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Macy's annual flower show windows make for some crazy pictures with much reflection.
all this sill are belong to me
Been feeding a scrawny mourning dove on my window sill who's gotten quite territorial, chases away all other doves. Usually ignores the bluejays darting in for a nut and the occasional cardinal but gets annoyed at too many sparrows.
Three tribes of blackbirds stick to the grass down below, stalking about like thugs. There are enough of them to bake a pie.
The chipmunk is the first to come running when I open the window around seeding time, looking up for manna from heaven.
A couple of squirrels show up later.
A bit later yet a mating pair of doves soars in. He struts , makes eerie sounds ... then extreme PDA right there on my window sill!
No rabbits in sight at present.
Mgmt circulates note re prohibition feeding fauna on premises. Does not mention who would do such.
I'll be less generous ...
Holy Cow! The Secret Ingredient
Over the years there have been many scandals with various industries hiding often harmful ingredients from consumers but I don't recall hearing a peep about our toothpaste, so let's take a closer look there. Not that they're hiding a harmful ingredient but there's a rather interesting origin of one ingredient they'd rather not talk about.
We're all familiar with the many uses of gelatin, our desserts, glue and even in toothpaste! Gelatin is produced by prolonged heating a certain protein - ossein - in water. Ossein is derived from cattle bone treated with acids, leaving the collagen containing ossein.
I take it that nowadays they've figured out how to produce ossein from bone chips supplied by meat processing companies here in the USA. Many years ago I researched the production of ossein for a large engineering company wanting to build a plant in India. At the time the meat processing operation here made it difficult to turn bones into gelatin for desserts and toothpaste since many bones were sold with the meat or boiled to remove scrap meat which also removed much of the protein in the bones.
On the other hand, India was the perfect location. Cows are sacred to the Hindu religion, they wander the streets until the day they die a natural death. Carrion birds and insects pick the bones clean and the sun dries them naturally, leaving them in perfect condition for processing with a full complement of protein. Human scavengers, presumably not of the Hindu religion, collect the dried bones and bring them to a central location where they are crushed and exported to the USA and Europe for processing into ossein. Hence the idea of building a plant in India to produce ossein on site.
Not sure the idea of using Sacred Cow bones this way would go over well in India today what with many reports of Hindu mobs flying into murderous rage at the merest rumor of violating their Sacred Cows. I would look more into this, such as what is in toothpaste in India - those Bollywood stars have very shiny teeth - but perhaps leaving sleeping cows lie may be best.
Following up on your suggestion of some months ago:
There were numerous rumors, I sent out emissaries, scouts, search parties, but none panned out. Most often it was 'we carried it but there was no demand so it was discontinued.' I gave up all hope.
But then, Eureka! Earlier today, one of my far-flung correspondents messaged to let me know a shop just 29 miles away carried it. I confirmed via a phone call and sent a personal assistant who shortly thereafter returned with a bottle of Smirnoff Vodka, 100 Proof!
Seems to have more body, I like it, perfect for the Hearings tonight.
You are welcome, OldMan.
Used to put it (and some folk's mixes) in the freezer before a get-together, let folks make their own cocktails as well. Some needed assistance to make their third, as their body got stuff warm enough to digest, FWIW.
Be forewarned. Straight-up or with a twist, it can be like properly warmed saki -- sip, count to 10, know how drunk you are.
It has been decades, back then, I, too, noted a taste preference/difference.
If you really like it, order a case (or half), it stores well <VBG>.
Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic from 23rd Street on up for the Polish parade, Sixth Avenue is closed from 23rd on down for the street fair, and 23rd is in gridlock on account of above, acerbated by the counterparade of a few Polish monarchists who must have been denied permission to join the main parade. They fly their white and red Polish flag with the regal double eagle, three cop cars as escort, followed by loyalists in a couple of double-decker London tour buses, wildly cheering all the way.
Some blocks further north, a contingent of color guards gathers round one of their own leaning against a wall, felled by age and heat. His wife has his huge fur hat under her left arm, her right holds the American flag he was carrying. His partner waits with a Polish flag sans regal eagle, looking at the parade passing by.
Later, on Sixth Avenue, I watch kids feed the ponies in a petting zoo at the street fair. A mad lady with the voice of Katherine Hepburn tells me she has two apples for the pony, attempts to climb the fence, but gives up. "It's too high," she tells me.
She's busy waving an apple at a cow as I head south, home.
The Crucifixion on Astor Place 04/26/05
mmm ... which war was that?
They need to re-open the mental institutions, and quickly.
Dinner tonight. Cod, yellow rice, black bean soup.