Friday, April 19, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

GIve

You know two days ago when I was kind of ambivalent about Notre Dame?  Well, I've firmly moved the annoyed as fuck column.

So far, people have donated nearly a BILLION dollars for one church's renovation. Singular

I get it. It's a nice church. But it's a catholic church - an organization who has no trouble covering their own fucking costs. They have more than billions. Hundreds of billions at the very least. Granted, they need a chunk of that for moving priests around and paying off lawsuits, but they can do that on the interest alone.

What do I care if French millionaires give away their hard earned argent?  I don't.

I DO care when BLOTUS via Fuckabee-Sanders, that the U.S. would offer "assistance".  Even Disney is giving $5 million (another organization that could find the total cost in their seat cushions).

By "assistance" I do hope Fuckabee means we will help carry some 2x4s from point A to point B. Because if we give one fucking dime to this project I will lose it. We have more than enough things to fix with money we're already in debt for - a church in France shouldn't be one of them.

Some sheriff's deputy son - a white guy, I might add - allegedly has burned down three black churches......in the south (surprise! surprise! on all of those elements..............NOT!). I don't see the White House pledging funds for those, but it's not only not their base, it would upset their base should they give any $$$ to them thar houses of worship.

People are bitching about Flint not having clean water - and they don't. But they have the funds. While BLOTUS takes credit, Obama signed that funding.  But it's in form of a loan. The city has to pay that back.

Still we have lots of things this country should be putting our monies toward, as a country. A building in France by a group of money-grubbing religious zealots shouldn't be one of our donations.



Song by: Tori Amos

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Smile Like You Mean It

There is an insurance ad (Progressive?) where some guy on a Jeopardy-like show and has won for weeks or months on end, answering every question, much to the annoyance of the host.

Art imitates life, so they say.  Now there is "James" who is on an actual Jeopardy-like show. He answers mostly every question, much to the annoyance of the other contestants and some of the tv watching pubic.

It was kind of fun watching him win - well, until the end of each show...........when he smiles...like this!


Eeeeek.


STOP IT!!!!!!




Song by: the Killers

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Paris is Burning

I am not an emotional person - unless it has to do with doggies or kitties. I'm just not.

Of course I feel bad about a landmark like Notre Dame going up in flames, but more about the architecture and history than what it is....or was, assuming they can save any of it.

I have no emotion for a building. Or at least that one. I think I kind of did for the twin towers. 18 years has clouded my memories.

When we were in Paris, going to (let alone into) Notre Dame wasn't even on our list to see. We walked near it, saw no line and shrugged, "why not?".  And it was free.

How do I say this nicely?   It's a church.

That's it.

Lots of carved wood and religious iconography. It's not quite, you've seen one cathedral, you've seen 'em all kind of thing, but it's not too far from that either.

I've been in churches. Truth be told, I was bored early on. And me being bored was way better than the photo ops that were doing on there.  People with their arms stretched out with a rosary dangling from their hand, so a friend could catch a picture of them from behind. 

Artsy. Fartsy. And sacrilegious.

Faux Worship.  I love it, though I hated it.

I didn't care to be in there for the right reasons. Folks like that were there for the wrong ones.

I will say this - I totally missed knowing you could go up and look at the gargoyles. THAT I would have done.  Looking at a rose window or a dead Jesus didn't do much for me.

Oh - and the loss of / in the fire:  part of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore. 

Really?

As 710 said:  can I see their Certificate of Authenticity?   No shit.


I'm sure it was devastating to watch burn. I'm also guessing, if it were construction related, that the company doing repairs don't have enough insurance to cover this damage.

I did find it interesting that Notre Dame has more visitors per year than the Eiffel Tower.  I wouldn't have thought that - but don't discount the power of 'free'.  Or a bunch of people who are afraid of heights.

The thing with something like this is: it's not really gone.  It will be immortalized in another fashion, and that's not a bad thing.  Things change. It's the nature of it all, and it's rarely pretty when it happens.



Song by: St. Vincent

Monday, April 15, 2019

My Music Monday

I'm going through my SoundHound history: things I've hit to see what the song is.

Usually, I'm out somewhere and I kind of dig the song - at least at that time in that setting. That's why I search for it in the first place.

I will say, many a time, that initial spark never translates to really living up to the actual song, once sitting in my living room or car when I play it at another time.

"Strange Attraction" by Freedom Fry falls somewhere higher than that, but I won't say I love love the song.

I still find it interesting.

I know zero about the band, nor have I even bothered to Goooooogle them. Maybe some of their other stuff is better...........but alas, perhaps it's not.

Judge for yourself.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Tax Free

Taxes.  Tax returns, or lack thereof.

I'm torn on this, if I'm being honest.

Of course, who doesn't want to get a tax return? Everyone - right? But in theory that doesn't happen. It can't happen, nor should it.

BLOTUS' tax changes did exactly what they were supposed to do..........for him and his "friends".  Give them huge cuts while the people he promised it would help the most aren't seeing anything in ways of returns.

If Facebook is any indicator, no one in my feed is at least boasting of a return. Quite the opposite. I get the complaints. I also get the rationale why people who are getting a return don't crow about it, though one friend did mention he's getting a whopping $77 back.

We are not the 1%, but I would assume we are in the top 10% (and yes, there is a HUGE drop off in those other 9%). So, I'm ok paying my fair share.

Oddly, with BLOTUS' plan, I didn't fall into his rich friends category or the "working class" who were supposed to, but didn't, get a refund. We are probably paying more than we ever have, which is the being torn.

Of course I don't want to pay that much, but I'd like to say we're paying our 'fair share'. And if it supports the infrastructure, schools, etc - I'm ok with that.  The issue I truly have is the 'fair share' part. Any number of people who are in that other 9% are skirting this - and are seemingly ok with it all.  And they are the first ones who want to MAGA........just not on their dime.

See how that works?

So, we will write our checks (yes, state and federal) and be done with it. That's more than I can say for BLOTUS.




Song by: Jimi Hendrix

Saturday, April 13, 2019

12 of 12

So I'm doing my 109th 12 of 12.

Normally it is 12 pictures taken on the 12th of the month. Since I only post once per day, you get my images the following day. All pictures taken with my iPhone. Click images to enlarge, if you choose.

Created by Chad Darnell and picked up from, what I can tell, any number of random bloggers who then link back to him and vice versa. Chad is no longer doing this, nor is successor coordinating the linking of other 12 of 12'ers anymore. Now it's just Erik and myself - that I know of.....as it's the only blog post he's still doing......for now.  

I still continue to do this, because of all my consistent post topics, I actually like this one the most.

04:35.  Disarming security for a.m. dog walk

04:55.  iTunes check.  
Making sure my new pre-order downloaded correctly.  It did. 

05:55.  Shower Time

06:25.  "Keying" into my floor. 

06:56.  A.M. Report.  First one. 

12:30.  Going Away Lunch. 
This was my last day in my area. I start my new job on Monday. 

15:55.  Waiting for an interviewee. 
I was working till the last second to tie up every loose end I could. 

19:10.  One last look. 
It was a nice office with three windows. 

19:20.  Headed to my car - with good-bye balloons. 

19:30.  Quick stop at the store before heading home. 

20:05.   No Mr. Poopers. 
He wasn't having it. 

21:00.  One Kitty Cat. 
Since you're not getting a Sophie / Shep post today, I had to throw one in of each. 


Friday, April 12, 2019

Supermassive Black Hole

I can't believe it took a team of 200 astronomers in 20 countries, working together for over a decade to find  the first image of a gaping black hole 55 million light-years away from Earth. 



I bet they feel fairly foolish at this point.




Song by: Muse

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Mockingbird

We were in New York for a few days, and the last evening - Tuesday night - we had tickets to see the new stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Aaron Sorkin "written" - and manipulated by him and Harper Lee's estate. There were required changes - not that are so offensive, but you're toying with a classic.

The book had some humour built in - as the subject is heavy for its time period setting and its publication time, plus it's seen from a young girl's perspective.  The movie, while still having the perspective, I never found to be light. So I thought this adaptation was a little broad. The times the audience laughed and laughed were too numerous to count - and a little disconcerting to me.

Jeff Daniels was Atticus. Meh. While I know the play / book / movie is set in the South, his portrayal wasn't that convincing. He helped make Atticus a little sanitized. The Daniels / Sorkin thing was inevitable.  The woman who played Scout was the best in the play.

Yes. Woman.

Gem, Scout and Dill were played by - and as - grown-ups. Well, to a degree. Boo Radley is there, but barely. Bob Ewell was well done too - and by a guy I've seen on every Law & Order franchise.....and as a racist cop on BlackKklansman.

All the expounding Atticus does isn't half as powerful as the scene with "town drunk" Dolphus Raymond. To me, he is the heart and conscious of the play.....and he's in it for five minutes of a 175 minute play.

Sorkin uses two things that bothered me - and probably only me. One was using the Latin phrase "Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc".  It stood out to me, as he used it in the West Wing. While it could be in the book, I don't remember it. Ever.  And he has Bob Ewell use it too.  Bob Ewell, who is never determined if he can actually read. He also accuses Atticus of having 'Hebraic blood".   Ewell would never know the word "Hebraic"

Deviations aside, the story is still poignant especially for our current time - one that I'm sure was not an accident on Sorkin's part. Or anyone participating in this production.

One hopes that anyone who buys a ticket would also find it poignant and timely.



And speaking of social injustices:   wine at the theater. I ordered one for each 710 and myself. No posted prices. I knew it would be "pricey" but had zero idea that I'd have to delay our retirement for five years.  After wine was poured and pushed across the bar, "that will be $54" !!!!

I know I'm a cheap drunk, but I don't buy $27 bottles of wine, let alone two of them. And trust in knowing, it didn't come close to two bottles of wine!

Celebrity sighting though:  Jeff Bezos was there. If anyone noticed other than I (who then told 710), no one seemed to acknowledge or care.  However, as a subscribing family of the Washington Post and Amazon Prime - shouldn't he have bought our tickets? 

I mean - I totally get why he couldn't afford the wine.


Song by: Allison Moorer

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Nazi Driver

It's late (read: WAY past my bedtime and I have a full travel day today), so I got no time to write and don't have a fully formulated thought.

Semi, yes.  Full, no.

But you can gleam it from this.  I'll pick up on it later.




Song by: Soundgarden

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Source of Infection

I'm just going to point you to an article you must read - because it is scary as fuck.

When is an infection not just an infection?

Apparently, when it's Candida Auris. A seemingly unstoppable fungus that is spreading - and well......staying.

The problem is: it's not staying in the body. It lives in the walls and floors and ceilings of hospitals. And I'm guessing anywhere a patient with it has been.

The article talks a lot about the attempted disinfection  (read that again: ATTEMPTED, not successful) of hospital rooms the patients have been, but what I didn't see (and maybe I missed it) how any staff who treated them and how they were exposed and any aftermath.  There is also no mention about the areas in which they were treated:  ORs, radiology, etc.

In theory - and entire hospital could be at risk with never eradicating this deadly infection.

The article is here.     (seriously - you do need to read it.)

Read it - as, this will be how I die.



Song by: Van Halen

Monday, April 08, 2019

My Music Monday

Kirsty MacColl had a lot of great music. The world has missed out on a lot of potential the day she died 18+ years ago.

The songs she wrote were clever and not radio claptrap. While technically not the best vocalist, no one covered her songs better than her (other than maybe Tracey Ullman that one time).

There really is not an album of hers I don't like overall and oddly, I don't think I have a fave - though Kite and Electric Landlady are my go-to ones.

She could pull off songs about sex in high heels or soccer. And my favourite title, "There's a Guy Who Works Down at the Chip Shop Who Swears He's Elvis".

Starting on Landlady, she dabbled with Latin influences in her music and it progressed over her next few disks.

MacColl could go total pop - but not in a bad way. More in a Brit way. I'm not sure she ever portrayed that better than in a song from Landlady: "He Never Mentioned Love".

First off - the wood block that some percussionist is playing always comes to the forefront for me - even though it's not overtly out there. My ears just tune into it. But it's her wordplay and phrasing that make the song.  The back and forth between 'heard' and 'hurt'.  Like the two actors named John.

You'll never tap your toe to a song about missed connections more than you will with this song.


Sunday, April 07, 2019

Site of the Month

When did you become gay?

That is the eternal question - isn't it?   Ok. It isn't, but it sounds good.

Via Twitter - 25 men decided to relay when they "became gay" and why.

The entries are humourous, poignant, and if you read between the lines, a little sad - as some of them clearly come from reality.

Anyhoo - read here.

Saturday, April 06, 2019

the Box

Dogs and Cats.  Well - not plural. Plural pics. Singular animals.

Caged beast. 


Kylie and Tovah were box cats. Sophie? Not so much. 
So one of the few opportunities in there, I snagged the pic. 

Shep was seemingly proud of his accomplishment. 


The jumping canine.  



Song by: Damien Rice

Friday, April 05, 2019

the Windmills of Your Mind

I know I've asked this rhetorically before, but I might have to really get answers this or next time:

Is anyone dumber than BLOTUS?

Well - wait. I might have answered my own question.

Yes there are. Many. Those who continue to support him after he says stupid ass shit like his "They say windmills might cause cancer" remark.  And the people who work for him who have to defend the stupid shit he says.

To their credit though - they ARE stupid, so they don't know he is also. Hell, they don't know they're stupid. That's one take.

Seriously though - why does the media just not call him what he is: a liar!?!

Naturally, if they did, he'd sue. And Fuckabee Sanders would point out he said "might", which is his ever helpful loophole.  Kind of like Bob when he uses "allegedly" in some of his posts.   <i>smileyface</i>.

BLOTUS also says that home values decrease by 75% when they are near windmills (read: turbines). Yeah?  Yeah???   Prove it.  I'm a number guy.  I want to see the data. All of it.

Oh wait - he's not one for "facts", let alone releasing data, so it will be a harder time to prove......naturally. But sure, let's take him at his word.

I don't flaunt (would that be the right word?) my cancer survivorship ever - but this kind of false information is just fucked up. But hell if are now not a nation of science deniers.

Thank g-d coal is good for the lungs!

Anyway..........I'll end this with imagery.


....as seen at his Scotland golf course - which, by law, is now worth 75% less. 


.....and then my absolute...absolute...absolute favourite......




"when I get a read on that......".   Oh honey.  If I were the media I would not not not not stop until they answered the question.



Song by: Dusty Springfield

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Blood Makes Noise

HBO's The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley is as hypnotizing as it is fucked up.

If you haven't been reading anything about Theranos - and even if you have - you should watch this.

Elizabeth Holmes, is without a doubt, the most over confident person in the tech world - or the most delusional.  Or both.

It's not like HBO went and filmed the rise and fall of this company (oh. Spoiler Alert. It falls.)  So it recaps, but the amount of film on this woman and the amount of photo sessions she did, I'm not sure how she'd have time to invent a thing, let alone one that works.

And apparently she is (or was) convincing. Henry Kissinger, George Shultz (who takes Holmes' side over his own grandson who worked at Theranos) were advisers and investors....and suckers. David Boise, whom I admire(d), represents her and Theranos.  Well, past tense. But he went down fighting for the company until he couldn't avoid the truth.

Honestly, it is her demeanor and voice that I think lured people in. And there are accounts that this is not the way Holmes talks. I bet she's not even a real blonde.

Holmes lured folks and their cash - to a tune of $724,000,000, without ever actually making a product - successful or not. It lost just as much, if not more, with a lot going toward legal fees.

Should you have the chance, it's currently playing and on demand. And it's from the makers who did the Scientology documentary, Going Clear - which was just as creepy and mesmerizing as this is.

Check it out.



Song by: Suzanne Vega

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Too Late

Oh dear.

I've waited too long to try to craft a post. Though, in my defense, my days have been 12-13 hours long. My work days, that is.

A lesser man wouldn't really put in the effort as he in the midst of transitioning jobs. I am not such a man.

Whist impossible to wrap EVERYTHING up, I'm trying to tie up as many loose ends as possible. Unfortunately, new "challenges" keep getting thrown in my way. Last Friday alone, I had two people quit - so those positions won't be filled before I leave.  Those two positions won't even be posted before I go.

So, I've been going in earlier and staying later, just to try to get things in place. As much as possible. But I'm getting pulled in 27 directions, everyone wanting a piece of me before I depart, or from my new area, who wants me to attend meetings and craft presentations before I even start.

It's pushing 22:00 and Mike is badgering me (I tellz ya) via text. I'm exhausted and had to jot this down before my head hit the pillow.  04:45 comes quickly. 

.....and yes.  That IS what she said.



Song by: Foreigner

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

I Kissed a Girl



OMFG.

#1.  Because of this post, I felt the need to go - for the first time ever! - to the FAUX News site (and no, I'm not hyperlinking). 

#2.  CNN. FOX, not MSNBC, has this (or a version of) as their top story.  TOP.  Above the fold, as it were.  Well, MSNBC's is about at the fold.

First off - I'm not cutting Joe Biden any slack. Or much. And no longer do I know where the "line" is.  By the woman's own admission, it was 'inappropriate' but not 'sexual assault'.  To me, that sounds reasonable, but you know, I wasn't there.

Now, I don't think Biden should run for president. I've said it before, and well before this came out. I don't think this type of instance should stop anyone from running. Sexual assault?  Sure. And unplanned or unwanted kiss?  Meh.   If there was tongue, it'd be less of a grey area.

I don't think I'm making this up when I say there are different standards for the GOP and DNC.


For a Democrat, you're being told to step out of the race or quit your job in the Senate.  If you're in the GOP, you're elected to the highest office in the land, or a provided a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court.

But yes, I went to FOX.  Since they were so headline-y about Biden, I used their own search function and typed in 'pussy'.

Care to guess how many hits came back on BLOTUS?   C'mon..................guess.  Just try. 

Ok. I'll give you a hint:  it's less than 1, but more than -1. 

The only thing that came up was "Pussy Riot". Lots of those references going back at least to 2012.  I stopped seven years back.  But naturally, the hypocrisy of the Biden story with a kiss versus a brag of a sexual assault is lost on no one but Fox.  And BLOTUS. And the GOP. And those who continue to vote for the GOP knowing all of this.

So Joe has two accusers.  BLOTUS had, I believe, dozens.

I don't even really know where to go with this - in blog form. #metoo isn't #metoobutnotifhesarepublican.  Except, it is.




Song by: Katy Perry (which, I do NOT own....just FYI)

Monday, April 01, 2019

My Music Monday

I'm not horribly big on April Fool's Day.

While, now and again, I feel that I'm more clever than most people, I'm not creative enough in that department to come up with something good enough to think that it's real.

Well, that might not be entirely true either, but I always assume it's a given when you try to pull something off on April 1.

I did do it "successfully" here once five years ago, but a second time is not likely.

For today, you get Quarterflash (they kind of still have a website.......it seems we all just missed their last concert.......ever!)

While "others" find my music tastes "questionable", this one even baffles, me, but I kind of really liked Quarterflash's first album. Even that doesn't track with my usual tastes - such as they are.

But since it is April Fool's, why not do "Find Another Fool". 

Why not, indeed.



.....and not, this isn't an April Fool's joke.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Bug

No post. Not really. 

The day didn't start well, with two concurrent leg cramps, in two separate legs - while still in bed. And while I won't be too graphic, I've been side-lined with a GI bug.   So those less than a 1000 steps I'm got in were mostly from bed or sofa to the bathroom. 

710 is on dog duty yesterday and possibly today.  We will see how it goes.

As it stands, March is going out like a lion. We are slated to get 2-5" of snow after I got to be, but before I wake up.  Yayyy March!

Enjoy your day.



Song by: Johnny Marr

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Comfortable

Saturday. You know the drill.

Someone knows what comfort is. 

Sentry Sophie

Waiting for his Uber at daycare. 

Blanket. Window. Radiator. Mountain of Toys. 
check, check check and check!

so. much. sass. 

Horrible pic of me, but someone was so happy to see me when I picked him up, I don't care exactly how I looked.  .........well..........kind of. 



Song by: Ian Hunter

Friday, March 29, 2019

Special

How unpopular must Betsy DeVos and her decision making be if BLOTUS is overriding her bad choices?

This question is actually not rhetorical.

I mean, this is a guy who has made a lifetime of bad decisions and then would double down defending each and every one.

For the record, when anthropologists scour this blog in the centuries to come trying to find where it all went wrong, I refer to DeVos raping the education budget to defund - or attempt to - Special Olympics.

BLOTUS actually overruled her - or overruled a decision he told her to make, trying to make him look good.

I have to believe there are two possible scenarios with this reversal:


1.  Test Balloon
As the morals and resolve of this country continue to deteriorate, BLOTUS & Co are seeing what they can actually get away with. They're not even going by small increments anymore. He might have tipped his hand.  Might.

2. Couldn't Defund Due to Personal Reasons
Due to at least three of his kids being 'tards.

Let's face it, Eric's brain isn't fully formed. You know he just drools all the time.  And Baron - well.....that kid has 'special needs' written all over him.  Spare me the "oh, don't go after an innocent kid".  Fuck that. The family lost that privilege when they locked up kids in cages.

Oh. And Tiffany. I think the less said about her the better.

They need some outdoor time and to run around. Once a year they probably get it participating in the Special Olympics.


Deep down, I'd like to think BLOTUS was shamed into changing "Devos' decision", but I'm pretty sure he's a man with no shame and public opinion is not going to sway that shit.

And as always - never ever ever ever rule out:  this was a distraction.  Probably from the Mueller report, but could be something else they're doing that's evil.  I'll rephrase:  they are doing something evil - we're just not sure what at this point, as it is continual and ever changing.


Song by: Garbage

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Shopping with Blobby

Yet another installment in the drudgery that is everyday shopping. The camera-phone makes it a bit more fun - though I get looks whenever I take pics of products. Like I care what people think

Let's call this one Shopping with Becca.


She was all pukey emoji face about it.

To be fair - I can imagine the waffle taste of a cereal, but not the chicken part........nor do I want to.

I had to remind Ms. F that we are not the target demographic for this brand. To be honest, I never got the combo for chicken & waffles. I don't understand the origins or the appeal......mostly the latter. Adding milk to the scenario takes it to a different, less desirable level.

Make it almond, soy or cashew milk and it intensifies the nastiness. May as well just pour orange juice on them.

Keep in mind, this is called Shopping with Blobby, not Eating with Blobby.....and for good reason.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Record of the Month

I figured I'd do a monthly 'what I'm listening to' kind of thing. This could be viewed as a lame placeholder kind of post. And probably it is. But it's my blog! So there!


Remember when I used to these reviews? 

Blame it on what I consider the plethora of unbuyable music. I'm still not one for streaming an ever-ending amount of music for $5 a month. An artist should be paid an actual wage for their content and with streaming, they aren't.

Napster pays the highest at - get this - $0.016 per play. Notice the 0 after the decimal point. 90,000 plays would get an artist a whopping $1,472.  And this is the highest rate. Spotify?  $0.0038 (notice the two 0s).  YouTube? $0.0006 (not notice the three 0s).

Streaming, at these rates, will literally cut original content to nothing as time goes on? There is suffering for one's art, and then there is starving because of it.

So no, I buy my music. 710 things I'm a fuddy-duddy (and he may not be wrong), but it's not because of my old-school habits of purchasing music.

So - anyhooo...........I did splurge for Jenny Lewis' disk, On the Line.

I don't think any magazine or paper has ever given her a bad review. That said - anymore, it's rare any reviewer gives an artist a bad review. But On the Line is ok, but not all that and not the best of her career as some have pointed out - though I suppose it's all subjective.

They can't keep calling a Lewis record 'retro' when all she does is 'retro'.  There is a Shins vibe to a song or two ("Dogwood", "Heads Gonna Roll").

My bigger problem is, so many songs are interchangeable with so much of what she's done in the past. The three continual piano chords are getting old ("Party Clown").

I tried to get through "Wasted Youth" (same three piano chords) but the "doo doo doo" was just enough to push me over the edge.

The one song I found the most interesting was "Little White Dove".  The groove, according to Lewis came from Beck. I hate to say it (or do I?), the revelation that he is a big time Scientologist kind of ruined him for me. Still he made Lewis sound interesting, which on this album is not a small feat.

While I like the idea of Lewis, to me, she peaked with her first solo album, but then it was all new. Now it's all been done before.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Over & Over

Two Parkland suicides within a week. And an additional one from the father of a Sandy Hook student.

W.T.F.

Parkland has kind of broke the barriers on so many aspects of a mass shooting. Almost never has their been a student response like the one they had. Never have they been so outspoken, so visible. They've taken a tragedy and made it a teachable moment.  Moments.

Now it's time for round two..............unfortunately.

The reality is, the tragedy doesn't stop with the funerals and the reopening of the school doors - though with drop in coverage, many would think that is where it ends. Trauma lasts for years, decades or a lifetime. I think this is pretty evident in the last few days.

I don't really know how people get over these kind of events. Right now, it is clear that some do not, if any of them do.

It is hard to quantify the cost of these events. There are direct and indirect costs - the latter harder to actualize.  There is the amount of money and time on therapy. There is just the time off of work / school and the downstream loss of revenue from that - and all that entails.

I think the most distressing thing about these suicides is - after all said and done - they were carried out with the item that affected their lives so much prior to this:  a gun.

As the country (read: government) is unwilling to do anything to stop mass shootings - of kids or adults - this is a cycle that will go on.  And on.

It seems the next step is to educate, educated, educate after these shootings. While I don't think any of the survivors and families want to live their lives in the media, the second someone stops broadcasting, most of us stop remembering and stop helping.

The GOP might be unable to really pull off trickle-down economics, but they certainly have a huge success rate of trickle-down murder / suicide.




Song by: Fleetwood Mac

Monday, March 25, 2019

My Music Monday

I have decided to embrace the 'baffling music' thing.  Like Popeye - I am what I am. That - and Popeye had an 'it's complicated' thing going on with Bluto.

Did they or didn't they ?  I'm not sure anyone knows.

I could go way off course and start to talk about the fact that I don't think he and Olive Oyl were married, yet somehow there was this kid - so out of wedlock?  fostered?  adopted?  All very progressive for a cartoon of the....30's(?).

.....and now back on course.

From Cowboy Junkies to Sister of Mercy.  THAT is quite a segue, no?  Well, welcome to my life, such as it is.

There actually is a SoM website, but it is for a convent, so.................there's that.

I had no affinity for the band back in the day (1988?), but liked the song "This Corrosion". It's interesting in its own way. And while Jim Steinman produced it, it's not in the vein of Meatloaf - Tyler - AirSuppy - Celine mode. Yes, the song is over the top in places, but not in the Steinman tried and true method.

To the readers who may or may not click on this - I think you can ALL thank me for not putting on the 9+ minute album version.


...........you're welcome!


Sunday, March 24, 2019

Pink

I really have nothing today. Thought we'd see a movie yesterday, but that didn't pan out. I bought some music, but haven't listened enough to write a Record of the Month.  I took dog pics, but you know you have to wait till Saturday for those to possibly surface, right?

So all I have is picture of Gus Kenworthy and his new pink hair.   {swoon}


Gus, as I'm sure he'd allow me to call him, is a Olympic medalist, dog-rescuer and a funny-ish guy. ....and gay. Gus is gay.

He's a handsome enough chap, or so I think. {and I do!}

I'm digging this pic he posted on Instagram. The pink kind of works for him. It brings out the blue in his eyes and yes, the pink in his lips. The contrast of his beard works too.

Mr. K is also funny on Twitter

So, while I have nothing, I'm still giving you Gus Kenworthy.


You're welcome.



Song by: Baby Carrots

Saturday, March 23, 2019

the Couch

T.G.I.SP/SM.S


This man suffers greatly if not doted upon at every turn. 

...so he has the energy for squirrel hunting. 

Sophie owns my hand.  Trapped under her chin for at least an hour. Who am I to move it??

Someone seems very comfortable on the sofa. 



Song by: Alanis Morissette