Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of September 23, 2016. On Wednesday, Susan had her day off and we were invited to go out on the Gulf by one of the Pharmacists she works with. So, Susan and I, the Pharmacist, her husband and three children road out to an island on their boat. We were 7 miles off shore and spent the afternoon enjoying fried chicken and playing on the beach. It was just the 7 of us. Wonderful company in an absolutely beautiful place/environment!!
Had a VA Eye Clinic consult today, to get the results from the MRI taken last Thursday. I have double vision and there was concern that my acoustic neuroma had grown and was impacting my right optic nerve. So … the good news? My acoustic neuroma is marginally bigger, slowly pinching off my ability to hear in my right ear, but not impacting any other part of my brain. The MRI showed the scar tissue from the stroke I had a couple of years ago. The bad news? The double vision was caused by a series of mini-strokes which impacted my optic nerve. I am at risk for more unless they can get my hypertension under control. An average blood pressure of 160/105 is a stroke waiting to happen. I also got a flu and pneumonia shot.
Speaking of Flue Shots! (BBC NEWS) — Bird flu poses threat to penguins – scientists. “Scientists are warning of new threats to penguins on Antarctica from diseases spread by migratory birds. A modern strain of bird flu has been found in penguins living on the snowy continent, although it does not seem to be making them ill. Conservationists say penguins need better protection through monitoring for new diseases and safeguarding their breeding and fishing grounds. Bird flu is an infectious disease of poultry and wild birds. Scientists found an unusual strain of bird flu among penguins on Antarctica a few years ago. A second strain has now been discovered, suggesting viruses are reaching the continent more often than previously thought.” There is nothing more pitiful than a Penguin with a bad case of the flu. Trying to blow their little beaks … in vain!
Good news for the male of our species. (BBC NEWS) — Watching films releases ‘natural painkiller’. “Watching a tear jerking film helps in social bonding, say researchers. The finding could explain our attraction to dramatic works of fiction – even if they make us cry. Experiments by an Oxford University team suggest tragic films and other dramatic works trigger a rush of feel-good chemicals known as endorphins. This acts as a natural painkiller and helps us bond with the people around us, they report in the Royal Society journal Open Science.” Why good news? You can watch “Chick Flicks” with your Lady, and not writhe in pain. “Natural Selection” at it’s finest.
And the “archeology news”. (BBC NEWS) — Anglo-Saxon ‘palace’ found at Rendlesham near Sutton Hoo site. “Archaeologists believe they have found a lost Anglo-Saxon royal palace near one of Britain’s best known finds. Archaeologists have been studying an area at Rendlesham, about four miles (6km) from the Sutton Hoo burial site. Faye Minter, project co-coordinator, said the remains of a 23m (75ft) by 9m (30ft) structure could have once been a royal hall or palace. And she said it was “likely” there are “other royal burial sites” like Sutton Hoo dotted along the River Deben. The hall find, said Ms Minter, of Suffolk County Council’s archaeological unit, might be the same “palace” referred to by the Venerable Bede in the 8th Century.” When you consider the Romans conquered Briton in 43 AD, (and never did conquer the Anglo-Saxons) … and it was the Normans who took out the Anglo-Saxons, in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD. … it should come as no surprise that there are numerous “royal burial sites” … not to mention … how many burial sites in general?
And the not so funny news: (BBC NEWS) — Lurking clown arrested in Kentucky woods near apartments. “Kentucky police have arrested a man dressed as a clown lurking in a wooded area amid a wave of clown reports in at least six US states. Jonathan Martin, 20, was charged with wearing a mask in a public place and disorderly conduct in Middlesboro. He was found at about 0100 EST (0600 GMT) on Friday in “full clown costume” and mask crouching among trees by an apartment complex, according to police. Recent reports of clowns trying to lure children into woods have sparked alarm. Police have warned individuals against dressing up in clown costumes, adding it could lead to criminal charges. “Dressing as a clown and driving, walking or standing in public can create a dangerous situation for you and others,” police in nearby Barbourville, Kentucky, said in a statement online. “While dressing up is not, in and of itself against the law, doing so in public and thereby creating an unnecessary sense of alarm is illegal.” What’s with the weird clowns scare? When I was growing up … clowns were kid friendly, Now, you have folks dressing up as clowns to terrorize folks? I would invoke “TrumpLaw” … the ability and right to shoot terrorist CLOWNS, on sight. Perfectly legal, since “clowns” are not a protected minority class.
Susan is home. Her “babies” curled around her … I would have to fight for room!! Me? Watching the evening news: ABC, NBC and CBS. The focus? The differences in how folks protested in Oklahoma and North Carolina. In Oklahoma … peaceful dissent. In North Carolina, like Ferguson … thugs, using this tragedy to do their Christmas Shopping. Destroying businesses, and the jobs they provide, in the community. Black run businesses. So … when will Black Folks realize … it isn’t White Folks cleaning their plow … it is other Black Folks. It is other Black Folks, not cops, (look at the stats … Black on Black killings) … killing their children.
You know, I remain, just a dumb old country lawyer, from Missouri, now living in Mississippi … sharing his observations. Our total utility bill, gas, water, sewer, trash … $103.00. Electric? With the air conditioner running 24/7 … $175.00 …
Time to post these Ramblings. Later … I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?) Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is certainly not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri … now retired and living in Pascagoula, Mississippi … and the Editorial Staff)