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September 9, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

No frogs for breakfast

Hop and let hop. (Should that be lettered differently? Never much good at spelling things out.)

The frogs and everything else are erratically leaping like urgent assignment slips were handed out.

1913. Toad standing. Dwelling chiefly on his own cleverness, and presence of mind in emergencies. Paul Bransom/

“Horrors! All those misguided hours of aerobic swimming, only to come to this.” (1913″Dwelling chiefly on his own cleverness, and presence of mind in emergencies.”USPD/

It’s Fall’s fault. There’s a lot of that going around this time of year: Falling. (Not failing to notice that.)

Is it any wonder that football is the sport of fall? All that running, and grabbing, and knocking people down.

Fits for fall.

Hot footed ones leap around under giant fence posts while the playing field is littered with the fallen.

Hyper-energized people on stepped ramps yell with abandon. (With next day complaints of a frog in the throat.)

Some say it’s all beer driven, and by most accounts, pre-parties more a possibility than kissing a mind-altering poisonous frog.

Over-heated response. Not to mention an occasional wind fall. Or being tripped up by a stormy attitude. 

All totally ignored out of politeness. (Probably a downfall.)

Mass bizarre behavior tolerated with people, weather, and seasons all in transition.

Princess talking with frog in fountain. ( 1874. The Frog Prince.Walter

“My dear Molly, with a leg up on commonsense, I must insist that breakfast be served without me.”(Crane/USPD/

Changes expected, but that still doesn’t mean frogs for breakfast. 

No lizards, either. Those little toes and limp tails dangling tend to be disturbing so early.

It doesn’t matter you worked up an appetite barking at the helicopters overhead with the active shooter and hostage stand-off at the Walgreen’s just around the corner

Frogs are not breakfast.

No, it wasn’t an honest mistake.

Hop that’s clear,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Frog on his back illustration from.WInd in the WIllows.1913:Paul Bransom/

“Oh, please. Don’t push your luck. Hop on off under the fence while the dog’s distracted.(1913/Bransom/USPD/

A bit of Fall’s frivolity and frailties:

  • Epic Fall fair food. Finalists for 2015 Texas State Fair Food Awards include Fried lobster with Champaign gravy and Deep fried alligator egg-nest. The Big Tex Choice Award Winners here.
  • Don’t fall for it. Epic bad judgement. “Texas high school football players targeted and blindsided referee from behind” (CNN)
  • Another epic Fall fail. Attempted to steal ATM, but couldn’t. Then, their stolen GMC truck got stuck in mud, and their black get away car couldn’t pull it out, so they finally left.
  • Epic stormy Fall weather. 115th Anniversary of the Great 1900 Storm. (video of devastation by an assistant of Thomas Edison). Deadliest hurricane in US history.
  • We are attempting once again to have contractors actually show up this time to do the work on the house they said they would do. So please excuse if MIA for a bit. (and if these guys don’t come through, well, about ready to call up a plague of frogs on them. Molly is doing interviews of potentially interested hopping mad ones…)
braid frog closure. (

This frog is little bit of closure. (rayon braid/







  1. Paul / Sep 9 2015 12:39 am

    Well now, you hopped right in there with a plea for frog amnesty. I gotta tell you if gunshots were going off all around and helicopters were buzzing, the first place I’d look for some normalcy would be frogs for breakfast. I mean after all according to Wiki: “Frog legs are rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, and potassium.[1] They are often said to taste like chicken[2] because of their mild flavor, with a texture most similar to chicken wings.[3]” So you see, nothing is better to mitigate stress than protein, omega 3, vitamin A and of course chicken wings. Sit down for a feed and then re-evaluate after – cooler heads prevail. I’ve always been told not to make any important decisions on an empty stomach.

    Thanks for hopping up a great post Phil. Mah – velous, as usual. 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 9 2015 2:18 pm

      Hungry tummies certainly mean it’s crunch time. Let’s just wander down to the bay and sit back with all you can eat shrimp. Boots up on the rail and watch the ship channel traffic go by as you enjoy a few beers? Less messy than capture and preparation of frog legs…besides we need a ll the mosquito eaters we can get right now with mosquito born diseases showing up again.
      Another day, another stolen car chase and stand off. Yep. Life is different here. It gets better. Before arriving locally, he murdered a guy in TX City, then walked into the freestanding ER (at 2:30 am) about 4 blocks from here and shoved guns in staff’s faces while he stole a bunch of drugs and shoved them in his face. NExt her apparently walked a block to the marina/hotel comples (you’ve seen pix of it from our walks), broke into a brokerage boat and slept. THe next morning, he was walking down the dock, met a boat broker, shoved a gun in his face, robbed him, and then stole his car – which is where the police got involved. He passed our CVS and drove around for a bit until crashing and running into the Walgreens across from Walmart, broke into the pharmacy gobbled a bunch of more drugs. Swat got all but 2 people out quickly except for the pharmacists and a woman hiding. The guy, recently out of prison, was on probation. Yeah, the fun of the big city is spreading outward.
      Hey did you see this NBC trucking video?
      Here’s another one I found while looking for that one.
      A whole different trucking experience.
      Thanks for hopping by!

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      • Paul / Sep 10 2015 12:21 pm

        Yeah, gotta love big city living. When I was young and foolish, I used to go into New York or Houston or LA in the middle of the night to sleep at a customer. You learn fast that is a no-no -I’ve been escorted out by police, shot at, robbed , chased, etc. I learned to wait until morning – traffic or not – and go in when it was safe,.

        Those Bolt sleepers have been around for a while. They promote driver retention but I can tell you the biggest problems for drivers are pay and safety. I had a Kenworth Aeodyne – with two bunks, fridge closet, etc and 7′ of headroom. Big problems. I still enjoyed it but wouldn’t buy that large again. First of all is size – almost impossible to maneuver in cities – too long. The overall length of the tractor-trailer is not a big deal. The problem is the ratio of the tractor length to the trailer length. Corners and backing are very difficult. Legally it is not an issue as the tractor can be as long as you want as long as there is no freight carrying capacity in the cab. The second big problem – aside from the cost – is the weight. They brag about 14,000 pounds in the video, but that would be almost empty for a regular driver. Many customers and drivers get paid by weight hauled. Typically I would haul 42,000 pounds in the US and 72,000 (on a tri-axle) pounds in Canada. Here, with B-trains I used to haul 100,000 pounds payload. A sleeper like that Bolt would add easy 4,000 pounds to net weight -= meaning that every load for the life of the truck would be 4,000 pounds lighter if hauling by weight (I couldn’t find the specs for the 150″ sleeper in the video but their 96″ sleeper weighs 3,200 pounds).

        And then there is cost -$240,000 is an unreal number Phil. There is just not the revenue in trucking to support that. Trucks depreciate very quickly and most fleets calculate depreciation based on a 3 year life. Brokers use a 4 year life. Even a 4 year life means sleeper payments of $5,400 per month – that’s 65,000 per year. Truck payments on a new truck would be around $4,000 per month (financed on paying interest in full every month – a sensible way to pay) That’s $9, 400 per month. With two drivers they were doing 140,000 miles per year – but that is high. 120,000 miles per year is a lot for a single driver -10,000 miles per month. A high average rate of pay would be $1.50 mile or about $15,000 per month (granted loaded miles pay more but then empty miles pay nothing) Fuel alone at 7 miles per gallon (and that is high) is 1425 gallons cheapo at $2.50 per gallon is $3,500. Maintenance generally runs (on average) $3,000 per month- including lube, oil changes, repairs and heavy maintenance amortization (like an out of frame engine job is about $15,000 or a transmission is about $7,000, etc). Insurance and registration is about $18,000 per year or about $1,500 per month

        So far we have $9,400 permonth in truck payments, $3,500 in fuel, $3,000 in maintenance,$1,500 per month in registration and insurance. All of which is $17,400 per month in costs without paying the driver or even feeding him/her. Out of $15,000 of wages. And all those costs are conservative and revenue is best case. And do not include incidentals like tolls, ferry charges, truck washes, etc.

        There is absolutely no way that those sleepers could ever be afforded by any regular driver or company Phil. Not even in the ball park. And the fact that they add so much weight is a major no-no as it affects every load for life. Quite honestly, any company who is paying those drivers enough to be able to afford that sleeper will not be competitive in today’s market because the job can be done just as good for much lower cost. Why would a freight shipper want to pay for a driver to carry his/her house with him everywhere? And, in the big picture, it increases carbon footprint – as you are needing more truckloads to haul the same amount of freight; it increases wear and tear on the highways per pound of freight hauled; it decreases tire life, engine lfie, etc (in terms of time per pound hauled) And that sucker would be a considerable wind drag – I’m sure it would drop the average fuel mileage by 10% – which doesn’t sound like much (.7 mpg) but burning $40,000 per fuel per year, that’s $4,000 off the bottom line. That’s $16,000 more fuel in a 4 year life.

        Personally I think the Bolt sleeper is like a McMansion Phil – it is more for appearances than real gain.

        Cool links Phil – I enjoyed them. 😀

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 10 2015 2:42 pm

          HA! Love the comparison to the McMansion. Even with price of oil down ( which for some reason here isn’t helping diesel costs much which is weird as it requires much less processing), the weight along seems like it would be an issue much less the size. Figured it was just a reporter looking for a story. (Not exactly the “tiny house” trend concept) Thought you might get a kick out of it if you hadn’t seen the show.Thanks for the insight!

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        • Paul / Sep 10 2015 4:36 pm

          I did see the Tiny House show! Ha! Aren’t they great? I was actually just reading an article about Vancouver, where my Mom lives, and a single dwelling is now about $791,000. They did the article on a guy who lives in his van, but it is against city by-laws as it doesn’t have the necessary requirements to meet a home for occupancy. Ha! So, he moves his van regularly so the cops don’t roust him. He is looking at a Tiny House and is not sure of the cops will leave him alone or not. Ha! A house witout a lot – such a cool idea. The show was very clear that it is quite a livable option. The trick is you just park it – hauling it around is expensive. Did you notice that one guy weighed his house and had to buy a new truck just to haul it? That expensive.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 10 2015 5:03 pm

          I did see the truck weigh in. (Sad, to admit that…) Some of the houses do not travel and are on foundations – with decks! – There’s communities of TIny houses near colleges and ski resorts that lease out…CO, I think. Recently read about a neighborhood being built as transition homes for the homeless to help them reenter society. Now that’s a real step in the right direction. Taking off the wheels and staying in one place in more way than one. (Vancouver is so beautiful. And expensive. Dreamed of living there while in…well, there’s this lovely large sailboat for sale – up near Canada – and all those islands in the NW…Molly likes cold!)

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        • Paul / Sep 10 2015 5:03 pm

          Oh, diesel prices. The reason prices are high is because gas sales are down – relatively speaking. I used to be safety director for a fuel company and we had a value added service for our independent customers – we would load on pricing. So we got pricing info at about 4 pm on the majors and it changed at midnight. We had an 8 hour window to set our dispatch so that we loaded as many independents’ loads before or after midnight, depending on whether pricing was up or down. As a result we monitored world pricing in New York coupled with currency fluctuations and demand numbers. Also on Wednesday afternoon the US dept of Energy releases a report on the levels of consumption and amount of inventory in stock. Putting it all together we tried to predict pricing changes before they happened, which gave our dispatch more flexibility. Even an hour gained could improve our operational efficiency. Ha! We had some spectacular wins and some unGodly losses, but it was fun and our success rate was higher than most and more often than our losses. Our company was owned by a petroleum dealer and we used to buy on spec sometimes. Ha! I have seen us save $100,000 in one day or lose $200,00

          Anyway, all that to say, I have some knowledge about pricing. The problem with diesel is that a barrel of crude produces a fixed amount of gas and a fixed amount of diesel – 1 barrel (on average) produces 12 gallons of diesel and 19 gallons of gas and that ratio stays the same at a given refinery, no matter the quantity produced 12:19. The truth of the matter is that refineries can be designed to maximize gas production or maximize diesel production and that ratio can be bent a bit – but always remains fixed for a refinery. American and Canadian refineries are set up to maximize gas production. So, when gas production drops, to match lower demand, the amount of diesel produced also drops, which makes it less available and more expensive. The problem is that the industry has been so successful convincing people to use diesel that now the ratio of use is more like 13 or 14 to 19, meaning there is always a shortage of diesel. When less diesel was used, say 40 years ago, remember the prices were only about 75% of gas prices – that’s because there was a glut of diesel due to high gas consumption and low diesel usage. Now the opposite is true. A large number of the assets using diesel are long term investments – like fleets and will not and cannot change fuels quickly – so the problem will continue and diesel will continue to rise. Unless you can convince the public to start using more gas. 😀


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 10 2015 11:18 pm

          Houston ship channel is a major refinery area. There are a couple of refineries down in CA. We used to be in oil related industry. Diesel was always cheaper as it takes less refining always- until the past 5 years or so. Many farmers/ranchers have diesel trucks – sister-in-law is one of them. No logical/real reason with price of crude not going down here like the others – except by design or gouging.
          Each region is different with driving and gas prices. Lots more people traveling around here with prices so low – and driving those big cars again. Seems to be a specific price point where people slow down their travel, but when gas is priced low here – it’s road trip!

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  2. Littlesundog / Sep 9 2015 1:27 am

    I haven’t laughed this heartily in a LONG time! Great post! By the way, we don’t usually see frogs on our place, mostly it’s your common toads, but today I was mowing a tad, and noticed a lot of young frogs leaping about by our drainpipes. Sure enough! About two hours later – a deluge… toad floater, toad strangler… and I believe in the south I have even heard turd floater, but that could just be a southern thing?? Anyway, the frogs are everywhere now!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 9 2015 2:46 pm

      Laughter is the highest compliment. Molly loves the froggy and toady ones as much as RC Cat. (Who was watching intently from the window seat inside…no doubt yowling “Unfair. Do not damage the entertaining toy!”
      We’ll be hauling out the boats shortly, but if weather guys are right, but if this cool-ish front makes it through, it’ll be worth it. Keep and eye on the sky! Thanks for joining the froggy chorus of comments


  3. Satin Sheet Diva / Sep 9 2015 2:22 am

    Ugh, Molly….NOOOO! lol. They’re so…squishy ;-).


  4. sportsattitudes / Sep 9 2015 2:30 am

    In my neck of the woods each year (for like…decades) St.Anthony’s Lodge has a Frog Legs Dinner. The significance of the event is such that generations of men have shown up one night each summer and the women of the Lodge have prepared and served them Frogs Legs. I never bought the “tastes like chicken” explanation. If that’s the case I’ll have the chicken please. No frogs for breakfast, lunch or dinner!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 9 2015 3:01 pm

      They do taste like chicken. During younger, wilder days, being a sophisticated bunch we munched in trendy places. (Now, if it takes more than flip flops…). But free range frogs for breakfast? Pizza, maybe, but no frogs for breakfast. Thanks for hopping over to chew the fat.

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  5. easyweimaraner / Sep 9 2015 12:38 pm

    I bet a lot of my fellow countrymen would not agree with the title LOL butt I’m with you no frogs, no lizards… specially when the frog isn’t a frog but a toad… :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 9 2015 3:09 pm

      Do free range frogs count? Worried they might be a bit tough. If the frog in question was a fish, the game warden would scowl and say, “Throw it back.” Molly says she was just herding it with her tongue…towards some mosquitoes so it could eat and get bigger! Paw waves for pouncing along


  6. Ally Bean / Sep 9 2015 5:11 pm

    “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day” was one of my boss’s FAVORITE SAYING. Really, she lived and breathed it. Hadn’t thought of that in years. Thank you.

    [Also, that ropey gadget closing thingie is called a frog? I know that those round thingies that you put in a vase to hold up flowers are called a frog, but that closure thingie… huh?]


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 9 2015 7:01 pm

      Where ever did she get that phrase? – wild. Must look that. (I guess she wouldn’t approve of substituting gummy ones?)
      Seamstresses know about those braid ornate clasps. Elegant Frogs were popular when “designer fashions” meant real designers’ good from Paris – popular closings in 50-60’s era, I think. On a lot of vintage clothing. I was surprised to find they are still made – and available at Walmart no less.
      So that’s what that round vase thingy is called..makes more sense than the braid thingy?
      Thanks for gigging a frog comment this way


      • Ally Bean / Sep 9 2015 7:33 pm

        The quote is from Mark Twain. Why she latched onto it is anyone’s guess. Didn’t know that the clothing frogs were popular in clothing from that era. The things you learn, eh?


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 10 2015 12:13 am

          Mom sewed – everything from slip covers to clothing. She always said she learned how by practicing on my brother when he was little. I think he is permanently scarred.
          Great quote! (Bet he’s got some other frog ones,too…should of thought of him.


  7. marthaschaefer / Sep 9 2015 11:18 pm

    Just like with skunks, they either learn the lesson or go back with a vengeance…porcipines too. Must be the warm pavement brings them out as Alice snaffles up several “sail frogs” a day on our walks.

    Good one Phil, always a pleasure!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 10 2015 2:18 pm

      Molly finds sail frogs fascinating and she’s suggested those could be frisbee material, but we try to detour before she notices them. This little backyard frog seems to like to live dangerously and hang out near the back door/windows where bugs seem to huddle. He’s just small enough to slip in the crack between patio and foundation and has managed so far. We’ve discovered Molly watches from inside and causally asks to go out when he’s spotted a bit from his safety zone. Don’t tell me they don’t plot. Thanks for hopping by with Alice.

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  8. EllaDee / Sep 10 2015 4:35 am

    On our recent visit to TA we found a green frog had made a home in our bbq… risky business I think for a frog. I relocated it… twice… and all I got for thanks was peed on by a frog.
    Your Fall football is getting some attention from us Aussies via the “Hayne Plane”… and our own local season ends in less than a month, so we’re hopping on the NFL bandwagon.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 10 2015 2:28 pm

      Frogs must be one of the most stubborn ungrateful critters around. No matter how many times they get tossed over the fence, they come back. Molly doesn’t really want to eat them, just watch them jump – but she gets a bit too excited and the Paw of Death…Since we are not sure where rehab is for crippled frogs and lizards, we prefer she watch more deft outdoor toys like squirrels.
      It’s nice to have some seasonal sport to watch – football here is so connected to memories of brisk air, crunchy leaves, and warm clothing…oh, ok, the climate control stadiums are pretty nice in wretched weather. We love our soccer team, Dynamo. Maybe not world famous yet, but catching up…and their stadium is open air…but for big games of big soccer competitions, there’s the NFL stadium which fills totally up and is just as insane as NFL games. Any excuse to party here!
      Glad you’ve decided to hop over and cheer along


  9. Erik / Sep 19 2015 5:13 pm

    We get roads and parking lots full of ’em in the spring and early summer. It’s rather macabre sometimes. I was going to say it’s all part of the circle of life, but I think the circles involved here are mostly just tires. And I don’t think any life comes out of the transaction.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 20 2015 9:59 pm

      Oh, so now there’s an annual run to crown the Prince? That would be where the rubber hit the road there.
      Thanks for leaving a hoppy comment

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