I found this quite difficult. To see how you do, click here.
Denzil Walton from Discovering Belgium shares the story of Belgian Gabrielle Petit who was a spy for the British Army. To read more, click here.
There are at least two Rubbery Ducky songs.
Elmo (from Sesame Street) and his Rubber Ducky
CW Mcall Convoy
Sunrise in the east Reflects off clouds in the west Things not as they seem.
People, people have you heard? This is the day of the Nerd Espcially as it applies to the Word Most of you might this plain absurd https://nationaltoday.com/national-word-nerd-day-january-9/
From an email
Here are 25 Yogi Berra quotes that will make you shake your head and smile.
1. “It’s like déjà vu all over again.”
2. “We made too many wrong mistakes.”
3. “You can observe a lot just by watching.”
4. “A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
5. “He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”
6. “If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.”
7. “If you don’t know where you’re going, you might end up someplace else.”
8. Responding to a question about remarks attributed to him that he did not think were his:
“I really didn’t say everything I said.”
9. “The future ain’t what it use to be.”
10. “I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.”
11. On why he no longer went to Ruggeri’s, a St. Louis restaurant:
“Nobody goes there anymore because it’s too crowded.”
12. “I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.”
13. “We have deep depth.”
14. “All pitchers are liars or crybabies.”
15. When giving directions to Joe Garagiola to his New Jersey home, which is accessible by two routes:
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
16. “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”
17. “Never answer anonymous letters.”
18. On being the guest of honor at an awards banquet: “Thank you for making this day necessary.”
19. “The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.”
20. “Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.”
21. As a general comment on baseball: “90% of the game is half mental.”
22. “I don’t know (if they were men or women running naked across the field),
They had bags over their heads.”
23. “It gets late early out there.”
24. Carmen Berra, Yogi’s wife asked:
“Yogi, you are from St.Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you Played ball in New York.
If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?” Yogi’s Answer: “Surprise me.”
25. “It ain’t over till it’s over…..!
This quiz was not as bad as I expected. To see for yourself, click here.
Because of a 7 plus inch snow and ice storm, we did not drive out to White Hall for several days. As we drove along the winding, two-lane country road, we kept switching lanes to avoid downed tree limbs or toppled trees, no match for the heavy accumulation of white they carried.
When we got to the farm, nary a goat or donkey was in sight. Bob bleated and he-hawed until the two bully goats raised their heads to see if it was worthwhile to leave the comparative warmth of their straw-covered shed. Seeing us with the familiar plastic-covered dishes in hand, they realized that food was probable.
Bully Junior, trotted across the snow-covered stubble and was the first to reach the fence. Bully Senior ambled stiffly behind, the first time I noticed that he was also afflicted with arthritis that had stricken Nanny. Poor Nanny raised her head but never mustered enough energy to come to the fence for food. (This was the first time that pain and stiffness outweighed the desire for food.)
The goats were treated to very ripe cantaloupe that had been sitting in the car trunk since the snowstorm began and some cut-up sweet potatoes. With two feeders and two goats, life was sweet until a much thinner Buddy belatedly approached the fence. Bully Junior immediately moved away from the fence, knowing that food would be tossed his way if he was patient.
Buddy nipped Bob’s hand when he got a little greedy grabbing another bit of cantaloupe. Bully Senior was much more agile in grabbing the bite with his tongue or his lips. Buddy also has very large, brown teeth in his mouth. Bully Junior was quick to grab any bit off the ground that was flung in his general direction.
Works from 1926 entered the Public Domain on January 1, 2022.
- A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh, decorations by E. H. Shepard
- Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
- Dorothy Parker, Enough Rope (her first collection of poems)
- Langston Hughes, The Weary Blues
- T. E. Lawrence, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (later adapted into the film Lawrence of Arabia)
- Felix Salten, Bambi, A Life in the Woods
- Kahlil Gibran, Sand and Foam
- Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
- Edna Ferber, Show Boat
- William Faulkner, Soldiers’ Pay (his first novel)
- Willa Cather, My Mortal Enemy
- D. H. Lawrence, The Plumed Serpent
- H. L. Mencken, Notes on Democracy
Were the people that visited the Capitol a year ago today, Patriots or Insurrectionists?
How you label them will probably imply more about you than you anticipate. People will definitely assume your politics and probably your race, socioeconomic level, and education.
Are you a believer in Build the Wall, Q-Anon, COVID hoax, Stop the Steal?
Are you a believer of the Big Lie, Critical Race Theory, Voting Rights Act, Womens’ Rights are Human Rights?
Are you more likely to believe Fox News or MSNBC or do you believe that neither addresses your point of view?
Which causes more deaths, COVID or the vaccine?
Does the vaccine inject you with various types of lymphocytes that help your body fight the virus, black goo, a microchip that will allow the government to track you, something to turn you into a Zombie, something that makes you and/or your children sterile, or you honestly do not know?
Are you more likely to believe Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, or Dr. Fauci?
Which President is/was more corrupt: Donald Trump or Joe Biden? Why or why not?
If given the chance would you give up your American citizenship tomorrow? Where would you prefer to live, given a choice?
Should the country remain United or dissolve into Red States and Blue States? (150 years ago it was Blue States and Gray States.)
Red wine beckons me to sip life's adventures now, the glass soon empties. We may or may not get another chance to pass this way another time.
When we returned from Monterey, California recently on American Airlines, we had no problems with people wearing masks or on-time arrivals or departures. However, there were many self-important people (SIPs) and very important pets (VIPs).
On the flight between Monterey and Phoenix, we had three very well-behaved lap dogs and one cat that kept meowing “Why?” the entire hour-long flight. One dog belonged to two SIPs who carried more luggage than they could handle and felt that they were entitled to take up as many bins in the small regional jet as was required. Of course, that meant that they held up planing and deplaning so that they could accommodate the entitlements they felt they deserved.
In the Phoenix airport, one first-class couple (talking about the seats they purchased, not the quality of their behavior) crashed the line nudging aside people already in line out of the way. They made a to be heard comment about priority boarding not being announced yet at the same time that Priority 1 boarding was clearly displayed on the Gate marquee. Even they had to wait for the wheel-chair passengers and one VIP parent to finish getting into their seats.
Walking around the Charlotte airport, I saw more dogs on leashes than children walking with their parents. (In case the above sentence is too ambiguous, I saw no children on leashes or harnesses.)
While we were in Charlotte, awaiting the plane to Charlottesville, we saw one woman with two immaculately behaved Italian greyhounds. She had a large fuzzy throw for the dogs to rest on, a pillow, an overfilled tote bag, and a pair of dogs on a leash. Both dogs (a male and a female) had velcroed pads or supports about their lower backs. I’m not sure if it was to prevent puddles or protect the nervous, fragile dogs’ hips and lower back. She and the dogs boarded ahead of time–I’m guessing she needed more time to board with that much to organize.
The final SIP was a large man who held up the line because he thought he had lost the cellphone he had just been gazing at, announced that someone must be sitting in his seat (despite an empty aisle seat in his row), and as soon as he took his seat asked if he could use the bathroom before the plane left the gate. Once he wedged himself into the bathroom, he couldn’t figure out how the doors opened so that he could get out. The bi-fold door folded in and he was trying to force the door outward. He immediately chatted up the young woman sitting next to him, bragging about his golf game, despite her telling him that she did not play golf. When the flight attendant asked us our drink preferences, he asked for a double Scotch and water, which he never finished because he continued to chat up his young seatmate for the entire flight.
When we finally got to the Charlottesville airport, one young coed felt she no longer needed to wear her mask while waiting for the luggage to appear. Her boyfriend kept his mask on.
|Good morning and Happy New Year! We have a WWII Veteran who is turning 94 on January 14th!! When missions are completed, the families usually send over pics of these veterans (with big smiles) holding all the cards they received! I post the those pics on my facebook, instagram, and twitter– so make sure you’re following along on your favorite platform! You can also scroll all the way down on this email to see recaps of recently completed missions if you don’t use social media. If you are a new member, thank you so much for joining! I hope you find this to be a fulfilling and meaningful use of your time!|
…here is Mission 66!
|Wish this Korean War Vet a Happy 94th! Korean War Vet Harvey Hess is from Pittsburgh, PA, and will be turning 94 on January 14th. Learn about Harvey and his service: Served: Korea 1950-1952|
His daughter sent me this info: Thankfully, he did not have to see combat. Because he was from the melting pot of Pittsburgh he was able to read all the polish and other hard-to-pronounce names during mail call so he was assigned to work in the mail room for part of his time in the service. I believe that was God protecting him from combat! After the service: He proposed to Dorothy in a letter from Korea. They were married Jan. 22, 1953 and have 7 children, 16 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. He was an executive in the convenience store industry in Pittsburgh for over 30 years. Please mail your cards no later than January 11th to: Harvey Hess c/o Chris Hess 1505 Gill Hall Road Jefferson Hills, PA 15025
Like a candle, where lighting another candle does not diminish the flame of the first, one smile can lead to another, without either one being diminished by the other.
If 2/2 is Ground Hog Day, will 2/2/2022 be a Ground Hog Year?. I do not want a repeat of either 2020 or 2021.
When we got done with 2020 we'd had enough of COVID plenty but by the end of 2021 the epidemic was still not done, As we begin 2022 Will the COVID pandemic ever be through?
Should last year's greivances be forgot? And never brought to mind Should last year's grievances stay right there And just be left behind? We love to hold on to what we hate and those who done us wrong But do we need the baggage still to keep our grievances strong? For hate like that is poisonous especially to the hater It will infiltrate your evey pore Probably sooner rather than later.
Anywhere, even Macon Surely someone's serving bacon Bacon is a taste sublime Welcome almost any time Bacon at breakfast is a fave A taste that many people crave BLT is great at lunch Better than PB is my hunch And if you want a surefire winnr Make sure bacon is part of dinner.