I’m sitting on a deck at Holden Beach, NC watching my grandson fly a kite held aloft by a constant breeze rolling in from the Atlantic. As kids, every spring we’d take a few nickels to the Famous 5&10 store and buy a kite kit. The picture on the wrapping always displayed children having huge fun watching their assembled kites soar into the stratosphere.
That may have been my introduction to the world of false advertising. The directions didn’t seem that difficult and my completed kite always looked like the one in the directions but, it never flew very high and refused to stay airborne. Given what we know today about things made in China containing excessive lead, I’m pretty sure China is where my kite kits came from. Continue reading You Can All Go Fly a Kite!→
Lucas Perie recently offered for sale on eBay a very simple ink drawing of a Hewlett-Packard TouchPad on plain white copier paper. He clearly and honestly stated in the ad and description exactly what people would be bidding on and the ad included two photos of the drawing, one of the front and one of the rear of the HP TouchPad. As you may know, the bidding on the original auction reached close to $100,000.
Couple of weeks ago I was in the Wheeling, WV Cabela’s store, took a few photos and ragged on them a little. That may have prompted one of our readers to forward this joke to me. Hope you get a chuckle or a smile.
Sally Turner Kennedy has a nice piece on her blog, North Coast Muse. She is a dedicated observer of nature and frequently seems to have a camera with her when the occasion dictates. Her current offering is about adding a new bird specie to her “life-list.” I too have a life-list but it all about the different specie of fish I have caught. I keep a fish guide with me and mark when and where I caught my first specimen of each specie. We do, however, keep track of what birds show up at our feeders and over the years there has been a couple of rare ones. Thanks Sally!
My wife, after reading Mike Newman’s piece about his great-grandfather homesteading in New Mexico, asked me, “Why 160 acres?” The only answer I could give her was that it had something to do with one of the several Homestead Acts passed by the US Congress and possibly with the terms of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787. I also recalled it had something to do with the old saying, “forty acres and a mule.” Forty acres being about what one family with a mule could work in a years time and Continue reading Why 160 Acres?→
My daughter recently noticed a female ruby-throated hummingbird fluttering around a branch hanging over our swimming pool. After a long period of observation she finally discovered the reason for the bird’s activity, a very small nest was the focus of Mama Ruby Throat’s attention. Jennie came and borrowed my camera and took a series of wonderful photos. Here’s the one I think is best.
Who, in his/her infinite wisdom, decided that LEMON was to be the scent du jour? Must I have everything–from Pledge to Windex–smell like LEMON? I liked the old smell of Windex! I even saw “lemon meringue pie” scent on candles!
Detergent, dishwashing liquid, bleach, disinfectants, dryer sheets, perfume, candles, soap, body wash, moist towelettes, carpet deodorizer, deodorizing wipes, bathroom cleaner, oven cleaner, dishwasher detergent, car deodorizers, computer screen wipes, air dusters, leather cleaner, mop pads, insoles, shaving cream, paper towels, cartridge filter cleaner, nail polish, car cleaners, wood shavings for pet boxes, and ant aerosols (what do the ants care?),–all LEMON-scented!
But today it went past all sensibility–I saw LEMON-SCENTED PAINT–now one’s whole house can smell like lemons!
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