Time for Thorns

An independent view on life.

Cat naps…

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If you have a cat,  these photos  will make perfectly good sense to you.   If you don’t,  you will wonder not only how cats get themselves into such awkward-looking confines,  but why they even attempt it.   They are enormously flexible creatures,  but perhaps they try simply because they like a really stiff challenge.

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August 18, 2017 at 5:29 pm

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Trumpka is a lying S.O.B….

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AFL-CIO labor boss Richard Trumpka has dropped off Pres. Trump’s manufacturing council to protest violence.   I am unable to explain what his being on such a council has to do with violence anywhere,  much less in the conflict in Charlottesville.

This is all hypocrisy writ large,  but Trumpka has never hesitated to use violence to achieve his ends with regard to labor matters,  as this  shows. In other words,  he is a supreme hypocrite,  and he should be driven out on a rail.

The departing CEO’s means the council is   now dissolved,  but they were not doing anything useful anyway,  so good riddance to the whole lot of them.   As I recall, not one of the CEO’s  ever had  an unkind word to say about the Black Lives Matter cabal’s atrocious behavior.

 

 

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August 17, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Shadow show…

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Skilled photographers use light and shadow much as fine artists do,  and the results can be absolutely stunning.   See for  yourself.

 

 

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August 16, 2017 at 5:13 pm

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On the menu…

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Perhaps on yours, but I am unlikely to dine at any venue featuring even one of  these terms.   Personally,  I tend to find restaurants which include such items snobbish,  and the food way over-priced.   I mean, why not just say your chicken breasts were simmered in broth with a lovely selection of herbs and spices?   Stop attempting to sound sophisticated and elite by using a foreign phrase which translates as  “in broth”.

Sadly,  too many places are selling the “experience” instead of the actual items for sale.  I want to eat at a restaurant which concentrates on the food first,  then the service,  then the atmosphere.   I don’t care if the tablecloth is red-and-white checked oilcloth instead of crisp white linen.   If the food is good enough, it can be on mismatched crockery,  eaten with mismatched cutlery, and atop a bare wood table.  One of the best meals I ever had was at such a place,  many years ago,  in New Orleans,  and there was no menu,  you were served what had been cooked that day — fresh seafood and vegetables and homemade bread still warm from the oven.

 

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August 14, 2017 at 2:13 pm

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Slinky toy…

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The Slinky was  the result  of an accident and a creative brain.   Developed du;ring WWII,  it never went to war then,  but later did go to Vietnam,  where it was used as an emergency radio antenna.  In the intervening years,  it went to many households,  including mine.  Ours was actually my brother’s,  but he let me play with it since I could not hurt it,  and it fascinated me.  I still have one of the playful tension coils, and I am yet to see the fretful child who isn’t instantly charmed by watching it elegantly maneuver it was down a flight of stairs.

 

 

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August 13, 2017 at 11:41 am

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Piglet and emus, oh my!

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If your household includes a cute little piglet  (too bad it will grow up to be a hog) and a pair of baby emus,  you are  likely to  see them playing together,  mainly by chasing each other until the birds run out of steam. You will undoubtedly enjoy it enormously for the brief time it lasts until this part of your menagerie grows up.

But you never know  —  Big Girl is nearly ten now,  and when she has canid visitors,  she still offers to  play with them,  just as she does the neighbor’s cat when he wanders over.

 

 

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August 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Baby elephant tantrum…

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If you have never seen a baby elephant having a temper tantrum,  you’re in for a rare treat with  this video.   If you have children,  or have spent much time around the toddler versions,  the progression of this tantrum will look quite familiar.

 

 

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August 11, 2017 at 2:10 pm