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June 6, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Days of satirical and blunders

Paul Simon Concert. (© image.No permissions granted. Copyrighted, All rights reserved

Source of title.(Confused? Here:” These are the days of miracles and wonder..”) Now hum along for background music.(© Image)

It’s a long distance call…

Blame the oxygen depriving recycled air, for “the way we look to us all, Oh yeah”


  • Hot cars: don’t trust your hot car to a valet...even if they promise to park it up from…”Up front ” may have different meanings to them.. Looked like a movie set, but no. Don’t think it’s legal to double park vertically in Australia either. “Hotel valet parking a Porsche at Sydney Hyatt Regency had a very bad day“)
  • Also about trusting children and hot dogs: this area’s numbers yesterday: 1 child dead, with 3 children and 1 very fuzzy sweltering-even-indoors puppy rescued from being baked alive in cars. Their designated parenting adults “forgot”. Anyone? How about equal time for them locked in a hot car? It’s not cruel and unusual punishment – they freely awarded it to their small charges as temps climbed above 95F. Talk about fair play…and we’re all about playing fair…and following the law if not commonsense. (“Hot cars deadly.”)
  • Miss American beauty pageant no longer has swimsuit judging. Seriously? They tried with scholarships to stay “relevant” and draw viewers. What’s to see now – where’s the fun (and back stage “hints” on how the contestants get that Barbie look)? I liked it better when there were weird, wacky, “talents” like tap dancing in elementary school dance school costumes (with lots of arm flapping), flaming batons, talking dummies ventriloquists, weird instruments (who couldn’t find washboards or bird whistles serenades thrilling!). Wasn’t there cooking, bubble blowing, and reading a book once? Guess American Idol shows grabbed that entire pool of talent. Waiting for the next step which is contestants “competing” while enclosed in a plain, equal-sized cardboard boxes….with voice moderators equalizing voices. Yep. Everyone’s finally a winner…except maybe the sponsors hoping to sell products and those easily amused. (“Takin’ off the bikini…”)
  • Talking about beauties, the US postal service will have a beauty of a time explaining this one: Swap out of calendars for canned tuna. So much fishy about this who knows where to start? 1. Old women trying to raise money for their continual support of women’s shelters. 2. Don’t care what your social justice/prejudices/biases are involving women, old people, the British Empire, or history are, it’s a Federal Offense to tamper with the mail…not to mention stealing. 3. It’s stealing. It’s against the law…everywhere. 4.Besides Seattle has all the fish it needs. (Article: “Thieves steal sexy senior citizens’ calendars“)

“The way we look to a distant constellation that’s dying in the corner of the sky “

  • Cooling attempt: Do fish pond owners buy block ice to chill their fish during summer? Mom always tried to convince us that sitting in front of a fan with a wet washrag on your face and your feet on either side of a block of ice in a plastic tub was cooling. Sounds fishy, but willing inquire if pond owners also fan.

It’s already vampire season here with blazing August temps. We only go out at night…

Exercise? Now we get it by running from window to window across the house to shut blinds and curtains trying to block the sun’s scorching rays as the day progresses. Going out between the baking hours of 7am to 7:30 pm is shear madness as even long-haired cats are thinking of getting a buzz cut. Summer hibernation imminent.

Warming up to cooling down as summer calls

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Concert ticket Paul Simon. (© Image all rights reserved, copyrighted NO permissions granted )

Now this was cool. (If Simon falls desperately ill after this tour, I’ll feel like Typhoid Mary…Tom Petty was the last concert I went to, and, sadly, Tom died shortly later. I do not want those phone calls from groups’ booking agents going, “Hi, we just noticed you were online buying concert tickets…”)(©Image)



  1. shoreacres / Jun 6 2018 6:40 am

    I had the song even before I started reading — perhaps because that cut accompanied me through much of Oklahoma. As for the block of ice bit — can you imagine someone actually putting ice cubes in the bird bath? No? Well, you know her.

    Now, if you’ll excuse me, it’s time to go to work. It seems I miscalculated when I decided to try to avoid the docks in August this year. Either that, or my calendar is seriously out of whack!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 6 2018 7:08 am

      Maybe that song is working on some universal vibration – it seems to be seeping in a lot. Perhaps saturating the air from multiple road trips’ play lists?
      Oh, home from the prairie, girl. While they say we are just a little above “average'”/normal-ish by a degree or 2, it’s darn hot. (You know the newcomers- the ones with their car windows down during commutes. Better the docks that the roads – it’s total gridlock between the traffic and the construction) Molly said she’d loan you her chilled gel cool down blanket to sit on …just ignore the duct tape patches …she quipped that she was product testing for safety.
      Work safely out there. Thanks for checking in!!!


  2. cat9984 / Jun 6 2018 7:21 am

    I do not understand how people can “forget” they have children in the car. If they’re small enough to be locked in, you had to buckle them in somehow. If you’re not sure, it takes about 30 seconds to look (you face the car when you shut the door.) We had lady up here (Michigan) leave her baby in the car for 3 hours while she had her hair done.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 6 2018 7:51 am

      Each summer here we lose kids to hot cars and swimming (pools, lakes, and dangerous San Jacinto river). Authorities/media are in overdrive trying to educate newcomers who are not familiar with our intense sun and heat…and no, you cannot leave them in the car with the AC on while you go into someplace – far too dangerous
      Just saw a story about how car manufacturers are going to have a dashboard message to “check the backseat” and an annoying alarm that will have to be “dismissed” for the noise to stop. Will “busy” people learn to ignore that, too? It’s a worry all commonsense is being handed over to AI…like at the fast food counter, the person can’t make change is the computer is broken and doesn’t do the math for them.
      Thinking must not become a lost art.
      Thanks for heating up an answer to simmer here

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      • cat9984 / Jun 6 2018 7:59 am

        My son is in school, hoping to become an English professor. He swears the unrelenting emphasis on STEM is creating a vacuum where critical thinking skills used to be.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 6 2018 8:13 am

          He’s right. All smoke and mirrors. Chanting answers, group think, and multiple choice exams – few or no civil debating skills taught, little emphasis on analytical thinking about literature pieces – and how to relate idea to real life – and writing (at least 5 paragraphs by 6th/7th grade) explaining analysis, opinions with specific facts incidents from the piece. It can be taught – and used to be, but districts looking for short cuts, data – not language skills, higher levels of thinking, and use of appropriate vocabulary…if you can’t verbalize in writing an idea or concept, you probably don’t understand or have a grasp of it. Teaching how to think isn’t rocket science. When will parents wake up and start suing schools districts for Mal Practice. That’s what it is. Been there, been in the research think tanks. It can be done if they want…or maybe they want easily led masses (Getting off soapbox now…mumble mumble)

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        • cat9984 / Jun 6 2018 8:15 am

          I’ll tell Joseph he has a kindred spirit

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Jun 6 2018 7:37 am

    Wow! What a crazy collection of thoughts today! I don’t even know where to start. It’s not as hot here as it is in Texas but every year pets and kids are baked in cars. We need to give people an intelligence test BEFORE they procreate or adopt pets. I don’t do anything to my pond but the temp never gets above 80 degrees. I make it a little deeper to keep it cool in the summer and more protected in the winter. Just wish my birds would stop pooping in their bird bath.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 6 2018 8:04 am

      Blame this darn heat.
      While media and authorities have always stressed dangers of hot cars and water safety around lakes, beach, pools, rivers, now it looks like they are adding a new alert: the water hoses around your house. Toddler in hospital for treating major burns on back and legs after getting scalded by parent trying to cool them off with the water hose. Parent didn’t test water temp coming out of hose before splashing kid. You gotta run the water a few minutes first as the water in the hose heats up super hot in this heat…run it before even filling the dog’s bowl. Takes a while for people to get up to speed with this climate – alligators are the obvious
      Deeper fish ponds and shade must be important to outside pet fish! Does running the filter help? Considering a water fall-ish/fish pond, but there’s so much to know and do…maybe in Oct when it’s cooler…
      Those birds are as confused as RC Cat gets..some message there, but what? Sigh
      Thanks for adding a cooling comment

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      • Kate Crimmins / Jun 6 2018 9:42 am

        We have a waterfall too and it’s partway in the shade and we don’t get your heat. They are predicting 70 today. I’d love some heat.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 6 2018 9:48 am

          Settle for some hot salsa?…goes great with chips as you sit in the shade lulled by the waterfall and scold the birds…

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  4. LordBeariOfBow / Jun 6 2018 6:34 pm

    Would you believe that I saw, and heard, nothing of the fun and games at the Sydney Hyatt, which is less than 5 km from where I live?
    Thought I was getting a mention for a second or two, old people and the British Empire, Used to be good when we had one, we got a Public Holiday on the 26th may, Empire Day both long gone all we have left is the Commonwealth and a few of colonies, Australia NZ and the USA 😈


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2018 4:40 pm

      Thought that might be close to you….or you making a bid for the prize money of “Most Funniest Video” contest. No Empire Day? Sad, while it annoyed many perhaps, history is worth saving – and appreciating, right?
      Yep, Aussies and the original 13 East Coast states share step-children status as former colonies. TX missed out on that as the place was negotiating among French, Spanish, Mexican, diverse traders, pirates, and what ever groups of people had shown up during that time. At least France was an early adopter and actually opened an embassy in Austin once TX Independence was settled…England lallygagged worrying the US (East of the Mississippi at the time) would not appreciate England’s friendship with Texas. Funny how things turn out, isn’t it? Thanks for wiring up a comment!

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      • LordBeariOfBow / Jun 10 2018 1:12 am

        I’m not into that funny video nonsense it’s all so staged, nothing spontaneous.
        Used to be great fun on Empire day we
        d have fireworks and bonfires good clean fun.
        I think Australia is still mentally a colony. They voted against becoming a Republic some years ago,
        They could have voted for a Republic, I know I did, and still remained part of the British Commonwealth of Nations.
        I’m still English I have not taken out Australian citizenship after 67 years. and I wont until they become a Republic. I can’t see the point in swearing allegiance to the Queen of England when I’m already one of her loyal subjects. 🙂


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 10 2018 7:34 am

          I didn’t realize Australia passed up the option. It’s bound to be a complicated issue. Not being from there, it would be difficult to understand. But I do think it’s important to celebrate and recognize history and historical traditions to keep balance in going forward…still as it’s upper 90F and high humidity here, I might be tempted to watch the fireworks from an indoor window. Australia does smashing ones on New Years – Sydney’s I think – We watch those on tv each year. Soo appreciative.
          Loved your last sentence – so rare to see logic these days. Thanks for lighting up the comment pile.


  5. aFrankAngle / Jun 6 2018 7:51 pm

    Great video story. Your take on Miss America reminded me of Nincompoop playing the flute.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2018 4:21 pm

      Didn’t one make a sandwich one time? I know the contestants took it very seriously, but we all enjoyed the weird, the overly “sincere” expressions, the group performances ( as they all tried to catch the attention) and the lightheartedness. Fun has left the building. Hope you’ve had a nice break. Thanks for strutting down this runway to leave a comment

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  6. Ally Bean / Jun 7 2018 8:12 am

    I’m glad that the swimsuit part of the Miss America pageant has been removed from the competition. It made me uncomfortable to see women objectified like that, and it unfairly eliminated some potential candidates just because they didn’t have perfect bodies a la the male gaze. As for the talent part of the pageant I’m with you– bring back the wacky and unique. Let’s make it fun again.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2018 4:18 pm

      It’s a Beauty Pageant – since 1920’s to draw crowds to the boardwalks. It celebrated beauty and gorgeousness. It is what it is. If that concept is outdated, finish it off. We already have talent shows, answer these questions game shows, and reality shows where people talk about their feelings, their projects …
      But that’ll crush many we take it seriously pageant devotees: girls, families, audiences who really get into that sort of thing even as tiny contestants. Unusual hobby, is all I can say.(We had a teen in our neighborhood who followed her mother’s heel-steps down that runway.) Big money industry exists to “prepare” contestants…gads – all those weird “secrets” the girls used to look their best (including the underneaths of those swimsuits and gowns). Those “spontaneous” speeches.
      The old style “talent” was the best part. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – so each year the winner just lucked out to fit that bunch of judges. It was a whole lot better before they tried to make it more serious – less beauty and more brainy. Somethings just don’t age well.(So are major league sports teams’ cheerleaders next? That’s pretty much the same thing…maybe less justifiable this day and age…oh, wait, some things never change. (Will the other countries also change their concepts for Miss Universe and the other world wide ones?) It’ll be interesting.
      Yep, whacky is always more amusing. Long live sparklers, tap dancers, and batons! Thanks for posing a comment here

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      • RKLikesReeses / Jun 10 2018 11:58 am

        LOL – you just made me smile. Thank you! Yes, the old talent performances were sometimes a hoot. So many ventriloquists! Maybe a washboard performer or two, too. They also seemed “doable” to lots of little girls. We might not all grow up to be society’s version of “beautiful” but, if we tried, we could find something we liked to do & do it so well that we might someday win the talent competition, at least.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 10 2018 5:13 pm

          And at least had fun. Simply attempting/doing something for the fun of doing – highly underrated.(Do you think seeing even a beautiful girl doing something foolish and silly kinda leveled the playing field – gave insight/balance to youngsters watching? Nobody is great/good at everything – even Miss America (but she still smiled at it and herself?) Taking life all too seriously all the time – blah.)

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  7. RKLikesReeses / Jun 10 2018 11:49 am

    Hi! I’m in a vile mood. All I can think to say is that people and the weather s*ck. And that I hope your weather gets better soon. ((((((cooling hugs)))))))

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 10 2018 5:16 pm

      We had a terrible storm yesterday (Post tomorrow) so today we picked up and bundled storm droppings…and it was horrendously hot. UUUUGGGGGHHHH. (Makes you appreciate window blinds, ceiling fans and AC so much)
      To add to the fun there’s rumors of tropical development/heavy rains headed this way for Father’s Day weekend. NO problem. Stock up on cat food, Oreos, chips, and book incase power loss – naps area always welcomed and you can;’t feel guilty because the weather is so bad you can’t do anything else. Our maybe nothing happens – we’ll see…but getting the cat food/litter anyway HAHA

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      • RKLikesReeses / Jun 10 2018 5:59 pm

        Oh, no – tropical whatsits already? Scary! ((((((morehugs)))))) Storms are horrible these days. If you have a minute & want a smile, look at my post from today. No need to read it – you have too much going on! (Imperative to stock up on cat requirements) Just enjoy the kitties!


      • RKLikesReeses / Jun 10 2018 6:19 pm

        Meant to say this: the beginning of the post is just photos. Quick peek at kitttteeeez for a smile or two. 😁


  8. ShimonZ / Jun 13 2018 12:12 am

    What’s this talk about August, when i’m relishing spring? But what is truly august is the exchange of the old ladies’ calendar for canned fish. If it wasn’t aliens, it was probably a gift from an unnoticed genius who wanted to teach us to dot the i.


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