Rhyme of the Day

Various meanderings with a rhyme in there somewhere.

Birder vs. Burglars
says "Gotcher!"

"A bird-watcher in Ingleside saw enough of an apparent burglary through binoculars May 6 to give police sufficient information to make arrests, according to the Lake County state's attorney's office."

People who get caught doing wrong
are turned into jail birds before very long.

Great Catch
Pic at the link:

"Cubs fan nabs foul while bottle-feeding his infant son"

I read the story and smiled.
He dropped neither ball nor child.

And based on this, I ask:
Who says men can't multitask?

Lone Star State
I drove without a Lexus
Through the sunny hills of Texas,
And avoided getting lost in
The perplexing streets of Austin.

I could have used a boost in
The traffic slog of Houston,
Where I inched along my way
In my rented Chevrolet.

But there is no earthly power
That can overcome rush hour,
Unless it is to fly
In a copter cross the sky.

Self Reflection

Somewhere in that vase
You can just make out my face.

In Transit
2 weekends ago, Kansas City.

Last weekend, New York City, hanging out around Houston Street.

This weekend, Nashua, NH AND Houston, TX.

With all this traveling,
My brain is unraveling.

Just the sort of story that draws my eye:

"Toyota Motor Corp moved into damage control mode on Friday after its new communications chief Julie Hamp, an American and its first senior woman executive, was arrested on suspicion of illegally bringing pain killers into Japan just two months after her appointment."

The allegation is that she had someone mail pills to her that were at the bottom of a box full of necklaces.

The thing about pain pills is that they are legal with a prescription, in both the U.S. and Japan. The drug warriors have been "cracking down" on pain pill use, making it harder to get them.

But this is a woman with some means and prominence, which leads me to wonder why she would take the chance of having someone mail them to her in a sneaky way. Why didn't she just get a prescription for them in Japan? I assume the trick is to "ask around" to find a respectable doc with liberal prescribing policies.

The whole operation seems reckless.
Pills don't look much like a necklace.

My Demand: Classics Must Be Banned
Who cares about Othello?
A most unhappy fellow
And as for old Macbeth,
Let's disregard his death.
Shakespeare had his day.
Now get him out of the way.
Make room for books by ME!
That's all that you should see.

Textbook Case
I really like this NY Times headline:

"Bird Flu Sends Egg Prices Up, but Slowing Demand Prevents Shortages"

Supply and Demand - behold with awe.
Not just a good idea, it's the law!

Had a piece of birthday pie
With an 88-year old guy.

Mirrored Preview, Unmirrored Result
Yesterday I was in New York for the day, and after my business was done I took the IRT up to Morningside Heights and walked around a bit, on a sort of nostalgia tour, recalling my 2 years attending Columbia University. It may be that "attending" is not quite the right word for the way I handled my studies, but, be that as it may, I was there for 2 intense years.

I took a selfie outside Tom's Restaurant, intending to share it with my son. He's a fan of the old Seinfeld show, and some footage of the restaurant's exterior was frequently used on the show.

I noticed something I had never noticed before: the iPhone selfies preview as mirror-image, but finalize as non-mirror-image. I noticed because my selfie had a word in it. So the preview, when I was snapping the selfie, looked like this:

I was quite surprised, even disoriented by this.

Afterwords, in the photo folder, it looked like this:

I know that someone at Apple thought this through,
but I didn't have a clue.

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