Toot, Toot


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It Was Worth a Try
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You can’t blame a pup for trying.


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Keeping Up With Current Events

SNL stands for Saturday Night Live. Here’s how they parodied the last debate:

I seldom watch SNL, but a lot of people do. I often watched Jay Leno’s monologues on the Tonight Show until he was replaced, and I was amused to read that a large number of people keep up with current events entirely from the jokes on late night television. Does that horrify you, or do you think they’re spending their time wisely?


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Yay, Canadians!

The 2016 campaign isn’t all sordid. Some Canadians decided to counter Trump’s message, “Make America Great Again!”, which portrays the U.S. in a sorry state.

How sweet is that?!  What great neighbors.


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Andy and I laughed at this one. It’s one more reminder of how archaic we are. We did our arithmetic by hand in grammar and high schools — in college we used slide rules. We didn’t get our first calculators until I was about 35 and Andy 40. We still think they were a great invention.

Do you have a calculator? Do you ever feel archaic?


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Silver Sneakers


That’s a picture of some of the members of the Silver Sneakers exercise class I go to 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The gal in red third from the right is our Monday teacher, the one second from the right is our Wednesday teacher. I’m in the middle row, third from the left.

It’s a friendly group for us old folks. The class is about an hour long. We warm up first, then use resistance bands and dumb bells and do balance and stretching exercises. It’s a well thought out program and the teachers try to make it fun. I’ve been doing it for almost a year now — I don’t always feel like going to it, but afterwards I’m always glad I did.

Do you ever feel that way?


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Donald Trump

Yes, the media does pay more attention to Trump than to Clinton — he’s more entertaining. That’s why he received the almost $3 billion of free advertising that helped get him the nomination. He thought that was great before the scandals, but now he says there’s a conspiracy against him.

It’s just too much fun to mock him. Trump has said he and Hillary should take drug tests before Wednesday’s debate because he was sure she was high during the last one. Andy Borowitz says the suggestion

has sparked fears that such a test would reveal that he is not on drugs.

In interviews conducted across the country, voters said that they would be “alarmed” and “distressed” to learn that the billionaire’s statements and actions were the product of a mind unaltered in any way by a controlled substance.

Earlier people speculated why he’s even running for president, because he clearly isn’t interested in governing. The first few minutes of this PBS program may be right — it says he wants revenge for being humiliated by Obama at a 2011 White House Correspondence dinner. What better way to get it than to force Obama to give him the keys to the Oval Office.

Yes, it’s scary stuff. But he’s not boring.


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We humans like to make fun of dinosaurs because they became extinct. But dinosaurs lived on earth for about 180 million years and were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates for 135 million years. We modern humans evolved about 200,000 years ago. Mere youngsters.

Our pride reminds me of Ozymandias:

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear:
‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”
—Percy Bysshe Shelley

Some of us think we’re really hot stuff. That seems silly to me.


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Chasing Niagara

A kayaker dreamed of kayaking over Niagara Falls, a number of his friends joined his team to prepare for it, and a film maker documented the effort.

The ending wasn’t what they had hoped, but they made the movie anyway. It’s not available on Netflix yet, but I’ll watch it when it is.

The scenery is spectacular.


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Becoming a Millionaire

It’s a great plan if it works. Good luck with that, Calvin!


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