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July 24, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Ducks in a row

line of women holding cats on leashes.(1961. casting call in Hollywood for film/ Los Angeles Times/UCLA lib/USPD: no cr,

It’s how things line up (1961.Hollywood casting call/Los Angeles Times/UCLA lib/USPD/

Ducks in a row. Why is that the preference?

You need a power washer following behind them.

So much more sense to use cats. It works. Except for those who think.

Thoughts stray as much as kittens.

Cute when little, fresh, and young, but can they nag, get demanding, and even stink when old.

Ask any writer.

Ducks simply fly away if attention turns.

Cats, kittens, and ideas may stray, but once they decide they belong to you, you’re stuck with them.

All of them start out fuzzy: ideas, kittens, and ducks

Then they shed and shred while growing into themselves.

Ducks in a row. A term created by hunters?

For which, sport?

Straight line from opening to rising action – climbing to great heights before some conclusion.

Before coming too close to the sun. Too high in the tree.

Offer no leashes for ducks, cats, or thoughts.

Good line.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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  1. easyweimaraner / Jul 24 2015 1:07 pm

    thoughts can be really like cats… they can hiss at you and they sometimes leave some scratches on our soul … do you know what the black cats in that first photo had to do to be in a movie? That’s not easy for the casting director to make a decision…


  2. Paul / Jul 24 2015 1:12 pm

    Great picture of all the cats for the CATsting call. Ha! Up here in Canada it would be Loonies in a row – Ha! (Our $1 coin has a picture of the bird Loon on it – hence, Loonie)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2015 3:58 pm

      We get the Loonies flying in for the winter here…the feathered ones. The two legged ones we can’t seem to run off. Those felines were pretty pawsome, indeed. Thanks for leaving a tale

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Jul 24 2015 1:32 pm

    Very hard to herd thoughts into the right direction. They are as unruly as cats.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2015 4:05 pm

      The term “scatter brain” had to come from somewhere…not cats. Cats are focused on being rebels and divas…teenagers must secretly study them. Thanks for rounding up a few words to leave

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  4. Carrie Rubin / Jul 24 2015 1:58 pm

    Ideas I have plenty of. Now if I could only have a cat too. Dang hubby’s allergies.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2015 4:06 pm

      Maybe if you had a cat, all the wandering vibes would be absorbed by the felines and leave your ideas alone? Ideas are nothing to sneeze at, though.(sorry, had to say it) Thanks for plotting out a comment for this page

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    • aFrankAngle / Jul 25 2015 12:23 am

      We love cats, but no more here because of Right Angle’s propensity for nasal polyps. … Oh … Hi Carrie.


      • Carrie Rubin / Jul 25 2015 12:33 am

        Oh dear, I give up, Frank. On the other hand, I guess it means I was just too efficient getting to posts today. šŸ˜‰
        (Frank and I have a little comment tag going on, Phil.)

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  5. susielindau / Jul 24 2015 2:00 pm

    That casting call photo is hilarious. Getting my ducks in a row today before the weekend!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2015 4:08 pm

      Not sure which if more hilarious: the cats or the women. Let organization fly and just enjoy the days! Thanks for flying in to chat


  6. Ally Bean / Jul 24 2015 2:29 pm

    I find it impossible to herd cats, difficult to get my ducks in a row, but am able to shoot fish in a barrel. So I got that going for me. šŸ˜‰

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2015 4:14 pm

      And the sharks have heard about it….and know where you live…
      Hey cats eat fish right? (This is getting too close to Rock, Paper, Scissors. So wrapping it up)
      Thanks for lining up a few words to leave

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  7. shoreacres / Jul 24 2015 3:05 pm

    Those cats never would tolerate a casting call in Houston — at least, not at this time of year. For one thing, everyone knows not to wear black in this heat!

    As for lining up thoughts, cats, or ducks generally, I thought this was interesting: “The most popular theory suggests that “ducks in a row” came from the world of sports, specifically bowling. Early bowling pins were often shorter and thicker than modern pins, which led to the nickname ducks.

    Before the advent of automatic resetting machines, these “duck pins” would be manually put back into place between bowling rounds. Therefore, having one’s ducks in a row would be a metaphor for having all of the bowling pins organized and properly placed before sending the next ball down the lane. Many bowling alleys still offer “duck pin” lanes with smaller bowling balls and shorter pins.”

    How about that?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2015 4:24 pm

      Duck, duck , goose. About the extent of my bowling skills.
      Hey it’s supposed to be cooler today – by one or two degrees.Gave in and bought Molly and the German a new wading pool…which like bathing suits are apparently scarce in stores after July 4th. (Confirms my belief that Big Lots is not always cheaper than Target.)
      WP is once again a mystery. The cats were supposed to be the pix on Reader’s summary. And it’s the larger one, so why? (It’s really a seagull not a duck…his name may be Jonathan, though.) Oh, well.
      Thanks for bowling us over with the ducking info!


  8. RAB / Jul 24 2015 3:50 pm

    I’m sure you’ve already read this:
    If you haven’t, it’s very entertaining, although of course inconclusive!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2015 4:31 pm

      That’s a great link. As a kid I always thought it was either the mother ducks organizing the duckling or a hunter’s wish that all the ducks would fly up in a line so maybe he’d actually be able to hit one – any one. (Not serious duck hunters in the family). Hope your summer is pleasant and cooler than here. Even the ducks are wilting from heat. Thanks for making way for a duckling comment


  9. pegoleg / Jul 24 2015 5:32 pm

    I would think if you TRIED to put cats in a row they would just look at you disdainfully then turn away.


  10. The Boss Book Club / Jul 25 2015 1:29 am

    This was cool, thank you! And that photograph is great… it’s like looking at a glitch in the matrix!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 25 2015 2:08 pm

      Appreciate the kind words. Your cat was probably quick to point out that the women are leashed and being lead around, not the other way around…(all done with crowd hypnosis…don’t let on you’re aware of the situation). Thanks for wandering this way

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  11. EllaDee / Jul 25 2015 3:05 am

    In a perfect world I would have a cat to remind me of my humble place in life… to serve, ducks for their eggs and appetite for garden snails and slugs, and time and space to corral those pesky words.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 25 2015 1:59 pm

      It would be such a piece able place. (If the ducks promise to eat the slugs and snails, power washing available…and a small wading pool to splash their down in after snacking….they would leave the commas alone, right?) Thanks for organizing these rows


  12. Roxie / Jul 27 2015 9:15 pm

    ha! tweeting the line with link to this post, “Offer no leashes for ducks, cats, or thoughts.” good brain food!


  13. jmmcdowell / Jul 28 2015 7:20 pm

    I’ve learned if I don’t get those thoughts down and in a row, there’s a good chance they’ll disappear. I’d hate to think I’ve lost some really good ones….


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 28 2015 9:58 pm

      They run off so fast! Chasing them should count as aerobic exercise…at least brain training. Sometimes retracing actual steps…or trying to read scribbles on giblets of paper. Foolish ideas – didn’t recognize a good home when they saw it! Thanks for chasing down a few words to leave here


  14. Cynthia Reyes / Jul 29 2015 12:18 am

    I always thought it was ‘dukes’. Like “put your dukes up”.
    OK, just kidding, Phil.


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