Rivulets of My Mind–Poem 10

Thoughts--
drips becoming
rivulets merging with
creeks flowing into rivers
creating puddles and pools
backing up
stagnating
dry washes
until new thoughts
replace them in drips
drops
and drabs.

It all flows downhill
renewed
re-energized
unstoppable

cataracts
rapids
hopping
skipping,
tumbling over rocks
and occasionally themselves.




Inverse Murphy’s Laws

From an email.

Inverse Murphy’s Law(s)  

1.  Everyone has a photographic memory.  Some don’t have film.

2.  He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

3.  A day without sunshine is like, night.

4.  Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

5.  Back up my hard drive?  How do I put it in reverse?

6.  I just got lost in thought.  It was unfamiliar territory.

7.  When the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.

8.  Seen it all, done it all.  Can’t remember most of it.

9.  Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don’t.

10.  I feel like I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.

11.  He’s not dead.  He’s electroencephalographically challenged.

12.  She’s always late.  In fact, her ancestors arrived on the “June Flower.”

13.  You have the right to remain silent.  Anything you say will be misquoted and used against you.

14.  I wonder how much deeper the ocean would be without sponges.

15.  Honk if you love peace and quiet.

16.  Keep honking, I’m reloading.

17.  Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how it remains so popular?

18.  Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

19.  It is hard to understand how a cemetery can raise its burial Costs and blame it on the higher cost of living.

20.  Just remember ……..  if the world didn’t suck, we’d all fall off.

21.  The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability you’ll get it wrong.

22.  It is said that if you line up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try and pass them.

23.  You can’t have everything.  Where would you put it?

24.  Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world population.

25.  If the shoe fits, get another one just like it.

26.  The things that come to those that wait may be the things left by those who got there first

27.  Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.  Teach a man to fish and he will sit in a boat all day drinking beer

28.  Flashlight: A case for holding dead batteries.

29.  The shin bone is a device for finding furniture.

30.  A fine is a tax for doing wrong.  A tax is a fine for doing well.

31.  It was recently discovered that research causes cancer in rats.

32.  Everybody lies, but it doesn’t matter since nobody listens.

33.  I wished the buck stopped here, as I could use a few.

34.  I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

35.  When you go into court, you are putting yourself in the hands of 12 people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.

36.  Light travels faster than sound.  This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

Musings

On the many days that my husband willfully does not listen to me, I can relate to Susan Sontag’s quote. “I envy paranoids; they actually feel people are paying attention to them.”

I look forward to people asking Joe Biden difficult questions because that means that we are communicating rather than theorizing, creating conspiracies, or tweeting.

Do the people who are so certain that Antifa caused all of the riots, including the attack on the Capitol, realize that Anitfa means Anti-fascists, which implies that they are Fascists?

We fought fascism and Nazism during WWII, so how can today’s Fascists and neo-Nazis still consider themselves patriots?:

If you live in an apartment or townhouse complex where are you supposed to plug in your electric car, assuming the predictions are even half true?

Is the bully pulpit of the President , the same as the bully’s pulpit of the President?

Power of a Proofreader

From an email

In today’s world:We all need a good laugh.

Did I read that sign right?

TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW.
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In a Laundromat:
AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT.
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In a London department store:
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS…
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In an office:
WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN.
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In an office:
AFTER TEA BREAK, STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD.
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Outside a second-hand shop:
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING – BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?
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Notice in health food shop window:
CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS…
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Spotted in a safari park:
(I sure hope so.)
ELEPHANTS, PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR.
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Seen during a conference:
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN’T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE 1ST FLOOR.
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Notice in a farmer’s field:
THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES.
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Message on a leaflet:
IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS.
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On a repair shop door:
WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING. (PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR – THE BELL DOESN’T WORK.)
Proofreading is a dying art, wouldn’t you say?
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Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife
And Daughter
This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.
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Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Really? Ya’ think?
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Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that’s taking things a bit far!
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Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!
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Miners Refuse to Work after Death
No-good-for-nothing’ lazy so-and-so’s!

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Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works better than a fair trial!
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War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!
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If Strike Isn’t Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya’ think?!
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Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!
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Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!
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Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there’s something stronger than duct tape? 
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Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!
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New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren’t they fat enough?!
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Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That’s what he gets for eating those beans!
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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?
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Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!
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Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!
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And the winner is…
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead
Did I read that right?

Library Carrels 2020–O Little Swamp of Washington

O little swamp of Washington
How clearly we hear the lies
No matter the administration
the same of old alibies
within your marble buildings
where strange transactions dwell
Each side has honed what it calls truth
And has a tale to tell

Three branches of our government
All have a role to play
One branch or the other
At times has had more sway
When we have an imbalance
Bad tidings will arrive
Unless we all can compromise
Our nation won't survive

Library Carrels 2020: What Election is This?

What election is this 
That's laid to rest
On the Supreme Court's docket
Awaiting

While Republicans hope
To overturn the vote
Democrats still
Anticipating

Thrown out
Thrown out
Like other lawsuits
From all other court case
decisions

Not now
Not now
His supporters proclaim
Time to make some 
revisions

I learned about the Verse block from helpful blogger, Denzil Walton of Discovering Belgium.  Thanks Denzil!

Live in the Time of Coronavirus: Pt 19: Reblog-Lockdown Lingo

Sheree lives in the South of France and periodically blogs about how she and her Beloved Husband are navigating what is now France’s Second Lockdown.

This blog focuses on French lock down terms

Attestation – This word (certificate) – already crucial to France’s true religion of bureaucracy – became central to life during Lockdown I. Une attestation de déplacement dérogatoire was required for every trip out. The word is commonly used in many other situations for example: une attestation du travail proves that you are in work while une attestation de domicile is proof of where you live.