Carpet Caper

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Today we are going to Muse about home improvement.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Its home improvement time.

We decided the carpet in the guest room and on the stairs was showing its age, getting tired. Time for change! And the right time to do it! We are expecting house guests Sunday.

So, about two weeks ago we made arrangements to install the new carpet. It was to be done on a Tuesday.

When the day came an installer arrived in the afternoon. Alone.

I asked, “Are you by yourself? It’s just you?

I was thinking of all the furniture that needed to be dealt with, heavy furniture.

“Yeah, It’s just me. I was supposed to have a helper, but he didn’t show up. So it’s just me.”

“Gees”, I said. “You need a helper. It’s a big job. One guy can’t do that. Let’s talk to the office.”

We called the office and after confirming noone else was available for the installation, we rescheduled the job to the following week, on Tuesday. That was OK. Our house guests were not coming until Sunday.

That weekend our brother-in-law died. We made arrangements to fly north on Tuesday and home after the funeral on Wednesday.

I called the company and rescheduled the installation for Thursday. That was OK. Our house guests were not coming until Sunday.

“Bring a couple of guys”, I said.

Thursday four guys showed up. And they got right to work. In no time, they had removed the old carpet and started cutting the new pieces to size. Much of the work was done in my driveway.

As they were working away a young woman came by and began to ask the workers about their Worker’s Compensation coverage. She identified herself as a Compliance Investigator from the Bureau of Compliance, Division of Workers’Compensation, Florida Department of Financial Services. The foreman referred her to his employer, giving her the phone number. She was unable to get the information she was seeking, either because she did not make contact or the person would not give her the information. It wasn’t clear to me.

What was clear to me was the fact that suddenly the crew packed up and drove away. Leaving us with a bare floor, the old carpet having been removed. AAAAAAGH!!!!

I suspect a couple of the guys were not legal immigrants and they wanted nothing to do with this.
Again AAAAAAGH!

I called the company and explained the situation. It was NOT OK. We have guests coming Sunday!

They said they would take care of it.

Later that afternoon one guy, Richard, showed up. He moved furniture, cut and installed the carpet and padding, vacuumed up the debris, reset the furniture. He did it all. It looks wonderful.

After this I think I will just be quiet.

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Roadside

Roadside

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Colony Hotel

Colony Hotel

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View West

View West

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Peter Pain and other things

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Today we are going to Muse about Peter Pain and other things.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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It’s a problem

For nearly thirty years I have lived in Florida.  Before moving here, except for my high school years, I had spent nearly all my life in the west, primarily in Arizona and California.  My childhood was spent in small towns;  my adult life in large cities.

It is different down here, but not so much in the stereotypical South vs. North way.

My part of Florida is densely populated.  Much of the state is not. And that makes the difference.

I saw the following posted on Facebook.  Most of it comes from a book of Red Neck jokes.

The Orator

The Orator

ADVICE FOR ANYONE MOVING TO THE SOUTH

1. Save all bacon grease. You will be instructed later how to use it.

2. If you do run your car into a ditch, don’t panic. Four men in the cab of a four wheel drive with a 12-pack of beer and a tow chain will be along shortly. Don’t try to help them. Just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.

3. Remember: “Y’all” is singular. “All y’all” is plural. “All y’all’s” is plural possessive.

4. Get used to the phrase “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”. And the collateral phrase “You call this hot? Wait’ll August.”

5. Don’t tell us how you did it up north. Nobody cares.

6. If you think it’s too hot, don’t worry. It’ll cool down-in December (if ur lucky)

7. A Mercedes-Benz or Lexus is not a status symbol here, a Chevy, Dodge, or Ford is.

8. If someone says they’re “fixin” to do something, that doesn’t mean anything’s broken.

9. The value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but the availability of shade.

10. If you see a slower moving vehicle/equipment on a two lane road coming towards you, pull onto the shoulder, that is called “courtesy”.

11. BBQ is a food dish. It does NOT mean grilling burgers and hot dogs outdoors. That’s called a cookout.

12. Weddings, funerals, and giving birth must take into consideration NASCAR races and Football games.

13. Everything is better with Ranch dressing.

14. Dukes is real mayo… Not that Miracle Whip stuff.

15. DO NOT honk your horn at us to be obnoxious, we will sit there until we die or until Jesus comes back, which ever is first.

16. We pull over and stop for emergency vehicles to pass.

17. For funeral processions, pull to the right and stop, turn your music off and wait for the entire procession to go by. We men also remove hats or caps. Some people put their hand over their heart.

18. “Bless your Heart” is our nice way of saying you’re an idiot.

19. No matter what kind: sprite, coke, pepsi, mtn dew, its called Coke.

20. If you don’t like the weather in Tallahassee, wait 30 minutes, it will change.

21. We say ‘Please’ & ‘Thank you’, it’s called being polite.

22. We hold the door open for our women, especially the elderly, it’s called being respectful.

23. Our state bird is the mosquito.

24. Our state drink is sweetened iced tea.

25. Our four food groups are meat, sodium, sugar and alcohol.

26. We deep-fry everything!!!

27. If you don’t like it here, GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM!!!

 

Meant to be Humorous

This is meant to be humorous but I think it speaks of differences that result in large part from economic and cultural inequality.

I read that within twenty years more than half of the population in the United states will live in fifteen  states, mostly along the East and West coasts.  These states will elect 30 senators.  The lesser population, largely living in more rural and less densely populated areas, will elect 70 senators. That is a problem.

On a different note:

Do you remember Peter Pain?

When I was five, the high-light of the week was having my grandmother read me the Sunday comics.    My favorite was Li’l Abner.

li'l Abner

li’l Abner

He brought us Daisy Mae, Fearless Fosdick, Shmoo, Sadie Hawkins, Marryin’ Sam and many more.

Daisy Mae

Daisy Mae

Fearless Fosdick

Fearless Fosdick

shmoo

shmoo

sadie hawkins

sadie hawkins

marryin sam

marryin sam

It was the best!

But a close second was Peter Pain.  He made a big impression on a 5 year old.

After all these years I still remember

Peter Pain

peter pain 1944-10-29

peter pain 1944-10-29

1951 peter pain ben gay newspaper ad

1951 peter pain ben gay newspaper ad

Don’t know why!

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1.  Click on this link:thomas-tribby.pixels.com
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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Works on Paper

On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida

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Roadside

Roadside

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Colony Hotel

Colony Hotel

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View West

View West

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The Pulletician

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Today we are going to Muse about the Jacob the Rooster.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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 The Disclaimer

Now and then a good story surfaces.  This is one.  I cannot claim to be the author.  In fact I do not know the author.  But I liked it so much I have shared it before.  In these perilous political times I felt I had to pass it along again.

Jacob the Rooster

Jacob the Rooster

Jacob the Rooster

Jacob the Rooster

Trevor the farmer was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens), called ‘pullets‘ and eight or ten roosters, whose job was to fertilize the eggs.

The farmer kept records and any rooster that didn’t perform went into the soup pot and was replaced.

It took an awful lot of his time so he bought a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone so Trevor could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing.

Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells.

The farmer’s favorite rooster was old Jacob, and a very fine specimen he was.

But on this particular morning Trevor noticed that old Jacob’s bell hadn’t rung at all.

Trevor went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing. The pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover.

But to farmer Trevor’s amazement, Jacob had his bell in his beak, so it couldn’t ring. He’d sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one.

Trevor was so proud of Jacob, he entered him in the local Country Fair and Jacob became an overnight sensation among the judges.

The result was the judges not only awarded Jacob the No Bell Piece Prize but they also awarded him the Pullet Surprise as well.

His fame even extended beyond our borders.  This Monument is found in Mexico.

Jacob the Rooster

Jacob the Rooster

The Pulletician

Clearly Jacob was a Pulletician in the making: Who else but a Pulletician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren’t paying attention.

Happy New Year!

 

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3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

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My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida

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Ode to Morocco

Ode to Morocco

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Formidable

Formidable

Exuberance

Exuberance

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Happy Holidays

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Today we are going to wish you the happiest of holiday seasons.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Happy Holidays

Christmas 2018

Christmas 2018

And in Florida

This was handed surreptitiously to me.

Santa in Florida

Santa in Florida

Could it be more festive?

On a different note

In the past I have written about genealogy and Ancestry.com.  My family tree now has in it over 14,000 people going back more than 1000 years.  Who knows how much of it is true.

I would like to share with you the Van Gogh Family Tree recently given to me as an unsolicited gift (much like the poem above).

Vincent Van Gogh Family Tree

Vincent Van Gogh Family Tree

Vincent Van Gogh Family Tree

So enough of this.  We are off to the next party!

This is a time for celebration and reflection.  Whatever your belief system, whatever your traditions or absence of the same, we wish you peace, health and happiness this holiday season and in the year to come.

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1.  Click on this link:thomas-tribby.pixels.com
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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Works on Paper

On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida

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Ode to Morocco

Ode to Morocco

Click to see

Formidable

Formidable

Exuberance

Exuberance

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The holidays

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FIRST

For Croquet enthusiasts — A RIDDLE.

Yesterday I played a game of Golf Croquet, a game in which the team that is the first to make 7 wickets wins.  My team scored nine wickets and the other team scored three.  However, my team lost.  How can that be?

Answer is found following my next discussion.

Santa Claus

Santa Claus

The holidays and Christmas will soon be upon us.

It got me thinking about the celebrations, Christmas in particular.  I  did a little research and this is some of what I found.

An Ancient Holiday

The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world.

Early Europeans, the Scandinavians, Germans, Gauls, Saxons and others celebrated pagan religions. Over time Christianity was introduced and began to make inroads through central, western and northern Europe.

In the early years of Christianity, Easter was the main holiday; the birth of Jesus was not celebrated. In the fourth century, church officials decided to institute the birth of Jesus as a holiday. Unfortunately, the Bible does not mention date for his birth (a fact Puritans later pointed out in order to deny the legitimacy of the celebration). Although some evidence suggests that his birth may have occurred in the spring (why would shepherds be herding in the middle of winter?), Pope Julius I chose December 25.

By the Middle Ages, Christianity had, for the most part, replaced pagan religion. On Christmas, believers attended church, then celebrated raucously in a drunken, carnival-like atmosphere similar to today’s Mardi Gras. Each year, a beggar or student would be crowned the “lord of misrule” and eager celebrants played the part of his subjects. The poor would go to the houses of the rich and demand their best food and drink. If owners failed to comply, their visitors would most likely terrorize them with mischief. Christmas became the time of year when the upper classes could repay their real or imagined “debt” to society by entertaining less fortunate citizens.

An Outlaw Christmas

In the early 17th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.

The pilgrims, English separatists that came to America in 1620, were even more orthodox in their Puritan beliefs than Cromwell. As a result, Christmas was not a holiday in early America. From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings. By contrast, in the Jamestown settlement, Captain John Smith reported that Christmas was enjoyed by all and passed without incident.

After the American Revolution, English customs fell out of favor, including Christmas. In fact, Christmas wasn’t declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870.

Irving Reinvents Christmas

It wasn’t until the 19th century that Americans began to embrace Christmas.

This was a period of class conflict and turmoil. Unemployment was high and gang rioting by the disenchanted classes often occurred during the Christmas season. In 1828, the New York city council instituted the city’s first police force in response to a Christmas riot. This catalyzed certain members of the upper classes to begin to change the way Christmas was celebrated in America.

In 1819, best-selling author Washington Irving wrote The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon, gent., a series of stories which include the celebration of Christmas in an English manor house. The sketches feature a squire who invited the peasants into his home for the holiday. In contrast to the problems faced in American society, the two groups mingled effortlessly. In Irving’s mind, Christmas should be a peaceful, warm-hearted holiday bringing groups together across lines of wealth or social status. Irving’s fictitious celebrants enjoyed “ancient customs,” including the crowning of a Lord of Misrule.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

In 1843, English author Charles Dickens created the classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol. The story’s message-the importance of charity and good will towards all humankind-struck a powerful chord in the United States and England and showed members of Victorian society the benefits of celebrating the holiday.

The family was also becoming less disciplined and more sensitive to the emotional needs of children during the early 1800s. Christmas provided families with a day when they could lavish attention-and gifts-on their children without appearing to “spoil” them.

Americans re-invented Christmas, and changed it from a raucous carnival holiday into a family centered day of peace and nostalgia. As they began to embrace Christmas as a perfect family holiday, old customs were unearthed. People looked toward recent immigrants and Catholic and Episcopalian churches to see how the day should be celebrated. In the next 100 years, Americans built a Christmas tradition all their own that included pieces of many other customs, including decorating trees, sending holiday cards and gift-giving.

Although most families quickly bought into the idea that they were celebrating Christmas as it had been done for centuries, Americans had really re-invented a holiday and Santa Claus to fill the cultural needs of a growing nation,

Santa Claus by Thomas Nash 1881

Santa Claus by Thomas Nash 1881

Tommy's Drum by Norman Rockwell

Tommy’s Drum by Norman Rockwell 1921

Christmas Facts

  • Each year, 30-35 million real Christmas trees are sold in the United States alone. There are 21,000 Christmas tree growers in the United States, and trees usually grow for about 15 years before they are sold.
  • In the Middle Ages, Christmas celebrations were rowdy and raucous—a lot like today’s Mardi Gras parties.
  • From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was outlawed in Boston, and law-breakers were fined five shillings.
  • Christmas was declared a federal holiday in the United States on June 26, 1870.
  • The first eggnog made in the United States was consumed in Captain John Smith’s 1607 Jamestown settlement.
  • Poinsettia plants are named after Joel R. Poinsett, an American minister to Mexico, who brought the red-and-green plant from Mexico to America in 1828.
  • The Salvation Army has been sending Santa Claus-clad donation collectors into the streets since the 1890s.
  • Rudolph, “the most famous reindeer of all,” was the product of Robert L. May’s imagination in 1939. The copywriter wrote a poem about the reindeer to help lure customers into the Montgomery Ward department store.
  • Construction workers started the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree tradition in 1931.”

ANSWER TO CROQUET  RIDDLE:

My team scored five wickets for ourselves but during the play unfortunately sent our opponents ball through another four wickets. Without our help they scored three wickets.  Thus they won, three plus four equals seven.  Humph!

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2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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Works on Paper

On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida

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Nocturnal Butterfly

Nocturnal Butterfly

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Before the Moon

Before the Moon

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Kimono on Blue

Kimono on Blue

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