Monthly Archives: February 2018

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – The Great 20th Century Philosopher – James Buffet

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – The Great 20th Century Philosopher – James Buffet

It is a cold and dreary day here in the Brazos Valley. Hey, that is better than “It was a dark and stormy night.”

So today I am sending you some sunshine in the form of the great Jimmy Buffet. I could not decide which song best describe me. I am definitely one of the people my parents warned you about.

https://youtu.be/s0O-i9kLyPQ

Source: Jimmy Buffett From Live By The Bay in 1985 – We are the people are parents warned us about

Hey, hey Garner McKay … I am so old I remember Adventures in Paradise with Gardner McKay. What a young JB. Short shorts, T-shirt and hair. 1985.

Speaking of growing older, check out JB in 2014. Like the rest of us – Longer shorts, comfy shirt and less hair. Definitely growing older, but definitely not growing up.

https://youtu.be/pLvHaxtZHdM

I so wish I was in Florida right now!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – National Pet Day and The Olympics or Bipeds on Boards.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – National Pet Day and The Olympics or Bipeds on Boards.

The Divine Miss Peach here. It is National Pet Day. I hope pets everywhere find their Forever Homes like I have.

I kicked Dr. Biped off the computer so I could write about the Olympics. This is my first time to watch these events. I sit in Biped’s lap and watch other Bipeds do some really crazy stuff.

Here is my professional cat assessment of what I have seen up to this point.

The events take place in the winter so it is cold and there is lots of snow which is frozen water.

There are outside and inside events. The inside events involve ice, which is really just a another form of frozen water.

First the outside events.

Bipeds strap boards on their feet and insert their heads into a strange round ball. Sometimes there are two boards and sometimes there is only one.

Sometimes they carry poles. Sometimes no poles carried.

Then they proceed to race down a mountain of snow going faster than Ancestor Cheetah Cat, encountering various obstacles, such as poles protruding from the snow, other bipeds on boards, and various odd elevations along the way.

Some of them twist and turn, do somersaults, fly through the air and try to land upright on their feet boards. Some of the one boarders move up and down something called a Half Pipe. It is a half a tube of the frozen water called ice.

Now to the inside events.

These bipeds have tiny metal boards on their feet and maneuver on a big sheet more frozen water also called ice. Some of them are alone; some are in pairs and sometimes there are bunch of bipeds on the ice. The bunches of bipeds tend to carry sticks and try to put a round black object into a net guarded by another biped.

With the exception of the stick toting bipeds, the others jump, twist and turn multiple revolutions and then spin as fast as possible.

I like the inside bipeds’ events better. My favorite is those bipeds that go real fast around a big circle of ice and tilt at a thirty degree angle.

But I like the graceful ones too. They have pretty costumes I would so love to scratch on those sequins and feathers. And there is pretty music too.

These bipeds must have more lives than I do because they are crazy. I really do not see the big deal. We cats do this on a daily basis. Look at the pictures.

Cousin Meela doing her Jump from the Laundry Basket.

 

Me and Cousin Meela hydrating after our Counter Jump on the Counter Leap

 

Besides, can any of you bipeds do this?

Monday, February 19, 2018 – Presidents Day

Monday, February 19, 2018 – Presidents Day

Teacher:

Good Morning, Class,

Today is Presidents Day. Today’s assignment is “Write a short essay about a president of the United States.” When you finish you may leave to celebrate.

Student:

At five feet, four inches, James Madison was a short president.

Friday, February 16, 2018 – The First Lady of Aggieland

Friday, February 16, 2018 – The First Lady of Aggieland

Here is a photo of me and Miss Reveille IX last night at the Beat the Hell out of breast cancer women’s basketball game.

Miss Rev is looking at the cadet holding the treats and probably thinking “If I have to sit here with all these people in pink shirts and get my picture made, there better be treats.”

Thank you to Krystal, Mickey and KB for the ability to get down in that position and more importantly the ability to get back up. I know! You want me to do it while holding thirty plus pounds of weights. Maybe next time I will lift Reveille over my head.

Happy Friday Ya’ll.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Florida, Guns and Anger

Thursday, February 15, 2018 – Florida, Guns and Anger

Today I have no words of humor. Only anger.

First let me say, I know how to shoot a gun – both a rifle and a handgun. I grew up around guns. My family owns guns. They are responsible gun owners and responsible hunters.

Gun control does not mean taking away your guns or your second amendment rights. It means control of the sale and the ownership. If you cannot buy liquor, cigarettes, rent a car or other numerous things when you are 18 years old, why can you purchase an assault rifle and multiple round of ammunition in states like Florida? Why is one able to purchase a weapon and yet not have to pass a background and mental health check?

Thoughts and prayers are not going to fix this growing social issue. This requires legislation at all levels. Our future is being gunned down before our eyes.

I don’t want to take away your deer hunting rifle, your skeet shooting shotgun, your six shooter, or your automatic handgun. I do not even care if you have open carry and wear on your hip pretending you are Wyatt Earp. I just want some common sense.

If you are not angry about this, then you are part of the problem. Get out. Organize. DO SOMETHING! And most of all – VOTE!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Friends, Romans, Kneelers Lent Me Your Ears.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 – Friends, Romans, Kneelers Lent Me Your Ears.

Today is Ash Wednesday marking the first day of the season of Lent. What does it mean? I am so glad you ashed.

Lent (Latin: Quadragesima: Fortieth) is a solemn religious observance in the Christian liturgical calendar that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends approximately six weeks later, before Easter Sunday. The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer for Easter through prayer, doing penance, mortifying the flesh, repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self-denial. This event is observed in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, and Catholic Churches.

Some Anabaptist and evangelical churches also observe the Lenten season. Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the tradition and events of the New Testament beginning on Palm Sunday, further climaxing on Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday, which ultimately culminates in the joyful celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Many mark this day by receiving ashes in the form of the cross on their forehead from a priest or minister. Believers make a commitment to sacrifice and avoid the “lead us not into temptation” thing. Some give up something such as smoking, drinking, gum, or candy. Others, like me, try to do something positive to make a difference.

In fact, Here’s What I’m Thinking was started as a Lenten commitment about five years ago. The purpose was to make someone laugh and/or think on a daily basis.

During Lent, I do not eat meat on Fridays. This is much harder than you think. Think Bubba Gump shrimp each and every Friday. I usually blow it toward the end of the season when a cheeseburger inadvertently goes into my mouth. WE shall see this year.

Today is also St. Valentine’s Day.

Here’s wishing you, peace, love and Sam Cooke.

https://youtu.be/S28tILqie1o

 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Fat Tuesday – Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Fat Tuesday

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler

 

Monday, February 12, 2018 – Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln

Monday, February 12, 2018 – Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln

“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln

 

Thursday, February 08, 2018 – Three Wishes and Social Psychology 101

Thursday, February 08, 2018 – Three Wishes and Social Psychology 101

I was asked the other day if a genie appeared and granted me three wishes, what would I wish for.

This type of question is usually reserved for late nights sitting around with friends and all are filled with liquid grape philosophy. This type question should not be asked when you are trying to do your last set of inch worms on the gym floor while your trainer just stands around watching you. At that moment your only wish is not to die or the floor of Gold’s gym.

After a few chardonnay grapes last night I realized my three wishes would be based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in Psychological Review.

Maslow proposed five levels in a pyramid graphic.

A better representation of the five levels is the dynamic showing the interaction of the levels and the ebb and flow of the elements.

My three wishes would be to have the first three levels and all of the items in the level. The fourth level of Esteem and the Fifth Level of Self Actualization, I can obtain if I have the first three.

  1. Biological and physiological – air, food, drink, shelter, warmth, sex and sleep.
  2. Safety – protection from elements, security, order, law, stability, freedom from fear.
  3. Love and belongingness – friendship, intimacy, trust and acceptance, receiving and giving affection and love. Affiliating and being part of a group, (family, friends, and work.)

I love smart people who make me think – even when they are making me do inch worms.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs

By Philipp Guttmann – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52306030

 

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 – Parading Onward Through the Fog

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 – Parading Onward Through the Fog

It was so foggy here yesterday I was unable to find the keyboard.

Thought for the day. Sometimes in a parade when you are in the front of a large number of people coming up behind you, they are chasing you.