“We got nukes, we got knives, we got sharp sticks.”

If I were to look up the word beautiful in the dictionary, I would see a picture of today. It is a cool, bright sunny morning which will be warmer by afternoon, in the mid to high 70’s, and by tonight will be back to the 60’s, perfect for sleeping. The long-range temperature looks the same for the whole week.

Today on syfi is unfriendly alien day. They are fighting for world domination and the total destruction of the human race. Despite early setbacks, we always win. A day watching a few science fiction movies would make aliens beware. Right now lizards are causing global warming to make Earth habitable for them. Nothing is worse than intelligent lizards.

When I was a kid, around this time or a bit later in August, I’d start to get bored. What entertained me in June was tiresome as the summer was ending. School wouldn’t start until after Labor Day so there I was trying to find something to keep me busy. The playground closed in August, there were no matinees on Saturdays all summer, I’d read more books than I could remember and I’d biked all over, including to East Boston, a harrowing trip on Route 1A, or at least that’s what my mother thought. As for me, it was fun. Anyway, I remember wanting to go horseback riding, but my mother said no and wouldn’t give me the money. “There’s nothing to do in this whole town except to go horseback riding,” was my response. I think it rated a Tony. No one is more dramatic than a 12-year-old girl.

Last week I was busy. This week my dance card is empty. I haven’t a single appointment or social event. I’ll do laundry mid-week but that doesn’t rate an entry.

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12 Comments on ““We got nukes, we got knives, we got sharp sticks.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    The same temperature here today but the day started foggy and sunshine came after that. Now it’s cloudy and it has started to drizzle some. I don’t mind I won’t go anywhere anyway. I had lots of energy this morning, don’t know where it came from 🙂 So I had done my laundry, vacuumed all floors and scrubbed them too before 9 am 🙂 Now I have no energy at all 🙂

    School starts here the second week in August and has domne so for as long as I can remember. I liked school so I always looked forward to the start. I missed the smells and the feeling of opening the desk forn the first time filling it with books 🙂 For some reason I don’t have the same feeling when going back to work after vacation 🙂

    Have a great day!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      You have been busy! I read the papers and have coffee first. If I have energy it comes later. Yesterday I swept all the floors, and that was enough energy expended for the day.

      I always liked school too and was ready to start by the time September came around. I liked learning.

      My lawn just got mowed, but I didn’t do it-my landscaper did. Now the lawn looks great. I always like when I don’t have to do it!

      Have a great day!

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    You deserved a Tony for that horseback riding performance. I can almost hear it in my mind’s ear. 🙂
    I remember the August doldrums as a kid. I didn’t really want to go back to school either. I just wanted to do something different from what I had been doing all summer. School should probably start up in August. Kids are pretty much vacationed out by then.

    Christer’s description of his morning activities wore me out so much I have not done anything myself today. 🙂 Walked the dogs and fed them and myself, chatted with a neighbor while our dogs played. That’s it. It’s still just past noon. I have time. Right? 🙂

    The weather here is sunny and warm. No breeze that I can see. It’s lovely.
    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      HI Caryn,
      I was good but just not good enough.

      It’s true about being torn between summer and school by August. I hated being bored so I was resigned to going back to school.

      I cleared off the deck from all the debris left by the rain and hail on Thursday. I used the hose on jet so it was easy. I wanted to applaud Christer’s morning activities.

      Enjoy such a lovely day!!

  3. flyboybob Says:

    Too bad the aliens don’t come down here and see the mess we are in and just laugh as they speed away to another world 🙂 I’m not sure that even the alien lizards would want to eat us for fear of getting indigestion or food poisoning….

    When I was a kid here in Dallas we had three months of summer vacation. It was too hot to go to school after Memorial Day and too hot to start before Labor Day. Unless we went somewhere on vacation it was endless days of the local public swimming pool or reading books inside in the air conditioning. The 1950s were the golden age of paperback books and I read lots of them in August to overcome the boredom.

    When my kids went to the Plano schools they were off from Memorial Day until the first week in August. By the 1990s all the schools were air conditioned and sat empty during the summer. We also got a one week fall break which was a great time to travel because it was off season. Unfortunately, the Legislature mandated a Statewide school calendar which killed fall break and mandated that school couldn’t start until the third week in August wasting all that good AC. Six Flags amusement park paid off the politicians to extend the summer vacation to fatten their bottom line. Educationally, everyone knows that returning from a long summer break requires a lot of relearning of the previous year’s work. Oh, I forgot I live in Texas where anything academic gives way to ‘bidness’ and football.

    Hot and dry again today with a slight chance of a stray thunderstorm.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      The schools around here for the most part are not air-conditioned so starting school too early would be a problem. Teachers here have voted down starting before Labor Day and the merchants are glad because so many kids work in the restaurants. College kids never left until after Labor Day but now colleges start really compared to when I went so high school kids are important. There is no mandated start or closing of schools but every district has to have 180 teaching days.

      A fall break after being off all summer doesn’t sound too necessary.

      I think school should be year long and business ought not to dictate openings the way they do. Here, though, it would mean the huge expenditure of money to air-condition all the schools.

      • flyboybob Says:

        The keyword is 180 days a year. That’s only half a year. No wonder the Chinese, Japanese, Europeans and Indians are beating our pants off in the market place of technology and ideas. The 180 day calendar was designed around the agriculture year when kids needed to be off to help on the farm. Now the calendar is continued by summer businesses and teacher’s unions.

        If we in the US are going to compete in the global economy in the future we are going to have to produce graduates who can compete and that means year round school.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        The Cape has such a percentage of low income families that their kids having jobs is essential for some families. The summers are top months for earning money.

        We fight for a regular school budget every year so I think that a huge amount for AC would not pass with the voters and I think AC is essential if school goes year round.

        I would vote for a change in the structure of the school year.

  4. Birgit Says:

    So now we know who to blame for global warming. The lizards. I’m glad that this issue is clarified now and mankind is innocent.
    Let’s solve some other essential problems. Farting aliens are responsible for air pollution. Also cows. Cows are probably aliens too. Squirrels cause energy crisis because they waste too much energy by running around. We can blame gold fish for water shortage, they drink too much. And so on. The world should be a better place now. (Can I blame your music for writing this nonsense?)
    Same perfect weather today, I did some garden work. No alien disturbed, because they were all busy in your TV. Except for one alien monster which is waiting in my TV to threaten some Norwegian vikings tonight.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      Ugly lizards which have long claws and walk on their hind legs are the culprits.

      Nope, on the music! Squirrels are to blame for most of the world’s problems!

      I did nothing of any import today though I am going out later. No movie night so we’re having game night instead down the street at my friends’ house.

      Tonight on syfy there are invisible aliens. I wonder how you fight what you can’t see.

    • flyboybob Says:

      Bad news for the Republican climate change deniers. They can ‘t blame the lizard aliens because they might not vote Republican in the future. They know that they have lost the Hispanic vote because they block immigration reform that includes any path to citizenship which also might affect the lizard aliens. The only ones who will be left to vote for them will be old, rich, white guys who are dying off.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        It is so very true that the Republican base has eroded. The Tea party pulled some away, their stance on affordable health pulled others and their politics scares a lot more.


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