Sunday, April 30, 2017

My Latest Limerick

I just passed the Bar exam. Wow!
I’m a gen-you-wine lawyer, now
A real-life attorney
Next stop on my journey
A position at Dewey, Cheatham and Howe

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Bags

The first 100 days of the Donald Trump presidency have been marked by the most vicious attacks on any president in history.  While some may have been justified - based on valid disagreement on how the country should be run - many, if not most, have been mean spirited attacks on his looks, his family, and his speaking style.
Typical of this type of attack is the Donald Trump dog poop bag.  Yes, they're real - you can buy them here -  https://donaldtrumpdogpoopbags.com/.
I don't know whether to be appalled at this, or applaud the entrepreneurial spirit of the website creators.  
I do know the bags are not a good deal.  
45 bags (3 rolls of 15) for $13 comes to 29 cents a bag (plus shipping) for something that is usually free at RV parks and dog parks around the country.  You would have to really hate Trump to justify that kind of unnecessary expense.
 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Texans Get A Tiger

In the first round of the NFL draft last night, the Houston Texans traded up to select Quarterback Deshaun Watson of Clemson.  
Lord knows we've needed a winning quarterback, and he just might be the one. In his sophomore season, Watson led his team to the National Championship (4,104 passing yards, 35 passing touchdowns; 1,105 rushing yards, including 12 scores) and won the Davey O'Brien and Payton Manning Awards as the nation's top quarterback. Watson didn't take home as much hardware in 2016, but he still led Clemson to a national title while garnering second-team All-American honors (4,593 yards, 41 TDs, 17 INTs, 67.0 completion pct; 629 yards, nine TDs rushing). 
Houston GM Rick Smith and Coach Bill O'Brien both say Watson will start the season as backup to Tom Savage, but there is obviously hope that he has the stuff to take over and lead the Texans to glory.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Merit Badges

It was a long time ago, but I do remember that one of the major parts of being a Boy Scout was earning merit badges and displaying them on a sash anytime you were in uniform.   Things have changed a lot since then, but they are still a big deal, the qualifications for Eagle Scout include at least 21 merit badges in several specific categories.
 
Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than required for the Life rank),
including these 13 merit badges: (a) First Aid, (b) Citizenship in the Community,
(c) Citizenship in the Nation, (d) Citizenship in the World, (e) Communication,
(f) Cooking, (g) Personal Fitness, (h) Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving,
(i) Environmental Science OR Sustainability, (j) Personal Management,
(k) Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling, (l) Camping, and (m) Family Life.
You must choose only one of the merit badges listed in categories h, i, and k.
Any additional merit badge(s) earned in those categories may be counted as
one of your eight optional merit badges used to make your total of 21.
There are a gazillion more badges available now than there were back in my days in Scouting, many of them for activities that didn't exist back then - everything from animation to robotics.  
There are even a whole batch of fictitious badges displayed on line. Things like:
or
or my personal favorite:



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Goldblum

The word is out this morning that Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm in the upcoming Jurassic World sequel. I am a big fan of both Goldblum and the Jurassic series, and Dr. Malcolm is one of my favorite characters of all time.
Although he has never won any significant awards for his work, Goldblum has managed to be in the money, playing significant supporting roles in several of the highest grossing movies of all time - the Jurassic series, and Independence Day to name a few.  He was also in such classics as Silverado, and the Big Chill, and plays  Grandmaster, one of the Elders of the Universe in Marvel's upcoming Thor: Ragnarok. 
He has starred in several TV series over the years, and I always wanted them to be better than they were.  In spite of that, he remains one of my all time favorite actors.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tearing It Down

A couple of nights ago, under cover of darkness, workers wearing masks and flak jackets dismantled and hauled off the first of four statues in New Orleans commemorating heroes of the civil war South.  
Even those who think these attacks on our history are unjustified abominations might have to agree that a case could be made for this one.  Not a statue, but an obelisk, it marked the place where white Orleanians fought the police during Reconstruction.  
Still, the fact that city fathers chose to tear it down at night and in secret must show how unpopular the decision was with much of the population.
I find it interesting that they chose to do the deed in the pre-dawn hours of Confederate Memorial Day, a day that is still an official state holiday in Mississippi and Alabama.

Monday, April 24, 2017

British Peddlers

My old pal, Travis Shelton, was complaining this morning on Facebook about the number of ads on US television featuring spokesmen with British accents.  His post struck a nerve, since Honey and I were just talking about that last week.
I guess it got its start about 15 years ago with Brit actor Jake Wood as the voice of the Geico Gecko, and it went from there.  On American television today, British actresses sing the praises of everything from Viagra to toothpaste to toilet paper. 
Apparently American ad agencies have decided that British accents sound classier, better educated, and appeal to what they think is an American sense of  inferiority.
I don't buy it, and I don't buy any of the products they are pushing, either.
For what it's worth the whole ad thing works both ways, with many American actors getting voice-over gigs in ads aired in the UK.
This British Toyota ad features the voice of Garrison Keillor, of Prairie Home Companion fame.  You can't get much more American than that.