STATUS QUOtes — 20180720

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 
“Life is difficult for those who have the daring to first set out on an unknown road. The avant-garde always has a bad time of it.” — Anton Chekhov

“In anger a man becomes dangerous to himself and to others.” — Vikrant Parsai

“You owe it to yourself to find your own unorthodox way of succeeding, or sometimes, just surviving.” — Michael Johnson

“When I was a kid, I wanted to be older, but this is not what I expected.” — Unknown

 

 

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Sore Thumb, Green Thumb – Desert Bloom

Red blooming desert cactus at a distance

Can you see it?

Red blooming desert cactus at a distance

It stood out like a sore thumb; at least to me. The desert landscape doesn’t usually have a significant number of blooms this time of year with temperatures between 90-110 degrees. This particular cactus was given to me a couple of years ago as a broken piece from a much larger plant.

We hardened it off a bit and placed it in the landscape. Over the first year, I babied it a bit with extra water, but it only receives scant water now in its second full year.

Red blooming desert cactus portrait

Here is a close up

Closeup

The bees were taking advantage of the abundant pollen being made available.

Closeup with bees

I must say, they burrowed way down into the base of the flower and appeared to be “rolling around” in all their glory. We have to feel sorry for the bees nowadays.

I believe this is a torch cactus variety, but I do not have the exact botanical name. It might be a Trichocereus huascha (Echinopsis), but I will let you decide by checking the link.

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20180719

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block

“Equality is not when a female Einstein gets promoted to assistant professor; equality is when a female schlemiel moves ahead as fast as a male schlemiel.” — Ewald Nyquist

“Some of our folks went to Washington to drain the swamp and made a partnership with the alligators instead.” — Fred Thompson, Former U.S. Senator & actor

 
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SignEdge: Angling Speed Limit

It isn’t often that one sees a speed limit sign that doubles down on the number 45. Not only does this sign mean 45 mph, it seems to hanging close to a 45-degree angle of sorts.




45 Angle or MPH



45 Angle or MPH

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20180718

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Slang is language that takes off its coat, spits on its hands, and goes to work.” — Carl Sandburg

“The life of a creator is not the only life nor perhaps the most interesting which a man leads. There is a time for play and a time for work, a time for creation and a time for lying fallow. And there is a time, glorious too in its own way, when one scarcely exists, when one is a complete void. I mean — when boredom seems the very stuff of life.” — Henry Miller

“The mind has exactly the same power as the hands, not merely to grasp the world, but to change it.” — Colin Wilson

“Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven’t been taxed before.” — Art Buchwald

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20180717

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“We do not lead others into the light by stepping into the darkness with them.” — Melody Beattie

“We owe something to extravagance, for thrift and adventure seldom go hand in hand.” — Jennie Jerome Churchill

“Reveal not every secret you have to a friend, for how can you tell but that friend may hereafter become an enemy. And bring not all mischief you are able to upon an enemy, for he may one day become your friend.” — Saadi

“When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bike; then I realised that The Lord doesn’t work that way… so I stole one and asked him to forgive me.” — Peter Kay

 
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STATUS QUOtes — Picture Quote — 20180716

Today’s Picture Quote



“Mistakes have the power to turn you into something better than you were before.”

Via

 
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STATUS QUOtes — 20180716

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“Live together like brothers and do business like strangers.” — Arabic Proverb

“How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of goodwill! In such a place even I would be an ardent patriot.” — Albert Einstein

“Logic is a feeble reed, friend. Logic proved that airplanes can’t fly and that H-bombs won’t work and that stones don’t fall out of the sky. Logic is a way of saying that anything which didn’t happen yesterday won’t happen tomorrow.” — Robert A. Heinlein

“If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.” — Unknown

 
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Video: Children are our Future…Can You Name A Country?

I have to admit that I am not as good as I once was when it comes to naming and locating foreign countries on a blank map of the world. At one time, during my 30s-50s, I could probably name and point to a majority of the countries in the world. Once the Soviet Union broke up and new countries were formed, I just lost track. I admit, I should now know more than I do about world geography, but I do know a fair amount. I would venture to say I am at least average if not a bit above.

On the Jimmy Kimmel show the other day, they stopped people and asked them if they could identify just one country on a map of the world. I was surprised that there seemed to be a significant number of people who could not name and point to one foreign country. Some managed to name continents, but very few could identify a single country.

There is one bright exception in the video below; hence the title of this post!

Obviously, the video was edited and most likely they were very selective in the portions of the recordings they chose to include. I will leave it up to JBRish readers to draw their own conclusions.

Ahem! How many countries can you name?

Notes from the YouTube Video Page:

“Donald Trump is overseas visiting Belgium, England, Scotland and then his pal Putin in Russia. It is imperative that America has strong relationships with and knowledge about other nations, and that responsibility extends to all of us. So we came up with a test and went out on the street to ask people passing by, to name any country on a map. It didn’t go well.”

 

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STATUS QUOtes — 20180715

Today’s STATUS QUOtes

 

“One man with courage makes a majority.” — Andrew Jackson

“There is but one right, and the possibilities of wrong are infinite.” — Thomas Henry Huxley

“I never get tired of the blue sky.” — Vincent Van Gogh

“If lessons are learned in defeat, as they say, our team is really getting a great education.” — Murray Warmath, American football coach

 
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