Tuesday, March 1, 2011


   Today, March 1st is the feast of Saint David, the patron of Wales, and here we find ourselves "climbing March hill." The old saw attempts to inform us that by mid-March, the back of old, cold man winter will be broken. It'll indeed be one hard climb too with what's happening about the skyrocketing price of gasoline which is a direct derivative of the relentless struggle for liberty in Arab/Muslim nations.
   Just thinking of the extremely angered and unwashed crowds tramping around, carrying placards, snarling at live news journalists, condemning leaders, and etc; one has to check the evening news, because they're talking about Madison Wisconsin.
   Union boss Trumpka and President Obama have spoken in favor of those who have taken off work (probably with pay) and are invading the cheese-heads Capital building; as well of speaking in favor of those legislators who are AWOL from their paid duty.
   Wisconsin governor Scott Walker on February 28th finally gave a reply to Obama's/Trumpka's slant on Wisconsin's insolvency. Walker issued this statement: "I'm sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay. And I'm sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin, At least I would hope he knows these facts. Furthermore, I'm sure the President knows that we have repeatedly praised the more than 300,000 government workers who come to work every day in Wisconsin. I'm sure that President Obama simply misunderstands the issue in Wisconsin, and isn't acting like the union bosses in saying one thing and doing another."
   This "Downeast Dooryard" blog is a mere two months old today; and many thanks are being sent out to all you thoughtful readers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Denmark, Croatia, Brazil and Chile. Here in the dooryard, the intention is to inform you readers with news-bytes which seem to slip through the cracks of the mainstream media.
For those of you who really enjoy keeping abreast:
   The theatre district of the Strand in London, England will be buzzing for a while in that a new play "Anna Nicole Smith" will hopefully be drawing crowds. Surely after all the news hype, how can we ever forget the buxom blond bombshell who died of an overdose of drugs in the Bahamas a few years ago. The play which first premiered on Fleet Street might have a long run; then again it may flop. One can never guess what happens with these theatrical thespian things. When the bride and I were last in London, there were two plays which garnered rave reviews. We sauntered down to the Strand and caught "Marilyn" [a very thin gruel of Marilyn Monroe's life]; and forsook "Cats." Turns out, "Cats" went viral in theaters as well small time productions worldwide; whereas "Marilyn" dissipated overnight like the vapor off the Thames on a cold eve.
  To Muammar Qaddafi, Charlie Sheen, Trumpka, Capitol invaders and AWOL legislators: Put a fork in it, it's overdone. You've all overplayed your miserable parts on the world stage.
Put This On Your Bucket List:
   The "green flash" which suddenly appears in the sky just a split second when the sun begins to rise and just before the sun fully sets, is a sight which is worth checking out. I've tried for years, and have not caught this rare phenomena. The green flashes are usually seen by sailors on the ocean; but can be spotted from any altitude (even from aircraft). The sun needs an unobstructed horizon, such as over the ocean, but are possible over cloud tops and mountain tops as well. It's caused by the refraction of light in the atmosphere. Light moves slower in the lower, denser air than in the thinner air above, so sunlight rays follow paths that curve slightly, in the same direction as the curvature of the earth. Higher frequency light (green/blue) curves more than lower frequency light (red/orange); so, green rays from the upper limb of the setting sun remain visible after the red rays are obstructed by the curvature of the earth. My neighbor called last week to inform me that he just saw the green flash for the fourth time in his life. Everybody could use a neighbor like this to prod us onward and upward.
   Let's hope your climb up March hill will not be too exhausting to welcome the refreshing spring in the northern hemisphere after our hellishly and globally-warmed winter.

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