Good morning, folks and welcome to … Monday.So, how was your weekend? Mind was spent in utter chaos. I should have taken pictures of my house during the building of the desk. We bought Miss Goose a new desk from Amazon and it arrived last Thursday. Now, I could have had them assemble it for an extra $150, but … nah … we can put it together. How hard can it be, after all? Probably take 2-3 hours, right? WRONG! Six hours on Saturday just to put the desk part together, then about another 5 hours on Sunday to put the hutch together and hoist it atop of it. Solid wood. Heavy — 193 pounds worth of heavy. Meanwhile, all the crappola she had in her old desk was scattered throughout the house and I damn near broke bones more than once trying to get to the washing machine, and at one point it was an obstacle course just to get to the bathroom! I have bruises and a back that seems not to want to bend, but it is complete now and she is quite happy, so … I told her it has to last her past my death, ‘cause I am never going through this again! Should have just spend the $150 for the professional installation. Here’s a look at the finished product …
Today is a special Jolly Monday, for our young friend Benjamin is on school break and will be joining us! So, grab a snack and lets find a few smiles before we have to head off to our various jobs, shall we?
Matchmaker, Matchmaker …
Jeff Gebhart of Prairie Village, Kansas, is looking for a girlfriend. Jeff told a local television station, KCTV, that he is tired of the ‘traditional’ methods and also of online dating, so he’s come up with a whole new approach. Gebhart debuted his own dating site last Sunday, exclusively dedicated to finding himself a new partner, and he’ll give $25,000 to anyone who sends the perfect match his way. He’ll also sweeten the pot by donating $25,000 to a no-kill dog shelter or charity. He seems a bit desperate to me, but Jeff says …
“I don’t need a person to ‘complete’ me, but I’m looking for a person with qualities that will allow us to complement each other.”
Sounds simple, right? But wait … there are rules. The person Gebhart is matched up with must date him and him alone for a year before the matchmaker will be paid, and even then, he/she will be paid in installments of five $5,000 payments over a five-year stretch. If Gebhart and the gal split before the final payment, the matchmaker gets only what he or she has earned to that point. There’s also an online quiz that applicants will need to take to see if their personalities sync with his. So what, exactly is he looking for? Someone who is …
“… fun, easy to spend time with … confident, driven … and has a zest for life. The main objective of this is to find the right girl for me, wherever she is.”
Okaaaay … well, good luck, Jeff!
This is what the inside of your average McDonald’s restaurant looks like …Plastic tables and chairs, nothing special … just your average kid-friendly fast food joint. But, if you happen to be in Rome, Italy, or more specifically the Roma Termini, and have a craving for a Big Mac, this is what you’ll see …What is it, you ask? It is a small section of the Servian Wall that was unearthed during the construction of the station’s underground shopping mall, and was thus integrated into the dining area of McDonald’s.
The Servian Wall was constructed around the city of Rome during the 4th century B.C. The outline of the wall possibly dates back to the times of King Servius Tullius, for which it garnered its namesake. The wall stood for generations as the first line of defense against the Gauls and Carthaginians. By the early Imperial age, the wall became unnecessary as the Roman army grew in number and power. Eventually, it was superseded by the Aurelian Wall constructed by Emperor Aurelian in 275.
Definitely not the atmosphere you expect to see while munching on your chicken nuggets, eh?
Now, you all know how much I love critters, right? But even I, the ultimate critter lover, find this just a bit over the top. The Swedish audio-streaming company Spotify recently announced that it has made playlists and a podcast for dogs to listen to in their owners’ absence. Why, you ask? Apparently, it found in a survey that 74% of pet-owners play music for their pets to listen to for company when they are away from home, with 42% of owners saying their pets have a favorite type of music. A quarter of pet owners said they have even seen their pets dancing to music.
So, what kind of music does Spotify think dogs like to hear? The podcast features soothing music, “dog-directed praise”, stories, and messages of affirmation and reassurance narrated by actors to alleviate stress for dogs who are home alone. Meanwhile, the playlists aimed at pets offer tracks selected by algorithms to match pets’ characteristics such as energetic or slow.
Okay, then, but … what about cats, rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, birds and other pets? Won’t they feel left out? Oh wait!!!
In another article, I found that the company says that if you have a pet rabbit, Spotify may not be able to fulfill her musical needs right now. For now, it can only musically accommodate dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, and iguanas!
Take heart all you iguana families out there … they haven’t forgotten you after all!!!
Tartan sheep …
Get a load of these Tartan sheep found in the Auchingarrich Wildlife Centre in Scotland! If you’re wondering about these unique animals, the sign here explains it …Who knew??? Well … actually … they are spray painted to look like that. But don’t worry … this is a special, non-toxic spray paint, the same that is used to number them during lambing season, and is perfectly harmless. It was the idea of the owner of the Wildlife Centre, Maxine Scott, when she first purchased the park ten years ago.The park had already had a tradition of creating painted sheep, so she kept up this tongue-in-cheek practice. The sheep in these photos are April and Daisy. Of all the tourists that come by, it is the Americans that seem to enjoy the joke the most. She tells people that the Tartan Sheep change color often and encourages people to come back to see her ewes again.
Now, are you ready for some ‘toons, courtesy of Phil’s Phun?
While I was mooching around over at Phil’s, I came across this video and it is just so much fun that I had to share it. It’s a group of guys that have formed a friendship over the years of waiting for their wives shopping at Target! If you are in the mood for a few laughs, you really must see this!
Well, if it’s Jolly Monday, then it must be time for a cute animal video, mustn’t it? I bet you never thought of these guys as being fun pets, but just watch …
Okay, folks, the clock is ticking and we’ve all got work to do. I have to clean up the mess from the weekend’s construction project, so … Oh, by the way, before I forget … today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, so … let’s all try to do something nice, no matter how small, for someone. Buy a stranger a cup of coffee, take a neighbor’s trash out, or whatever opportunity presents itself, okay? And smile … share those smiles … bring one to somebody else’s face today, okay? Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!