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August 14, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Of course that makes sense

Muse or Dunderhead Summer Awards Presents:

In the “Mad Hatter” category: Some NFL football players are not happy the way things are being topped off.  

Understandable. You know how it is. You get used to things:  the way things fit, something comfortably broken in, a style choice, or maybe it’s just lucky.

  • Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown has filed a grievance with the league if he can’t wear his old helmet, a Schutt Air Advantage.
  • He says all the new, mandated ones designed prevent concussions block his vision – seeing is pretty important for a receiver.
  • Creatively, he tried a solution himself:  painted his old team helmet silver with the black Raider’s design, and attempted to sneak it past the team’s equipment manager, but no.
  • So he’s now MIA in preseason practice. Is it the helmet or his footing?
  • See footsie picture here. Apparently last month in France, Brown wasn’t wearing the right footwear while undergoing treatment in a cryotherapy machine resulting in really bad frostbite.
  • Feet. Pretty important for a receiver.
  • ESPN: “Antonio Brown could quit over his helmet?Let us explain
Couple on scooter (Screenshot Image Twitter)

Brown wisely protecting valuable career assets on and off the field. Check out the headgear and toe saving socks. (Screenshot.Twitter)

In the “Make that lemonade” category: Trash me, please.

Once the primary buyer/importer of the world’s used recyclables for their manufacturing, China finally said, it’s time to find another dump. (2017)

  • The World Health Organization and environmentalist are pleased as for years adults and children worked in dangerous conditions with constant exposure to toxic chemicals . (2018 Huffington Post article: Read about the film that exposed health hazards in China)
  • Oh, by the way, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia don’t want your trash either.
  • Garbage is piling up, but wait!
  • Some are thrilled with excess plastic trash. TREX, for example, is a company that makes recycled and recyclable products/decking from 50-50 wood and plastic fiber. More plastic trash looking for a home means more materials available at a lower cost for them. (Interesting business video of the TREX CEO talking about recycling and how China’s shunning imports of plastic trash great for them.)
  • Others also see a big business opportunity. An Italian company is building a plastic recycling plant in Indiana. Another is underway in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Could you dig a new era of recycling?
Dog digging hole. (Zeus the Pit Bull at the beach by jimbomack66/

But we’ve always dug all the way to China. No bones about it. (jimbomack66/

In the “Don’t look at that part of the plate” category: The TV Lunch Lady 

School’s starting, so the TV news is populated with experts giving healthy, packable, easy, lunchbox suggestions.

One lovely lady with a large Twitter following opened her segment gushing about the importance of fresh, organic, “clean”, free range, low sugar, low salt, Non GMO – on and on. She hit all the buzz words before showing her ideas which mostly included eggs in some form.

  •  The prettiest items were her small custard pies (“made from highest quality eggs”). She gushed about those tart-like little pies piled high with assorted fresh, organic fruits like blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries.
  • The anchor, a mom, herself, picked one up and asked, “These pack easily in a lunchbox?” As a couple of berries rolled off, there was energetic nodding from expert. The anchor continued, “and these are easy to make?” “Oh, yes,” flowed the expert. “You just buy some little tart crusts at the store, fill them with your egg custard, and you’re ready to pack and go!”
  • Can we say, “Be sure to read the label to make sure that ready made/frozen pie crust is fresh, organic, ‘clean’, free range, low sugar, low salt, Non GMO….”? Or maybe she has a trusted twin somewhere rolling those out so there’s no biting conflicts.
  • Then there was the wholesome, easy snack: “Cut a little slot in this hard boiled egg and stab in a carrot or celery spear and you have egg on a stick. Served that on a plate with some fresh guacamole and salsa that you bought at the store“.  Easy peasy and completely made with ingredients meeting your standards by the store, no doubt.

Back to school technology can produce award winning conflicts about lunches.

Do you really want your kid to have an app where the kids look at pictures of lunchboxes packed with all sorts of interesting and pretty foods, make selections of what they want to eat, and then send mom their choices/pictures to her phone so she can get it right? Oh, that sounds like fun.

I just remember endless lunchbox openings of an apple denting a tuna sandwich…for years and years. I would have killed for a Twinkie.

Times have changed… sort of

Sandwiching in a a few chuckles midweek.

Now it’s up to you: Award these applause or boos: Dunderheads or Muse?

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Woman cooking in kitchen. 1920-1954 (NARA/, artist life/

Oh, the traditional back to school basics: No candy. No cookies. And if you don’t like it, fix your own lunch. (USPD/



  1. sustainabilitea / Aug 14 2019 7:04 am

    AB, as they like to call him, has been the subject of endless talk on sports talk TV, which I only listen to because my husband, who works at home, like to have it on in the background. I love sports but detest most sports talk programs, on TV or radio, because I just don’t care about all the details of these people’s lives. No wonder so many of them feel as if they’re gods. I find that photo really amusing in light of AB’s concerns about on-the-field safety. Roads can be much more dangerous.

    Recycling? I don’t even know where to start on that one. It’s depressing to read that much/most of what we put in our city-mandated recycling bins is just dumped as trash anyway. I still recycle, but we really need to figure out ways to make things truly recyclable and then get them where they can be recycled. But as with gasoline, the question is always with what do you replace it and is the replacement even feasible? And then there’s ethanol and don’t even get me started on that and its unintended consequences.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 14 2019 8:13 am

      That picture is the whole story. (and then I saw the one with his feet…). Love your first paragraph. Ditto
      Comedy shows abound in real life.
      The whole recycle repurpose thing boggles my mind – it’s so odd that it goes in and out of trendy and fashion. Shouldn’t. Like one analyst said, we can – and have to – invent our way out of this environmental/climate mess. It’ll take work and working together – not something that seems to be in fashion right now.
      Thanks for stacking in a comment

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  2. Ally Bean / Aug 14 2019 7:45 am

    Ok. The helmet thing with the professional football dudes, get over it. You’re an adult paid way too much $$$ to play a game. No sympathy here for them.

    About Trex being happy about more plastic garbage here, I say *yay* This is because if the cost of Trex were to go down then we might get a new deck. That stuff is darned expensive.

    About an app that lets kids pick their preferred lunchbox meals then send their demands to Mom, no way. Character comes from eating what is set in front of you, even if you don’t especially like it. Toughen up, kids.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 14 2019 8:19 am

      There seems to be the oddest disconnect with employees and what their job role/work responsibilities are these days.
      I, too look longingly at Trex decks. The CEO said something about making products more affordable which would be great. Nice their products are also recyclable when done. We need to rethink products and use. I don not want garbage being rocketed out to space or other planets – even asteroids. Would be just a bit too arrogant.
      More moms/parents should return to your thinking that last sentence. Applicable to so much. Thanks for sandwiching that thought in here

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Aug 14 2019 7:51 am

    My lunch was a sandwich with one slice of mystery meat and mustard, a stinky banana that I threw away and a cherished piece of cake. I had to be careful because the boys in my class always tried to steal my cake. I can’t even imagine my mom cutting off crusts (made my hair shiny) let alone cutting out shape and fancy things. She had stuff to do!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 14 2019 8:22 am

      Hot sweltering bananas! The replacement fruit when apples got too mushy (people had to eat was was in season back then – hey, guess we were environmentally/climate friendly by avoiding transportation costs and we didn’t even know it HaHa)
      It was years before I could face a banana once I left lunchboxes.
      Parents did seem to be much more self confident and busy then.
      Thanks for digging up a lunch memory

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      • Kate Crimmins / Aug 14 2019 8:23 am

        Still don’t eat bananas. They had a way of making my sandwich smell like banana. Fortunately high school had a cafeteria. Both mom and me were happy about that.


  4. shoreacres / Aug 14 2019 11:05 am

    When I was a kid, the Roy Rogers lunchbox held a PB&J sandwich, an apple, some carrot sticks, and two oatmeal raisin cookies. Or, a pimento cheese sandwich, a peeled orange divided into segments, a little box of raisins, and a brownie. Rearrange as you will.

    What’s funny is that when the Baptist youth group showed up at the front door while we were pulling out soggy carpet after Allison, they brought water and brown bag lunches for everyone that contained a PB&J sandwich, an apple, some carrot sticks, and a couple of oatmeal cookies. Suddenly, everything was all right.

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  5. robstroud / Aug 14 2019 11:48 am

    Seems to me that opting for no helmet at all will provide a person with the widest possible field of vision… you could just have the team logo tattooed on the side of your head. However, that would create problems if you were ever traded, so I suppose they could just shave the logo onto your head…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 16 2019 12:16 pm

      I’m forwarding your suggestion to the NFL Players’ union. Best solution offered. Thanks for heading in with that one


  6. Robin / Aug 14 2019 2:27 pm

    I am thrilled with the fact that since we can no longer dump our trash elsewhere, businesses are finding creative uses for the plastics. We’re all part plastic now, anyway (saw an article yesterday that showed there’s even microplastic in the rain these days).

    Egg on a stick? That doesn’t sound very appealing (except maybe at a county fair where everything comes fried and on a stick). What happened to good old PB&J? I’m pretty sure that could be done fresh, organic, and all the other buzzwords.

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  7. The Coastal Crone / Aug 14 2019 2:43 pm

    I had a Hopalong Cassity lunch kit. Eventually…I got to eat at the cafeteria.

    Would kids today take their lunches in paper bags? Too much plastic.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 16 2019 12:27 pm

      Choosing a new lunch box took such careful consideration. I always got yelled at for sining mine in an arc/circle going to school just ’cause it was fun. The option did nothing for the soft bread and the heavy apple. And after a while the catches would not set firmly and let go…had nothing to do with arc motion and heavy apple rollings..or the thermos (that never lasted long)
      Many of the kids’ lunch boxes seem to be soft sided…wonder how that goes as far as cleaning at the end of the day? The metal ones you just hosed down in the sink. Mom was all about quick and easy to clean.
      We used paper bags once out of elm. school. The cafeteria foods smelled better at the upper grade, but with 12-15 min lunch times due to over crowding, the lunch lines were to long to risk.
      I’m always impressed by images of the students in France seated at real tables with tablecloths and real plates – so much better than shoving food in as fast as possible like we did.
      Thanks for serving up a yummy comment


  8. dogear6 / Aug 14 2019 8:19 pm

    Wow, hand pies for a school lunch? I don’t think so. Thanks for the updates on everything!


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 16 2019 12:20 pm

      They’d probably ban the pies saying the toppings could blind kids if thrown. Thanks for aiming a delicious comment this way

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  9. cat9984 / Nov 10 2019 11:18 am

    My thoughts: Anybody who is dumb enough to get frostbite from cryotherapy should be excused from needing to meet any logical standards whatsoever. My kids would not have taken a boiled egg stuck on a carrot anywhere near school. Definitely dumb.


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