There once was a farmer from Leeds,
Who swallowed a packet of seeds.
It soon came to pass,
He was covered with grass,
But has all the tomatoes he needs
– Author unknown
Good Morning, Friends! As regular followers of this blog already know, Monday mornings are special, reserved for good news and humour … no politics are allowed until after noon on Mondays! I make this point today, because several new people have come into the fold, so to speak, in the past week, and I wanted to be clear on how Monday mornings operate … on Monday mornings, we smile, we chuckle, and sometimes we even laugh out loud (LOL)! This Monday, I think we all deserve a bit of good news and humour. So, let’s get that ball rolling …
I don’t know about you all, but there are just some animals that are so cute it makes me want to grab them up and hug them. No, I am not talking about hyenas, Joe! In that category are pandas, most puppies & kitties, baby monkeys, llamas, and of course, koalas! A visitor to Australia last week must have felt much the same, as she tried to smuggle a baby koala out of the country in a canvas bag. She was stopped by the Australian Border Force (ABF) on an unrelated matter, and when asked if she had anything to declare, she handed over the bag containing a baby koala! The koala is six months old and weighs in at a whopping 3.3 pounds. He was, thankfully, uninjured, despite having been stuffed into the bag, though he was slightly dehydrated. He has since been given fluids and is doing well. The staff at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) named him Alfred, and one of them will be taking him home in a day or two.
Apparently, Alfred is not the first … tourists frequently try to smuggle animals native to Australia out of the country, but the most common are snakes! I have nothing against snakes, but I think I would opt for the cuddly li’l koala!
For weeks now, we have been told that the ‘Supermoon’ was coming. It was going to be huge! It would be spectacular! Touted as the largest moon visible since 1948, the world, or at least the northern hemisphere, waited with bated breath. Okay, maybe not, but still …. It would be the last chance to see the moon so close to earth while in it’s ‘full moon’ stage until 2034, by which time many of us will … well, we will not be moon-gazing. Now … I understand that when you see a Burger King burger on television, it looks one way, and when you actually bring one home on your way from work, it looks almost nothing like the one on the television. But the moon? And heck, it was only a mere 216,488 miles away … wouldn’t you think it would have looked bigger? I feel gyped! I feel cheated!
It would seem that for some reason, animals are attracted to golf courses, especially when there is an important tournament going on. These four headlines came onto my radar last evening:
- Pack of mongoose interrupt European Tour golf event in South Africa
- Kangaroo attacks flag on green of Australian golf course
- 6-foot python removed from PGA tour golf course in Malaysia
- Golfer fights off pair of angry birds who mistook ball for egg
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Harper Westover of Washington, D.C., had never had a ticket, fine or citation in her entire life until last week. On Thursday, she received in the mail a “Notice of Violation” reporting she was being fined $75 for allegedly littering at the end of the alley by her home, on 9th Street NE. Officials included evidence of a discarded envelope a city worker had found with a bag of trash in the alley. (Big Brother is watching???) Did I mention that Harper Westover is 2-years-old? Her mother, an attorney, contacted the issuing agency, but they refused to rescind the ticket. Poor young Harper … 2-years-old, and already she has a criminal record! Ultimately, after presenting Harper’s birth certificate, an online protest, and a live interview with a local television network, the citation was rescinded. We’ve all heard about the ‘school-to-prison’ pipeline … this would have been … what? The crib-to-prison pipeline? Or diapers-to-stripers?
Okay, folks, that’s all the funny I have in me today. I had to beat myself over the head to come up with that, so if you didn’t get enough funny, head over to the Comics page if you have time. Otherwise, get up … no, Joe … get up on your feet … and repeat after me: “No matter what I see on the news, hear at the office, or read online, I will smile today.” Just keep thinking that, folks … we have to keep our sanity … the world is depending on us. And hey! Don’t forget to share that smile … a lot of people are pretty down right now, and you could probably brighten their world with a smile, and maybe a pat on the shoulder. And from me … I send a big hug and love to every single person reading this blog! Thanks for dropping by … HAVE A GOOD WEEK!!!