me until I was in college. All the males I grew up around where veterans. I recall Memorial and Veterans Days being the big post holidays, never such for VE or VJ day. The posts in Europe usually had delegates attend the D-day ceremonies, but no on-site event. Rather like they honored the long line of veterans than specific war veterans, which somehow seems right.

    While in the Russian sphere of influence May 9 is a national holiday; the official cease fire happened at 0201 May 9 Moscow time. Marshall Zhukov lead a victory parade on Red Square in 1945, the next Victory Day parade was not held until 1965. Since then it has been an annual event. My experiences with Victory Day in Russia, it is more like our Fourth of July.

    An estimated 27 million Russians died during WWII. 80% of all Russian males born in 1923 died in the war. Every family has their personal stories of loss and suffering.

  101. Working for a Japanese supplier, I felt awkward telling them about a V-J Day celebration that they still hold in Hillman MI. My Japanese friend took no offense. He said that most Japanese were very happy that the war ended and it was definitely a day worth celebrating.

  102. Ghost there are those who are 35 and younger who know nothing about the Vietnam War. I had a fellow vet tell me that in school they had never even mentioned The Vietnam War. It was sad because he could not draw parallels between The Vietnam War and the Afghanistan conflict. It looks like the next generations will have to learn the hard lessons all over again.

  103. Yeah, sand, they don’t call it The Great Patriotic War over there for nothing.

    History as taught to me in high school was bare-boned enough. (News Flash: You can learn a ton of it by reading on your own.) I can’t imagine how they manage to fit even that much of it into today’s politically correct HS curriculum.

  104. All through school and college I saw that History courses would begin in the Stone Age (for example) and trace events pretty slowly … until the end of the year got closer. Then OMG we have to finish as fast as possible! We would never get through it all and arrive at the present day. Hence, nobody ever learned about World Wars One and Two, or the Vietnam War, etc. The teachers never seemed to plan ahead for this. Right there is a stumbling block to knowlege of important stuff.

    It is very discouraging to see people ignorant of these things. But parents need to do more, too, talking about historical events and reading stories about them to the children.

  105. GR6, history has ways of being hidden by classification or falsication. Events that happened in 1943 in Bari, Italy remained classified until 1959. Still the first public disclosure occurred in an obscure naval publication in 1967. The short form, the US had a secret shipment on a ship docked in the Bari harbor when the Germans bombed it. The ship was hit, its cargo of mustard gas leaked into the seawater. The mustard gas was there as a just in case the Germans started to use gas warfare.

    Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviets in January 1945. What does not usually get told is that it continued in operation for four years, housing POWs and political prisoners.

  106. Yes, and “History” is filled with countless completely unrecorded events as well. I know this because I was on the ground when some minor but still-significant ones occurred, and they are, as far as I know, unrecorded other than in my memory and the memories of a few others. I’m sure that’s also true of others in the Village.

    Although, come to think of it, I have recorded a few of them here.

  107. sand: “An estimated 27 million Russians died during WWII. 80% of all Russian males born in 1923 died in the war. Every family has their personal stories of loss and suffering.”

    Too young to be drafted during WWII. Have never visited Russia, but was stationed in W. Ger. in ’52 and visited in ’53, and again in the ’80s, twice. Conspicuous dearth of men my age and older in Germany, % absent may be comparable. Some German ‘soldiers’ in ’44 were my age, 14.

    Ursen: “It was sad because he could not draw parallels between The Vietnam War and the Afghanistan conflict. It looks like the next generations will have to learn the hard lessons all over again.”

    In the Village, the US, and the ‘West’, there would not be agreement about what those lessons should be.

    Peace, emb

  108. emb, by some estimates, the Russia today is missing approximately 100 million in living population as a direct result of WW2 and the Stalin era. This is based on 35 to 40 million lost lives directly related to these events and then calculating lost births.

  109. Thanks, TR. Ms. Stirling is quite the leggy, ah, I mean, talented violinist, isn’t she?

    Other than for the barrel length, the Russian “separatist’s” shotgun looks very much like one my grandfather owned almost a hundred years ago. I suspect someone still makes those as replica “coach guns” but you’d have to have a NFA tax stamp to legally own a SBS like that. And the painted bodies were pretty obviously younger than the shotgun. 😉

    I’d have to say that our US Navy SEALS could best the Russian “seals” if they needed to. Actually, the USN has trained sea lions for harbor security and other purposes, and they sometimes put them in the water when SEALs are running an underwater night infiltration exercise of an area…without notifying the SEALs. Hilarity ensues, as the SEALs often mistake the seals for sharks.

  110. I hope the dangling feet in the picture of the separatist belong to a dummy. Look over his left shoulder (right side of the picture) and you will see them, along with what looks like someone pulling a rope. And yes, they had more casualties, but they sided with the Nazis and helped them build up their armed forces prior to the war. Then they divided Poland between them, helping to further the start of WWII.

  111. Remember the jokes about how many naugas had to die to provide the upholstery for something covered in naugahide. It turns out that they were and maybe are a real animal. Look it up. Anyone planning on wearing a red nose on red nose day this month? Not me.

  112. Don’t overlook the British signing the Munich Pact in September 1938, this opened the way for Germany to invade Czechoslovakia in March 1939. The Molotov- Ribbentrop Agreement, between Russia and Germany was signed in August 1939, lasting until Germany invaded Soviet Russia in June 1941.

  113. Did my 5:10 come through?
    It says awaiting moderation – but I can see it.

    Not promoting Young America Corp – but maybe Trucker Ron can get an idea.

    Trucker Ron:
    Just went by YoungAmerica Corp. – one thing they do is co ordinate coupon redemption.
    Used to have house wives take coupons home to sort.
    Don’t know with new technology if there is much call any more, but there
    may be an outfit near you that does the same thing.

  114. Great appointment with cardiologist. He ended up visiting with me an hour and a half and nothing wrong with me. Got off Plavix after 16 years of it. Off nitro, half dose of metropolol, off one diuretix, reduced a few more, this after he saw Cai bites where I bled so badly. After 16 years I now only need to be seen once year. He made me promise to stay in touch and to send them monthly reports on my new life. I was touched so much with his concern.
    That leaves orthopedist and dermatologist and I am done!

    Goodnight all, Jackie

  115. Jackie:

    You’re “off nitro”? Does that mean you had a daily dose? A year+ ago I had two angina attacks 6 weeks apart, but both turned out esophagus-related, not heart-related. Had my primary MD prescribe nitro for such occasions, understanding I’d go to ER [4 minutes by Prius, 10-15 by ambulance] if symptoms persisted or other heart symptoms ensued. Turns out nitro also helps if bad swallowing causes esophageal cramps.

    Peace, emb

  116. No,, I had 20 years of using nitro for angina and heart
    pain. Has Barrett esophagus sinc earlo 20s.

    Here is funny oxe, he was checking heart sounds and I said “Wait, I forgot to show you my breast”and whipped out the huge cat scratched gash. He said, “My gxd, that is awful and Red,” I replied legwas worse! Which he agreed and took me off blood thjnners.

  117. Good morning Villagers…

    Good history lessons above, and observations. And does history really repeat itself? We enjoy watching the history channels.

    Denise, thank you for asking about Ian. He is good. He and Andrew talked and are ‘bros’ again. I mentioned something to him yesterday and he said, “Mom, everyone seems to be more upset about this than me”….”it’s over, ok?” I said ‘ok’ and hugged him.

    Ian got sunburned the day before while pressure washing the eaves at house one. Davey (The Boss”s ex son-on-law) still works with us. He cam by yesterday and looked at Ian and said, don’t look like you’ll be working outside today…and laughed. I told Davey I was going to buy some sunscreen and he he would have to rub the lotion on his back. I grinned, and quoted from a movie scene “puts the lotion on the skin”….we laughed.

    Davey has a beautiful, two year old pit bull. His color is a reddish brown. Anyone with hesitations about pit bulls should see and meet this dog…his name is Oz. Now Oz loves to play fetch….with big rocks!!! I threw the one he dropped at my feet and off he went, caught it on the first bounce and brought it back to me. He’d rather fetch rocks than rubber balls. Then I threw the rock down in the creek beside the henhouse…and he dove in after it, and brought the same rock back.

    Davey said that Ian is the only one that Oz will not ‘go’ after. Davey will grab someone’s shirt and tell Oz..’get ’em” and Oz will growl and ‘get ’em’….but he won’t go for Ian….dogs are a good judge of character.

    GR 😉 …Sheryl’s version is better, thank you.

    And Jimmy, love the little series on the clothes line…takes me back to my childhood days of Monday wash days. We had three lines, and they all got full. Up and down the basement steps on Mondays…going down was better than going up them with a full load of wet clothes, sheets and towels.

    gotta go

    Happy Caturday

  118. When my late husband blamed all the damage (unrepaired in house) on dogs, his friend Andy who was a professional repairman and a dog lover, said, “Yeah, Mike, dogs are hell on soffets.” To explain my rotting roof edges and gutter edging! I do admit my master bath has the lower parts of wall paper damaged. My deputy sheriff will cover it up today with some bead board and a chair railing and we will paint over bead board to match wall paper!

    More storms last night and the neighbors unbagged, unburned, left on the ground fall leaves are cluttering my new storm drains and my porch again today, meaning they washed down on me again but what do you expect? Few people take care of yards around here except me.

    I slept through the storms, put on pjs in case house got hit and told the deputy sheriff to come pull me out of wreckage before he went off to rescue others in case he couldn’t wake me up. Nice to know your deputy is on call during tornado season.

    Yeah, Ghost, I doubt even cardiac surgeons and thoracic surgeons hear that one very often!

    He didn’t bat an eye and looked at it, I will add. He is my main defense against infections and supplier of antibiotics to me, of course, if I carry around a filled antibiotic prescription for my travels it usually bears his name and he gives me about three refills on it to keep my heart healthy. Hmmmn, he didn’t write one yesterday.

    Love, Jackie

  119. Morning all. Great to see one and all smiling.

    Debbe asked: “And does history really repeat itself? ”
    Yes. When fanatics turn books into manifesto.

  120. “If cats wrote history, it would mainly be about cats” from Sand’s cat quote list!

    Just listened to Billy Joel and “Leningrad” a few seconds ago and thought of the discussion here. I remember having an entire semester wasted in high school in Louisiana with an idiotic course called Americanism vs. Communism filled with propaganda, idiotic opinions of the teacher, misinformation and innuendo or downright prejudices. And yet no one from that school ever learned any real history. I actually stood up and said something like this and walked out of class, said how about some of you idiots actually go to a foreign country and know someone from a different nationality or race than yourself and then you can have an opinion.

    Got send to principals office and suspended of course, made to go back or face expulsion. I do consider myself a true American and patriotic, just not myopic. Interestingly, my own father’s death, his status as a hero of WWII as a combat pilot turned out to just be a cover up, he flew a spy plane and was shot down by friendly fire of four confused and untrained British pilots. I found this out at age 50 when the records were finally unclassified and I learned the truth!

    And no, I still love the British, this doesn’t change my opinion on that either.

    I am having garlic kale in olive oil and red pepper flakes, a little balsamic vinegar and two poached eggs for breakfast. Already enjoyed the nutty oat bread! Love, Jackie

  121. Preparing for a bereavement dinner at my church today. It is our custom to prepare and serve the “funeral meats” for the family and friends of the deceased. I am taking a Triple Bliss Chocolate cake that I prepared last evening and a Greek-style salad which I just completed. Aromas of garlic, onion and cucumbers are just heavenly! I saved some of the salad for our own enjoyment tonight. Too bad I cannot cut off a slab of that cake before taking it!

    The dear lady who passed away was 6 weeks shy of 100! She had been a high school home economics teacher and then a long-time home extension agent for the county. But, more importantly, she was a beautiful person and was well-loved by all who knew her. What a legacy!

  122. >>>Ghost Rider 6 on 09 May 2015 at 12:17 am

    “Wait, I forgot to show you my breast.”

    If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that…<<<

    *sets watch*

  123. Don’t know just where MDNR’s eagle webcam is, probably down near The Cities.

    It sure is leafier down there. They are usually about 3 weeks ahead of the Northland. Unfortunately, we are usually about 3 weeks ahead in the fall. That’s climate. The weather, on any given day, may not conform: hotter here than there, etc.

    Peace, emb

  124. Charlotte, the same thing happened to me on the learning of recent history. Time ran out before the material did. As Ghost pointed out, that’s just one more reason to read.

    Thank you, sand, I did not know those things.

    Debbe, you raised a good man.

    Wonderful news on your medical front, Jackie!

    Gal, she sounds like she was truly a great lady. Just about the greatest praise you can give to someone is “They don’t make ’em like that anymore.”

  125. Debbe 😉 “Mom, everyone seems to be more upset about this than me…it’s over, OK?”

    Yep, the statement of a man, not a boy.

  126. Actually, I lifted that line from…myself. One summer afternoon a couple of years ago, two of my fellow managers (both female) and I were leaving a meeting. There was an ugly looking thunderstorm off to the south of us, and as we walked across the parking lot we were suddenly hit by a momentary gust of wind I estimated at 30 mph. “Oh, Ghost, that looks bad!” said one of them. “If it gets any worse, I’m going to grab onto that light pole, and you wrap your legs around me and hold on.”

    So naturally I said, deadpan, “If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that…”

  127. “Are people still falling for that old prank about kale being an edible substance?” – Marko Kloos

    No, Jackie, I’m not funning you about your healthy eating habits. You keep that up. But kale? Really? 🙂

  128. NOW ! I get it; so no one I entered as a contact in my phone will ring through to me and they have to leave a message Unless I also enter a ringtone for them. I could never figure why my brother went straight to voicemail but like a one time business call would make it ring

  129. Geez, John, what kind of phone do you have? And why would it not have a default ring tone for contacts for whom you’ve not entered a custom ring tone?

  130. I had the most luscious and decadent kale dip at P.F. Changs yesterday, one of my favorites there from the new menu. Also they do a delectable kale Waldort salad. I know, an oxymoron but I love it raw too.

    My ex-Whole Foods daughter always said when she wanted to keep her family from eating something, she’d bury it under a big pile of kale in the fridge and no one would even touch it.

    Don’t laugh at my healthy eating habits, Ghost. I was making spagetti squash pastas in 1968 courtesy of Jeanne Neiditch and Weight Watchers, along with stuffing without benefit of bread and gluten free meals for same reason. The original WW cookbook was both sans breads, it was sans gluten because you could not have potatoes, pastas, rice nor breads of any form. I got good with veggies!

    Love, Jackie

  131. I will keep relaying my food choices to y’all. I am an old back to the earth, natural foods and Earth Mother type from the past, like I am back in style I suppose. I love quinoa, love amaranth and all sorts of colored lentils and dried weird beans, ate tofu for about 50 years. Used to have subscriptions to Mother Earth news and Organic Gardening. Don’t take it too seriously but only eat raw honey and love cheese in places where they don’t have to meet our sterilization standards, like Canada where I am headed in a few days. And they can bake and sell breads without security wrapping and sealing. Unless that has changed recently?

    Love, Jackie

  132. I will keep relaying my food choices to y’all. I am an old back to the earth, natural foods and Earth Mother type from the past, like I am back in style I suppose. I love quinoa, love amaranth and all sorts of colored lentils and dried weird beans, ate tofu for about 50 years. Used to have subscriptions to Mother Earth news and Organic Gardening. Don’t take it too seriously but only eat raw honey and love cheese in places where they don’t have to meet our sterilization standards, like Canada where I am headed in a few days. And they can bake and sell breads without security wrapping and sealing. Unless that has changed recently?

    Love, Jackie

  133. Yes, Evan, it does tend to be expensive there.

    Which brings up the question of which is actually better for you in the long term…a lesser quantity of “organic” vegetables (due to economic considerations) or more (relatively inexpensive) “non-organic” veggies.

    Yeah, I know, it seems odd to describe any edibles as “non-organic”.

  134. I would like to point out that Jackie still keeps up with supermarket and grocery news, long after she quit selling to them and being a vendor for floral departments. The most wide spread and largest supermarket, far bigger than Whole Foods, is now Krogers, followed by Walmart as #2 in the organic and natural department. The same Krogers where my daughter started as organics /natural foods buyer for 250 stores and left for Whole Foods.

    Sprouts and others are also getting into it with Whole Foods, so WF is becoming more competitive. Just watch what you buy anywhere. Sometimes I buy organic and naturals, sometimes I don’t. Since I don’t even eat processed food at all except the occasional frozen low calorie dinner I sometimes buy natural, sometimes don’t. Buy artisanal breads and grains, like the quinoa, etc.

    In Midwest Hy-Vee has an awesome selection, their naturals are extensive and their not naturals equally so. Ralphs is beyond compare, even Aldi’s, my great love for the bargain price.

    I make little effort to garden organically but I do keep adding the organic materials to the soils and enrich twice annually. I also chunk in some commercial fertilizers, love slow release pelleted ones that cost more than vegetable futures. Sometimes we feed the birds and the bugs because I am loath to spray poisons, in fact almost won’t. I just plant heavily!

    Love, Jackie

  135. Here’s a potentially entertaining URL.

    Wife, her father Paul, and stepmother [his third wife; he outlived the other two] drove down to Itasca State Pk.

    L. Itasca, the headwaters of the Mississippi R., is in Clearwater Co., not Itasca Co. Those stepping stones enable some people to cross the river on foot. Paul made it half way. Fortunately, the weather was warm. Lovable man, but I did not press him for details. I was less fond of his first wife [my wife’s mother], but they sure did a good job of raising an only child, a genius at that.

    Peace, emb

  136. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; I am going there to prepare a place for you. If it were not so, I would have told you.” -Jesus Christ

  137. “Men, big suckers for boobs. :O”

    That reminds me of a joke which, depending on your political leanings, was answered with the name of the mother of an ex-president, followed by the names of two of her sons. The question, of course, was: Who has the two biggest boobs in the country?

  138. Not political, and not surprising. At: , it looks like the runt has died. If I’m right, an adult will likely pick it up and drop it overside*, no wake or anything. This pair has successfully raised 3, I think at least twice. Actually, common for a clutch of 3 to have only 1 survivor.

    Peace, emb

  139. Not at Decorah, eMb. Perchance, you refer to another site? I just looked at Decorah and cannot even see any eaglet which might bear the description of “runt”.

  140. I try to make a point of thanking all veterans for their service as I encounter them while working. This morning, an elderly gentleman came in wearing a non-specific, veteran-related hat. As I rang up his paper, I thanked him for his service and asked his branch – Army, WWII and Korea. I remarked on the date as he started to leave. He, paused, reflecting a bit, I suppose, and came back to the counter to chat a spell. Nothing specific to battles, but how the second call to action differed from the first, “being 25, married, with a baby and then tossed in with all those 18 and 19 year old, wild and rowdy pups.”

    Happy early Mother’s day to all the moms out there. Enjoy the day.

  141. c x-p: Yes, Decorah:

    I think the one at the back, by the tree trunk, way smaller than the other two, qualifies as a runt. There often is one. It was still and all splayed out when I looked before supper, and didn’t move. They are now illuminated by IR, and I’ve noticed the others breathing, but think maybe the youngest breathed also. We’ll see.

    Peace, emb

  142. Trucker, You get best of the day for that one. On a previous topic, I would never attempt to talk anyone out of their religious beliefs and I ask for the same in return. I have an entirely open mind on the subject. That being said, religion and death are probably the two most common subjects of jokes and also the funniest. I actually had dinner one night at a table next to a priest, a rabbi and a Baptist minister and they seemed to be having a great time. This is a quote from me, although I suspect that it has been said many times by many people-Man is the only animal that has a religious belief, or needs to.


  143. Our area of Oklahoma is in need of some arks, flash flooding all over including my front yard and driveway, porch. No fault of my stone mason, who came by with his wife. He needed a hug, so I hugged them both. Their property is flooding but they are on raised pier footings. The lovely ditch handled what it was designed to do, my neighbors ditches of course did not function adequately, but what do they care? They are weekenders, seldom here, maybe 10-12 times a year at best.

    Cats and dogs are all inside, bringing a lot of water and mud with them.

    I assured stone mason he very much had a job but that we would just go to plan B which was to re-purpose my driveway and carport into something else and build another stone retaining wall behind his giant drains to force water into the primary ditches and waterfalls, which are beautiful, by the way, melodic and impressive.

    Carport moves to back two lots with new driveways and this one becomes either a garden house or a storage shed for smaller boats that can be hung in davits. The additional stone walls will just add to value of property and beauty. That bloody lane is too hard to turn into or back out of anyway. We will make lemonade! Some of us do insist on seeing the positive in what happens to us. Isn’t that an annoying habit to those who don’t?

    Love, jackie

  144. Dear Jackie, I feel bad about the damage, but congratulations on your new plans and your great attitude. Make lemonade indeed!

    I am curious and wonder where you will get all the stones from. Will you have to buy them? We have a lot of rocks in NH, but you can’t just go around and help yourself. I don’t need any, but I notice a lot of rocks for sale (I wonder where they come from — China? Joking, but maybe not!) They are on pallets for shipping. There are also manufactured stones that look quite real. What will they think of next!

  145. Charlotte, I am in the eastern mountains of Oklahoma, which geographically is part of Arkansas. Same mountains. We have a huge rock industry here within a few miles, most of which ship to Dallas-Fort Worth where huge homes with lots of rock work is popular and widely used.

    One of my boating friends has daughter who came to kayak with her dad. She is landscape rock designer and wanted to borrow my mason. Love Jackie

  146. Charlotte in NH, I had heard that many New England farms grew more rocks than crops. If true, that is probably the source of the pallet-loads you are seeing. I also have wondered where all those nice smooth “river” rocks come from. Are they truly dredged from rivers, or tumbled in industrial machinery to smooth them?

  147. Second major river across front yard. Since I am neither sugar nor spice, I waded out and put a heavy weighted gate across entrance to porch. I didn’t melt and flooding slowed from front door. New stone wall going up.

    What one walks through in life depends on what one sees and expects. I found cold water. Love Jackie

  148. No problem Jerry, this is Oklahoma. This neighborhood is already made up of people who live in trailers, sell drugs , are socially unacceptable misfits and wouldn’t fit in a neighborhood of show homes. Lots of misfits and less than perfect people and I like that. Gives the world and neiborhood character, no where for UT to go.

    Thunk I need a vacation sooner then I thought. See my Village later my friends. Keep the campfires alive and don’t let the embers die. I will be back if the yacht stays afoat! Love yall, Jackie

  149. Good morning Villagers…

    And happy Mother’s Day to all of you who are mothers….and single fathers raising children. When I was single, raising Ian alone, I celebrated both days.

    Jackie, be safe wading through flooded waters in the future…swift waters can take one down quickly…and don’t stay away for too long.

    And I learned a long time ago, one does not piss in someone’s Cheerios.

    Been awake since midnight thirty….tried twice to go back to sleep. Sleep deprivation erodes my mind…so, I’m having an early Mother’s day ‘cocktail’….

    GR 😉 and Denise, thank you for you kind words on my son. My husband and him struggle to get along…therefore, blood is thicker than water.

    ya’ll have a blessed day

    ….and no, I’m not regretting hitting submit

  150. @GR6 11:33 cheapest possible Samsung flip phone, — -the rings are in the phone, you just have to pick one, like you could assign the same ring to everybody

  151. Jackie: Another reason to be careful wading in flood waters – lots of nasty germs contained therein. A colleague got a nasty case of MRSA that way.

  152. Mindy, that was wonderful of you to do that. A lot of us who were never in the service can’t understand the need our vets have to share their experiences. Even if we can repeat their stories right along with them, we owe it to them to listen.

    Jerry, your Charles Schulz quote is a classic! I know I’ll be working that one into conversations for awhile.

    If those rocks are from rivers, Mark, I hope the banks and bottoms aren’t eroding with them gone!

    That is some massive rain out there, Jackie. Aren’t there some feral cats around you? How are they handling this?

    Happy Mom’s Day to all Moms and (as Debbe pointed out) to all those who have been single parents! Bless you all!

  153. Happy mother’s day to all. One person doesn’t get the joke and I can live with that. The neighborhood is washing away and “there goes the neighborhood”. Ok? Not a comment on the neighborhood. Take a chill pill.

  154. Jerry in FL, I got it, and thought it was too good to add anything to it.

    Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers in the Village! My brother sent our mother a vase full of tulips via one of the online services. The cats are having a great time with them. I had told him once before that getting her flowers was not the best gift as we had no cat-proof place to put them and they were just a hassle if we put them on the coffee table in the living room. Because the cats continually turned the vase over, leaving me with a big mess to clean up.

    Brother is out of town with his wife, visiting her mother and stepdad. This is the 4th weekend in a row they have done that, I think. The stepdad is terminal. on home hospice, likely to depart at any minute. Mother-in-law is having a very hard time coping with this, so they spend what time they can in Knoxville with them.

  155. Married daughter (with hubby and 2 grandkids (ages 5 months and 26 months) in tow) showed up in our church this a.m. instead of theirs for Mothers’ Day. Wife was thrilled! Little ones were passed around and admired amongst the neighbors who’d watched Stef grow up.

    All I got my wife was a card…

  156. I got the joke and didn’t think it needed anything else (explanations or otherwise). I chuckled quietly to myself. Any louder and my better half wonders what I am up to.

  157. Jerry, I’ve been there, done that. I was in a flood in college that flash flooded where I lived twice in about 12 hours. The first time was direct rain–we had about 10 inches in a couple of hours and the drainage couldn’t handle it. It cleared after a couple of hours. We spent most of the night sweeping water, mopping, and wet-vacuuming carpet. All the ground level windows were open to let air in and help dry everything… early the next morning, the water rose again across the entire campus. The valley was flooded from the drainage in the overall area. This time the water was dirty, muddy, and full of trash. And of course, because of the open windows everything was inside as well. I almost fell in a manhole that had water pressure pushing up on the lid. It flipped when I touched the edge and I dropped in all the way up one leg. Fortunately, the other leg was still on solid ground.

  158. Jerry in FL, the best comment I can think of on your “there goes the neighborhood” would be to post the A&J Sunday strip that showed all Janis’ flowers blooming where the rain carried them.

  159. emb, I like it because of what it says to me, too. That even if things don’t go as you plan, good things can come of your actions, and even more widely spread than you intended. “it’s a Wonderful Life” in a few panels. That’s excellently done, Jimmy!

  160. I just got home and I’m overwhelmed. I try to add a little subtle and thoughtful humor and I sometimes wonder if I’m doing the right thing. I appreciate your comments. Please ignore it if I occasionally get too serious and I will try to ignore the occasional foray into the briar patch.

  161. Jerry, I laughed at your clever remark “there goes the neighborhood” and have appreciated all the responses. We’re a funny bunch here in the Village.

    David in Austin, what an awful experience you and the others had in the flash flood! I’m so glad you weren’t hurt by the manhole cover coming off. No flooding stories from my quiet life in NH … I’ve seen rushing high waters but never got mixed up with them, and my house is high up.

    Enjoyed a pleasant Mothers Day, hot and sunny. Some of the seven children phoned, sent cards, posted nice messages and photos on Facebook. Two of my grandsons phoned from Prospect Park in Brooklyn — a nice surprise! A birthday for another grandson sent me driving over for family gathering — cake and ice cream. Driving home after dark, on the Interstate, not so much fun. I made it OK.

  162. Probably. I’m sometimes kinda slow. emb

    Charlotte. You’ve had a princess named after you. Neat. Prospect Park is a good place.

    Your phone calls remind me of a Mothers’ Day New Yorker cover, probably more than 4YA, since I seem to remember wife enjoying it. At first looks like a decent copy of Whistler’s Mother, but she’s glaring at the phone on the small table beside her. I kept it, and might even find it some day. Our kids sometimes called.

    I understand Fathers’ Day used to hold the record for the day when the most collect calls were made.

    Peace, emb

  163. You’re not slow. I try to put something in half a line while others have a problem doing that. Consider it sarcasm, although I like to think of it as a gentle hint.

  164. Well, for those who did write and ask I come back, here is a brief return, my column from today’s Duckworks Magazine on the internet. Please skip it if you are not interested, of course. I have approximately 30,000 readers worldwide who do and write fan letters. There is a book deal pending on the autobiography, should I decide to write it. Not bad for a troll, in my opinion.

    I won’t be back for awhile and will be busy having a life, not too subtle a one I might add!

    “Sometimes When We Leave the Shore”

    Love, Jackie Monies

  165. Good morning Villagers….

    Depression hit me hard yesterday…stayed in bed all day. BUT today is new day. Need to shake it off. Had a terrible anxiety attack yesterday. All because of Mother’s Day. I never called my mother…she and I are not getting along right now. Need to reach out to her.

    Jackie, I wish you well in your travels, and please don’t be a stranger here. You are an inspiration to me. I admire your determination and willfulness….and your zest for life. Maybe sometime we can meet in real life.

    Ya’ll have a blessed day

    GR 😉

  166. Debbe, I’m sorry yesterday was a rough one for you, and glad you have ideas on why it was so. Hugs and prayers for you. Someone once told me, “If you can’t do something, do the next best thing.” Sometimes keeping that thought in mind has helped me.

  167. emb
    Much needed rain here. Best kind – nice and slow.

    Also did the “walk across the Mississippi without getting feet wet.”
    Did NOT get feet wet.

    Safe trip Jackie

  168. I just got home from my orchestra’s performance of a children’s concert. We had a nice program, over 300 people in the audience, over half of them kids. I got to narrate Peter & the Wolf, which was a hoot since we didn’t get the narrator’s copy until last Tuesday’s rehearsal. But it all went over well and the kids obviously loved it.

  169. Dear emb, yes, I was very pleased to see the new little princess with my name. Also, I have a granddaughter named Elizabeth Charlotte. I was pleased with this choice, as well!

    Dear Debbe, sending hugs and wishes for you to feel better. Happy dreams to you especially!

  170. Trucker Ron, the concert sounds terrific. Wish I could have heard you doing Peter and the Wolf! Please tell me about your orchestra — how many players, are they experts at their instruments, how often are rehearsals?

  171. The Nebo Philharmonic is a volunteer orchestra in the southern half of Utah County. We practice in the Salem (Utah) Civic Center on Tuesday nights. We’re doing OK on strings except for the bass viols; the woodwinds have the full complement of players (plus me on 3rd clarinet and bass clarinet, I also transpose and cover the 2nd bassoon on bass clarinet when needed); we’re a bit short on brass and percussion right now. We currently total 40 players.

    Our players range in age from junior high to long past retirement. We older players vary a bit in our expertise… some of us need just a run-through before playing in concert, others need to practice much more… I’ve found that doing all those arpeggios in high school has really paid off!

    Up in Provo they have a paid orchestra supported by the city, up in Alpine they have an all-volunteer orchestra supported by a nonprofit group. We’ve just received our nonprofit status and are organizing a board and seeking funding from the state’s arts council and local businesses.

    It takes about $8,000 a year to run an orchestra like ours (only the conductor is paid a stipend, the rest goes for music, venues, advertising, and insurance).

  172. Debbe 😉 I’m sorry you had a bad day yesterday, hon. Having had more of them in the past year and a half than I’d had in my previous life, I can understand how you felt. Prayers and hugs.

  173. Ghost and Debbe, depression is always a crooked path; when you’re walking it, you can never see the end. It’s been a part of my life since childhood. Sometimes, I think those of us who have dealt with it for decades are the lucky ones. We have a chance to develop and learn a lot of coping skills. My thoughts are with you on the path you’re walking.

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