The Law

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Today we are going to Muse about laws.  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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What a Week!

What a Week!

What a Week!

Mid-term elections, election recount, terrible fires, another shooting, a significant birthday . . . there has been a lot going on.  As a result I have not given much attention to my musing.  Fortunately a friend sent me a bit of humor which I will share with you.

Much of this is so true!

Law of Mechanical Repair – After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to pee. (Also has application in the kitchen if washing dishes, handling flour, etc.)

Law of Gravity – Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe.

Law of Probability – The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

Law of Random Numbers – If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers.

Variation Law – If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.

Law of Waiting Lines – Whatever personal algorithm or selection process you use, the line not selected will move faster.

Law of the Bath – When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone will ring.

Law of Close Encounters – The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

Law of the Result – When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, IT WILL!!!

Law of Biomechanics – The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

Law of the Theatre & Football Stadium – At any event, the people whose seats are farthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk.

Murphy’s Law of Lockers – If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Law of Physical Surfaces – The chances of an open-faced jam sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug

Law of Physical Appearance – If the clothes fit, they’re ugly.

The 50-50-90 Law – Whenever there’s a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability that you’ll get it wrong.

Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy – As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it OR the store will stop selling it!

Doctors’ Law – If you don’t feel well and make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there, you’ll feel better. But don’t make an appointment and you’ll stay sick.

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Time Out!

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Today we are going to Muse about Time.  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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Time Out

Time

Time

If you’ve got the money, Honey, I’ve got the time.

This morning as I got up I set the clock back an hour.  It is that time of year.

But it got me thinking about time.  To most of us time is pretty exact:  hours, minutes and seconds.  But, that is not how it has always been, or, in some locations, is today.

During colonial times in New Haven, Connecticut, the city fathers commissioned construction of a clock in the tower of a municipal building.  They employed the services of a respected clockmaker.  The clock was the source of much civic pride.

However, to their dismay they discovered that for months the clock steadily lost time and then for months it reversed itself and gained time.  An hour was not an hour.

They sued the clock maker.

And the suit revealed two different concepts of time.  They were thinking in scientific terms, with time being exact and uniform.  The clock maker was thinking in agrarian terms.  As the days grew shorter so did the hours on his clock.  As the days grew longer the hours grew longer.  Twelve o’clock, noon, was when the sun was in the middle of the sky.  Six o’clock in the evening was when the sun set.  His clock tracked the days of the seasons as a farmer would think of time; solar time.

train

train

Time Zones

time zones

time zones

Today we have time zones and we think of time as exact and uniform.  The time zones were created to accommodate the railroads.    In the early period of the railroads, a schedule might say a train would arrive or leave some distant point at a given hour.  However, hours shown on a clock were not regulated.  They basically were local time guided by the sun.  12:00 noon in Boston, might be 11:20 in Philadelphia or 11:00 in Washington, DC.  scheduling was nearly impossible.  So, the first time zones in the United States were established by the railroads in 1883.  It was not until 1918 that time zones were officially adopted by Congress.  Speedy as ever!

Day Light Savings Time

Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings

Time has been regulated in other ways, the most obvious being day light savings time (DST).  It was first used in the United States during the first world war.  Subsequently DST has been in and out of favor over the years.  Congress adopted the basic regulation establishing DST in 1966 but it has not been without change.  For example, in 1973 the country observed DST for the entire year.

Not all the country observes DST.  Hawaii and most of Arizona do not.

Florida Flag

Florida Flag

In March the Florida legislature passed legislation, H.B. 1013, to put Florida on permanent day light savings time and Governor Rick Scott signed it into law.  But what happened?  Nada!

The New York Times writes “The federal government controls the nation’s time zones, as well as the start and end dates of daylight saving time. States can choose to exempt themselves from daylight saving time — Arizona and Hawaii do — but nothing in federal law allows them to exempt themselves from standard time.”

It is probably a good thing.  Otherwise, during parts of the year Florida would be an hour ahead of the East Coast.  We would be on Nova Scotia time.

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The Changing Neighborhood

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Today we are going to Muse about my changing neighborhood.  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 Changing Neighborhood

Change is in the wind.  I have lived in three neighborhoods over the years I have been in West Palm Beach, Florida,  the north, the middle and the south, always along the Intracoastal Waterway.

West Palm Beach, FL

West Palm Beach, FL

Currently my home is in the neighborhood south of Southern Boulevard (State Road 80) and is called SOSO.

SOSO (South of Southern)

SOSO
(South of Southern)

This is a nice neighborhood, generally well-kept.

Neighborhood street

Neighborhood street

Since it is bordered by the waterway the traffic is light, usually limited to people who live in the area.

Intracoastal waterway

Along the Intracoastal waterway

The majority of the homes were built after world war II and are single story ranch homes like these.

typical houses

typical houses

neighborhood house

neighborhood house

neighborhood house

neighborhood house

But change is underway.  These homes are being turn down and replaced by bigger and more imposing homes.  Today I drove around my local streets within only a few blocks of our home and this is some of what I saw.

Under construction

Under construction

under construction

under construction

under construction

under construction

under construction

under construction

under construction

under construction

This one is interesting.  It is across the street from the Intracoastal Waterway.  The lot is built up to be level with the top of the white wall.  Protection against storm surge!

under construction

under construction

just completed

just completed

under construction

under construction

under construction

under construction

under construction

under construction

These are all custom homes being built in a mature neighborhood.  Amazing.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this:

I lived here from 1997 to 2001

I lived here from 1997 to 2001

Change is in the wind.

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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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History Repeated

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Today we are going to Muse about History and what it means to be conservative or liberal by nature.  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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Election 101

Election 101

HISTORY REPEATED

Sometime back my older brother (now deceased) sent me the following history lesson.   He was quite conservative politically.

I have shared this before, but I thought with the mid-term elections upon us, it would be appropriate to share it again.  Unfortunately I do not know the name of the author, so I cannot give credit where it is due.

Here it is:

History Lesson!

For those that don’t know about history … Here is a condensed version:

Humans originally existed as members of small bands of nomadic hunters/gatherers. They lived on deer in the mountains during the summer and would go to the coast and live on fish and lobster in the winter.

Beer

Beer

Wheel

Wheel

The two most important events in all of history were the invention of beer and the invention of the wheel. The wheel was invented to get man to the beer. These were the foundation of modern civilization and together were the catalyst for the splitting of humanity into two distinct subgroups:

1 . Liberals, and
2. Conservatives.

Once beer was discovered, it required grain and that was the beginning of agriculture. Neither the  bottle nor aluminum can were invented yet, so while our early humans were sitting around waiting for them to be invented, they just stayed close to the brewery. That’s how villages were formed.

Conservative movement

Some men spent their days hunting and killing animals to BBQ at night while they were drinking beer. This was the beginning of what is known as the Conservative movement…

Liberal movement

Other men who were weaker and less skilled at hunting learned to live off the conservatives by showing up for the nightly BBQ’s and doing the sewing, fetching, and hair dressing. This was the beginning of the Liberal movement.

Some of these liberal men eventually evolved into women. They became known as girlie-men. Some noteworthy liberal achievements include the domestication of cats, the invention of group hugs, and the concept of Democratic voting to decide how to divide the meat and beer that conservatives provided.

democrat-republican

democrat-republican

Over the years conservatives came to be symbolized by the largest, most powerful land animal on earth, the elephant. Liberals are symbolized by the jackass for obvious reasons.

Modern liberals like imported beer (with lime added), but most prefer white wine or imported  water. They eat raw fish but like their beef well done. Sushi, tofu, and French food are standard liberal fare. Most  accountants, journalists, and dreamers in Hollywood  are liberals. Liberals invented the designated hitter rule because it wasn’t fair to make the pitcher also bat.

Conservatives drink domestic beer, mostly Bud or Coors. They eat red meat and still provide for their women. Conservatives are big game hunters, rodeo cowboys, lumberjacks, construction workers, firemen,  doctors, police officers,  engineers, corporate executives, athletes, members of the military, airline pilots and generally anyone who works productively. Conservatives who own companies hire other conservatives who want to work for a living.

Liberals produce little or nothing. They like to govern the producers and decide what to do with the production. Liberals believe Europeans are more enlightened than Americans. That is why most of the liberals remained in Europe when conservatives were coming to America . They crept in after the Wild West was tamed and created a business of trying to get more for nothing.

Here ends today’s lesson in world history.

It should be noted that a Liberal may have a momentary urge to angrily respond to the above.

A Conservative will simply laugh and be so convinced of the absolute truth of this history that it will be forwarded immediately to other true believers and to more liberals just to piss them off.

The author concluded by saying,

 “And there you have it, period. Let your next action reveal your true self.   I’m going to have another beer.”

My brother added his contribution by writing,

“Funny, but the author neglected to mention that humor was invented by liberals in order to disarm conservatives, thus preventing them from killing and eating liberals.”

To which I replied,

“The author also neglected to relate that when the liberals invented agriculture they pointed it out to the conservatives, saying “This is grass”.  The conservatives being  hard of hearing thought they said, “Kiss my ___.“”

And they did.

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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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Awestruck

Awestruck

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Joyful

Joyful

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Odds and Ends

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Today we are going to Muse about  Mexico again.   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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Odds and Ends

We have been home from our Mexico trip a week and a half now.  During the five weeks we were away we had the interior of the house painted.  Our painter, Tony, did a very nice job and actually put most of the house back together.  But, there was still much to do like hanging paintings, filling bookcases and the like.  And then there were the five weeks of mail to be dealt with.  And there were touch-up issues and air conditioning issues and minutia.  We have now pretty much worked through all that.

So I thought today I would talk about odds and ends relating to our time in San Miguel de Allende (SMA).

Weddings

SMA

SMA

San Miguel de Allende has become a wedding destination.  It is said to be the Wedding Capital of Mexico.  People come from all over, including internationally, to be married in SMA.  Frequently around town you see these puppets.

Another bride

Another bride

v

bride puppet

Bride and Groom

Bride and Groom

This bride and groom were part of a wedding held next door to our house.  Below us was a hotel which hosted weddings several times during our stay.  The celebrations went on past 3AM.  Loud music, noise and fire works.  They sounded like howitzers.  Not so good.

I took these from our terrace  trying to see what was going on.

Party below

Party below

Wedding

Wedding

Wedding party

Wedding party

By 3AM the charm had worn off.

Looking Inside

SMA is a walking town.  The houses and businesses are built right to the street.  There are no set backs.

El Chorro

El Chorro

You normally have no idea of what lies behind the walls.  However, every now and then you can peek inside.  Look at this.

Looking In

Looking In

This property was being renovated and the door to the street was open.   Past the workmen  you can see an archway leading to a distant space.  The house is enormous.  From the street you would have no idea.

Shopping

It is what you do.  I got to be the recorder-of-events and the carrier-of-packages.  We had with us our friend Janet from Los Angles.  Jeanette and Janet put in the good effort.

Gone Shopping

Gone Shopping

Art Show

Art Show

shopping still

shopping still

Hanks

A popular restaurant and bar is Hanks.  The food is New Orleans Cajun style and is consistently good.  It is frequented by the expatriate crowd.  I found this in the mens room.  You may find it amusing.  Maybe not.

15 Reasons

15 Reasons

A last thought

SMA is a rich and prosperous city.  Jeanette and I have gone there nearly every year since  2003.  We have seen a great deal of change:  luxury gated communities, new golf courses, new industry and about 40% population growth.

But like most communities there are still people in need.

Poverty

Poverty

You can see to the left of and behind the approaching women a seated woman.  She is holding a baby and begging.  This is a common sight.  The man with the trumpet was playing some notes attempting to give something of value for a donation.

I don’t know the answer.

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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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