Saturday, April 5, 2014

Amira; Rats, rein- and otherwise; X mayor (there can be life after); Raccoon heads for cleaner sewers; Birds; On the willows

I told a few Email friends that this discovery sent to the raccoon was going to for sure appear in this Sat.'s Raccoon.
Fortunately I checked the link today and found the video has been blocked by the Netherlands
over a copyright issue.  But I found this shortened version of the clip on the net
so here it is, thankfully...


to reduce the risk of stroke
- a blood thinner - 
and it causes my hands and forearms
to bruise easily.

Once in a while 
we take some liberties with the rat theme:

While I wasn't looking...
Kerry and his waiter set the rat up at my soup bowl.

Place mat at the Golden Gate Restaurant, April Fools Day, 2014
Well, note, you can place the same credence in this rat thing
as in the fortune cookies they serve.....

Here's a post-election peacemaker:



On the subject of LOVE:

Ex Mayor Department

We ran into Carol Christopherson Lombardi
at the Broadway Cafe Friday morning.

Beloved former classmate of mine, WHS 1954,
She flashed herself, just like the old days.
( it was her sweatshirt she was wanting to show us - a Badger fan.)

She had a friend with her, another 54er, Rita Johnson Glumm.
Their swim group was meeting for breakfast at the cafe.

Both women looked fantastic.

I said to Dee after inroducing them:
"You think Rita Johnson looks great now?
Well, you shoulda seen her THEN!"




After the mayoral election we took a little walk downtown the next day.
We had no sooner gotten down on the street at the Five Points
when a raccoon clambered up from the sewer
and took a quick look around before ducking back down out of sight.

He was heard to mutter, "I'm gettin' outta here.  it's cleaner down
in the sewer than up here on these streets!"

I approached the planter where he had been.
Sure enough, thrown, discarded, amidst the yellowing evergreen branches
were two aluminum beverage cans and some candy-bar wrappers
and miscellaneous paper bits were littered about the pavement.
With some exceptions.

Not a moment too soon this volunteer annual clean-up, beginning
 at the old Studebaker garage on West Main St.

Details are:

LOCATION: 431 West Main Street - Downtown Waukesha 

CONTACT: Tom – 414 - 940-5433 

Many hands lighten the load!

There will be a CONTINUATION of this, later

NOTE: Teams will be armed with brooms, "pick stiks" and trash bags

Refreshments & Donuts!


Community gardening
out by the old County Home
from the archives

why i feed the birds

i saw my grandmother hold out
her hand cupping a small offering
of seed to one of the wild sparrows
that frequented the bird bath she
filled with fresh water every day

she stood still
maybe stopped breathing
while the sparrow looked
at her, then the seed
then back as if he was
judging her character

he jumped into her hand
began to eat
she smiled

a woman holding
a small god

"why i feed the birds" by Richard Vargas from Guernica. © Press 53, 2014.

i learned this first from my grandmother Myrtle
in Cedar Falls Iowa
and took a refresher years later on Hy 8 near Pembine WI
from an elderly hermit-type.  He had chickadees perched
in his trees all over.
You call them to you, he said, by calling in a soft high voice

The Washington Post's winning submissions of word definitions: 

1. Coffee , n. One who is coughed on. 

2. Flabbergasted , adj. Aghast by seeing how much weight one has gained.

3. Abdicate , v. To give up hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade , v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly , adj. Impotent. 

6. Negligent , adj. Answering the door when wearing a nightgown.

7. Lymph , v. To walk with a lisp. 

8. Gargoyle , n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

9.  Flatulence , n. Emergency vehicle that picks up one who has been run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash , n. A rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle , n. A humorous question on an exam. 

12. Rectitude , n. The formal, dignified bearing attitude of proctologists.

13. Pokemon , n. A Rastafarian proctologist. 

14. Oyster , n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism , n. The belief that after death the soul flies up onto the roof.

On the willows there
we hung up our lyres

Psalm 137: 2-4