Where's Hazel? Pet Hazel. Scratch Hazel behind her ears.
In Scouting for Boys, Baden-Powell wrote
of chivalry and the knights of old. He tried to show
Scouts a new path to chivalry and honor. Saint
George was the Patron Saint of England, and of the
Knights of the Garter, the oldest order of chivalry in
Europe. They were familiar subjects to most English boys
when B-P was writing. As Ward wrote to remind me: "St.
George and the Dragonet" is a short audio satire recorded
August 26, 1953 by Stan ... Scripted by Freberg and Daws
Butler, the spoof combined the tale of "St. George and the
Dragon" with the popular 1950s radio-TV series Dragnet.
Mention of Boy Scouts Reminds me of Good Deeds
On Febter 12th (Happy B'Day Mom) I mailed a box of nine
books to an address in Chico California. On 20
Febter USPS Tracking reported: "In Transit, Arriving
Late". On 27 Febter the addressee wrote me: "It looks like
your book package was seriously damaged in the mail, with
the label having been pulled off and separated from the
package itself, which is now stranded in San Francisco
with no label on it."
World Naked Gardening Day
“Gardening has a timeless
quality, and anyone can do it: young and old,
singles or groups, the fit and infirm, urban and rural. An
elderly lady in a Manhattan apartment can plant new
annuals in her window box. Families can rake leaves in
their back yard. Freehikers can pull invasive weeds along
their favorite stretch of trail. More daring groups can
make rapid clothes-free sorties into public parks to do
community-friendly stealth cleanups.” Get
outside and pull a weed!
Ford Giveth And Ford Taketh Away
really unites them, however, is their status as relics.
They hail from an era when engine controls weren’t fully
computerized, and when cars could be fixed using hand
tools. They represent a relationship to technology that
has now vanished—one that privileges user involvement over
When you do other less important tasks rather than the
work you're supposed to be doing.
Later and Getting Later Still
I need to get more serious about packing for Pie Town.
But then again the longer I wait the sooner I will return
so what's the point of taking so much stuff with me?
Growth removal need is unknown at this point. Awaiting
biopsy results. If that is positive then “How soon can I
get an appointment” becomes the next factor. A week? I'll
wait for. A month? I may as well get to Pie Town and then
drive truck back for a day trip later. Or maybe just wait
until Octvember. For now I'm still in Paul's back yard,
feeding his cats and birds and spending a few hours one
day a week at the Buckeye Food Bank fixing things and
filling up on junk food.
Happy Mother's Day to All My Other Mothers
Even downer poems deserve publication and circulation
and so there is this from one of my early correspondents
when I was in McMurdo, when my first mother was headed
down this same road:
Monday-Monday..., 20 May
Did I tell you about how a backfire blew out TinyTruck's
muffler? Sounded burbley mellow for a week or so then took
an infu$ion of copiou$ ca$h at the muffler shop where I
also discovered a very soft left rear tyre. Visited the
tyre store on my way back to Tonopah and inspection
revealed the spare was also flat and all the running
rubber is a few thirty-seconds away from overdue for
replacement. New tyres will have to wait for november at
least. All my cash is tied up in that plaque for Bill P.
The bronze plaque will be placed at El Dorado Hot Spring
in Tonopah where Bill, along with his partner Camilla Van
Sickle, founded the hot spring in 1997. To be a part of
this celebration write me for details. Eddress in the
footer. You can also still donate to the cost of
My three biopsy results are positive. I have three
new spots on my back that must be excised, burned off with
liquid nitrogen... Appointment for that treatment made for
3rd June so my departure from Tonopah is delayed for at
least another fortnight.
Escape the Stupidity
Although it will be years before the first humans set
foot on Mars, NASA
is giving the public an opportunity to send their names
— stenciled on chips (micro chips, not taco chips) — to
the Red Planet with NASA's Mars 2020 rover, which
represents the initial leg of humanity’s first round trip
to another planet. The rover is scheduled to launch as
early as July 2020, with the spacecraft expected to touch
down on Mars in February 2021. Contact
NASA to have your name recorded for delivery to Mars.
got a window seat.
“The United States has been at war [even though many of
those conflicts were never declared as such] every day
since its founding, often covertly and often in several
parts of the world at once.” (Utne
Reader Spring 2019, pp31)
June Again, Almost Summer
Almost time for the Summer Solstice edition of Oso con
Migo's Travails Letter. We: Oso, Zachary, Hurricane
Hazel-Rah, and me, correspond with a cohort of some 80
Humans who live on the other side of The Wall. That's one
of the reasons I don't have much time to wash the dishes
and go for walks. Another issue sweeping this cohort is a
ban on mailing labels. TeXas is leading the way. Some
places just RTS my letters with no explanation:
“Refused—Unable To Forward”. Others rubber stamp the
I can see them disallowing Homemade Greeting Cards. Who
knows which among the greeting card companies is a
corporate sponsor of the commercial for profit prison
system; but I don't understand why No Labels. Why no
labels—not even address labels—but self-stick U.S. Postage
Stamps are O.K.? So I've been teaching my printer to print
database addy info directly on the #10 envelopes. And I've
been folding Zachary's B'Day Cards in thirds rather than
in quarters. And writing across the top: “This Is A
Letter”. His 2020 edition will likely formalise that
somehow. B'day Letter rather than B'day Card. Perhaps with
dotted lines labeled reFold Here to create your own card.
The Ides of June & Almost Solstice
My early saturday morning departure from Tonopah to Pie
Town (...finally...) was late as usual with forgets and
do-overs. At least this time I remembered to stow the
sugar bowl. By then the traffic was piling up, even for a
saturday morning, so I took the 101 loop around Phoenix.
Parts of that drive were new to me so that was nice.
Hectic drive tho not as bad as the Construction Zone
downtown. Navigational debate between Mr Magellan and Ms
Android. Mr Magellan does not know 101 has been completed
from i17 east and south to Mesa. He was very confused when
The Cat Drag'd Inn barreled along through fences
and across fields on roads only Ms Android knew about.
On to Pie Town. About 50 miles to second breakfast at the
Pie Town Café. Driving through the notch in the dike,
round the last bend before the short climb to the center
of town, a totally new sight surprised my eyes. A tripod!
Four hundred and some feet tall, right across from the Pie
Town Café. The
three books of the Tripods series,
immediately came to mind. Written by John Christopher in
the late 1960's, tell of an Earth conquered by
three-legged beings which according one then current
theory were once machines made by men.... the Tripods
reduce mankind to a state of servitude. See more of this
my letter ajo01c.htm near the bottom and 25 episodes
of the BBC
scifi drama based on the books. I learned later this
tripod, newly arrived in Pie Town, is called the "Pieffel
Beyond Summer Solstice
Sol has turned south. Already the days are getting
shorter. The Lost Package of Books has yet to be found.
I do not know what I may appear to the world;
but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on
the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a
smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the
great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
—Sir Isaac Newton
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