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July 24, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

High, oh, humor. Away

Man. Frightened face. Actor Dick Miller in film Bucket of Blood. 1959 (USPD:

Is this a test? Have pity; it’s summer. (USPD/

It’s a “Where’s Waldo” type joke that will take a little effort.

The pressure’s on.

Snort when you see it.

Feel free to smirk or roll eyes.

Welcome Sign has it's heart in the right place in top left. Humorously abbreviated(screenshot ch 13 news)

Welcome sign has its’ heart in the right place at top left. (ch 13 news)

Somehow the sign works.

Tweets have prepared us.

“What? You know what it means. So?”

Alternative explanation: English is a complicated language to learn.

Language, so nimble. Appears to have strong a self-preservation instinct,

© Signs. Diversity on the corner. ALL rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted

Diversity cornered. (© image)

Past our favorite Thai and sushi places is this eclectic corner.

Typical Texas: Louisiana on one side and Mexico on the other. Throughout history.

Pemex is the Mexican state-owned petroleum company. You may or may not have the green and red in your neighborhood. Yet.

People think Louisiana crawfish, but it’s also a local item here. Mudbugs are crammed in coolers and hauled back and forth between states depending on season and availability. (I do not eat them. Anything I poked as a kid with sticks in holes in the ground are not on my menu. Same “Nope, please take mine” level as squirrel.)

You are now free to smile and move about the universe.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.







  1. shoreacres / Jul 24 2017 6:16 am

    You know, I thought I saw a Pemex station the other day. I can’t even remember where I was, but it took so long for it to sink it, I was down the road and unsure if I’d really seen it. Apparently, I did. Thanks for solving that mystery.

    I’m rather fond of a good etoufee or crawfish pie, but that business of sitting in front of a pile of mudbugs and having at it just isn’t for me. I’ve tried it, and rather enjoyed the experience, but it’s too much work — and I’m not going to suck the heads!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2017 11:32 am

      That station was a head turner when I first spotted it a few months ago. Guess we shouldn’t be surprised: first people arrive (Wally Mart is thrilled along with the Dollar store and places who pay low wages under the table), then people like to buy brands they are familiar with/loyal to (Goya is everywhere now, too. Red and green logo is comfortably like flag – coincidence not likely.) Subtle shifts. Hopefully it just merges into the existing Tex mix.
      Not sitting down at that table. No. I may eat field peas that many only call animal feed (but that’s about all that was available of man or beast after the civil war/depression times with bad crops) but mud dwellers, nope. Do you think mudbugs’ popularity is an example of good marketing? Salesmanship to sell what you got. HAHA.
      Thanks for simmering up a comment to serve.


  2. easyweimaraner / Jul 24 2017 6:33 am

    love the signs ;o) english can be much more complicated if I use auto correction…but at least there is a always logic behind…a pain in the a$$ becomes a pants in the a$$… and that surely can happen when we picked the wrong size :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2017 1:45 pm

      Life has it’s own script – and there’s a comedian somewhere. Thanks for scratching up a comment


  3. Kate Crimmins / Jul 24 2017 6:52 am

    We don’t have crawfish here. I thought they were shrimp. Call them mudbugs and there’s no way I would touch them. As for that sign, I wonder if someone got fired or is that alternative English.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2017 1:52 pm

      There was a big ditch near our house and you could find these funny little rough dirt towers about 3-6 inches tall with a hole in the middle. No prince lived down there, though. We never kept/collected the crawdads – just a way to pass the time.
      Could that sign be a mandate by Corporate to get that “We appreciate your business” sign up – even if there wasn’t room? Possible – Never question Corporate. Oddly it’s rather funny.
      Thanks for wandering around to find the sign

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  4. Littlesundog / Jul 24 2017 8:22 am

    I like crawdads but they are a lot of work to eat. Apparently we have crawfish in the slough in the pecan orchard – who knew? And we have also had a few fishermen ask if they could put crawfish traps out, which of course I said “no” to. I can’t have the kids (Emma and Ronnie) getting tangled up in traps.

    Not sure how I feel about Pemex, but I did read this after Googling them this morning:


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2017 2:11 pm

      Traps? Who uses traps? Neighborhood kids would say that’s cheating. HAHA. I find their little lumpy towers intriguing…like they have dreams for being fairies- or maybe trolls.
      Shell, which is Dutch owned, has been around forever – several of my school friends only spoke Dutch when they arrived stateside as their dads moved here to Shell’s research labs/offices. (Such pretty straight blond hair to die for HAHA). Interesting article. Working with Mexico is a little more complicated. Their business practices are different and so much is done with family connections.
      Lots of oil/gas right now – We were by Galveston last week and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many rigs sitting there by the shipyard. One thought is that they were there getting refitted and waiting to go out. We’ll see when and where they move out. Many small/medium companies in coastal states do stand to benefit if they can figure out the process.

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  5. Amy / Jul 24 2017 11:14 am

    My brain somehow made sense of the sign, then reread it and couldn’t figure out if it meant for your business or for using us. Or something else. Crawdads, ew. Just big cockroaches as far as I am concerned.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2017 2:14 pm

      It’s weird, right? Your brain just decoded the message and goes on. Simply funny in so many ways
      Yeah, mudbugs are to entertain bored kids and stay out sight the rest of the time. Chocolate covered ants sound tastier.
      Thanks for digging up a comment

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  6. Kirt D Tisdale / Jul 24 2017 11:25 am

    I also untangled the sign without realizing it…what exactly are crawdads??? I recognize the name, but truly don’t know what they are…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2017 2:35 pm

      Brains are amazing, right?
      Crawfish, crawdads, mud bugs are these creatures that live in muddy areas/swamps, bottom feeders who burrow into the mud and build lumpy towers 3-6 inches tall with the mud the dig up – there’s a hole in the middle you can poke them with a stick if you’re a kid. They eat decomposing stuff in the mud.
      Louisiana is famous for using them as food/speciality items…or local cajuns boil up a pile of them, dump them on a table, peel them and and enjoy with beer.
      My mom said poor people ate them – now they are extremely trendy and popular as cajun crawfish boils
      They may look like little lobsters, but they ain’t. (and I’m not sucking the juices out of the heads or the poop left in the rear.)

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  7. PiedType / Jul 24 2017 1:13 pm

    “Mudbugs”? Eww. They were crawdads in OK, but like you, I wouldn’t eat anything I poked with a stick in the local “crick” when I was a kid.

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  8. Curt Mekemson / Jul 24 2017 4:24 pm

    We poked, prodded, caught and took them home for our mother to cook up… along with frog legs, gray squirrels, catfish, etc. We were equal opportunity eaters and our mother was an equal opportunity cook! 🙂 –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 25 2017 5:50 pm

      And you ate what was served. HAHA (rattlesnake eggs anyone? Chocolate covered ants or grasshoppers? OK we did get into see what weird stuff we could find…predated trendy tv reality shows) I still love catfish, but squirrel is just too greasy. Thanks for serving up some delicious comment

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  9. Beth / Jul 25 2017 5:35 pm

    I like to think they’re promoting the community – us-i-ness – they put the “us” in their us-i-ness. Also, I remember having Folger cans and bacon on a string trying to lure crawdads in there. I’m not sure what we planned to do if we caught them, but thankfully no unlucky creature found its way into our clever trap,


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 25 2017 5:59 pm

      Good interpretation. “All together now….” ( you hear that tune, right?)
      Without handouts of bacon for land fishing with a string, all I had was a stick or shovel. the fun was digging them out – then we lost interest and found other things to bother. Had to be careful – going home with mud on shoes or clothes was a real tip off that we were down in the forbidden ditch. There were supposed to be snakes…
      Thanks for sticking with the muddy comments

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      • Beth / Jul 26 2017 7:15 pm

        Whenever I got caught after playing in the creek where there were also supposedly snakes, I’d try my best “but Mommmmm, Julia pushed me”. This was usually followed by a, “oh, she pushed you? I’ll go talk to her mother” then she’d wait and ask, “now, did she really push you?” And I’d hold my head down and mutter, “no”. I was the little girl who cried “Julia”.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 27 2017 9:01 am

          That’s hilarious. The last would make a great book title.
          I never saw snakes – we were either too loud for them to stick around or the older boys in the neighborhood snatched them up. Funny never heard of anyone getting a snake bite back then although this area has lots of them.

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  10. LordBeariOfBow / Jul 26 2017 12:17 am

    I eat any crustacean , I assume that a crawfish is somewhat like our crayfish


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 26 2017 6:22 am

      It is and many find mud bugs tasty…I worry about revenge based on childhood activities. Thanks for digging up a comment to simmer here

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