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July 3, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Marking Summer’s levels. Assorted grabs.

Since next week all the back to school ads will debut, it’s time to evaluate the levels of summer.

There are numerous ones as usual. None intersecting. Certainly no chance of blending.

Those darn leg tan lines: two different lines from shorts, one ankle level from long summer jeans, with at least two capri lengths plainly marked.

Also better rotate shoes for any hope of even coloring instead of strap design tans from flip-flops, sandals, and actual shoes. You can’t ever convince people the variations are faded henna patterns.

woman in vintage bathing suit sitting curled up holding knees (1921 promo photo. Dolores Mendez Broadway show. for the Tatler May 1921. (USPD., artist life/

No one will suspect if I curl up and wrap around hiding all the different tints.Yeah, that’ll work.(USPD/

Summer always leaves a mark.

Maybe one or two of these will grab you:

A hot time in the old town tonight may have snapped to its’ match.

Wild fires and people seeking heights are draining Colorado. Water is always in short supply. Previously, all those mountain snowfalls either nonproductively rolled off or drained into old mines for a potentially dangerous mineral soak. New thinking has ideas splashing around about repurposing water pooled in the London mine tunnels near Breckenridge. (You take zinc for colds, right? Water filtering and treatment has come a long way. )

Whether you want to drink that water or not, you’ve to consider that treated water could be a huge help to fight forest fires if environmentally safe and sales of that water could help pay to clean up other polluted streams and mines.

Sounds cool to me.

Vintage photo. 1906 burro train bringing gold from mines near Ouray, CO. (USPD. pub. date, artist life/

This 1906 burro train was bringing gold from mines near Ouray, CO. What is currently in those mines may prove to be just as valuable.(USPD/

Do wish cooler heads would prevail these days. Excessive emotion and outrage short circuits clear thinking.

Smokey Bear poster. (USPD.dept of Ag./fed, employee/

can stop hyperbole, inflammatory language, and the constant shoveling of nonsense. Help make life bearable again.(USPD/

Stalkers tend to hot button me, though.

It’s understandable that Capital Gazette intern, Selene San Felice (CNN oddly must not be acquainted with many Hispanics with their mangling her name like that.) would lash out in her grief and terror at those trying to offer recognition of and comfort after the slaughter at the newspaper. Classic response according to counselors.

Hopefully now that it’s known that the shooter is a mentally unstable stalker who has been in police radar since 2011 as dangerous, she and others will also lash out at authorities/local police.  They were completely aware of him and had been warned he “would be the next mass murderer”.

Once again: a mentally unstable person known to be violent by authorities who didn’t do their jobs and protect society.

Hopefully she and others will turn to action: demand each state pass tough stalker laws.

In some, but not all states, when a protective order/restraining order /no contact order is issued, law enforcement is automatically told to collect all firearms owned by the stalker and future purchases are blocked. In some states, a stalking victim’s actually has to request confiscation of any weapons at the time protective orders are issued. Some law enforcement officers in some states simply say things like “If you press charges or make a fuss, you’ll just make him angry and it’ll get worse”, “Just move, change your phone number, and hide”, or “We’re too busy to go collect his guns…”  (Long time readers know not to get me started on this, but know your state’s laws – for everyone’s protection.)

Demand action, yes.

And place blame where blame deserved.

Blazing fire pit in the country (JWolf78/ USPD, released to PD/

Whew. All fired up over that. (USPD/

Oh, the games people play.

Summer is full of them: lawn games, hIde and seek, scrabble, Chutes and Ladders, baseball. Chase the dog who grabbed the hotdog.

Singing around a camp fire or fire pit. Now that’s a popular summer activity

Injuries from backyard fire pits on the rise, experts warn. Seriously? An actual national news story. A NEWS story.

The educational system so bad that nobody learns about fire hazards, cause and effect, and students/potential parents watch videos instead of having actual experience with science lab Bunsen burners? Even matches are pretty rare now. Guess kids grab meals at drive-thru windows, or eat out so often that few even see a stove’s flame and are taught “No! Hot! Don’t touch! Burn! Ouchie!”

Totally floored me: it’s fire; it’s little kids. DUH.

Fire pits are so popular. As much fun as a snake in the grass.

Smokey the Bear dousing camp fire. 1944 (USPD. by fed. employee/

“Maybe douse the fire until kids are older. Some mixed messages with fire pits.”(USPD/

Not a fan of snakes or fire pits? There’s still a place for you that has game: Tea and Victory.

What to do on a first date? Like vintage jazz? Stuck with the kids on a rainy weekend? Got cabin fever from the heat? You won’t be bored with the boards at this cafe. For $5.00 you can be entertained all day.

(Video) A winning concept: Heights board game cafe opens with 500+ titles, beer, and bites. 

Unplug and actually talk to the ones right in front of you. Tea and Victory offers a chance to rediscover social interaction. Who knows what might come from that?

Cool and a lot safer than fire pits, too.

On the level and rolling until Summer fades

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge




  1. shoreacres / Jul 3 2018 8:05 am

    Re: your comment about excessive emotion, rage, and so on. I swear that part of the problem is that people are getting hooked on their own adrenalin. The physiological responses to strong emotion will begin to fade after a time, but just like someone hooked on hard drugs (or — let’s be honest — sugar or caffeine) the return to normalcy isn’t nearly so exciting as that rush. That’s why the media, social and otherwise, are partly responsible for what’s going on in this country. They’re the dealers.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2018 8:11 am

      Astute observation. Everything you said is so true. People could stop – they don’t want to…gads. once officially recognized healthcare will have to cover that addiction, too.
      (Sleep. So many just need sleep without any glowing screens anywhere near them for 24-48+ hours)
      Thanks for leveling a real truth here


  2. ShimonZ / Jul 3 2018 10:12 am

    What can you say to someone who believes in Santa Claus. Ditto for the police dept. Criminals often have higher than average IQ, and are imaginative and creative. The most charming are drafted for police service, and in exchange for relative immunity, try to keep the others quiet. It would be mistake to expect too much.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2018 1:39 pm

      Once you had to get A’s-B’s in college to get into the teacher training programs, now there’s “alternative certification” with no grade average noted. Police debts here are similar: once required college degree (which meant a little older candidates that should have some sort of commonsense), now a year or two of community college – or less.
      Both groups are not paid for what the job demands, so better candidates went to other fields.
      Some secondary kids here said the schools were so bad, they just huddled along the lockers and hurried/stayed as quiet and invisible as possible – so much is getting just like that. Thanks for wandering these fields


  3. Kate Crimmins / Jul 3 2018 10:14 am

    I’m always astounded at the necessity to have warning statements on everything these days. Were we smarted in the old days? Didn’t need a “danger this could burn you” printed on matches! I know we’re sue happy. Still trying to make money frying my thigh in a drive-through.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2018 1:31 pm

      Fire pits, swimming pools, leaving kids locked in hot cars. Seriously simple to avoid problems.
      Wonder if this is the result of parroting back chants in scripted school lessons – not connecting the dots themselves
      Is there a higher chance of getting scalded in summer than winter? Maybe the pot sits heating up getting hotter and hotter ignored all day long as most order the cool drinks? It’s like all those lottery tickets…all you get is a mess that has to be picked up.
      Thanks for driving by with a comment

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  4. The Coastal Crone / Jul 3 2018 3:25 pm

    Yes, summer does tend to leave its mark. And school supplies in stores soon? Schools start earlier and earlier. Love your first Smoky Bear poster! It has to start/stop with each of us. Have a safe July 4h!

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  5. cat9984 / Jul 3 2018 3:40 pm

    I’m waiting on reports of firecracker injuries this week. And it’s not always kids. A local weatherman lost an eye a few years ago from some kind of firecracker. And there’s usually some idiot who throws one into one of those bonfire pits.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2018 7:20 am

      Is there a little bit of irony with this: two fireworks stand trailers were hitched up and hauled off by thieves this week – were they 1. trying to save people from dangerous burns, injuries and house fires, 2 seeking to move the stands and sell the stolen fireworks, 3 removing potential litter before it got blew over everything, 4 saving people from getting fined or arrested for having/shooting off fireworks which are banned inside the city and in the county just a few steps away….No matter. Thieves stopped and intentions parked by police. We had massive thunder and lightning storm last night with storms continuing today which will dampen much of the outdoor firework play making doctors and firefighters happier…of course there is the guy who last year stole a car, packed the trunk with fireworks, then set them off – and making a video as the car exploded and he and his friends danced around it. He probably also has a fire pit? Thanks for grabbing a great comment to leave!

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      • cat9984 / Jul 4 2018 3:51 pm

        Wow. To think that these people are reproducing…


  6. Robin / Jul 4 2018 5:16 am

    I have been to cafes and bars that have board games, but this is the first I’ve heard of one that centers on that concept. What a wonderful idea!! I’m still old fashioned enough to enjoy games of the non-tech variety. Just learned how to play Shut the Box, a game I’d never heard of until friends gave it to us as a thank you gift. I think the world might be a better place if we all had to face each other over a fun game. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2018 7:22 am

      I agree. Hope many discover this cafe and they stay around. Little kids to adults may pleasantly be surprised how much fun low tech and a friendly game are (not to mention the life skills quietly taught by friendly competition). Face it is better. Thanks for playing along


  7. LordBeariOfBow / Jul 5 2018 7:06 pm

    Easiest thing in the world to sit and point a finger, hardest is not to not do anything about it; but to not try to do something about it; the media are experts at doing nothing.

    These so-called anchors should be; ….
    tied to a chain and dropped over the bow of a ship, and do do what anchors are supposed to do.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 6 2018 7:17 am

      When a major anchor perkily says “now the news is entertaining and entertainment is news…”
      Credibility not the modern concern, I guess.
      Long hot summer ahead – you know the old saying about “only fools and English men go out in this heat”…the modern version substitutes “journalists” for the latter haha
      Thanks poking the mental ant bed


      • LordBeariOfBow / Jul 6 2018 4:25 pm

        Has to be the most brilliant English entertainer of all time


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 6 2018 4:41 pm

          Brilliant is an understatement. That is a priceless piece. (Believe it or not, I remember that red label on vinyl. I’m not sure if my dad bought it or my grandmother – but I recognize that song!) Thanks so much for locating that – really gave me a big smile!


        • LordBeariOfBow / Jul 6 2018 4:46 pm

          You wont get any argument from me on that

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  8. Spinster / Jul 9 2018 10:11 am

    “Do wish cooler heads would prevail these days. Excessive emotion and outrage short circuits clear thinking.”

    The state of the country. Sigh.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 9 2018 10:19 am

      It’s getting a little tiresome. Waiting for the sensible and the grownups to return
      Thanks for simmering with the summer posts

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      • Spinster / Jul 9 2018 10:20 am

        Couldn’t have said it better myself. And you’re welcome.


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