Saturday, 14 September 2019

From the sublime to the ridiculous

The sublime.

Yesterday  the birth of my great, great niece Phoebe. Check out my  Facebook posting from yesterday -  she is a wee darling!


The ridiculous.

Today  I am by no means a gourmet cook, and I am not averse to comfort food.

There are days on which I lust after Macaroni and Cheese as a side dish, but do not have the energy or ambition to make it from scratch.

On those days I use store bought Mac 'n Cheese (from the cooler, not from the freezer) and tart it up with Salsa.

As we  might say in the U.K.  "it ain't half bad"!

Am I a bad person?

Friday, 13 September 2019

Welcome Phoebe Browne

Born Bristol, U.K.  12th September 2010 16:14 hours.

Phoebe is the first great grandchild for my sister Maureen and her husband Bernard.

Phoebe is the first grandchild for my nephew Nick and his wife Lesley

Phoebe is the first and already deeply loved child for my great- niece Hannah and her partner Lee.

Phoebe is my first great, great niece.


Phoebe with her Daddy, Lee

Phoebe with her Mum, Hannah.

With her Grand dad, Nick

With her Grandma, Lesley

Wow!  I've been borned!

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

You know it, and I know it!

Zion has been with me for a while.  I've had him bathed, and I've bathed him myself.

Today, for the first time I splurged so that he could not only be bathed, but also be groomed.  

He needed to be "tidied up" so I took him to the somewhat oddly named "Three Dog Bakery"  a place at the University Town Centre where they bake nutritious but also delicious  "high end" dog food.

Three Dog Bakery has an ancillary dog grooming business, so that's where we were.

The groomer, upon meeting Zion, went into utter joy at his physical beauty and his gracious temperament, as well she should!

Her joy made me weep.  I love my dog so much. 

I left Zion at the Three Dog Bakery so that I could have lunch with my good friend Ann Albritton at Sarasota's wonderful Siam Gulf restaurant  (12th and Tuttle).  Ann will soon be moving in retirement to Thomasville GA.

Back at the Bakery I learned that Zion had been the perfect guest during his bath and grooming.  I was not surprised!

Goodness gracious  - Zion and I are so blessed to have met each other.

Zion after grooming. He is exceptional in looks and in  gentle temperament.

Random Baloney at a Publix Supermarket.

PUBLIX SUPERMARKET, 2031 Bay St., Sarasota, 9th September 2019.

In the 12 items or fewer check out line.

Ahead of me two young Hispanic men purchasing food for their lunches.

Young man #1 proffers a $10 bill.   The clerk/cashier marks the bill with the "magic pen", then holds it up to the light.

Young man #2 proffers a $10 bill.  Once again the clerk/cashier marks the bill with the "magic pen",then holds it up to the light.

Both bills were verified as "sound".

Then came my turn.  My purchases cost $27, so I proffered an $10 and an $20.    As my  bills were being deposited  directly into the till I asked the clerk "aren't you going to check them?".  

The clerk said "no, why did you ask?"

I reminded him that he had checked the two $10 bills which the young Hispanic men had offered,  so why was he not checking mine.

"Purely random" he said.  

"Purely random",  I replied, "it seems strange that you checked the $10 bills which the Hispanic men offered, but you did not check my $10 and $20  bills".



1)  It's next to impossible for  human agents to make purely random choices.  We are formed by our background, our education, our experience, the prevailing culture or counter culture, etc, etc.  No human mind is a tabula rosa.

2) I have never before seen a $10 bill being checked for forgery.  Clerks/Cashiers may sometimes check a $20.  $50 bills are invariably checked.  (For obvious reasons forgers are most likely to create higher value bills).

3)  Random racism?  Maybe.  Unconscious racism? Almost certainly.

Be reminded that there are ample supplies of baloney in all supermarkets.

Tongue in cheek post script.  Every $20 bill with its portrait of President Andrew Jackson should be automatically checked for racism!

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Big, bold, and beautiful.

Twice in the past 48 hours I have encountered another dog walker at Sarasota's Arlington Park,  with her big,  beautiful, and friendly  Rhodesian Ridge-back.

What a gorgeous beast!

These are stock photo's of Rhodesian Ridge-backs, not of the one I met at the park.

The Arlington Park Ridge-back and my Zion got along very well.

The woman who owns the dog told me that her brother also has one, and that her dog and her brother's dog are from the same litter.

When the two brother-dogs get together they sing and howl to each other, much to the joy of their human "owners".