Friday, July 22, 2016

Nope, Nope, Nope...Calm the #### Down

Had someone just lose their minds on the morning's blog.

Once again, don't read the blog.

Don't say you're "coming down here" when I know good and well, you are not.

Calm down, and unfriend me on Facebook....

Better yet, I will just go ahead and purge you....and when your class reunion comes up here in a little bit, just don't come over and be all " lovey-dovey" like we're all big buddies, not after today. And in truth we never were.

Calm down, it's still America, we still have semblance of First Amendment.

Man, suggestion folks, don't do a blog....or if you do, you find out who is really your friend...

Nope, Didn't, and Won't....

So, I have been asked by several people if I watched the Republican Convention.


So, will I watch the Democratic Convention?


I spent 30+ years of my life teaching government. I like government, but at some point, enough is enough. It is too much like work.

As I have said, I am so disgusted with the entire process, I may show up at the poll, sign my name, receive my ballot, walk over to the box and turn it in....that way I can bitch to high heaven about whoever gets elected.

I can't in good conscience vote for anyone in this cycle.

Sorry, can't do it.

320 million people in this country and this is the best we can do.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

And It's Lesson Time From Mr. Thomas

Yesterday, a former student was online looking for a " Flat-Cap" for their child.

And another ex-student steered them to me, at which I suggested a website that I knew carried all sorts of kid's caps, at an affordable price....They also carry hats, caps, fedoras for adults.

I then went into that deep crevice of what I call, " a wealth of worthless information" that I somehow am able to remember. Something good, I don't know, worthless stuff, I do....

The flat-cap, also know as the Irish cap, cabbie cap, Ivy-cap, driving cap, newsboy cap, golf cap, and in Scotland a " bunnet" and correct me if I am wrong Mrs. Calver in New Zealand as a " cheese-cutter." ( Totally different meaning in America)

The cap first appeared in the 1300s almost at the same time in Northern England and Southern Italy. However, we are more familiar with the British/Irish version.

In the 1500s, to support the wool industry, all males older than age 6 Who were not nobility, were required by Parliament to wear the cap on Sunday or be fined 3 farthings in England. The law lasted about 25 years, and the cap proved so popular, once the law was lifted, the cap remained. It had become a status symbol of the " working class."

By the 1800s, everyone in Britain outside of the major cities wore the cap, including the nobility, mostly due to the coolness of the weather in Britain and Ireland, and when the British and Irish migrated, ( especially the Irish ) to America, the cap became normal wear in areas of the second wave of immigration to America. ( New York, Boston, etc)

I started wearing the flat cap in the late 1970s when I was in college. In the 70s, professors still dressed as " professors" and a couple of my favorite instructors donned the cap when the weather turned cooler, for that brief period here in SE Texas.

With the " checking out" of my hair, wearing hats and flat-caps became a must, especially when I was outdoors.

Flat-caps? I took a look, I own 12...including a couple of Barbours...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Where'd It Go?

It is July 20th.

Office Depot, Office Max, Walmart, Target....are all in the " Back to School" mode. I saw about a dozen " Back to School" ads on TV yesterday.

The teachers report back to school in about 2 weeks....and buddy, I do not miss it. Oh, I miss the actual teaching. I probably could do the " Isms" lectures today without batting an eye, but the other mess, the inservice, the meetings, the paperwork, the politics, the actual BS? I do not miss.

This said, I am tired of the heat. I know we gripe about the cold in the winter, but you know, 97F gets old, every Dadgum day gets old fast.

I must be old, or don't care or something has happened. I've not watched a single baseball game. Not one. I've lost my taste for it. Had rather watch or do something else.

Okay, I've had my " get off my lawn playing Pokemon Go" moment this morning...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Be Ever So Careful on Facebook

I have been warning you for a long time about your posts on Facebook. And today, an example of that came to light.

A Court Administrator in Beaumont at the Jefferson County Courthouse got into trouble for what she posted on Facebook this past Sunday after the Baton Rouge Police shooting. In the post, she was critical of the Black Lives Matter movement and discussed other political areas.

This morning ( Tuesday) she was fired.

Be careful folks. What you write /say can get you let go.

Oh sure, you are protected by the First Amendment....but what you say doesn't protect you from getting fired, and in this state, most jobs are " at will" meaning your boss can let you go for whatever you say. Amendment One only protects you from the government, and you being jailed for your comments.

If I was still teaching, there was no way I could say what I do in this forum, even if it's the truth. And especially political and religious areas.

Think before you post. Especially if you are posting in anger.

What Were they Thinking????

As many of you know, I hit the men's clothing sites fairly hard during the day.

And it has gotten so bad that Esquire, GQ, have started sending ads on Facebook other site that I read.

Generally I avoid the clothes ads, but yesterday, there was one that GQ sent out with the " Best Men's Looks on the Street in New York City this Past Week."

I was thinking seersucker, J. Press, Brooks Brothers....I got all excited.

When I hit the site, it was 19 pages of guys in t-shirts, blue jeans, and sneakers.


Seriously, WTF? The best looks are jeans and t-shirts? This is what we are coming to in America? And they looked sloppy as hell in those clothes....that's the best in America? I wear that crap to do yard work.

GQ also does the same thing with men looking " their best" this past week in places in Europe. And buddy, the guys in Paris, London, and Milan are dressed. Men in their 20s to old men like me, are " Dressed to the Nines." Coats, ties, shoes that need a polish.... And in about 3/4ths photos the men in Europe are with a good-looking woman( Once again boys, ain't no such thing as a bad looking woman)......There wasn't a woman one in the New York pictures...

On a different note concerning clothing....

We had free HBO this weekend and while flipping the channels, I came across Bill Maher's Show. Don't care for Bill, but he was interviewing the actor Viggo Mortensen.

Mortensen was wearing a brown sports jacket, with a brown shirt, and with it a dark blue and even darker red repp tie. It worked. It worked so good all I could think was " why have I not thought of that?"

Now, the combo was a bit too " Fall-ish" for my taste, but I could see myself wearing that combo in the future.

Then again, while I own one, I have always worried about " Brown-shirts"....the trip to Nuremberg this past year made us remember, no brown shirts( you saw no brown in Germany) and nothing that said Buna. ( Buna was the work camp in the notorious Auschwitz death camp.)

Monday, July 18, 2016

What's Next?

Seriously, what the hell is next?

It is like the world is spinning out of control.

Cops shot on a whim.

Terrorists at every turn.


This week the GOP Convention in Cleveland, and people want to carry guns in the open near the convention hall. I'm all about the Second Amendment, but sometimes, you need to use some common sense. Even adjusting a gun you're carrying in the open might get you shot, and it might not be the police who shoot you.....I wouldn't go within miles of downtown Cleveland. I feel sorry for the people who have to try and work downtown.

Yesterday's cop shooter in Baton Rouge was a member of all sorts of fridge groups. Most advocating some sort of violence against the government. And trust me, they are there.

The Internet, the shortwave radio stations are full of left wing, right wing, types of religious people who advocate all sorts of ideas. Hate white people, hate Black people, hate Jews, hate the Catholic Church, think anyone who believe anything other than their theological doctrine is not somehow not human. And many, many people you know, just below the surface support these ideologies. And you know that's true.

This nation is divided. Badly divided.

We are on edge.

And underneath, we are afraid. We do not know what's coming next.

To quote one of my favorite movie lines....

" This business can get out of control. It can get out of control and we'll all be lucky to live through it."

And I hate to say this, it might get worse before it gets better....