Warning: Manure Subject Matter

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There’s an old Harry Truman joke. (What other kind would there be!?) The press had followed Pres. Truman to his home in Independence, Missouri, where he was holding court in his rose garden. He was telling the mob of reporters the secret to growing his prize roses: plenty of manure! They couldn’t get enough of Truman’s down-home outspokenness; they were encouraging him, and this inspired him further, and so it went. Listening nervously, a young press aide to the president sidled up to the first lady, Bess Truman, and suggested, “Mrs. Truman, don’t you think it would sound better for the newspapers if we encouraged the president to use the word ‘compost’ instead of ‘manure’?” Bess looked at the young man and replied, “Do you know how long it took me to get him to say ‘manure’?” Of course, everyone here has heard that one.

162 responses to “Warning: Manure Subject Matter”

  1. Well, in French the more guttural term would be “Merde!” That was also purportedly the response of the commander of the Old Guard at Waterloo when they were covering Napoleon’s escape route as a rearguard and were told to surrender. Certainly got right to the point.

    Later on, another account had it that the response rendered in English was “The Guard dies, but it does not surrender!” Boy, those French sure pack a lot of meaning into that one word… :O

  2. Yes, I’ve heard it and I still enjoy hearing it. And if anyone else enjoys Harry Truman , read “Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure : The True Story of a Great American Road Trip” by Matthew Algeo.

  3. Thank you, Mary in Ohio, for the book recommendation. I would enjoy reading about Harry Truman. He seems like he was such an original.

  4. Well, so much for projects – fussy kitty insisted on napping in my lap. Taking a wild guess here, but seeing me feed, scritch, and generally fawn over the outside kitties the past few days probably has something to do with it. πŸ™‚

    I am getting moved back to the first store I managed. Not the really big one with fuel -yet. (Although that might happen sooner rather than later, if things continue as they are.) My assistant is devastated. She does not deal well with change. The ladies at the bank have all sworn to swat my boss the next time he comes in. (Not all the stores bank at the same location.) I have to admit, I will miss getting the “wave” or applause when I walk in – it’s a slow branch. πŸ™‚

    Not sure how I feel about it yet. There hasn’t been any real leadership over there since I left. Not that I am bragging – the person who replaced me was … well… unscrupulous. The two that followed were tossed in without adequate training. Luckily for me, I started with “the worst boss ever.” Her people skills were awful, but she knew her job inside and out, backwards and forwards, and any direction inbetween. She demanded quality work of herself and everyone else. I am grateful for her insistence on understanding the mechanics of the job, and I thank her for those skills on a regular basis. I am going to need them.

    To further rattle my universe, my best friend found out she has uterine cancer. Thankfully caught at the earliest stage, the doctor expects a full remission after treatment. She goes in for surgery on my birthday. I normally don’t make wishes on my birthday – I am making an exception this year.

  5. Evan, just by coincidence I read about that quote in a book I was just reading about Patton. The footnote provided the interpretation. The response had been considered as an answer to the German demand to surrender. They settled on “nuts”.

  6. Galliglo:

    β€œYou are a scientist, and those of the scientific nature usually do not β€œembroider”. Neither do mathematicians. It is usually we who lean toward the various β€œliberal arts” that have to be more careful!” As scientists go, I am adequate: deeply committed to scientific integrity, but not responsible for any major advances/insights. I also consider the sciences, properly taught, as essential to a liberal arts education, and am deeply committed to the lib arts in general, and to several subjects in particular [e.g., G&S].

    I can embroider with the best of them, but not like some pathologic scientists I have known, and others I know of [e.g., some who have testified on the effects of tobacco use in the past]. We had two, over the years. The first a borderline personality that eventually sought success elsewhere, and the second a charlatan who resigned to enter the private sector in the snake oil business.

    Peace, emb

  7. Mindy: Gosh, too many life changes all at once! I know that you will be able to handle the transfer. Obviously “corporate” thinks well of your being able to get that store back on track.

    And… I shall be saying prayers for your friend. Thankfully, if one “has” to have cancer, that type has a high rate of cure. I had the same type, and I am still going strong 40+ years later!

  8. Thank you for your kind words in the previous thread, Denise. All of you who are recuperating from surgery, injury, loss of loved ones, continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. There seems to be an epidemic of troubles among people I know (in my workplace and community) in recent weeks. Going by the old adage, “when it rains, it pours,” I’m hoping these April showers will soon bring May flowers!

  9. I’ve learned…. That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of
    an elderly person. AR

    Old is 15 year older than YOU are.

    I should have demonstrated the degree with 70*

  10. Good morning Villagers…..

    I pray all our Southern friends are in not harm’s way of the storms crossing the south. They say 16 tornadoes touched down in TX. And one in Florida (can’t recall the name of the city).

    Indy Mindy, go get ’em. With your determination, skills, and customer service skills, I have no doubt you will have that store back in the same shape you left it. Life’s daily challenges, what would we do without them…..

    Nodak…no truer ink has been put on paper….thanks.

    Yesterday, and higher ranking personnel from The Corp came by to see why our egg shells are thin and the hens are ‘attacking’ the eggs and eating them. I had a couple of dead in the wagon and one was still a little ‘fresh’. Hmmm…he said, then he asked if I had a cage where I put hens who are down and are put in there for recovery….I grinned, yes, I said. I pulled one Miss Prissy out, and he felt around her rib cage. He gave me a lesson in chicken biology 101. There were knots on her rib cage indicating a calcium deficiency. The next one I pulled out had the same….he told me I probably saved their lives….I just beamed. Before he left, I found one poor old hen who had just died, she was still warm….I took her to him. He felt around her, her wing broke, then he snapped her legs….guys, it sounded like a twig snapping. So they’ve increased Vitamin D-3 in their water and are continuing with a special mix of feed. While I was standing there holding one of my hens and talking to him, I found myself ‘petting’ the hen under her wing…I told him they like to be petted there…he told me “they’re like babies, aren’t they?” Made my day.

    And yes, GR πŸ˜‰ it does bring back memories….

    Ya’ll have a safe, blessed day.

  11. Today’s strip about Arlo not being affected by strong past feelings reminds me of a joke from quite a few years ago:

    Another reason why it’s great to be a guy: one mood, all the time.

  12. Mindy, your tale of what you learned from your former boss reminded me that we learn something from each person we meet. Your employees will remember all the good things which you pass along from your former boss plus all the people skills you possess. Good luck on the new store, for it IS new…just as you can’t step in the same river twice, you can’t manage the same store twice. And your friend is in my prayers. I hope all your wishes come true!

    Debbe, if I follow you, the eggshells are thin because of the calcium deficiency; and the hens, under the stress of the deficiency, are attacking the eggs for their nutritional value. Is that right?

    Jerry, hope the skies above your head have been only friendy during the last round of bad weather.

  13. Didn’t Arlo once say something to the effect that lugging bags of cow guano around for Janis on the weekend was like a busman’s holiday?

  14. The rain at the moment is going north and south of me although it appears to have rained a lot earlier. We’ve had almost no wind and very little lightning. I haven’t heard about the tornado in Florida although I saw an image on the radar last night that made me warn the household to take cover on a moment’s notice. A skeptical look from Cilla was about the only response. I can do a Rodney Dangerfield impression, but I do not look like him.

  15. Debbe
    We always had calcium mixed in the feed, especially when the birds got older.
    And since they were not caged birds they had free choice crushed oyster shells.
    They still attacked any broken eggs.

  16. Wives can be very honest about their husbands.

    There is an old joke about former Purdue Football Coach, Joe Tiller. Tiller took the team to a taping of the Tonight Show and Jay Leno joked that Tiller, who was follicle challenged, was not only coaching the Boilermakers on New Year’s Day but was out there filming a Rogaine commercial.

    Afterwards, Joe complained to his wife that Leno was being rather unfair with him. She told him to relax β€œHe could have said that you were filming a Viagra commercial”

  17. If building egg shells is anything like building bones, Old Bear, the hens also need a little magnesium. I know, because I’ve got osteoporosis, and my daily pills include both Calcium with D and magnesium.

  18. sideburns

    There were other micro nutrients in the feed also – just like a multi-vitamin plus
    Just like soil needs a balanced Ph to use nutrients efficiently so does the body.

  19. An email from a colleague in the math dept., + my reply. Slightly edited.
    Friend, No, I hadn’t, and it’s a nasty designed to separate us art critics from hoi polloi. I’m going to send this to two blind copy groups that you may be in. Thanks, emb

    From: friend F, April 17, 2015 To: emb Subj.: Literary headline

    Hello, emb. That phrase “Kain is now Able” that you sent out the other day reminded me of a caption to a photograph. It was printed in an LA newspaper in the early β€˜60s, when Aristotle Onassis, looking to buy a house around there, was shown the home of Buster Keaton. A photographer was there to record the occasion and the caption in the paper the next day read “Aristotle Contemplating the Home of Buster.” No doubt you’ve heard this one.
    Peace, emb

  20. OK, here’s one I guess for emb or somebody. I had a dead dove on the driveway, put it in a corner of the yard to bury, forgot it and the next morning it was gone, who would have eaten it? a barred owl, a raccoon, a loose cat? I don’t think a buzzard would have come down because it’s thick with trees.. …. … just got 4 & 3/10″ inch rain in two hours, total almost ten inches in a week, my wife would have been so happy

  21. John: Scavengers: ‘barred owl, a raccoon, a loose cat?’

    I don’t know if owls scavenge. Pariah dog, red or grey fox, opossum, coyote, striped skunk, spotted skunk [if you have them]. If it happened in daylight before you got up, we’d have to add grey and fox squirrel, crow. Guess we will never know.

    Peace, emb

  22. calcium in chicken feed reminds how I used to see dog poop that had turned white because people used to give their dogs a lot more bones, Sarah Silverman had even done a very moving touching song in her TV series, “Whatever Happened to the White Dog Poop of the 70’s”

  23. Gal – That is good to hear. I will pass it along to her was well. After the initial shock, she seems to be in good spirits. We had dinner tonight, food as okay, but conversation was limited because there were no soft surfaces to reduce sound! In a small restaurant full of little league teams, it stayed loud.

    Debbe – Challenging is the word. Glad I no longer feel the need to act sane. πŸ™‚

    Denise – I remember reading an article about embracing lessons from tough bosses. And hey, with the internet, I found it. http://www.proassisting.com/ee/index.php/blog/comments/work-for-a-tough-boss
    My old boss is the first to admit her people skills are lacking, but her accounting/business skill are spot on. My company is in a huge “qualified employee” deficit, losing her was a huge loss. My boss will likely be on sick leave soon, it is going to get worse before it gets better. I am a born diplomat, but it’s what I learned from her that has helped me more.

    Jerry – Why I love cats; they keep me humble.

    emb – πŸ™‚

  24. Good morning Villagers……

    Old Bear…like that adage….stupid is as stupid does (what movie did that come from?)

    Denise, you’re right….I have ‘conditioned’ three cages of birds to attack an egg when I hold it in front of them….you should see them, sometimes they miss and hit my ‘wittle’ fingers. But once they break the egg, and the yolk and shell fall into the feeding trough, it is a frenzy. I don’t tease them, I usually do this once or twice a day to all three cages.

    They do have a special blend of feed that contains oyster shells and some other ingredient with the initials PAP….must research that one. I have cleared another cage for ICU, next to the other once. I don’t like more than three in my recovery cages. You should see me, I will lift them up to get a drink from the water nipple if they are down. Gosh, I love my job.

    The last of the hens arrived yesterday afternoon. Ian had to spend most of the day counting hens in cages…..boring. I had to do that when we got our ‘brood’….almost went insane.

    Ya’ll have a blessed day…..rain coming in tomorrow.

  25. Jerry, I think it was Ruth, but have you checked out the comic strip “Breaking Cat News”? There is a cat named Elvis….I think you would enjoy it.

  26. Good morning Debbe, been busy working, not much for me to comment on either. Thanks for thinking of me. Hope you have a Saturday off today.

  27. Old Bear on 18 Apr 2015 at 1:15 am #

    We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain to remain stupid.
    Ben Franklin.
    Gonna add that to my quotes file. Won’t comment further.

    sideburns on 18 Apr 2015 at 2:27 am #

    John, it’s very likely that ants and other scavenging insects did away with what was left of that dove.
    Somewhere else, where a bigger scavenger seems to have taken the whole bird. Ants typically leave bones, feathers, and the stones in a dove’s gizzard. That’s how we learned that some dinosaurs used gizzard stones.

    Peace, emb

  28. That sounds like ants prepped the dinosaur. I believe ants showed up sometime in the Cretaceous, so may have helped finish off a dead dinosaur, but other predatory and scavenging critters or physical factors [floods, volcanic ash, disease] may have killed the beast or scavenged the beast.

    [If dinosaurs were considered beasts, they were created, along with us, both sexes, on the first Friday. Birds, which silly paleontologists think are descended from small theropod dinosaurs, were created on the first Thursday. Gen. 1:20-28.]

    Peace, emb

  29. Mindy, thank you for the links!

    That’s a heck of a lot of rain, John! Does it percolate through your soil or run off?

    Old Bear, that Franklin quote is going in my commonplace book. I wish Franklin had his own Boswell…we would have even more surviving wisdom than we do.

    Debbe, my vet told me that birds are biologically engineered to not show signs of illness until they are extremely ill, often near death. At that point, the prognosis is usually very poor. That is why so many vets prefer not to treat birds. This makes your ability to nurse them successfully all the more amazing. (Birds also do not respond well to anasthesics, since their response to it is difficult to monitor and judge; hence anasthetic often kills them. As she put it, it’s often unfortunately a case of “A little more anasthetic…a little more..uh-oh.”)

  30. Saw a great bird show on the way home from grocery shopping just now – two mockingbirds harassing a small hawk (probably red-shouldered) who did not let them deter him/her from snagging a squirrel from the road where it had been hit by a car. Glad the traffic was light or the hawk might have been a victim too.

  31. What happens to dead birds and “critters” … I have left them out in the yard and in the morning they are gone. I believe that nocturnal animals scarf them up: possums, skunks, possibly raccoons. Insects will “take care” of them, but it would take longer than overnight!

    Ruth Anne, your story is a good one and very dramatic!

    Denise, that’s interesting about sick birds … I did not know that. Will try to keep it in my memory.

  32. Fossils are appearing to show that some dinosaurs, including t-rex, were covered with feathers. Possibly someone got their days mixed up. πŸ™‚

  33. My car, which is a 1972, was made with a 1971 trunk lid and I have found that this is not uncommon with that model. They fit so they used up the leftovers. Maybe some dinosaurs were made early on Friday with some parts left over from Thursday.

  34. Ruth Anne: Will email your sighting to blind-copy biology group. Thanks.

    Jerry: Nice twists on Genesis 1. Some believe one could roast eternally for that. I fear neither for your salvation nor mine.

    Peace, emb

  35. Charlotte, I’ve had a number of canaries since childhood, and they’ve seemed to be a remarkably healthy lot. But one did develop a tumor which would have caused her suffering, so I chose to seek surgery for her. That’s how I learned how difficult it can be to anesthetise birds. That’s also when I learned that unless one of the birds had been extremely ill, I probably wouldn’t have known by behavior alone.

  36. It has been such a beautiful day! Birds are busy making nests and warning others to stay out of their territory… Leaves are coming out on trees and bushes… Flowers starting to bloom… I love spring!

  37. Galliglo, glad it was such nice weather there. Ohio must be somewhat ahead of NH — no leaves here, but they soon will sprout. My especial feeling is that the house is warmer and I can walk out the door without putting on jacket, hat, and gloves — it’s so liberating! I am happy to see birds and hear their songs. My daughter saw and heard Cedar Waxwings yesterday, in trees like ornamental crabapples, eating the fruit left on the branches. This near her workplace in NH’s largest city! I don’t see Waxwings often, but Marge knows that I am very fond of them and the distinctive chirping the flock makes in the tree.

    Denise in Michigan, how nice that you have Canaries! I am very fond of them, too, tho haven’t had one for years. We had one when I was a little girl, Mickey was her name, and we grew up together, for my parents were given the bird about the time I was born. She had been “raised by hand” they always told me, and was as tame as could be. She would hop around the breakfast table, picking up crumbs and grains of sugar. She lived to be about ten years old, the dear little thing. How many do you have, and how old are they?

  38. and a little more rain today, it runs off in the ditches to a creek but the yard is soppy for days. I just turned 57 on income tax day and still I swear I heard the loudest thunder (oh wait, didn’t Arlo say we hear the lightning or something?) in my life, it had to have been next door, I have a huge hunk of hackberry that waterlogged and rotted itself off the tree. … I’m going with barred owl, because there was nothing left and I haven’t seen a raccoon lately.

  39. man, what’s the matter with me? when I had that cute little hospice gal for the day to drive me to my cornea appointments and errands, I should have had her bathe me.

  40. Barred owls scavenge? I don’t know. Many mammals would have carried a dove off to consume elsewhere.

    There’s a logic to that, which works even without logic or plan. Some other might have noticed the dove and be headed back to get. If you move it some distance, you maybe can eat it. Natural selection selects for habits that work.

    There are lots of mostly nocturnal mammals we rarely see. I’ve never seen a bobcat, but expect many have seen me.

    Peace, emb

  41. Jerry in FL, that was also Bama. In his prime, he weighed around 16 pounds and none was fat. I miss him a lot.
    And yes, spring has sprung, the flowers riz, and my sunshine must be where yours is! We must be going to have one heck of a crop of May flowers with all these April showers.

  42. Elvis is about 18 or 19 lbs and, if he wants to be dead weight, he must weigh about 40. He can easily reach all of the door handles and has been known to get himself into and out of rooms. I’ve been thinking about doing a post on where to bury pets. Hopefully I (and they) have a few years to decide. Some may think it ridiculous to spend time thinking about this, but pet lovers will understand. We have previously discussed the coon dog cemetery which is a real, amazing place. Think about this and maybe we will discuss it tomorrow.

  43. I believe I will amuse my MBH tomorrow by casually mentioning that her date or birth is rather closer to the Civil War than it is to the current date!
    Won’t she be pleased?!

    There are some of us in this group who fall into the same category, I’m aware.

  44. Charlotte, Mickey sounds like she was a little sweetheart! Canaries do have a love of sweets and grains; mine also enjoyed all non-citrus fruits and most veggies. When they heard me chopping or peeling in the kitchen, they would peep imperiously until they got a nibbly bit. I usually kept two at a time, but right now, have no canaries. I recently lost two in quick succession, and it hit me kind of hard. I do miss them so much; when the sun breaks through the clouds and shines in the window, I still pause to listen for the burst of song that doesn’t come.

  45. Good morning Villagers….

    Denise…your post touched my heart…listening for the burst of song that doesn’t come. Maybe someday you’ll get a couple of canaries to get that burst of song. I hope you do, as it lifted your heart.

    Yesterday morning as I stepped out on the front deck at work, the roosters were crowing….then a second of pause, and the hens started cooing….that is a burst of song to me and I smile every time I hear it….and I stood there for awhile….I let the cocks crow more than three times though.

    Yesterday, I had to run down to the #1 hen house to get a couple of auger steel pullers (I had a stuck auger). Sprayed my pants and shoes with Lysol and dipped my shoes in the foot bath before I went into the hen house. The first thing I saw was a ‘pile of white feathers’…the ‘depopulated’ roosters…The Boss wouldn’t let Andrew take them home in the country for fear of this Avian virus. So, he had to ‘Co2’ them…some 25…and in a cage, still alive, were about another 20 some. So, Andrew and I decided the neighbor down the road from me (he has a small wooden chicken barn) would benefit from the remainder. Old Bill was delighted. You should have seen those roosters run loose in that building…plus it has a caged outside ‘playground’. Now all we have to do is supply him with feed. I just love happy endings…of course we all know they will wind up being a Sunday dinner someday.

    Jerry….the FL panhandle does not look good right now………we are having heavy rain now.

    Been educating myself on poultry sites this morning regarding vitamin D3 and calcium. There are ‘layers’ of information out there (pun intended).

    And, GR πŸ˜‰ still working on your work project….been vewwy, vewwy quiet this week πŸ™‚

    Steve, that was an awesome picture….and the daughter seems to have taken a different outlook on the ones who didn’t get to come home.

    Miss Charlote….sat here early am, as the sun was rising and the windows were open, enjoying the sounds of the ‘early birds’….a good way to start the day.


  46. Denise…reread your post about “pleased is not the word that comes to mind”….I’m thinking: “and the fight began πŸ™‚

    Just kidding cxp……

  47. Yeah, I know the feeling Indy Mindy….a few days ago on TDS, someone mentioned the eyes of a chicken looking evil…went in the next day, starred at the eyes of more than one hen, and there’s nothing evil in them…just four corners of a cage πŸ™

    Jerry…thought you’d enjoy this (and Ruth Anne, it was you who brought up this strip, right?)


  48. Debbe, I like the cartoon and especially its different artistic style. The cat named Elvis is a bonus. I think that he has been under the bed all morning. Not because of the thunder you understand.

  49. Yes, Debbe, I brought it up recently. I just wish I could remember where I was introduced to it – I thought it was here in the Village. If so, thanks whoever you were!

  50. Jerry – About burying our fuzzy loved ones: I decided a long time ago where I would bury Blacklight. Several years ago, I had another cat, Patchwork, that had to live with a friend because of Blacklight’s insistence on being an only kitty. When he died, they buried him behind their house – and ended up moving because of health issues less than a year later. I know where he is, but cannot visit him without looking strange. Blacklight, when the time comes (a LONG time from now, kitty!), will be buried in a place where I will always have access.

    Access to lost loved ones (human or otherwise), is a topic I am quite interested in pursuing. I haven’t proved it definitively yet, but I believe a great-great uncle on my maternal grandmother’s side is buried on the original family homestead – still standimg, but no longer in the family. He was a little more than two when he died, and no one even knew he existed until I happened to closely examine the birth/death page of the family bible. I have not unearthed any record of his birth, life, or death beyond that single, free-floating page. [The bible is in deplorable condition. The ease in which that most important of pages could have been lost forever makes me queasy. Someone, I forget who, found it in a stack of papers destined for the trash.] Fortunately, my relatives were Catholic, and I hope the archdiocese in Fort Wayne will have some other record of him.

  51. emb- Thinking about yesterday’s birds, it occurred to me that the hawk might have been retrieving a squirrel that it had already caught once and dropped.

  52. I have some granite set aside for headstones for the cats, but I’m thinking that the property will eventually change hands and there you go. On the other hand, the back part of our new property will stay naturally wooded so I can bury them there and I will know where they are. I think that they would like that. Even the next owners and anyone in the future will probably not bother them. When you think about your own burial look at the oldest cemetery in your area and what condition it’s in. What will be there 100-200 years from now or longer? It must be the talk of dinosaurs that led me here.

  53. Debbe, I like watching butterflies in the spring.

    Mindy from Indy, the further back you go, the scarcer the resources. But you never know. Was there a family cemetery on that homesite, or just the one burial? Alabama maintained a mortality record which listed deaths and causes, even in pre-civil war days. Maybe you could find something like that. If you want to give a name, I could run it online and see what comes up, like I did with Jackie’s mystery man who died in their house. Good luck with your searches.

  54. c x-p: “Won’t she be pleased?” etc. I’ve been there since 1993. That’s why they call us elders, and should pay attn. to our wisdom. But, they call us geezers, thus feeling they need not pay us attn. Fine with me.

    Near the restless end of a class, I’ve occasionally said,”Let me cast a few more pearls.” Most had no idea.

    Peace, emb

  55. I’ve trained some great young people. I also trained some that I had to report “They don’t know anything. They don’t want to know anything. I don’t think that they want to be here.”

  56. eMb: What do you mean “us”? [I’m not yet there.] BTW, my MBH, although holding a kitchen knife when I told her, did not threaten any damage.

    My sister responded “Thanks a lot.” to the mentioned fact.

    A HS classmate of the female persuasion, responding to the same message, told me “Good grief! Go back to bed!”

    Sometimes it’s fun being younger than many acquaintances.

  57. Debbie:

    Butterflies are forever only in the Hereafter, if it so pleases Elohim*. If it is as I envision it, we will also be able to visit T. rex*, Morganucodon*, the Pennsylvanian coal forests, and even 221-B. Baker St. Wife has probably already roamed 19th century Wessex*.

    Peace, emb

  58. Steve…my favorite Christian singer is Fernando Ortego…. this song was playrf as I walked down the aisle to meet my only, future husband…half way down the aisle…it’s a two way street.

    I have his “Breaking of the Dawn” CD…excellent…especially…I’ll wake ya’ll up to it in the morning

    say good night Debbe……………

  59. The 6pm (eastern time) eruption of OF was preceded by a smaller geyser to the left. Camera operator followed the one on the left before refocusing on OF. Turned on OF feed while battling my mom’s old laptop. What a mess. Took me several hours to get the machine to a point where I could get into the boot screen and initiate a restore to factory settings. There wasn’t anything on the machine I didn’t have elsewhere, so the heck with it. Back to ground zero. πŸ™‚

  60. Good morning Villagers…..

    Steve, I’ve listened to your singing links before and the one I couldn’t bring up..will go back to it later, but the second link worked. You have a God given voice…and you use it to sing praises. God bless you.

    I for got to post the one link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSl5WLnWtk0, and I don’t know if it’s from yesterday or this morning..let’s see

  61. emb – No, I had just gone back through posts to find the link again. And eruptions were great. Opened the feed on my computer during one of the many reboots on the other laptop. Found myself thinking OF hurried up its eruption because another was stealing it’s thunder. πŸ™‚ I was actually a bit surprised to watch two so close together erupt back to back. Nifty.

  62. Steve…don’t know why it posted the same link twice. But Ortega’s “Lord of Eternity” is my favorite of his…it’s has if the words were from me to Him.

    Wow, what a way to start a day….

    Ya’ll have a blessed day.

    Gal…have you heard anything from Jackie on Facebook? I miss her postings….and GR’s too.
    Just where is that Ghost?

    Indy Mindy…you sound like my son….everybody brings their “toys” over to him to fix. I told him he should start charging them. Me, I have to holler “Ian” come fix this computer πŸ™‚


  63. Debbe:

    I thought that I clicked “copy” on the other link (Give Me Jesus) and I guess I didn’t. So it pasted the link from my previous post. Operator Error.

    If you scroll through my you tube videos, you will see one from a 1975 Homestead High School basketball game. That was my senior year. Homestead won the Class 4A state title this year, but frankly the community is so different these days, I could’t cheer for them. There were a lot of snobs in HS when I attended, but now it is just out of hand.

  64. Thank you, Debbe! That did my heart good to hear.

    emb, when you said that about pearls, had no one ever “oinked” in response? Shame on them! One of my favorite things to say in times of adversity is about pearls: “Before there can be a pearl, there has to be grit in the oyster.”

    Your first day at the store is certainly starting with a bang, Mindy. For me, call offs always felt like the worst, especially with a small staff. For any other type of problem, I knew I could always, with persistence, beat its furry little head down. But with a short staff… I used to tell my booksellers that I was the bones of the store, in that I held everything up and together; but they were the muscle, and without the muscle to make the store really work, we had nothing.

    In today’s real-time strip, Jimmy, Arlo has me wondering if he has his own local fan club, kind of like the guy with the hedge pruners who is always around when Janis is on her walk.

  65. man I hate it when I scribble a note to myself on the way to work and later when I look at it have no idea what I wrote, it’s rarely about work, it’s usually something to take care of at home

  66. Mindy: As I understand it, most YNP geyser chambers are connected to one another horizontally, thus affecting their eruption times. OF and other ‘regular’ geysers have no such connections downstairs. The connected ones go off irregularly, the isolated ones more predictably. I think that’s it. Still no new prediction.

    Denise: 1. I only said that on rare occasions when they were real noisy [= rude].

    2. I’m guessing many of the rude ones simply didn’t get it, and that the polite ones, if they did, simply agreed with me.

    3. You may have heard [I first did in USAF], “Tell them what you are going to tell them, then tell them, and then tell them what you’ve told them.” Cannot sum up with present day [!!; I retired in ’94] large lecture sections.

    Peace, emb

  67. Debbe: The last time Jackie posted on Facebook was in February. Her last column in “Duckworks” was at the end of March, 25th I think. That column mentioned a lot of her traveling plans, the same as what she told us.

  68. Denise, I took today’s strip to mean that Arlo had been sitting there so long that he had consumed a good bit of lemonade himself. To me, it would seem to defeat the gesture he was making for Janis if he had liplocked non-spousal persons while waiting for her to arrive. Of course, that’s just me and how I run such enterprises; Your Mileage May Vary.

  69. John,

    Paul McCartney had consumed a Significant Amount of cannibis at a party in the ’60’s when suddenly, clear as day, he understood The Meaning of Life, The Universe and Everything. But he realized he was at a party and he might get distracted and forget, so he called Mal Evans, a faithful roadie, over and got a pen and some paper from him and wrote it all down, and told Mal to give it back to him the next day.

    When McCartney was finally up and about the next day and encountered Evans, the note was returned to him. McCartney realized what it was and opened it eagerly. The note read, “There are seven levels.”

    How this correlates with 42 remains to be seen, but at least you have not fumbled The Meaning of Life… or have you???

  70. Jackie commented on the passing of a friend’s dog a couple days ago on fB.

    Jackie Monies commented on this.
    Chuck Pierce added 4 new photos.
    April 18 at 4:42pm Β· Edited Β·

    Sadie Pierce 5/03-4/18/15

    Sadie came to us a 6 week old pup, and was from the beginning the sweetest dog I have ever known. She was well socialized from a young age, and never met a dog or human she did not like, especially if they would throw a stick or her Kong so that she could retrieve it. When she was 4 years old, she discovered sailing, and sailed hundreds of miles with me in our P19. She loved being on the boat, and spent many nights on it. She had a lot of friends in the small boating community, having attended at least one BOOTS and several Sail Oklahoma events.
    She stopped sailing these last couple of years when her hips got bad enough that she could no longer climb into either the cockpit seat or the vberth unassisted. She missed it tremendously. She would get excited when she saw me packing to go on a sailing trip, and would stand at the door waiting until she realized that she wasn’t going, then start howling mournfully when she heard me hooking up the boat trailer to the truck. It was tough to go without her.
    She is being cremated, and some of her ashes will be mixed with epoxy and put on the P19 under the cockpit seat in the spot where she loved to lay and observe the world around her. She will be sorely missed.

    Jackie Monies Chuck I’m so saddened by Sadie death.. To keep losing those we love gets harder and harder. Is it possible you could bring a few of her ashes a tiny bit to Sail Oklahoma so she remains with us as well? Much love.

  71. A little catching up
    Remove 1 remain from BF quote should be:
    “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”

    Denise thanks for β€œBefore there can be a pearl, there has to be grit in the oyster.”

    Anyone else have a “canary Warbler” when a kid?
    It was shaped like a canary = you put a little water in a reservoir and
    blew in its tail. Chirped like a canary bird.

    To see what cemeteries will look like in 200 years – check out those in New England
    Most there are still going strong, my parents are in one going back to late 1600s
    Others in western states are not so good – especially family plots. There are groups that
    try to find old plots and clean them up.

    In Scandinavia (and elsewhere?) after 25 years grave is reused.

  72. Glad to hear at least a little bit from Jackie. Lovely story about the dog Sadie.

    Today is VERY important here in the Boston area (really includes southern NH as well). Thousands of dedicated runners are in the Marathon, the streets are packed with spectators, and the traffic … you don’t want to think about it. And it’s cold and rainy. But spirits are high. Our beloved son-in-law’s birthday is today, and he bought tickets for the Red Sox game, a Marathon Day tradition. The first pitch was at 11 am … he and his wife and 3 grown up children planned to wake at 5 am and take the bus to Boston … I have been quite distracted with worry over this plan. I didn’t lose any sleep though and after a late breakfast I got on the computer (no Smartphone) and went to Facebook. Saw to my relief that they are all at the ballpark, Fenway Park, and Dana even posted a video of them in their seats and the grounds crew rolling the tarpaulin off the infield!

    This is all on TV I’m sure, but I’m not watching. I can read about it on the ‘Net.

    I will look for Jackie on Facebook, too.

  73. πŸ™‚

    I’ve been busy working out arrangements on an apartment in Saigon. We have friends who will rent us space if we want to move back; just temporarily. sandcastler and I both love the people and the country. Mentioning my SO, he may be missing for some while; he says the air has gotten too thick.

    I will be watching from a distance.

  74. Dear Loon, please tell Sandcastler that the air has cleared considerably (in my opinion) and the Village is back to normal. I miss his comments. Now if Ghost would waft back into the Village it would be even more normal.

  75. TIP = ‘The flirtation.’ He could take lessons from some of the Villagers. Here’s the scoop on his surname. Peace, emb

    Background: Eugene de Blaas, also known as Eugene von Blaas or Eugenio de Blaas was born on 24 July 1843 at Albano, near Rome, to Austrian parents. [Dad was also a painter.]

  76. De Blaas also has one, ‘In the water’, reminiscent of ‘September morn’, but a bit bolder, and IMO, a better painting.

    That redhead and brunette show up in others of his paintings. And the brunette is not quite sitting on the redheads hand. She probably wants the redhead to stay, to preclude escalation or scandal. Peace, emb

  77. Perspective: 32F now, supposed hi 39, but that seems unlikely. 28 tonight, snow 50-60% tonight and Tu., hi Tu. 36. Welcome to the Northland. Nap. emb

  78. Just saw OF; began a bit late – at 3:13 CDT. Camera seemed a tad jumpy with regard to showing it from a normal distance or more close-up. Thanks to eMb for the link.

  79. I have visited New England and hope to go back soon. It’s beautiful up there. Makes me wonder why they pay big money to come down here in the summer. We consider a really old home to be from around 1900-1910. To see a house from the 1700’s blows my mind and to see Benjamin Franklin’s grave. Wow. I am lucky because I know where 4 of my great grandparents are buried, side by side. My wife and I will be buried next to my parents and in an area of the cemetery where all of my grandparents, aunts and uncles and some of my cousins, on both sides of my family, are buried. See youtube, Dear Human: From your cat, for a real laugh.

  80. Is it supposedly a Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.”?


    Of course, it’s also a blessing.
    1. We have more riveting examples to share with ho-hum students;
    2. “We” are actually investigating other solar [stellar] systems.
    3. Other findings too numerous to mention.

    Don’t know precisely how the Flat Earthers* are dealing with that. Maybe it’s all an elaborate conspiracy by pretend scientists hiding in a secret retreat at the South Pole? No, there is no South Pole. Maybe …? *Now in my dictionary. Peace, emb

  81. You’ll be glad to know that the Red Sox won the game, tho it was called after seven innings because of rain. Dana posted pictures of the family smiling and having a good time, eliciting many comments from his friends and relatives.

    Jerry, how nice that you like New England and have visited, and have plans to return. The cemetery you speak of seems like a fine place to spend eternity.

  82. emb

    The earth is not flat???
    There are a lot of people (I dare not say scientists) that are making a fair
    living promoting extraterrestrials -even on “The History Channel”
    We all know it is not extraterrestrial it is ectoplasmic. πŸ˜› πŸ™‚

  83. Good morning Villagers….

    Denise…glad I could accommodate..too cold to open my windows here in the computer room, so I can’t hear the ‘early’ birds.

    Loon…do stay in touch, and good luck in Saigon (there’s a song there by Billy Joel) and tell Sandcastler, there’s always an oxygen mask πŸ™‚ Miss you both here. Your ‘hit and miss’ posts make me smile.

    Steve..will go back and check it out. Ever since they changed to Class ‘action’ basketball here in Indiana, it’s just not the same. Little school that Ian went to (43 seniors in 2007) won their state division this year.

    Yesterday afternoon was horrible. Andrew was really po’d at Ian for lack of ambition….remember now that Andrew is bi-polar, just a couple of weeks ago he told Rachael he didn’t love her and never did. Yesterday, Andrew slapped Ian across the face, knocking off his glasses. Ian mildly laughed and then the fight began…only on Andrew’s side. He hit Ian in the face, chipped a tooth and gave him a bloody nose. I am so depressed, I just stood there dumbfounded. I don’t believe violence solves anything. And I am going to talk to Andrew this morning. Right after I talk to The Boss.

    Thank you for letting me share my heartbreak with you.

    Gal…and Nodak…thanks for keeping us in tune with Jackie….keep it up

    Ghost…..come out, come out, come out where ever you are………………

    Ya’ll have a blessed day

  84. Jerry…you will need to scroll down and look to see the real “Lupin”…he looks just like my Snowee, my white cat. Today’s real time strip there is cute…cats on the counter tops πŸ™‚

    Georgia Dunn

  85. Debbe, I am so sorry you are going through such a hard place right now. You have been especially in my thoughts as I am seeing more and more articles about the avian flu that’s going around. You are in my prayers.

  86. Perspective: Today’s Composer’s Datebook. Don’t know diddly* / Copland’s opera, but look at the prices. I still see people, not impoverished, put $1 in the plate. That = a nickel when I first put a dime in, at age 6. At age 22, in ’52, my mom was aghast that we spent $10 a night at a hotel in DC.

    Peace, emb

    Tuesday, April 21

    Copland’s Hurricane for kids
    On today’s date in 1937, one of Aaron Copland’s LEAST well-known works had its premiere performance. This was an opera written for high school students, New York’s Henry Street Settlement Music School, to be exact, and entitled “The Second Hurricane.”

    In his memoirs, Copland recalled that at the time he wrote it, he was living at the Empire Hotel in Midtown Manhattan for $8.50 a week, and that he wrote the score in a studio he rented, located at what is now the site of Lincoln Center. To direct the premiere of his school opera, Copland hired a young actor-director named Orson Welles. Copland’s score also called for some adult performers as well, including one professional actor by the name of Joseph Cotton, who was paid $10 for his performance.

    “The newspapers seem to enjoy the idea that a dyed-in-the wool modernist was writing an opera for schoolchildren,” recalled Copland, “so they gave a great deal of attention to every step along the way, particularly the casting. Those kids must have gotten a kick out of seeing their names in the Times and Tribune! The idea of an opera for high school performers appealed to the press, I suppose, for the same reason it appealed to me. My motives were not all unselfish, either: the usual run of symphony audiences submitted to new music when it was played AT them, but never showed signs of really wanting it. The atmosphere had become deadening. Yet the composer must compose. A school opera seemed a good momentary solution for one composer, at any rate.”

    Music from Today’s Program:
    Aaron Copland (1900-1990):
    The Second Hurricane
    [NYC] High School of Music and Art; New York Philharmonic; Leonard Bernstein, cond.
    Sony 60560

    Additional Information:
    Copland reviews from The New York Times (including “The Second Hurricane”)

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  87. Today’s real-time strip: Jimmy is window-peeking again. The last thing I wash every evening is my husband’s cup. Only difference is that he knows my “kitchen” sounds and brings his cup in just before I dump the dishpan.

    Charlotte, hugs for your worries.

    Thank you for that link, Mark in TTown. What a miracle of the mundane!

    Hoping and praying for the best possible outcome for Andrew and Ian, Debbe. You are being strong for so many people right now…I wish for you a calm, centering peace.

    I hope all is going well, Ghost.

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