Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Of Life And Death



By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.
--Oscar Wilde

I am not totally isolated while keeping Eva company out here in the somewhat arid land of scrub and sand East of Tucson.

I do have occasional visitors at the door.

Last Sunday, two well-dressed and personable young gentlemen rang the doorbell, exciting Eva to no end. I calmed her and coaxed her to lie down in the parlor while I joined the two visitors on the porch outside the front entrance.

They were members of the Jehovah's Witness cult.

Not feeling it necessary to inform them that I have had discussions with myriad misguided representatives from their laughable but strangely persistent church many times throughout my seventy-five years of life, I politely listened to their so obviously canned patter.

They gave me a brochure titled "Where can we find answers to life's big questions?" It was a folded one-page message displaying the address of a website... jw.org (the jw stands for Jehovah's Witness.)

Of course, as soon as  they left, I ran to the computer so i could, at last, find the answers to life's big questions.

Of course I did.

Then, yesterday I had another visitor.  He was a federal officer, a Special Agent who flashed an impressive set of credentials. He was investigating a former neighbor. I told him I did not live here but was merely watching the house and  the dog while the owners were away.

We concluded the interview to both our satisfactions.

And it rained here several times throughout last night and this morning. Poor Eva got wet during her morning pee.

And... of course, Robin Williams killed himself.

I have no comment about that.


Did You Know . . .?

Some individuals are allergic to water due to a rare disease know as Aquagenic Urticaria



On this day in 1953, less than one year after the United States tested its first hydrogen bomb, the Soviets detonated a 400-kiloton device in Kazakhstan. The explosive power was 30 times that of the U.S. atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, and the mushroom cloud produced by it stretched five miles into the sky. Known as the "Layer Cake," the bomb was fueled by layers of uranium and lithium deuteride, a hydrogen isotope. The Soviet bomb was smaller and more portable than the American hydrogen bomb, so its development once again upped the ante in the dangerous nuclear arms race between the Cold War superpowers.



unique  [yoo-NEEK]
1. existing as the only one or as the sole example; single; solitary in type or characteristics.
2. having no like or equal; unparalleled; incomparable.
3. limited in occurrence to a given class, situation.
4. limited to a single outcome or result; without alternative possibilities.
5. not typical; unusual: She has a very unique smile.

Note: Number 5 is a definition recently added due to popular misuse by the uneducated masses.



(born August 12, 1939)
George Hamilton is an American film and television actor.

(born August 12, 1980)
Maggie Lawson is an American actress who is best known for her role as Detective Juliet "Jules" O'Hara in the TV show Psych. She also has starred in the sitcoms Inside Schwartz, It's All Relative, and Crumbs, as well as the television movie Nancy Drew.

(born August 12, 1965)
Peter Krause is an American film and television actor. He is perhaps best known for his lead roles as Nate Fisher on Six Feet Under, Adam Braverman on Parenthood, Nick George on Dirty Sexy Money, and Casey McCall on Sports Night.

(born August 12, 1980)
Dominique Swain is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as the title character in the 1997 film adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita, and as Jamie Archer in the film Face/Off.


The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.



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