Good Monday morning, folks! And for most of you, it is a better-than-average Monday, for here in the U.S. it is the Memorial Day holiday, and in the UK it is a bank holiday. Holidays, no matter the occasion, tend to be good things, yes? Nonetheless, since tomorrow will be a back-to-the-grind day, I thought I’d get your week off to a fun start. If necessary, you can put this aside until tomorrow and come back for your weekly smile tomorrow when you’re grumbling about returning to the salt mines!
Pull up a chair … snacks are over on the table, so help yourself! I’ve been negligent on the snacks lately, forgetting rawgod’s tea and Benjamin’s juice boxes, so Jolly and I made a checklist and hopefully we got everything in order today.
Some people just don’t think …
The State of New York, like several other states, requires vehicle owners to purchase an annual safety/emissions sticker. The sticker costs $21, and if you are caught driving a vehicle with an expired sticker, you can be fined between $25-$50. One driver, Manuel Muniz, had a unique idea for saving money and decided to create his own sticker!
Now, the idea wasn’t bad … if Mr. Muniz had done it on the computer, he could likely have created a reasonable facsimile that would have passed at casual glance, but he didn’t even use a ruler to draw the lines straight! A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy with a keen eye noticed the sloppy handiwork right away and Mr. Muniz is now in possession of a citation. This happened last Monday, so I guess that for Manuel Muniz, it wasn’t a very Jolly Monday, was it?
A heartwarming ‘duck tale’ …
It happened in Littleton, Colorado on Wednesday. A family of baby ducks somehow got separated from Mama Duck and slid into a curbside storm drain. Somebody noticed the mother duck frantically pacing back and forth by the drain and called the fire department.
These guys are heroes in my book. One firefighter climbed into the storm drain and scooped all ten ducklings into his helmet, then another carried the helmet over to where the Mama Duck was pacing, wringing her … webbed feet, the ducks exited the helmet and there was a joyful reunion! Watch …
And speaking of storm drains …
In Houston, Texas, a storm drain became clogged and when crews went to check on it, they found …Yep, a rather icky 40-inch flat screen television. Neighbors said that while it is the largest thing they have seen pulled out of the drain, it is not at all unusual to find backpacks, articles of clothing, and other things. Do people not understand the difference between a storm drain and a trash receptacle?
A welcome intruder …
Imagine Nate Roman’s surprise last week when he returned home with his 5-year-old son to find an intruder had been in his house! But imagine the look on his face when he discovered that nothing had been taken except, perhaps, a bit of dirt, for the house had been cleaned from top to bottom … except the kitchen.
Now, I’m puzzled … I always start in the kitchen, so how did they miss the kitchen???
According to Mr. Roman …
“It was terrifying to know someone was in your house. You could smell the cleaning chemicals.I could tell something was wrong so I started looking around the house, and I found that my bathrooms had been cleaned.”
But it gets even better. The intruder left behind toilet paper folded into origami roses.
“It was really the roses that really got me thinking that some professional cleaner had accidentally stumbled into my house. If I was going to judge the quality of a toilet paper rose I would call this high quality. It’s funny now, but didn’t feel funny at the time. I kept the toilet paper roses as souvenirs.”
When I told my daughter about this story, she suggested that perhaps Mr. Roman has a secret admirer. Makes as much sense as anything, I suppose, but I’m still puzzled how they missed the kitchen.
And it just wouldn’t be Jolly Monday without a funny animal video, now would it?
Well, folks … I hope you enjoy your holiday immensely and that you have a wonderful week. Please remember to share those beautiful smiles you’re wearing, for I’ve seen some people who don’t seem to have one of their own. Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!