Monday, February 24, 2014

A Walk On The Tamer Side



While walking West alongside Speedway Boulevard Saturday I noticed that there was a big event going on behind the showroom buildings at the Mesquite Valley Growers Nursery. There were so many cars parked there that the parking lots were filled, as was the adjacent strip mall lot. I didn't go back to see what it was all about, but the front space, alongside the sidewalk, contained some potted fruit trees. I snapped a couple shots of a group of them.

Here Is One Of The Photos - A Triad Of Lemon Trees

By the way, A triad is a group of three.

On the subject of walking: as my age advances, I must admit that my legs are giving me some trouble lately, and are in fact threatening my ability to continue indulging in my habit of daily fitness walking. My calf muscles are prone to cramping and become even more susceptible with lengthy strides and overall length of the walking trip. My thigh-to-hip ball joints are also becoming more painful after (and during) a long walk.

I hate to face the fact that I might soon have to curtail the length of my daily walks, or even (God forbid) stop them altogether. It must be remembered that I will soon be 75 years old and unable to do all the things I used to do.

But I suppose that to wait and see is most likely the best course for me to take.



Did You Know . . .?

Frank Sinatra's father was a lightweight boxer who fought under the name Marty O'Brien and served with the Hoboken Fire Department as a Captain. His mother, known as Dolly, was extremely influential in the neighborhood and in local Democratic Party circles, but she also ran an illegal abortion business that provided services for free, from her home; she was arrested several times and convicted twice for this offense.



On this day, in 1868 the U.S. House of Representatives voted 11 articles of impeachment against President Andrew Johnson, nine of which cite Johnson's removal of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, a violation of the Tenure of Office Act. The House vote made President Johnson the first president to be impeached in U.S. history.

The Republican-dominated Congress greatly opposed Johnson's Reconstruction program and in March 1867 passed the Tenure of Office Act over the president's veto. The bill prohibited the president from removing officials confirmed by the Senate without senatorial approval. President Johnson attempted to test the constitutionality of the act by replacing Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton with General Ulysses S. Grant.

The House of Representatives, which had already discussed impeachment after Johnson's dismissal of Stanton, initiated formal impeachment proceedings against the president. On February 24, Johnson was impeached, and on March 13 his impeachment trial began in the Senate under the direction of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase. The trial ended on May 26 with Johnson's opponents narrowly failing to achieve the two-thirds majority necessary to convict him.



  a. To make an accusation against.
  b. To charge (a public official) with improper conduct in office before a proper tribunal.
2. To challenge the validity of; try to discredit: impeach a witness's credibility.

Usage Note: When an irate citizen demands that a disfavored public official be impeached, the citizen clearly intends for the official to be removed from office. This popular use of impeach as a synonym of "throw out" (even if by due process) does not accord with the legal meaning of the word. As recent history has shown, when a public official is impeached, that is, formally accused of wrongdoing, this is only the start of what can be a lengthy process that may or may not lead to the official's removal from office.



(Feb 24, 1938 - Jan 24, 2012)
James Farentino was an American actor. He appeared in nearly 100 television, film and stage roles, among them The Final Countdown, Jesus of Nazareth, and Dynasty.

(born February 24, 1965)
Kristen Davis is an American actress. She first rose to prominence and achieved fame for playing the role of Brooke Armstrong on Melrose Place and went on to achieve greater success as Charlotte York Goldenblatt on HBO's Sex and the City.

(born February 24, 1945)
Barry Bostwick is a Tony Award winning American stage and screen actor. He is known for playing Brad Majors in the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He replaced Peter Scolari as Mr. Tyler in the sitcom What I Like About You, as well as portraying Mayor Randall Winston in the sitcom Spin City.

(born February 24, 1991)
Emily DiDonato is an American model. She made her debut in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2013.


 "The best revenge is massive success."
--Frank Sinatra


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