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January 3, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge


Here in the semi-tropics: Hot and humid, with a brush of cold drifting in once in awhile. (That’s what teacher said so it must be right…this is labeled “satire”. Now where are those flannel lined jeans?) Ugly Christmas T-shirt contests, not sweaters. Going to the beach almost year round. 


Ignoring the fact that the ocean once covered all the way to Dallas and central Texas – and it eventually will do that again.

That’ll be exciting – J.R. Ewing and the ranch hands surfing between cattle roundups and business take-overs. (Updated TV scripts bound to being in progress even as this is written…)

J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) dancing at the Rosewood Cresent Club (FLickr's Commons/Haansley Photo/ USPD. no CR restrictions/

“Dang, Sugar. Hope you’ve got a bikini under that outfit. They say the surf by Waxaahachie is up to 6 feet! Cowabunga. Corral those cows and let’s go surfing’ now!” (J.R. Ewing/ Larry Hagman dancing at the Rosewood Crescent Club /USPD/

Semi trucking:

Seems the be the mode of moving on now in the world:  rolling forward but only semi-speedily getting back to normal. One step forward and two back.

Overheard in the airport TSA line: “More flights cancelled? My kingdom for a dependable horseless carriage!”

People pretty restless in these first New Year’s weak of discontent. 


So many only vaguely aware of what was mulled over in the past – until most went on passed.

Remember when the Sierra Club warned unlimited immigration would be disastrous? Too many people – an uncontrolled population – would overrun and destroy habitats, deplete natural resources, and possibly destroy life on Earth as we know it. They couldn’t have been oddly right then, could they? (Center for Immigration Studies articles here and here)

Hope the National Parks’ crisis conditions from being mobbed for the past two years isn’t the canary in the mine….

Smokey the Bear reading his mail at ranger station in National Park. (1989 painting in NAtional Ag. Library, MD/USPD/

“Dear Smokey, We hope you and your forest and family are enjoying some peace and quiet with the ban on visitors. We hope someday to learn to tread lightly and leave no trace and be allowed to return. The Meta-verse just isn’t the same as being in the real outdoors. Please tell the wolves to only hunt sick prey and stay inside the park leaving the ranchers no excuse to hunt them to extinction. As John Muir said, ‘When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe’.” (1989 painting. National Agr. Library /USPD/

People with a memory longer than a nano second, those semi-aware, or those having some interest in researching history’s social concepts – will remember all the “Oh, how could you bring children into this terrible world?” hand -wringing over-population discussions on college campuses, by celebrities, and from the power hungry of the 1960’s – 70’s (and even before).

Einstein was right: energy is never destroyed: it is rudderless rubber and just bounces off me and right back to you…

But all that’s semi-boring, so let’s saddle up and gallop fearlessly on into the sunset with smiles on our faces

  • You know it rained fish here again recently. Guess the fish misunderstood that the ocean wasn’t quite ready to surge inland yet? Proof early adopters are sometimes fish out of water. (Story/pictures/video here.)
  • But did you catch the Kroger’s Annual TaxAct Rodeo Bowl between LSU and K-State this year? No football, but much a-foot as teams put on their hats and bellied up to the barrels, lassoes, and calves (no choking or hog tying). Give yourself a grin and watch the competition on video here. (Starts at 1:40 on the video time counter)
Football cowboy contestant. (Image screenshot. ABC13)

And now a long pass to the goal line. (Image screenshot. ABC13)

And with all that, semi-ready to run with an always original WP herd of non-lemmings in the new year, 

Hasta later, compadres

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.


  1. easyweimaraner / Jan 3 2022 7:01 am

    to be cinderella would be not bad this time… for the horseless carriage….

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2022 7:19 am

      How much do you have to bribe mice these days to pull a switcher-too and pull a carriage?
      The fairy godmothers seem to be so busy you can’t find one. Thanks for trotting over to chat


  2. shoreacres / Jan 3 2022 7:09 am

    Uh — about that ‘brush of cold.’ Granted, the water in the birds’ water bowl wasn’t frozen this morning, but you can bet I know where my long johns are! It’s going to be a refreshing day at work, that’s for sure, but you also can bet I’m going to dally a bit and have another cuppa before I head out. Once it hits 40F, I’m on my way.

    I love the thought of a rodeo bowl. That would have been great fun to attend — thanks for mentioning that little gem.

    Here’s an idle thought: have you noticed how many people are doing retrospectives of last year’s blog entries? If the year was as awful as they say, why not look forward? Inquiring minds don’t really want to know, but they are a little curious.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2022 7:17 am

      HaHa – it was labeled as satire. (And why did it take me so long to break down and get flannel lined jeans?) the dog water wasn’t frozen, but the birds aren’t singing yet…doesn’t deter Molly’s desire for a walk.
      Interesting observation, that. To me it was like last year feels like it never happened. In any case, can’t do much about that one, so Onward – what’s around the corner – bound to be at least different if not better. Get out there and toss some hay! Hey it’s nice to see people having fun again. Thanks for warming up this place!

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  3. Pied Type / Jan 3 2022 9:53 am

    Give me a real rodeo any day!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2022 3:35 pm

      Time to leap out of the chutes and for some fun and cheering. Nothing like a rip roaring rodeo. ..even a neighborhood one with stick horses (you gotta start somewhere?) Thanks for bucking the isolation trend and bouncing in her to chat


  4. sustainabilitea / Jan 3 2022 10:22 am

    Rodeo! Yeah! I always enjoy your combination of satire and common sense. I usually both laugh and contemplate while reading. I do remember the over-population thing. The metaverse? Sigh. No thanks. Give me real people any day, better things to spend money on, and I’d rather read.

    Happy 2022!


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2022 3:38 pm

      Better real than reel. I think everyone’s ready to rock after the past 2 years. Hope you can hit the trail of fun too. Thanks for reining in to stop and say Howdy.

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  5. Anne Mehrling / Jan 3 2022 10:56 am

    We’re having a beautiful day — a couple of inches of snow in the mountains. The windows looking west show blue sky, and white clouds and snow. To the north there are gray clouds and snow falling on the slopes. Gorgeous! Happy New Year!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2022 3:42 pm

      Today was a gorgeous here, too – blue sky and sun – low humidity even. Nothing perks you up as much as a pretty day (snow optional)
      Thanks for hiking by to chat.

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  6. Kate Crimmins / Jan 3 2022 2:25 pm

    The predicters were saying that traveling wouldn’t be easy but that didn’t stop anyone from going. It’s a great time to have family and friends locally.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2022 3:40 pm

      Enough already. Pack the bags…or just as good gas up the car for a trip across town to see friends. Hopefully more encounters as the weather warms (and your re-do chaos finishes up!) Thanks for stopping by to chat

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  7. Helen Devries / Jan 3 2022 8:11 pm

    Try the egg rodeos of Costa Rica…the rider mounts the bull….. they are let out of the hutch….. the bull bucks and kicks for three minutes and if the rider has not fallen off by then the bull retires from the ring in high dudgeon. A retired bull would make a great egg timer….

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  8. The Coastal Crone / Jan 4 2022 1:10 pm

    It was like Spring Break here the week after Christmas. Better than snow. No flannel jeans for me. Cheers for 2022 and what adventures it might bring!

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  9. Ally Bean / Jan 5 2022 8:01 am

    I do remember the messages you mention here. Funny how things turned out in spite of them. I do hope I’m included in your “herd of non-lemmings” because that sounds way cool. Happy New Year!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 6 2022 3:10 pm

      You’re always included. Whackadoodles can’t be forgotten! Happy New Years and thanks for meandering along this way

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