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May 19, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Double dare

Gulping doodle bugs was a requirement for acceptance. Exactly how many, unknown.

What’s the kid dare flung now? Dash to the curb and back without getting virus cooties on you?

Hey, bugs are bugs. Double dare.

Sandy letters at beach. (© image copyrighted . All rights reserved. NO permissions granted)

“Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” More meaningful today than ever before.(© image)

Sand castles are another thing.

Previously only “90 lbs. weaklings” worried about being harassed and getting sand kicked on them by bullies.

Too risky now to stop, scoop, dump, and smooth sand into castles. How dare anyone do anything but genteelly saunter along the waters’ edge? Only on wet sand, people. Wet sand only!

Don’t even think about retrieving that Frisbee trying to escape over the border into dry sand territory.

Dunes off limits, Dunderheads. (The rattlesnakes are probably disappointed. No hot-footed retreats to shake with laughter over.)

Not a grain of scientific logic sometimes.

People at beach. 1953 Charles Atlas Body building ad. (USPD.

Ah, summer loved. 1953.Charles Atlas body building magazine ad. (USPD/

Still, the vintage beach stroll is not exactly the “Return to Yesteryear” meant by The Lone Ranger.

The Lone Ranger Creed (by FRAN STRIKER)

“I believe that to have a friend,
a man must be one.

That all men are created equal
and that everyone has within himself
the power to make this a better world.

That God put the firewood there
but that every man
must gather and light it himself…

The Lone Ranger iconic character, “an expert rider, a marksman who never shot to kill, a paragon of virtue” created for radio listeners of the Great Depression Era resonates even today.

Read the rest of the creed in NPR’s “Justice from Outside the Law” which explores his continuing popularity.

  • “In the 1930s, the perception was that there was a failure of capitalism,” Hoppenstand (a Professor of American Studies) explains. “There was a failure of government to protect the American people from … what was, up to that point, was one of the worst financial experiences of American history.”
  • “…some things are always the same: He’s always on horseback. He always wears a mask. He always pursues justice. And he never accepts praise or payment.”
  • It was wonderful escapism entertainment. (Enjoy the strict set of guidelines for script writers created by Trendle and Striker in 1933 to keep the character consistent in actions and dialogue including: “At all times, The Lone Ranger uses perfect grammar and precise speech completely devoid of slang and colloquial phrases.” “When he has to use guns, The Lone Ranger never shoots to kill, but rather only to disarm his opponent as painlessly as possible.” It’s a short list. Check it out.)

Of course that’s all really old stuff: masks, people without jobs, government failure, seeking justice.

two children on boat at beach. 1948 by Frank Royal/Nat. Archives of Canada/Flickr/, artist life/

“Mom, help! The tide went out and we’re surrounded by dry sand. Don’t let them arrest us!” (USPD/

Many occupied their elementary school years with “The Simpsons”, “SNL, “Bob’s Burgers”, “Family Guy”.

Those, their guiding star.

Better than the locals saddling up and rockin’ their ponies on busy roads, circling, doing donuts, and shooting off fireworks – all to be posted on FaceBook, the radio’s entertainment replacement. (Video of recent illegal car show-off )

Kid World is very different than adults’.

We never did stick tongues on icy flag poles, but doodle bugs? Did roll a few roly-poly bugs in hand like marbles.

And said things like “You’re not the boss of me”.

Ask any kid and you’ll get the universal truth: “It’s not summer without sand castles”

Dampen my toes, but not my life.

Dare not.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge




  1. Anne Mehrling / May 19 2020 8:14 am

    I was thrilled to see the Lone Ranger again. He was part of my childhood. Thanks for writing about his creed. I had no idea his grammar was perfect! My family always used good English, so there was nothing jarring in his speech to my ears.


  2. easyweimaraner / May 19 2020 8:22 am

    hi ho silver away!!!! loved it and I wished I could get his job ;O)


  3. Curt Mekemson / May 19 2020 11:00 am

    Kids will get to build their sandcastles again. Probably this summer! Wonder how long people have been building them. Maybe forever. As for crowded beaches, not for me. I like lonely, wild beaches. And I always preferred watching life in a tide pool to building a sandcastle. Am I weird. Probably.
    Now the Lone Ranger: My hero. My brother and I had a weekly date with the radio where the masked rider and his faithful companion Tonto dispensed justice. Hi-yo Silver away! “Who was that masked man?” It’s a common question today. I also remember the time I watched the Lone Ranger on TV. Our friend Alan Green’s family had the first TV in Diamond Springs and one day he invited us over to watch the show. Pure magic. Thanks for the memories. –Curt


  4. Kate Crimmins / May 19 2020 4:00 pm

    The only sand I had as a kid was in a sandbox and we didn’t own one! However, we did have the Lone Ranger!


  5. disperser / May 19 2020 4:12 pm

    Watching those idiots on the street raised my blood pressure . . . so I didn’t click on other links.

    I had Tex Willer. The Lone Ranger was a late intro in my life and I found him on the boring end of the spectrum. I don’t recall watching many of the shows. By then I was transitioning to reading Mickey Spillane and mysteries in general.


  6. sustainabilitea / May 19 2020 6:31 pm

    I liked the old westerns where good guys were good, bad guys were bad, and the good guys did the right thing. 🙂 Call me old-fashioned. We lived in Nebraska, so not much sand castle building and when we visited Florida, we were hunting for shells. But I get the idea. Just thinking about TV shows and movies and idiots makes me think of all the movies I have no interest in ever seeing, but that might be relevant now, in titles only if nothing else…for example, “Dumb and Dumber” and I’m pretty sure there were more “Dumb” movies.



  7. shoreacres / May 19 2020 8:45 pm

    It took me forever to find it, because I was looking for “Castles in the Sand.” That’s not it. What I wanted was Belinda Carlisle’s “Circle in the Sand.” I hadn’t heard it in years, but between your ruminations on sand castles and her song, it seems like things might be just fine.


    • shoreacres / May 19 2020 8:47 pm

      ps: I wasn’t such a Lone Ranger fan so didn’t know his creed, but it reminded me of Gene Autry’s code. We could do well to remember them both; at heart, they both are affirming that cowboys don’t ride roughshod over others!


  8. Ally Bean / May 20 2020 7:12 am

    The Lone Ranger Creed? Well I never. Seems like he was a good dude, but I don’t remember caring about him one way or the other. Very different approach to childhood programming than The Simpsons, though. Bart has shaped the adults in the world in which we now live. So there’s that.


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