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June 5, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Not a Mocking

Bird on fence. Scissor-tailed singing at the ranch (© image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

Scissor-tailed or Texas bird-of-paradise singing on fence at the ranch. No tornadoes.(© image)

Might easily be mistaken for brainstormed skit ideas for SNL:

  • Someone’s taking the revival of “Westside Story” seriously Vintage gang equipment, brass knuckles, are now legal to carry/transport in the state. Does anyone actually carry brass knuckles anymore? You know what they say about bringing a knife to gun fight…(article)
  • No more sour faces. Lemonade stands operated by children are now safe from city or county officials showing up to enforce health department regulations or otherwise putting the squeeze the young entrepreneurs. If commonsense isn’t available, thatsa sweeta legislation.
  • It’s for their own good. You now have to be 21 to legally buy E-cigarette devices. Health providers applaud as their research shows anyone younger than 21 yrs isn’t mature enough to make decisions about their own health or to understand the information about those devices and vaping. Their brains just not developed enough to comprehend cause and effect. Obviously. Yet individuals under 21 can enlist in the military. And some think those under 21 ought to be able to vote in elections. Legislation that’s sort of like that friend of yours who is your friend when it’s convenient.
  • Hey, need a high paying career fast? Get a plunger, some tools, and you’re in the plumbing business here. That severe shortage of plumbers, solved. Apparently some felt 8 months was too long to get a license, so The Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners responsible for licensing, monitoring plumbers’ trade schools, and enforcing plumbing law has been abolished. (article) Remodelers beware. Anyone else see some modern  “I Love Lucy” moments looming in the loo?

Sitcom worthy

Laughter is the best healthcare.

A little bird (a Scissor-tail not a Mocking Bird) told me that.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Two men and a woman. 1964. The Lucy Show with Bob Hope as a plumber, Jack Benny as his assistant, and Lucille Ball. CBS (, artist life/

Possibly experience your own version courtesy of the Texas Legislature. (1964.The Lucy Show with plumber Bob Hope, his assistant Jack Benny, and Lucille Ball. USPD/



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  1. easyweimaraner / Jun 5 2019 7:09 am

    who said if life throws lemons at you make lemonade with it? …seems the lemonate stands are the target for lots oflemon attacks… ;O)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 5 2019 9:24 am

      Always wondered if it wasn’t that chubby Kool-aid Pitcher guy that ratted them out in an attempt to squeeze out the competition. HaHA
      Thanks for the sharing the drinks here


  2. Pix Under the Palm Fronds / Jun 5 2019 7:14 am

    We don’t have any plumbing horror stories since I banned ShortsSandalsNoSocks from performing anything plumbing related. Where we live now any plumbing or electrical work has to be done by someone licensed. We left our Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher and Summer Tanager back in Missouri.. I miss them. I think Texas bird-of-paradise is much more fitting for that awesome bird!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 5 2019 9:31 am

      Late last night, Gov. announced (due to popular demand) that he could do something to extend the life of that agency – or call a special session. Honestly, I wish the state would mandate licenses for all contractors, remodeling companies, along with the trade. A matter of safety as well as preventing rip offs/scams.
      It is an awesome bird – all of the birds are have been singing like crazy -perhaps out of joy of lack or tornados. Thanks for adding a chirp!


  3. The Coastal Crone / Jun 5 2019 9:01 am

    The Texas Legislature did some funny work this session. At least not much harm was done and the bathroom debate was not on the agenda. Our governor did sign a bill allowing us to have beer and wine (liquor too? can’t remember) delivered to our homes from a store. I thought it was already ok and looked forward to have wine and food delivered by HEB. Cheers! Lots of good info in your post.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 5 2019 9:15 am

      Yes, finally. Some say that last election put them on notice that people were tired of the foolishness.
      Also signed was mandate/money to clear backlog of rape kits, and a big chunk of money for new mental hospitals along with updating and adding beds in the existing one – lack of emergency commitment beds has been a crisis with suicides/violent unstable people.) A bit of hope of progress.
      Also smilie is that local/craft breweries can now actually sell their products for customers to take home from their brewing sites/tasting rooms/restaurants. The major distributors blocked that for so many years.
      Despite the chaos slowly things are getting done. Thanks for cheering along!


  4. Kate Crimmins / Jun 5 2019 3:48 pm

    Lobbies are so annoying. (Except the AARP one that occasionally benefits me.) Wishing that all would use common sense. Can you buy that at the dollar store?

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  5. Beth / Jun 5 2019 5:40 pm

    Wow. There really isn’t a better sentiment than that to all of those newer items, but glad I now have a potential new career as a plumber now that I don’t have to be certified. (Are you kidding me?? Ugh.) The lemonade story reminds me of one from a couple of decades where you could not hold a garage/yard sale in San Antonio. I believe one lovely Saturday the police decided to enforce it, likely to make a point, but I do hope the powers that be eventually took that one off the books. I also got onto a co-worker today for spitting. I did my whole, “spitting on sidewalks is illegal in Texas” (though I suspect that oldy but goody is gone, too.” He hollered back, “I’m spitting in the grass.” “Ok! Carry on then!” 🙂


  6. sustainabilitea / Jun 5 2019 7:52 pm

    Hurrah about the lemonade stands and the craft breweries. Boos and sighs for some of the other things. At least there was a small outbreak of common sense for a bit. Common sense really seems to be uncommon sense these days.



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  7. Anne Mehrling / Jun 5 2019 8:13 pm

    That bit about plumbers is scary, but looming in the loo had me laughing.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 6 2019 5:56 pm

      Having remodeled 3 houses – ourselves (before it got trendy), we’ve found the I Love Lucy moments are funny – years after they are over HaHA. Thanks for giggling along


      • Anne Mehrling / Jun 6 2019 9:06 pm

        We watched I Love Lucy when I was growing up. I suspect I’d fall off my chair if I saw some of those episodes again now.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 7 2019 9:42 am

          Honestly if people actually looked at some of the old sitcom episodes they might be surprise at how universal and inclusive they were. We all laughed with each other at common situations. But then again, people would have to remember how to laugh at themselves as much as laugh at others.


  8. Spinster / Jun 6 2019 1:25 pm

    How is 8 months too long? Interesting…

    Thanks for the news shorts. Nice and easy to digest, and not so soul-wrenching.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 6 2019 5:55 pm

      The Wild West lives. Yesterday the Gov, said he’d either find a way to extend the life/control of that agency or call a special session. Sadly so much rebuilding after storms means a lot of construction/contractors appearing – something has to keep people honest these days. Thanks for piping in the obvious

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  9. LordBeariOfBow / Jun 15 2019 10:41 pm

    To get a plumbers licence in Australia, an apprenticeship of four years is the norm; the hourly rate for a 1st year apprentice is $18.35 an hour if under 21 and $21-07 if 21 or over, by the time they reach the fourth year they get $41.18 an hour. Not bad money is it? You wouldn’t believe the lerks and perks our plumbers get if you have a moment have a look at this

    Lucky for the War office I can do a few things like fix a leaking tap. One of our daughters paid over $200 to get a washer changed on a leaking tap as her bloke didn’t know how to fix it, I’ve since taught him.

    Seems like your plumbers are run by red tape, but 8 months to get a licence something funny going on somewhere


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