CSotD: Funday Will Sometimes Be The Same

It seems appropriate that Madam & Eve, which has of late dwelt entirely on South Africa’s corrupt and discouraging political scene, should offer this suggestion for relief, which applies to everyone in a corrupt and discouraging political scene, which these days feels like pretty much everybody.

Besides, one of the 10 Commandments — available soon on a wall near you — is to keep holy the Sabbath, and not fretting over things seems like a good way to do that.

We’ll start by ignoring the fact that we don’t all agree on which day is the Sabbath, and that we don’t all agree on how you are supposed to keep it holy, and that we don’t all agree on which Commandment tells us to do that.

Though I hope we all agree that the Commandment not to take the Lord’s name in vain does not mean schools shouldn’t teach cursive.

Which reminds me that, as noted in this Flying McCoys (AMS), there are a lot of folks who think the schools don’t teach kids anything that sticks with them, and I’d sure like to see the Venn Diagram of those people and the people who want religion taught in public schools.

But we’ll think about that tomorrow.

Today, rather, we will focus on odd thoughts, including this Frazz (AMS), because I discussed summer reading lists on a more serious level the other day and now I’m simply going to point out that here in the three-dimensional world nearly all teachers can hand out the same reading list every year.

There are a few schools that do what is called “looping,” in which kids have the same teacher for two or three years. One of my boys looped K-2 and I’ve heard of places that loop grades 1-3, though I hope nobody teaching at that level hands out summer reading lists.

Only in comic strips do kids and teachers in self-contained classrooms stay together year after year after year. But the summer learning loss noted in the Flying McCoys is real enough that the kids would probably forget whatever books they’d read the year before, so wotthehell.

Anyway, all this thinking is breakething the Sabbath. Let us lighteneth up.

Juxtaposition of the Day

Adam@Home — AMS

B.C. — Creators

Apparently, this is a good day for training animals. And before anyone bothers to point it out, I’ll say that you could almost certainly train a crow to drop a ball into a hole. Crows aren’t as clever as Ernest Thompson Seton taught generations of kids that they were, but there are a number of videos online indicating their abilities.

And I will attest from my experience as a small child that it is indeed possible to teach a frog to jump into water.

Though I will also attest, from my experience as the parent of small children, that training it to dance and sing is not recommended. But, hey, you do you.

Mort Gerberg offers this reflection on the heat dome that has released us here but which I gather persists elsewhere in the Northeast and is mirrored elsewhere.

While it was on, we walked our dogs in the early morning, skipped the afternoon walks entirely and just hunkered down at home, but in the early part, it was interesting to note the number of people among our gang who had lived in different parts of the country.

“It’s a dry heat” has become both a cliche and a joke, but I suspect largely among folks who haven’t sampled many alternatives. For my part, I miss the semi-desert climate of Colorado’s Front Range, where it could be 100 degrees without being all that oppressive. Meanwhile, having lived in the constant humidity southeast of Lake Michigan, never again, neither summer nor winter.

The other day, as we debriefed ourselves on the now-passing heat wave, two people reported having dehumidifiers running simply to make their homes bearable. One reported that she seemed to be constantly pouring out the accumulated water in the tank.

Which may be a snapshot of the future: Since Dear Leader plans to halt putting any research or restrictions into climate change and SCOTUS has begun dismantling the Clean Water Act, our great-grandchildren may grow up assuming that you get water from dehumidifiers much as our great-grandparents assumed that it came from wells.

Juxtaposition of the Day #2

Deflocked — AMS

Mannequin on the Moon

I don’t begrudge Bezos his wealth. I remember when Amazon first launched as an on-line bookstore, when I lived an hour away from any bricks-and-mortar bookstores, and an hour-plus-a-ferry-ride from an independent bookstore, which eventually was gobbled up by a chain.

And I’d point out that giving your money to Barnes & Noble isn’t much of a karmic improvement over sending it to Jeff.

Which applies to all sorts of categories now, since corporate chains have nearly wiped out local ownership. I shop local when I can, though, as a retired editor, I prefer to think of it as shopping locally.

But in a town this size even the chains offer very limited stock and very reluctant, inefficient special-ordering.

However, what little I’ve heard about people shopping with Temu does, indeed, sound like they develop a sudden need for a back-scratcher, less because their back itches than because it’s only $1.43.

Dammit, people, there’s merit in harnessing your needs rather than empowering the fellow in Jerry King’s cartoon, whether he lives in your town or in Bentonville, in Seattle or (allegedly) in the Cayman Islands.

Juxtaposition of the Day #3

Arctic Circle — KFS

Pardon My Planet — KFS

I tried computer dating for a while, but it yielded more strange stories than worthwhile dates.

For instance, as in Arctic Circle, I had a date with a graphic designer. In real life she hadn’t faked her photo, but she did invite her family to come to the restaurant and watch us from a nearby booth.

And that was one of the good ones.

The real problem was that I was over 50 and had not only been married and divorced but had had a couple of successful relationships since, which brought me to the level seen in Pardon My Planet.

Love may be lovelier the second time around, but the red flags sure are a lot easier to spot and harder to ignore.

11 thoughts on “CSotD: Funday Will Sometimes Be The Same

  1. You, sirs, should be forced to watch at least 8 hours of “Caillou” uninterrupted for having the audacity to bring up “The New Zoo Revue” and sticking that earworm into my brain…

      1. Damn you all. I looked at that picture but didn’t recognize it. Then you had to mention “The New Zoo Review” and that song is stuck in my head! It’s coming back to you

  2. Northern Illinois here, the humidity is definitely far worse than the heat.

    I also have had a dehumidifier since around 2020, but that’s mostly to keep my sublevel apartment from getting mildewy. There are times when I have to empty it pretty much daily.

  3. I can happily report of a successful independent bookstore operating in the space I occupied for 37 years as my insurance office. It’s a street level store front on a Main St like location in a 100,000 population city ( Kenosha Wi) that does not have a bookstore other than this. There is a Barnes and Noble in the city next to us so that is an option .The bookstore owner , young and energetic ,has done a terrific job of promotion, bucking the trend towards chainstores.
    I delight in visiting the space I spent so many years in . Special orders are handled easily and useful as the books I want are generally not in stock at the chains either
    Blue House Books is the store’s name

  4. Back in the early 70s my school district in Ohio experimented with “Year Round School.” The entire grade was divided into four groups. Each group went to school for 9 weeks, then had 3 weeks off. They rotated so there was always one group on break. Everyone received two weeks of Christmas vacation and July off. Siblings in different grades would be placed in groups with the same schedule to synchronize their breaks.

    They tried this schedule because the junior high was over-crowded, and it did relieve the crowding. And it really did help retention. With shorter but more frequent breaks there was less catching up to do when the students returned.

    It was very UNpopular though, even though students learned more. Parents complained it interfered with family summer vacations and summer jobs for kids. The name “Year-Round School” also put people off, even though students were not in class any more time than before.

    1. Coordinating the siblings is the missing piece in most attempts at this. Good on them for that, and it should resolve the “family vacation” issue, unless people are simply poised to complain. Which, y’know …

      The other issue is what it does for local tourist attractions that count on both kids and teachers for summer staff. Disney and Universal have largely wiped out a lot of local tourism, but the survivors do have to work around that issue, and it’s not small. Still, it’s not insurmountable. My boys spent half their summers with their mom in England and found that other kids were quitting jobs here frequently enough that they had no trouble picking up gigs when they got back home.

      1. Some years back, when Virginia talked about starting the school year before Labor Day, Kings Dominion threw a FIT because they’d lose teenage labor right before the big end-of-summer weekend.

  5. I can handle New Zoo Revue. I was in my most impressionable and formative years when Andy Devine was predictably flummoxed by Froggy the Gremlin. Terrifying.

    1. I’m still puzzled by how they got away with, “Pluck your magic twanger, Froggy!”

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