by And the White Lion Roars!
Hello dear readers!
Been another “while” since I sat down to mention some things that made me roar, but most of life isn’t really “roar worthy” right now, just ponderable, mild, and amusing. Maybe I’m trying to reserve energy since it is so hot in North Central Texas right now. Though really, it isn’t; we’re just weaker to it. The high so far this summer has only been 106. I’ve lived through some 116’s in my years. But for some reason this summer heat has seemed much more oppressive. One weather person theorized that it’s because we had so much rain in the spring, the ground and local lakes were full and saturated, which has upped the humidity this summer, which makes it more uncomfortable. Maybe it’s the birthday I just had-which one I will not say. But maybe it is making me more sensitive to the heat? Either way, this VERY lazy Sunday, after hosting a party for my gang last night, I’m still weary and bleary eyed, and having a lovely margarita so help me lay back even more and fill me with guilt tomorrow when the laundry isn’t finished.
We’ve all heard that yawning is contagious. But I recently walked past a coworker who yawned and I didn’t feel tempted to yawn. I’d really like to know what that means! Does it mean I have no psychic connection to her? To me that would be a sad statement, but I yawn when my cat yawns, and she and I are not even close. (Stifled chuckle there!)
I’ve heard lots of comedians-some of whom were my good friends and unprofessional comedians, make fun of those car signs that say “Baby on Board.” They joke, asking what that should mean to them; it’s that parent’s choice to take the baby out in the car!!! When I had my grandson in May, I realized that they are warning you, those parents are going to drive more carefully than usual because they are with their child! I don’t have one of those signs, but I do drive more carefully when there is a child in the car. When there isn’t, it’s just me and my music or podcasts, and I can be a little distracted then. So maybe, just maybe, those parents are telling you to go on and pass. They won’t speed up and not let you!
What is wrong with verbena? Why can’t it stand on its own? Have you ever seen a can of room spray that is just verbena? Nope. They always add lime, or lemongrass, or ginger or something to it. I’ve always asked that about lavender too. Unless you shop in higher end stores and can get ‘lavender essential oil” or something like it, people always mess with lovely lavender, adding vanilla or chamomile. But lavender is such an evocative, sensual fragrance, it can stand on its own. Verbena, on the other hand, I have no idea what it smells like. Why is that?
Speaking of scents, anyone who knows me, or has read much of what I write, knows that I am a great lover of dogs. Upon the death of my uncle last month, Mom brought out a photo of me at 5 months old, she was holding me on her hip, and my uncle held his parent’s puppy, and there I was even then, petting the puppy. In our neighborhood we have rabbits. Lots of rabbits! And my male dog, Leo, who will be two next month, obsesses over them! My female, Abigail, who is seven, has caught birds and rabbits before, so she’s not impressed. She’ll just walk calmly around with me unless one appears and then she’ll get excited. Leo, on the other hand. Is on the hunt the instant we walk outside. To the point that he pulls hard on the leash in order to get closer to fences and shrubs and beneath parked cars where they might be hiding, or he can pick up the scent. My question is this, what evolutionary benefit do rabbits have in sitting there, pretending to be invisible? We all know that dog’s vision is not much stronger than ours, but their scent receptors and thousands of times stronger than a human’s. They may not see the rabbit sitting there, not moving, but they can certainly pick up the scent. When I take the dogs out around 4:15, I leave Leo off leash. There’s no one up, and I’m not risking another torn up, expensive shoulder surgery. He runs everywhere the rabbits might go so fast and hard that he will never catch one; they would definitely hear him coming, but he is completely out of breath from the run when we get home. But here’s the real question to this point: bunnies wiggle their noses. All the time. Why don’t they have more powerful scent receptors, and go hide before the dogs are upon them? Wouldn’t it be a better survival strategy to smell the dogs coming, run and hide before the dogs get there? What are those wiggly noses about if it isn’t to pick up scents in the air?
As always, I mentally note changes in the language, and one I’ve heard quite often at work lately is a new way of saying that something is an emergency. Several people have said to me recently, “I have (or had) an “emergent” situation. They are still saying it’s an emergency that they be seen by a doctor, but to me “emergent” means something arising-like Venus De Milo coming up out of the sea. When did that word come to refer to urgent symptoms of illness?
My last question today is this: Why do so many Americans prefer ignorance? Don’t want to know what’s in the bologna or hot dog. Don’t want to know if a politician cheats on his taxes or has sweetheart deals with dictators or criminals. Don’t want to know if there’s dangerous pollutants in their air and water, or GMOs in their food. I’m not even going to condemn GMO foods out of hand. But what is the problem with knowing? I’ve asked my pro-Monsanto husband this before, “If they really believe that GMOs are safe and desirable, why don’t they want to label them? But Americans are okay with this. Americans are okay with complete ignorance of science, and legislation, and Ag-Gag rules. WHY!!!!!?????? The White Lion is now ROARING with befuddlement and frustration. Knowledge is always better than ignorance.
But wait; John Gray wrote in 1742, and had published in 1747: