A collection of distilled sarcastic wisdom, numerous photographs, discussions of books and stuff to learn and more stuff to think about from a retired economics professor turned blogger and photographer.
What should greet the Curmudgeonly Professor's eyes in the morning paper but pictures of dogs at weddings. Not just pictures of dogs, but a picture of a dog held between a bride and groom with each kissing the dog. Wait a minute. Does this trend mean that the minister must say, upon the conclusion of the pronouncing of the man and wife stuff that the next statement uttered is "You may now kiss the dog?" Mercy. The Professor is obviously of a different generation. And a dog for a ring bearer? Spare me. The Curmudgeonly Professor does his best to keep his viewers up to date on the latest important news of the world.
Click on Peppermint Tulips on my blog list at the right and check out the photos. Click on a gallery, then click on slide show to see the photos at their best. The site is still under construction but you can get the general idea. Some sites, like family sites, will be open to everyone and can be copied or printed at vendor prices. Other prices are set at approximate competitive rates. The price lists are not complete. So come back frequently to check on new photos.
Many things going on of late. Little time to blog. Many things to be concerned about. Like tomorrow is garbage day. Blue socks cast a trail of blue lint (sock boogers) across my clean carpet. Tomatoes quit blooming so will be short crop. Hot, hot, hot. Family here to visit. Time to tease grandkids. Granddaughter informed her boss on business trip to Costa Rica that her grandpa put her on probation for posting egregious photo of Kobe Bryant on family blog. Boss thought was hilarious. She is still on probation but on 12 point repentance process to try and get back on track. Shows no sign of humility. Slept through church yesterday. Need a spiritual awakening. Neighbor from St. George called to complain about lack of instructions for WalMart and Costco. Will remedy deficit soon. Missed about 5 Matlock episodes but a couple were low grade so no big deal. Learned more phrases appearing in every episode. Like "That's a lie." Or "That is not true." All spoken by people who stashed bloody knives and were guilty as sin. Letterman on tonight. Odds of funny joke limited. Not yet willing to spend more than two minutes on Conan. GOP voting No. Sarah campaigning for the "right." Economy still all screwed up. Banks raising rates, lowering credit limits. Iraquis blew the aid money on fraud. Rachel Maddow got Iraqui national baseball team all outfitted up. Cheers. Russia watching Alaska. My taxes went up $400 in recession. Utah Jazz not likely to trade Boozer. TCU supposed to win Mountain West football league. What do the media know? Fixed $13 part on car door for $163. Missed Karl Malone by one day at Karl Malone Toyota where he has museum and visits for a couple of hours to manage his store every three or four months. Or maybe weeks. Who knows. Got to make sure parts department stocked. Off to Thanksgiving Point to take photos of flowers. Have a few hundred more to post. Have a couple of thousand sitting on hard drive already that need to be posted. Have a nice day.
My durable '02 Avalon has been remarkably reliable, requiring only a replaced left blinker light in 80,000 miles besides routine brakes, tires, and maintenance. However, the left inside door handle refused to open, so we took it to the world famous Karl Malone Toyota dealership to get repaired. "That will cost you $163 to repair," the service manager said. Besides, he said, "There isn't a part in Salt Lake so we have to order it." "How much is the part?" I asked. "$13 was the reply, plus $150 in labor." So, we could either spend $163 on a new cable installed to open the door, or $35,000 on a new Avalon. Take your pick.
Here is the Curmudgeonly Professor's nomination for one of the most incredibly stupid morons and idiots of all time, or perhaps a group of said idiots: A few nights ago, about 60 year-old trees just establishing strong growth were chopped down in a park near where we live. Is it truly possible that some people are so incredibly cruel, insensitive, stupid, uncaring, and moronic, that they could do a deed like this? Apparently so. But it does leave us terribly depressed.
I have been working on my Zenfolio gallery site the last few days. Thus, I have had little time to do much posting to this blog. The site is still under construction, but you can see the galleries I have started if you click on Peppermint Tulips Photography in the blog list at the right. When you get to the site, click on a photo, then click on slide show to view the photos at their best. I will have price lists posted soon, as well as numerous other photos. Meanwhile, here is a gladiola blossom from my morning walk. A reminder that all my images are copyrighted and cannot be copied or used for any purpose other than viewing here. I hope you like this. My neighbors from St. George even called this morning, saying they missed my advice on what to do when shopping at WalMart and Costco and wondering when I was going to start writing again. There are so many things to learn about photography, Photoshop, and editing photos that I feel a bit overwhelmed, but it is so much fun to try and create beauty out of nature after drawing supply and demand curves for 45 years.
Thanks again to our faithful Philippine friends who have been following this blog and making frequent comments. If you have a way to do it, email one or more photos of Philippine flowers and just mention a little about yourselves. But, keep following us. I appreciate your continue comments! Best wishes.
Lee Benson, columnist for the Salt Lake Deseret News, gives us this heart-warming story that stands in sharp contrast to the kinds of people I mention in the following post.
Seems a moose was wandering around the Brigham Young University campus in Provo UT having a good time being lost, and damaged two cars belonging to students in the Marriott Center parking lot. The state of Utah determined they were not liable for moose damage, so the students were stuck with repair bills. Hearing about this dilemma, Dave Adams of G/3 Collision Auto Repair, offered to fix the cars for nothing. He said, "I do it because it gives you a good feeling when you see a need and its within what we can do."
Benson writes that Dave started fixing abandoned wrecks and giving them away eighteen months ago. He took one car to the unemployment office, gave the keys to the clerk, and told her to give it to someone who needed a car. A few weeks ago, Dave pulled into a gas station and noted the car he had given away at the next pump. A man, his wife, and children were in the car, with the back stuffed with sleeping bags and covered with curtains. Dave said, "Thank God we gave 'em a car, 'cause we gave them a house, too."
The Curmudgeonly Professor has skimped on his whining and complaining duties of late, so here are the nominations for the worst imbeciles, morons, idiots, and just plain rude people of the day:
Usual ignorant moron dog owners who never heard of a plastic bag, pooper scooper, and cleaning up after their precious pothound, leaving refuse for countless little kids, big kids, mommies with strollers, runners, and anyone else on the trail to jump over, walk around, or, horror of horrors, step in accidentally and have a mess to clean up when they get home. Do these people go to church on Sundays?
Triple moron imbecile who rode horse down Jordan River Trail, which is forbidden, leaving steaming pile of fresh road apples for hundreds of others to curse.
Quadruple jerk and idiot who defaced the floor of the wonderful gazebo over the duck pond with egregious four letter word.
Simpleton idiot who left plastic water bottle on gazebo floor. Does his mother pick up after him at home?
Unbelievably simple-minded qunituple moron and sextuple imbecile who drove city parks truck over newly installed sod replacing a bare patch needing sodded for several years, driving sod a foot into the muddy ground.
Impossibly arrogant jerk who still runs two large unleashed dogs along the trail each day, causing consternation for other dogs, aggravation for everyone else, and who informed me last fall it was his right to run his dogs however he wanted to, no matter that the sign says it's against the law to do so. Typical of morons who ignore rules, laws, run red lights, barge in front of people, cheat, have bad habits, and who should never have passed pre-school into first grade.
Simply rude people who stare through you like you were the offensive idiot when all you did was say a cheerful "good morning" to them. Obviously they hadn't taken their Metamucil.
We will add to this list as the need arises. Unfortunately, each day brings a new upsurge of idiots, morons, imbeciles, thoughtless and rude people, who do incredibly thoughtless, dangerous, and stupid things. Once God drowned everyone except for a smelly ark full of animals and a few survivors, but apparently that isn't supposed to happen again. So we all just have to suffer and endure. Have a nice day.
Oh yes, I almost forgot, there were no visible back rubbers in church yesterday. A big first!