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November 13, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

What’s driving things

Jester pouring a drink. Court Jester by WM Chase, 1875 (USPD.artist life,

“Tis the season to be folly. Fa-la-la-la-la, the absurdity.” No joke. (USPD/

Opposite World shifting gears. Recalculating.

Now that people are used to sport season crossovers with NFL football fielding play at the same time as NBA basketball courts us, Mother Nature is stepping into that dueling trend.

As meteorologists are watching a massive cold front arriving from the north with snow and sleet, potential tropical storm Patty is considering her options in the Caribbean.

Baseball season may be over, but Hurricane Season isn’t quite yet.

Texas and the Gulf Coast, knowing disasters, didn’t need the flames from the California fires to send up SOS smoke signals.

Moving out today are more than 50 fire engines from 47 fire departments across 23 counties in Texas, as well as teams from the Texas Forest Service at Texas A&M. “Who are the Texas firefighters headed to CA? Check the list.” 

Interesting to me is how many small cities/firefighting department immediately answered the call – if you look at the list, you may not even recognize some of the names. Some departments only have 2 engines yet are sending one and men. Noticeable absent is one very large city – but maybe that’s due to multiple of Houston’s trucks being taken out of service/damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Traveling in a hurry is always potentially hazardous. Things can trip you up…and that’s why Jeep is recalling multiple cars including the SRT and Trackhawk for dangerous floor mats.

Yep, dangerous rugs. An example of an accessory taking over an outfit? OK It’s really not a joke. The beneficial, keep-your-car-clean mat under the steering wheel can take an unexpected wrinkle and keep the car speeding on even if the driver’s foot isn’t on the gas pedal. Not the kind of self driving car experience most people want. Suggested fix in article here (but you can probably guess it…)

Screenshot. Jeep grand Cherokee SRT8. YouTube 7 things I hate about my Jeep SRT8/Josh Share)

Did they spell that word wrong? (screenshot/Josh Share)

Wanting things to come to a stop once in a while is normal, but it should be an expected – a planned – stop, right? Tell that to some “I-doing-this-for-your-own-good” cars.

Since 2012 Automatic Braking Systems and Forward Collision Avoidance systems have been auditioning for Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde. Hondas have gone into protective mode stopping when driving alongside a metal fence or guard rail. A couple of Infiniti SUVs apparently are spreading the word “Stop”” at a particular grate on the New Jersey bridge mistaking it for a barrier. (source).

Ford 150 pickup trucks apparently are balking at passing semi-tractor trailer trucks on the interstate. Just not gonna do it. Hard braking. Luckily for that driver no one was tailgating him. (Ford problems, 2017).

Jeep Cherokee in Illinois, and Jeep SRT8 (CO) are having bossy attitudes. The SRT8 performance vehicle has a button to turn off the Forward Emergency Braking..and maybe there’s a reason for that if you want to go around a slow car on the highway and accelerate, the automatic sensors may decided you are too close to the other car and slam on your brakes…”…hard enough to scare people with you.”. (see 4:20 of the Video)

Companies’ marketing divisions know people’s fascination with technology drives interest. Gotta steer efforts towards that. Ready or not.

Girl. Vintage post card. Reutlinger (USPD,, artist life/

Dreamy. Life is how Facebook posts it.(USPD/

But it’s getting a bit silly.What are we selling here?

A local furniture store’s newest ad features not really their lovely furniture, but a lovely girl taking multiple selfies – hat on, hat off, chin up, face sideways and pouty  – actually looking quite oblivious to the showcase bed she’s posed on. Guess the message is “Buy furniture! It’ll look impressive on your FB page or Twitter feed!” Now that’s real motivation.

Possibly cleverly limiting buyer’s remorse and return. Once it’s social media posted, it’s signed, sealed, delivered, and yours for real, right?

California Highway postcard. TIchnor Bros. 1930-1945/Boston pub.lib.(, artist life/

Paradise lost. It should look like this vintage California highway postcard.(USPD/

It’s always something in this in Theatre of the Absurd: Fire breaks, auto brakes, reality breaks.

Hoping Stanley the Giraffe, the llamas at the life guard stand, and the bunnies up against the wall find safe haven. When everything is gone, a pet found is worth everything to a disaster victim.

(If you donate to the Red Cross, please be sure to specify exactly where you want the money is to go…or they can legally spend it on redecorating offices or furniture like they got caught doing after Hurricane Katrina…and there’s a bit of investigation going on about the money collected for Hurricane Harvey relief…)

Thanks for all the First Responders, Firefighters, and those opening their homes to shelter those in need.

Always hard when Mother Nature decides to redecorate.

The challenges of Opposite World. Where’s the brakes?

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.




  1. easyweimaraner / Nov 13 2018 7:11 am

    to post photos with furnitures is better than the duck face photos LOL

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  2. ShimonZ / Nov 13 2018 7:28 am

    Really liked that line about Mother Nature deciding to redecorate.


  3. Kate Crimmins / Nov 13 2018 7:30 am

    My husband balks at passing tractor trailers preferring to linger in the blind spot while my feet are alternately braking and gassing. St. Christopher where are you? I remember when he was all we had. I heard someone who lost their home this weekend speak. She said that she got out her pets and her family and she was so grateful. It’s an amazing person who can be grateful for what was saved and not focusing on what they lost. I aspire to be someone like that.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 13 2018 8:55 am

      Right now St. Christopher may be a reliable as car technology – not quite to Jetsons yet, but soon perhaps – ahhh, the luxury.
      I am humbled by the small communities – some still recovering from flooding – sending half their fire fighting trucks and men even though we had sleet last night and this is the season of house fires as the houses are not built for cold and people are not smart with space heaters and open flames. Take care, everyone – CA needs all the help they can get – it could /was us.
      People who lived through a disaster know how important having a pet safe is – not a waste of money to send it to Venture Humane or Pets Alive. Animals safe isa step towards surviving in better spirits and a step back to normal. disaster is a difficult way to remember what’s important – reset – maybe humans need that? Thanks for warming up the comment pile

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  4. Ally Bean / Nov 13 2018 8:14 am

    I’m not a fan of selfies for the very reason you mention. I want to see what’s behind the person who insists on showing me their face. Show me what you see, not you. Seems so obvious yet…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 13 2018 8:57 am

      Seriously. How weird. Or maybe it’s just a new world and I’m out of it. Hopefully not HAHA. Thanks for the comment critique!

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  5. aFrankAngle / Nov 13 2018 8:29 am

    The California fires are heart-wrenching. Amazing to see people driving on a road surround by flames.


  6. shoreacres / Nov 13 2018 10:28 am

    DingDingDing! Sleet at the Harbor! Granted, it’s hardly visible, but I heard it tapping on the windows and palm fronds. Now, if only I could find my long underwear. I know it’s in this house somewhere, but if you think I can be any more specific than that, you’d be wrong.

    UPDATE: Heavy sleet, as I’m sure you know. Also, build up on balcony railing, and at a friend’s patio table in Nassau Bay. We take what we can get around here. By this afternoon, the sun should be shining.

    As for that furniture store, I’m hoping and praying that it’s not Gallery. Surely they wouldn’t stoop to such things. It must be a competitor trying to find a way to out-Mack-Mack, who cruises down the retail highway pretty much like a Mack truck (probably carrying mattresses).

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 13 2018 1:02 pm

      It was Rooms to No. Desperate perhaps.
      Actual snow flakes in Galveston med. center – you can see it on the island cams! We had some here while I was bundling up a large potted palm with a couple of others I lined up against the wall that leaks a bit of warm air front the window seat. Glad I moved them yesterday – it’s darn cold out there. (A good reason to keep those oversized heavy jogging pants – able to layer leggings under them for dog walks – thought the wind would blow us away this morning.
      Earliest Nov. snow on record – not even NYC has had snow yet. They are saying back to 70F this weekend. Sort of normal, right? HAHA
      Thanks for sledding in with a chilly remark

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  7. sustainabilitea / Nov 13 2018 1:41 pm

    I don’t get the selfie crazy, sometimes to the point where I wondered whether there are any recognizable shots of wherever the person it. I guess it’s really all about me to many.

    I love that so many go to help with disasters of whatever kind. I’d gladly contribute some rain, as we’ve had plenty. My s-i-l and b-i-l are in a part of France suffering from severe drought to the point of water rationing!! And the fires could use a good dousing. So sad.



  8. LordBeariOfBow / Nov 13 2018 6:06 pm

    You’d think with all the technology, today, there’d never be need to recall motor vehicles, that they’d be built right in the first place.

    Just like the Rolls Royce vehicles in the pre WWII days were.

    Did you know that once they were built, a full glass of water was placed on each front ‘mudguards’ the motor started and run, if a single drop of water was spilt, the engine was stripped down and rebuilt; every part weighed and balanced.

    No wonder they cost an arm and a leg even then! Still they were guaranteed to outlive the owners


  9. cat9984 / Dec 1 2018 5:51 am

    Maybe the girl could post the picture to Instagram and have all her friends vote on whether she should buy it


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 1 2018 9:42 am

      Now there’s a modern approach. The furniture store could even go a step further and ask any potential customer to post item as you said and ask for input – they the store would get free advertising, not have to pay the model, and then could fire their ad agency. Sparking customer interaction just like TV news shows want now and a money saver all around!
      A strange new world indeed – spinning faster than most people’s brains?
      Thanks for the new approach comment

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