Sunday, October 4, 2015

Salute to October ~ 2015

 ~ A Mosaic of Musings and Ramblings ~

Cartoons describe it best: From The Family Circus, the three young children and family dog are in their white-rail-fenced yard observing the colouful fallen leaves from four mature maple trees. As the breeze wafts, more leaves descend, swirling to the green grass. The red-haired pony-tailed child comments, “All the trees are Cryin' cause they know summer's over.”

From Drabble, Dad empties the children's play pool musing, Goodbye, Summer! And then senses, I can always feel a change after Labour Day. At his door entrance, he realizes, Outside, Fall is in the Air. But it's a different scene inside as he watches his wife hanging stockings from the fireplace hearth and singing “Fa-la-la-la-la”. Facing reality, Drabble concludes ~ Inside,Winter is in the Air!

Driving: Some people never learn! A man from New York, after he was caught driving 'while under the influence of alcohol' not once, but twice in one night. Not only one of that, he was caught in the parking lot of the same fast-food restaurant both times. The first time, he hit the car ahead of him in the drive-through lane. Police were called, he was charged and a friend came to take him home. Then 4 hours later, he drove back to the same restaurant...still impaired...and hit the building...once again charged. Perhaps it's time he gave up those keys!

Greeting Invention: When you lift the phone, you say “Hello”. Do you know the real meaning of Hello? It is the name of a girl...and do you know who is that girl? “Margaret Hello”. She was the girlfriend of Graham Bell who invented the telephone. His first word on his phone after his invention was “Hello”. That practice of starting the call with Hello still continues. One can forget the name of Graham Bell...but not his girlfriend...that is Love!

Humour: What do you get if you pour boiling water over a rabbit hole? (hot-cross-bunnies)
At what time of day was Adam created? (a little before Eve)
A psychologist is a person who encourages you to speak freely...and then charges you for listening!
Why was Noah the greatest financier on record? (because he had his company afloat when the rest of the world was in liquidation)

MBK's NewsBits: Flight Diverted for Dog's Safety: Air Canada says one of its pilots diverted an international flight to ensure a dog could travel in safety. Simba was travelling in the cargo-hold on a flight bound to Toronto from Tel Aviv. En route, however, the unidentified pilot got an indicator that one of the heaters in the cargo-hold had malfunctioned. Over the Atlantic Ocean, the pilot realized the dog might not survive, so diverted the plane to Frankfurt...transferred the dog to another plane...and made it to Toronto only 75 minutes behind schedule.

New Cruise Concept: from Carnival Corp. are offering 'service trips' where passengers sail to a destination in order to 'volunteer' there. The first voyage will be a 7-day trip from Miami to the Dominican Republic in April 2016 on a ship that carries 710 passengers. They will get orientation, basic Spanish lessons and other training en route and can choose from activities in the Puerto Plata region ranging in teaching English to building water filters cultivating cacao plants for a women's chocolate industry.

Airlift Brings Big Cats to Wildlife Sanctuary: Mexican authorities have put 8 lions, 2 lynxes, a puma and a coyote aboard 2 military planes for a special trip to Colorado's Wild Life Sanctuary in Kleenesbury...after the animals were found mistreated or abandoned.

Prince Harry celebrated his 31st birthday at a gathering of vintage 'Battle of Britain' aircraft honouring the pilots who helped protect the country during the Second World War. He watched as some 40 Spitfire, Hurrican and Bristol Blenheim bombers flew in formation.

Nature: The 'Wood Duck' is considered by many to be the most beautiful duck in North America. Males are characterized by their multi-coloured plumage worn from October through June. The females are less showy, and although still beautiful, are more colourful than other species of female ducks.

North America's Tallest Mountain Peak: It was reported that President Obama will change the name from Mount McKinley to Denali. This change bestows the traditional Alaska Nation name on the peak on the eve of a historical presidential visit to Alaska. Alaskans have informally called the 20,320 foot mountain Denali for years. Obama to be in Alaska as part of an effort to push climate change to the forefront of the global agenda.

Notable Dates: October 1 (Thursday) ~ National Senior Day and
International Day of Older Persons
October 12 (Monday) ~ Thanksgiving Day
October 12-18 ~ (Mon. to Sunday) ~ Citizenship Week
October 24 (Saturday) ~ United Nations Day
October 31 (Saturday) ~ Hallowe'en

Relationships: Love Letter ~ A group of Croatians was cleaning up a beach in their local area. Among all the junk, they discovered a bottle. It was lucky the finder took a second look...inside was the message written by a Canadian from the coastal province of Nova Scotia. Written in 1985, it travelled a long way over a period of many years. Travelling the Atlantic, it floated the Mediterranean and Adriatic Seas before reaching Croatia. The letter from 'Jonathan' was written to Mary, a girl friend.

Read the Profile: Those who visit dating sites to find a possible partner, don't always check the person's profile. Some just look at the photo, not caring about the person's moral character. Alli Reed, a comedy writer, posted a photo of a pretty model accompanied by a horrendous profile; she was amazed to discover that hundreds of men responded, even though the 'pretty girl's personal info' indicated she was 'mean, spirited, lazy, spoiled, racist and a gold digger'. Read before you Respond!!!

Long Marriage: If you want a long, happy marriage, sit down every morning and eat a pancake breakfast together. That is the secret to the 75-year marriage of Robert and Doris Moody, who today are both nonagenarians and are still loving life as a couple. They met in grade school and live in Mississippi. Early in marriage, Doris realized that Robert loved pancakes, so she treated him to them every day. Although they experienced difficult times over the years, including the loss of their house in a hurricane, the pair believes that 'by treating each other nicely and not worrying about the small stuff' is what leads to a long lasting relationship.

Seniors: Three things happen when you get to my age. First, your memory starts to go........and I've forgotten the other two. (Dennis Healey)

News Flash from Vancouver: The Navy intercepted a boatload of people off the coast of BC today. This placed the Navy in an awkward the boat was not heading to, but away from Canada, towards Asia. Another surprise finding was that they were loaded with white Canadians who were all seniors of pensionable age. Their claim was that they were trying to get to Asia so as to be able to return to Canada as 'illegal immigrants' and therefore be entitled to far more benefits than they were receiving as legitimate Canadian pensioners. The Navy, it is believed, gave them food and water and assisted them on their journey. We are booking on the next boat out. Let me know if you're coming.
Remember, you have to be over 65!

Merle Baird-Kerr...compiled September 26, 2015
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