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An Incredible & Edible “Bug” May 14, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Nature, Poetry.
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I am not an insect, but . . . like insects, I’m an arthropod
As an invertebrate, I have an exoskeleton for a bod
In order to grow, I shed my shell in a process known as molting
I hide until my shell grows back (but not because I look revolting)
 
Instead, I’m very vulnerable without my protective shield
So I hide in rocky crevices until my body’s fully healed
Unlike insects, winged and not, classified as insecta
With several other sea creatures, I’m in the class crustacea
 
Like spiders, ticks, and tiny mites, I have flexible joints and limbs
With both swimmerets and legs, I’m able  to crawl, walk, and swim
Like millipedes or centipedes, I have more than two left feet
But my real claim to fame is being a “bug” that people eat
 
If you are dared to eat a bug, that’s a bet you ought to take
In fact, many prefer eating me over a perfectly cooked steak
If I’m not caught and eaten, I can live for a hundred years
Growing larger and stronger, evading capture and disease
 
Although I’m not inclined to brag, and I would never, ever boast
The largest weighed 44 pounds, when caught off Nova Scotia’s coast
Symmetrical bilaterally, my head is fused with my thorax
This cephalothorax combo is covered by my carapace
 
My head includes antennae and because my vision is poor
My antennae are my sensors as I roam the murky ocean floor
When I sense danger looming and decide that I must flee
I curl and uncurl my abdomen and swim backwards rapidly
 
At five meters per second, I swim faster than you can walk
That’s eleven miles per hour ~ do the math, and then we’ll talk
I boast many colors: red, green, yellow, purple, blue & deep magenta
Have you guessed my secret identity? 

In New England, they call me “lobsta”

Related posts: Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Red * Red (Inspiration) * Bug-ologist (Kate Shrewsday) * Red (Creating Magic)

Fried! Toasted! Shazam! . . . Kaboom! May 13, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Humor, Travel & Leisure.
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PC-CatThe printer is fixed!

BFF diagnosed the problem while cleaning the computer this morning ~ a fried AC adapter from a storm a few nights ago.

He went to Staples to get a replacement ~ no luck.

The tech guy estimated that a new adapter (on-line from HP) would be $60 ~ almost as much as a new printer.

BFF called a local computer place . . . Toasted Computer Services.  Gotta love a techie with a sense of humor!  Tom (at Toasted) sold us an adapter  compatible with our printer for . . . $5!

Shazam!  (It worked.)

We’re going to the Back Alley to hear SR64 ~ a Bluegrass Band.

Tonight’s the last time Back Alley is hosting musicians before moving to a new location down Bridge Street (with no backyard for outdoor concerts).

Tomorrow is the Pier Centennial Celebration ~ the AMI Pier turns 100!   Music, Food, Wine, and . . . Fireworks!

Kaboom!

On With The Dance! May 13, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Exercise & Fitness, Gratitude, Happiness.
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Dance as if no one is watching, sing as if no one is listening; and live as if each day were your last! ~ Irish Proverb

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion. ~ Martha Graham

If you’re already walking on thin ice ~ why not dance?

Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. ~ William James

I love dancing and twirling in my big executive chair . . . it’s probably the real reason I like writing.

Dance then
Wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he
And I’ll lead you all
Wherever you may be
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said he

snoopy7The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place. ~ Barbara DeAngelis

On with the dance!  Let joy be unconfined. ~ Lord Byron

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Friday the 13th ~ Tempting Fate May 13, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Music & Dance.
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I’m a fan of Friday the 13th . . . THIRTEEN being my LUCKY number.

Others don’t share my sentiments.

Friggatriskaidekaphobia (Frigga-triska-ideka-phobia) is a phobia of Friday the 13th.

So is paraskevidekatriaphobia (Para-skevi-deka-tria-phobia).

Those are some scary looking words, especially for a phobia that occurs only a few times a year ~ between 1 and 3 times).

If you suffer from increased anxiety and fear whenever Friday the 13th is near, there is a cure:

At the Friggatriskaidekaphobia Treatment Center, the Treatment Nurse will thoughtfully guide Friggatriskaidekaphobes through an obstacle course that includes walking under a ladder, stepping on a crack, trashing zodiac signs, throwing darts at photographs, dancing inside with an open umbrella, and breaking a mirror.

How does that help?

My theory: after violating all those other superstitious taboos . . . people forget about Friday the 13th altogether.

But it’s not just a laughing matter:

According to the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, an estimated 17 to 21 million people in the United States are affected by a fear of this day.

Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed.

It’s been estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day. [Source: Wikipedia, Friday the 13th]

So, how are we tempting fate today?

We are about to disconnect the computer from all its various and sundry components and tidy everything up a bit because the printer started misbehaving yesterday.

If all goes according to plan, I’ll be back . . . wish me luck!

In the meantime, here’s Stevie Wonder with . . .  Superstition:

Related posts:  Friday 13th (Little Miss Everything) * Lucky For Some (Tinman) * Granny & Friday the 13th * Friday, prolly a gazillion posts about this (Patricia ~ today I think) * SPOOKY: Last Post = DCLXVI (666)

In A Perfect World . . . May 12, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Life Balance, Mindfulness.
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In a “perfect” world, we would never have to say good-bye to the pets and people we love. 

We would be able to eat all we want without gaining weight. 

We would never have to suffer from the consequences of poor choices made by us or others.

We wouldn’t have to exercise our bodies, our minds, or our self-restraint. 

We would never grow old. 

We would never be sick.

We would never die.

We would never learn . . . how to let go.

Letting go is the path to freedom. ~ Lama Surya Das

When we relinquish or renounce the extraneous, we are left with the essential, which cannot be lost.  ~ Lama Surya Das

No rules.  Just write!

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Kate’s Blogging Trapeze May 11, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Word Play, Writing & Writers.
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Wikipedia ~ Flying Trapeze (in Public Domain)

Kate’s posts never fail to amaze and amuse me.

She starts with some obscure point in this vast multi-faceted Universe, weaves through moving traffic with ease, switches gears a time or two (or six), and scores a touchdown or home run every time.

She takes topics that I am certain hold no interest or appeal to me . . . and  turns them into tantalizing fare that we (her loyal fans) gleefully and joyfully gobble up.

Not content to limit her writing prowess to a single place, theme, or time, Kate’s posts are a veritable time machine (a Wonka-vator) pulling and pushing us through the space~time continuum as she addresses:

History ~ Concealment Shoes
Architecture ~ Gateway
Art ~ Inventions & Castles in the Air
Forestry ~ Paradise Singed
Husbandry ~ The Life of a Spit-Roasting Dog
Travel ~ Let me take you to Rio!
Leisure ~ Stick the Kettle on
Literature ~ Picnicking with Martians

One bit of advice before you head round . . . plan to stay awhile.  As Kate says on her home page:

Welcome to the site, pour a cup of tea, sit down at the kitchen table. We range through all sorts here, from Ian Dury to Shakespeare, and the backchat bests the original post. Stroll round the shelves and see what takes your fancy. Have a good read!

She flies through the air with the greatest of ease.  That daring young girl on the blogging trapeze.   Her writing is graceful.  Her fans, they adore.

After swinging round once . . . you’ll swing back for more.

Think & Drink: The Naked Universe May 11, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Magick & Mystery, Nature.
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Because we have an entertainment budget of approximately $10 a month, we are always on the lookout for interesting and FREE things to do in the area.

Tonight . . . we’re headed to the South Florida Museum in Bradenton for the beginning of a NEW Think and Drink series.

The Naked Universe:

Our universe consists of just four basic parts:

Space, Time, Matter and Energy.

They are woven together into a tapestry that we experience almost seamlessly, so we rarely give them, individually, much thought. But if we really want to appreciate the universe in which we live, we ought to pay a little attention to the parts that make up the whole. So, we (Jeff Rodgers and some special guests) thought we’d give each of these major aspects of the universe some thought.

The Naked Universe is a four part series that will uncover Space (May), Time (June), Matter (July) and Energy (August).

Tonight’s conversation will center around Space:

It would have been nice to have been there to witness the Big Bang. The only problem is, there would have been no there. There was no Space; space itself was created in the Bang and has been expanding ever since.

What is space? Is it nothing, or is it something? If it forms the stage on which universal events play out, what does that stage look like? Is our universe one of many?

We don’t promise answers to all of these questions, but we do promise a mind-expanding conversation.

Mind-expanding, thought-provoking, and . . . FREE!

No rules.  Just write!

What about you?

Do you have favorite FREE activities that you enjoy to stretch your entertainment budget a bit further?

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The Queen of Hearts May 10, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Happiness, Humor, Spirit & Ego.
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Some blogs have a specific focus.  Regular readers come round because they enjoy the subject matter or the blogger or both.

Comments on unrelated subject matter can be distracting and annoying, as can extended digressions or attempts to hijack the discussion by visitors with their own agendas.

If I’m attending a discussion on Wine Tasting 101, I expect the moderator to cut off extraneous comments more conducive to Fly Fishing for Beginners.

To keep comment threads on an even keel, I police this blog and engage in censorship when I feel it’s warranted.

The same is true of most magazines and newspapers.  Editors choose what to leave in and what to leave out . . . based on the subject matter of the periodical and by gauging the interests of its readers.

Here on SLTW, when visitors stay on point, I’m delighted to hear them out.  

I don’t mind people disagreeing with me . . . unless they become disagreeable in the process.

I object to name calling.  It’s a big “no-no” in my book. 

On the rare occasion that a visitor wanders too far beyond the boundaries of the topic at hand, I tend to rein them in a bit.  If they persist, I encourage them to find another (more appropriate) venue for their comments. 

That’s the wonderful thing about the blogosphere ~ there is a venue for every perspective under the sun.  

If you can’t find the discussion you’re looking for, you are free to create a blog to address your unique interests.

When I stumble across a blog with a subject matter that annoys me, I leave.

Quietly. 

It’s not my job to police other bloggers or their blogs.  I need not make my presence known by attempting to disrupt the discussion with my contrary view of the world.   I expect the same courtesy here on SLTW. 

On occasion, a visitor to SLTW has gotten annoyed that I’m not willing to accept any and all  comments . . . that I’m unwilling to set aside my view of the world to accommodate their view of the world. 

Too bad. 

This morning, an occasional visitor accused me of acting like Queen of the Castle.  C’est la vie.      

Rather than getting annoyed at his characterization, or  emulating the Queen of Hearts (by screaming, Off with his head!), I encouraged him to wander down the cyber hallway and see if he could find a venue more to his liking.

As Queen of the Castle, it’s up to me to handle all types of visitors and comments . . .

By accepting them, applauding them, embracing them, ignoring them, and (in rare instances) deleting them. 

Quote:  He who trims himself to suit everyone else will soon whittle himself away. ~ Raymond Hull

No rules.  Just write! 

How about you?  Have you ever had someone try to hijack the discussion on your blog by calling you names or insulting others?

How did you handle it?

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive May 10, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness.
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IMGP3175bMillions of Americans go hungry each day.

This Saturday, May 14th, the National Association of Letter Carriers is conducting its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in over 10,000 cities and towns across America.

You can help fill the shelves at food banks and pantries!

Collect some non-perishable food items in a bag and place it by your mailbox, or deliver it to your local post office.

* Items to include: canned goods (soup, beans, vegetables, pasta sauce, tunafish), food packaged in plastic (fruit and vegetable juices, pasta sauce, salad dressing), boxed goods (cereal, pasta, crackers, pudding mix), and bagged goods (rice, barley, dried beans).

* Avoid items packed in glass jars, and those that need refrigeration.

Your letter carrier will pick up the donations and deliver them to a local food bank or pantry to feed those in need.

Results for Stamp Out Hunger (2010):

Final results showed 77,132,180 pounds of non-perishable food were collected in the traditional event on the second Saturday in May, a slight increase over the previous record of 73.4 million pounds set in 2009. It was the seventh consecutive year above 70 million pounds and brought the total for the drive’s 18 years to over 1 billion pounds of food.

NOTE: Thousands of local post offices will be participating in the program this Saturday, but not all. To find out whether your letter carrier is participating, contact your local post office.

For more information: Stamp Out Hunger * USPS ~ NALC Food Drive

The Sanest Banana In The Bunch May 8, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness.
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The Sanest Banana in the Bunch recognizes that . . .

* How it relates to the issue IS the issue.

* Sometimes it must accept the “what is,” as is.

* Shaking its fist at the sky will not stop the rain.

* It cannot please all the people all the time . . . but it can please itself.

* Happiness arises of its own accord when what it does, what it thinks, and what it says are in harmony.

* It has as many reputations as acquaintances and none is accurate.

* Happiness is not in things, it is in us.

* To be the best it can be, it must tend its garden and mind its own business.

* It is the only expert on its life.

* Its purpose is to discover its purpose and pursue it with passion.

The Sanest Banana in the Bunch . . . is comfortable in its own skin. ~ BFF