Monday, July 18, 2016

"Lightning McQueen AKA Edward Scissorlips"

Yesterday (7/17/16) we had a birthday party for my Dad at brother Steve's house in Connecticut. They recently obtained 7 new chickens. All of which have names. The chicken above is named "Lightning McQueen/  AKA   "Edward Scissorlips". This chicken has a "criss crossed" beak so my brother and his wife are debating on whether to have "beak surgery" to straighten "Lightning's" beak but are somewhat hesitant to proceed with the surgery as this chicken is so young, maybe too young for the anesthesia required for the surgery. Plus, they were told that there is a long wait list for this kind of surgical specialty AND this surgery is NOT covered under Obamacare. Nephew Axel (pictured above) did promise to help feed "Lightning"  so for now they have decided to wait and see how things progress and maybe consider "chicken braces" instead of the surgery.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

"Band Aid"

 This week I was awarded a
Safety commendation from The Soundings Resort on Cape Cod for my participation on the "Safety Committee". Among the items I received were some "chocolate band aids" as pictured above. Now,, I have never seen chocolate band aids before and I'm not sure if they are an improvement over the regular band aids BUT I'm willing to give them a try. I'm not sure how to apply the chocolate band aids as I did recently "skin my knee" while playing outdoor volleyball on a sand court at "The Woodshed" up in Brewster. I guess I'll need some sort of adhesive tape to keep the chocolate band aid in place. Plus, with the hot Summer weather upon us won't the chocolate band aids melt?  Maybe  I will need to put some ice over the chocolate band aid and then wrap gauze or something to keep the chocolate band aid in place. I don't know. So far I'm not sure if the chocolate band aids are better. I'm also worried about flies maybe attracted to the chocolate although maybe that is the point as I remember in the movie "Gladiator" with Russell Crowe" that they put maggots on a wound he received so the maggots could eat the damaged area of his arm and keep the wound clean. I didn't see any instructions on the chocolate band aid box so I'm not sure if this is the main attraction for the chocolate band aids. Maybe I'm supposed to eat the chocolate band aid after my skinned knee heals but I'm not too sure that would be so appetizing as probably some of the scab from the healing knee might get embedded into this chocolate band aid. I suppose as well a chocolate band aid will come in handy if I suddenly get extremely hungry for example and became lost in the woods or something but other than that I just don't see how these chocolate band aids do a better job that the traditional band aids. Well, I guess I'll just have to try out the chocolate band aid and see how they work. Sometimes just because a product is new doesn't necessarily mean the new product is better than the original.   I don't want to "pre-judge"  too much this product but I do have some doubts.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Pomegranate

I never bought or ate a pomegranate fruit before but I figured every 60 years or so I should buy one and give it a try. I have purchased pomegranate drinks before but never the fruit itself. Here's what a pomegranate fruit looks like when you slice it open. I will have to investigate further on the proper way to eat this "antioxidant" rich fruit but so far I have "squeezed the fruit, ate the seeds, and even the "whitish part" but I'm not so sure one is supposed to eat the white part. I haven't attempted to eat the outer skin and for all I know maybe that is the best part for you...or maybe not.  Although I am "pro-breathing oxygen I am anti-oxidant so this pomegranate will help me I guess keep my "oxidant levels down."

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Take A Gander at the Geese

A few days ago I woke up to see these Canada Geese walking across the street from my yard after drinking from I guess a delicious muddy puddle in front of my home. Ah! what a life!  Eating tasty green grass, going swimming and using the great outdoors as your bathroom; it doesn't get much better than that!  The Canada geese seem to return each year for the Spring, Summer and Fall on the Cape. Similar to a lot of Cape "Snow birds" they usually fly away for the Winter. Sometimes I think these birds think they are cars though as I only seem to hear them "HONK,HONK,HONK, whether they are in the road, flying, or just filling their belly with grass.


Oh, and similar to chickens, I do believe they crossed the road.... to get to the other side.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

By Definition

Having been born on election day may have had an influence on me being interested in politics. When entering Marietta College in Ohio in 1972 during the time of the Nixon/McGovern election cycle; I was going to major in "political science". I ended up transferring to the University of Connecticut  and majoring in economics.


I do find it interesting to see how campaigns evolve over each presidential cycle and delving into how the campaigns are run as well as what makes a voter decide which candidate to vote for versus the other candidate.


Some people grow up in families that "always vote Republican or Democrat." Probably one of the determinants on voter choice hinges on the central questions of "What is the role of government in society"; "Is more government expansion into the lives of people a good thing or something that should be curtailed? (big government versus limited government).


Over time certain voting trends have evolved. Up until about the time of President Johnson, black American voters had strong support for the Republican party with notable black Americans such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Jackie Robinson for example being registered Republicans. The Republican party under President Lincoln fought during the "Civil War" to abolish slavery. The Southern Democrats were the "slave holders" and founders of the "Ku Klux Klan" as they briefly tried to secede from the Union and form "The Confederate States of America".  Today however, the Democrat party seems to garner the majority of black American support while many southern states vote for the Republican candidates.


Some people are swayed by the television and news media and their "biases" toward one candidate or the other. Some election campaigns are based on the candidates position on the "issues" while at the same time trying to "define" their political opponent with a negative image. In other words, you as a candidate either try to run on your record, qualifications, and stand on the issues of the day; Or you try to run on painting a negative picture of the opposing candidate as far as their personality, their qualifications, and their stand on the issues.


By definition, each candidate will try to burnish their qualifications and appeal while trying to define  their political opponent. In the battles for the hearts and minds of the voting electorate it will be interesting to see which candidate makes the best case.   Which labels will "stick" will be interesting to see and may define the outcome.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

This is PARADISE!

Yes, This is Paradise (Pizza). Located in West Dennis on School Street (Cape Cod) "Joey " the owner has been making Pizza on the Cape since 1976 which is the same year that I "washed ashore".  Amelia and I shared this pizza (along with Charles and Lily) last night at the Soundings Resort. Part of our job is to make sure that the pizza restaurants that we recommend are "good" so we order pizza from time to time just to make sure. "Joey" offers us a large pizza for every 7 referrals with these "pizza cards" which is appreciated and "Joey" said last night "I hope I can bring over a pizza each night!".

This particular pizza is a large chicken,bacon and pineapple pizza with a "Drizzle of barbecue sauce."

We had this pizza at night as we learned from Anita Bryant in her commercial from a long time ago that "Pizza!, It's not just for breakfast anymore!" (I think that is what the commercial said; or come to think of it it might have said "Orange Juice! It's not just for dinner anymore!"  I may have confused the slogan as I repeat it was a loooong time ago and when you get to my age some memories do get "scrambled" so you can't eggs actly remember them word for word. I do know for a fact that pizza does indeed taste good at night and I'm even considering trying some Orange juice for breakfast; as strange as that may sound!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

"Willards"

  Two Willards: One is an ungrateful "rat" loser who thinks that he can insert himself into the GOP presidential nomination process through denying the will of the voters and "Trump" the primary process through a "back room brokered nominating convention.
The other Willard is from a 2003 movie named "Willard" starring Crispin Glover, a rat lover who befriends a bunch of rats, one whom he names "Socrates".

Which Willard do you think is more of a rat?

Willard Romney today apparently doesn't mind the 2012 endorsement of Donald Trump when it was his turn to "Step up to the plate" as the Republican presidential nominee. Now, in 2016 after failing to aggressively make his case against Obama, Willard thinks he can try to stop Trump from the Republican nomination. Romney's father, George had a history of constantly running for president time after time and apparently Willard feels that two tries, once as a candidate for the nomination and once as the  Republican nominee may not be enough; or maybe just to make sure that Mr. Trump is not the nominee. You don't have to be "Socrates" or any other philosopher I think to understand that the Trump supporters will NOT roll over and support some "brokered candidate" thus 100% ensuring a loss in the 2016 election.

What is somewhat "ironic, don't you think?" that Willard's attack on Trump will only probably further strengthen Trump's support as "the times they are a changing" and I think the mood of the electorate is one of "throw out the establishment bums" who failed in recent years to fulfill their election agendas in Congress. Trump's appeal as a political outsider with name recognition, business executive experience, not in the "pocket" of special interests, who is not afraid to "mix it up" with the other Republican candidates and will aggressively engage the Democratic nominee (whether it ends up being Joe Biden or "feel the Bern" Sanders, or maybe even Hillary Clinton if she can escape the rule of law and an indictment).

I remember in the 2012 campaign there was some talk of Willard Romney in prep school beating up somebody. More recently for charity Willard Romney had a charity boxing match with Evander "the real deal' Holyfield. Maybe Romney has now developed a "fighting attitude" that he lacked back in 2012. I would never suggest that Willard Romney is suffering from "roid rage" and I didn't care that he may have fought someone as a youngster.

At the end of the "Willard movie" according to Wikopedia Willard says to some rats "It's not over yet, no! Our time is going to come."  Maybe Willard is still holding on to his presidential dreams or maybe he just would rather make sure that someone else (Trump) will not succeed where he failed.