A good Saturday to all. It’s still quiet (mostly) outside, yesterday’s winds have eased and the sun is supposed to ‘pop’ later. Here, we’re no longer talking how much we’re enjoying Gevalia Coffee – so I won’t belabor that. Let me just stop a moment to pour my first mug.

Normalcy – is quickly returning. Last evening we ate at our favorite ‘burger-special-of-the-day’ pub, Quatman’s Café, and the place was hopping. Patio nearly full as it was inside. I walked home from there and noticed similar scenes at other restaurants (judging by their parking lots).

Gotta mention; I had to have some Mock Turtle Soup as a starter – fabulous! Were you aware that the dish was served at President Lincoln’s first inauguration? It was, and in the day it was also on the menus of the Waldorf-Astoria, The Plaza, and the St. Regis.

Walking – especially in an urban setting offers a wide array of sights – constantly and ever changing. This week I took these pictures while walking. The car fire business had me pause and I was the one who ended up calling 911 – this after the people at the adjacent garage emptied 5 fire extinguishers without success. The bottom photo I took last evening while walking past Listermann Brewing; here a tour busload of craft beer aficionados had just unloaded. It’s further proof that we are returning to the good old days.


Only 110 years – ago last Thursday (April 28) but in 1910 it was the Frenchman, Louis Paulhan who won the 1910 London to Manchester air race. This was the first long-distance air race held in England (approximately 163 air miles).

This race was a mere 7-year after the Wright Brother’s flight at Kitty Hawk, NC.; a flight which lasted a mere 12-seconds. So, this air race was already an amazing accomplishment. Only two aircraft competed and Paulhan a Frenchman and the winner was presented a golden casket containing a check for the £10,000 prize (about $270,000 today). The photo shows the pilot Paulhan and his entourage.

It was the first night flight, navigated by lights turned on at railroad stations and bonfires along the way. Even with an overnight mid-way re-fuelling and an overnight rest stop it was a ‘Hollywood’ style racing adventure.

To put into perspective just how recent all this ‘hoopla’ was, someone mentioned in the comment section that; “some of these people later watched the moon landing on TV.”

This is a wonderful 5-min movie, stabilized and colorized, well worth watching.

There, that’s your history lesson/adventure for the day. You’re welcome.

Crotte de Chien – A few evenings ago, with much hoopla, we were presented a political speech containing a trainload of platitudes, oft-repeated sayings, and proposed offers of handouts too large to comprehend (of which the stated goals are fractionally of what was being peddled); and these well buried in lies touted as offering nirvana at the end of their rainbow. Trillions of dollars are being bantered about with less concern than I give to a $1.00 bill. “‘Crotte de Chien’ (dog poo)!” I say.

The very first error of the speech was Biden’s; “We the People is the Government.” This is where you, sir, are Dead Wrong! “We the People” are we; WE are the people who are in charge of the Government. That is what makes America. As Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) succinctly put it; “Our best future won’t come from Washington schemes or socialist dreams. It will come from you.”

The most direct answer I’ve heard to all the socialist proponents of the Green New Deal claptrap which is being screeched about by this Administration comes from the UKs Godfrey Bloom, MEP Ukip, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, May 2011 – so it isn’t that our current class of pretenders hasn’t known about the ‘crotte de chien’ they are unleashing on us all: [it’s a 3-min video]

Fini –
• Yesterday was Marlene’s Birthday. The day before it was singer Willie Nelson’s 88th. Many more “Whiskey Rivers” to both.

• Jazz Day happened yesterday. With many places still not allowing venues to open it might be fun to tune in a Jazz session originating in your area as part of the celebration. My own hunt found that rather than a day, most are an all weekend affair. Enjoy!

• Last week I made reference to the Administration’s replacement of “Equity” versus our traditional search for “Equality” for all. I heard that some were not totally clear as to what is happening. Maybe this picture will explain better:

• It’s already been 10 years ago today that Osama bin Laden —founder of the Islamist organization al-Qaeda was killed in Pakistan.

• Biden’s Global Climate Change 2021 event seems to have pushed ‘wunderkind’ Greta Thunberg back a bit; the new powerhouse to address the 40 world-leaders was 19 year old Mexican Xiye Bastida. It’s her deep insights such as; “We live with the cycles of Earth, and for rain to not come when it’s rainy season?—?that’s crazy”; which can only mean that yes there are always Climate Changes, but each event must mean people are the cause. She now follows a long list of; “the World Will End” panic mongers.

• Meanwhile the corner of Chaos and Mayhem is active and well, no matter where or when we look.

• Now I best begin to focus on my afternoon Yoga session led by Kirstin via Zoom. She had a session yesterday with 35 participants so her sessions must be good. Interested? Let her know via Facebook or in the comment section at the bottom of these Ramblings and I’ll pass it along.

Make it great week people, keep the peace, be happy, stay safe, be healthy and follow the science – the real science that which keeps on exploring!


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