November 9, 2022

FOWC with Fandango: SEGMENT

I stayed away from the internet  and the news shows yesterday and for most of the days leading up to the Midterm Elections here in the States because Donald Trump and a segment of the population here make me want to hurl.

I know enough about campaigns to know that the minute the ballots drop, that there is nothing going on except GOTV efforts which are designed to do two things- hold your base because their ballots are in their hands and you need for them to check those boxes and get it returned , and to scrape up those Voters who, in my opinion  like to say that their undecided because they like the attention they’ll get.

It’s a weird sort of psychology- the only people who get more attention when they declare they are undecided after ballot drop are the candidates themselves.  The news cycle, social media are courting those undecideds and every time someone is talking in an ad ( which some people actually believer are informative ) they believe that a campaign is talking to them directly. They are. But it’s a waste of money.

Undecided know damn well who they will vote for and some of them never bother to vote at all. But they’re not going to tell you that.

Besides, I  watched Domestic Terrorists attack our Nation’s Capital on January 6th and the last thing I wanted to do was watch sitting Republicans open their mouths and say something other then, ” Yep. We tried to overthrow an election and we’re going to do it again if we have to ” because that’s their one and only plan. For Godsakes, tell the truth for once.

So yesterday in my state a Trumphumper tried to take out our Senator and fail. That one I cared about because Patty Murray actually does her job for the people of Washington state and if the seat she holds went to a Trumphumper  we would all be in trouble- even the Trumphumpers.

I guess now that the air has cleared a little I’ll blog, I’ll look at cat pictures and Winter paintings and I’ll hit the reset button in my brain.

Until the next time.


Keep Your Eye On The Prize

I’m a little concerned some of us may be getting off track and I’m concerned so I wrote this bit of advice on how to handle the toilet ( other people call that toilet ” Election  Season” ) that is  over flowing from inside of our phones and computers and tvs into our brains and distracting us from the important things in life:

Here in the States we are all aware that the Midterm election is in full swing and the ads and the mailers and what we see on from the media are intense and brutal in nature and guess what:

These ads and news media stories are designed to slap you upside the head so that you will get out there and do your thing. Candidates want you to vote,  they want to hold their base and they want to scare people off other candidate’s bases.

Do you know what the campaigns I worked on used to do just before the ballots dropped?

It was media blackout time for the candidate- though more then a few cheated and went to their go to social media sites and proceeded to freak themselves out.

Have you ever tried to talk a political candidate off of a ledge because they saw something on Facebook or Twitter that freaked them out? It’s not easy. I’ve house trained puppies who had poo issues because they had worms or under developed systems  that were easier to work with.  Make no mistake.  Puppy diarrhea  easier to clean up then a candidate who just hopped on board the media crazy train and splattered themselves all over the carpet.

So the candidate  got the bare bones about media hits- they where told  the hits were coming from, who was doing the hitting and what was being done about it- and for the love of God STFU about it because nobody loves it more then your opposition when you go on social media and meltdown all of the place.

Then we got them back ‘ on the doors ‘- which is when a local candidate shows up at your door, asks you for you vote and hands you a flyer.

So a word of advice:

In the case of – to coin a phrase ” We The People” there is no reason for you to indulge in the media frenzy right  if you have already made up your mind about who you will be voting for.

Like I said, what you are seeing now is the game plan for holding votes and peeling off votes from the opposition- though extract would be a better word to use here because there is nothing subtle about scraping supporters from the other side.

So  fill in your ballot when it comes in,  get it to your delivery system of your choice and stay the hell off of social media and this is why:



FOWC With Fandango: EXTRACT

We Are Kind of Amused

The term deadpan first emerged early in the 20th century, as a compound word (sometimes spelled as two words) combining “dead” and “pan” (a slang term for the face)

Today I went and looked up the origin of the phrase ” Dead Pan ” and it got me to thinking.

Dead Pan  sounds blunt but it manages to rolls off the tongue with unexpected grace.

Last year I went to an ice show with my granddaughter and one of the skaters nearly had a seriously bad spill but she pulled out of it and everyone cheered.

The phrase ” Dead pan ” does the same thing.

Frans Floris1564 – 1565

In addition, ‘dead pan’ sounds SO much better then ” Dead face. “

On the other hand ‘Dead face DOES have a cool ring to it and if given the chance it may be

able to come out of a potentially nasty spill with elegance too.

[Death Mask of William Shakespeare]
London Stereoscopic Companyc. 1865



FOWC with Fandango — Deadpan

Grover and Clyde Proved Me Wrong

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: TEMPTING

When I see pictures of ’embracing skeletons ‘ in acheology articles I for one do not assume I am looking at two individuals locked in an enteral lover’s embrace.

It’s tempting to believe that there are people out there who were so devoted to each other in life ( it’s in books and movies and songs and plays! It must be true!) that it touched the heartstrings of the community they lived in and wanting to preserve that when the lovers died,  their friends or family reconstructed their bodies-

and then tossed them in a grave and covered them with dirt.

Beep beep reality check time-

In the pictures I’ve seen, one figure appears to be entwined around the other figure  ( like a snake squeezing the life out of it’s prey )  or one has a  hand on the other’s face and they are nose to nose. Like they’re coming in for a bite. It’s creepy.

Embracing Skeletons of Alepotrypa in Greece. The prehistoric skeletons belong to a man and a woman that appear to be in a lover’s embrace.

So I did a little digging around ( ha ha ) and found that there is a theory based on a ancient burials in Staryi Tartas village, in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia where scientists discovered tombs of skeletons in the ‘lovers embrace’ that these individuals could have been sacrifices tied to reincarnation or fertility rituals.

I know, call  me a wet blanket, but right away these questions  should have popped up when people got excited about these ‘eternal lovers’-

did all of those couples at the  site is Siberia  love each other so much they were posed in an eternal embrace at their death? And did they conveniently die at the same time because the work involved in digging up one body in the process of decomposition or fully skeletonized and posing it with a newly dead individual would be a Herculean task.

You have to ask yourself really?

Professor Lev Klein of St Petersburg State University has proposed the coupled burials are linked to reincarnation beliefs possibly influenced by deeksha rituals. ‘The ‘deeksha’ was considered as a ‘second birth’ and to complete this ritual the sacrificing one made a ritual sexual act of conceiving’. Picture: Vyacheslav Molodin, Institute of Archeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences

I know- we all want to believe in true and eternal love. We want to believe in fate and destiny. But for real. Who would put bodies back together just because two people were ‘ in love.’

I really wanted to have a little doubt about my opinion in this matter so I noodled around and found this next picture and without a doubt we are looking at true and eternal love and it really is touching.

Grover Krantz donated his body to science with the proviso that he be reunited with his best friend ( who had passed away before him ) when the study he gave his body up to was completed.

His request was honored

In life and death Grover and Clyde-

it’s possible I may have to rethink my feelings about true love.

In 2002 scientist/teacher Grover Krantz died and donated his body for study at a body farm. His only condition was that he be reunited with his beloved dog Clyde (that’d died years earlier) after the study was complete. Their new home is the Smithsonian.