Saturday, June 6, 2015

Truckin' Turtle

Was feeding the turtles when I noticed one was missing from the tank. Damn thing climbed out off of its basking station that was close enough to the tank top for it to climb out. Had a screen over it but last night the Friday night drunks (my son and his pals) were at it in my backyard and my guess is one of them moved the screen a bit to see them on the basking platform. Well, somebody moved it and it sure wasn't the turtle.

I looked for it in all the places I could see without moving things. The first place I looked was on the adjoining counter top and on work bench atop each of which I have tanks, including the turtle tank. I looked at least three times and probably more like five times because it is kind of a bitch trying to see behind the tanks. Anyway, it just wasn't there so I started looking on the floor and under things and here and there where I did not have to move anything. Still not found so I started to moved things on the floor on the shelving unit shelves below the countertop level, under the dryer after yanking it away from the wall, under the furnace, under the water heater, under the table holding detergent and stuff for the wash, then moved that all and puled the table and everything on the floor under it so I could get the washer out of the corner where it sits - and still - turtle not found.

Then I searched the other room of the basement and did likewise out there. I was literally going bonkers moving shit. I just could not find the darned thing. After looking for over a couple of hours, I cleaned the dust devils up before moving stuff back, like the washer, and even threw some cat liter on the floor and cleaned up a mess under the table where we keep all the detergent - a bottle of it leaked awhile back and I just soaked up most of it and left the rest. Today, I washed the area, threw the cat liter on it, let it sit about a half hour and then swept it up with the concrete floor actually looking dry in that spot. I also rearranged the stuff on some of the shelves, threw out a bunch of junk, and got a compliment from my son on how good a job I did in the back half of the basement. He's been at me to unclutter the cellar for a long time now.

As  was putting the finishing touches on getting stuff back on the shelves where it belonged, I noticed that I must have knocked over some jars of turtle food and other whatnot in the corner next to one of the tanks closest to the shelves. I reached back there and picked up one of the things and there was the friggin turtle right where I had looked at least those three and maybe as many as five times earlier. The only thing I can figure is that it had been under a small pile of twisted and bunched up wiring from the heaters, filters, lights and air pump and that gave it enough camo to hide it from view when I had looked earlier. So, I had ripped up the whole basement for naught; although, I did accomplish cleaning it up so I guess it wasn't really for nothing. Well, I cleaned half of it anyway, I am still taking my time getting around to straightening up and vacuuming the other room down here but I will get it done sometime tonight.

In the meantime, I am getting things ready for the Long Island Herpetological Society's annual auction tomorrow (actually taking a break right now and enjoying some moonshine). A preview of some of the items being offered at the LIHS auction can be found here. If you are on Long Island why not stop by the auction tomorrow.

All the best,
Glenn B


Suing To Sell The Sun

As the saying goes, just when you had thought you had heard it all:

All the best,

Fat Man Fail

This man must have one hell of a good sense of humor for posting this gif of himself on the Internet is all I can say about it!

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The Pig Trap - A Long Read Well Worth Reading

My friend PQ sent me a link to an article called The Pig Trap. It's actually a blog post but is so well written and so voluminous (16 single spaced pages if copied and pasted to MS word in Georgia 12pt. font) that to call it a mere blog post seems to belittle it. It is, in fact, better than that; it is the most well written piece I have seen regarding our current political predicament, that of us being lured to and caught in a pig trap as far as our rights, liberties and freedoms go.

All that may be surprising considering the source. The blog in which it appears is Taxicab Depressions, a blog dedicated to "...funny stories about the obnoxious drunks and belligerent whores that get into my taxi in a Florida beach town." Yet, not only is the article well worth reading, it should be compulsory for anyone who loves freedom and despises tyranny. That applies to Democrats as well as Republicans and to Libertarians and Independents or anyone else and that it applies to all of us who are not screaming, foaming at the mouth, leftists becomes quite clear in the piece. I am going to insist that my children read it regardless of the fact that they are both adults and don't have to do almost anything on which I insist any more. I truly believe that if you ever want to even think about seeing America the way it used to be, then you must read it yourself to first realize the full extent of what we are, of what America has become (actually we are much worse off now than we were when this piece was written just over a year ago but it will open your eyes and put things in perspective nonetheless). Only then will we be able to grasp the magnitude of our fall from the pinnacle we had once achieved and only then will we realize the arduous climb which we need to make to regain our Constitutional Republic, our freedoms, our rights and our liberty to exercise those rights in our pursuit of happiness.

Without any further jabbering from me, here is the link to The Pig Trap:

Now that we see the problem, what are we going to do about it? I would sure like to meet with the author of the article, his taxicab fare "Mr. Wheeler", and his livestock industry client "Kevin" to
discuss the options with all of them. The dinner and beers over which we discussed the issues would be on me, and yes that is an open invitation to the three of them.

A hat tip and my thanks to PQ for opening my eyes to that one.

All the best,
Glenn B
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