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Cenotes, por favor…

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If you are fascinated by the water-filled pools created when the ceilings of limestone caverns collapse,  there are  more than a few accessible ones in Mexico.   My favorite of  this bunch is the one located in the Costco parking lot!   Congratulations to a management team which exemplified discovering a lemon during construction and making beautiful lemonade out of it.

 

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March 31, 2019 at 3:41 pm

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Mike’s mockery…

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…was glorious satire,  and judging by AOC’s furious reaction,  hit all its intended targets.     How can you lose when  you include an image of Ronald Reagan firing a machine gun from the back of a dinosaur to show how utterly crazy a plan is?   Aside from the quite valid points Rep. Mike Lee makes,  the speech is just plain fun to watch.

 

 

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March 30, 2019 at 3:28 pm

Anti-spam tech…

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…moves  closer to reality,  and  it can not come soon enough to suit me.  No phone number is safe from spammers these days.   My cell phone company correctly identifies and blocks most spam calls.  I still have a landline because it is unaffected by all the trees and bad weather, and it offers no such protections.  My mantra for it is if the caller ID says  “unknown”  the call goes unanswered.   Sometimes I answer a call I suspect is spam and entertain myself by keeping them on the line forever and a day.   12 minutes seems to be the length of time allotted for boiler room employees to waste before they give up.   It takes less than 2  minutes if i ask them to stay on the line for just another 30 seconds so that my computer can complete the call trace so that the court papers can be filed electronically to ensure they are served next week.  If you get bombarded with these nuisance calls develop your own ways to have fun — try saying you’re with the police department and you demand to know what relationship the caller has with the deceased.  I’ve been using that one this week and the hang-up is nearly instantaneous!

 

 

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March 29, 2019 at 2:55 pm

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Purloined Picasso…

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I freely confess that I am not a fan of Picasso.   Yes,  I am one of those hidebound old people who prefer mostly representational art,   though Mondrian also appears on my approved list.   My mother had a nice print of one of Picasso’s works,  but I vastly preferred one of the Kelly Fitzpatrick displays of fine palette work she had.

That said,  art historian Arthur Brand,  sometimes called the “Indiana Jones of the art world”  fascinates me,  as he has made some quite astonishing recoveries of lost artwork.   He has  just recovered a Picasso which was retained by the artist until his death , and therefore little known.   One could make a very entertaining film about Mr. Brand’s exploits  —  I’m surprised it hasn’t been done already.

 

 

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March 28, 2019 at 3:32 pm

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Classical calming…

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I hope playing classical music discourages the young  miscreants here.   It has been used elsewhere,  such  as Australia,   with varying degrees of success.

 

 

 

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March 27, 2019 at 3:04 pm

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Helping hound…

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If you’re a dog lover,  you know how protective and loving they can be to different species,  as well as to their own kind.   My own Big Girl is a fine hostess for visiting canines,  and loves humans  — once introduced properly,  she considers all humans to be potential petters and therefore to be indulged and flirted with.   This  sweet story is about a young pup helping an older,  handicapped one.   He sets a grand example for us all.

 

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March 26, 2019 at 2:53 pm

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What’s in a name?

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A nice  chunk of change if you’re a British teenager who is putting herself through college by helping Chinese families select Western names for their children.  I have met some Chinese through ESL (English as Second Language) classes and most of them have chosen Western names for themselves,  mostly because it makes us Westerners more comfortable, but in a few cases because we would never be able to pronounce their Chinese names.   Sen. Ted Cruz has  weighed in on the matter quite sensibly.

 

 

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March 25, 2019 at 2:55 pm

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