The Watering Hole: April 28 – The Bounty

The mutiny on the Bounty occurred aboard the British Royal Navy ship HMS Bounty on April 28, 1789. Dictatorial power incited the mutiny. The mutineers set Captain Bligh and 18 crew members loyal to him afloat in a small boat.

As House Speaker John Boehner has assumed the role of Captain Bligh and the congressional Republican delegation his loyal crew, it is now the time for Mutiny on the Ballot!

This is our Open Thread. Please feel free to present your thoughts on any topic that comes to mind.

108 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: April 28 – The Bounty

  1. I hope House is alright, Alabama was hit hard. We’ve got one more line to go, had several warnings last night and this morning, one touchdown this morning about 10 mi. north of me. This had been an odd year, I can’t remember the last time I heard of tornado fatalities in VA.

  2. There are some heavy clouds over SE Pennsylvania this morning. I live on a hillside so I’m not to worried about tornadoes at my house. However, I will need to travel into the valley this morning and this afternoon. This is an area where tornadoes have touched down in the past. Stay safe, Outstanding. Yes, I hope House is safe, too.

  3. Walt, I agree. We need to vote these corporate owned whores out of power.

    Anyone else notice how the press picks up on a “celebrity” and runs with this person for weeks at a time? There was Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Anna Nicole Smith, Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber, and Charlie Sheen, just to name a few. Now, it’s all comb-over Donald Trump. Everywhere you turn, it’s Trump this and Trump that. Donald has had his 2 to 3 weeks in the public spotlight. Yawn. It’s time for a new “celebrity”. Any guesses as to which “celebrity” will become the next media darling? I refer to this media mania as the “Britney Spears” moment.

  4. Wishing you all peace and safety today; I will be indoors with he chocolates in a bit ….

    Looking forward to hearing from everyone and how everyone is faring today 🙂

    Will check in as I can ~

  5. Outstanding – glad to be reading you this morning.
    Do the animals get really nervous at such weather?

    Hoping House is just having electronic outings and we’ll have a message from him soon.

  6. The pigs get nervous ebb, the cows and chickens less so. I doubt my tornado obsessed child will do much work in school today. One benefit of severe weather…no talk of Trump the squirrel headed on the news this morning.

  7. Notice that tornadoes predominantly hit Red States? Does that mean God is mad at them?

    But of course, climate change has nothing to do with the weather. yeah. right.

    Since tornadoes strike fear and terror into the hearts of just about everyone in their path, and since tornadoes are a part of nature, does that make Mother Nature a Terrorist?

    • Today, my office is on the “carpeting list,” so I’ll be offline as much today as I have been all week. 😦 I’ve been able to read your comments on my phone, but have not figured out how to set it sign me in.

      So I’ll either be back this evening or tomorrow some time.

      I’m missing all y’all!!!

  8. CNN Quick Poll Boundless Stupidity Version:

    Who would be more likely to get your vote for president in 2012?



  9. Walt, I’ve seen a couple of sides to the Bounty tale: Hollywood did one of them but I think there is a lot more to Bligh than that. Very true that on a British warship, the captain *was* God to everyone aboard and the iron and brutal discipline of the navy was the control structure.

    The mutiny may have been caused as much by the crew being forced to leave Tahiti (I’d mutiny too!) and too many in the command structure were seduced by the islands and the islanders.

    One fact is not in question from the tale: William Bligh’s feat of navigation in guiding his longboat(s) across the South Pacific is very remarkable indeed without any charts or compass!

  10. TtT beat me to it — I was going to mention that astonishing act of pure will and seamanship as well.

    Mr. Christian, it might be noted, was later murdered on the island that he and the other mutineers lit on (not Tahiti, but I forget which one), when the islanders they’d abducted and basically enslaved had their own mutiny.

  11. Gary, took the time to read the tale myself….. a sailor called John Adams ended up the only man left on Pitcairn Island with 11 Tahitian women….. it turned out all right for someone… :).

  12. Oh and Gary, not to overlook any similar feats of navigation performed by the original Tahitians to get to the islands in an outrigger canoe in the first place!

  13. I just want to be on an island today … just being around people, as nice as they appear, irritatesme at times … now would be one of them; I actually had to take an unofficial break to move my car just to find “balance” …

    Thanks for listening 🙂

  14. Quote of the Day II :

    “It’s the left; it’s this culture of death. The far-left is livid about killing babies. They want to do this, they want to destroy … If a woman is a lesbian, what advantage does she have over a married woman? Or what deficiency does she have? … And so if these married women don’t have children, if they abort their babies, then that kind of puts them on a level playing field,” – Pat Robertson.

  15. Pat R. : “The far-left is livid about killing babies.”

    Pat, I do not think that word means what you think it means.

  16. The SC vote recount is underway in Wi and it looks like 6 Republican Senators have recall petitions filed. Oh, and we are one day closer to being deWankered.

  17. pete – Goose update, please. Are we aunts and uncles?


    Three males and one female in the San Jose Peregrine scrape.
    Banding day – both parents were in the flying defensive mode – – kakking their displeasure at the bi-ped intruding to band the young ones.
    The adults strafing the helmeted biologist as he rappels to the scrape.

    The SF birds will be banded latter today (they have three eyasses).

  18. I am a bit off my feed today. May have eaten some spoiled food yesterday. Wife is not affected, but I had blue cheese on my HB and she had cheddar. I am concerned about house – Huntsville is in the severely hit region!

  19. That is what you get for eating mold, Walt. Hope you get feeling better.

    And hope House’s absence is due to power issues.

  20. Reflecting on the Bounty, the mutiny, Polynesia, etc., I can say with a certain impunity that the gods got everything backwards. The Polynesians, after all, had a history of seafaring and discovery that absolutely shamed that of the Europeans even as it preceded them by centuries. The so-called Polynesian Triangle with corners at New Zealand, Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and the Hawaiian chain covers a large portion of the mid-Pacific, and by the time Cook arrived virtually every island group within the triangle was settled, civilized, and relatively disease free. Then came the Europeans.

    Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl strongly believed (and worked diligently to demonstrate) that Polynesia was a blend of cultures that included peoples originating in both Asia and in the Americas, that they made their way from the continents to the triangle via rafts and/or large outriggers (bringing with them such staples as sweet potatoes and coconut palms). Over centuries they blended to become the people who were finally discovered by Europeans in the 1770’s (by James Cook), apparently at least the better part of 1000 years after “they” (the various groups) first began arriving.

    To me, the great pity is that European white guys discovered the islanders and imposed their “civilization” on Polynesia, whereas if all the gods that be had had even a single hair on their collective ass they would have worked it the other way around! That’s assuming white Europeans could ever be civilized in any case by any means, I know, but still, it would have been worth a shot. To a god. Seems to me, at least.

    Captain Bligh’s mission was to go to Tahiti, collect viable breadfruit plants, and transport them to the Caribbean to help feed the black (African) slave populations already in place in both the Greater and Lesser Antilles. Not a terribly honorable assignment, seems to me.

    The final irony, though, is that Christian and the mutineers set Bligh and his loyals loose in a longboat. Had they simply fed them to the sharks, they could have returned to Tahiti and the Society Islands and had a chance at a good life, maybe even could have become civilized in the process.

    I’ve also long thought that if I’d have only had the brass required to make the move way back when and migrated myself to Polynesia, even I might have had a chance to become civilized. As former business partner liked to say, “Too soon old, too late smart.” That be me.

  21. It’s suppose to be Stars that fall on Alabama, not devastating tornadoes.

    House closely follows the weather – hopefully had time to gather the boys (cats) and head for the neighbors shelter.

  22. Frugal, I’ve always found the story of the Bounty to be fascinating. Of course say what we must about Bligh, it was a great bit of seamanship that saved him on that longboat journey.

    The Tahitians had it about right. A simple, uncomplicated life.

  23. Ghandi had it about right (while on his trip to the UK in the 1930s I think):

    Reporter: “Mr Ghandi, what do you think of Western Civilization?”

    Ghandi: “I think it would be a very good idea.”

  24. zxbe: The Tahitians had it about right. A simple, uncomplicated life.

    Yep. And then came the European ships. And then came the freakin’ missionaries. And *poof* went that simple and uncomplicated life.

    I agree about Bligh’s seamanship, btw. I suspect one reason the mutineers didn’t throw him to the sharks at the start was they thought Bligh would suffer more by slowly dying, lost at sea, in the longboat. Still, seamanship aside, Bligh was an a-hole (and so, probably, were most British sea captains). Today, their descendants, the ones in the US, are called Republicans, and they’re either running from something, toward something, or for something.

  25. “First came the churches, then came the schools,
    Then came the lawyers, then cames the rules”

    – Mark Knopfler

  26. Goose update:

    Still no goslings. Today is day 23 and the usual incubation period for Canada geese is 23-28 days. The other day when Mother Goose was acting a bit weird she was just covering the eggs so she could go for a quick bath and drink. It’s kinda fun because she’s realized that I’m not a threat. As long as I don’t get too close to the nest, or get between her and the nest, she’ll eat from my hand and walk the few steps to the water dish I put out while leaving me on “guard duty”. Daddy Goose is back in the general area but I don’t know if he’s abandoned his duties or is waiting for young-uns to reassert his role.

  27. Thank you all for providing me with a place of relaxation … The South Pacific vibe is much appreciated right about now ~ Earlier, I mentioned here that I needed some alone time; actually what I needed was some time with Moondoggy … a hug, a kind word, a smile … He sends these to me symbolically almost constantly, so that I never feel alone ~ and that feels so sweet. And then, I remember my lunar cycle … the salmon colored ribbons on the boxes … and well, it almost brings me to tears. Am I even remotely making sense here?

  28. Walt, about your bible burning post at TP. I thought about collecting all sorts of bibles like the Shooters Bible and having a bible burning here in St. Augustine. Maybe some critters could send us some from used book stores.

  29. Pachy,

    You’re even gonna burn a Chilton manual? What about a Kelly’s Blue Book? 😀

    And if you go through with this, you have to make sure you burn one of “Pastor” Terry Jones’ bibles. Steal one from his church, if you can. Maybe such an act will make the Muslim world grateful and negate the idiocy of that guy. 🙂

  30. hooda, I believe in honesty when burning bibles so it should have the the word bible on the cover if not in the title. Now if someone were to send a a Kindle with a bible on it I might be tempted to not burn it! 🙂

  31. Pachy,
    My thinking was slow when I posted that. I only wish that I had suggested Bibles as an initiator when burning Qurans.

  32. Thanks Ebb…

    Could you post me some Brothers in Arms? I have no idea how you guys post those videos.
    (I like MK’s poetry like I like Don Henley’s and Dan Fogelburg and Jackson Browne and the Moody Blues…. I go on and on… gonna put on some tunes…)

    {{{{{Lass}}}}} sending you hugs.

  33. Wayne, funny you mentioned Terry Jones. I have been driving through Gainesville, FL within a mile of his church every week and have thought about stopping by and leaving him some excess inventory!

  34. I just watched (on C&L) the Lawrence O’D interview with Sourly Taint – I’m sorry, Orly Taitz – and I loved it! I love how he ended saying “That just means we’ll have more time with Barney Frank,” which is always a pleasure. I would love to have heard what Barney might have said about Taitz.

  35. and leaving him some excess inventory

    As in excess intestinal inventory? 🙂

    I do seriously wonder if burning one of his church’s bibles might please the people offended at his burning a Quran.

  36. Wayne – Sourly Taint(tm) – that is just so perfect for that thing! She is worthless – full of vinegar and hate.
    What was the crap about the Selective Service papers? She is evil personified.

  37. LL, I hear dat. As a child of the Badum Ching I can never resist a rimshot. But I know too many decent Christians. And I also hearken to the words of Yeshua. As I do those of the Buddha and Mohammed and many other philosophers who speak for the Earth and humankind.

  38. Wayne, I have been assisting my neighbor with his deliveries of mice and rats. Zooey posted some pictures here a while back.

    Damn, I bet it would be real easy to smuggle a rat into a church service or town hall meeting!

  39. pachydiplax,

    If you could toss a few frogs or locusts through the window I bet that half of them would drop dead in fright thinking that Jesus has come to collect.

  40. LL: “I have no idea how you guys post those videos.”

    Just go to, type in a search phrase, find a video that suits. If you click on the video, it will start playing, but it will also then have its URL in your browser’s address window. Simply click on that, copy the entire thing (it will be a fairly meaningless string of symbols after the “” portion at the front) and then paste the string in your comment window here and then post the comment.

    It used to be the case that you could not have anything following that string, but we now seem able to post multiple videos at the same time.

  41. Hey Gang!

    Just in and out today:

    Hope the following amuses you all ( two parts to avoid the dread spam bin oblivion)

    Will & Kate plus 8 Million Hours of Interminable Swooning over the British Monarchy .

    This week the American corporate mass media has shifted into ‘over-bonkers-drive’ coverage of everything to do with Friday’s matrimonial shindig in London, England-shire, of Prince William Windsor (of the Windsor Windsors) and Catherine Middleton; a bit of middle-class crumpet from Buckleberry (best known for its hobbit-friendly, Nazgul thwarting ferry).

    Such gushing attention might appear extremely odd given America’s anti-monarchical foundations, until one considers a few facts and features of the WASPy American psyche that has been molded from the nation’s vague subconscious memory of its birth, its awkward pubescent years in search of a moral compass, its first experiences with the sexiness of war (and subsequent depression over war-ectile dysfunction), its personal battle against oil addiction punctuated by episodes of political paranoia to form its contemporary state of ADD, Alzheimer’s and dependence on pseudo-scientific remedies, blockbuster-movie sponsored food-type “Happy-Meals” with the extra spiritual nutrition of toxic choking-hazard toys, and FDA approved pharmaceutical solutions to problems that most Americans probably wouldn’t ‘have’ if drug-company psy-ops departments weren’t such a great source of the advertising dollars and campaign contributions that allow the mental midgets of the media and politics to enjoy the privileged lifestyle of the fabled American Dream of owning time-saving appliances and hanging with the celebrities of human endeavor who usually actually have worked-hard for their life-rewards.

    Note: If you struggled with the above run-on paragraph or in fact totally comprehended-it, just getting through it means that you are a contemporary and real American!

    So where was I? Oh yes! The topic is America’s seemingly counter-intuitive fascination with British royalty and this current Royal Wedding.

    Well it occurs to me that there are several major factors at play in both the sincere emotional and calculated pragmatic enthusiasm for the British royal wedding event that are simply expressions of the most mundane and generally universal human proclivities —the appeal of love and sex, money and power, popularity and respect, and fantasies come true (not necessarily in that order).

    Every nation as a whole desires to be exceptional (and imagines the condition to be inherent rather than a consequence of time and circumstance) but in living memory none surely has insisted on such exceptionalism so-stridently as the United States.

    Granted, the US has been and still is quite exceptional (unfortunately in some very disturbing and self-destructive ways), but only ‘in its own time’ and only due to the circumstances of its time—just as Great Britain could declare itself exceptional during the 18th and 19th Centuries when it policed the world’s oceans and administered trade and law over one quarter of the world’s population and land-mass, and just as the Romans could declare themselves exceptional for their extensive economic and military hold over ‘the known world’ from the last Century BC/BCE to the 5th Century AD/ACE.

    The Romans and the British both adopted an attitude that their respective dominance in the world was due to some inherent national quality—the United States simply followed-suit—when surely in fact the dominance achieved was really due to a temporal accidental confluence of fortune and opportunity; otherwise in either case the supposedly inherent national characteristics of exceptionalism that were supposedly the root cause of the establishment of such empires should inherently have maintained both or either of them when in fact of course they were both ultimately significantly diminished and effectively destroyed, from without and within.

    So what does the above have to do with the Royal Wedding and the combination of sincere and opportunistic American enthusiasm for it?

    See part 2:

  42. Will & Kate plus 8 Million Hours of Interminable Swooning over the British Monarchy . Part 2

    So what does the above have to do with the Royal Wedding and the combination of sincere and opportunistic American enthusiasm for it? The following reasons might apply:

    Well, for one, a royal wedding is inherently an exceptional event, and Americans in general are enamored with exceptionalism in almost any form (being exceptional themselves of course) .
    For another, this royal wedding represents common aspirations which happen to particularly resonate with certain aspects of “the American Dream”—principally the opportunity to socially and financially better one’s self by whatever means available. And in case you think that marrying into wealth and status doesn’t at all resemble the American vision of success being the natural consequence of hard work and merit, it is in fact totally simpatico with the American dream of acquiring a better life through devices of convenience—such as the vacuum cleaner, the Sham-Wow, Ritalin, the Bedazzler and Jimmy Dean’s new taste-sensation of “breakfast on a stick”; marrying into wealth and status is simply a convenient device that many Americans have in fact employed many times over the years.

    If Americans didn’t secretly like the idea of formal monarchy they wouldn’t have attached the nomenclature of “the King” to Elvis Presley and the “the King of” to the singer formerly known as that talented black kid with five brothers. They wouldn’t have financed a multi-billion dollar business empire that since the 1940s has offered increasingly lackluster acknowledgement of the service of its inspirational ever-optimistic red-trousered founding rodent in favor of the glorification of cartoon princesses (of necessarily foreign origin, of course) and facsimiles thereof (like Pocahontas, or that sexy, slutty semi-bestial abomination called “The Little Mermaid”).

    Then there’s the subconscious national inferiority complex regarding history—America’s history being relatively so short, often ignobly violent (the Indian Wars, the “War of Northern Agression”, the mobster wars of the Prohibition, the Vietnam War and especially the War on Terror) and just plain tacky:

    Where for example, the Greeks left us the Venus de Milo, and the Romans the Statue of David, WASPy America has produced Barbie.
    Where for example the British bequeathed Shakespeare, Newton’s Laws, the chronometer and the Origin of the Species (and the three best wizards ever—Merlin, Gandalf and Harry Potter) to the world, WASPy America has willed the world the ‘self-help’ book (results may vary), gravity- and entropy-denying ‘Chicago-school’ ”supply-side” laws of economics (what goes up keeps going up and when it suddenly but predictably doesn’t there is no equal and opposite reaction suffered by the stock manipulators and speculators), the Snooze button and hybrid Biblical theme-park/natural history museums featuring Jesus and the dinosaurs he saved from pyramid-building servitude before they all drowned in the Great Flood that created the Grand Canyon that God purposely put there to tease people with so-called ‘fossils’ (and the closest thing America has to wizards, are homosexuality-obsessed televangelists who miraculously turn $1,000 donations into mega-corporate lifestyles and beholden congress-critters.)

    You see for all its bluster and ‘blocking’, America can’t get over its traumatic childhood of parental rejection (Mother England always liked India more than America, and then it adopted all those African kids!) and consequent rebellion, only to discover it still needed its parent’s help (in the form of the industrial revolution) to succeed (and to have the type of nice furniture and crockery that constantly crops-up on Antiques Roadshow).

    Americans have also always aspired to live glamorous lives that are better than anyone else’s (in part to impress the Imperial parent of their dim memory of national childhood) and in the desperate belief that anything is possible (such as gays causing hurricanes, the health benefits of carbon-dioxide and that they actually have a personal doctor whom they can pester about prescriptions for ailments an advertising account executive has told them they probably have), and thus they are able to believe and indeed need and subconsciously prefer to believe that by projecting themselves through the time-saving and effort-relieving features of media-appliances and through the authority of generally good looking people who have nothing more significant or productive to do than to exhort people to believe that their interests and the common interests are one and the same and entirely worth the rapt attention and implied participation of all, so that by mere emotional association the average American can vicariously live the American Dream of the easiest acquisition of wealth, social superiority and fame that reality can no longer provide (just as the chance of personal YouTube fame has dimmed with the competition of every idiot in the world who has a camera posting a video of themselves being an idiot, or of their cat.)

    Thus although the media’s depiction of and projection-of enthusiasm for the Royal Wedding is significantly manufactured, the event still holds a genuine appeal for the majority of Americans who don’t actually have any more genuine antipathy towards monarchy than they have interest and enthusiasm for republican governance and politics (if the majority of Americans were really staunch republicans then more people would consistently show up to vote and political dynasties like the Kennedys, the Bushes and now emergent Pauls—Ron and Rand—would get the cold shoulder instead of being given attention and status by virtue of what amounts to political primogeniture.

    There really is nothing weird at all about Americans momentarily, publicly admiring the institution of the British monarchy (and not-so secretly admiring it the rest of the time) that they apparently so roundly rejected in revolution and in the writing of the Constitution because all America really ever wanted was to emulate and acquire the better and more desirable qualities of its parent, paramount of which is the legitimacy and sense of security that comes with the physical and social representation of a thousand years of unbroken history, the acquisition of oodles of dosh (that means “piles of money” in the Queen’s English) and the permission, nay the right, to unabashedly show-off in the style to which one would like to become accustomed—really, what could be more American than that?

  43. Local Hero – Final Scene & Credits (Mark Knopfler – Going Home)

    Still one of the most poignant final scenes in film and beautiful music. From Houston to the red phone booth..

  44. 5th,

    Speaking only for myself, as far as the royal wedding goes, I can only say this: That Kate is a real cutie. I’d do her in a heartbeat (which is about how long it would take and wouldn’t interrupt the proceedings at all.) 😀

  45. I agree with Wayne that Kate’s a cutie. She’s obviously not Tahitian, but I could learn to live with that shortfall, I suspect. Of course, Diana was a cutie too, way back when she married the Prince. Difference is, Diana’s guy looked kinda like a horse, but Kate’s William left that part of his heritage behind somewhere. In any case, I do hope it works out well for both of them.

  46. Back to the Bounty for a moment. I’ve seen two movie versions; 1930’s with Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, and 1980’s with Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins. I believe there was a 50’s version as well.

    I liked both the 30’s and 80’s versions. If you ever have a chance to see either one, do so. (It’s a little hard these days to get past Clark Gable as anything but Rhett Butler, but the 30’s one is quite well done).

  47. zxbe — Try the sixties Marlon Brando version too, while you’re at it. Brando plays Christian, and plays him extremely well. Trevor Howard is deadly as Bligh, and the Tahitian girls are …. well, they’re Tahitian girls. Need I say more? 🙂

  48. I’m liking the idea of Brando as Mr. Christian. He seems like he’d have the right amount of angst and issues with authority, and is always on the verge of snapping.

  49. Try the sixties Marlon Brando version too, while you’re at it.

    I liked the 1950’s version best — Mutiny on the Bunny starring Yosemite Sam and Bugs.

  50. I hadn’t seen the Brando “Mutiny” since I was in college back when it first came out. Then, a few months ago I mentioned it to Debbie (who had never seen it) and who was reading the Trilogy, finding it fascinating … plus she likes Brando anyway … and poof, there it came on Netflix. Watched it again and liked it again, probably liked it better than on the first pass. As ZX says, Brando “seems like he’d have the right amount of angst and issues with authority, and is always on the verge of snapping.” Bingo. Add Trevor Howard and the Tahitian girls and you’re on your way. If you happen to have a “Get Out Of Jail Free” card, keep it handy. You might need it!

    • My dad called me to let me know my dog had thrown up on his leather couch. 😀

      Well, my bed and computer are set up — what’s the rest of this mess?

      • Lass, the old carpeting and vinyl were 15 years old, and they looked like hell, as well as being dated.

        If I were staying, I’d have put in hardwood.

  51. Zooey,

    I have boxes of books that have been packed since 1995. That’s three moves ago. Since there’s little chance that I could find any given volume without digging through the whole stack, I should probably see if I can unload them at the local used book store for a couple bucks a box. But? Every once in a blue moon I just have to reread an old favorite plus many of them were gifts.

    When Dad married the wicked stepmother I acquired 5 step-siblings and said wicked stepmother insisted that everybody buy everyone else invited a Christmas present. She managed to get angry about it but I convinced them all, the very first year, that the most appropriate gift would be a book from the knock-off table. Anything about airplanes or science or science-fiction. Used paperbacks are fine. My favorite stepsister gave me one of my most treasured gifts ever when she found 35 Edgar Rice Burroughs paperbacks for a nickel a piece. They were even in decent shape. Perhaps the best part of the whole thing was when her mother threw a conniption over such a “trashy” gift.

  52. Pete, with my upcoming 6th move in some 7 — 8 years, I find my sentimentality about woodpulp has pretty much tanked into the negative zone. There are a few books in my professional specialty that I’ll hold onto for their marginalia (Whitehead; a couple of the logic volumes.) But 90% of my library has been in storage these past 5 years and the significant labor it is going to entail will be the getting rid of it.

    The amount of materials that are out of copyright (including Burroughs — 68 items at Feedbooks) is pretty staggering. And they are all free for the download to a device the size of a legal notepad. IF you have the DX.

    It is only a slight exaggeration when I say that I mean to reduce my swag to my computer, my cats, and my kindle.

  53. I mean to reduce my swag to my computer, my cats, and my kindle.

    So it’s a nudist colony you’re moving to, eh Gary?

  54. I have a love/”hate” relationship with my books … I go through the periodic culling/selling/acquiring/reacquiring for various reasons. As a tot, I was curious about books, as my mother always had her nose in one; I followed suit and although it may have appeared that I was a strong reader early on, I had great difficulties with decoding/encoding and ultimetley, comprehension. … I chose books that I could memorize easily, had nice print or pictures to look at and while always plentiful on my shelves, very rarely read after my initial attraction … and yet for sentimental reasons, I was never able to part with many of these books ~ be they early Scholastic Readers, notebooks, outdated text books, the “missing” volumes of the Grollier’s Encyclopedia that my Dad
    sold door to door in his early years …

    Sometimes I feel like I need a dyslexic bibliophile’s intervention … not sure how that would look exactly …


  55. Reading about, seeing the photos and videos of the devastation is heart wrenching.
    Entire small towns were destroyed.

    I’d read authorities were only able to give 24 minute warnings!

    House follows the weather news very closely – am definitely hoping he had more time than that to scoop up the cats and go to the neighbors shelter.

    • Ebb, we were without power for a week after a fairly minor hurricane in Louisiana in the 80s, so I imagine House will be without power for at least that long.

      I tend to fret, but House is a smart guy who would not hesitate to get to safety, so I won’t worry too much for a week.

  56. Ebb, it is times like these that I just need to go on a multimedia fast … I just can’t process it all without becoming overwhelmed myself; how can I possibly help/serve others if I am “stuck” in “overwhelmed”? I need downtime to regroup and recharge my batteries to hopefully make a difference in a positive way somehow ~

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