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TAMPA, FLORIDA — A Tampa contractor claims in a lawsuit that he entered a condominium to conduct a fire safety inspection and was attacked by a bobcat.

The contractor claims that the bobcat was illegally-kept and unrestrained and inflicted permanent injuries. He asks for a jury trial and unspecified damages.

According to the condo owner, the contractor entered the apartment illegally because he wasn’t accompanied by a building employee as the bylaws require. Furthermore, she said she owns a small domestic longhair cat, not a bobcat.

A Florida wildlife official went to the condo and was introduced to Calli, a 10-pound housecat with a tortoise-shell-colored coat. The official’s report concluded that Calli is not a bobcat, inasmuch as bobcats are larger animals with light-colored, spotted coats, tufted ears, and bobbed tails.

The contractor’s attorney declined to comment.

Calli

MINOT, NORTH DAKOTA — Employees at a Hobby Lobby store called 911 last month to report that a white male was fleeing the store pushing a shopping cart loaded with stolen merchandise.

When police arrived, they found the shopping cart in the parking lot, lying on its side in deep snow. It contained about $4,000 worth of stolen items. Employees said the man tripped and fell, the cart overturned, and he fled on foot.

While inspecting the scene, officers found a wallet that contained photo identification and an address. A 22-year-old man who resided there was arrested on felony shoplifting charges.

Shoplifter

BOWMANSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA — As family members watched in horror, their small pet dog was snatched from the back yard and carried away by an eagle.

Zoey, an eight-pound Bichon Frise, was playing in the yard when the eagle swooped down, grabbed her in its talons, and soared away. The distraught owners began a fruitless search of the area.

About two hours later and four miles away, a woman found a dazed Zoey lying on the ground and took her home. After reading a Facebook post about the incident, the woman returned Zoey to her family.

Zoey has a slight limp, but apparently was otherwise unharmed, although the owners say she is hesitant to leave the house. No one knows how she escaped from the eagle.

Zoey

 

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“The Breakfast Club,” one of the old John Hughes teen angst movies, is about five high school students from different social groups who are thrown together in Saturday morning detention. The film asked if the bonds that formed among them would endure after the detention ended and they resumed their normal lives.

The movie’s theme song, “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” is based on that question.

During production, the songwriters searched for a band to record the song for the film, without success. Among the groups that declined was the Scottish band Simple Minds. Lead singer Jim Kerr objected to recording material not written by the group.

But Kerr’s band mates got him to change his mind. The result was a huge hit that topped the charts, introduced Simple Minds to the U.S. audience, and has been a staple at senior proms ever since.

“Will you recognize me? Call my name or walk on by?” Everyone can relate, in their school days and beyond. That’s why it resonates.

Simple Minds

Don’t You (Forget About Me)

By Simple Minds, 1985
Written by Keith Forsey and Steve W. Schiff

Hey, hey, hey, hey!
Ooh, woe.

Won’t you come see about me?
I’ll be alone, dancing — you know it, baby.
Tell me your troubles and doubts.
Giving me everything, inside and out,

And love’s strange, so real in the dark.
Think of the tender things that we were working on.
Slow change may pull us apart.
When the light gets into your heart, baby,

Don’t you
Forget about me.
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t you
Forget about me.

Will you stand above me?
Look my way, never love me?
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down.

Will you recognize me?
Call my name or walk on by?
Rain keeps falling, rain keeps falling
Down, down, down, down.

Hey, hey, hey, hey!
Ooh, woe.

Don’t you try and pretend
It’s my feeling we’ll win in the end.
I won’t harm you or touch your defenses.
Vanity, insecurity.

Don’t you forget about me.
I’ll be alone, dancing — you know it, baby.
Going to take you apart.
I’ll put us back together at heart, baby.

Don’t you
Forget about me.
Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t you
Forget about me.

As you walk on by,
Will you call my name?
As you walk on by,
Will you call my name
When you walk away?

Or will you walk away?
Will you walk on by?
Come on, call my name.
Will you call my name?

I say (la, la la la la, la la la la).

When you walk on by.

 

 

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Always

Adults

Deport

 

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There is nothing more sublime that is so readily accessible as the natural world.

— Leslie T. Sharpe

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All the people like us are We, and everyone else is They.

— Rudyard Kipling

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We do not remember days, we remember moments.

— Cesare Pavese

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I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see, I am sure it bends towards justice.

— Theodore Parker

Sharpe LT

Sharpe

Parker T

Parker

 

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The Questions…

1. Candy corn was first marketed in the 1880s under a different name. What was it?

2. How big and how heavy, exactly, are cumulus clouds (the fluffy white ones you see on a pretty day)?

3. The first food eaten in space was squeezed from an aluminum tube by astronaut John Glenn aboard Friendship 7 in February 1962. It was an experiment to see if humans could swallow and digest food in a weightless environment. What was in the tube?

4. A blacksmith is a craftsman with a general knowledge of forging metal, usually iron and steel. How did the term blacksmith originate?

5. What is sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia?

The Answers…

1. “Chicken Feed.” The logo was a rooster, the tag line “Something worth crowing for.”

2. On average, cumulus clouds are roughly half a mile in width, length, and height. The water in the cloud weighs about one million pounds. Or 500 tons. Or 100 elephants.

3. Applesauce.

4. A “smith” is a craftsman skilled in a particular specialty — gunsmith, locksmith, coppersmith — and in the old days, iron was known as “black metal.”

5. That’s the scientific name for an ice-cream headache, aka brain freeze. The literal meaning of the term is pain in the ganglia (nerve cell clusters) in your palate.

Candy corn

Ice cream headache

 

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Tune o’ the Day

Try a Little Tenderness” was first recorded in 1932 and given the orchestral treatment of the day. Bing Crosby did a version.

In 1966, Otis Redding recorded a soul version of the song, notable for a slow beginning that built to a frenzied conclusion.

Then came the 1991 film “The Commitments,” the story of a group of Dubliners who form an R&B group. They deliver amazing renditions of such classics as “Mustang Sally,” “In the Midnight Hour,” “Chain of Fools,” and, of course, “Try a Little Tenderness.” “The Commitments” gave us a terrific soundtrack.

And, believe it or not, when lead singer Andrew Strong belted out those stunning vocals, he was a tender 16 years old.

The Commitments

Try a Little Tenderness

By The Commitments, 1991
Written by Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, and Harry M. Woods

Oh, she may be weary.
Young girls they do get weary,
Wearing that same old shaggy dress.
But when she gets weary,
Try a little tenderness

You know she’s waiting,
Just anticipating
For things that she’ll never, never, never, never possess.
But while she’s there waiting without them,
Try a little tenderness (that’s all you gotta do, this is for you).

It’s not just sentimental, no, no, no.
She has her grief and care.
But the soft words they are spoke so gentle,
It makes it easier, easier to bear.

You won’t regret it, no, no.
Young girls they never forget it.
Love is their only happiness.
But it’s all so easy.
All you gotta do is try a little tenderness.

Oh, she may be weary.
Young girls they do get weary,
Wearing that same old shaggy dress, yeah yeah.
But when she gets weary,
Try a little tenderness, yeah, yeah.

You know she’s waiting,
Just anticipating
For things that she’ll never, never, never, never possess, yeah.
But while she’s there waiting without them,
Try a little tenderness (that’s all you gotta do).

It’s not just sentimental, no, no, no.
She has her grief and care.
But the soft words they are spoke so gentle, yeah,
It makes it easier, easier to bear, yeah.

You won’t regret it, no, no.
Some girls they don’t forget it.
Love is their only happiness, yeah.
But it’s all so easy.
All you gotta do is try, try a little tenderness.

Squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave her.
You’ve got, you’ve got, you’ve got
Just try a little tenderness, oh yeah, yeah, yeah.

Squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave her.
You’ve got, you’ve got, you’ve got
Just try a little tenderness, oh yeah, yeah, yeah.

Squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave her.
You’ve got, you’ve got, you’ve got
Just try a little tenderness, oh yeah, yeah, yeah.

Squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave her.
You’ve got, you’ve got, you’ve got
Just try a little tenderness, oh yeah, yeah, yeah.

Squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave her.
You’ve got, you’ve got, you’ve got
Just try a little tenderness, oh yeah, yeah, yeah.

Squeeze her, don’t tease her, never leave her.
You’ve got, you’ve got, you’ve got
Just try a little tenderness, oh yeah, yeah, yeah.

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Pix o’ the Day

More random photos I’ve taken over the years that still make me smile.

Easter egg

Mannequins-2

Shredded

Budweiser

Carry

 

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