Jolly Monday — Dummies and Balloons

♫ Raindrops on roses … And whiskers on kittens … Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens ♪ … Brown paper packages tied up with strings … ♫ These are a few of my favorite OH! … heh heh … Hi!  Don’t mind me … just singing a bit of a tune while I whip up some goodies.  You’re early!

So … did you guys have a great weekend?  Mine?  Oh, you know … quiet.  I found time to do a bit of reading, a bit of writing, and Miss Goose and I dined on fish sticks and leftover crudités, and then had popcorn … the old-fashioned kind that you pop in a pan atop the stove, not the stuff you put in a machine and press a button.  So, we’re back to the beginning of a new week, are we?  If it’s anything like the last two, just shoot me now!  But anyway, we will start it out with a smile and maybe even a laugh or two.  I cannot guarantee what happens with the rest of the week, but for a short while we will forget the world outside and have fun.  So grab a cuppa and a bit of something sweet and let’s go in search of fun!

A sand castle where???

From the annals of ‘Okay, but WHY???’ comes news that a 16-foot sand castle has been built in the middle of New York’s Rockefeller Center.  The sand sculptor Ted Siebert and his team designed and assembled the structure between July 29th and August 3rd, and it is expected to be on display through September 7th.  The name of the exhibit is, predictably, Sand and Surf.  Perhaps Mother Nature has other plans, though, for I cannot imagine the castle surviving a major rainstorm!sand-castle-1sand-castle-2sand-castle-3

A dummy has been arrested!

Police in Lone Peak, Utah, have arrested a dummy named Fred.  No, not a Trump supporter … well, come to think of it, I don’t know if he is or isn’t … but a Charlie McCarthy sort of dummy.  See for yourself …FredTurns out a group of juveniles dressed the dummy, placed it in the middle of Alpine road, then hid in some nearby bushes waiting to have a bit of fun watching the expressions of motorists who came across the ‘body’.  One officer posted on Facebook …dummyI was surprised by how many readers commented that they had done the same or similar pranks when they were teens.  And I thought I was bad as a teen!

Another slow-speed chase …

You remember a couple of weeks ago when I told you of the slow-speed chase of a turtle by a sheriff’s deputy in Florida?  Well today I have another for you!

An unidentified man was trying to abscond with a motorized shopping cart from a Wal-Mart in Summerville, South Carolina.  Unfortunately for the man, the battery began going dead on the shopping cart, so he was using his feet to push it as the police car followed behind.  Take a look …

Police returned the scooter to the Wal-Mart store, where management declined to press charges.

A shocking encounter …

Imagine Jake Collier’s surprise when he was visiting his in-laws in Melbourne Beach, Florida, last week and out of the clear blue, a snake dropped from a banana tree onto his arm!  Now, I don’t mind snakes, but to have one drop out of the blue onto any part of my body would likely result in permenant heart failure for me, and maybe for the snake too!

Ol’ Jake is fine, though he says he didn’t know whether the snake had bitten him, so he called paramedics just to be sure.  Um … hello, Jake?  You would have known if it had bitten you, for there would have been puncture marks?  Wimp.  It’s sad, though, that the property owners, Jake’s in-laws, decided to cut down the banana tree.

“If it’s going to become a hazard where a snake can jump out at you, I think it’s a good idea to take it down. My arm hasn’t turned black or blue or fallen off yet, so it’s OK.”  Sheesh.

They stole a what???

Last week, it was some damn fools trying to steal an aquarium and get away with it on the back of a motorcycle.  This week it’s two men trying to steal a shark from an aquarium!  I wonder if there’s a connection?

It happened in San Antonio, Texas, when two not-very-bright men were captured on surveillance video stealing a shark and hiding it in a baby stroller. The footage shows one of the men standing over an open-top aquarium and grabbing the 1.5-foot-long horn shark out of the water with his hands. He then appears to nod to the other, who’s holding a bag, and the two leave.

Leon Valley Police Chief Joseph Salvaggio said the pair put the shark into the bag and then a bucket hidden inside a baby stroller.  An employee of the aquarium saw what was happening and immediately reported to management, who followed the men to their truck and asked to search the vehicle, but the men refused and left.  Still not too bright, they didn’t realize that their license plate would lead police to them almost immediately, fortunately for the shark.sharkThe shark was recovered in good health, as police said the suspects had experience with marine animals and placed the shark in a proper environment.  The shark was returned to the aquarium. The suspects face felony charges for theft.

We really, really need to work on upgrading our education system, for people seem to be getting dumber by the day!

Full of hot air …

On Saturday, 28 July, was the 36th annual QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in association with PNC Bank at Solberg Airport in Readington, N.J.  The event is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America, and I thought you might like to see just a few pictures of the more interesting entries.

And on that note, I hope you are leaving with a smile that you can share with co-workers, friends, or just a stranger you pass by who looks like they need one.  Have a safe and wonderful week, my dear friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!


Sorry — couldn’t resist

19 thoughts on “Jolly Monday — Dummies and Balloons

  1. Dear Jill,

    I’m still laughing about the dumb and dumber guys who were stealing the shark and putting it in a baby stroller.
    Maxine is right. The GOP clowns are in the US Congress.

    The balloons looked great to where I wished I was there. I loved the Elvis one. I’ve been humming:

    Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon
    Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon
    We could float among the stars together, you and I
    For we can fly, we can fly
    Up, up and away
    My beautiful, my beautiful balloon.

    Thanks for another great fun post. I enjoyed every bit of it.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Oh I wish I had thought of that song when I was writing the post, for it would have been perfect to include with the balloons! And now you’ve got me humming it 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed Jolly Monday!!! Have a great week, my friend!

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    • Oh! I was thinking about you just a few minutes ago and thinking that you had gone back today, I was wondering how you were doing. I forgot you guys have a holiday today! Enjoy every second of it! And … this means a short 4-day week, so that’s better than having to face 5! Glad you liked the balloons!!! 😊

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  2. Benjamin is known as the Toddler Art Critic on some other blogs, but he seems to limit himself more to cuisine on yours. He wants me to tell you a few things : 1) “These bananas are ready for making bread or cupcakes, that’s what Mommy does when they look like that!” 2) “Did you forget sprinkled donuts? I like munchkins best.” 3) Maybe you forgot my juice again, but that’s okay!” and 4) I love the balloons and the scooter guy! Monday Madness at its best with Benjamin! Thank-you x 2!!

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    • Ha ha ha … I have a confession to make! I initially put fresh yellow bananas on there, but I thought of Benjamin and changed them to overripe ones, just to give him something to critique, since I didn’t burn anything this week! 😀 I did forget his juice, and I’m very sorry about that! And tell him that he doesn’t get donuts EVERY week, just sometimes, for so much sugar isn’t good for him. I’m glad he liked the balloons, though! I actually had two videos set aside to put on the post, but I forgot to include them. It was getting late, I had several emails yet to answer and about 50 comments, so I was in a bit of a hurry and forgot. I’ll put them on Saturday’s post for him. Tell Benjamin I’m glad he liked the balloons … I did too! Have a great week, my friend!


  3. “Fish sticks and crudites” … don’t they inhabit near the levites? The snake was probably more surprised than the person it fell on? As a hobby, I never quite got the hot air balloon thing? They are quite impressive, though. Aren’t they? Especially when close. Cheers Jamie

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    • The article I read said that the snake was, indeed, as surprised as the man, and especially so when the man grabbed him and slung him onto the ground! I actually felt sorrier for the snake than the man. I could never go up in a hot air balloon, for I get dizzy just standing on my 3-step ladder, but I love to see them floating in the sky. Cheers!

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  4. Always the highlight of the week! Many thanks for the happy words and pictures! I do think there are a number of viable candidates for the Darwin Award this year — starting at the top and including all the clowns.

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  5. Entertaining as always and informative! Since I don’t live very far away from Melbourne Beach in Florida, I will be sure to stand out and away from…… any and all ….banana trees!!! Yikes!!!!😱. 🐍
    I do hope you have a pleasant week! 💙
    We have to have faith!!!!

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