Time for Thorns

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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

Enough, already…

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We don’t need any more Clintons,  or Bushes or Obamas,  and we certainly don’t need any more Kennedys,  even if Jack Schlossberg is the grandson of JFK and looks rather like him.   Like so many in his family,  he thinks being a Kennedy is a sufficient substitute for character and morals and experience.   It ain’t,  so I’m begging his mother Caroline to  stop him  from entering politics.   We’ve had more than enough of this particular political dynasty.

 

 

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August 10, 2017 at 1:25 pm

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Glen Campbell, R.I.P.

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Entertainer Glen Campbell  has died  at age 81,  after a six-year battle with Alzheimer’s.   Like Ronald Reagan,  he went public with his health,  and allowed a documentary to feature his struggles.   He deserves kudos for that,  but he will probably be best remembered as a country singer with a voice so easy to listen to that people who didn’t like country music suddenly found themselves liking country music a whole lot.

Parts of his life were tumultuous,  and his behavior often less than stellar, but his fifth and last wife appears to have been one of the best choices he ever made.  He was known not merely for his smooth singing voice and a vocal style which moved easily from pop to country and back again,  but also for his ability as  a musician,  which put him high on everyone’s list.  He never learned to read  music,  but he had the ear and a phenomenal memory,  so he could listen to a piece once and then he had it.  You don’t get asked to fill in for an  ailing Beach  Boy unless you’re really,  really, good,  you know.,  and Campbell most certainly was.

I will play my Glen Campbell albums this weekend in his honor.

UPDATE:  Have a  bit more  of the man,  flaws and genius,  from people who knew him well.

 

 

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August 9, 2017 at 1:52 pm

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Why the surprise?

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The bird-watching community in Chicago is afraid that the Obama Presidential Center will ruin Jackson Park as the habitat for many of the 300 bird species they enjoy studying.   The lady quoted in the article says that  the project  has gone from a library to a center,  which is not only true,  but also gives you a pretty good idea of how Chicago politics works, and what an arrogant lout His Oneness is.

But these people know Chicago,  and they gave us Obama,  so why are they the least surprised that the grifter they helped raise is demanding more and more and doesn’t care about disrupting the birds’ lives or those of the humans who so enjoy watching them?

 

 

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August 8, 2017 at 1:40 pm