Our CUBS have won a couple - yesterday they beat Milwaukee 10-8. Stay tuned.
There must have been a large scale civilization in western Europe around 10,000 years ago that, for one reason or another, disappeared about 5000 years ago - about the time that Stonehenge was built. One can find standing stones in almost every country in Europe. We know that Stonehenge was built about 5000 years ago - we also know of Henges that lie at the borders of islands in the ocean - half in and half out of the water - that could only have been built BEFORE the end of the last ice age. Ten thousand years ago.
The European standing stones are all very similar to one another.
There are fossil settlements at the bottom of the English Channel that could only have been settled more that 10,000 years ago.
Who were these people? Who did they become? Where are their descendants now?
An example. Go to Central America. The Maya still exist - and know themselves to be Mayan. THEY didn't disappear. Their body politic - their organized government - disappeared. But not the people. So it must be with the people of Europe that built stone monuments all over the continent.
It's just that the memory of who they are has died over time.
This has been, obviously, one of those "Things I think about". Couldn't wait for Tuesday.
Last night I watched the opening episode of the new "Cosmos". What did YOU think about it? Will you watch it next week?
(As I go, I am wearing you. I am, because we are.)
What follows is offered in response to Velvet Verbosity's 100 Word Challenge. The challenge, this week, is "Marriage".
"Hello? Oh, hi. It's you."
"I'm okay . How 'bout you?"
"Wow. That's nice. How are the kids?"
"Really? Just make sure he treats 'em right, okay?"
"You guys are talking about marriage already?"
"I don't mean to sound surprised, but ... it's like our marriage is barely cold."
"Well, yeah, I suppose a couple of years is 'a long time' if you think in those terms."
"No. No girlfriends, yet. I don't know ... how the hell do I find one?"
"Yeah. That's me. 'Stick in the mud'. And stuck in it, too."
He hung up.
He turned away and cursed.
A friend of mine sent me a link which led to a graphic explaining the concept of "The Two Sentence Horror Story". An experiment, if you will.
The foul creature stood before him, eyes glowing red, breath a reeking stench. "I am Nechbonneezer, and I have come", it said, as a slimy hand reached toward him, "for you".
As some of you may know, I'm rather past the due date for retirement. Some might say "beyond the expiration date". Still, there aren't many who can do what I do, so I continue to work a "day job" and, at the same time, move toward a time when I can actually afford to retire.
I may have found a method of supporting a "retired' me, although it will take a while to build the process to the point where it will support me in the style to which I would like to become accustomed.
Because Social Security ain't gonna do it. And there's other stuff I won't go into here, but suffice to say that the greatest reason I'm still working is financial. So handling those ongoing needs has become important. And I have found a way.
I am working with a young man who is rebuilding my 1979 Honda CB750K 10th Anniversary Edition motorcycle. Right now, our ambition is to get her back on the road - but over time, we plan to make sure she becomes completely stock. To that end, I bought a parts bike - the same year bike but with a long lost title which means it can never be licensed again - and I bought it for less than the cost of parts I need for mine.
The thing is, there will be parts left over.
Which I can sell. Which I can sell for way more than I paid for the whole parts bike.
In other words - I can PROFIT.
And that's what we are going to do. Buy 'em. (bikes that can no longer be licensed) Strip 'em. (making sure we get good parts) Sell the parts. (hopefully, for more than we pay for the bike)
Spring Training has started. The CUBS are 0-3. Someone hold me.
One of those things I think about: Science is a very scattered place - made of many disciplines and fields of study. The problem, now, is assembling all of these various bits and pieces of accumulated knowledge and theory into a larger understanding - the whole picture, if you will. It is, probably, beyond the measure of any one man or woman to SEE the whole picture, and yet the day must come when someone can.
I managed to avoid the Oscars last night. I watched Captain America, instead. I hadn't seen it. So, I wonder, who won?
I know I've probably mentioned this before, but if you're in the habit of making French toast at home, then you ought to try doing that with Sourdough Bread, or Challah. You'll love it. I Gar-un-tee it.
I believe that we in the Midwest have lived through our last cold and miserable weekend of the year. At least, I hope so. That said, warm weather is on the way. Thank our lucky stars.
Be well, be warm, and have a wonderful week.
N dinombethe, ubuntu.