Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Endless Summer

  • Between mid-August and the resurrection of Summer, it appeared that snake season was blooming.  On a bike ride, I encountered two of the slitherers.  One was smallish, about 14-16", and beat a hasty retreat into the tall grasses as my 26" wheel approached.  The other was stationary, about 36-42" and 1-1/4" across.  I initially had mistaken it for a charred stick when I spotted it just off the path.  After discerning where its head was, I shooed it away by tossing a couple small handfuls of dry dog food in its direction.
  • Ever since FCA started running those Dodge commercials with all the rumbling engines, I've wondered if I was hearing the announcer correctly, as it seemed he said "a murderer of crows".  Apparently I'm not the only one.
  • Amusing sight:  A vehicle rear window sporting NRA and Sig/Sauer decals at the corners, and Diesel Dog Garage written large across the middle...on a Honda Fit.
  • I don't know if everyone has OCDs, but I have at least a couple.  When I eat grapes, it's seven at a time - I pick up seven, not all in my mouth at the same time.  If I'm eating Halloween peanut butter taffy, I have to get one orange and one black at a time, even though the candy inside is the same.
  • The Earth recently checked in to a Meineke Service Center for an alignment tune-up, which has resulted in a 13th Zodiac sign being added.  Thankfully, I don't hang out in bars, so if a chick were to ask me my sign, I won't have to say "It's that new one - I'm not sure how to pronounce it."
  • One more reason to like Michael Caine.
  • Don King, appearing for Donald Trump, accidentally said a word that would have disqualified a modern candidate for political office.  Wonder how the media will react to this?  Interestingly, the article's author, in identifying King, includes the phrase once convicted of manslaughter.  True enough, but I wondered how he might describe the Rev. Al Sharpton, who is supporting another candidate.  I did not find him using the term discredited in promoting the 1987 Tawana Brawley rape hoax to describe Rev. Sharpton.  
  • A bit of research indicated the author actually may be conservative.
  • Media Bias, part II: In a CBS News piece about the Mylan CEO (EpiPen maker) being questioned by a Congressional committee about recent price hikes, no mention was made that the company CEO, Heather Bresch, is the daughter of  Senator Joe Manchin III, D-WV.  CNBC's coverage did mention the link.
  • Protests in Charlotte, NC over a police shooting of a black man have left a black man dead - killed by another protester.  Edit:  The man's condition has been upgraded from deceased to critical.


el chupacabra said...

Of 7 billion living souls on this planet and among the 100+ billion who have ever lived you are quite possibly the only person to have ever in the history of the world thrown dog food at a snake.

The Donald said...

What?! I was quite sure I had read that in The Manual of Improvised Snake Repellents, Vol. II, chapter 14.

I was actually wondering if anyone would notice that little tidbit. The backstory is that I had a quantity of dry dog food that had gotten pantry moths in it. While they're not parasitic, I didn't feel like feeding the food to Sienna, instead choosing to dispose of it in the woods, whose denizens are probably not too picky.

And that's how I happened to have it on my handlebars to toss at Mr. Forked Tongue.