Thursday, June 24, 2010

Is it Summer yet? 55

Summer Solstice came and went.
They huddle beneath the gray skies
in cold drizzle.
Animals committed suicide
out of deep depression.
Photosynthesis was next to impossible.
Movement was only in super slow motion.
Eye contact avoided.
But when the summer sun finally appeared,
they bitched about the heat.
Such is summer in the Pacific Northwest.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What the Hell Wednesday - New waiting period for Mayo?

We are back to the left coast for this edition of What the Hell Wednesday. This week in Boise, Idaho a woman was arrested for one of the most unusual crimes I have ever heard of. Here is the original story:

Boise, ID
Condiment vandalism: Woman, 74, arrested

Police said a Boise woman was arrested after mayonnaise was poured into the Ada County library's book drop box is a person of interest in a yearlong spree of condiment-related crimes.

Joy L. Cassidy, 74, was arrested last week at the library moments after police say she pulled up to the drive through and dumped mayonnaise in the box of reading materials.

Cassidy was booked and released from the county hail on a misdemeanor charge of malicious injury to property. Police did not disclose a motive.

Boise police said Cassidy is under investigation in at least 10 similar cases of vandalism since May 2009. Library employees have reported finding books in the drop box covered with corn syrup and ketchup. - The Associated Press (as printed in The Oregonian on 6/20/2010)

Oh My God, Boise. Your police are staking out the local library for the "Mayo Bandit"? Slow day down at the precinct? I bet. How close do you think they were to calling in the SWAT Team? Big time police operation to be sure. It was either catch this crazy or legislate a five day waiting period on all Mayo purchases.

But how about this woman? Look, lady, when I check out a bad book, I just stop reading it and remember the name of the crappy author. But I don't prep it like some ham on rye. It was my lousy choice and not the library's fault. Of course, then again, perhaps the woman had been "shushed" just once too often and, not being a gun owner, thank God, she went to her pantry and plotted revenge. I would hate to see what happens if she rents a bad movie that she actually had to pay good money for. Return the DVD in a magnetic case? This sort of behavior probably started with her not rewinding back in the old VHS days. She's baaad.

I bet her favorite book is Fahrenheit 451. I also bet she went to the University of Idaho - nickname - (yup) Vandals. Clearly all those loose Vandals in Idaho keep the local authorities quite busy and if all of the Vandal shenanigans are like Joy Cassidy's the cops will find themselves repeating - What the Hell?

Monday, June 21, 2010

What were they thinking?

As seen in the local Dollar Store.
An interesting marketing concept.
Are they suggesting these are similar products
or that perhaps they can be used
in conjunction with one another.
Can you imagine the interview process for sales clerks?
Interviewer: "Please identify these products."
Prospective employee: "Well, that there is rat poison and them are candy."
Interviewer: "Tell me about them."
Prospective employee: "They can both be eaten."
Interviewer: "Congratulations! You are our new merchandising manager."

I, for one, will have second thoughts
about ever buying candy from this store.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Satisfying Sunday 160

Cup in hand,
computer on my lap,
feet on the coffee table.
I sit back to sip
and read some talented writers.
Another laidback Sunday morning in the blogosphere.

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