It’s Boom Day Y’all

Sure, yes, right.

Today it’s all about Freedoms and Flags and forcing that tear out of the corner of your eye when you stand on a corner at a 4th of July parade and little girls dressed up like Betsy Ross ride by on a float waving little flags on sticks.

But the reality is, it’s Boom Day Y’all.

It’s all about things that go zip and pop and kaboom and barbequed burgers and side dishes drenched in mayonnaise and bottles of beer  chillng in a kiddie pool with a watermelon and shooting off the last of your fireworks at three in the morning.

As a side note, in the midst of your revelries try not blow off your fingers with your customized fireworks , or shoot a bottle rocket into your neighbor’s eye or hump your gun and up sending a bullet into your own house and leaving a hole in your tv.

Really though, have fun- why not? Just try not to maim anyone or set anything on fire. Boom Day falls on a Saturday so you can have loads of fun and not just a little if you play your cards right.

I’m going to end off here with some videos that I believe both express and add some much needed tone to the day, because for as silly as I think the 4th is, I do love to roast marshmallows with my feet up and sip on Sangria under the starlight.

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It’s Five O’clock- Do you Know Where Your President is?

RDP Tuesday: Curfew

Ahead of Trump Bible photo op 6-1-2020

This is how ” BunkerBitch ” readied the stage for his Photo Op where he was photographed standing in front of a Church he doesn’t attend, whose tenets he does not hold to waving around book he doesn’t read.

Rev. Gini Gerbasi

This is the Reverend Gini Gerbasi, she was one of the people who had every right to be where they were and they had every right to do what they were doing when BunkerBitch ordered the military to attack US citizens who were in the midst of a peaceful protest BEFORE curfew.

Not only did we witness the ” President ” aka BunkerBitch attack US Citizens so that he could get a campaign ad queued up- what he did on that day can only be best described by a former Bush Advisor:

Trump’s Bible walk to church was an act of ‘sacrilege,’ says former Bush advisor

Among the pictures fires and looting this picture of Trump should always and I mean forever and always be connected with the worst aspects and behaviors that the destructive individuals brought to what are peaceful protests for a George Floyd whose life was taken from him in the most brutal of ways.

Further Reading:

Trump WALKS to vandalized St. John’s Church as riot police face off with protesters in US capital (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

President Trump’s Big Moment in Front of a Church Shows He Has Missed the Point of the Protests

After Trump’s Photo-Op, Outraged Church Leader Says, “I Am Now a Force to Be Reckoned With”

Biden slams Trump’s response to George Floyd protests: ‘More interested in power than principle’

On The Nose

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sense of Smelling

 

Monsters.

Their sense of smell is unsurpassed

in the animal kingdom.

Good thing they aren’t for real-right?

So let’s be real quiet and sneak by these guys ( they are real and they live in the dark and I’m guessing they do have a great sense of smell )and I’ll give you some examples of monsters with an uncanny sense of smell.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

The Werewolf:

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Zombies!

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From New Orleans  Voodoo Museum– these guys:

Photo A.M. Moscoso

And there you have it…I hope you enjoyed this post because I did have a lot of fun taking these pictures.

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The Sun Is Not On Fire!

FOWC with Fandango — Iron

When a star begins  fusing Iron, it dies.

I prefer to think of Iron as a Star Killer because Iron is supposed to be able to ward off danger, bad luck and the Evil Eye  and jumping off that topic I will land here- most of all I  hate Summer because it’s smelly and the days are too long and I think it’s weird  when people slather themselves in Suntan Lotion and Essential Oils and allow themselves to be mummified alive and in public…by the Sun.

Ugh.

So to think that the stuff that some of your kitchenware is made of can kill the Sun…well, it sort of made me tingle inside.

But those are my whimsical feelings- here’s a video about THE ACTUAL  Science.

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Weird Thingamajigs

RDP Monday: THINGAMAJIG

I saw a thingamajig on this tree stump,  my camera didn’t.

Photo A.M Moscoso

Between Mardi Gras and Halloween you might see thingamajigs  like this in New Orleans like I did.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

I saw this thingamajig at the Ripley’s  Believe it Or Not Museum in Wisconsin

It’s a torture device.

I don’t know what it does but safe to say it’s painful and gross.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

So there they are, some of the stranger thingamajigs I’ve run across.

I hope  you found them interesting.

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Let’s Share!

Prompt From: Share Your World 5-11-2020

Questions:

Do you have a favorite kind of tree?

I like trees that look like they have a story to tell.

It doesn’t hurt if they are on the sinister side too.

Photo A.M. Moscoso

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What bridges are you happy you burned?

Photo A.M. Moscoso

All of those bridges that led to a place where I thought I would matter and count to the people in my life, but when I got to the other side, I’ll be darned! Not one thing I did mattered.

Poof. Those bridges are gone.

Now if my dog wags his tail in big circles when I make him happy I feel like the best human on the face of the Earth.

 

Would you sacrifice yourself (die) for a stranger?

Oh heck no!

When I was in my twenties my car stalled and I got hit from behind. We pulled off of the road and I ended up in a gas station parking lot. A mechanic came out and asked me if I wanted them to work on my car. I said I was waiting for the police .

He says, ” Get that piece of shit out of here or I’m going to charge you 300.00 for storing it.”

That was in 1985 and that was a hell of a lot of money. Plus it was probably illegal for him to do that.

I tried to start my car and it wouldn’t move.

I asked if he could help me push it out to the road and he said he’d tow it to the roadside- for 100.00.  Then he said if I didn’t move it NOW I was looking at paying  him 300.00.

I had banged my head on the steering wheel and I didn’t know it but both my eyes were black and my nose had bled too. He SAW that.

I was in the middle of pushing my Vega to the curb when the police showed up.

So no. In a life and death situation I don’t think I’d ever consider dying for anyone else. But I have played the sap for people I do know, so I guess anything is possible.

 

How have your priorities changed since the C-19 virus took over?

Photo A.M Moscoso

I care more about being creative .

That’s priority 1-2-3 for me.

I suppose it’s because I feel like the world and my life as I knew it before the Virus hit is pretty much gone and not coming back so what I have going forward from this point really has to matter…

for what used to be.

 

 

 

The 2nd Avenue Nomads

RDP SATURDAY: NOMAD

I travel the same gray path

from my front door

to my car

to the train that takes me to work.

 

From the station

it’s few steps to where I work

below the sidewalks, cracked with hard use

under the streets bumpy and worn

where 12 elephants walked shoulder to shoulder

just above my head

in 1903.

 

We are all just ghosts

from  different times

haunting 2nd Avenue.

 

Photo A.M. Moscoso

 

 

 

 

 

Open Sez ME!

Fandango’s Provocative Question #68-Do you think it’s premature for states to be lifting the stay-at-home, shelter-in-place, and social distancing restrictions?

This is the face of the people who don’t care if they have the Coronavirus and can pass it on with fatal results to you, to your Grandma, to your neighbor’s  child with underlying health conditions, to their own family.

This is the face of  conservatives I know that have railed against ‘losing jobs’ even though, like some conservatives I know,  they were deemed essential workers. I was not deemed essential and I was out of work for a month. I didn’t go on screeds about it, I didn’t pout, I didn’t hump a gun. I got through it.

It goes without saying though, you don’t need to have a penis to ‘man up’.

This is the face of those ” Patriots ” that feel  the need to carry a gun to a protest in a government building where, if heaven forbid someone takes a shot, the police will not ask if you are a bad guy while you’re standing there with a gun in your hands before they make that decision on their own . Much like the Coronavirus there’s no telling how badly you will be affected by that decision until it hits you.

This is the face of  a person who I am supposed to listen to, whose views I should consider when it comes time to make the hard call about how far out there I am willing to go as things slowly open back up in my state.

This is the face of someone  who wants everybody  up and at ’em because he wants to go to bars and sporting events and whatever it is he FEELS like doing because who the hell are YOU to tell this ‘ Murican  no?

As my home state is slowly opening things back up, the people with this face in the picture above, will be glad to know that at the station where I catch my train there are people coughing and sneezing all over their fellow passengers because they don’t ‘do’ social distancing.  There are people who laugh at other people who are wearing masks because in their world view,mocking people who are wearing a mask shows you are a ” Patriot”

At this point, I might surprise you because I’m not a total negative nelly about easing restrictions.

I think we have learned some good tips on how to minimize our risk to catching the Coronavirus.

So. Sure. Let’s get on with our lives.

I would like you to keep this in mind:

I was going to work in Seattle during the height of the Coronavirus and in that time  I had a bug that tried to take me down back in February and I was out of sorts and not feeling well all the way into March.

If you don’t think that I’m still not worried that I was sick and could have passed that bug onto someone who it really hurt, then you have no soul my friend . It is totally absent from  your being.

As a favor because you are lacking in that department- let me give you a bit of advice.

You would look a little less like a self righteous tool if as you ‘take your life’ back, you remember the people who have died  a horrific and lonely death and quit bitching about how much it has inconvenienced you as you go about it.

 

O Fortuna!

​Song Lyric Sunday  

Starting back at the end of March I was laid off from work and found myself under stay at home orders.

Just before this last weekend my job, which serves the construction industry came back when our Governor began the process of opening  back up projects that were underway before the shutdown  and deemed low risk.

Now I can go back to work, but getting there won’t be the same ( I take the train and ridership is down, service is reduced and they’ve added cars instead of hooking up less to accommodate social distancing) and what I’ll see when I get into Seattle will be different because the area of town I work in was turning into a ghost town and I’m assuming it’s even emptier now.

Business that were shut down have boarded up windows, which is something I didn’t see a lot of after the Nisqually Earthquake– in addition even after the earthquake some business were  opened up  within days of that event.

Even though I get to get ‘out’ of confinement to go to work, I don’t exactly feel like  I did before March 27. That’s ok. At this point I’m gladly willing to take what I can get.

Jim Adam’s prompt this week touches on themes like isolation, confinement and restlessness and what better song to express those themes then a song that rages against the cruel side of  Fate:

From Carmina Burana- O Fortuna

O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,
ever waxing
ever waning;
hateful life
first oppresses
and then soothes
playing with mental clarity;
poverty
and power
it melts them like ice.

Fate – monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
you are malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
shadowed
and veiled
you plague me too;
now through the game
I bring my bare back
to your villainy.

Fate is against me
in health
and virtue,
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
So at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating strings;
since Fate
strikes down the strong,
everyone weep with me!

Wildlife

I’ve been seeing these stories on line about wildlife taking to the streets because people aren’t around.

I don’t think that’s going to happen where I live because there is not only a Walmart but a Costco a few miles away, so there is still a segment of the population acting like today is like any other so they’re out and about playing tag with Coronavirus.

Anyway, if there is an ounce of truth in that I hope I see this instead of a car fulls of Trumphumers visiting their mothership.