~~ "It's All Life, until it's Over" ~~
Kilgore Trout

~~ " In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?”" ~~
Saint Augustine

~~ “Nobody would do anything if they knew what they were in for.” ~~
"Milagro Beanfield War"

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Thursday Thirteen: "Americanisms"

Colloquial, even a bit funny.  They are some of my favorites.

1.  "Salt in the Devil's Eye!" - said as you gleefully throw a pinch of spilt salt over your left shoulder.

2. "Cat got your tongue?" - Are you speechless?  This for silent types, or kids who won't answer questions like, "Why were you so late coming in last night?"

3. "A bit long in the tooth".  This is likely from Irish horse traders but Americans use it, too.  It means that a person is a little bit , er, Agéd. It can also apply to canned food, and mysterious containers of left overs in the Fridge.

4."Go out there and Break a Leg!".  Said with a big, wide smile...This is from Theater vernacular,  and it means, "Good Luck!".  You can't say "Good luck" because you don't dare jinx a performance. Singers are sent onto stage quite another way, with "May you sing like a Pig." ringing in their ears.  Beverly Sills revealed this one. haha.. Loved that Gal!

5. Someone had their Lunch handed to them, as in they lost a race, fight, or other contest of endurance or skill. 

6."Brown as a Bear"  But some say, "Brown as a Berry", though I do not know why. I haven't ever seen a brown berry, myself.  They may exist.

7. "It's not Rocket Science."  You can say that as a "demure" for a compliment about your skill set, or to demean another poor sod who failed at some simple task.  This is an All-purpose, short, insult/or semi-complimentary thing to say.

8. "Easy as Pie"  This is kinder than the Rocket Science one, and I prefer to use it, especially with children.

9. "It's like pulling hen's teeth."  Meaning? Ok... It's really tough to downright impossible to get information out of someone.  This is true, especially since hen's have no teeth.  So, a very difficult if not impossible time having to deal with someone who does NOT want to do what you want them to do.  Like confess to, "who ate the cookies in the cookie jar?"

10. "Let sleeping dogs lay."  Just do NOT make the situation worse by asking any more questions about anything at all.  Let it be. 

11. "Bought the farm."  OK, this means that someone either "Kicked the Bucket", or they "Fell off the Twig"Either way, you will be sending a sympathy card somewhere...

Technically that is the full Thirteen but that's sort of cheating so ....Onward, into the Breach!

12. "Knock on Wood."  For Good Luck in an endeavor, or even to ward off bad luck. I've seen it used both ways...In Britain, they say, "Touch Wood'.

 This is going to be controversial.  I know I'm not the only one in the world who likes pigs, especially when they are cute and teeny squealers.  But here it is.....

13. "It's like putting lipstick on a Pig" You can't make something as ugly as a pig into something pretty with a little gloss, like slapping a layer of paint on a house just before you sell it, or on a battered up car, as this effort changes nothing.  A pig is still a pig, and a battered old car is still a jalopy.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Monday: Some Very VERY dangerous Words from a sitting president....

From the news wire:
 "“We’re going to take care of our warriors and I will always stick up for our great fighters,” Mr. Trump told a rally in Florida as he depicted the military hierarchy as part of  the "deep state" he vowed to dismantle. “People can sit there in air-conditioned offices and complain, but you know what? It doesn’t matter to me whatsoever.

Link to the Entire Article. 

These rules are in place so that when, and if, a combatant is captured alive, they are treated as prisoners and not as animals to be slaughtered.  Every officer knows this.  Every serviceman knows this.  It's a Code so that prisoners are not summarily executed.  Which is what happened to this prisoner.
Its very simple; you want your own soldiers who are taken into custody to have certain protections.

You, as an officer, have to adhere to these rules.  The Code of Conduct.  It's that simple.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Sunday Stealing: "Fill It In"

Hi! I'm your host Bev Sykes
 of the blog "Funny the World". . Welcome to Sunday Stealing. This feature originated and published on WTIT: The Blog. Here we will steal all types of questions from every corner of the blogosphere. Our promise to you is that we will work hard to find the most interesting and intelligent questions. (Past hosts include: Our first - Judd Corizan, Mr. L, Kwizgiver and
Bud)  Cheers to all of us thieves!

Stolen from Friday Fill- ins

1. Right now I'm filling in these blank spaces.

2. Hyper-vigilance is my well known quirk.

3. Are you certain that you want to know all this stuff about me?

4. Let's make a cup of tea, first, then we can eat cake!

5. That's why you came over, right?

6. Masterpiece Theater is one of my favorite tv shows ever!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to...Wait a minute!  Isn't it the weekend already?  Thought it was; so, tomorrow my plans include  washing the rest of our clothes.

8. If I could go anywhere on a road trip, I'd go to the Canadian Border, and maybe even go into Alaska.

9. The way that a human being  does not even TRY to use all of their brain's incredible cognitive abilities is something I don't understand.

10. Thanksgiving makes me think of too many bad things in history.

11. Sitting in a big, bubbling hot tub is the best way to relax!

12. It looks like Autumn is almost over.

13. Fruit is one of my favorite healthy snacks.

14. The smell of Pine trees after a rain makes me think of  the times that we have travelled all over the five western states, camping out among the pines trees. 

15. When I am feeling lazy I catch up on my sleep which is very troubled these days.

16. When I look to the left, I see a bookcase with all sorts of computer related things on it.

17. The Great Room is the only room that has a good view in my home.

18. The natural, wildlife-friendly landscaping of the back yard  was done dirt cheap!

19. Voting  is a responsibility that all qualified citizens must share.

20. If you have any thoughts about how we can make a better world for the children in this world, feel free to share it them with me.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Saturday 9: Beatles: Baby's in Black

Welcome to Saturday 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love memes, however, and here is today's meme!
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Saturday 9: Baby's in Black (1964)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.
 From our archives.

  1) Black is this week's signature color because Friday was "Black Friday," the day when retailers cut their prices and consumers flock to the stores. Did you score any "Black Friday" bargains?  
No.  We happily don't need anything.

2) Feasting and football are also popular Thanksgiving weekend pastimes. Do your Thursday-Sunday plans include pigging out or watching a game?
We had Thanksgiving dinner at a family member's house, and some of us, I among them, watched part of one game.  Then we ate a normal dinner.  I loved talking to my nieces and their friends, and other family members.  The festivities have ended. So it's "Onward to Christmas"!  

3) At Thanksgiving dinners, Crazy Sam's homemade gravy is always a hit. (Probably because she's so generous with the cognac, which gives the gravy a nutty taste.) What was particularly delicious at your Thanksgiving table?
The cranberry sauce, the stuffing and the Pie!

4) Among the biggest the Black Friday advertisers are Target, Kohl's, Macy's and Best Buy. If you could have a $100 gift card to any one of those stores, which would you choose?
Target, hands down.  They have more of what I'd want.

5) This week's song, "Baby's in Black," is about a girl who wears black because she's in mourning. Do you find that the color you're wearing reflects your mood?
No.  I look best in Black.

6) The woman who inspired this song, Astrid Kirchherr, has been friends with Paul McCartney since he and his bandmates (John Lennon, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best) met her in Hamburg back in 1960. Tell us what you believe are the components of a strong, lasting friendship.
Gentle rather than rigid (Holier than Thou?) Honesty, Humility without subservience, a sense of ironic humor, and being able to express genuine affection for animals and people.  I generally get along best with people who have these qualities and have made good friends with those who have them.  Flamboyance is ok, too.  I mean not if they strip in public or anything, but a little bit of it. heehee

7) In the early days of the Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon began writing a play but abandoned it. Do you have a novel, painting, play, song or poem that you're going to finish "someday?"
I have written song lyrics and poetry, and have many, many finished paintings in my head. Yes, it can be done.  I enjoy composing impromptu lyrics and music. None of it will ever see the light of day.  My daughter's horrible disease, and demise, just took my small connection to my Muses away.  The kids will find them - my many, little whispers from the Muses....

8) When he was 16, George Harrison dreamed of moving to Canada, Australia or Malta. In just a few years, he would visit all those places with Beatles and eventually decided there was no place like home and stayed in England (though he did also maintain a home in Hawaii). Have you ever thought about moving to another country? If so, where?
When I was young- a teen- I wanted to live in the South of France.  After I was married, my hubby and I wanted to buy a sailboat and sail to the Islands in the Pacific.  These were strong desires but things arise over which we have no control.  What is that saying, the one about Life being what happens while we are busy making plans?  That bloody, damn Vietnam war just gutted our generation.  I know a lot of people who had this happen to them.  And for what.  War, What the Hell is it good for?  Absolutely Nothing, Say it again!

9)  Random question: Finish this sentence -- If you want me to give you "yes" for an answer, the best time to approach me is Never.
  (I just don't like the sound of this; it sounds a little sneaky or something... lol)  I really hope someone else has a better answer. 

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sunday Stealing: Swap Bot

Thanks to Bev, we have this Lovely, lovely meme every week.  Yay!

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There's a Linkie there to see everyone else's offerings....

1. You can breathe underwater or be able to fly. Which one would you choose and why?
I would chose to breathe underwater,  mostly because it would be great to see that is undiscovered, and it would be so nice to escape the noisy and polluted air.  Also, though it would be fabulous to fly, everyone and their DOG has a drone, so that drones fill the lower air spaces.  Not only that, there are always the odd bat-blind huckleberry ass-hat here and there who would shoot you down, and say that they mistook you for a crane. 

2. What's your go to order at a café?
Usually I get a salad... so I'd probably get a vegetarian Cob Salad, now that every last head of Romaine has been recalled from the latest outbreak of e-coli.

3. Where do you feel the safest?
At home, snuggled up in the Lazy Boy, with the doggie snoozing in Mr.Z's lap and as we watch a comedy, or at least the less Gory stuff on Prime or Netflix.

4. What is the one book or book series you could reread without getting bored for the rest of time?

Vicram Seth's Novel,  A Suitable Boy.  I love that book! 
5. You will receive ten million dollars, but you need to spend one million dollars in 24 hours to receive the other nine million tax free (and you can’t tell anyone what you’re doing). What do you spend it on?
Twenty Four Hours, that's just a little tough...  

I'd buy a house in Santa Cruz.  I know just the one. Then *poof*, I'd pay off the mortgage the next day.  That twenty four hours better start only when the first Million, in cash, is in my bank.  Otherwise, things could get a little hairy.
6. What was your favorite vacation to date?
The one when we took all the girls on a camping trip up the coast to Big Sur, stopping along the way at different places.  We were gone three weeks. 

7. Is there any scent that reminds you of a specific memory? What is the scent and what does it remind you of?
The perfume called, "Topaz".  It reminds me of my mother.  This is because she wore that most of her life.  She was an Avon Lady for many years.  But that was always her favorite perfume.  She really loved her job.

8. What is your favourite TV series? Do you have just one or more?
Sorry.. But I guess it is going to be the last one we all watched, as a family, M.A.S.H.  After that, we gave up on Network TV.  "Mystery", on PBS, which we'd watched along with it, became our favorite one.

9. They say that in life you need to try everything. Are there things you will never try?
I will never walk on the edge of a sea cliff or any other cliff.  I've lived by Black's Beach too long.  I will never walk Angels' Landing; I will never go sky diving.

10. If I ask you to close your eyes and remember a picture of you, what do you see ?
I see myself holding my two little toddlers when they were one and two years old.  We are sitting on the floor of our house in the 60's, and I think we'd been reading a book together.

11. What was your childhood bedroom like?
Crowded.  All four of us slept in the same tiny room.  The best part about it was that it had a large window on the wall that faced the river valley, so I could see the tall, tall, Eucalyptus trees that grew the banks and the starry sky that was revealed along the course of the river.

12. Are you a GoodWill, or any second hand store customer?
I love Thrift stores.  Good Will is my favorite, and there are other ones for the smaller charities that I support, like St. Vincent De Paul's, and Children's Hospital Auxiliary.

13. How do you feel about the death penalty?
Far, FAR, too many innocent people have been put to death.  We should have no death penalty for that reason alone.  It should be life in prison, so that there is a chance to SAVE them.  I fully support the Innocence Project.

14.  If you could live in any fictional world, where would it be?
I'd be a Hobbit.  So, it would be anywhere they are.  Their persons and little fictional lives are the BEST!

15. Do you believe in ghosts/spirits & have you had any experiences with them?

Yes, and Yes...  It has kept me believing in Christ's teachings and in the teaching of Buddha, for that matter.  Something Christ says can really only be read properly by knowing the basis of his words.  And yes, I'll argue with you, so Bring it! lol  

Let's duke it OUT!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Saturday Nine: No More Tears

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Welcome to Saturday: 9. What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love to answer the questions, however, and here is today's questions!

 No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

1) This lyrics use weather as metaphor for romance. Here at Saturday 9, we're more literal. How do the skies look where you are this morning?
This is being filled in on Friday afternoon.  Another RAIN Storm is, maybe, blowing in off the Pacific, and I couldn't be more pleased.

2) According to Merriam-Webster, "enough is enough" is what you say when you want something to stop because you "can no longer accept or deal with it." When did you recently say -- out loud or to yourself -- "enough is enough."
Political Sh.. stuff.  As one of my friends said of Nixon and Watergate: "I can't wait for the body count to go higher. "

3) Grammy winner Luther Vandross began his career as a background singer and performed on "No More Tears." Tell us about one of your early jobs.
When I was 11, I marked layouts, worked building walls, and later on when we got more experience we nailed off roofs, shingled then or laid in tar paper for rock roofs,  did clean up of job sites as well as putting in the stranding for drywall (to insure that it was set high enough to allow for flooring to go in later).  After that I worked on job sites with my brother and dad and built whole houses in the desert for people we knew.  I never had an after school job other than baby sitting for neighbors.

4) Both Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand made slight changes to their first names. Summer was christened "LaDonna," while Streisand's parents spelled her name the more conventional "Barbara." When she was in high school, meme mistress Samantha Winters went from "Sammy" to "Sam." Did you ever make a similar change to your first name?
I was sometimes called Lenny in High School. 

5) Hair was higher maintenance in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Streisand and Summer are both sporting styles that would require chemical treatment, like a perm or relaxer. Today's looks are less rigidly styled and tend to be smoother or slightly messy. How often do you change your look?
I habitually grow my hair out long and then chop it all off into a short Bob when I get tired of it.

6) In 1979, it seems every kid was asking Santa for Star Wars toys. Some things don't change, since the Star Wars franchise remains popular with children and toymakers after more than 40 years. What book or toy did you love as a child that remains popular today?
My brother got all the neat toys.  He got a dump truck and a fire engine, and we had a lot of dirt to build cities in so we both played with his toys.  I got a typewriter one year.  I was in HEAVEN!

7) Thinking of things that endure ... In 1979, the #1 show in the ratings was 60 Minutes. It's still on, every Sunday night, and in the summer of 2019 it came in at #4 in the Nielsen ratings. What's the most recent show you watched? Was it news, sports or entertainment?
Entertainment.  I do NOT watch the forking news.  And Sports?  Nah.  Mr. Z is not any sort of sport nut or I reckon I'd be knitting to baseball or some such.  Basketball and Soccer, both of which are fast paced, and something I like to watch, I cannot knit to...

There are now online groups who de-tangle yarns for people.  

That yarn above is so gorgeous!  Now I want some of it.
8) In 1979, the price for a dozen eggs averaged 85¢. Today, it's about twice that. Are you more likely to use eggs to prepare a main course (like an omelette or Eggs Benedict) or as part of a recipe (anything from a cake to a meatloaf)?
We've had Omelettes for dinner.  I like that a lot but it doesn't happen often enough.  

9) Random question: You’re alone in your car, driving through your neighborhood on a bright, sunny day. You get a flat tire. You have a spare and a jack in your trunk. Would you fix it yourself or call for help?

Through my neighborhood?  I can change it myself -  if I had to, but I'd likely walk home and call Triple A.  After all, it's a lot safer to have someone with a fully charged Impact Wrench come out and change it.  That's what road service is for. Whee! 
That close to home I'd just call Mr. Z who would then, undoubtedly, remind me to CALL TRIPLE A!

Thanks so much for joining us again at Saturday: 9. As always, feel free to come back, see who has participated and comment on their posts. In fact sometimes, if you want to read & comment on everyone's responses, you might want to check back again tomorrow. But it is not a rule. We haven’t any rules here. Join us on next Saturday for another version of Saturday: 9, "Just A Silly Meme on a Saturday!" Enjoy your weekend!