Happy Monday morning and welcome to … yet another … week. Sigh … do we really have to do this week? Could we not just … skip ahead a few weeks? Wait … what am I saying??? I’m wishing away a few weeks of my life? Nononono … let me reboot …
Happy Monday morning and welcome to what is going to be a great, fantastic, stupendous week for us all! And do you know what is going to make it so wondrous? You, my friends! You guys ‘n gals always make me smile, and so this morning, I shall attempt to make YOU smile, and then you will go forth and share those smiles, and pretty soon, we will all be smiling … bigly.
I have so much material for smiles, chuckles and laughs today that I cannot even use it all, so grab a chair and help yourself to coffee and a bit of breakfast while I regale you with a tale!
Oopsie …. and OOPSIE …
I have been considering a new vacuum cleaner for the past few months. With 7 furry-purries, I must vacuum daily, so mine gets quite a workout, and this one is about 5 years old. I do hope, however, that when I decide to invest in a new one I have a better experience than Annie Banerjee of Houston, Texas! Annie spent $300 on a Dyson (too pricey for Filosofa!) at her local Target store. But when she arrived home and opened the box, she discovered that instead of a vacuum machine, the box was filled with rocks, dirty towels, and a can of bean-free chili!!!
Banerjee said she returned to the store about an hour later, but a store manager refused to refund her money and called the police on her! I do not know the reason, but one might presume racial profiling, as Ms. Banerjee is an Indian-born U.S. citizen. She also just happens to be an immigration lawyer and knows the law, so in the end, Target not only refunded her money but also gave her the Dyson vacuum – this time a real vacuum – for free. No word on whether the store manager is still employed at Target, but I have doubts.
Fellow was axing for trouble …
Someone called the Wyoming County (New York) Sheriff’s Office to report a suspicious vehicle. It wasn’t all that hard for them to find, as it had no doors, no windshield, no windows at all, in fact, and no license plates. But the really eye-catching thing was that there was an axe sticking out of the roof!
The driver of the car, 21-year-old Jared Price, also did not have the required insurance … GASP – I AM SHOCKED!!! He was arrested on charges of driving while impaired by drugs, driving while impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol, driving without license plates, operating an unregistered and uninspected motor vehicle, operating without insurance, lacking a front windshield and driving without safety glass. Phew … wears me out to even type all of that! But what I still want to know is … how and why is the axe in the roof???
World Santa Claus Congress … who knew?
“The World Santa Claus Congress at Bakken [Denmark] is both a professional forum and social meeting place for real Santas from all around the world. The Santas from around the world have the opportunity to meet and exchange experiences and to network.”
The Santa Congress is a four-day event that dates all the way back to 1957, and is the brainchild of ‘Professor Tribini’ (Christian Jørgen Nielsen), a legendary entertainer at the Bakken amusement park. Events include an ever-important discussion of reindeer parking rules and ideal chimney dimension, followed by baking, storytelling, and even a footbath. Because, so we hear, all that scrambling up and down chimneys can make even the nimblest toes rather sore. But the most popular activity so far has been Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance fitness program. Blame it on all those cookies!
Give an alpaca some dance shoes …
Have you ever dreamed of dancing with … an alpaca? Well, now’s your chance! A farm in Canada is offering “alpaca dance classes” for anyone looking to get fit and cut a rug with the wooly mammals. ‘313 Farms’ in Manitoba is offering six weeks of dance and fitness classes including hip-hop, barre, cardio, pilates, mommy and me and boot camp with the company of friendly alpacas.
Each class lasts about 45 minutes and is followed by a 15-minute “Alpaca Meet and Greet” session for students to feed the animals and snap a selfie. Classes cost $10 for guests who register in advance and $15 at the door. Not bad … I’d pay that just to spend an hour with an alpaca instead of humans!
Full of hot air …
I might have enjoyed being in France last Friday, when 456 hot air balloons were released into the air all at once! The occasion was the Mondial Air Balloons festival at an airbase in Chambley-Bussieres. Poor weather in the area postponed the record attempt twice throughout the week until the colorful balloons representing pilots from 45 different nations successfully launched at about 9 a.m.It was a record-breaking event, the previous record of 433 having been set at the same festival in 2015. It took about 45 minutes for all of the balloons to rise into the formation. The balloons are Cloudhoppers, or one-person hot air balloons. The short clip below shows the prep & take-off in a compact, time-lapsed format and is super fun to see:
And speaking of mermaids …
The top mermaids in Great Britain gathered this weekend to determine who will earn the title of Miss Mermaid U.K. Wait … mermaids??? I thought those were imaginary creatures?
Those wishing to compete must be between the ages of 18 and 32 … why 32??? And they must be female … I was just about to say that is sexist, but then I realized … mermaid? A male would have to be a merman or a mersir. Hmmm …
Grace Page, the 25-year-old reigning Miss Mermaid, explained to the BBC about the skills she thinks are necessary to do well in the competition:
“If you want to be a professional mermaid it is essential that you train as a free diver and hold a free diving qualification. This will allow you to be able to hold your breath for longer periods of time and, more importantly, you will be able to do so safely.”
The winner will be adorned with a special crown and receive the opportunity to compete in the Miss Mermaid International final in Egypt in November. She will also receive a mermaid tail courtesy of Magictail, a free diving and mermaid swim course, a one-year contract with Hire A Mermaid U.K. and an underwater photoshoot.
I spent 30 minutes last night trying to find out who won, but information is sketchy. As best I can figure, a young lady named Laura Siddall took the crown & tail, but don’t quote me on that, as I culled the information from a Facebook page. Well, congratulations to whomever won!
And on that note, my friends, I must bid you adieu and send you on your merry ways. Please keep safe, stay cool (in more ways than one!) and share those wonderful smiles with others today. Love & hugs from Filosofa!