Archive for June, 2016

If You Don’t Know What I’m Referring To . . . Good For You

June 16, 2016

I was going to post something lighthearted today, I really was.

But folks, listen to me on this one.  If you ever spend any time in Florida, when you’re near any body of water, including swimming pools, just assume that it has an alligator in it somewhere unless you can see for damn certain that there’s not one in there.

Please.

“The Initiative” In Action

June 15, 2016

Last night I was out grocery shopping and was figuratively assaulted by all the headlines I saw on the newspapers.  Taking a deep breath, I implemented “The Initiative” and began translating said headlines.  (Though for the sake of public discourse, I substituted “chum bucket” for the original term.)

It actually helped a little bit.

Sad But True

June 14, 2016

Want to know something sad?

I’ve had yesterday’s link in mind since I saw it a couple of months back, and  I knew that it was only a matter of time before I’d get the opportunity to use it.  To make matters worse, I also knew that I probably wouldn’t have that long a wait.

Sometimes there’s just no satisfaction in being right.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

June 13, 2016

The following link is NSFW due to language, but it sums up my reaction to the events in Orlando almost perfectly:

The NSFW link.

To make it perfect, I think the initiative should also be extended to anyone who attempts to use an event like this for their personal political soapbox.

This candle is for all the victims and their loved ones.

So Honor Having Been Satisfied, I Went Home

June 10, 2016

(Since I’m in dire need of this, I’m going to keep it light today.  Nothing is “wrong” beyond three restless parental nights in a row, but it’s putting a drain on my mood.)

I noticed rain clouds on the horizon as I headed out for errands the other day, but I defiantly told myself that I wasn’t going to let a “little rain” stop me.  So out I went.

My first stop was a gas station, and the rain started as I was pumping gas under a shelter.  The rain came down with tropical storm force, and even though I was sheltered, within a minute I was soaked thanks to the wind whipping the rain about.  As I got back into the car, I contemplated the close to zero visibility and the other errands on my list.

“Well,” I told myself at last.  “I did say that I wasn’t going to let a ‘little rain’ stop me, and this is anything but a little rain, now isn’t it?”

But I Keep Following The News Anyway

June 9, 2016

Earlier this week L’s Mother told me that she has dubbed this year “The Year Of The Id.”

I almost wish I didn’t know why she said that.

Among Other Things, My Caffeine Intake Of Late Would Beg To Differ With That

June 8, 2016

Last night I was complimented for remaining “strong” in the face of recent events, and the whole idea made me chuckle.

Another Lesson I Learned From Childhood (That Was NOT What They Were Trying To Teach Me At The Time)

June 7, 2016

If someone tells you in an overly cheery voice that something is “yummy,” be suspicious.  Be very, very suspicious!

Stellar Wit

June 6, 2016

The other day I was having a serious conversation with my five-year-old son.  Well . . . one of us was having a serious conversation, at least.

After gravely listening to me for a while, he looked me straight in the eye and deadpan asked me if I was “serious.”

“Yes, I’m serious,” I confirmed.

“You’re the Dog Star?” he giggled around his sudden grin.  “Hello, Canis Major!”

He was way too pleased with himself for that one.

It’s True

June 3, 2016

They say you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar, but a spray bottle full of vinegar can knock fruit flies out of the air with a single spray.

You can’t do the same trick with honey.