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March 18, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Chilling. Ditching. Such a Dodo.

Snowy Colorado scene (NO permissions granted)with bare tree limbs. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted.

March 20, 2016 may be the Vernal equinox (4:30 UTC), but snow is still the show.©

Recommended ditching and unexpected sniffing.

Senseless news or non-news, it’s obvious something smells.

Everyone looks instantly smaller without wearing a car. 

So ditch the car (Wait! Park it, not into the canal with it.) 

Active commuters who bike or walk, even slowly, to work are healthier according to a recent study with lower body mass and body fat. (Looking for the revelation here.).

Of course nothing was mentioned about needing counseling as co-workers begin to shrink away from the “healthy commuter’s” glowing skin and steamy odor. Will companies be forced to create policies about bathing in bathroom sinks? Will there be protests concerning the Right to Stink?

Then again, maybe other places and other times. It gets really hot and humid here. (Actually did bike commute once when the car died and it sulked wanting expensive repairs. Not sure who showed whom there.)

Waiting for the companion studies on the effects of traffic air pollution or extreme heat on bike riders and injury statistics for encounters with pot holes, distracted drivers, and road rage.

Who would have guessed they smelled better, those Dodo birds?

Despite their reputation as the ultimate symbol of stupidity, that may all be stuff and nonsense.

The Dodo, last seen in 1662 due to their bad judgement, may have been smarter than people thought according to research using CT scanning of a rare well-preserved Dodo skull.  Scientists compared the brain capacity of Dodos to certain career-oriented family members, pigeons who carry on.

Of course, one must consider that the Dodo scorned flight. Lived on an island after all. Walking is far healthier (See above). Smart.

The scans stunned researchers with an unexpected attribute: large and differentiated olfactory bulbs. Birds normally depend on sight with well-developed optical lobes. For Dodos, relying on foot traffic, being able to smell food sources would be a big advantage. A smart move.

Actually, the extinction of the Dodo should not be attributed to their dim wits, but as the result of being too welcoming to strangers.  Misunderstood the purpose of the hot tub. The “We’d like to have you for dinner”, lost in translation as the fearless birds were easily herded into boats by sailors.

Besides since when is being friendly stupid? Don’t answer that…

Poor judgement has been the downfall of many – even the intelligent.

Good sense to stop

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

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Be the Dodo! Drive friendly on that long and winding road of life.©



  1. easyweimaraner / Mar 18 2016 7:08 am

    I still hope that they will find some of that berds at mauritius or reunion…. they looked great somehow and I would like to have one :o)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 18 2016 8:28 am

      Dodos seem to be really social and friendly – but maybe they should get some hearing aids to warn them of potential problems. Maybe they would enjoy a game of tag with you, Easy. Thanks for strolling in with a comment

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  2. shoreacres / Mar 18 2016 7:19 am

    Well. Here’s my cautionary tale. A certain cockatiel named Nikki was won’t to walk — everywhere. We kept telling him that walking was dangerous for his health, and he needed to fly. No way. His demise, when it came, was both predictable and surprising. He walked underneath the ironing board, and the person doing the ironing didn’t see him. RIP Nikki — cause of death? Human foot. It was ghastly.

    I’m staying in my car, thank you very much.


    • shoreacres / Mar 18 2016 7:20 am

      Phooey. That would be “wont to walk,” of course. It may be the first time in my life I’ve inserted that particular error. 🙂

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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 18 2016 8:16 am

        Nikki, no bird is an island walker if there’s an ironing board! Yeesch. (You have more tales than Andersen or Grimm.)
        I kinda like the “won’t” in the first comment – sort of like a flighty teenager lipping off refusing to admit there’s a problem.
        What not hiking or biking in 100 degrees tropical weather? Former Mayor Parker will be so disappointed. After she spent all that money on bike lanes and cut out car lanes on busy streets instead of filling potholes… Maybe the rain filled pot holes were washing stations? Ahead of her time!
        Thanks for steering a comment this way

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  3. marthaschaefer / Mar 18 2016 8:52 am

    Only a Dodo would bike/walk to work knowing there would be sweat and odor with no chance to shower. It is pot hole season here along with frost heave time. Roads are a slalom course for the cautious, a journey in expensive auto repairs for those who speed. Hope you are seeing Spring!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 18 2016 11:53 am

      “Roads are a slalom course for the cautious” That’s the perfect description. Bike riders here are thrilled when their routes mean they can use the lump-free bike trails/roadways. The regular roads are like swiss cheese with pot holes from being ignored for a couple of years. Normally road repairs can be made year round here – except in these really wet winters. I’m not sure how snow country ever gets roads done before winter returns and starts the cycle all over again.
      It’s been in the 80’s and flower planting time – but we’ll get whacked by the trailing edge of this winter storm sweeping across bringing cooler temps for a few days – and hopefully knocking down some of this oak pollen. UGH. But weekend – yea! Have a good one!

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  4. D. Wallace Peach / Mar 18 2016 9:18 am

    A ramble full of insight. Love it 😀

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 18 2016 11:38 am

      Between the slide into the weekend, extreme pollen, severe weather inching this way, lack of sleep from dog nannying skiing friends’ dogs + Molly, rambling was the only hope. Thanks for giggling along. Have a great weekend

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  5. Carrie Rubin / Mar 18 2016 9:56 am

    Biking and jogging/walking are great ways to get to work, but employee showers might indeed be a good addition. 🙂

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  6. Ally Bean / Mar 18 2016 10:33 am

    Walking to work I can understand, but for those of us with naturally curly hair biking to work would never do. You put on that helmet, and your style is gone. All these get healthy studies never take that variable into consideration, now do they?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 18 2016 11:35 am

      No longer is bed-head the issue – it’s the helmet crush…new products being created as we speak.(Promises promises. And the slide into depression that, once again, they don’t work and now you are out money. Sigh.)
      Thanks for pedaling over with a comment

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  7. sportsattitudes / Mar 18 2016 4:04 pm

    It is sixty-three degrees here today. Sunny. Beautiful. In two days we’re supposed to get 2-4 inches of wet, heavy snow. It’s ridiculous. The real dodos are publishers who still put the start of seasons on calendars like they mean anything anymore. The interesting thing is even as the world continues to burn up we have these counter-fluctuations where it snows in Spring…and yet it’s 70 at Christmas. I think labeling seasons should be extinct! 😀

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    • Erik / Mar 20 2016 11:05 pm

      You must be in my neck of the woods (New England). Yes?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 21 2016 11:15 am

      Weather ping-pong here. We didn’t get all the terrible storms they warned about for days. Sunny, but 40 at night – 8-10 cooler than usual.
      Molly agrees with you. She refuses to switch to Daylight Savings Time…this morning she just rolled over and said “I don’t care what your clock says. It’s dark, Dodo. Snooze-time.”
      (And the livestock are moooving out making room for basketball courts. What a Friday! What a hoops weekend!)
      Thanks for chilling out here for a bit

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  8. Erik / Mar 20 2016 11:09 pm

    It’s late. I spoonerized, reading “pot holes” as “hot poles.” The resulting mental image of bikers running into them was vastly amusing.

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  9. Paul / Mar 22 2016 11:35 am

    Yo Phil! Where are you getting those photos of snow covered roads – surely not Galveston? You even have them dated so I know they’re not stock. Anyway, dodos – gotta love a bird that jumps right into the pot. Ha! Missionaries in Africa used to do that too. Ha! I wouldn’t say that trust was wrong, I would say that situational awareness reigns supreme. It was that way driving for a living too. Know what you don’t know and don’t venture there until you do know. Dodos were not situationally aware when men came for them.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 22 2016 2:12 pm

      No doubt the Dodos would be split on whether more distrust of the unknown or more facts and situational awareness (great phrase) could have been a bird saver…if you don’t have trust – what is left? (somehow that’s not really funny)
      Been pet nannying for various people who were able to get away for spring break. Pictures sent just like those “Wish you were here” post cards HA HA ( but I did get a t-shirt) Snow arrived right on schedule for the skiers. Holiday skiing is definitely not exciting for me…and the ERs have a long wait time then. (Molly did volunteer to do sled duty if we decided to go to CO…more snow there than Alaska?) Thanks for sliding over to chat

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  10. heretherebespiders / Mar 22 2016 4:20 pm

    You have snow?!? I had sunshine, and no rain for almost a whole week!
    Shame about the dodo. They weren’t stupid, just ignorant of how vicious humans are. They should have seen a few politicians at work!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 22 2016 7:50 pm

      Only snow in dreams and pictures sent by those I am pet sitting for. Such a tease. Weather is cooler than normal, but not complaining…although we could use a bit of rain – it keep stopping a bit north of here.
      Perfect observation about Dodos…politics are enough to send anyone over the cliff.
      Thanks for slipping in to chat


  11. jmmcdowell / Mar 27 2016 5:02 pm

    I’ve often wondered how healthy it is to walk/run/bike in heavily polluted cities…. Alas, our post-World War II suburban culture made it nearly impossible for most people to give up the car commute, even if they wanted to. At least we’re seeing some changes back to living where we work, but we have a long way to go.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 27 2016 5:14 pm

      Research pulls up a lot of lead in the air near big roads. (and you wonder about the big power lines, too) Then there’s the factories/plants. Taking a while for knowledge to catch up with building. High density cities are good news for mass transit and keeping open land, but bad news for other reasons. “Village” style new developments are encouraging. Retro fitting is difficult but not impossible ( Like those parks over freeways and railroad – big one planned here before long…dreading the construction period). Like one professor said, fix one thing and they will find out something else is worse? We have to keep trying – and keep moving. Thanks for looping by to chat. Hope your Easter was hoppy!


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