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August 30, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

No extra credit for originality?

They diligently gathered critical supplies – even if by unorthodox means. (Hey, must fit in or risk ridicule, so there. Self esteem is a priority.)

VIctoria Secret store. (Dwight Burdette/

Under so much. (Dwight Burdette/

College and high school parties on the horizon, so underwear to impress is important.

No problem. Need is the Mother of Creative Acquisition.

Victoria Secrets is waiting!  Just smashing.

Don’t tell me problem solving isn’t being taught in schools. 

1955. James Dean on staircase from Rebel Without a Cause trailer screenshot/

“Where the jacket come from? I bought it with money I made from selling lemonade.” (1955 James Dean/USPD/

Although educators could focus a bit more on preliminary planning.

Students think all that annoying outlining and writing first drafts in English class is busy work.

Teachers only trying to emphasize that careful planning makes things go a little easier. A lesson that definitely carries over into real life.

Some seem to have dozed off before nailing that preparation is important.

 Planning ahead and dressing appropriately avoids problems. Rain gear might have made a difference here.

Determined to enter the store and score, they took out water pipelines and gas pipes along with the wall. (Haul grabbed? Zero. Video.)

Also advisable to take the best tool for the job.

They just stopped by the bank to make a little withdrawal then decided to take the whole ATM . Just to save time from making another trip?

Too bad the darn thing wouldn’t open even after being dragged and road tortured. (Funny video and, yes, the bank did have surveillance camera video, too, Dudes.)

Slackers for whom the bells toll.

Hopefully they’ll pay more attention this school year.

Brainstorm new acquisition techniques for all those expensive sneakers, cute undies, new phones, and stuff required for a successful school year.

King Edward VIII and Mrs Simpson on olida. 1936 (US Public domain:no copyright/ Daily Herald Archives:National Media Museum from

“Of course they will love the penny loafers and Mickey Mouse backpacks” (1936.USPD/

Charities should take note. Enough with the free back to school backpacks.

Not hauling no books or homework no more.

How about giving out something more useful?

Free smart phones with that new anti-bullying app and money for the yearly monitoring fee.

(Seriously, anyone but me worry this app will simply result in more phone grabs and smashes? If the antagonist isn’t deterred by the victim in front of them, how well will a laughable annoying screen work?)

Give ’em what they want, what they really really want.

Or not.

They will manage. Seem to be a resourceful lot.

Gotta give ’em that.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

teenager at a dance.1956 Valentine dance. RIce Collection 929C.Adolph B. Rice Studio: Lib.of VA/FLickr/,

Those wild footloose parties of 1956! Panty raid tonight! (USPD/




  1. easyweimaraner / Aug 30 2015 4:04 pm

    we had such clever guys to who tried to save gaz&time with taking the whole atm… they accidentally got only the bank statement printer and dragged the whole thingy out of the bank with their suv… my mom feels a little embarrassed… now that guys know that we are in the reds :o)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2015 4:16 pm

      Hope they didn’t think it was a 3D printer that could be used to print up a new sports car. Or maybe a brain… Thanks for poking the dunderheads with a comment

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  2. Carrie Rubin / Aug 30 2015 4:13 pm

    Interesting stories. No shortage of mischief makers in this world, sadly.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2015 4:21 pm

      Just a couple of quirky stories that cracked me up. Amateurs are always good for comic relief. (And we can use some chuckles) Hope your fall is packing up well. (Somehow I think we’re in for a cold winter) Thanks for smirking at the Dunderheads

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  3. shoreacres / Aug 30 2015 7:05 pm

    I was doing fine until I got to that last photo. Good grief, I remember that. I was that girl. Poodle skirts. Bobby sox. Starched crinolines drying on the basement floor. Record players, and stores where you could go in and listen to a record on their turntable, before buying.

    Honestly, I wouldn’t want to go back, but there was a whole lot there that I’m trying to recapture for the rest of my life. Constructing an alternative universe is HARD!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2015 11:03 pm

      That pix showed up a while back. HRH RC Cat had reserved it for her Boxing of the Children speech…but now she’s miffed and sulking.
      Almost every friday at every HISD high school (only 2-3 times a year for Jr High) there were Sock Hops. Socks only so the wooden gym floors wouldn’t be damaged. I remember siting and watching older cousins decorating socks early in the week with sequins, lace, ribbons, and all sorts of stuff. Obviously, you couldn’t just wear ordinary white socks and be cool. Sometimes there were weekly themes for socks. That all came to a halt with mandated busing of students. The PTOs and parents decided transportation made it difficult for some to stay late/return for the dance. The sock industry probably took a big dive then.
      Those record booths weren’t just on vintage tv shows. They really did have them along with racks and racks of records.Anyone who could pick up that phonograph needle without scratching the record was instantly in high demand.
      A whole different universe, now. (Oh, the Halloween stores are open – and seen some littles already have their costumes and are determined to wear them everywhere. Saw a little Tinkerbell headed into Bed Bath and Beyond yesterday. Mom know girls wanna have fun.)
      Thanks for flipping a comment this way

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  4. Paul / Aug 30 2015 8:44 pm

    Ha! Thieves can be inventive – and sometimes stupid. I worked driving a transport for a large commercial bakery in Halifax when I was going to university. They were using an old warehouse for a depot and I used to deliver there every Friday night overnight. The company had replaced the safe at their head office and had put the old safe in this depot for the retail store and the delivery drivers to put their cash in. Unfortunately, they hadn’t thought it through and had left the safe on wheels in the depot that had a level transport dock. The safe was a big old girl – probably 75 years old and standing over 6 feet high and three feet square. One Friday night I went to deliver and the safe was gone, Ha! the thieves had simply backed in a truck and rolled the safe into it and left. One funny part was that the safe itself was too old to be worth anything and the contents had been taken to the bank at close on Friday so that only the store float of $50 remained in the safe over the weekend. Then comes the even funnier part – the cops found the safe beaten to crap and torched in a wooded area not far away. They had apparently not been able to get into it. so they chained it up and dragged it. Eventually they gave up and the $50 was still inside when the cops found it./ The safe was ruined and its replacement was not on wheels. ha! Lesson learned on more than one front. 😀

    Fun post Phil – love the steal the ATM video =- brought back the memories.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 30 2015 11:05 pm

      Your tale was hilarious – times may change, but people do so little. That sounds like a script for a comedy. Bet the local squirrels and wild life got some giggles over that show. Thanks for the weighty comment

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      • Paul / Aug 31 2015 12:34 am

        I could easily see Rocky and Bullwinkle being involved – along with Boris and Natasha…

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 31 2015 12:52 am

          Couldn’t have cast it better. How I miss Rocky, Bullwinkle and the crowd. Now that was classic wit, commentary, and satire. Thanks for the link.

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  5. The Coastal Crone / Aug 30 2015 9:33 pm

    I am glad that I don’t have children in school these days!

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  6. sustainabilitea / Aug 31 2015 1:00 am

    I often think that if people doing (or try to do) bad things would put as much effort toward good things, what a better world it would be. As for dumb criminals, my favorite story is the thief running from the police in the dark…with the shoes that lit up. Duh!


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 31 2015 1:55 pm

      You’re certainly right about that. An ability to see the funny side is the only way to keep smiling these days. Shoes that light up! Priceless. (Any chance someone is in the process of writing a movie and just needed some background knowledge? No? Had to hope…) Thanks for adding a spotlight on comment


  7. Erik / Aug 31 2015 8:12 am

    Having been a mentor for teens and young adults for more than two decades now, I’ve had my fair share of hapless criminals in the mix. One kid stole and forged checks from a friend of mine – and cashed them at the drive-up window with a camera in his face. He later wound up in jail (again) and called me repeatedly. I knew he was wanting a visitor, but more importantly, someone he could convince to put money into his canteen fund or pay his bail. So I didn’t answer. Still, he was persistent, so I finally picked up (at $10 for 5 minutes).

    “So, how’d you land back in jail?” I asked.

    “My &%&$ mother says I stole her iPad, and my grandmother said I stole cash from her. And Dunkin Donuts is trying to say that I held them up at gunpoint,” he explained.

    “It’s funny,” I replied, “I’ve never been accused of stealing an iPad or money, or holding up a store at gun point. You know why? Because I don’t steal iPads, or money or hold up places at gun point.”

    I love the guy, but I do tell it like it is. Of course, the Dunkin Donuts who said he held them up had video surveillance that proved it was undoubtedly him. Some people never seem to learn.

    Ah well, I’d rather have dumb criminals than crafty ones who get away with it.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 31 2015 1:39 pm

      Somewhere some people never learn it’s the behavior that’s the problem – and society has to point that out to them as a kindness – or remove them as a danger and distraction to society.
      You learn a lot from being in the trenches. The ones 16 who can’t read and don’t care and their parol officer is standing outside the door? Yeah, I know those guys/gals pretty well. Actually should be a requirement that all adults – especially parents spend a year or two teaching at secondary level – certainly would knock some of that naive nonsense that makes them so easy to manipulate clean out of them. Call it parenting classes – or civics.
      Right now we are lucky that some of the really smart ones are too lazy to use their full capacity which results in some real comedy. You have to laugh or it would be too depressing. Victoria Secrets turning into a drive through. That was a new one…maybe she just forgot her watch and when the store closed…and waiting is so tedious? Thanks for patching in a smashing comment

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  8. sportsattitudes / Aug 31 2015 12:39 pm

    Ahhhh…back to school. In our neck of the woods it has almost gotten to feel like there is one student per bus. The roads are filled with yellow and the signs along the road all say “School Starting…Please Drive Carefully.” I’m sure those signs are for the bus drivers because we can’t drive anywhere! Let’s hope everyone learns a lot once they (eventually) get to their destination!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 31 2015 1:51 pm

      Your parade of yellow buses really made me chuckle. They seem to be bumper to bumper right now – and fairly empty as so many parents drive kids the first week or so. (Good thing as here many elementary school kids were shocked to be turned away from their zoned schools even though they attended there in past grade- as in past years there’s a 22 student limit for K-3 and about 24 4-5th. The schools enrolled all the resettled immigrant children in foster care/families moved into the community ahead of the existing students and those who live in the neighborhoods by each school. Parents are livid. One dad drove his daughter to 5 different schools trying to find a place. The district is stonewalling and only says they are working on it. What a mess. Bet the national news isn’t covering this.More teachers will be hired – meanwhile subs are in there – the bad thing is all the good teachers have already found jobs in schools before Aug and all that’s left is the ones that didn’t seem good enough to be hired in the first place.
      Buses schedules also had to be adapted. With money needed for more teachers and special programs/classes for new arrival immigrants, the districts are having to go back to pre 1980 state laws that say if a kid lives within 2 miles of school, the parent must supply transportation or see that the kids get there. Parents most of whom who work got used to door to door buses provided. Sadly, there’s not enough money for that now.
      Fall and the school year always brings changes – so many unexpected ones this year. Thanks for driving a comment this way! (And it still looks like a game of “quarterback, quarterback, who’s got the quarterback job” for the Texans? It’s only preseason, it’s only preseason…I keep saying…)

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