Monday, April 15, 2024

A Throwback Thursday Post A Few Days Early

WLS was a powerhouse station out of Chicago back when AM radio was your only option. It reached western Michigan as well as many other distant locations with brilliant clarity at night when even local stations were hard to tune in.

I can’t remember what I had for lunch yesterday but I do remember 98% of these Top 40 songs from a random summer 56 years ago.

top 40 1965

It is not lost on me that this says nothing about me other than I’m old. So be it; nostalgia isn’t for the young.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Here Comes The Sun

Finally, the 2024 eclipse will arrive today after much hype. We’re not in the path of totality but will experience a 99% event.

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That 1%, local forecasters remind us, makes a huge difference and is literally the difference between night and day. Light cloud cover during the height of the eclipse is expected around here and may obscure the event anyway. I know many people around here will be contributing to the expected traffic jams headed towards totality – a one to two hour trip depending on where you’re headed, and hope they find clear skies and good viewing for this celestial event.

And now a brief health update. The good news is that the current round of MRIs and scans showed nothing new happening. The original brain tumor has left me with permanent balance and coordination problems so a walker is my constant companion. I’m hopeful further physical therapy can help in that department. I’m currently on a bit of a hold in that department as my anemia, which had climbed into the lowest range of normal, has slid back into a significant deficit and the fatigue is truly unimaginable. I’m currently beyond the sloth stage and well into the slug cycle. I find it’s nothing I can power through any longer. Poor Raj continues to be responsible for everything from meals to laundry and everything in between. So I’m back on daily iron supplementation (and all the attendant problems related to THAT).  I’m hoping to have enough energy soon to return to PT and develop some strength before something else goes amiss.

All things considered though I’m doing as well as possible and I thank God and all of your ceaseless prayers for that, a more devoted group of prayer warriors a person couldn’t possibly hope for. Despite it all my blessings are many and my sincerest thanks to all for that.

So let’s get out there…here comes the sun.

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Happy Wings Day

The American Blue Footed Booby:

bloo footed booby bird

AKA “Let’s Go Brandon”

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Easter 2024

Repost from Easter 2023

And he said unto them, Be not amazed: you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he is risen;

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He is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

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And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. - Mark 16:6

‘I am the resurrection, and the life: He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.’

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And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? — John 11: 25-26

Christians around the world gather today on this most holy of Christian holidays to celebrate with joy the miracle of the Resurrection and the promise of eternal salvation. And to our Jewish friends celebrating the Exodus and Passover: Shalom aleichem.  For everyone else, enjoy this beautiful, joyful, hopeful spring day to rest, reflect and renew. The old world will pick up and continue on its way tomorrow as, God willing, we shall too.

May everyone enjoy this glorious day regardless of your religion, sugar tolerance or the weather. And please, enjoy your chocolate bunnies. Just beware of the trans-rabbits, I hear they bite back.

cripes-easter-bunnies5_thumb4This poor bunny is confused on so many levels. Sad.

With any luck he could become the face of Lindt’s white chocolate bunnies.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

An Illusion Of A Driving Economy

 

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Combined with on-going anemia, poor sleep patterns leave me enervated. Will get new scans and such this week prior to oncologist appointment late next week. Will do an update after that. Thank you all for your generous and seemingly endless prayers, they are much appreciated.

Meanwhile, explaining the entire 21st century:

saul bellow illusion

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Praying mantis on his fiddlehead bicycle Biden, driving the economy

Monday, March 18, 2024

Leave ‘em In The Car, Eh?

TODAY’S POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY RAJ

 

I’ve always had a soft spot for our neighbors to the south, so I was sad to hear that Toronto is experiencing a car theft epidemic. As the article points out, there are many things you can do to protect your car from theft, but Toronto Police Service Constable Marco Ricciardi doesn’t think you should do anything to protect your car.

At an Etobicoke safety meeting attended by the constable, new advice was given to vehicle owners in the city: make it easier for thieves to access your keys. "To prevent the possibility of being attacked in your home, leave your fobs at your front door, because they're breaking into your home to steal your car. They don't want anything else," said Ricciardi at the meeting.

Some Torontobites are not only taking that advise, but also taking extra precautions:

   20240304-car-theft-torontoFYI, the DEI Toronto Constabulary recommends the use of Mx. rather than Mr., Mrs. or Ms.

I think I I have a better way will keep car thieves out of your house and protect the the window glass; just leave the keys in the car. I am sure the Toronto Constabulary would approve.

I’ve even prepared, with the help of AI, a handy window sticker you can print, giving notice that you are on board with the new Constabulary guidelines. You could print two, one for your car and one for your front door.

 

final toronto clown police

Monday, March 11, 2024

Dr. Hedgeh(hog)

 

Dr. Hedgehog RM

Sedgewick the hedge hog was none too pleased either.

sedwidge the hedge hog

But let’s just give today to the dogs, as is our custom.

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Monday, March 4, 2024

Remain Ungovernable

They don’t deserve to govern.

So remain ungovernable.

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And happy mutt day.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Google’s Gemini AI: “He’s As Bad As Hitler!”

No, not Trump, Elon Musk. Google's Gemini AI: "Wow, tough question. Too close to call." It’s enough to exhaust anyone.

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Conflating Hitler with Elon Musk: Gemini AI has clearly been immersed in the American public school system’s total immersion indoctrination program.

As I said, exhausting.

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Monday, February 19, 2024

I Hope…

easier or funnier

In the mean time, how about a pic that looks like a real-life Currier and Ives print.

true life currier and ivesWinter Peace

Here’s to funnier…

stray bar dogs collars

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Living In Evil Times Doing The Best We Can

biden and the light bulb

People have argued for years that it doesn’t make any difference who you vote for. Even putting the stolen election aside, the blithering, blathering – literally -  out of touch dementia patient in office proves the premise. Staffed by an army of mostly incompetent functionaries the business of government continues on. not missing a beat. So yes, I’m finally ready to concede that maybe it doesn’t make any difference. Ugg.

We truly do live in evil times.

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So enjoy the Super Bowl if you’re so inclined; a respite from reality won’t hurt and might help.

I thank everyone for your prayers, my anemia is beginning to abate. My hemoglobin is climbing, although still below normal it’s going in the right direction. Feeling strong enough to start physical therapy again this week as balance/walking remains a concern. Last brain MRI questionable so follow up in March. The fight continues.

May you all have a blessed, peaceful week.

Monday, February 5, 2024

Happy(ish) Mutt Day

The Monday Morning Mutt Day photo that says it all.

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Buster knows what’s what.

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Consider The Taco

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Another day, another argument.

tacos v burritos

Remember when Mexican food was a taco?

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And a taco was simple? Crunchy shell, taco meat, cheese, lettuce, bam, you’re done. Now you have to choose between tacos and burritos. And if you choose tacos you have to pick your wrapper: hard or soft. Then there’s the filling for both: everything from chicken, shrimp, fish, barbacoa, carne asada to grasshoppers. And the topping choices are seemingly endless as well. I ordered a burrito online the other day and needed a nap before I could eat it.

So, it’s taco Tuesday: everybody be careful out there and try to keep things in perspective.

crushing_balloon perspective

Saturday, January 20, 2024

“Butterflies Are Free To Fly”

You can pick up factoids in the strangest places. For example, I saw this on my box of Kleenex this morning:

“Butterfly wings are transparent. The colors you see as a butterfly flits across the yard are actually the reflection of various colors through their scales.”

Malachite butterflyMalachite Butterfly

 

butterfly on cyprusButterfly on Cyprus

Sometimes it is hard to believe in God. Other times it is hard NOT to believe in God.

butterfly nebulaThe Butterfly Nebula

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Taco Tuesday The Day After The Iowa Caucuses

Some people think Taco Tuesday started as cultural appropriation. Actually it began as part of the Body Positivity movement:


Enjoy it while you can as you won’t be we allowed to celebrate Taco Tuesdays come February. It’s Black History Month and diluting the victimhood will not be allowed.  You’ve been warned so be prepared.

 

Oh, and that caucus yesterday? Not really a contest. So enjoy your tacos steer clear of emergencies and dream of making America Great Again.

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Too Soon?

Is it too soon to dream of Spring?

 Picnic Table In Winter - Scott Prior

And spring flowers?

Flowers – Constantine Font

I think not.

Sorry, still too weary to do a real post. No wonder they call anemia pernicious.

Monday, January 1, 2024

Happy New Year 2024

2023 New Year post updated: Last year it was my eyes, this year it’s a severe energy deficit due to anemia so, like last year I’m not posting anything new but I have assembled a few excerpts from previous New Years’ posts which are mostly still relevant.

From revelry:

To those who made it to midnight on purpose to usher in the  new year I salute you. To those who were forced to make it till midnight by merrymakers in your neighborhood ushering in the new year, I sympathize. And to those who were awakened from a sound sleep by neighborhood merrymakers ushering in the new year, I empathize.

to predictions, 

I’m not making any more predictions because I just realized they’d be mostly pessimistic which somehow doesn’t seem appropriate for a New Year post. I’m still optimistic about some things but at my age it takes infinitely more effort to convince myself that logic and circumstance warrant such irrational exuberance. So I tend to conserve my optimism these days for really important stuff, like saving the world. [Relevant current article]

and resolutions:

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Happy New Year everyone! We’ve made it through one Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year.

I don’t know what year that last excerpt was from but I must say, it  applies to 2022/3 as well.

When my eyesight improves I might just muster enough energy to make a couple of casual promises to myself.

Until then I wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year.

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