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November 4, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Light, fractured answers.

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What’s with the colorful presentation?©

Why are the rainbows indoors?

Marketing. New firm hired by Mother Nature to raise awareness of what she offers.

Or you know how people leave business cards on your desk if they stop by and you are absent or are too busy to notice? That. A reminder.

Road in sunset. (Forgotten Overpass Facebook page)

Another sunset. Another day broken and forgotten.(Forgotten Overpass FB)

Why do Facebook pages get better results from TXDOT than actual people?

It’s been so long, drivers were beginning to wonder if it was a new national monument.

The Forgotten Overpass Facebook page tells the sorrow. Road construction workers came to do repairs, but did something causing entire middle span to drop. Exit workers. For months.

Nobody likes to get caught after making a mess – especially contractors and those in the state agency who hired them.

Out of desperation, residents contacted consumer reporter Emily Akin. Story/video: Emily Akin. “The Forgotten Overpass”. Geesh, Louise, TX, nothing like a little media attention for a quick pick me up.

Publicity photo. Oscar the Grouch. Sesame Street publicity. photo.1976:USPD:, publicity. image,no CR/

Oh, Oscar. The magic of free is disappearing. (1976 USPD/

Why do Chicago residents think they shouldn’t have to pay for garbage pick up?

Never heard of the “Pay as You Go Plan” like most people?

Or refuse to believe it applies to them. (It is the land of politicians and presidents, so confusion understandable.)

“Rahm Emanuel wants to start charging for trash pickup in Chicago” (Business Insider)

“Garbage tax still not as much as suburban fees” (Chicago Tribune)

Speaking of garbage.

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Don’t wipe. Always hammer before landfill.©

Could get really snarky and ask why anyone, especially one who boasts she is a mother and a proud, concerned grandmother, could look grieving parents in the face and lie like a rug about how it happened and blamed an “offensive video”continually. Think she is fit to run for any office even ignoring all the other messes while she served as Secretary of State? Ignoring being thought out of touch/ignorant or careless about technology and security measures/devious/smug and entitled.

“Emails show Clinton had 2 Benghazi stories: 1 for Libyans, 1 for Americans”

Emails to Egyptian Prime Minister, the Libyan President, (…attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film It was a planned attack, not a protest.”) and immediately after the attack to her daughter, Chelsea. (“…the attacks were undertaken by an “Al Queda-like group.”)

Walmart asks more integrity of their greeters.

Now there’s an answer: draft a Walmart greeter for president.

Someone really in touch with ordinary people.

Someone used to working long hours for little reward.

Now some would sneer he’d have big business standing behind him. But realistically, anyone who’s been an employee or supplier for Walmart completely understands abuses by big multinational businesses.

Candidate ready: got that big smile mastered and can already loudly shout “Clean-up needed on aisle three!”

See? Everything’s coming up sunshine and rainbows. 

All in the marketing.

Lightly fractured and perfectly answered.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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Preview for coming attractions. After days of torrents, one of the brightest rainbows I’ve seen – all the way across the sky for about 10 minutes. Then the storms continued for the rest of the night.©




  1. easyweimaraner / Nov 4 2015 1:53 pm

    We have to pay a tax for garbage pick up. Including recycled dog food. We have to pay punctually for the street cleaning while the cleaning guys work more pleasure-oriented :o(


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 4 2015 2:04 pm

      Easy, we were shocked to find out some people don’t pay for garbage pick up. Well worth the money – burning it, burying it, hauling recycled items into town like we did on the farm was such a bother.
      (But we did tell the local fur inhabitants we were not planning to scoop their leavings of recycled food – so be careful where you step! HA HA) Thanks for barking at the comment truck


  2. Paul / Nov 4 2015 2:53 pm

    Here in Ottawa there is an ongoing argument about paying for garbage pickup. Some jurisdictions charge when the bag or container count goes above a certain number. .Others charge for extraordinary size, some don’t charge at all. You would have laughed Phil, I lived in a jurisdiction that only charged over a certain size of piece – with no total limit. I checked with our city bylaw officers and got the rules down pat. We did a renovation and I asked the contractor to pile any garbage, wrappers, dunnage, etc in our garage for me to handle rather than risk an oversize charge. When the reno was done, I cut and bundled (wood products had to be tied with only natural fiber rope not nylon) everything to the exact size. Pickup was on Monday and I spent the whole day Sunday bundling, cutting, bagging (weight could not be over 45 pounds and if the contents were organic, had to be in paper recycle bags, etc) Anyway, when I was done there was a pile so high at the curb(not one fraction of an inch over the curb as that was chargeable) that the street was not visible from the front windows of the house and extended the whole width of the property.

    We lived in a neighborhood where the residents were anal about their property and their shit didn’t stink. They would make faces if a tree leaf was on the lawn. Our neighbor across the street was the epitome of the “perfect” club and even his garbage was politically correct. He recycled vigorously and so on the same garbage day he had one garbage bag at the curb and one old wooden whiskey stave barrel. I came home from work early that day in time to see the garbage truck arrive. The driver talked on his two way radio for a minute, backed up to our pile and he and his helper hopped out and started loading. They stopped to measure and weigh numerous items, but all were legal. They were about half way through when a second truck arrived, backed up to the other end of the pile and started loading as well. The met in the middle and the lawn and curb were spotlessly clean.

    Our driver walked across the street, measured the barrel and returned to his truck where he wrote for a while. He then walked up to the neighbor’s mailbox and stuck a pink slip in it. He collected the barrel and the bag, loaded it and carried on. Curious, I walked over and looked in the mail box. There was a bill for $20. for picking up a “non-standard” piece of refuse – 1 wooden whiskey stave barrel. I laughed so hard, I could barely walk back home.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 4 2015 3:27 pm

      Paul – this is hilarious – really worth a chapter in your book of stories. I can so identify. In our first neighborhood, everyone was redoing old houses – so nobody cared and everyone tried to be thoughtful to bundle stuff into not to heavy loads for the pick-up guys. At another house, we had a huge dumpster in the drive as it was a massive reconstruct – drove a neighbors nuts….she was always peeking out the windows, calling the HOA, and complaining about the saws and hammering was making her ill (couldn’t have been all the booze constantly in her hand). It did go on for years as we always work on the pay as you go plan and do most of the work ourselves. We always paid the guys on the truck a little when we had big piles – and they always picked up our really not quite sized or weight stuff.
      Here, we are trying to be restrained…still measuring, cutting, and bundling go a long way with tree branches and building materials…and
      here they guys have no problem leaving too long, too heavy, or unbundled stuff on the curb – for weeks. We were placing bets how long a new neighbor’s pile last month would be there. He finally hired a tree company to trim his tree…and haul aways the stuff. Couldn’t break down and bundle it. Funnier? He got a note from the HOA about all the dead grass where the pile had been.
      You have such funny stories, Paul. Hope you get them all down and share with us! Thanks for bundling up a comment to leave

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Nov 4 2015 4:44 pm

    Our garbage collection is included in our taxes. We have a separate water-sewer bill based on water usage. We also have a wonderful recycling place we take yard waste and tree limbs to as they don’t get picked up. All works out even if it’s more work. And yes, I’ve done remodeling projects where the drywall tear-out was properly packaged to ensure collection. So much better than a dumpster unless you have a big job.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 4 2015 5:20 pm

      Total remodels on the two other houses was enough!
      It’s all bundled into taxes/ bill here, too. Same with water-sewer. You can even get a second meter if you have a pool/lawn sprinkler system which usually doesn’t involve the sewer use.
      Never occurred to me that some people get garbage picked up for free. They have special days/pick ups for big things here (but generally if it’s “packaged” at the curb and manageable, the crews are pretty nice to pick it up any time – even old dishwashers…unless you irritate them like another neighbor – his “big” “heavy”items will not be collected by them except on the assigned day of the month.
      Commonsense to be nice to people, right? Thanks for stacking in a comment

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  4. Ally Bean / Nov 4 2015 7:09 pm

    A story. Once upon a time we lived in a community with free garbage pick-up. We had an official trash bin that had to be placed just so along the street on trash day and we had a toter for recyclables which had to be filled just so. That is, all glass rinsed out with lids off; all newspapers folded in quarters and put in brown paper bags; all metal cans with paper labels ripped off and can smashed down. IF you failed to follow the rules EXACTLY, the trash men would refuse to take your recyclables and dump them all over your yard. While this was an effective way to get we the people to cooperate, I was so happy when we moved to this area… and started paying for our trash pick-up. Here, the rules are more guidelines than anything else.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 4 2015 7:17 pm

      Now that is really picky and abusive. Labels, too? (So “free” came with so many strings? UGH.)
      Let’s let all those people stay waaaay over there not near us. We do have recycling pick up one day a week and while it’s annoying to drag something out to the curb on yet another day, even that is relaxed guidelines without trash police scolding you.We tend to sort of rinse out containers/cans in an attempt to keep from attracting roaches which never die in mild winters…so I will not complain if we actually have winter this year….keeps the yard work limited,too. Thanks for adding a trashy story! (What a horrid experience…here there would be pitch forks and torches at city council meetings over that.)


      • Ally Bean / Nov 4 2015 7:24 pm

        Yes, free was a lot of work. Today we rinse our stuff out, but have become more lax about taking off the labels. And with newspapers we’re wild children, just tossing them in a messy pile of top of the toter. Because we can!


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 4 2015 7:51 pm

          Yes! We’ve discontinued the newspaper – couldn’t stand the bad writing/grammar/spelling, badly cut and paste article that were published days ago in other places, and the final straw was publishing the same article 3 different days – one a month after the first 2. I do miss the paper in the morning,though. Even if it was getting more pictures than words. Articles started taking a poor imitation of graphic novel/comic form. Sometimes I don’t want to know/see actual evidence of how bad literacy is getting. And old newspapers have so many uses…like under mulch to crush weeds for months…my greatest regret. Cheers for wildness!

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  5. pegoleg / Nov 5 2015 2:44 pm

    We don’t have trash pickup out in the sticks where I live. We bag it up, carry it into town and dump it in the dumpster that we pay for at our business. We also pay an additional $5 more per month to have locked because of all the people who used to come into the alley and put their trash into any open dumpster. Now they still go back there to dump old mattresses, etc. 😦

    People are complex, interesting creatures. Many of them are also slobs.

    Love the rainbow!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 5 2015 2:58 pm

      Boy, your trash process sounds like it takes effort. Old mattresses seem to be like stray cats – they show up – and then suddenly there are more of them. A new company started up here that recycles them- strips out all the parts/sorts/ and sell that. Really hope they are successful. Far too many mattress strays around.
      At one point on the farm, dad found an old abandoned well. Too shallow and the water level had dropped. So worried kids or animals would fall in, he decided that was the garbage dump. (Sometimes in pine forest lands, there are burn bans – and even if you burn there’s stuff left). Shovel the stuff in . Then shovel in a layer of sand/dirt. If you approach anything right, you can convince kids it’s a fun activity. HA HA
      Any rainbows are appreciated after so many grey days.Thanks for dancing over the rainbow with a comment – hope you’ve got some real ones!


  6. The Hook / Nov 5 2015 8:25 pm

    From the title to the last word, the depth of your ingenuity never fails to impress, old friend.


  7. Littlesundog / Nov 6 2015 2:38 am

    We have no recycling here. It’s really embarrassing when family and friends visit from other states and the jaws drop as we throw everything in one container. 😦


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 6 2015 2:38 pm

      While recycling feels good, most cities that collect say the reality is that it hardly pays for itself. Not enough demand for recycled materials by manufacturing. All I can say is the dry well we where put unburnable trash at our farm eventually filled up, so it was put to good use. Have to fit into the environment where you find yourself. Thanks for adding a trashy remark!

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  8. EllaDee / Nov 9 2015 1:23 am

    Both in the city and country we get rubbish collection, it’s paid via local government land rates and they now contract out the service but years ago the local councils employed “garbos” and the old school ones are quite mythical… often they were local footballers for whom the job was pay and fitness. Everyone appreciated the efforts of the garbos and customarily left out beers with their Christmas rubbish.
    It really doesn’t surprise me there are people who don’t want to pay, society’s focus has been influenced more and more to disregard the basics, things that matter… all the while the penchant for shiny, new disposable is creating more dirty work for someone else to think about.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 9 2015 2:47 pm

      Pretty stunned how many feel like they should get something for nothing. Wish it was just a regional thing, but seems to be old style parenting, self reliance, and view of the world. When the meteor hits and knocks out the grid, who will manage to survive? HA HA.
      We always be friend our garbage guys who are also contract companies. Molly doesn’t even bark at them or the truck (smart dog!). It’s a hard job. Our old neighborhood had excellent service reasonably priced. Got a bit annoyed when one middle schooler snarked that his mom said the garbage men already made too much – “Look at the shoes they wear. Those cost about $100 dollars.” At which point I stopped and asked said those guys worked on their feet all day long lifting heavy loads in all weather – and exactly how much did those shoes on your feet that you wear to sit in a school desk inside cost?” Not hard to figure out where kids get ideas.
      One of our great neighbors had a son who played football (on NFL team’s practice squad). He worked as a moving van guy in the off season. No doubt he had no trouble carrying anything up and down stairs. A giant kid with a heart just as big.
      Thanks for bundling up a comment!


  9. marthaschaefer / Nov 10 2015 1:12 pm

    So sick of the slick political advertising, like it will wipe out the truth and paint a prettier picture of the greed and egos.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 11 2015 2:31 am

      Worrisome that the ads get flashier, glossier, and more expensively done as the puppet master realize how much of the public has the attention span of a gnat – and only look up from social media for a nano second. We just got through elections and the last few days were excruciating as the sides slammed each other or slathered on the misleading foam. Thanks for lighting up the comment pile

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  10. jmmcdowell / Nov 10 2015 8:41 pm

    Maybe WalMart (and a lot of companies) should require more integrity from its corporate bigwigs? That’s probably asking far too much. And this is about as political as I will get—I wish the bailout money would’ve gone to bring our crumbling infrastructure into the 21st century.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 11 2015 2:48 am

      Walmart seems to be mostly “expecting”/demanding a certain image from their lower level workers, but the high dollar management? – They must think we are all so easily fooled or dazzled by stuff. It may have started out as a good idea – all that American made – but now it’s as ugly as it gets.Destroyed towns, neighborhoods, brands, and much more including people. Not crossing those doors – happy greeter or not…besides here, you’d need body guards to get through their parking lots.
      Good point – what happened to all those shovel ready projects? Meanwhile the roads, bridges, water plants …we are getting so close to scifi. Thanks for constructing that perfect comment


  11. jannatwrites / Nov 23 2015 3:09 pm

    A Walmart greeter for president…. I could vote for that 🙂 I’m disgusted with the “choices” for president so I really haven’t followed too closely yet.



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