She Buys Sea Shells…

I stopped by this morning to unlock the door and turn on the lights, but I can’t stay long. I’m on the road for a couple of days. No, I am not at the beach as are Arlo and Janis in the above oldie from 2010. I wish! However, speaking of leisure, et al, I have not forgotten our discussion about the work status of our friends. In fact, I have enjoyed thinking about it and look forward to sharing my thoughts with you. That’s why I’m not going to rush into it now. In a day or two, I’ll have more time to spend on the subject. See you then! And please, try not to break anything.
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157 responses to “She Buys Sea Shells…”

  1. In my mind, 2010 doesn’t count as an oldie. I have socks that are that old! Ate my first homegrown tomatoes of the year last night. Since Facebook is best used for pictures of food and cat videos, here’s a public link to the post:

  2. Ok, sorry for all the background static (anyone still listen to AM radio?). Seems I’m no longer technically qualified to post a working link… anyway, I had the tomatoes on a BBTT. Thats a bacon, bacon, tomato & tomato sandwich.

  3. She sells seashells by the seashore;
    Some are red while others are blue.
    She sells seashells by the seashore.
    Isn’t that a silly thing to do?

    Selling shells by the sea is humorous,
    ‘Cause the shells in the sand are numerous.
    So if you plan to sell any shells by the sea,
    You aren’t going to sell many shells to me.

    She sells seashells by the seashore;
    Some are red while others are blue.
    She sells seashells by the seashore.
    Now let me put it to you:
    Isn’t that a silly thing to do?

    —Lan O’Kun, in 1958, for the great ventriloquist, Shari Lewis

  4. Thanks for leaving the door open and the lights on, Jimmy! We ‘preciate it! Safe travels!

    Symply, Holy Moses, that was a lot of surgical stuff! I had my tonsils and adenoids removed when I was four. All I remember is lots of bleeding, a sore throat, and more bleeding. Oh, and my Dad’s frustration because he kept giving me ice cubes to suck on and I would say they tasted “hot.” I finally figured out a few years ago probably why they tasted that way: he was a heavy smoker and carried each ice cube in his fingers from the kitchen to me in the living room. I think the melting ice cube picked up the taste of cigarette smoke from his fingers and therefore tasted funny to me. Anyway, Symply, thanks for sharing your experience with the surgery. All of you folks have experienced benefits from it; I’m now sure I will, too.

    Gosh darn it, David! It’s been so cold up here that I don’t even have tomato plants in the ground yet! Those tomatoes sure look good!

    Debbe, I miss Jerry and some of our regulars, too. And is Ghost off doing ghostly things?

  5. I was hoping to fly to Norfolk for my sister-in-law’s memorial on May 23rd. However yesterday I found out that I need to fly to Valencia Spain for a one day conference. Other people were backing out and I ended up being the most logical candidate. I would be back in time for the Memorial, but I told my brother that I would come back later in June when I need to be in town and I’ll spend an evening with him.

    So you can count me as “Not Retired!”

  6. Frabjous Day!!!!!! Been waiting for two years for a turn at a video conference with a judge on my VA appeal. Got a letter from the regional office today saying I am scheduled for 5 June finally. Better news. Everyone involved, Veteran Service Officer, lawyer, everyone, has been saying it would be a five hour drive one way to a strange large city. Turns out I will have a fifteen minute drive to a city I know well. I will cancel everything else for that day, pray like crazy and go make my best appearance with my VFW lawyer. Win, lose or draw this case has had a long winding road since 2005.

  7. Spent afternoon looking at homes in the historic district of Quincy, IL. Had brunch with Michele and Jack. She made fresh French toast on French bread with confectioners sugar and strawberries. Very elegant really.

    Then toured two homes for sale.

  8. YAY Ursen! Wonderful, you have waited so long. There is a light at the end of the tunnel! Rooting for you to win your case and have a good outcome. I bet you are happy, but nervous.

  9. Jackie, what are you up to now? Unpredictable is your middle name. You are having lots of fun, that’s the best thing … good for you. Just in time for Mothers Day.

  10. Janis: She cells sea cells by the sea shore.

    Janis reminds me of people I’ve seen at ball games. Instead of enjoying the action and scenery around them, they are transfixed by the small screen of imitation reality in their hands.

    I must be getting old.

  11. The house next door to Michele, Jack and Brandon. It is historic home on the primary street in historic district. The owner is college football coach and suddenly changed colleges. House on market 24 hours.

  12. Good morning Villagers…..

    We signed and signed yesterday afternoon….we closed on ‘the Homestead’. Even left with check in hand. I will be debt free. Very bittersweet ending to a long journey, especially for my younger sisters and their husbands. Lots of manual labor went into this ‘ending’.

    Steve, a one day trip to Spain is a lot of work…long ways across that ‘pond’.

    Gots to cut my nails today, don’t like all the ‘clicking’ on this keyboard. Not to mention the typos.

    …and Rick, I see that at family get togethers with sisters and nieces. Sister #4 took some last pics of ‘the Homestead’….one really nice one with sun setting and reflecting off of the pond’s surface. Told her to print and frame it.

    Just now had to switch from ‘cool’ to ‘heat’ for Dad. Put extra blanket on him.

    OMC…little Miss Fluff and Puff just dropped an empty pill ‘bubble’ at my feet, she’s ready to play fetch!!

    Just now fed and watered Dad and all the kittehs. The little ball of fluff, the Calico kitteh, is making her appearance. She’s feral like her mother, darts real fast under the sun room’s crawl space.

    ….lots to do today, think I’ll buy Dad new socks, no time to do laundry…crap, I still have laundry in dryer.

    Ya’ll have a blessed day with plenty of sunshine and a cat on your lap!

  13. “Just now fed and watered Dad and all the kittehs.” Debbe, that just tickles me!

    Jackie, are you thinking of becoming a Midwesterner?

    The Shari Lewis posts have been really enjoyable. She and Jim Henson are two of my favorite creative people.

  14. Mark: That reminds me of the very old SNL skit when the hippie gets search roughly while the two Nuns with cocaine oozing out of their suitcases go right through. I am sure security will be pretty obvious in Amsterdam and Paris. I am going to Valencia, which has a nice downtown and a beach.

    I did buy some steel toed shoes online as I don’t have time to shop. I have some boots, but they are big and I had blisters all over when I wore them last. These look like running shoes. I am a bit concerned as shoe sizes vary, but my fingers are crossed.

    Debbe, that ONE day meeting will take most of the week. I’m leaving after work on Monday and getting home about dinnertime on Thursday, provided I hit all of my connections. A colleague told me he missed his connection in Paris, but then he is not as experienced traveler as I am. My wife was like, “I wouldn’t mind missing a connection in Paris”.

  15. Steve it is likely the end of the season, but perhaps you can eat a fresh Valencia orange or two while you are there! Even though seeded, there’s no comparison to most navel oranges from the States. In my opinion, Valencia oranges are the best!

    Coincidentally, I’m told that the fruit proceeded the color name (in English) for up to 200 years. Here’s the info, to save a Google trip:

    “The citrus definitely got named first. The earliest recorded use of orange the fruit in English is from the 1300s and came to us from the Old French orenge, adapted from the Arabic n?ranj, from the Persian n?rang, from the Sanskrit n?ranga (“orange tree”). The Sanskrit word’s origin is unclear, but it might come from a Dravidian word meaning “fragrant.”

    The word’s use as a color name doesn’t crop up for another 200 years, in the early 1500s. English speakers probably didn’t have a specific name for the color until the fruit was widely available in their markets and inspired one. Before then, linguists believe people generally referred to orange as “yellow-red,” ?eolur?ad in Old English.”

    Quote courtesy “Mental Floss”

  16. Anyone else having problems with Comcast email today? After a LONG wait, one of their chat people said they will be down for several hours yet. I was wondering if this is system-wide or something more localized.

  17. Slept all afternoon courtesy of that dangerous drug benadryl that Ghost always takes, combined with big slug of cough medicine so I didn’t cough through Jack’s program. I have awful sinus drainage poring down my throat.

    Going to see daughters family doctor in a.m.

  18. A little update on the hearing I wrote about. After talking to my VFW lawyer we found out that there are actually two hearings coming up on two separate appeals, one in June and one in July. Wow I hadn’t expected both to be that close together. I won’t know until tomorrow which is which, one from 2005 or the one from 2009. All is good though, even though the early one makes the later one moot, my the lawyer says go for both anyway. Who knows what the future may bring? Believe me dealing with the VA can be the most confoozing thing one can do.

  19. ursen, glad you have it well in hand and moving forward. No woories about a blistering pace being kept, but still definite movement.

    Worries was a fatfinger typo, left in to continue the babble. And just to make HAL draw all those little squiggly lines.

  20. My girlfriend from HS days joined the Army in 1973 to get away from a bad home situation. Army doctors made things worse by treating an illness without doing required pretest for pregnancy so the fetus aborted at about 12 weeks. She left the Army with some severe psychological problems, plus several physical ones from nursing violent patients, including dissociative personality disorder from trying to cope with it all. To this day she’s not been allowed by the VA to claim any of her disabilities.

  21. Good evening Villagers…

    Fingernails are cut and I’m on a roll at 85 wpm…last time I was clocked on an old IBM Selectric typewriter… in 1974 I had to have a timed writing of ten minutes with no less than 80 wpm and no more than 10 errors…I passed it…graduating in 1973 from a business college with a business degree in “Executive Secretary”, which has graduated to “Administrative Assistant” 🙂

    Jackie, getting ready to take a couple of generic ‘Benedryl’ …allergies here in SIN can be ‘head stopping’ and worse yet the,.,.,., sneezeing..over, and over…so I take me some generic $ general benedryl…..about .!

    Personally, I liked the spelling of ‘confoozing’ and ‘woories’…there’s some ‘deep seeded’ lolcat there guys 🙂

    gooood nite ….

  22. TruckerRon I really feel for the vets who get treated like that. Sometimes I get the feeling that the system is set up specifically to discourage requests for disability. Like I said I have been grinding this out since 2005. If I didn’t have a very good Veteran’s Service Officer and a supportive and understanding wife I never would have made it. There is a saying among those working on appeals, “Delay, Deny, Wait for me to die.” Just ask those working on Agent Orange claims, if ya really wanna get depressed read an honest account of that.

  23. Debbe:

    Last pics of the Homestead.

    I hope that doesn’t mean that the Homestead is no longer in your family or that it was razed (as my mother’s birthplace was).

    If it does, you have my deepest sympathy.

  24. TruckerRon, that sounds quite like someone I met in the SCA. Wonder if it is the same person?

    ursen, hang in there and keep after them. I have heard of WWII vets who still can’t get everything they are supposed to be receiving. All of which makes me glad I didn’t end up with that kind of problems.

    My former neighbor in Alabama enlisted in the Air Force and got sent to Lackland for basic in the 1970’s. She passed enlistment physical and didn’t have any problems that she knew of. But she got sick during training and the base doctors found something strange on her chest xrays. They gave her an honorable discharge and sent her home without telling her what was wrong. Years later she began having breathing problems and civilian doctors finally diagnosed her with a rare connective tissue disorder. She ended up losing one lung entirely and going on Social Security disability and is now fighting to get military disability.

  25. Very small. I last saw Merrie in 2006, I think, when my route from Dalton GA to Helena MT took me through Clarksville on a day when she was home. She went by various names in the SCA, such as Lady Kia. And her dad was a high school band instructor; that’s how we met.

    One of the real coincidences in life happened when she was at death’s door in 2009. I forget the details of her illness/accident, but it was the same week that I had my SCA and was in hospital and out of touch with the world for several days.

  26. She introduced me to my ex-wife but I can’t blame her for that. She thought she was doing me a favor. I haven’t seen her since 1998.

  27. Wrong state for my VFW lawyer. She might want to get in contact with the local Veterans Service officer which can be found through the county. In turn the VSO can get her in touch with the VFW legal team. She might try to start with the Disabled American Veterans if the VSO is hard to work with or find.

  28. And it occurs to me that I have an additional reason now to dislike DST: I have to stay up an “additional hour” to see the night sky. I already disliked it for a variety of reasons, like the softball fields at the neighborhood park having bright lights, noisy crowds, and overflow parking making it hazardous to get out of our neighborhood.

    Methinks I’m becoming a curmudgeon… At least I was able to find Jupiter and 3 of its moons tonight as well as get a nice view of our moon.

  29. Good morning Villagers….

    …and a GM back at you Old Bear.

    Rick, thank you. We did sell the Homestead…sad to say, it was time to let go. Baby sister had thought about buying it….changed her mind. She was 11 years old when the Homestead was built and lived in, she has a lot of memories….me, I was on my way out the door to college.

    The people that bought it have a 13 year old daughter, and they have horses too….good place to be raised too..

    Need to get my right rear tire repaired, it has a slow leak…and take Dad joy riding for about an hour…..when we’re out, it’s funny…Dad will/always comment of the homes…nice pad he says. Why no one livers there..the grass isn’t cut….causing me to take my eyes off the road a bit.

    I also need to read the instructions to my new Hamilton Beach counter top oven (it’s in 4 languages). Dad’s oven does not work. this will be fine though. Bought frozen Pacific cod…wild caught the package says 🙂 …need lemon too.

    ya’ll have a blessed day with a cat on your lap kinda day too

  30. Ok a little more clarification on the hearing. There is one hearing on the issue from 2009, not the one from 2005. The lawyer and I have decided to keep it to a three way conference, and not stress me by canceling and trying for a different city where lawyer and I can be in each others presence. The 2005 he will look in to and see what black hole it dropped into, a possibility is because it is an administrative issue it may be being worked on in house. In either issue a new C&P (compensation and pension) review may not be necessary. I place the time of my claim at mid range wait, he thinks it is getting into long wait territory. Yet the VA plods onward waiting for my demise hoping that they don’t have to pay.

  31. On the train to Chicago for my daughter’s graduation. My son went to Western Michigan so he got up early and drove to Kalamazoo. He ran track & said that a women’s meet was going on. I snapped a picture of it as we rode by and texted my son. He was still in K-ZOO and said he saw our train go by. I texted back” We asked the Engineer to honk when we went by!”

  32. Brainstorming fresh ideas can be tough.

    But putting a fresh twist on a frequent joke, that is also a shared experience for much of your audience, those are delicious.

  33. That is so true Morphy. I had not read the new strip until lunch, having to go get antibiotics and be seen by a physician to insure my knee surgery goes on next Wednesday to avoid cancellation.

    Handed my phone across restaurant table laughing asking “Who else is this true for?”

  34. Oh I’m glad to read your schedule moves forward too, Jackie. I know we used to let kids go back to school after the first full day of an antibiotic course, temperature permitting. Hope four days will do for surgery? Best wishes for the right thing, whichever way that goes.

  35. Debbe:

    Watching the past fade away is always hard, and watching it be ripped away is even harder.

    At least the house will have a child in it again.

    There’s a little solace, I think.

  36. Three for the evening from a long time ago:

    I spend only half of my life worried that I might be an idiot; I spend the other half convinced of it.

    One of our main goals in life should be to earn the respect of those who are worthy of our own respect.

    Government and businesses only claim that they want students to become critical thinkers; as soon as someone shows even a faint semblance of it, he is crucified.

  37. Yes, Robert is my brother. He and his partner built it. I think it is 3/4 replica, but it may be a full size one. It has 2 seats, so they can take folks for rides or train someone to fly similar planes. It has been a while since it flew, what with life happening. It is really really cool. One day he hopes to have a place where pilots can fly to- strip, hangars, maybe cabins, maybe have WWI era parties. In the meantime he has the plane, volunteers at Golden Age of Aviation Museum in PA with all their events ( the summer calendar is PACKED) and has a part-time crop dusting job in Delaware. He’s a little busy. 🙂 But flying, so happy. Hoped some of you would enjoy the video. The camera seems a little focused on the instrument panel- maybe because last time it was flown the engine blew and he wanted to know when/details if it happened again. So far, no problems. 🙂

  38. Everyone has fallen into a dark hole. We are OK, ate pizza and listened to Michele entertain us with newspaper accounts from turn of the century about younger brother of second owner of historic home we are looking at.

    He kept having motorcycle wrecks, injuring passengers, pedestrians, car drivers, while his older brother kept having car wrecks and we think the younger one may have been driving in some wrecks. Off to WWI and we wonder if he will get assigned as a bike driver?

  39. TruckerRon:

    I don’t think that I have asked this before. If I have and have forgotten, chalk it up to too much to do, not enough time to do it all, and information overload.

    Have you driven past the information gathering facility near Provo? I have read that it is gigantic.

  40. These five bulls were emerging from the nearby watering hole when I first looked last hr. Should have posted then. They were much closer to the cam [it zooms and moves], and I was quite happy to be a thousand or so miles away, rather than on site. Every bit as dangerous as African buffalo. They are in or at the edge of a prairie dog town.

    Minn. Orch. in the BHS Aud. Wed evening. My kind of classics this time.


  41. Mark, that is exactly what I was thinking when I visualized Carl going to war, courier duty. We all thought his drivers license should be suspended with so many motorcycle accidents or the young ladies of Quincy should stop getting onto the back of his bike.

    The newspaper carried all the wreck news stories. He never was injured, just pedestrians, passengers and car drivers.

  42. Rick, I haven’t really seen it from the road. If I were in a big rig I might be able to see more than the top edges of the buildings… that’s all because it’s pretty well hidden behind a hill that runs alongside the state highway (aka Redwood Rd). The guys in this article got a good look from above, though:

    Most of us weren’t too concerned about the purpose of the facility when it was being built (before Snowden’s activities) as much as we were about the amount of water it was to use. From a local paper, since I can’t do a second URL:

    Water is essential to help cool the facility and computing components for the center, a massive digital storage hub for the NSA and other intelligence agencies.

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineer plans called for the center to use 1.7 million gallons a day. Bluffdale City Council minutes indicate that figure was later reduced to 1.2 million gallons a day.

    Remember, we’re considered a desert state…

  43. TruckerRon, the stated purpose for that server-farm monstrosity is a debate in itself. The computing power and archive of information on that scale could serve two masters with time left for coffee. I don’t have enough reliable knowledge to say for certain. I do have enough imagination to worry.

    But I am always curious how numbers and definitions are used to persuade. Humans, animals, and plants consume water by taking out of the water cycle for an extended period of time, or returning it unusable until percolating through to groundwater.

    I wonder what portion of the 5 swimming-pools a day is diverted temporarily, heated, hopefully allowed to cool and simply returned to the environment? Or is the scale so massive that this number is literally the loss portion of a volume one-hundred times larger?

    A different concern is raised if the source is from wells sunk into aquifers diverting to surface run-off.

    None of that changes the ‘situation on the ground’. I just like to understand the meaning behind the numbers before having an opinion. Water taken, horribly bad. Water borrowed maybe OK?

  44. Morphy, I’ve wondered the same thing and have looked both within the major local papers’ websites and elsewhere, but I’ve found no articles stating just where the “used” water goes. There is still plenty of farmland downhill from there so the water should be allowed to cool a bit then flow into the local rivers where there are water co-ops to put it to use in the fields.

    The only articles I could find regarding water & “server farms” tried to persuade the reader that in terms of acre-feet very little water is being used in California… but none of the articles I’ve found make it clear whether it’s culinary water being used, which would really make a difference in its effects on the local communities.

  45. TruckerRon, yeah it’s that headline level of reporting that keeps us so well informed. Sorry, I know sarcasm isn’t useful; it’s just so easy.

    Even true investigative reporting can be spun the way an editor may prefer. But at least it gives information to sink your teeth in and find answers. It is my biggest frustration with news. Not that it is slanted one way or the other, that has become the expectation; but the utter lack of real information to base my own opinion on. [or on which to base…]

    Generally, every drop of water I drink was very likely very dirty at some time in the past. But through natural percolation or industrial treatment it becomes potable. Specific to this matter, I do not see what would keep a given volume recirculating endlessly. Or if refreshing is necessary, then treatment back to an acceptable condition before releasing should work.

    But if it is allowed to evaporate and fall on Nebraska, or rendered unusable for agriculture, that is not acceptable to the local interest. And that still doesn’t start to address the relocation/reallocation of resources if it is well-sourced from deep aquifers. Or the question of magnitude: is this number total ‘used’ and retained, or portion ‘lost’ and not available.

    I like news that answers questions, I already woke up this morning with too many of my own. I’m glad you did not take this as questioning your post. Sharing concerns without answers falls under: ‘A burden shared is a burden lessened’ — someone better than me, from long ago.

  46. TruckerRon, I had a chance to look at Wikipedia’s article on the installation at Camp Williams. It quotes the larger value and references Andrew Adams on behalf of KSL: — Adams, Andrew (July 12, 2013). “New Utah NSA center requires 1.7M gallons of water daily to operate”. Retrieved 2013-07-25. [still active today]

    One third of recovered water for Bluffdale city landscaping shows some level of planned intent. Even if to my eye it reads as a bit of lip-service to hand-waving after the fact. Move along, nothing to see here. Basically worded to minimize any lingering concerns. May be similar to what you were alluding to above.

  47. I like squirrels a lot. I do. But one chewed its way into my small plastic storage shed to get to sunflower seeds, and I’m not thinking kind thoughts right now. (The seeds sre normally stored in a large, plastic, mouse-resistant container with a lid, but this last bag was larger than usual and they didn’t all fit. Of course, we thought seeds in a bag in a shed for a few days would be safe. Silly us!) Oh well…it was an old shed and would have needed to be replaced soon anyway…and it was a momma squirrel on the day before Mother’s Day…

  48. Mark, they were actually latecomers, having concentrated on other avenues of foreign intelligence. But I think they’ve shown when they put their collective mind to it, they can outclass Google/alphabet, Apple, medical, insurance, and the grocery conglomerates combined. The sheer size in terms of data held at a single location (capacity, not yet collected) I thought was unprecedented. May be wrong.

    But the topic was specific to the impact on a desert community, not all communities. And the logic of locating such a thirsty endeavor in so dry a location. I recognize silicon electronics work best in a dry environment. But the locals have a right to feel a bit put out.

  49. Nice find, Mark!
    Our typical squirrel doesn’t eat any amount like our typical “chipmunk” does. A squirrel may take a peanut or a sunflower seed or whatever, and then runs off to hide or eat same. A chipmunk loads in as many nuts/seeds as it can manage before leaving, and then comes back in less than a minute for more! The squirrels are missing out on a large part of the food provided.
    I’d prefer to feed the squirrels solely, but haven’t found any foods which the chipmunks won’t snarf up first….

  50. TR:

    I’ve read quite a bit about the power and water consumption of the intelligence-gathering facility.

    The place has me concerned – far more than Podesta allegedly giving some Russians access to Mrs. Clinton’s email files.

  51. Rick, while I do still believe the mission intent is to protect USAmericans, our allies, and other innocents abroad; I can also see the possibility of going wrong. Should I rewrite that as probability? History does not show intrusive governments changing direction without bad things happening first. I am amused and troubled when I read doublespeak statements like this one from the Wikipedia article, first paragraph under purpose:

    In response to claims that the data center would be used to illegally monitor email of U.S. citizens, in April 2013 an NSA spokesperson said, “Many unfounded allegations have been made about the planned activities of the Utah Data Center, … one of the biggest misconceptions about NSA is that we are unlawfully listening in on, or reading emails of, U.S. citizens. This is simply not the case.” — Shalal-Esa, Andrea (15 April 2013). “U.S. agency denies data center to monitor citizens’ emails”. Reuters. Retrieved 16 April 2013. [not tried today, copypasted to avoid misquoting]

    When you read that, do you question whether or not ‘listening’ and/or ‘reading’ occurs? Or whether the speaker believes it is not illegal to do so under laws current at the time? Go ahead, read it again. That’s Bill Clinton level parsing right there. Sure would feel friendlier without the ‘unlawfully’ qualifier.

  52. Mark: That ‘Wanted’ sign is a splendid [and delightful] picture of Sciurus niger rufiventer, our local [and America’s most widespread] ssp. of Fox Squirrel. Prompted me to search; found this:

    Scroll down to p. 23 of that 2007 thesis for a map of the distribution of all sspp. of Sciurus niger. For extra credit, read the whole thesis.

    Capital R is the range of S. n. rufiventer. Pelage and body size are different in other sspp. The largest fox squirrels live in SE US pine forests where body size helps them survive through seasons of food shortage. Critters lead rough lives, one of the things zoologists have to get used to.


  53. Should have added that listening and reading are specifically action verbs that presuppose a human’s direct oversight of the process. It makes no statement on wholesale collection and archiving performed by algorithm. The logic then is information would not be accessed without the appropriate writ.

    Why do I keep hearing Axle Foley saying, “Trust me! :snorting laughter:”

  54. Read book, The Puzzle Palace, by James Bamford for more insight into the activities of the NSA, No Such Agency. I found it very interesting. I also think he wrote a sequel, but I have not read that one. One of the biggest problems for the NSA is that their collection volume is much greater than any human’s ability to keep up with. Thus the focus on certain key words that direct intercepts for human reading. There is simply too much material for it all to be examined.

  55. EMB
    You asked why I would wish anyone a Happy Mother’s Day. I want to acknowledge a segment of the population that does a really challenging endeavor. Many do it alone . No partner. Every day should be mother’s day. My own mother has been dead for twenty years, but I still think of her, especially today.

  56. Lots of my friends wish others happy Mothers Day. One I know who has never married just posted the most beautiful song by Clapton and Pavarotti. I will find it and post. It is about mothers.

    And yes, happy Mothers Day. Remember your mother as I do if she is gone.

  57. Scrolled through Today’s posts in record time. Happy Mother’s Day to all. Everyone has a Mother, either imperfect or Saint. My mom was a Saint because of her imperfections. Traveling by train from Chicago to Detroit. Yesterday’s graduation was perfect, weather was 80• and we capped it with dinner on top of the Hancock building.

  58. I can’t wish my mother a Happy Mother’s Day, but I can wish all of you in the Village who are mothers a happy and fun day with your families.

  59. Mark, I’m going to laugh about your squirrel post for days! Thank you!

    cep, from the quantity of sunflower hulls she left in the shed, momma squirrel just parked herself there and ate…not much coming and going this time. I once spent an enjoyable afternoon on a second-story porch watching chipmunks strip the maple in front of me of its seeds. They took them down to their stash and probably had a good winter on them.

  60. Smigz, you’re welcome. I had seen a version of that before and when I read your post, I wanted to share it with you. Do a search for squirrel wanted poster and you will find many variations. Some are on shirts or coffee mugs.

  61. I was surprised in this day of social media that I had not heard Clapton and Pavarotti singing that. I’m a big believer that I can wish my mom a Happy Mother’s Day even though she’s been gone 33 years. I TRY to honor her every day because she will always be a part of me. I think she would have loved listening to Clapton and Pavarotti as it combined the best of 2 musical world’s singing about prayer.

  62. Steve I had not heard Holy Mother either and I love both Clapton and Pavarotti and listen to both a lot, including lots of Pavarotti duets with pop singers. I think the words are beautiful.

    My friend who posted it often surprises me with his sensitivity.

  63. Laura: Sorry, that ‘Why?’ was not a response to you.

    Wished HMD to many at BUMC this morning, also watched confirmation, which included one confirmation first, and got the straight info on an upcoming wedding of a brand new DPT, and no, the bride-to-be is not preggers.


  64. Morphy:

    Being a product of the late 60s/early 70s, an eternal student of how and why the U.S. was founded, and a philosophical adherent of the Founding Documents, I have never trusted any American government, be it local, state, or federal.

    A citizen’s highest calling is to be constantly wary of the government and jealous of his natural rights and liberties, especially when the party he prefers is in office.

    And I think that we need to be even more wary of the intelligence agencies.

  65. Anon:

    Dr. of Physical Therapy. Over the past several yr., it has become for PT students to remain in the program until they get a doctorate. Conjecture: maybe it’s so they can accept clients w/o an MD’s referral, which may in turn relate to eligibility for insurance.

    Wife [RN] asserted, over 10 yr. ago, that HIPPA, the law that governs privacy of patients / clinic, hospital, etc., was written by Big Insurance. Surprise?


  66. Rick, I think we are similar, only stumbling over shades of meaning in the words we use. Eternal vigilance is not just a good idea, it is proscribed in the writings of many people contemporary to the American Revolution. And has been echoed through our history, by those with the luxury [or necessity] to spend thought on the subject. Ironically is not quite the correct word, maybe counter-intuitively, some of the loudest voices were on the secessionist side in the 1860’s. And I would admit, if you can hold at bay some of the uglier issues of the time, they had valid points. But I’m still glad the Union re-United. We are stronger together.

    I guess that to me the starting point is trust in my government, referring to the self-correcting structure designed with providence a very long time ago. It has features that protect us from lasting damage caused by temporary officeholders. But it requires vigilance. And a willingness to do right when action is required. First step is be counted every election day, so that all views are recognized. Between those days, remind the officeholders of your opinion so that they are not deluded by the concept of ‘mandate’. I believe that has no place in a republic, and its underlying ideal of ‘with the permission of the people’. The hope is that no further action will be required beyond that.

    On your last point, intelligence is a comfortable euphemism for spy. A concept that has proven value in a hostile world, unfortunately. But note the core concept, hostile. Should we view our domestic sphere as hostile? I think that smacks of presumed guilt, and should be reviled.

  67. Me, I think many of us share similar views, if not semantics.

    Intelligence is not synonymous with intelligent but it does usually entail spying 8n my experience.

    I keep remembering my conversation with the CIA during Vietnam, “I guess you just want me to fill a paper bag with cash and leave it under a rock?”

    “Can you do that?”

  68. Jackie, hypothetically, “I can personally guarantee 40% of any cash given to me will be under that rock, precisely when you want! Trust me!”

  69. Mark, two unrelated things that will tie together. It may not be apparent in our free-society, but getting permission to publish certain items back in the time that Bamford had relevant knowledge, was not as simple as it is now. [changed easy to simple, because consequences make it not ‘easy’]

    Separately, anyone with some familiarity may have already pieced together the geography of my life. And they may wonder if I have a loose association, if not direct, with the topic. I do, though at a distance. It is part of what shapes my view of our government and its place in the world. Nothing hidden here, the relevant mission has long since been scrapped as irrelevant. In fact, it was put in the public domain by the other author mentioned by Ron. But only long after its useful life. And that is what ties these points together.

    From the day that ‘groundbreaking’ book was published, there was no longer any such thing as no such agency. And from that day, I knew this agency had become the public front to absorb the arrows, allowing some other(s) to work unnoticed. It’s the magician’s hand-waving trick played large.

  70. TruckerRon, you are right of course. And a clanger when pointed out. My mind reached for the concept ‘professed in writing’. My fingers typed ‘pro-scribed’. And HAL the spellczhecing daemon doesn’t own a thesaurus.

    I probably still would not have chosen ‘prescribed’ though. I associate it with a known solution for a known condition. Would have preferred a word that focused on the future possibilities of potential unknowns. Still drawing a blank beyond ‘professed in writing’.

  71. Jackie, no, I was a dry-sider, to the east of the Cascades, back in my heyday. No mushrooms or geoduck around my area. Found a word HAL don’t know. But weekends and downtime, when extra money hadn’t found a purpose yet, had me up in those mountains, or down to the Sound, or down-river to Portland.

    I admit a fascination with sailing, and a life near or on water, from childhood. But life has a way of going in ways if you don’t focus on one thing. So it has never been something I learned. You know the joke, on a small craft, when ‘JIBING’ is yelled; everyone gets shorter except the guy saying “Wha-” just before being knocked down, or over. That’s me, I’m that guy. [I hope I used jibing right.] Or I assume I would be. The only floating craft with a mast I’ve been on are museum pieces. Still have a ‘sailor’s flute’ somewhere, tourist junk from visiting the _Constellation_, I think, at Baltimore’s inner harbor as a child. Similar ship, her name I do not recall, is at the museum in San Francisco, name also forgotten.

  72. Meant to tie the dry-side idea back to the original point TruckerRon made about water use, and why I find it relevant, not to be dismissed out of hand. Although I must say, the taming of the Columbia [with a ‘u’ like our nation personified] made it so most of Eastern Washington has no worries. When volcanic soil sits a few thousand years or more since the retreating glaciers, it gains a lot of nutrients that are not used. Add a canal system for irrigation, and an amazing potential for agriculture is released from a ‘dead’ ground. Benefits have downsides, the river is nothing like it once was. But I did not know it then.

    Oregon has no such system, that I know, for it’s dry side. I have been in sandstorms that reduce visibility to zero. All you can do is wait it out, hoping no idiot rear ends you, while you hear the paint being stripped from from your car. Made me remember _Dune_, a movie by and starring men from the Pacific Northwest, not as riveting as the books.

  73. Hunh, went and looked at David Lynch on Wikipedia. I had based my comment on Kyle MacLachlin’s appearance recently on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show. He had said he hit it off so well with Lynch because he was also from the Northwest.

    Wiki says Mr. Lynch is not from, educated, or currently residing in The Pacific Northwest, even though he frequently sets stories there. Kyle does tend to say odd things though.

  74. Morphy, my service specialty tied in with the NSA, although I didn’t know it till I read Bamford’s book. Until then, I had no idea that the original plan had been for the NSA to do it all, but the military squawked at being cut out and caused the work to be divided up among the services.

  75. Mark, yeah, I read you as having more than a passing interest. ‘Compart-mental-ized’ in action, huh? For that very same reason, I could be way wrong with my views.

    I understood there was a time, no current info, when, if you could make the flip from uniform to suit [those used to be required] the paymaster was the same, but the check had a different payer, and the amount was heavier. Same door, same desk, same secretary, same file cabinet, different clothes, new advancement opportunities.

    I doubt the structure is as beneficial as it once was. But I gotta say, every time I hear another ‘leak’ is from an ‘outside contractor’, I wonder why someone ‘outside’ is allowed ‘inside’. Not because I want secrecy on the domestic side; I just can’t figure the security of the situation when the paymaster is different, and agreements and promises take the place of oaths and training.

    On the why or how plans change, pure conjecture on my part, on a development decades old. I had the sense that book was a permitted/planned exposé/exposure. And the world is a very different place now.

  76. Curiosity sent me back to Wikipedia on _Puzzle_Palace_. Did not even realize he had a followup book twenty-years later. Which raises the admittedly uninformed question: If the first book was such a breach of trust, how could he possibly have relevant information in the era following our total realignment of priorities?

    My unfair impression without knowledge is encapsulated in the words of the aged and wise Yogurt, “The Quest for More Money”

  77. emb, our local zoo has a lot of prairie dogs. My late Mom-in-law loved them, and they seemed to love her. We used to tease her that it was because they thought she was one of them. (She was a tiny lady.)

  78. Re-reading an earlier post, found a booboo. Some of you may have realized the error, but the less churched might have just been puzzled:

    ‘Wished HMD to many at BUMC this morning, also watched confirmation, which included one confirmation first, …’ should have read:

    ‘Wished HMD to many at BUMC this morning, also watched confirmation, which included one BAPTISM first, …’.

    Since confirmation regularly includes an affirmation of the vows taken by others at your [infant] baptism, if you’ve not been baptized as an infant, we baptize you before we confirm you. Girl in question played the title role in Annie only a few years ago, is now taller than me, carried it off well. Has lots of presence, and is generally a delight. Pastor declined to carry her around the church as pastors do w/ those in swaddling cloths, but took her by the hand and walked her down the center aisle and back up a side aisle, the one with the unique original murals. Good show, exciting day.

    Another whoops: ‘it has become USUAL for PT students to remain . . .’ Much easier to copy edit others’ work than my own.


  79. In Blue Springs, Missouri and on way home via Carriage, Missouri and a stop to see Llee. Just had delicious crab cakes and shared a fantastic pecan pie.

    Now if only we got out of bed soon enough to do sight seeing so we could report on where we’ve been.

  80. Hal has gotten downright insolent a put what he says. You have to watch him like a hawk. Yesterday I noticed he had added seven more words to s post here after I hit period and send.

  81. Evening Questions:

    If the best things in life are free, then …
    why do the next-best things cost so much?
    why don’t we all have some of the same things?
    why don’t rich people give away all of their money?
    why do I think that I would rather have all of the stuff that is on sale?
    why do I still want a Corvette?

  82. Hello Villagers and a fine day in New England(finally!) today….Fargone Celtics won last night in game 7, Symply grateful I get to se Cleveland again….took James Montgomery and his guitarist to the game(kids were all busy). Awesome game…

    For the musically inclined here is one of my faves by James (yeah Blues and harp)

    JJ as I am going out on two wheels today I wish I had read today’s entry later after I returned……

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