- 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.
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