Monthly Archives: June 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017 – My Three Favorite Blogs. And Snarky Friday and the CWS.

Friday, June 23, 2017 – My Three Favorite Blogs. And Snarky Friday and the CWS.

Before the weekly Friday Snark arrives, here are three bloggers I enjoy reading. If and why they read my dribble Here’s What I’m Thinking I cannot say, but I am happy when I see a like them. I try to return the LIKE because I like your stuff too.

First if you are looking for items of beauty, Donna Kramer’s My One Beautiful Thing covers the spectrum from magnificent to creepy, but always intriguing. I like the fact she blogs about beauty in the world and actively searches and shares. We should all look for beauty and can be reminded of such by reading some her posts.

https://www.facebook.com/MyOneBeautifulThing/

myonebeautifulthing.com

If you are not leaning toward beauty that day, check out Ben’s Bitter Blog. We Make Bitter Better. What a Snark you are. Love it. Ben is a funny guy. Yes, bitterness can be funny. I start laughing at his posts and then realize “Oh I just had that happen to me.” Loved your comments about those who think we just whip out these 500 words and throw in some still pics and videos and boom. http://frame.bloglovin.com/?post=5709890675&blog=8330055&frame_type=none

Christian Mihai. Not only do I get to say HWIT is read worldwide, but so does Christian. I love your photo. Like me, you either used an old photograph or you are a child prodigy – probably both. Thank you for the encouragement about blogging. I read What I Learned Five Years of Blogging often – like yesterday when I did not post anything and thought “why bother?” Thanks for the support and inspiration.

https://cristianmihai.net/about/

Check out these three for a diversity of interests, viewpoints and perspectives on life.

But now entering the page from the left margin is The Friday Snark to take us out to the ballgame at the College World Series (CWS).

Now getting on the Go-Home, See You Next Year Bus are the Louisville Cardinals. The second base umpire graduated from the Stevie Wonder School of Umpiring. It is probably an online MOOC from TCU. (Google MOOC). Mr. Ump, you should be thankful the Louisville coach only chewed your butt out before being ejected. It could have been UCLA softball coach, Lisa Fernandez. She would have laid your blind butt on second base.

CWS and ESPN Announcers. After an intense discussion of LSU’s shortstop, Kramer Robertson’s new hair color (he went from dark brown to stringy, drug store, roommate done blond), you actually spent the entire Louisville bottom of the eighth inning discussing Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax. While they are indeed on the roster of pitching greats, they were NOT on the baseball diamond! The TCU pitcher smoked the first two Louisville batters with six pitches that even I could determine were awesome. I believe the term is “Rembrandt the plate.” Not one time, did you call a TCU or Louisville players’ name. Call the damn game! I would much rather hear: “Three up and three down for the Cardinals on NINE TCU pitches going to the bottom of the eighth” than “Well, if I faced Bob Gibson…” Talk about ad nauseous.

Are you listening, Ben?

Tonight we get to see what color Kramer Robertson’s hair is as LSU faces Oregon State. Here’s what I’m thinking…

Tiger like Beaver tonight, but Beaver come back to eat Tiger. Then Beaver is eaten twice – one for entrée and one for dessert – by Big Ass Alligator from Florida swamp.

Prejeans Restaurant – Lafayette Louisiana – Photo by Terry. 5.20.17

 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 –Estival Solstice and a New Ken

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 –Estival Solstice and a New Ken

Our new word for the day is “Estival.” It is an adjective that means pertaining or appropriate to summer. Today marks the summer solstice or the estival solstice. It is the longest day of the year with the longest twilight. I wonder if that translates to the longest happy hour.

Texas Stonehenge – Kerrville, Texas Photo by me

If you want to learn more about the summer solstice, pretend you are in Mr. Michael’s 9th Grade physical science class and click on the link. There are some pretty cool illustrations. To my Alaska friends, get out the sleep masks; there is going to be a lot of sunlight.

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/6/19/15832952/summer-solstice-2017

Since this is a long day, let us catch up on what I have been thinking.

Please sign the online petition to never allow Texas A&M to play TCU in baseball.

Tropical storm Cindy is about the make landfall through New Orleans and the southern states bringing inches plus of rain. It would be nice if there was a FEMA Director. Doesn’t FEMA stand for Federal EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT? Just in case the low lying areas need help or have an emergency.

Congratulations to Diana Taurasi for becoming the all-time leading scorer in professional women’s basketball. Thank you Title IX and believers in women’s athletics. Thank you, Diana.

The 2017 Texas A&M Maroon out game is with Auburn on Saturday, November Fourth. I was hoping the Maroon Out game would be with Alabama, but I will take Auburn. It is always fun to do Snarky Fridays when the Aggies play a school named after a hair color. And perhaps the Aggies can count on a modicum of support from The Tide.

Did you know there is new Ken doll? Mattel updated Barbie’s long-time, gay boyfriend, Ken, to create a diversity look. There are actually 15 new Kens. They have different skin colors, different body types and different hair styles and colors. Body types include slim, original and large. Various hair styles even include the man bun.

I have not researched the various Ken dolls, but I hope there is Cut-n-Shoot/Porter Ken. This Ken would wear jeans, boots, a torn T-shirt, and a Make America Great Again cap. Of course he would drive a pick-up truck; would be overweight, have a beer belly and sport a mullet. He would come with diabetes prescription, a six-pack of Miller Lite, a pack of Marlboros and a worn EZ-Boy Recliner. Remote control, trailer and pit bulls not included.

As I said I have not researched the various Kens, but here’s what I’m thinking. These Kens, like those who preceded him, are genitalia challenged or sans male body parts. Perhaps Barbie likes him that way.

It is going to be a long day. Enjoy the estival solstice.

Monday, June 19, 2017 – The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega

Monday, June 19, 2017 – The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega

Believe it or not I was in a sorority when I was in college. Granted this is difficult to discern at times today when I am dressed like a 10 year old in shorts, T-shirt and baseball cap. I was an Alpha Chi Omega “… and I look like a dream; I may be funny Honey, but I’m not what I seem, I drive a Cadillac car and have a big diamond ring…You really ought to see me in my black bathing suit.”

OK Sorority song and humor!

One of the requirements for a pledge was to memorize The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega. When you are 20 years old it is just sixty-eight words and the goal was to be able to recite them in front of your pledge trainer with flawless diction and enunciation.

Only when you become older do the words take on meaning and significance. Then goal becomes to live the words of The Symphony of Alpha Chi Omega. This is the hard part.

The words become even more beautiful when you are surrounded by those you made you the woman you are today. Here’s to my EE sisters from AXO from SFA, Dorm 18 “On the Wing.” Today life has made us real, strong women. Thank you sisters and AXO for the support.

Together Let Us Seeks the Heights

Love, hugs and red carnations.

PS – I think you really ought to see us in our black bathing suits! Dang we look good.

Friday, June 16, 2017 – Snarky Friday and A Stream of Consciousness

Friday, June 16, 2017 – Snarky Friday and A Stream of Consciousness

What a world! As my dear, departed and very wise Mother used to say about politics and other sordid activities: “Play in shit, you gonna get shitty.”

Today I shall just have a stream of consciousness regarding this week’s activities as they relate to the increase in fecal material hitting the rotating blades of the oscillating fan surrounding The Potomac and outlying areas. For a little extra, you might try listening to some appropriate music while trying to read. I am listening to Joan Baez – “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around. Keep on a walking; Keep on a talking, gonna built a brand new world…”

Ready? Read.

What happened? Be careful what you wish for or in this case who you vote for. Only 145days? Crooked Hillary did it. Tweet. Tweet. Tweet. I am not under investigation. I am not a crook. I did not have sex with that woman. Resignation. Impeachment. And now POTUS you are under investigation. You’re lying. He’s lying. She’s lying. Lock her up. GOP. Resist. James Comey. “You’re Fired” only works in business on TV. Putin. Putin. Root and Tootin! FBI. Department of Justice. Tweet some more. GOLF. Lawyers, lawyers, filling Washington, D. C. I should have gone to law school. Russians. Russians. Let’s Make a Deal. Michael Flynn. More lawyers. Democrats. Jared. Ivanka. Donald Jr. A New Jersey Lawyer? Money laundering? I miss The Sopranos. Bada Bing. Constitutional Crisis. Really good chocolate cake and we the US just bombed the crap out of Syria. Are there any US Allies in the World left? This is gonna take a long time to clean up all this shit and those playing in it get shittier. Meanwhile, CAN WE PLEASE STOP SHOOTING EACH OTHER AND SIT DOWN AND TALK FOR THE GOOD OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

Happy Friday.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – FLAG DAY. Stand Up and Sing Along and Celebrate the Freedom

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – FLAG DAY. Stand Up, Sing Along and Celebrate the Freedom

You’re a Grand Old Flag and Forever in Peace Shall You Wave…

You’re a Grand Old Flag was written by George M. Cohen.

Bet you did not know this. You’re a Grand Old Flag is the fight song of Oak Ridge North High School in Conroe, Texas.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – The Pentagon Papers – Leaking and Lying in Modern Times

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 – The Pentagon Papers – Leaking and Lying in Modern Times

Time for your daily history lesson, Boys and Girls.

On this day in history the New York Times began publishing The Pentagon Papers by Daniel Ellsberg. The Pentagon Papers were officially titled United States – Vietnam Relations, 1945–1967: A Study Prepared by the Department of Defense. The year? 1971.

Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara created the Vietnam Study Task Force on June 17, 1967, for the purpose of writing an “encyclopedic history of the Vietnam War“. McNamara claimed that he wanted to leave a written record for historians, to prevent policy errors in future administrations. McNamara neglected to inform either President Lyndon Johnson or Secretary of State Dean Rusk about the study.”

The huge volumes of sensitive, secret, sort of secret, and real secret information about the US government was revealed to the public. Notice the appropriate word is “revealed” and not “leaked.”

For example, it revealed that presidential administrations had been and were systematically lying and/or secretly keeping activities from the media. Even more damaging, the papers revealed that the US military had secretly engaged in expanding the scope of the Vietnam Conflict.

Ellsberg was charged with conspiracy, espionage and theft of government documents. (Aka leak of such documents) Then came newly elected in 1968 Richard Nixon. The charges against Ellsberg were later dropped when Tricky Dick tried to restrain the press. Tricky Dick then ordered White House officials to dress like plumbers and to use unlawful and unethical efforts to discredit Ellsberg.

Fast forward to the end – the publication of The Pentagon Papers kicked off a new phase in politics with secret, covert and illegal (aka leaking and lying) actions by the Executive Office and all for public consumption on the social media of the day – print, radio and TV.

There were break-ins and burglaries at The Watergate Hotel and the US became embroiled in the largest constitutional crisis to date. And there were tapes of meetings with The POTUS. It all came crashing down like a House of Cards. The POTUS resigned before impeachment charges could be brought. The plumbers and lots of others went to prison. “I am not a crook” turned out to be one.

And that brings us to the present and the irony of history repeating itself. Here’s what I’m thinking. When revealed to the public The Pentagon Papers were over 1000 printed pages. Trumpet’s Twitter rants are going to be much shorter in length, but perhaps the results will be the same.

Class dismissed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagon_Papers

Monday, June 12, 2017 – Make-up Monday. Beer, Bubbles, Bats and Aggies

Monday, June 12, 2017 – Make-up Monday. Beer, Bubbles, Bats and Aggies

I know I have been a slacker for a couple of days and did not post my profound and often profane thoughts for the merriment and amusement of all 48 people who might read Here’s What I’m Thinking.

So to make up here’s what I thought starting with Friday, June 9:

I thought I had enough beer for the first Regional game between Texas A&M and Davidson. But noooo, I had to drink almost all of it because it took 17 innings for the Aggies to finally get the winning run.

Saturday, June 10 – Fortunately there was enough beer left for the Aggies to defeat Davidson in the second Regional game that send the Aggies to the College World Series (CWS). Here’s to Davidson players who gave every pitch, catch, throw, hit and play their ultimate talent. Your fans were great and we hope you enjoyed Aggieland. (Except for the score parts).

To the ESPN2 Announcers: Yes, the campus of Texas A&M University is very big. Even you, Jay Walker were impressed. FYI, Jay, there is NO 10th Man! WE ARE THE 12TH Man in all sports. Next time learn more about the school you are covering. Also, the bubbles burst, so they are not a distraction to the batter!

After game I went to a bookstore and bought It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis. It was first published in October 1935. Descriptor from the book jacket: … a political satire with the chilling realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime and a liberal press.” I am into reading scary horror books. I just finished 1984 and The Handmaiden’s Tale.

Sunday, June 11 – Watched LPGA and vowed never to wear an outfit like this. I do not care if she is one of the best golfers in world.

While reading scary book I got this picture from Niece # 1.

That is Sister # 1 (wait I only have one sister) in front of a giant Louisville Slugger. It’s a baseball bat for the uninformed and sports challenged. Sister, Niece#1 and Gniece #1 are touring the sights and sounds of Gniece # 1’s home of Louisville.

Speaking of Louisville and bats, I do hope my sister is placing a curse on the baseball bats of the Louisville Cardinals – the upcoming opponent of Texas A&M. Gig ‘Em Aggies.

BTHO Louisville! WHOOP!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – The Eve of Comey, Spinners and Twitter

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 – The Eve of Comey, Spinners and Twitter

I purchased one of these spinner things for $3.00 the other day.

It is called Stress Gear for use at office, home and school. I am having a gross of them shipped to Washington D.C. Half (do the John Wax math) are labeled as such:

For the Congressional Hearings: For those attending former FBI Director, James Comey’s hearing(s) with this note:

Thank you, Mr. Comey. Stay calm and carry on regardless. He gets a red, white and blue one.

The remainder is to be sent to The White House. Jared is to receive the red one (not pictured).

The Glow in the Dark one, as I have, is to be delivered to President Twitter with the following note:

Dear Twitter-in-Chief,

This new secret communication device is better for firing off senseless statements of 140 characters in the middle of the night – or early morning depending on your perspective or what time it is in Russia.

This orange (like your hair) glow in the dark one sends a signal to the Universe as it spins in your little hands giving all of the other aliens and non people like Democrats access to The WH Spin. Be sure Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conman get a spinner. This special model is able to distinguish between fake and real news and sends only the real news and not altered facts. The others can be distributed at random.

The reverse of the package reads:

“Helps focus; Relieves boredom, anxiety and stress and Great for ADHD, ADD, and Autism.” All of this is untrue and unsubstantiated as most of your thoughts and Tweets are. And since you exhibit tendencies of all these serious conditions, I thought this specially designed communication device would be something you would enjoy and could use.

Please use this during former FBI Comey’s testimony tomorrow instead of Twitter. Just keep spinning.

Oh yes. Your entire WH staff can take their spinner with them when they leave – one way or another on their way to egret.

 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 – Andrew Higgins, LCVP, D-Day and Thank You

Today marks the 73rd anniversary of Operation Overlord, D-Day, the largest Allied amphibious landing in world history. The Allied Forces of WWII landed in France on June 6, 1944.. This invasion would eventually lead to freedom  in Europe.

I recently visited the World War II Museum in New Orleans Louisiana. The museum is located in NOLA because Andrew Higgins who designed the LCVP – Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel was from Louisiana. It was this vehicle designed by a whiskey drinking Irishman from New Orleans that allowed the invasion of Normandy Beaches to take place. https://cs.stanford.edu/people/eroberts/courses/ww2/projects/fighting-vehicles/higgins-boat.htm

A Higgins LCVP is one of the first items you seen as you enter the WWII Museum. As you stand near the landing craft, your brain and camera see this:

NOLA WWII Museum 5.17 Photo by me.

But your mind, memories and heart see these. The lump forms in your throat, your eyes tear and you wonder at their heroism.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normandy_landings

A World War II Veteran always sits at the entrance of the WWII Museum. This hero had just sat down for his shift. Check his cap. The second photo is when I asked him if he had ever been on an Honor Flight to see The World War II Memorial. Check his expression as he said – “Just got back last week. It was great!”

Thank you for our freedom.

Never miss an opportunity to thank a Vet. Photo by Janet.

“It was great.” in describing Honor Flight to Washington D. D. to visit the WWII Memorial. Photo by Janet.

Monday, June 5, 2017 – It Was Fifty Years Ago Today – Give or Take a Day or Two

Monday, June 5, 2017 – It Was Fifty Years Ago Today – Give or Take a Day or Two

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released June 1, 1967.

It was twenty years ago today,

Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play

They’ve been going in and out of style

But they’re guaranteed to raise a smile,

So may I introduce to you

The act you’ve know for all these years

SGT. PEPPER’S LONEY HEARTS CLUB BAND.

Wall in my study. Photo by me.

 

Damn, now if that don’t make us Baby Boomers feel old, I do not know what will.