Vietnam Veteran’s Day–March 29, 2021

National Vietnam War Veterans Day is observed every year on March 29 and is a way to thank and honor our nation’s Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice. There are 5 objectives with Vietnam Commemoration and the other four are:

  • Highlight the service of our Armed Forces and support organizations during the war
  • Pay tribute to wartime contributions at home by American citizens
  • Highlight technology, science and medical advances made during the war
  • Recognize contributions by our Allies

National Vietnam War Veterans Day will be observed on Monday, March 29, 2021.
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The last conscripted soldiers
returned home to a country
that often turned its back on them

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The Fish Cheer
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Non Partisan Political Jokes

Appropriate for most of the last 200 years-USA especially!   

We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
~Aesop, Greek slave & fable author 

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed
by those who are dumber.

~Plato, ancient Greek Philosopher

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where
there is no river.

~Nikita Khrushchev, Russian Soviet politician 

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I’m
beginning to believe it.

~Quoted in ‘Clarence Darrow for the Defense’ by Irving Stone.

Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go
out and buy some more tunnel.

~John Quinton, American actor/writer

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds
from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.

~Oscar Ameringer, “the Mark Twain of American Socialism.”

I offered my opponents a deal: “if they stop telling lies about me, I will
stop telling the truth about them”.

~Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952..

A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country.
~Texas Guinan. 19th century American businessman

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be
left to the politicians.

~Charles de Gaulle, French general & politician

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to
change the locks.

~Doug Larson (English middle-distance runner who won gold medals at the 1924
Olympic Games in Paris, 1902-1981)

I am reminded of a joke: What happens if a politician drowns in a river? That is pollution.  What happens if all of them drown? That is solution!!! 

I don’t like political jokes, but a lot of them get elected!

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.

Why Does Everyone Like Canadians?

I was just watching a Trevor Noah from the Daily Show skit about Who Hates Who. It was funny and seemed to be fairly accurate. He was emphatic about identifying who hated who but would not get into the why. He said that everybody hated the United States because we had invaded some countries, overthrew government in other countries, bombed several countries but even the countries we had liberated from the Nazis in World War II now seemed the hate us.

He finished by saying “Nobody hates the Canadians,” while he donned a maple leaf hat. That reminded me that I have heard several Americans say in passing that they will say they are Canadians when overseas to avoid the stigma of being from the United States.

Is it because Canada:

  • Invaded fewer countries
  • Has a national health care system
  • Has a dryer, gentler sense of humor than the United States
  • Is generally less prejudiced except for the French/English issue although the nation is bi-lingual
  • Doesn’t overthrow other countries’ governments
  • Are usually a polite people
  • Seldom has mass shootings
  • Treats its indigenous people much better
  • ???

International Day of the Seal was March 22

Having lived in both Monterey and San Diego, seals and sea lions are as common place along the coast as retirees with their little yappy white dogs. The most commons pinnipeds are California sea lions and harbor seals. Stellar sea lions and elephant seals were less common.

Here are some other fun facts about seals:

  • A group of seals is called a herd or a raft.
  • It’s not uncommon for a herd to consist of 1,500 seals.
  • There are 33 species of seals.
  • The layer of fat under a seal’s skin is called blubber, which helps keep them warm in cold water.
  • Their whiskers help them detect prey in murky water.
  • Their lifespan ranges from 25 to 30 years.
  • Female seals are called cows, and their babies are called pups.
  • Smaller seals weigh 100 pounds, while the largest seals weigh over 7,000 pounds.

Throughout the ages, men have hunted seals for their meat, blubber, and fur coats. Because of this, some species of seals are endangered. The four most endangered species of seals include Saimaa ringed seals of Finland, Ungava seals of Quebec, Mediterranean monk seals, and Hawaiian monk seals.

Both seals and sea lions, together with the walrus, are pinnipeds, which means “fin footed” in Latin.

But seals’ furry, generally stubby front feet — thinly webbed flippers, actually, with a claw on each small toe — seem petite in comparison to the mostly skin-covered, elongated fore flippers that sea lions possess.

Secondly, sea lions have small flaps for outer ears. The “earless” or “true” seals lack external ears altogether. You have to get very close to see the tiny holes on the sides of a seal’s sleek head.

Third, sea lions are noisy. Seals are quieter, vocalizing via soft grunts.

Fourth, while both species spend time both in and out of the water, seals are better adapted to live in the water than on land. Though their bodies can appear chubby, seals are generally smaller and more aquadynamic than sea lions. At the same time, their hind flippers angle backward and don’t rotate. This makes them fast in the water but basic belly crawlers on terra firma.

Sea lions, on the other hand, are able to “walk” on land by rotating their hind flippers forward and underneath their big bodies. This is why they are more likely to be employed in aquaria and marine shows.

Finally, seals are less social than their sea-lion cousins. They spend more time in the water than sea lions do and often lead solitary lives in the wild, coming ashore together only once a year to meet and mate.

Sea lions congregate in gregarious groups called herds or rafts that can reach upwards of 1,500 individuals. It’s common for scores of them to haul out together and loll about in the sand, comprising an amorphous pile in the noonday sun.

Pt. Sur: Headland and Light Station

In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is  the story of the earth.”–Rachel Carson.

Fog coming in Pt Sur

Point Sur is a headland.  It can create its own weather.  From Wikipedia, “Headlands sometimes create their own clouds when moist, warm Pacific Ocean breezes are pushed into higher, colder air, causing condensation, fog, fog drip and perhaps rain. The hills also get more precipitation than at sea level, for the same reason. However, despite being relatively wet, strong gusty Pacific winds prevent dense forests from forming.”

Pt Sur can be socked in by fog while the nearby  Coast Highway is bright clear. Conversely, the mainland can be foggy while the point is bathed in sunlight.

Pt Sur is actually a light station instead of just a light house. A light station comprises the lighthouse tower and all outbuildings, such as the keeper’s living quarters, fuel house, boathouse, and fog-signaling building. The Lighthouse itself consists of a tower structure supporting the lantern room where the light operates.

One of the most famous wrecks near Pt Sur actually came from the air and not from the sea. USS Macon (ZRS-5) was a rigid airship built and operated by the United States Navy for scouting and served as a “flying aircraft carrier, designed to carry biplane parasite aircraft, five single-seat Curtiss F9C Sparrowhawk for scouting or two-seat Fleet N2Y-1 for training. In service for less than two years, in 1935 the Macon was damaged in a storm and lost off California’s Big Sur coast, though most of the crew were saved. The wreckage is listed as the USS Macon Airship Remains on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. 


Pt Sur Light Station

When Spring Slips In

When Spring slips in
at crack of dawn
its wonders not yet gazed upon

The grass has turned from brown to green
Flowers bloom, a glorious scene
Willows whisper to trailing leaves
Forsythia shoots out yellow sleeves

Buds appear most everywhere
that yesterday was surely bare
Small increments achieve surprise
to even the dullest human eyes

The seasons catch us unaware
no matter how we watch and stare
it can happen anywhere.

St Joseph’s Day and the Day When the Swallows Return to San Juan Capistrano–March 19

Saint Joseph’s Day, also called the Feast of Saint Joseph or the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, is in Western Christianity the principal feast day of Saint Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary and legal father of Jesus Christ celebrated on 19 March. It has the rank of a solemnity in the Catholic Church.

The cliff swallows return from their winter migration in Central and South America (depending upon which source you read, this has been listed as Argentina or around Mexico and Central America). They arrive in San Juan Capistrano around St. Joseph’s Day. Normally the mission is open and there is a parade to celebrate the return of the swallows.

Mission San Juan Capistrano, world famous for its annual return of swallows every year, has suffered a gradual decline in the birds nesting on-site over the years due to urbanization. However, the mission made a concerted effort to establish nests for the sociable rough winged birds and the swallows have begun nesting in the mission again.

Last year the annual parade and celebration of the birds was cancelled. This year the Mission will offer a virtual tour on Face Book

The song was first recorded in 1940 and has been remade several time.

Two Wrongs Don’t Make the Right Change

Yesterday, I tried to buy a a few things at a local grocery store. The total was $22.60. I thought I gave the young cashier a single $20 bill and three $1 bills. The change should be 40 cents. After several long seconds he had not given me the change, despite holding the cash in his hands with the register open.

By now, the register should have told him what the change was, even if he was not doing the arithmetic in his head.

Looking at the bills, half hidden by his fist, I thought I saw 2-twenty dollar bills and 2-one dollar bills. He started to place the twenties into the drawer when I asked him to pause. He had the two-twenties and and the two-singles.

I apologized for giving him the second $20 by mistake and offered to give him a third $1 bill instead. He asked me if I had 60 cents.

I said I’d check and pulled a quarter out of my wallet, setting it on the counter. I found two more quarters and was searching for the dime when he picked up the first quarter and reached for the other two quarters. He seemed perplexed by getting $.75 rather than $.60. I found the dime and took one of the quarters back.

If the teenager had asked if I had given him the second $20 by mistake, instead of $1 or if he had returned the two ones and made change from the $40, this exchange could have been shorter. Even with the assistance of the cash register, he seemed unable to figure out what the correct change should have been.

I know they no longer teach cursive, but they surely teach addition and subtraction or how to read the numbers on the cash register.

Circular Logic

The government needs to do something about this COVID virus.

They recommend wearing a mask

That infringes on my rights and freedom.

Are you maintaining social distancing?

That’s another infringement.

Are you staying home?

Heck no! I have the right to go wherever and whenever I want.

Are your kids participating in hybrid or distance learning?

No, I’m paying taxes so my kids belong in school–period.

Will you get a vaccine?

No way. I don’t want to the government injecting something weird into my body.

The government just passed the new stimulus bill.

I don’t have direct checking so if I get it at all, it will take months. The government hasn’t even gotten my unemployment benefits straightened out. I’ll say this again, the government needs to do something about this COVID virus.

Circular logic

The wheels of conspiracy theories operate much faster than the wheels of government.

Time Warp at the Shopping Center

Silver minivan parked in a grab and go spot
cursive writing spills across its doors and fenders
 "Silent Majority" soundlessly screaming
"Not my president
until the fat lady sings"
in white letters
 Spiro Agnew pleaded nolo contendere .
Nixon resigned, was politically resurrected and became a cartoon talking head on Futurama.
Beware the Ides of March and worshipping the golden calf.

Happy Pi Day

First 100 digits of Pi

3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279 5028841971 6939937510 5820974944 5923078164 0628620899 8628034825 3421170679 … PI/4 = 1/1 – 1/3 + 1/5 – 1/7 + … PI/2 = 2/1 * 2/3 * 4/3 * 4/5 * 6/5 * 6/7 * … 2/PI = (1 – 1/22)(1 – 1/42)(1 – 1/62)…

Pi day.

Side note:

Since pi is an irrational number and goes on forever, I wonder if that is why some of our politicians want to have a slice of the pi because they are irrational and can yack or remain in office for what seems like forever?

What is your favorite type of pi?

Why I Hate Day-Light Savings Time Beginning in March

According to Slashdot, “70% of Americans hate Daylight Savings Time.”

According to a Money magazine article reasons include:

  • Causes car accidents
  • Complicates the Heart
  • Makes Teens More Moody
  • Retailer Loose Serious Cash

I hate it because I lose an hour after waiting 5 months for sunrise between 6-6:30 am. As a morning person , when the sun rises after 7 am, I feel like an infant offered a lollipop only have it snatched away right before I shove it into my mouth.

We already have the last remnants of twilight lasting until almost 7 pm, which is enough time to take out the trash, bring in the mail or walk around the block without it being totally dark. At this time of the year, I’d rather have the extra light in the morning than the evening.

When Daylight savings times began in April, the early dawn had already advanced enough that I did not notice it’s disappearance when Daylight savings time began. Now I feel like it is one more thing stolen by politicians.

I have friends who hate Daylight savings time and swear they just ignore it. From a practical point of view, if you have appointments and still work, I can not conceive how you can ignore it.

December Sunrise

March 13 is National K-9 Veterans Day.

National K9 Veterans Day, March 13, is a day set aside to honor commemorate the service and sacrifices of American military and working dogs throughout history.

It was on March 13, 1942, that the Army began training for its new War Dog Program, also known as the “K-9 Corps,” according to American Humane, marking the first time that dogs were officially a part of the U.S. Armed Forces.