Absent For A Bit ....

I am away for a little while working on a few or more episodes for The Adventures of My Space Alien Alter Ego story ... will return (to Earth) soon!

Notice: Blogger has screwed up and lost a bunch of photos out of my blog! They are replaced with a gray silhouette of a human head. I will eventually get them replaced with the correct photo, it may take a while to find and fix everything. So some of my stories don't make much sense without their photos, sorry for the inconvenience.

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2017-06-19

What About Dessert?

I saw that my second cousin who lives 80 miles away had quail and pheasants, day old birds, for sale. They raise game birds for commercial hunting facilities.

I sent her a note in FB, asking, "How many pheasants would it take for a large batch of soup?"

Her reply, "Funny........cuz....  you need the grown birds not the chicks."

My response: "I was just guessing, thinking if I had one gallon of soup, and each pheasant ate 1 fl oz of soup, then I could throw a dinner party for 128 baby pheasants. My neXt question is what do baby pheasants like to have for dessert - ice cream? Pie? Cake?"

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I could see Trump building a solar wall on the Mexican-USA border, and then the Mexican government responding by planting shade trees to render it useless.

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If you reaLLy want a measure of just how slow the federal government is, consider that the Supreme Court is finally going to hear a case regarding the nefarious practice of gerrymandering, and it was a word invented in March 1812. So, it only took 205 years and 3 months, thats all.

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My first batch of mead production is underway. It started on June 12. I have been chartng the yeast activity by measuring the burps in the airlock. It appears that two weeks might be a good time to make a transfer from primary fermentation to secondary, then recharge the primary.

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Hopper (right) at Day 68 with his best dog buddy Pepper. Hopper is much smaller than Pepper, the camera position distorts their size.


2017-06-11

Cake Plus Cake Equals More Cake

I am in the process of making a German chocolate cake for a charity event when I remember that I haven't got around to making my own birthday cake yet this year. I think I have made about six cakes in 2017 so far, so this should be my highest year to date. 


My new toys for the kitchen are springform pans for making beautifully round layered cakes. I got two set of 8, 9, and 10 inch pans.

My next thought was, "Did I get any birthday presents from anyone?" Then I remembered that the owner of the local diner bought my cup of coffee as a distinct birthday gift. Just the coffee, not the cup.

I bought myself some things for a new venture in alcohol. I am going to make mead. Have yeast, will make bubbles.

I did figure out that one of my dearest friends from childhood has her birthday only a few days from mine, so I now know someone almost the exact same age as me.

On my birthday I am sitting with my wife outside a hospital waiting on a relative to show up so we can give them instructions for their medical testing, then we are leaving town in order to go to Red Lobster. While waiting I see a memorial bench nearby made from stone that has a person's name, and then their date of birth and death. I do the math and realize that this person, who died a few years ago, lived exactly one day less than what I am on my birthday right that moment. 

I did get a really cool birthday card from my mother. It has two people laying on the floor yet holding a mug of beer straight up in the air. My mother wrote my name by the feet of one of the horizontal humans and my cousin L's name by the other one. The low angle above the floor for the perspective at which the art work in drawn makes it so you can't completely see the heads of the people, BUT on the third time I read the card I noticed that one of the human figures was male and the other female based on the pair of triangular shapes for breasts! Now, understand that the two human figures are clothed wearing the same type clothing, so my mother didn't realize she was writing my male cousin's name by the feet of the female in the picture. My cousin and I laughed about this together. Now I don't remember if I told my mother about this. I will call her right now. No answer. Cell phone service is extremely lousy where she lives in a rural setting.

My mother, a non-beer person, felt the need to include the "to certain people". I must be a certain.

Update: Someone paid (in a bidding war) $31 for my cake that cost me around $5 in supplies. But my best friend Susie brought TWO pies to the same event, and wound up having her first pie go for $40. The funny part is that Susie bought BOTH of her pies back!!!



2017-05-01

Things & Thoughts & A New Puppy


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I would do some housework, but there is something small and warm and brown and white and furry fast asleep on my leg.

Snoring...

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So, if you had a second cousin sixty times removed, you would only be minutely related?

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Turkey is afraid of Wikipedia?!?!?!? My, what silliness.

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Dogmestic Tranquility: All three dogs piece-fully working on their own chew bone si-maul-taneously

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Is there anyone else who thought it was a huge security risk to put all the US Senate on a few busses?

This proves that Bernie, the non-attendee, is the smartest one of them.

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His socks were all white when he first came here.
He has been enjoying getting to go to work with me, seeing everyone there. He got in and out of my car with just a little help from me today, went fairly much straight into his crate. We take breaks by the loading dock on the west side, where there is some grass.


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I shaved my beard off. It weighed 1.9 grams.

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I just recently brewed my 7th batch of beer. The type is American Cream Ale. I think that is the fifth time out of the seven that I have brewed that particular type, and have always used Brewer's Best brand of brew kits. I do have a 'Northy 12' to get started soon from Northern Brewers. It is a Belgian Quad.



2017-03-29

Poem: Wiggle Worm Warm

(After several weeks of dryness, where grassland fires have claimed the lives of local ranchers and thousands of acres burned, it has finally started raining some.)


Sprinkle, sprinkle little cloud
Your noise is a wee bit loud
But the rain is very nice
As long as there is no ice
Oh, but later loud round ice does come
It seems every storm here has at least some
And the little scared dog's favorite hiding place
Is to wiggle worm warm under my arm his face

2017-03-21

Poem: Sprung



Spring has sprung
So summer can simmer
Us on to an awesome Autumn 
Of full Fall
To store more for 
To enter Winter
Clearly a yearly
Thing to spring to do
For me and for you
To meander through

2017-02-25

CPAP & CCCP

Four Letters Long
CPAC & CCCP
Conservative Political Action Conference
C is S sound in Russian & P is R
CCCP is the Union of Soviet Social Republics
Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik
In Cyrillic alphabet: Сою́з Сове́тских Социалисти́ческих Респу́блик

From Google Translate:
Консервативная политическая конференция действий
Konservativnaya politicheskaya konferentsiya deystviy


False Flag Operation at CPAC:


2017-02-21

Some Quotes


"IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE MORE CHILDREN THAN YOU HAVE CAR WINDOWS." - ERMA BOMBECK

"EVERY TIME I THINK THAT I'M GETTING OLD, AND GRADUALLY GOING TO THE GRAVE, SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENS." - LILLIAN CARTER

"A CYNIC IS NOT MERELY ONE WHO READS BITTER LESSONS FROM THE PAST, HE IS ONE WHO IS PREMATURELY DISAPPOINTED IN THE FUTURE." - SYDNEY HARRIS

"IDEALISM IS FINE, BUT AS IT APPROACHES REALITY THE COST BECOMES PROHIBITIVE." - WILLIAM F. BUCKLEY

"WASHINGTON IS A CITY OF SOUTHERN EFFICIENCY AND NORTHERN CHARM." - JOHN F. KENNEDY

"WE'VE HAD TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS IN THE COUNTRY FOR TEN YEARS NOW, AND MOST OF US AREN'T EVEN DAMP YET." - MOLLY IVINS

"EVERYONE HAS HIS OWN CONSCIENCE, AND THERE SHOULD BE NO RULES ABOUT HOW A CONSCIENCE SHOULD FUNCTION." - ERNEST HEMMINGWAY

"I ALWAYS WANTED TO WRITE A BOOK THAT ENDED WITH THE WORD MAYONNAISE." - RICHARD BRAUTIGAN

"MEN MUST HAVE CORRUPTED NATURE A LITTLE, FOR THEY WERE NOT BORN WOLVES, AND THEY HAVE BECOME WOLVES." - VOLTAIRE

"IF ONLY I HAD A LITTLE HUMILITY, I'D BE PERFECT." - TED TURNER

"OPPORTUNITIES ARE USUALLY DISGUISED AS HARD WORK, SO MOST PEOPLE DON'T RECOGNIZE THEM." - ANN LANDERS

"IF TRAGEDY IS AN EXPERIENCE OF HYPERINVOLVEMENT, COMEDY IS AN EXPERIENCE OF UNDERINVOLVEMENT, OF DETACHMENT." - SUSAN SONTAG

"REMEMBER THAT AS A TEENAGER YOU ARE AT THE LAST STAGE IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU WILL BE HAPPY TO HEAR THAT THE PHONE IS FOR YOU." - FRAN LEBOWITZ

"I DID NOT HAVE THREE THOUSAND PAIRS OF SHOES, I HAD ONE THOUSAND AND SIXTY." - IMELDA MARCOS

"I WOULD RATHER SIT ON A PUMPKIN AND HAVE IT ALL TO MYSELF THAN TO BE CROWDED ON A VELVET CUSHION." - HENRY DAVID THOREAU

"THE TROUBLE WITH BEING PUNCTUAL IS THAT NOBODY'S THERE TO APPRECIATE IT." - FRANKLIN P. JONES

"PERHAPS ONE HAS TO BE VERY OLD BEFORE ONE LEARNS TO BE AMUSED RATHER THAN SHOCKED." - PEARL S. BUCK

"THE PROPER TIME TO INFLUENCE THE CHARACTER OF A CHILD IS ABOUT ONE HUNDRED YEARS BEFORE HE IS BORN." - DEAN WILLIAM R. INGE

"I DON'T WANT PEOPLE WHO WANT TO DANCE, I WANT PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO DANCE." - GEORGE BALANCHINE

"WHEN YOU BUY A PILL AND BUY PEACE WITH IT YOU GET CONDITIONED TO CHEAP SOLUTIONS INSTEAD OF DEEP ONES." - MAX LERNER

"THE REALLY FRIGHTENING THING ABOUT MIDDLE AGE IS THE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT." - DORIS DAY

"NO MATTER HOW OLD A MOTHER IS, SHE WATCHES HER MIDDLE AGED CHILDREN FOR SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT." - FLORIDA SCOTT MAXWELL

"INTELLIGENCE IS QUICKNESS TO APPREHEND AS DISTINCT FROM ABILITY, WHICH IS CAPACITY TO ACT WISELY ON THE THING APPREHENDED." - ALFRED WHITEHEAD

"CHEESE ... MILK'S LEAP TOWARD IMMORTALITY." - CLIFTON FADIMAN

"MOST OF US SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON THE LAST TWENTY FOUR HOURS AND TOO LITTLE ON THE LAST SIX THOUSAND YEARS." - WILL DURANT

"ONE OF THE LESSON[s] OF HISTORY IS THAT NOTHING IS OFTEN A GOOD THING TO DO AND ALWAYS A CLEVER THING TO SAY." - WILL DURANT

"THERE IS NOTHING SO USELESS AS DOING EFFICIENTLY THAT WHICH SHOULD NOT BE DONE AT ALL." - PETER F. DRUCKER

"EVERY MAN HAS THREE CHARACTERS ... THAT WHICH HE EXHIBITS, THAT WHICH HE HAS, AND THAT WHICH HE THINKS HE HAS." - ALPHONSE KAN

"HISTORY NEVER LOOKS LIKE HISTORY WHEN YOU ARE LIVING THROUGH IT. IT ALWAYS LOOKS CONFUSING AND MESSY, AND IT ALWAYS FEELS UNCOMFORTABLE." - JOHN GARDNER

"ALL MEN SHOULD STRIVE 
TO LEARN BEFORE THEY DIE
WHAT THEY ARE RUNNING FROM, 
AND TO, AND WHY." 
- JAMES THURBER

"CHARACTER IS LIKE A TREE, AND REPUTATION LIKE ITS SHADOW. THE SHADOW IS WHAT WE THINK OF IT. THE TREE IS THE REAL THING." - ANONYMOUS

"NO FORM OF ART GOES BEYOND ORDINARY CONSCIOUSNESS AS FILM DOES, STRAIGHT TO OUR EMOTIONS, DEEP INTO THE TWILIGHT ROOM OF THE SOUL." - INGMAR BERGMAN

"MUSIC IS YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE, YOUR THOUGHTS, YOUR WISDOM. IF YOU DON'T LIVE IT, IT WON'T COME OUT OF YOUR HORN." - CHARLIE PARKER










2017-02-19

A Few Things Drumpf

Having Donald Trump go back out on the campaign trail after a month into the presidency is like hiring someone to do a job, but then they keep wanting to redo the same exact job interview on a regular basis. Except now they want to talk about their new foxy Swedish girlfriend who is really just a fantasy.

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I think if Donald likes Florida so much, we should encourage him to stay there permanently, in his assisted believing facility.

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The President 'Meats' The Press

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A day without immigrants was an okay idea, but I would rather try A Day Without Donald. If that is a yuuuge success, then maybe we should try for a week, then a month, then a year, ...

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Benjamin Netanyahu and Bend The Truth Nutty Yahoo give a joint press conference from the White House.

(Definition: yahoo - noun - a rude, noisy, or violent person - red neck, boor, lout, oaf)

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One of the constitutional requirements for being president is to be at least 35 years old. I think it was put in place so that the president would be someone with hopefully some maturity. If Trump continues to act like he is 4 years old, then he should have to wait another 31 years to be president.

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Here is a partial list of new names Putin has for the US

Urinenighted Stains of Amerika

Amerikistan

Trumpmenistan (named in honor of fallen comrade Flynnski)

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Flynn is fleeing his job
Californians are fleeing their dam problem
Missiles are fleeing North Korea
Where should I flee ?!?!?

My new word: Ref-flee-gee

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Ending on something non-Trumpical

In the middle of the night I think I hear my wife say, "Our county is now purple, it was brown."

Nothing else.

I lay there for a while wondering if I misunderstood her, thinking, I'm pretty sure she is awake, not talking in her sleep.

After trying to think of alternate words I finally give up and ask her what she meant.

She was talking about the weather map on TV which has a picture but muted.

I just giggled. I had thought it might have been something political.

2017-02-04

New Word: Trumpacrazy

15 down, 1446 to go -> Completed 1% of Trumpacrazy

2017-02-02

Orangey and The Bannon

I have an idea for an animated series called, 'Orangey and The Bannon' based on the animated television show characters of Pinky and The Brain.


Orangey: What are we goin' to do today, Banny-On-On (yuuuge) ?

Bannon: The same thing we do everyday, Orangey, try to take over the world by pissing off slightly less than half of everyone on the planet.

Orangey: Who zit gonna be today, Steverino Bannonbino? Can we do Italy, our pizza delivery last night was late and the crust was burned.

Bannon: Let me check-in with the Kremlin first, you know how Putin can get when we act without his approval.

Orangey: Nyet!! I do nyet!

Bannon: Orangey, you aren't working on your Russian enough, 'nyet' means 'no'.

Orangey: Thatz what I said, 'I know'. Nyet-nyet-nyet, sounds like we are playing volleyball, (narf-ski!!!!!)

New Blog for My Abstract Art ... Come Visit

Click HERE for the Art of Ernest S B Boston

These are pieces that I have generated mainly using computer art tools. Enjoy !

Something New:

I am also in the process of linking my poetry blog entries together. This project is only partially finished. A "Poetry LINK" at the bottom of the blog entry points to the next older piece of poetry.


First poem in the series of linked poems ....

Turn Gold Out of the Darkness

Turn Gold Out of the Darkness

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Couch Glow

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Gold As Smoke

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Flowing Wood

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