Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Signs of Spring

I awoke this morning to see from my window across the street the familiar welcomed sight of the return of the "Pink Flamencos" to my neighborhood here on Cape Cod. I always do enjoy the sight of these majestic birds as they herald a welcoming sign of the Spring season.  Here is a shot of the "new born" baby flamencos while the adult flamencos (out of the picture) are standing watch. These baby birds haven't learned yet how to march all in one direction  then turn around and march again in unison the other direction; but I'm sure they will learn. I always put out a bunch of "pink lemonade"  for them during the Summer months which they seem to enjoy. I also have fun each year naming the new birds and greeting the returning birds by name as believe it or not they all have their own individual personalities. Some of the names I have come up with are a follows: "Pink, Pinky, Little Pink, Flam, Inco, The Notorious P.I.N. K, Skinny Legs, Big Beak, Dirty Bird, and Smitty, to name a few: AND those are just a few of the names of the returning birds. I don't know yet what I'll give for names for this new batch, I'll just have to wait and see by observing them what name seems appropriate.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Big Shoes To Fill

I recently attended the American Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament in Hartford Connecticut on Friday March 13th. at the XL Center. On the lower level of the XL Center in the Exhibition Hall there  was an exhibit from the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. Here is a picture of a shoe from Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal  aka "Shaq". The people at the exhibit said this "Shaq shoe" is a "size 23" which certainly are "Big Shoes to Fill". I guess though if you are 7'1'' and weigh approximately 324 pounds it is good to have big enough feet to support yourself.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Jerod Mayo Mayo

Sometimes while shopping at the local "Shaw's" supermarket in addition to daydreaming about what it would be like to own this supermarket chain (same last name as me); I go over to the "discounted clearance section" and look over the "reduced groceries" they have in a small area near the back of the store. I recently spied this bottle of "Jerod's All Pro Bruisin' Bacon Mayo" and thought I would give it a try as it would maybe give the New England Patriot's National  Football League football team some good luck as I did purchase this mayo prior to the big game. Now, I'm not saying that the Patriots won only because I purchased this mayo but it probably didn't hurt their victory chances in their 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Notice the number "51" on Jerod Mayo's jersey on his mayo bottle. If you add up the total score of the super bowl game you get "52" which is just one number higher than his "51" jersey.

Jerod Mayo is a linebacker with the New England Patriots who was injured on October 16,2014 while playing against the Buffalo Bills. This All-Pro linebacker so far has 756 tackles throughout his career. I don't know how many times Mr Mayo has been held by the offensive opponents over the years but I always enjoy when the NFL official announces the the penalty when they announce "Holding offence, Holding Mayo" ten yard penalty".

As far as the mayo itself, I like it. Anything with bacon flavor is usually good in my book. I'm not sure though if Jerod Mayo makes all this mayo himself or if he has his wife and family help him. It is good though that he has found something to do with his time while recovering from his injury and I hope he doesn't slip on any of the mayo and further hurt himself.

Friday, February 20, 2015

I'm Just Wild about Saffron

I'm cookin' up some Saffron rice tonight along with  some Perdue brand chicken wings for dinner. I'm just wild about Saffron rice with its beautiful yellow color kind of a mellow yellow. This rice has saffron powder along with turmeric  and paprika. I really love it. Just don't call me "mellow yellow" for liking this rice as that would be"quite wrongly" as that is not one of my "nicknames" that I want to be associated with.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Soundings Seaside Snow Storm Snowmageddon January 28, 2015






Here are a few  photos during and after the "Snowmageddon Snow Storm " of January 28th, 2015 where we received in Dennis Port on Cape Cod almost three feet of snow with up to 6 foot snow drifts from the howling winds that gusted almost up to hurricane strength.Prior to the start of the storm I saw three foxes in the middle of  road near the ocean beaches. I imagine they sensed a big storm coming even though they probably didn't see the "Weather Channel" on television. I said hello to them and they were smart enough to get out of the way of my car not like the stupid deer that ran in front of my car a short while ago.

I stayed overnight at the Soundings resort during the blizzard along with Jake, Jenn, Lynne, Karl and Charles.. Karl got up early the next morning a little after 5:00 am and tackled the snow drifts with the snow blower. Later, a "Bobcat" was used to clear the snow from the Soundings parking lot.

Jake and Jenn made us a "hearty"breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and bacon.

After a relatively mild Winter without not much snow this storm sure was a "wake-up call".

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Deflate-Gate

I find it interesting that the Indianapolis  Colts are accusing the New England Patriots football team of "deflating their balls" during their conference championship game held yesterday (1/19/15) at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough Massachusetts where they were "shellacked" by an embarrassing score of 45 to 7 under rainy windy conditions. Now, I'm not sure if I understand this "ball controversy" completely as I would think that both teams would use the same game ball football while playing. I know for example in basketball both teams use the same ball, same with in volleyball, soccer, and in hockey both teams use the same hockey puck. The allegation by the "crybaby Colts" is that a deflated football is easier to grip, throw, and catch than a properly inflate football in rainy, windy weather and the allegation supposedly started when the Colts intercepted a Tom Brady pass. Now, to me this photos taken from the Internet yesterday shows Tom Brady throwing what looks to me to be an inflated football. Granted, you can't tell the pounds per square inch of the football from the photograph. Maybe the colder air of a January night reduced the football air pressure slightly. Maybe the football had a slow leak in it that was further damaged by all the "spiking" of the football after all of the Patriot touchdowns. I hear Patriot tight end Rob Gronkowski speculated that his vicious after touchdown spike may have hurt the ball. Colt's quarterback Andrew Luck had no luck yesterday with two interceptions which the Patriots had no trouble catching. Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount had 3 touchdowns and 148 yards rushing by himself which was three times the amount of touchdowns by the Colts. So, even if one took away all the other Patriot points the Patriots still would have won comfortably.Are the Colts implying that a deflated football if true assisted Blount because he was carrying a football that may have been a fraction of an ounce lighter?
Now, don't the referees handle the balls between each play as they position and "spot" the ball? Wouldn't you think a referee would notice an improper ball as they handle the balls all game?

The Patriots thoroughly deflated the Colts's Superbowl chances. Instead of taking the thrashing with class they resort to a "cry baby" attitude and a lame excuse that the football was tampered with and that is why they lost. The Colts were lucky to beat the Denver Broncos but even with Luck as their quarterback their luck didn't hold up against the Patriots. To me, IF there is a video somewhere that shows a Patriot personnel deflating a football then I would be convinced of the baseless allegation. Otherwise the "deflate-gate" controversy  is full of "hot air".

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

"The Sign of the Turkey"


These "wild turkeys" invaded the neighborhood I live in this morning for some "Fall foraging" . I don't exactly know what they were eating from my yard but there is an oak tree near the street in my yard so they might be eating acorns (they must be nuts). Although these turkeys are "wild" they seemed quite comfortable in the neighborhood and didn't seem afraid of me. There was no "Tom" turkey among this "gang of eight" but I don't know these turkey's names; I did ask but they didn't answer me.

From the website  whats-your-sign.com they say the following about wild turkey sightings and symbolism:

Autumnal Symbolic Meanings

  • Cycles
  • Harvest
  • Endings
  • Beginnings
  • Preparation

Animal symbolism of the turkey also deals with male virility and pride. This isn't surprising when we observe male turkeys in the wild. They are quite noble looking as the strut and fan their impressive plumage for all to see.
When the turkey visits us it is a sign that we must be mindful of the blessings bestowed upon us each day. Further, it is a message to express our strength and brilliance - it's time to show our own plumage and reveal true selves. 

So, I guess I have to start showing the universe my "strength and brilliance". I suppose that is what I have to do. The number 8 is the "Lucky number" for China and with the name Rickshaw I have taken this as a "sign" to study somewhat the Oriental culture now and Zen. Hey, maybe "good fortune" will "Smile" on me in the near future; time will tell but at least I'm probably "brilliant enough" to "count my blessings".