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November 28, 2021 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Containment impossible

Brown bear cub at Yellowstone with cameraa maan. 1916 (USPD, artist life/

“Look. I’ll go stand by the road. You film. Then we’ll put it on Twitter.”(1916.USPD/

It’s an opening.

Not Yellowstone – or even Jellystone – but bearly unable to contain this one: 

“What does it want? Quick, tell. Toss it something. Try salmon. No, tuna. We have tuna. Toss out the tuna sandwich! Oh, wait. He’ll have a ball.”

Watch a bear rip the door off a Lamborghini Huracan. (Video here)

Hmmm, Suspicious. Possibly staged? By an Arab Sheikh in Dubai who loves fast cars and wild animals with loads of money and nothing to do except to be the merry maker? Hey, it’s a classier Tiger King! (And I am easily amused)

If that’s not enough of a kick in the head for you, how about a “Worse possible way to meet a girl: Making a pass”?

From the Nebraska Cornhuskers vs the Iowa Hawkeyes game: the Nebraska quarterback attempts a very sneaky play using a undesignated receiver…one of the Nebraska cheerleaders. (Video here)

If she had only dropped her pompoms, grabbed the football, and sprinted toward the goal line!

Hope they followed up with the athlete’s concussion protocol.

Cheerleaders jumping in air. Vintage. 1956. (Image: UW Digital Collections/ yearbook published 1957/

“No, no, girls. It’s not a bridal bouquet!” (Image:UW Digital Collections/

As big brother warned, “When anywhere on a field with a game in play, keep your eye on the ball.”

So just when you thought it was time to head to the refreshment stand and belly up to the bar again, extra innings seem to be on the board for COVID hysteria precautions.

OMG it’s Omicron! (Only a coincidence that it sounds like DEFCON…only a coincidence..)

Despite the strict appearance resolve to stick to science, the Powers That Be felt stung and decided to alter the agreed upon scientific nomenclature sequencing the Greek Alphabet to call the variant from Africa Omicron, not Nu or Xi as it should have been.

“Nu was too close to “new” in English which could cause confusion: “the new Nu variant”. (Although COVID is all about confusion of once sort or another…).

Also, and probably more importantly, “Xi”  is a common last name in China….as in the name of the current president there…apparently not a man of humor. (No matter how appropriate/ironic, can’t name it Xi. Don’t want to upset the Apple carts there…)

“The Omicron Variant: We still know almost nothing” (The Atlantic) Here’s some of what is know.

Man in gas mask1930. Worn when spraying plant insecticide in greenhouses in Holland(PD released/

Coming soon to a community to you? Wonder if this model comes with corrective lenses. Oh, come on. You gotta laugh. 1930’s man in gas mask worn when spraying insecticides in Holland’s greenhouses on plants like tulips. See, you never knew that, did you? (PD released/

One last impossible to contain tidbit:

Those exempt from President’s Executive order for mandatory vaccines:(Source)

  • 1.) Postal workers (Whew. No worries about stamping out contagion there.)
  • 2) Congress (and their staff/office. No matter which Party, they party on.)
  • 3). Undocumented immigrants. (The newest “Don’t ask and don’t tell“ group avoiding several topics and questionings),
  • 4). Welfare recipients as a requirement for food stamps/ Medicare and such.

Some, given choices, but ordinary, taxpaying citizens….well, you know.

Board game box for Chutes and Ladders (Image Hasbro)

Hasbro’s exciting board game of ups and downs. “If you land on a good deed, you can shimmy up a ladder, but land on the wrong spot and youll shoot down a chute!” For ages 3 yrs+…Good to learn early.(Image Hasbro)

Chute.  Time to ladder up and get lit up for the holidays. 

Doesn’t it seem like we were just here…and lost a year? Not enough data about that yet…

(Now, one of this company’s vaccine + one of the other + a booster or two from the third company ….How about admitting that horse has done left the barn and maybe it’s time to work on improving treatment options instead)

The fireplaces still burn charmingly bright on YouTube videos

Sounds and Images of Christmas shoppers fill the air. 

The newest shopping accessory hampering the stores is a bit baffling: Sledge hammers – who knew?  It must be smashing to be one of those fast scampering participants in what appears to be the newest of reality shows: Gift grabbing liberating contests! Currently seen on all the upscale stores’ security footages.

Creativity knows no bounds.

So yeah, start your neighbor’s stolen car’s engines. Get out the paper plates. (Also baffling. Tell me, is the news anchor already talking about easy cleanup suggestions for festive dinners?)

Rought looking Christmas elves in parade. (USPD. pub. date, artist life.

Rough looking Christmas elves escorting parade official or the “New Normal” bodyguards for mall shoppers?(USPD/

Holiday on!

Forget trying to contain the determined seasonal optimism, the cinnamon-spiced enthusiasm, the eggnog-induced joy, and, most of all, the goodwill towards your fellow man  humans all creatures great and small! 

Now get out there and jingle

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

sagging inflatable Thanksgiving turkey yard decoration (© Image copyrighted, all rights reserved NO permissions granted)

He looks tired just thinking about it. But with his featured holiday over, that’s a ton of weigh off his shoulder.(© Image)


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  1. shoreacres / Nov 28 2021 7:12 am

    Hey! It’s the first Sunday of Advent and the first day of Hanukkah. Light a candle! Find a dreidel and play with it! Turn off the news and pet your pet(s)! After a Thanksgiving Day that passed without a SINGLE mention of a politician, the pandemic, the ‘woke’, or any of the other catastrophes being heralded by media sources who are running out of things to terrify us with, I was totally refreshed. I’d forgotten what a day like that could be like, and I intend to have more of them.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 28 2021 5:28 pm

      Oh it’s all in the perspective and viewpoint – nothing funnier than the human comedy. (But I am easily amused…especially if not on a steady diet of media)
      (Dang that cheer leader is tough – bounced back up and hardly missed a beat…now that’s a dedicated athlete.)
      Walked the dog after dark today and it looks like the neighborhood is going all out with light this year – (few inflatable, YEA for that.) Yep people are finding much more fun to light up and smile rather than follow the hysteria. Wassail and hot chocolate for everyone in celebration! Thanks for stringing some bright thoughts together for here

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  2. Helen Devries / Nov 28 2021 9:17 am

    Time to seek the services of Sir Omicron Pie……

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  3. Pied Type / Nov 28 2021 9:41 am

    In my ongoing effort to avoid most news, I overlooked the reasons for exempting anyone from a presidential vaccination order, particularly those groups. Just another reason to stay in my cave a while longer. Besides, I need to tend my mushrooms.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 29 2021 11:52 am

      I only wanted to know when weather best for the tossing up of outdoor lightS
      (But hey, that is one cute little bear, you have to admit that – and it was so stunned when the door came off – evidence real life is a circus?)
      Yep, back to the vinyls and scenic YouTube music videos! Thanks for tuning in here. (Hope the sun came out there!)


  4. Curt Mekemson / Nov 28 2021 12:25 pm

    “the eggnog-induced joy,” Now you’re talking. 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 28 2021 4:01 pm

      Yep. That’s the spirit! Thanks for sipping along ( will catch up with you this week – how[‘s the new digs going? – Now that’s something to be thankful for!)


      • Curt Mekemson / Dec 7 2021 6:07 pm

        Loving our new digs! Peggy and I just took the truck and trailer out on their maiden voyage for three weeks! –Curt


  5. marina kanavaki / Nov 29 2021 2:30 pm

    Only thing I can say, as a Greek, is I fell shame to see our alphabet spoilt in such a way. And to think they skipped all those letters from Delta to Omicron… they’re eager to get to Omega and then what? Duh… Hera says they’re all crazy but shhhhh…. just between us. Life’s a treat! 😉

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