Category Archive: Flotsam and Jetsam

Capturing those floating bits of thoughts that don't fit into neat categories that would otherwise be lost to the sea of time.

May 30

Fluffy Pillow or ET Arms

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Fingers Touching

Shopping at a local Sears Outlet, my eye was caught by a comfy looking pillow. Looking closer, I see that the manufacturer was kind enough to provide an illustrated guide on how to use the pillow. Looking closer yet, I noticed the girl with the E.T. Arms. Ouuuuch… (PS. * Yes: I know, the pillow …

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Mar 09

High Security

Combination lock with security code sticker still on the back

As posted via the Twitter feed of Deadville and spotted on a locker in a public gym. Save

Feb 07

Dive Right In

Report all conditions involving vomitus, fecal contamination or unsafe conditions to the management immediately,

The fact that signs like this are deemed necessary is exactly why I avoid public swimming pools.   Do you think someone chose the term, ‘vomitus’ because it sounded more, classical, more Roman perhaps than just straight, ‘vomit’? Be sure that it’s fecal contamination and not just plain-old feces that might be just laying around the pool. …

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Jan 20

Mourning in America

Inverted American Flag - Sign of Distress

“A fascist is one whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.” ~ Henry A. Wallace

Nov 10

Beware of a Deplorable Trump Comb Over

Trump Combs Over the Truth

Chump Trump Change I’m sickened and aghast that Trump won† . I won’t claim that the election was rigged. Trump is the president elect. (Not that he’d have said the same if he’d lost.) But that doesn’t mean that I have to support him. I appreciate and advocate that Obama is continuing the legacy of …

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Oct 25

Trumpster Fire

Donald Trump Dumpster Fire aka Trumpster Fire

Dump Trump We’re on the cusp of the election and it looks like Donald Trump is going down in flames. Beyond all of his lies, beyond the misogyny, xenophobia and calls for violence , Trump’s latest trick is to attempt undermining the foundation of our democracy: the expectation of a fair and honest election. There is …

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Sep 29

Guernica and the E Street Band

Picasso's Guernica is regarded by many art critics as one of the most moving and powerful anti-war paintings in history.

Friends from work were aware that I had the privilege of seeing Bruce Springsteen from ‘the pit’ (now a great term BTW) a couple of weeks ago. During our lunch conversation, one of my friends said he wasn’t interested. He doesn’t like how Springsteen gets involved in politics; that he thinks artists and the ilk …

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Aug 03

July 2016 – Quote of the Month

“My attitude to peace is rather based on the Burmese definition of peace – it really means removing all the negative factors that destroy peace in this world. So peace does not mean just putting an end to violence or to war, but to all other factors that threaten peace, such as discrimination, such as …

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Jul 31

Camp Cow or Brazen Bull

How it Works: The Brazen Bull

Buy a Brazen Bull for your next Lawn and Torture Party I have a fondness for lawn ornaments – as long as they are in other people’s yards and preferably not next door neighbors. On my drive home from work, I encountered a roadside collection of custom made metal yard decorations and I had to stop …

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Apr 30

Trumped Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures and declares "You're fired!" at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Donald Trump could almost qualify as a cartoon character, except for the dark rancor that spews from his round, orange mouth. What at first might have seemed like an extension of one of his reality TV shows has long crossed the border into scary fascism. Here is why I think the man is a danger …

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Mar 30

Clown and Pig have Bad Intentions

Stuffed Clown and Pig with Bad Intentions

Have you ever watched a horror film that depicted a possessed or evil doll and thought that it stretches credulity to think that anybody would ever buy such a creepy looking toy in real life? Well, wonder no more. I spotted these two evil stuffed toys leering out from the bin of an arcade claw …

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Feb 29

Fit to be Tied

Trying to increase my fitness, I’ve been working out six to seven days a week, for 30-90 minutes a day. – A pretty respectable workout routine. And yet, in spite of the fact that I’m going out of my way to pick up weights and run, I get very irritated anytime I forget my water …

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Jan 23

Elven and Hobbit Power Tools

Funny Elves and Hobbit Power Tool Recommendations from Amazon

Amazon recommendations for me under, “Power & Hand Tools”. Oh Amazon! You know me so well!

Aug 30

Based on Your Browsing History, Amazon Recommends…

Based on Your Browsing History, Amazon Recommends...

I take a perverse satisfaction in these screen captures from my Amazon account. Taken as a group, they paint quite the picture. A motion activated light A dustbuster Wireless video camera with night vision A life sized animatronic clown 12 D-Cell Batteries Mask Latex Cable Splitter Sounds like the making of a hell of a …

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Jul 31

Drive-in

Funnel Cake and Drive-in speaker

I hadn’t been to a drive-in since my early twenties. That’s some time ago. With summer at hand, and a plan to take Friday July 24th off of work, we found ourselves free to stay out late on a Thursday night (avoiding crowds), so we headed out to the Moon Township ‘Dependable’ drive-in. We drove …

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Jun 26

Let Freedom Ring

Let Freedom Ring - Marriage Equality

Mar 30

Smithfield Street Bridge on a Foggy March Morning

Sharing a quick iPhone photo from a beautiful, foggy March Morning as the sun rose behind Smithfield Street bridge. – No crop, no filters and unprocessed.

Dec 30

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Whereas others have decorated their house for the winter holidays – namely, christmas, we’ve kept the arachnid Halloween decorations up in our entryway – Cirith Ungol (Sindarin for Spider’s Cleft, or Pass of the Spider). All Photos by Yours Truly – Glen Green. Click on images to see larger versions. In a ravine she lived, …

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Oct 29

Why I’ll Never Retire

Halloween Decorations

Between the amount of money I spend on and cheap Halloween decorations and on fireworks for the Fourth of July, I’ll never be able to retire. This weekend, on Saturday the 25th, we had a Big Halloween Bash. In preparation for it, we’d been decorating since late August. What took two months to put up …

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Sep 29

Giving Up the Ghost from Sticker Shock

Gift shop ghost decoration

I was in a gift shop at a nearby hospital the other day, and since I’ve been keeping my eye out for Halloween decorations, I spotted this little, 3 inch tall ghost:   Not much to it: a cotton ball, black cutout paper eyes and mouth and a small piece of sheer white netting. Not …

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