WOW!

We just gave the Taliban, an organization we have been fighting for twenty years, a complete army of equipment. All we can hope is that they are too stupid to operate it. Fat chance of them being stupid. They have maintained a pretty good fight for twenty years without fancy equipment so they must know something. The Chinese have copied all of our stuff and are smart enough to learn from it. Since we don’t make too many things in America anymore we sub it to China for manufacture. That gives them a pretty formidable war machine. Not only do they have the people to fight, but they have enough people left over to make more fighting stuff.

I’ve told this story before but it bears repeating. When I traveled to Singapore for my Company I was commissioned to to learn if the Singaporeans had the capability to make the molds we used to make our products. I fully expected to find Barney and Fred Simpson banging on metal with a stone hammer and a crude chisel. What I learned is that they were using more sophisticated CNC machine equipment than we had. And because they had to learn fast they trained young men from high school to operate the machines. Within a very short time these youngsters were making molds as good as we could with Tool and Die makers who went through years of apprenticeship to become tool makers. Because our guys were so well trained in making things manually, they commanded huge salaries. The Singaporean machinist who only had to learn how to run computer controlled machine made considerable less.

Fortunately the owner of our company did not trust the Chinese for a second and would not allow anything as critical as our main product molds be made in China. I do remember President Bill Clinton being accused of trading secret aircraft technology with them for what I don’t remember. I was so incensed by this knowledge that it didn’t matter to me what we got from the Chinese. Our company leader had a philosophy that he developed and paid for all of his proprietary equipment. He believed his competitors should have to do the same. Why gift them with the information they need to beat us? The same goes for our giving the Taliban anything other than a lack of American military to kill. They can all go to their version of hell as far as I am concerned, and we should all think the same way.

Frogdom?

My pond never ceases to amuse me. This evening I got the urge to begin feeding my goldfish. As I stepped onto the first stone of the pathway at the waters edge a streak of green flashed from my shoe to become splash. A smallish leopard frog with a colorful body pattern and some bright hues of green floated at the edge of a lily pad resting from his leap. No sooner than I took note of him another one jumped even further just as my shoe was about to squish him.

Frogs have been plentiful this season and I wonder if it is because I stocked the pond with goldfish. It is rare to see a small school of six fish and never a school of 24 which is the number I released. Those fish that I do see are much bigger than I bought. Evidently, they are eating any and all organic matter growing in their environment. The frogs on the other hand are carnivorous and enjoy feasting on scrumptious goldies. My logic makes me wonder if the frogs are winning the battle of survival.

One hope I have is that the fish continue to spawn throughout the season. One fish that I released was an algae eating plecostomus.

He is black and disappeared immediately into the darkness of the water. I have dreams that one day soon when I am skimming algae that he will appear latched onto the back of my hand. In a dream he and I are rolling around in the water. Me trying to escape his grip and he trying to take a bigger bite.

The mosquitoes are rather annoying this evening and I must escape from the patio into the house. I’ve done my bit for nature by acting as a mosquito target for the past hour. I have one giant itchy bump on the base of my left thumb and it is driving me mad trying to resist scratching. As I am writing about my thumb, I feel squads of skeeters attacking my hair. The joy of nature has suddenly ceased, and has become a wild urge to begin slapping all about my body and heading for the door.

210811-Proof Reading?

Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn’t you say? 


Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter 


This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this.

It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.

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I just couldn’t help but send this along. Too funny. 
Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says 
Really? Ya think?

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Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers 
Now that’s taking things a bit far!

Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over 
What a guy!

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Miners Refuse to Work after Death 
No-good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-so’s! They must be UNION ! 
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Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant 
See if that works any better than a fair trial! 
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War Dims Hope for Peace 
I can see where it might have that effect! 
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If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
 
Ya think?! 
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Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures 
Who would have thought! 
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Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
 
They may be on to something! 
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Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges 
You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape? 
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Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge 
He probably IS the battery charge! 
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New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group 
Weren’t they fat enough?! 
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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
 
Do they taste like chicken?
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Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
 
Chainsaw Massacre all over again! 
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Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
 
Boy, are they tall! 
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And the winner is… 

Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
 

Did I read that right? 
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How Many Robots Does It Take to Run a Grocery Store

How Many Robots Does It Take to Run a Grocery Store

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Not Anxious To Get Out

Close up of female hands pull out weeds from ground garden.

A few months ago a day like today was considered fabulous. After six weeks of warm weather this morning feels like the middle of January. My agenda calls or a day in the garden yanking native perennials from the annual beds. As I have said before, there is something special about neat and prim flower beds. After this post it may be warm enough to head out into the back yard and do the job. When I awoke the temperature outside was sixty degrees, Oh me what will I do? Put on a sweatshirt and stop complaining like a wank.

The idea of sitting in the house today while reading a book sounds very appealing, but that is not to be. I know that once I finally shoe-up and head outside I’ll stay out until the last evil weed is in the big blue yard waste bucket. I’ll be out by ten and in by noon. Oh yeah that could mean more food! and coffee too!

I love the garden, but hate the work. When it becomes I love the work but hate the garden I know I will have achieved a new level of consciousness.

Yesterday, I fell completely off the KETO wagon at the OASIS Twenty-fifth anniversary cook out celebration. OASIS stands for Orland Area Sight Impaired Support a group of people who are blind, partially blind, or going blind who band together to discuss the trials and tribulations of living in the dark. The Frankfort Lions Club has adopted OASIS as our project to help the sight impaired of the community. Back in 1926 Helen Keller (blind, deaf, and mute) at a Lions Convention challenged the Lions to become the “Knights of the Blind.” Lions accepted the challenge and it remains a pillar of our service. Since then we have added several more pillars to keep the house from falling down, Hunger, Environment, Sight, Diabetes, Childhood Cancer. These five are in addition to the pillars of community, disaster relief, and world-wide disease. There is never a time when we don’t have someone or something to be helping. Sometimes it is monetary assistance, and at others like this OASIS event it was with our presence and hands-on assistance. COVID slowed us down a bit on the hands-on assistance type projects but requests for monetary help kept coming. At the same time we were stifled in our ability to raise money. Thankfully, all that has changed and we are ramping up activity to one hundred percent of normal. In other words, if you see a Lion in front of a store with a bucket, please drop a few bucks in. If you see an ad for a Lions pancake breakfast, please go have breakfast.

Time to go pull weeds.

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