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July 4, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Cheers despite Fishy Stink inevitability


July sun rise. By dawn's early light (© image. copyrighted, ALL rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

By dawn’s early light..time to get up, right? (© image)

Guess who’s not a morning person.

Dogs on couch. Wide awake German Shepherd and sleepy Malamute . (© image. All rights reserved, Copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

“Hey, it’s the shepherd in me. Sheep get up early. Alaskan dogs hunt at night and sleep late. Respect diversity and cultural differences. I am. You can tell, right? Appreciate the short hide and seek race through the mud and bushes. Wanna go again? Soon? Always be hospital to guests…even the ones who really weren’t invited and show up without departure plans. Just typical summer invasion if you live in a popular destination. Fishy? Well, salmon and tuna are OK, but we do not understand the analogy of fish and guests. Hey, breakfast buffet is included, right?” (© image)

Frog in flip flops holding two American flags (© image. All rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted)

“Have a hoppy Fourth of July. Being of some metal, I have no problem with tanks and planes.” (© image)

An aside by Staff:

Tanks and military planes like those on display kept my dad safe as he helped liberate France and on into Germany to open the gates of Dachau in WW II. They protected my father-in-law as he, as a doctor, tended the wounded and battered in the Pacific theatre. Tanks and planes protected my friends in Vietnam.

Those machines are due respect as are those who know this country was hard fought for. It was not politely, ceremonially handed over by England. Maybe the tanks and planes can be a reminder that freedom isn’t free – that many died to create a “more perfect”, not perfect, nation. While there have been dark times and bad things – as with all other countries – much good has been accomplished by this country to benefit everyone.

As our Korean immigrant hairdresser says, as our Russian refugee dog groomer says, as the young Syrian neighbor couple who operate a catering company say, as the young German engineer and his wife across the street who are thrilled to actually own a house and their own yard say, as our Vietnamese surgeon friend who arrived here as a small child from refugee camps says, “There’s no better place. It was worth the struggle to get here.”

People are still going through great hardship and fighting to get in here. So something must be going right.

Cheers for the red, white, and blue. Long may it wave.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

sunrise. July. (© image. all rights reserved, copyrighted, NO persmissions granted)

How long does it take to reset an internal alarm clock? Sigh. More coffee, please. Anyone interested in a mid morning nap? With fireworks, it’s gonna be a long night. Please take pets inside tonight. The local SPAC took in over 200 terrified, lost animals after the last July 4th fireworks extravaganza. (© image)


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  1. shoreacres / Jul 4 2019 9:05 am

    Love that you made that distinction between “more perfect” and “perfect.” Paying attention to that distinction could eliminate at least a few snarky exchanges. Me? I’m ignoring all the goings on, and the arguments, over the DC celebrations. Your point’s a good one re: the role played by the planes and tanks. I come down on the “not appropriate” side, mostly because the sudden decision to put them on display seems unnecessarily divisive. Still, it’s not something I feel a need to get “all het up about” as Grandma would say. Happy 4th!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2019 9:24 am

      After flinging that spaghetti on the wall, I’m done – only done after I hear that elected official insinuate the tanks were there to intimidate citizens – and you know which ones, she said. Oh, Please. Maybe after being in Europe, D-Day recently, and seeing the crosses maybe Trump only though of honoring the soldiers over the decades that have fought to keep this country free and to honor the struggles this country has survived. Maybe not. Trying to be optimistic about his motivation – even if he’s not politically wise and can’t understand why people would object.
      Today should be all about putting disagreements and opposing opinions aside for another day. We all do have much in common.
      You’d think the grownups would just get out the lemonade, hot dogs and we always got to gorge ourselves sick on cheap watermelons
      James Coney Island has a big special on their hot dogs – like 10 for a dollar or something. It is hot do contest eating time
      We’ll just pass on that.
      Yep, grannies had it rite. Happy 4th!

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      • shoreacres / Jul 4 2019 9:28 am

        I’m giving myself a political Sabbath and haven’t peeked at anything but my blueberry cobbler recipe. A little patriotism isn’t bad, and too much partisanship can causes wrinkles and indigestion!

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Jul 4 2019 9:17 am

    Nothing worse than visitors who get up early! The good thing about cats (or at least ours here) is that if the fireworks are too loud, they will retire to under the bed where nothing can touch them. Every year dogs are lost and many are run over (as they are too scared to look both ways before crossing).

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2019 4:30 pm

      The only good thing is that early risers generally crash out early at night. Molly, however was super bleary this morning…didn’t even blink when the cat danced across directly in front of her. (Although we know most of their blustering at each other is for show…can’t let the others know about a mixed species friendship.) Neighbors behind us got an early start and lit off a ton of fireworks at 1:30 am…so they probably had to go out and buy more today.
      RC has already piled up in her loft in the closet…she must be reading updates about when the firecrackers will commence.
      Hope your 4th has been a firecracker of fun.
      Thanks for gathering up a comment to leave here

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      • Kate Crimmins / Jul 4 2019 6:52 pm

        Keeping an eye on new cat. Morgan has been prancing around checking out the good spots in the windowless closets.


  3. Paula Light / Jul 4 2019 9:18 am

    Nothing wrong with a parade. I note that our current POTUS, however, who so loudly yells about patriotism, never served in the military nor did his adult children. Interesting.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2019 9:34 am

      Actually it’s not that interesting as it’s just normal and typical now. Few join the military these days. (and some that do, cannot make the physical or mental stability cut…so those are tossed back into the general public and we eventually read about them in the news?)
      Lots of people posture and spout off about stuff that they really have not experienced directly. Easy (and often wise) to ignore those.
      We had a lawyer here that bought a surplus tank and it sat outside his house for a while until he could decide what to do with it. People loved taking pictures with it and letting their kids climb on it. Actually seeing a real tank, and hearing grandparents’ talk about them may make war a bit more real…and we really do not need to get into a war. So the more that understand the horror and potential, the better. (He finally donated it somewhere and it left. But what sight for a while)
      Thanks for parading a comment down this lane.


  4. angelswhisper2011 / Jul 4 2019 1:20 pm

    Pawkisses for a Happy Independence Day to all of you🐾😽💞

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2019 4:32 pm

      RC sends an early pre-firecracker paw wave – she about to snuggle down deep into her fleecy bed in her loft for the night. Thanks for cheering along

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  5. Beth / Jul 4 2019 4:23 pm

    Well said! We are still a great nation, made greater through our diversity of culture and ideology, and despite our difference. And always grateful for those who fought so hard whether on a battlefield or with pen and paper, to make us who we are today.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2019 4:36 pm

      Onward through the fog! So far so good. Gotta believe that and keep moving. Thanks for parading a comment down this path


  6. sustainabilitea / Jul 4 2019 4:49 pm

    Here’s a good article about the whole tanks thing: We had a nice long bike ride this morning when it was “cooler” and are looking forward to watching the Macy’s fireworks tonight. Happy Fourth!


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 4 2019 5:38 pm

      Thanks for the link. I’ll check that out. It’s not a big deal to me.
      I’d rather have tanks parked with kids touching and climbing on them while some adult is there giving them context and perspective – most of them only see tanks in special effects’ movies and video games. Real machines – the size and intimidation – along words like “I hope you will never have to be in front or behind one of these ’cause war is a bad idea and we try to do better now”
      Not a fan of tanks in parades – too much like Red Square, Tiananmen Square, and Spain under an oppressive government.
      I’ll never forget the rumble, the way the ground shook as tanks drove routinely, daily down the streets when I was in Spain – The soldiers perched on top scanning the sidewalks. University surrounded by barbed wire. Knowing to keep eyes down walk quietly by the Black Guard on the corners with huge guns – and knowing they had permission to shoot anyone at any time.
      Upon return, freedom seemed even more cherished and rare. We are so lucky here.
      Tanks belong parked, not on streets.
      People need to understand.
      Hope your fourth has been cool and firecracker fun!

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  7. easyweimaraner / Jul 4 2019 11:42 pm

    may it wave forever , we love your country… and we are proud that we are included in the decorations too, what a sweet idea to pick our heraldic hearldic animal as the flag holder LOL

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 5 2019 7:27 am

      Ha! Wondered if anyone would notice the messenger. France, of course, has always been a friend of Texas and was the first country to have an embassy and ambassador in Austin when Texas was an independent republic. (and a little nod to ancient ancestor and current delightful niece-in-law )
      Un bon rire est comme le soleil dans une maison.(A good laugh is the real sunshine in a house…hope I have that right..often I get Spanish mixed in..almost did an entire college French final in Spanish out of habit before realizing it) Vive la France and Tejas!
      (giggles much appreciated, thanks)

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  8. Anne Mehrling / Jul 5 2019 2:48 am

    Your post was absolutely the best that I read about the Fourth of July. Thank you for letting your love of our country shine through.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 8 2019 6:17 pm

      I get weary of all the loud voices shouting…for attention and about things taken completely out of context and not considering actual facts. Thanks for the encouragement and confirming I’m not the only one who is proud of this country


      • Anne Mehrling / Jul 8 2019 9:39 pm

        Our extended family, with two exceptions, is proud of the United States. I am so glad you love our country and will proclaim it.


  9. roughwighting / Jul 5 2019 6:29 am

    Wise words. In fact, you got me a bit teary-eyed. I think the fact that some lose sight of is that our country is so amazing, despite its imperfections. And how perfect, that we are allowed to protest against the imperfections, to make us, and our country, even better.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 8 2019 6:23 pm

      For a place that is jammed with self-help think positive groups, Schools that stress “only use positive terms”/positive reinforcement to change behavior, and philosophies based on positive thinking, and “focus on the positive and you will get the positive”…I find it odd how negative so many high profile/political leaders constantly are. It’s dragging us all down.
      Better to stop wailing and wallowing in the misery ( as ancient granny used to say).
      Think good – and you will see good. Negative leads to more negative.
      No need to be goofy Pollyanna, but everyone has a choice.
      Thanks for seeing the good of things

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  10. colonialist / Jul 8 2019 10:16 am

    Pity America suffers from a string of iffy political leaders — but then, what country doesn’t?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 8 2019 11:01 am

      It’s true the politicians (also known as elected officials and leaders) here over the past decade seem to be more whacky than normal – more interest in self enrichment and getting elected to follow through on their promises made and meeting expectations of the voters. Term limits would probably put some reins on that…along with making them sleep either in provided dormitories with cafeteria food included – and being locked inside Congress until they do their jobs like they do when electing popes.
      It is what it is.
      Thanks for the light comment!

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  11. LordBeariOfBow / Jul 8 2019 11:28 pm

    As expected your Independence Day message has the power, and does not go over the top like so many Americans do. Pity you’r not sitting behind the Resolute Desk, instead of that inept, brain dead megalomaniac that is!


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