Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – Calling All Bibliophiles and Especially Librarians, Literature and History Teachers.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 – Calling All Bibliophiles and Especially Librarians, Literature and History Teachers.

Get those readers on and the bifocals focusing. Activate those library cards! It is time for the Great American Read!

http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

The Late Buddy T. Cat.

On May 22, PBS showed the first of an eight-part series exploring and celebrating the power of reading. The Great American Read is 100 best-loved novels chosen in a national survey. It explores what these 100 books say about our great diversity and the human experience we share.

The genres displayed are as varied as readers are. The books are children’s and young adult books, science fiction novels, dystopian worlds, banned books, Pulitzer Prize winners, books by women who had to use their initials to get published, the classics you read in high school and college and just about every book you meant to read at some point.

These are the books that made a significant difference in your life. One is urged to reread some of the books based when you read it high school or college and compare to what you know and have experienced now.

And we get to vote on our favorites. While one only gets to vote once per day, you can vote for as many books as you desire until the end of summer. The finale will air with the number one selected book.

You can also download the list and check those you have read and determine those you will read next.

I thought I was pretty well read, but I have only read 45 of the books listed. I bought five on the list today. My goal is have read 50% of the list by the end of summer. Hint: Start with the juvenile fiction; they are short.

I have already selected the book that I think will be the most powerful book on the list. I am not giving the title, because I have more to read, but unless my bookmarks get blown away, I have chosen my book.

And before I close this chapter, let me rant momentarily.

Whoever thought Fifty Shade of Grey should be on this list should have to read War and Peace twice for punishment. Tell me how this POS and waste of trees made the list and The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck did not!

Happy Reading.

http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

 

Monday, May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day

Monday, May 28, 2018 – Memorial Day

Here’s to a red, white and blue day of remembrance of honor, service and sacrifice.

To all of you that took the oath – Thank you.

 

Friday, May 25, 2018 – Friday Musings

I am so glad I took that CPR and stop the bleeding class. (See yesterday) Unfortunately, one cannot administer self CPR. I needed to do so last evening with the Texas Aggies baseball team and the Houston Rockets. Both games were thrillers, but the Ags and Rockets pulled out victories. The Rockets’ victory may have been a pyrrhic one. Chris Paul grabbing his hamstring was not good.

Also, in the unfortunate world of sports, I was not able to stop the bleeding the Texas Aggie softball game against Florida.

The Aggies led 4-2 going into the Florida bottom of the ninth and WALK IN the winning run. I would rather lose by the run rule. Oh well, new day, new opportunity.

There may not be much SEC baseball or Super Regional Softball in the Alabama or Florida this weekend. There is a 90% chance a tropical storm this weekend.

In other news you don’t care about, I bought a new bed and mattress. It has an adjustable base. That means one can raise the head and/or the feet. Doesn’t adjustable base sound better than “oh, like a hospital bed” as my family described it.

It also features head/neck, lumbar and leg massage – not like that cheap motel massaging bed that used to cost a quarter. The bed comes with a remote control and is wireless. I love it and it truly has made a difference in a restful sleep. However, here is an issue.

The other night I am blissfully asleep when Peach the cat jumps into the bed and hits the remote. The bed starts vibrating and I don’t know if Texas is having a fracking earthquake or I am about to be swallowed into a sink hole. I wake and of course cannot find the damn remote. Meanwhile the cat is asleep at the end of the bed enjoying a massage.

Of course, it is Memorial Day weekend. Please remember the sacrifice of those who served and especially those who gave the greatest sacrifice.

BTHO FLORIDA! And BTHO TBD. However, I am afraid there may be a Tiger waiting. A Tiger with purple and gold stripes.

Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 10 Minutes of Training I Hope I Never Have to Use

Thursday, May 24, 2018 – 10 Minutes of Training I Hope I Never Have to Use

A big thank you to the College Station Fire Stations for offering a ten minute training that could save a person’s life.

Today they offered a “down and dirty” CPR lesson and a “stop the bleeding” lesson.

Here is Annie.

I am CPR certified and felt very comfortable doing the chest compression and applying the defibulator. I like to scream CLEAR. She looks a little pale but you should have seen her before I administered CPR.

The second half of the training was stop the bleeding. I learned how to apply a tourniquet to arms, legs and even the neck area.

There is a special wrap found in stop the bleeding kits that applies pressure to an abdominal or chest wound.

I also learned how to pack a wound. While every one called it a wound, we all know we are talking about a gunshot wound. You have to imagine blood spurting from the wound.

You can find out more and obtain stop the stop the bleeding supplies from the Red Cross and from this website.

https://stopthebleedingcoalition.org/

I hope I never have to use any of the supplies or administer CPR. I hope you know to administer CPR and know how to stop the bleeding.

Monday, May 21, 2018 – What the Ruck?

Monday, May 21, 2018 – What the Ruck?

I am thinking of attending a ruck this Saturday on the Texas A&M Campus. This thought occurred after I looked up “what is a ruck?”

A ruck is a noun defined as “A tightly packed crowd of people.” It is the foundation of Special Forces training. Rucking requires strength, endurance and character – and it builds it too.

The ruck on Saturday is a 3 to 5 K ruck. Participants carry their rucksack (aka backpack) with everything they need to endure the ruck. The ruck will travel through the campus of Texas A&M with stops and stories along the way regarding the veterans who gave the greatest sacrifice.

Let me think about this. Which words in the definition do not scare me? Those are “A” and “of.” Tightly, packed, crowd and people give me pause.

At the very least, here is what I would need to have in my rucksack to endure the ruck:

  • An EMT
  • An oxygen tank
  • 2 or more liters of water
  • A M*A*S*H unit standing by

Nevertheless, I may give this idea of a ruck some serious thought. If another person went with me, would we be a ruckus? Maybe I will do the Will Rogers thing and watch and wave the flag as the heroes go by.

RIP Billy Cannon

Sunday, May 20, 2018 – RIP Billy Cannon

Please tell cousin Donnie and sister Dale hello.

 

Friday, May 18, 2018 – Sadness

Friday, May 18, 2018 – Sadness

It is another sad day where innocent people left their homes this morning and will not return for dinner with their families. Join Texas in mourning another school shooting.

WE DO NOT WANT TO TAKE AWAY THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE US CONSTITUTION! BUT THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY HAS GOT TO STOP.

All we are asking for is common sense to guns. While thoughts and prayers are sent, remember only legislation can actually stop bullets.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 – I Don’t Know! The Volcano Song

Thursday, May 17, 2018 – I Don’t Know! The Volcano Song

I don’t know. I don’t know.

I don’t know where I’m a gonna go

When the volcano blow. (Jimmy Buffet)

A beautiful sunset from Veterans Park in College Station. Photo by me.

The volcano just blew and the residents on Hawaii are wondering the same. The Kilauea volcano on Hawaii is a spectacular site of Mother Nature. And she looks pretty pissed at the moment. Remember that commercial “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature”?

I must stop now and get my clothes ready for the Royal Wedding. So far I have separated the whites and the colors. I plan to wear my pajamas, the ones with the little tiaras on them. In fact, I will still be in my tiny tiara pajamas asleep as the royal nuptials are said. I can watch the tele as it is broadcast from across The Pond.

I hope they were not planning to honeymoon in Hawaii.

Monday, May 14, 2018 – Your Thesis Defense Is Too Short

Monday, May 14, 2018 – Your Thesis Defense Is Too Short

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. I only received text greetings from the former meth head that cleans my house once a month. It was group text of about 20. So that left 19 people with phone numbers I did not know. I am thinking of a will change.

But there is no such day for Aunts so moving on. Did you see where the student at Cornell defended her Master’s thesis in her underwear? It seems that during her practice presentation her female professor told her that “her shorts were too short.” So in protest at her actual defense she took off her clothes and did her presentation in her underwear AND videoed it and broadcast it live on Facebook.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/student-presents-thesis-underwear-professor-193200885.html

Here’s what I’m thinking. You lost me at shorts of any length. Why were you even wearing shorts for a presentation? Unless, you are a sports, athletic, kinesiology major, you do not wear shorts to professionally present to your professors. (I know I split my infinitive.) Even then shorts would be pretty dicey.

I had to borrow clothes to defend my dissertation, but I still wore professional dress. Thank you, Ann C.

I am also thinking what Frank Clark (RIP) and Jon Denton’s faces would have looked like in 1985 if I took off my borrowed clothes and defended in my bra and panties. I know that these two served as chairs of many of my friend’s committees so you can imagine also. I will laugh the rest of the day thinking about this.

Finally, to the student. Is this really the sword of protest you want to fall on? (Correct syntax: “on which you want to fall”). Cornell University will have to add a paragraph to the graduate catalog that reads “All thesis and dissertation defense presentations must be done in clothes that are not considered underwear. In addition shorts of any length may not be worn during the practice or the real deal.”

This is short enough for today. I am wearing appropriate length shorts, but do not have to defend anything today except a golf swing.

I do not know if the girl passed her thesis defense or not.

From the George H. W. Bush Museum and Library

Friday, May 11, 2018 – Pomp and Circumstance and My Graduation Speech

Friday, May 11, 2018 – Pomp and Circumstance and My Graduation Speech

Thank you, President of My Pretend University. It is an honor and pleasure to speak to you today. Besides, I come from a family who enjoys wearing a cap and gown and listening to boring speakers providing platitudes of promise and hope. I was hoping to get to wear a big necklace or carry banner or something, but it is ok.

Graduates, this is my message to you this May of 2018.

Enjoy the song now because this is probably the last pomp you will get because the circumstances of life kick in as soon as you take off that cap and gown. Sidebar: It is actually called Academic Dress and the head dress is often called a Mortar Board. The bunch of strings on the side is called the tassels and the side on which the tassels hang is dependent on your degree. Advanced degrees usually have tassels on the left and then move to the right side while the opposite is true for undergraduates.

I graduated from college in 1971. There was a crooked, cray cray man in the White House as president. The country was involved in an unpopular war in Vietnam. The Middle East was about to blow up the world. The people were divided over the war and most everything else. People were mean and beat up and killed other people because they did not like people with a different skin color, gender, or thought processes.

I graduated again in 1978 and again in 1985. The world did not get better; however my gown and headdress did get more academic.

Here are my top ten things you need to know as you enter the world.

First. Get real. The world is not a pretty place. Your world is as bad as mine was, but you get to see yours take place live through social media on a 27/7 basis.

As you enter life, at some point, as the country western song says, you will be “lied to, cheated on and treated like dirt.” Therefore, I say to you “Buck up, Sissy Pants!” (Beverly Holfstedder, TBBT.)

Second. In addition, there will be “Good times and riches and sons of a bitches, and you’ll see more than you can recall.” Change your latitude and attitude often. Go to Margaritaville often, but always have a designated driver. (Jimmy Buffet)

Third. Remember, you and your parental units spent big bucks for you to be sitting there. The reason the thing on your head is called a mortar board is because it is fashioned after the flat thing brick layers use to scrap the goo (mortar) that holds brick and stone together. Therefore the one with the strings on the side is to hold your brain together. Don’t blow it by being and doing stupid. Do not aspire to win a Darwin Award. Stupid is as stupid does says Forrest Gump.

Fourth. Learn to spell the word RECEIVE. Do not spell it RECIEVE.

Fifth. Save your tassels. One never knows when life will hit you and you need to make money dancing. Otherwise, just dance. Learn to lead and follow. You get more dance partners that way and dance more often. Also, when your name is called and you feel like dancing when that sheepskin is in your hands, do not let anyone toss you off the stage of graduation or the stage of life when it is your moment.

Sixth. Own a dog and/or cat and be a responsible pet parent.

Seventh. Know that one day you will wake up to sagging boobs, beer bellies, enlarged prostates, swollen joints, peeing in your pants, and forgetting a lot of stuff. Yes, when I was your age I said it was not going to happen to me either.

Eighth. Vote. It does make a difference.

Ninth. Give back and pay it forward.

Tenth. Enjoy YOUR life. It is the only one you have. Be yourself and be comfortable with the person you are. Make your voice heard. Stand up for what you believe in and go make the world a better place.

A toast to all graduates.

Thank you and good luck. Where do I pick up my check? And you said there were refreshments?