Reblog of Merriam-Websters: What Did You Just Call Me?

This quiz has a mixture of familiar and unfamiliar words.  I scored 9 out of 13 and still scored in the upper 25%.

What did you just call me?!” Try Merriam-Webster’s quiz “to see if you can respond appropriately.”


Valentine’s Day: Day of Love

If the whole world loves a lover

and all the the world’s a stage

Do we really like that actor

Who  does not act his age?

In tennis Love is nothing

A Love match has no score

What can tennis teach us

That we haven’t learned before?


L ive, love, learn, leave

O bserve, organize,  orchestrate

V olunteer, verify, (never) vilify

E ndeavor, enlighten, encourage



Bathroom Signs III

Cliff House Restaurant, San Francisco, CA.  Previous home of the Sutro Baths (1896-1966)  The ruins can still be seen near the Restaurant.   This is the picture for the unisex bathroom.  The female and male figures also separately decorate the door of the women’s and men’s room.

bathroom signs--cliffside restaurant-sutrow baths

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How long the wait is depends upon how badly you need to go.

bathroom sign--long wait

Brasserie Saison, Downtown Mall, Charlottesville, VA

bathroom sign--unisex--saissons


Mudhouse Coffee, Crozet, Virginia



Unisex bathroom signs, Charlottesville area

bathroom--everyone else


Montpelier was the home of James and Dolly Madsion.  President Madison is called Father of the Constitution and Archtect of the Bill of Rights.  He was president during the War of 1812.  The British eluded the American troops, attacking and burning many buildings in Washington, DC including the White House.  Before the British arrived, Dolly saved many important painting and documents by putting them in a wagon and fleeing the capital before the  British arrived.  Montpelier is in Orange, Virginia along Route 20.  The Montpelier Train Station currently has an exhibition from the Jim Crow South (before desegration began in the 1950s and 60s.).. The following pictures are from that exhibit.

bathroom--montepelier trainin depot during segregation


bath montpelier train stations bathrooms

How Fast Are You?

fast forward

Althought not first, I was not last

I consider myself half fast.

My love is true and meant to last

I consider myself steadfast.

I had not eaten since some days past

Until I ate my break fast.

If from your perch you don’t want to slip passed

Tie a knot in your rope to holdfast.

I was ill, no laziness cast

I found myself to be bedfast

Red, white and blue are meant to last

I consider them colorfast

If you have been married some time in the past

Then you have been handfast

If you don’t want your boat to slip right passed,

To the buoy you want to makefast.

If on this list you want to cast

What else includes the word fast?


Winter of ’41

LandscapeTo many of us Winter ’41 probably means Pearl Harbor.  Last December 7th was the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.   Ray Chavez, the oldest Pearl Harbor survivor, passed away peacefully in his sleep on November 20, 2018.  He was from Poway, north of San Diego, California.

President George Herbert Walk Bush, 41st president of the United States, and youngest Navy aviator to serve in World War II, passed away on November 30, 2018.   The last “Greatest Generation” president, he was in marked contrast to what may be the last “Baby boomer” president.  The accolades at his funeral and other memorial services stressed his lifelong service to country despite his patrician background and upbringing.

GHW Bush as president

In the last years of his life, President Bush was asked how he’d like to be remembered. He didn’t pause — and he avoided, as ever, the first-person pronoun, what his mother used to call the “Great I Am” — and replied: “That we put the country first.”

tom bradyForty-one year old Tom Brady is playing in his ninth Super Bowl tomorrow.  He has only won five of them.  The Patriots are predicted to beat the Rams tomorrow in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

The USS Midway (CV-41) Carrier Museum in San Diego is  named after the Battle of Midway, the pivotal battle in the Pacific against the Japanese.  The Midway was the longest serving carrier in the 20th century.  She was christened on 10 September, eight days after World War II ended on September 2, 1945.  For the next 47 years, she served the country including three tours off the coast of Vietnam.  Her pilots shot USS Midway banner.png

down the first and last MiGs during that conflict.  She was the Persian Gulf flagship during Operation Desert Storm, and was decommissioned on April 11, 1992.  She was the first forward deployed carrier, when she pulled into Yokosuka, Japan on October 5, 1972.  Today she is the most successful ship museum in the world.  She was opened to the public in San Diego on June 7, 2004.