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DANGER BRIDGE OUT! (or that pesky Gremlin again)

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I have a bridge on my bottom teeth to replace a tooth with a root so rotten that theEndodontist, honest man that he is, would no recommend a crown. 
I should say that I had the bridge, because it has gone AWOL.  Has the Gremlin been at work again?
BY WAY OF BACKGROUND (1)   I am a restless sleeper.  I sleep talk, I sleep laugh, I sleep walk.
BY WAY OF BACKGROUND (2)   I usually put the bridge in a tumbler of water before retiring for the night. I sometimes forget to do this.
When that happens I sometimes find that I have removed the bridge in my sleep and tucked it under my pillow.  I've also been known (again whilst sleeping) to throw the bridge across my bedroom.
Whatever I did last night (Thursday/Friday) the bridge has gone awol,   I cannot find it.   I have searched high and low -  no it's not under the bed, nor did I put it in a drawer or in my freezer during the night (you'd be surprised at what I do whilst sleep walking!)
It's nowhere to be seen. Did I flush it down…

There are Gremlins, and there are.........

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There are Gremlins.

They are not all made by the now defunct American Motors Corporation.


Lunch and the melancholy and beautiful sound of "Taps"

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I was the guest of Melba H-K for lunch at Marina Jacks today with her husband Carl, and Carl's caregiver Imani.

It was good to eat alfresco with nice views of the Marina and SRQ's famous dolphin fountain.





I ate the


Bunless “Bleu Cheese” Burger .................................................................................................Ten Ounce Certified Angus Ground Beef Patty Topped with Bleu Cheese and Sautéed Mushrooms, Served over our Marina Jack Harbor Salad. Seasonal Fresh Fruit (very little fruit on my salad!)
It was good, but as I often think about Marina Jacks food, it could have been better. Since MJ's has a near monopoly on bay front dining in SRQ maybe they do not have to try that hard.  
And I was in touch with my pet gripe! Why are portions in so many SRQ (and American restaurants in general) so huge!  It pains me to see so very much wastage as uneaten food is removed from the Tables.  I could not manage all of my salad!  It's time to launch a crusade …

Wisdom from a Basque Patriot

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Jose Antonio Aguirre 1904-1960 was a Basque Patriot and Nationalist, and a devout Christian. I read about him in the book




In 1931 Aguirre addressed the Cortes in Madrid thus:

I am affiliated with the Basque Nationalist Party founded by Sabina Arana Goiri. The PNV has for a motto: "Jaungoikua eta lagizarra, God and the ancient laws". In naming God in the first word, we understand that the party wishes to be religious,  and in the phraseology of the left and right. ridiculous phraseology, we have a a well defined position: We are Catholics, virile and upright, in a human Catholicism, not a bigoted sentimentality. For us, in this phraseology to which,  I have alluded, if you are on the right you are opposed to the legitimate process of democracy, since it opposes absolute power. If that is what being on the right means, then we are leftists. If being on the right means defending any kind of regime as long as it is identified with religion, and against the absolute separation of …