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May 27, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Life out of the box.

German shepherd buried in cardboard box fort (© image. all rights reserved, copyrighted)

“You think you can’t wait until school/camp reopens…” (© image)

  • “The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.” (Preferably not your foot)
  • “People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.” (No argument there.)
  • “The word ‘good’ has many meanings. For example if a man was to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.” (The stuff of lawyers and politicians.)
  • “People who make history know nothing about history. You can tell by they history that they make.” (You seen that, right? No need to name names…)
  • “I’ve searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.” (This is an outrage. Congress is probably taking a vote right now to end this travesty.)
  • “Fable is more history than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.” (Sorry, Fable Baby; you’re out with the bathwater.)
  • “A good novel tells us the truth about its’ hero; but a bad one us tells the truth about its’ author.” (Beware, not all mirrors are glass. Hmmm, if you break a mirror you might get 7 years bad luck, what happens if words break?)
  • Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world and the life seen in newspapers is another.” (Good grief. Look at when this author lived. The more things change….)
  • “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he had come to see.” (Rick Steves took this as mantra.)
  • “The perplexity of life arises from there being too many things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.” (Best most elegant excuse for wandering thoughts and incomplete projects ever written….I’m just totally awestruck right now by the totality.)
  • “I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.” (This is just funny.)
  • “Let a man walk ten miles steady on a hot summer’s day along a dusty English road and he will soon discover why beer was invented.” (Yep)

Quotes by the “Prince of Paradox” Gilbert K. Chesterton.

English literary and social critic, historian, playwright, novelist (1874-1936).

German Shepherd crammed into playhouse. (© image. copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

“What? I was invited in. Despite your opinion, there’s plenty of room. We were getting along just fine until you showed up…”(© image)

Oh, sneering at the “easy out” by using quotes?

OK. Talk about probable lawyer-ese.

The guard recently shot at Corpus Christi’s Texas Naval Base was saved by “wearing a bullet resistant vest“. Not bullet proof, mind you.

They do make various levels of protective ballistic vests and the Big City’s police generally wear the bullet proof versions. You can actually see the stopped bullet embedded in the vest.

Sure seems to me that the military, given attacks on bases over the past few years, might consider an upgrade.

Still not enough effort for a post?

Well, there’s this.

Sr Staff has a very expensive fancy Samsung phone. As with most, “Baby” is always getting new shoes updates. Recently there was one for “Notes”. “Notes” actually gets used…unlike many of the other fancy programs/apps.

Wary since the last operating system update caused major headaches, he actually started reading the “what this update addresses” information…until he couldn’t stop laughing over the fact that “intelligence” was misspelled…

Do you trust a technology who is really pushy insistent about correcting spelling when you, the human, punch in letters yet can’t/won’t spell information correctly itself?

IA’s version of “Do as I say, not as I do?” (I think we should worry…) 

Short quips and quick slip outta here… (They might be listening….NOTHING to see here….)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Interesting enough, all the home deliveries is leading to a cardboard shortage in some places. Threatens food and medicine distribution. Ordering online may actually endanger the environment/forests. (March 2020).

Odd when you consider in June 2018, just as online shopping increased, cardboard recycling actually dropped. (Story and reasons why here

Probably worse now. Most of shipping cartons used to go to retail who would flatten/bale the boxes and resell it for recycling. But you know what’s happened to retail this year…and then there’s China’s involvement – No, not about COVID – well, read the article.

You see, a perfect example of that 10th quote up there. Hard to be boxed in.

Fort out of Amazon boxes. (© image. copyrighted. NO permissions granted. All rights reserved)

We know why parents are really ordering so much from Amazon: the boxes. Big boxes, a roll of duct tape, and fort building skills = a bit of piece and quiet-ish.(© image.)


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  1. easyweimaraner / May 27 2020 6:50 am

    love the quotes… the one with the beer fits… we just felt like that… but only water for me today LOL


  2. marina kanavaki / May 27 2020 8:32 am

    Journalism …fiction? nuh…. never!!!!!!!!! bouah hahaha……
    I’d been wondering on packaging, why on earth do they use [amazon and big companies mainly] huge boxes for the tiniest things. Mind you they are filled with either a ton of paper to fill the gap or bubble wrap or [worst nightmare] maize flips [packaging chips]!
    ps No, I don’t trust technology correcting me. I’d rather keep my ‘mistakes’ thank you very much!!!!!!
    Happy Hump Day, my friend! 🙂


  3. Kate Crimmins / May 27 2020 8:37 am

    Beer in hot weather is the best! Although we are only two people, our cardboard recycling pick-up every Monday is not too shabby. A lot of Chewy boxes but Amazon Prime is well represented!


  4. Anne Mehrling / May 27 2020 3:23 pm

    Vests and boxes — fun post!


  5. sustainabilitea / May 27 2020 4:06 pm

    Good old G.K.! I think the last five are my favorites. Boxes? We had many in our basement and accumulated many more getting ready to move. We now have some towering towers in one corner of the garage where a good many of them are stored and another area where the broken-down-and-flattened boxes live. Otherwise, we recycle all cardboard and whatever else we can. Can…recycle…joke. 🙂 Re: misspellings, I’ve found all sorts of grammar problems in books, whether real or e-. I’ve mentioned several to the publishers. Got one thank you response and silence elsewhere. However, my grammar soul is happy.



  6. Ally Bean / May 28 2020 2:05 pm

    “The perplexity of life arises from there being too many things in it for us to be interested properly in any of them.” I do like this quote. It is the epitome of poorly written but there’s a truth to it especially in the context of cable tv programming. All those channels but can’t get interested in any of them.


  7. ParentingIsFunny / May 28 2020 4:40 pm

    Those are terrific quotes and snippets. Sad about the cardboard shortage! I hope recycling plants can get more boxes out there quickly.


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