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January 27, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Mind the wandering, Dunderhead.

Gaps are such an annoyance. In teeth. In clothing. In thinking.

So, interested in a lively game of Muse or Dunderhead?

Three People exercising on the beach. 1935. UK National Media Museum/Flickr commons/USPD:. pub date, exp cr./

Nothing is too big a leap for a dunderhead.(USPD/

Entry #1. A Groupon deal that might appeal. Game to hit? Ballsy for you.

Warm up with an 18-hole round of golf plus cart rental for 1-4 persons at up to 64% off at Galveston’s Moody Garden. (Ah, lured by a lovely emerald image. Photoshop is such a wonder.)

But the description of the deal will leave you wondering even more:

“Golf is doubly relaxing because it’s a calm game in the verdant outdoors and because there are no families there having feelings at you.” (View the Groupon)

Yep, the barbarians are at the gate.

women. Green willow and other Japanese fairy tales.1910. James and Goble/Cornell U/Flickr/

“No, that’s definitely a downer.”(Green Willow and other Japanese fairy tales/USPD/

Entry #2. Once compulsive neat freaks were the object of scorn and laughter, but now? Ka-ching!

According to best-selling Japanese author and guru Marie Kondo, “Transforming your life begins with your sock drawer.”

She’s on tour where you can watch her fold clothes and listen to her philosophy of “Only keep things that bring you joy.”

Sounds simple enough. It was her college thesis.

Part of her system is to put all like objects, such as books, in one room, then sort this way: “‘It’s important to touch every item and hold it with your hands,’ Kondo explains. Your body actually has a physical reaction. You either feel uplifted or you sink down.”

Get rid of the downers. (Wait. Not a recommendation to gulp pills,)

Her app will be ready to download soon.

So if you’re suffering cabin fever, start feeling up your possessions. (Not sure how caches of kittens or packs of pups fit into the movement.)

2 women and a for "The School Girl" /Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research/

“A buzz? But there are no open containers full of water in here.” (USPD/

Entry #3. A tandem pair of Jay Leno-style Headlines to scratch your head over.

Say in rapid succession:

“Cases suggest Zika Virus could be spread through sex” 

“Brazil sends in 200,000 soldiers to stop the spread.”

Now think about that for a second. (This is where Leno always put his head on the desk and tried to keep from giggling.)

All those healthy handsome young men in uniform who are hot (Hot temperatures – it’s Brazil) going door to door greeting and talking to residents – many of whom are hot, young women. And the 2016 Rio Carnival is warming up for Samba, merry-making, parades, street parties, balls, and hot costumes…Samba. Not your Sunday School Hokey-Pokey.

Whew. Whether Muses or Dunderheads, so much to gape over.

Enough, perhaps, to fill a small gap in your wandering reality.

Nothing better than a little dundering and musing.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Man and woman in vintage dress dancing 1920. Templeton and Sewell. Broadway production of "Honey Girl" White Studio,NYC/USPD/

Enough word waltzing. Time to step on outta here. (1920.USPD/






  1. markbialczak / Jan 27 2016 6:48 am

    Sometimes after shooting a north-of-100 round — even without any family members present at a verdant Syracuse-area course — I feel like removing golf from my life, Mouse.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2016 8:45 am

      I’ve often wondered if gold isn’t the training exercise for that Scottish toss the telephone pole competition. Thanks for swinging by these greens.


      • markbialczak / Jan 27 2016 8:52 am

        Oh, the caber toss! That looks quite hard, Mouse. Thanks for the entertaining post.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2016 8:59 am

          Those guys wear funny socks, too, so there could be some connection? Glad something tickle your brain. Thanks for dropping by


  2. easyweimaraner / Jan 27 2016 6:55 am

    I’ve read in the news that the zika-virus came to europe too… I wonder how that evil buggers can survive in that cold….


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2016 8:43 am

      Nobody should be complaining about the mosquito killer cold.I don’t want to be a munchable this summer!
      The species here that can carry this disease (among others) is the Tiger Mosquito which “immigrated” on ships from Viet Nam back in the 80’s…nasty biters. SWAT worthy! Thanks for muttering along.


  3. shoreacres / Jan 27 2016 6:59 am

    Speaking of barbarians at the gate, I stumbled across this in my Twitter timeline yesterday. I’m linking it because… well, just because. Some things have to be seen to be believed. The dunderhead obviously has no muse.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2016 8:40 am

      Hilarious…and scary. Once I told a Rice professor who was angry I wanted his teenage son to use capital letters and end punctuation while he thought that was totally unnecessary in the “world today”, I looked him right in the eye and said, “Cool, shortly I predict people who can write cohesively and in correct form will be able to make a good living being a scribe.” He scowled, but those times may be on our doorstep. (due to overly involved parenting, that kid probably never gained useful skills of any sort and ended up living in a van under the bridge down by the river…) Thanks for adding that twerrible tweet!


  4. Kate Crimmins / Jan 27 2016 7:33 am

    I’m thinking of doing a Kondo-like review of the people in my life. I’ll hold them in my hands and decide if I want to donate them. I wonder if that will work. Does Goodwill take former friends?


  5. Ally Bean / Jan 27 2016 10:45 am

    Well thank heavens there’s somewhere now where I can go to get away from all those family feelings being directed toward me. Those things hurt when they hit you. 😉


  6. sportsattitudes / Jan 27 2016 11:13 am

    Anyone who wrote golf was a “calm” game never played it. I gave it up years ago after realizing the hype of it being relaxing was anything but. Geez, if you want to be one with the outdoors go for a walk instead of navigating a little white ball through water, sand, tall grass and even wildlife for four hours. Doubly relaxing…doubly no.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2016 2:45 pm

      Yeah the alligators take a bite out of the fun around here as golfers snake through. It may be that the creatures are on hyper alert with people swinging sticks around and yelling loudly. Biter proactive in self defense, so to speak. Thanks for deciding to wander by

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  7. Carrie Rubin / Jan 27 2016 1:48 pm

    Ah, so that’s the secret to cleaning out my closet. I just have to run everything through my hands. (And if I’m smart, I’ll send it straight from my hands into a box marked Goodwill…)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2016 2:50 pm

      There’s an unspoken danger with the feelie-keepy routine. Holding items gives them the opportunity to wrap themselves around you like kids clinging to an adult trying to leave…and that telepathic haunting feeling of “Remember when…..” You’ve shared so much together…through thick, thin, spaghetti stains…
      Get the box and a pair of thick garden gloves. Like going under water, don’t stay there too long or else!
      Thanks for shelving a comment

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  8. Cowgoogfle / Jan 27 2016 1:49 pm

    Too many feelings, too many downers, not enough soldiers stopping the spread — an existential nightmare gone giggly!
    This may be my favorite-of-favorites now, of your posts. Top five? Certainly.

    In the past week I’ve heard two different “talking heads” use variations of the phrase, “He’s fallen off the bandwagon and is in re-hab” and neither was related to politics. Wagon — Bandwagon — ???
    Word choice based on sloppy listening?
    Brilliant conflation of clichés?

    This: “…because there are no families there having feelings at you…” took my brain back to Don Martin’s drawings in Mad. Still smiling.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2016 2:57 pm

      Marches and men in uniforms. Always gets the blood moving?
      That phrase they are bandying about, maybe they meant bandwidth. Technology is so confusing, especially if the music is loud or if one is keeping on straight and narrow while things keeping rolling along. Easy to get bumped off. Concussions are bad, they say.
      Mad and the TV show “Third Rock From the Sun” viewed life sort of like the little kid who spotted the Emperor who had no clothes. Gotta grin at all the memories. Thanks for waltzing along

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  9. Robin / Jan 27 2016 2:16 pm

    LOL! A samba of soldiers stopping the spread.

    I’ve never been very good at getting past the sock drawer except when we move. Then it becomes a matter of how much I want to pack and unpack which, surprisingly, makes me quite successful at Kondo’s philosophy of “Only keep things that bring you joy.”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2016 3:10 pm

      “Sock drawer” has been used around here with 2 neatniks – who are also procrastinators….difficult project pending? “Oh, as soon as I straighten out this sock drawer…”Something of a family joke. Often used as a verb as in “How’s the book report coming along? You’re not sock drawering are you?”
      Thanks for dancing a comment over to this show


  10. sustainabilitea / Jan 27 2016 2:44 pm

    One of the reasons I welcomed the very cold snap in Chicago recently was to both kill germs, of which there seemed to be a lively lot about, and to keep plants from thinking it was spring. As for the tidying book, our younger daughter used it for amazing results and recommended it to me. I got it from the library, read and enjoyed it, and was sometimes bemused by it. I did go through the drawers of my dresser and a few other places, taking everything out and determining whether I really liked it (“bringing me joy” might be a bit overstated in some instances), and got rid of quite a few things. My philosophy is always to use what seems useful and not worry about the rest. 🙂 I guess I had a clothes encounter.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2016 3:24 pm

      “Clothes encounter” That’s perfect! Whatever works for sorting, grouping, and removing of excess is to be cheered. Actually it’s better if I don’t linger and muse over each item. Set a time limit and sprint. My grandmother made it easier by using the following as a measure: “Would this really be gladly welcomed by someone else – someone who has little or nothing – while you will never miss it? Then maybe you can spare it.” We hold close so much that could be better used elsewhere.
      Yep, cold weather has a purpose. The indoor life has stripped the understanding of that. Thanks for cheering the cold


      • sustainabilitea / Jan 27 2016 3:38 pm

        I’ve donated so much to one of my local thrift stores, run by a nearby church, that they’ve given me a big discount a time or two. 🙂 Just have to be careful not to by anything of mine back!!


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 28 2016 10:11 am

          HA HA. See now that’s the benefit of living on the outskirts of a big city – multiple locations so you don’t wee someone wearing an old item (and you sobbing you should have never given it up!) Thanks for handing over a comment

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        • sustainabilitea / Jan 28 2016 10:12 am

          I’m fine with seeing someone else wearing it. Just don’t want to buy it back myself.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 28 2016 10:54 am

          Can see that easily happening and not realizing it until getting home or someone saying something! Geesch, we like what we like…over and over again. 🙂


        • sustainabilitea / Jan 28 2016 11:47 am

          I wouldn’t buy it but I might look at it for just a moment.

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  11. heretherebespiders / Jan 27 2016 3:38 pm

    Damn those people having feelings at me! I would love to escape them!
    But not with golf * yawn*

    I kind of understand the touching things one – but I’d be a few years going through my piles of randomness. If I started with books? I’d never get anywhere else in the house!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 28 2016 10:10 am

      People used to sort by “if you haven’t worn it in 5 years, toss it as it is so out of style it will never be worn again” Now that the fashion cycle is whirling on a much shorter time line, it never fails, as soon as you toss it out, that item is the “newest” in must-have. Well made basics/classics the only hope. (Too many paw prints/snags/nibbles tend to be a current sorting rule here)
      Gotta love copy writers with a sense of humor…it was a joke, right? What?
      Thanks for sorting out a comment to leave


  12. The Good Greatsby / Jan 27 2016 7:23 pm

    I wonder if the Brazilian army had a lot of volunteers for that mission.


  13. the dune mouse / Jan 29 2016 11:46 am

    My chuckle for the day


  14. Kourtney Heintz / Jan 31 2016 12:17 pm

    LOL. Thanks for these tidbits. I am curious about the sock drawer organization. I wish I had time to touch each of my belongings and decide whether or not to toss it.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 31 2016 7:30 pm

      Who’s got time? Who thought you could make money talking about doing what your mom yelled at you to do: clean up your room! Thanks for giggling along


  15. marthaschaefer / Feb 3 2016 8:52 am

    Sorting through my possessions would take a lifetime and I very much doubt any would end up in the trash. Never did like golf…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 3 2016 2:03 pm

      The only way stuff gets eliminated around here? “Quick, the moving van is here.” HA HA. (And the weather isn’t so bad that I’m so bored that I’ll clean out stuff) Thanks for packing up a comment to leave

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  16. jmmcdowell / Feb 4 2016 4:41 pm

    There are no families there having feelings at you

    This sounds like it should be a moment of zen….



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