Thursday, June 01, 2017

June First!


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  1. Hey, its June First!
    (I kind of think of today as a personal holiday. LOL!)

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  2. Wow. Moving in the midst of a Severe Thunderstorm Watch is interesting! We went with the rental truck to Son's two storage facilities and picked up his stuff. Stopped briefly at our house, but got moving pretty fast when we heard a rumble of thunder from the west! Son and I (Mah*Sweetie had to work) zoomed east to Son's new house, and got the couches off the truck first. Unloaded to the house (including one very pesky futon frame that gave a hassle getting it through a tight hallway area; but with enough geometrics we did it! Ha! Then I unloaded my car while he swept out the truck. Just as he shut the big door on the back of the truck we had the first loud clap of thunder overhead!! It really matters to check the radar on a day like this!! Whoo hoo! VICTORY!!!
    So then we sat on his new super-comfy couch and rested for about a half hour before I headed home. And guess what. The sun came out and that was that! No hail...which was a VERY good thing!! 😀🌻

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    1. Wow! It must take years and years of practice to develop such excellent timing, listener! (It's obviously a matter of skill rather than luck.)

      Alan

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  3. Interesting times indeed for the UK Tories.[Click]

    Forget Trump’s bluster. The world is walking all over him.[Click] “Trump is weak, and our rivals have figured it out…other world leaders can sense something essential about Trump. The one thing they share is probably an innate ability to size people up. You don’t get to the top of any political system, large or small, without a shrewd eye for what drives human behavior. And what they see in Trump is insecurity.”

    Is Trump's Climate-Change Agenda Politically Sustainable?[Click] “It’s difficult to overstate how directly the president’s plans clash with the marketplace and policy at all other levels of government.”


    Is Jerry Brown taking Trump’s place on world climate stage?[Click] Including video” “Why Jerry Brown says Trump’s climate position is ‘betting on a dead horse.’”

    —Alan

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    1. This is how states will fight Trump's energy order[Click] From the LA Times about two months ago.

      —Alan

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  4. Oh, Lordy—what fun!—Alan

    Nigel Farage is 'person of interest' in FBI investigation into Trump and Russia[Click]

    I suppose one could say that Nicholas Fromage has gotten himself into a pickle; and with that attempt at humor, it is off to work for me.

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  5. Dueling quotes noted--Alan

    “I was elected by voters of Pittsburgh, not Paris. I promised I would exit or renegotiate any deal which fails to serve U.S. interests.”

    — President Trump, announcing the U.S. is pulling out of the Paris climate accord.

    “As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy and future.”

    — Pitssburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, on Twitter.

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  6. On my way back home from Oakland this afternoon, I stopped at a McDonald's to visit their porcelain department. Having taken care of that, I figured I would buy a small order of french fries or some such by way of payment. I also wondered if (but doubted) they still had the basic McDonald's hamburger (15 cents and no bargain in 1966). Oh, they had a fancy electronic menu board, including calorie counts, BUT--near as I could tell, they didn't show the prices of anything! And they were featuring pseudo-upscale build-your-own hamburgers and suchlike, while the display kept changing before I could even figure out what they had on offer. So I left. It doesn't seem reasonable for a "fast" food joint to slow down the ordering process by confusing the customers.

    --Alan

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    1. Indeed, Alan, very strange and not very helpful!

      I find it interested that you say "on order" rather than "to order." Up here "on order" means an order than has been placed. As a bookshop might say, "We don't have that new book in at the moment, but we of have some on order."

      There are several dialects even within little Vermont. Those influenced by the southern part of the state often say they did something "on accident," whereas the rest of us say "by accident."

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    2. That was "on offer," listener. I think that is an affectation, not part of my native speech, but I have used it for so long I can't be sure. I picked up "make yourself to home" from movies long ago, and am given to understand that it is the midwestern term for my native "make yourself at home." Hereabouts something happens "on purpose" or "by accident."

      Alan

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    3. Ah yes. My eyes were not at their best yesterday!

      I suppose I would still say "what they had to offer" rather than "on offer." Funny. Here "back east" we say "Make yourself at home" and I am in full agreement with regarding "on purpose" and "by accident." I suspect that somewhere along the way someone said "You did that on purpose" and the response came "No, I did it on accident" either as a child or as an attempt at humour, and it stuck. More's the pity, in my book. Ah well. It's all small stuff.

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