Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sleep?

Honey had an endoscopy yesterday morning.  
She's OK, the test simply confirmed what she already knew, and she is back on medication that she should have never been taken off of in the first place- that's another story, and possible the subject of another post.
We had to get up very early to be at the surgical center before dawn, and both of us were very tired last night, so we shut things down and went to bed around 9:00 p.m.
I should feel rested this morning, but you know what they say about best laid plans.  I woke up every hour all night long, and got up more tired than I was when I went to bed.  It's going to be a long day.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Garbage Day

Monday's are Garbage Day at the old Boggy Thicket, the day of the week that I haul the garbage can out to the curb.  
Today, when I got the can to the street, I had an almost uncontrollable urge to climb in.
I have no idea why, and of course I didn't do it, but it has me wondering what that was all about.
Then again, today was also the first day of the new school year, and I felt no desire at all to climb on the school bus.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Rhythmic Gymnastics

After too many days of Olympics on TV, Honey and I watched the all-around finals of Rhythmic Gymnastics yesterday.  
That's the event where scantily clad young women cavort with hoops, ropes, balls and ribbons to music which may or may not match what they are doing.  It is known as Rhythmic Gymnastics, as opposed to Artistic Gymnastics which are the events where the US team dominated in prime time.
In case you missed it, Russian girls took Gold and Silver and the Bronze Medal went to a girl from Ukraine.  That Bronze was particularly impressive because Russia and Ukraine are at war, and the gym where Ganna Rizatdinova trained was often without heat, forcing her to practice in a diver's wet suit.
The picture above is the US team, which finished dead last in  the first day of qualification which put them out of medal contention.  That is not as bad as it sounds - they were the first US team to ever qualify for the Olympics.  The only other American team to appear was at the Atlanta games where they received an automatic entry as the host country.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Lochte

One of the biggest stories to come out of the Rio Olympics is the bizarre report of Ryan Lochte being "robbed at gunpoint" and the subsequent stories that seem to prove that the "robber" was an armed security guard protecting a gas station.
Everyone and his brother (myself included) has been quick to condemn Lochte's behavior - wondering what the Hell he was thinking.
Then, I remembered being in a similar situation - one that involved youthful exuberance, excess alcohol, a language barrier, and a large pistol.  
In my case, the confrontation occurred in Piedras Negras when I was sixteen, and the guy with the gun was the bouncer at a border town bar.  I won't go into details here, other than to say that there was no vandalism involved, and I didn't intentionally do anything wrong, but the situation got very tense for a while.
My drunken companions thought the whole thing was hilarious.

Friday, August 19, 2016

WORDS




I saw an article yesterday that said that the average English-speaking adult knows over 42,000 words.  
That number was based on a study by Ghent University.  They used an exam that they placed on Facebook.  It took me a while to find it, but you can take it yourself HERE.
If you didn't take the test - and you should - it uses a very clever method of determining knowledge.  It asks you if you recognize a series of words.  Most are real, but about 30% look like they might be real words but are not.
Several of those fake words got me - and they warn you ahead of the test that there are extra penalties for saying you recognize a word that doesn't exist.  In spite of scoring 96% on the real words, I lost major points by saying yes to predicity, doodlet and toaked.  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Louisiana Flood

Lots of Louisiana remains flooded this morning, and some areas will get worse before they get better. There are still highways shut down, and the currently recommended route from Houston to New Orleans involves driving to Shreveport, taking I-20 to Meridian, MS, and I-59 south to NOLA.
I really feel for the poor folks who have suffered losses - been there myself  and know that recovery will be a long and painful process.
But -
CBS reported yesterday, and I suppose that it's true, that only one in eight homes and businesses that flooded in Baton Rouge had flood insurance!
They're 56 feet above sea level, on the banks of the Mississippi,and they don't have flood insurance?
What the Hell were they thinking?