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7 Random Thoughts & Links June 27, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Lessons, People.
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Hand-rolling-dice1.  Life is a crap shoot . . . and sometimes we get the Royal Flush!

Related: Caca Happens.  Wipe It Off (Brickhouse Chick)

2.  It’s a comedy of errors when we have to modify our normal ADL’s by switching to our non-dominant hand.

Related: R5 for March 8 (Views & Mews by Coffee Kat)

Huey,-Dewey-And-Louie3.  Often, when there is a tug-of-war between HIM and HER, a female confident is no more than the monkey in the middle, dismissed with a wave once peace is restored . . . because HER doesn’t want to be reminded of passing clouds.

Related: The One-Night Stand Conversation (Lively Twist)

4.  Many of us set out to change the world . . . only to find (decades later) that the world changed us.

Related: A Memory (Candid Impressions)

5.  Although a book with an attractive cover may catch our attention . . . it won’t hold it for long without a compelling story between the covers.

Related: Beauty, A First-Class Ticket (Lively Twist)

Butterfly6.  People love to label us so they know which pigeon-hole or box to shove us in . . . as if we were a butterfly to pin to a specimen board.

But we are far more than that.

No single question, occupation, or experience can encapsulate the totality of who we are.

Related:  Scaredy L. Marie (El Space)

7.  A cake (like life) always seems a bit more than the mere sum of its parts!

Related: Life Is Like . . . Cake (Find Your Middle Ground)

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Aah . . . that’s better!

Rabbit Holes & Reunions June 20, 2015

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220px-Alice_par_John_Tenniel_27I’ve never attended a high school reunion ~ not when we lived 12 hours away and not when we lived an hour away.  Other than friends I’ve stayed in touch with, I’m not that curious about which rabbit holes fellow classmates fell down.

* “High school isn’t a very important place. When you’re going you think it’s a big deal, but when it’s over nobody really thinks it was great unless they’re beered up.” ~ Stephen King, Carrie

Last year, a classmate sent me a link to a youtube video of a multi-class high school reunion. I watched without pangs of regret for not having attended.

* “The hope was, people like me got to finally find our place in college or in the actual world. People who understood this told you that high school wasn’t the actual world, that it was more like a temporary alternate reality you were forced to believe in for four years. A video game you played, where you could never get to the next level no matter how hard you tried.” ~ Deb Caletti, The Six Rules of Maybe

In contrast, BFF and I have attended Homecoming Reunions at W&M because (1) we love Wmsburg and (2) fall is the best time to visit.  Sometimes we even pop into reunion activities to catch up with old school chums.

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But not always.  Sometimes we’re “otherwise engaged” (i.e., busy drinking Mint Juleps at the King’s Arms Tavern).

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Aah . . . that’s better!

And now one last quote for the Three Quote Challenge (thanks, Sylvia!):

* “Problem is, the bathroom pass can’t help you escape life. It’s still there when you come out. Problems and crap don’t go away hiding in the can.” ~ Simone Elkeles, Perfect Chemistry

If you want to play along, consider yourself nominated.  Then swing by Another Day in Paradise to see how many rules I failed to follow.

Sun Temples and Druids June 17, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, People, Travel & Leisure.
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In 1979, my grandfather pondered the mysteries of ancient settlers in the New World, including Druids in Vermont, after receiving America B.C., by Barry Fell from my father for his birthday.

While the book has its critics, my grandfather enjoyed exploring the subject matter:

3/2 ~ “I have received the America B.C. Book. It has a good picture of the South Woodstock Temple “dirt cellar.” It is evident it is an ancient settler building. The markings are a dedication to (Gel) Sun God.”

Intrigued, my grandfather gathered a group to visit the Temple in South Woodstock in May (after the snow melted and the mud dried):

5/1 ~ “I had to write a little to inform you that a group of us, namely Leon and Marjorie, Al & Judy, Margaret and I, attended services to the Sun at the Temple.  We ran into the owner of the land and told him what we were looking for. I took 2 flash pictures inside with the party standing about. It is a sizable room. Mr. Reeves knew me by sight from Town Meetings. There is a fire place near the Temple structure. It is also of ancient origin, I think. The road was pretty fair and dried out. The symbols of fertility have been moved to a museum for safe keeping. Chapter 14 in America B.C.

A few weeks later, he shared his photos with Joseph B. Johnson, who had served as 70th Governor of Vermont in the 1950’s:

6/25 ~ “Another event of the year is past. The Parade of Springfield Alumni. Lucia took Margaret and I to the Johnson’s at 10. An open car picked us up at 10:30. Joe was in front and Margaret, Virginia and I were in back. We are now the second car of old people. A doubtful honor for us.

“I took along a picture of the South Woodstock Temple. It was news to both Joe and Virginia. Joe may get a copy of the book. Margaret is OK after the parade. It is nearing dinner time and we have berries. So I am all set. The sun is out and porch livable. And so we drift into Summer.”

The next year, he expanded his reading to encompass the Druids of the Old World:

1/14 ~ “It is about time I wrote thanking you for Christmas gifts. Margaret is reading the book on the Druids. They were a secretive sort of religious people. The So. Woodstock building seems to match other buildings in Europe, Scotland, and England.”

That’s one of the delights of reading.  The end of a book need not be the end of the inquiry.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related articles:  The Mysterious Stone Chambers of New England (The South Woodstock complex consists of stone chambers, standing stones, and cairns in a natural bowl surrounded by hills and ridges. Besides having close proximity to waterways connecting with the Connecticut River, the beehive structures would have been interconnected by an intricate network of footpaths.)

Related posts re dad’s dad:  The Other Side of Retirement * How NOT To Cook A Turkey * Pragmatic Thoughts on Life & Death * Wry Observations on Dry Politics * Flying Squirrels & Other Silly Bits * Quaint Colloquialisms * DIY Projects, Work Bees, & No Cavities! * Until The Worm Turns * A Real Straight Shooter

Gather Round The Good Stuff June 11, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Fun & Games, Happiness, People.
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To celebrate our niece’s birthday, we met up at the Melting Pot in Tampa.

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Where we shared Cheese Fondue, Hot Pots, and Chocolate Fondue.

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Amid laughter, teasing, kind-hearted kidding, and general frivolity.

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A week later, we headed south to Sarasota to hook up with relatives from Vermont who winter in North Fort Myers.

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The gathering of the clan included aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters, brothers, spouses, daughters, and sons.

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In due course, we headed round to Rise Pies to gather round the good stuff.

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C~H~E~E~S~E!!!

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Aah . . . that’s better!

May your week overflow with good times, good friends, and good food!

Why It’s Important NOT To Give A Shit! May 25, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Life Balance, Life Lessons, People.
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In the following clip, Carlin discusses the dissonance between who he thought he was and who he really was and how he shifted mid-career from someone who was on stage to entertain by pleasing people to someone who was on stage to share his honest thoughts with the world.

One reason people claim that there are “no mistakes in life, only lessons” is because (if we pay attention), everything teaches us something.  We are always evolving, shaped by our experiences with people, places, and things:

* We try X, it doesn’t resonate, so we cross X off the list b/c X is not what we are here for.

* We try Y, it fits likes a glove, so we keep doing Y, until we are prompted to move past Y and onto Z.

I suspect Carlin didn’t feel as much dissonance at the outset of his career.  But once he saw his peers (Lenny Bruce, Bob Dylan, Buffalo Springfield, Grace Slick) shrugging off the status quo, he knew he needed to head in the same direction.

Aah . . . that’s better!

The-Pink-Panther* He who trims himself to suit everyone else will soon whittle himself away. ~ Raymond Hull

* Trust yourself and you will know how to live. ~ Goethe

* You don’t need a permission slip to live your life.

* Be who you are and say what you mean, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~ Dr. Seuss

Related posts: Speak Your Truth Quietly & Clearly * Letting Ourselves Be Seen * Pretence Is It Needed? (Candid Impressions)

Mother’s Day Madness May 9, 2015

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The-Pink-PantherFirst came March Madness.  Now it’s time for Mother’s Day Madness.

Every time I turn around some entity is telling me what to give mom for Mother’s Day ~ flowers, chocolates, wine, diamonds, candy, precious gems, silver, gold, etc..

And it’s not just for-profit businesses that want my mad money for Mother’s Day.  Non-profits want in on the action too.

And institutes of higher learning.

Pluto-RollerskatingThe Sierra Club suggested that mom might like a stuffed animal for Mother’s Day.

No, no, not a real animal stuffed by a taxidermist, a soft cuddly plush toy suitable for ages 1 – 100.

USC suggested that I get mom something in team colors so she can support the team every time she doesn’t watch a game.

Um . . . no.

But my favorite suggestion thus far.

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Hands down.

Tears rolling down my face as I laughed out loud at the audacity, the inanity, the sheer insanity of the suggestion.

Hotdog-On-A-Stick.

Yup.  That’s right.

If you don’t know what to get mom for Mother’s Day, consider getting her a Hotdog-On-A-Stick.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Moon Under Water April 27, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, People, Travel & Leisure.
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In March, we drove to St. Pete for lunch at Moon Under Water, a quaint British Pub with sidewalk service.

To learn the intriguing story behind the name, click HERE.

I ordered the Feta Taboule Salad with black olives and red peppers, served in a tortilla shell with Hummus and Pita.

A bit too much green and not enough grain for my tastes.

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BFF opted for Fish & Chips with a side of Tikha Masala Curry which tickled our “Tikha” . . . and our tastebuds.

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After lunch, we went in search of a Small Craft Taps and Casks House ~ The Ale and The Witch.

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We chuckled at a posted proverb but didn’t have a chance to sample the Witch’s Brew ~> the taps aren’t tapped at quarter past two.

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Next time we won’t arrive before the Witching Hour.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Irish Brothel April 25, 2015

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150px-Carlo_Crivelli_052Three Irishmen are sitting in the pub window seat, watching the front door of the brothel across the road.

The local Methodist pastor appears, looks up and down the street, and goes inside.

“Would you look at that!” says the first Irishman. “Didn’t I always say what a bunch of hypocrites they are?”

No sooner are the words out of his mouth than a Rabbi appears at the door, looks up and down the street, knocks, and goes inside.

“Another one trying to fool everyone with pious preaching!” says the second Irishman.

After roundly condemning the vicar and Rabbi, they see their own parish priest knock on the door.

“Ah, now dat’s sad,” says the third Irishman. “One of the girls must have died.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

April Phools! April 1, 2015

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TimonWhile watching The Mentalist one night, we heard an enticing News Blurb that encouraged us to stay tuned to NBC for the local News at 11.

Some guy had used up all his cell phone minutes.  He didn’t have a plan with rollover minutes.

The gentleman in question wanted to enjoy cheap phone sex without paying for extra minutes or charging several dollars a minute to a credit card for the lady’s time.

What a dilemma for a desperate and determined dude!

In a less-than-brilliant move, he did what any red-blooded male with half a brain would do . . . he dialed 911!

Betty-BoopYup, he called the 911 Operator and asked her what she was wearing.  Then, he asked her if she had a nice ass.

Then, he shared intimate details about his body before asking her a few more questions that NBC censored from the 911 tape being replayed for our listening pleasure.

Paydirt!  The 911 Operator agreed to head over there as soon as her shift ended.

Surprise, surprise, surprise . . . the “hussy” never showed up.  Instead, a patrol car ran round and two officers arrested the dude.

Lumpus-MooseWhen he denied having made a 911 call, the officers called the number on the recorded 911 tape and the dude’s cell phone started ringing.

BUSTED!

Happy April Fool’s Day!  

Virtual Reality: Kings & Pawns March 28, 2015

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke, People, Politics, Spirit & Ego.
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150px-Carlo_Crivelli_052When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land. They said ‘Let us pray.’

We closed our eyes.

When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land. – Desmond Tutu

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Kill one man and you’re a murderer, kill a million and you’re a conqueror. – Jean Rostand

America is so advanced that even the chairs are electric. – Doug Hamwell

We are here on earth to do good unto others.
What the others are here for, I have no idea. – W.H. Auden

Chess

Lawyers believe a man is innocent until proven broke. – Robin Hal

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing. – Emo Philips

After the game, the King and the Pawn go into the same box. – Italian proverb

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  e-mail from unknown author (sent by Granny1947)

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