Tuesday, August 30, 2022

The Unwelcome Bookend...

...to summer. 

Not that I have a problem with the Labor Day Holiday per se...

It's just that - for obvious reasons - I was a lot happier to see the first "summer bookend", Memorial Day Weekend.

Then we beheld the entire summer stretching out before us, months of warm weather, t-shirts, shorts and sandals.

There were cookouts to savor, fireworks to watch, rounds of hickory golf to enjoy.

Poolside pleasures beckoned, evening campfires awaited, floral delights enticed us.

But apparently I blinked, and now...well now, another summer is already in the rearview mirror...


Here's something you don't see every day:


It's very brief so you might have to play it a couple of times to get the gist.


Yes, as my separators (above) indicate, I've run up the white flag of seasonal surrender.

I know the meteorology geeks will scream since Fall doesn't officially arrive 'round these parts until the autumnal equinox, September 22nd...

...but the calendar tells me it's now September and here in Michigan, that's when Fall begins...

...as this recent pic from a visit to the doctor's office illustrates.

Really?  Leaves changing color already?  

Heavy sigh...

In the "Boy Ain't That Sumthin'" department, here's a pic Karen took when we moved in here 5 years ago:

That's standing on our back patio looking at part of our backyard in the summer of 2017.

Here's what it looks like today:

A side by side view makes it a little easier to see the transformation:

then (summer 2017)                             now (summer 2022)

Gotta hand it to Karen...by God's grace she had a vision for what it could be and the drive to make it happen.

One thing I definitely do appreciate about the change of seasons is Fall golf.

The cooler temps and beautiful colors make each round that much more delightful.

Now if I could just up my game to match my beauteous surroundings I’d be a happy man.

This, however, was not the week, as once again golf nirvana eluded me.

Really only had 1 bad shot - a push to the right from the #6 tee that resulted in a lost ball and a double bogey.

My problem remains the same as always...

my birdie putt that ended up as a bogey


...I can't putt to save my life.

Today I was on the green from the tee 6 times out of 9 and managed only 2 pars; the rest were bogeys.

Reminds me of a joke my dad told back in the 60’s about a man who trained a gorilla to golf.

“Watch this,” he tells his friends as the gorilla prepares to tee off on a 500 yard par 4 hole.

He hands a 5 iron to the gorilla who proceeds to hit a 500 yard drive that lands 6 inches from the hole.

“Amazing!”, "Fantastic!", "Incredible!", his friends exclaim as they excitedly follow the gorilla to the green.

Once there the man hands the gorilla a putter.

As they all stand back to watch, the gorilla calmly leans over the ball and strokes a 500 yard putt.

Lord willing, this gorilla will tee it up and try again next week.

Perhaps I should just let it go.

I mean the man is obviously insane, suffering from the late stages of dementia, and can't be taken seriously.

He's a corrupt, unaccomplished buffoon; a cognitively impaired liar.

Little more than a puppet, a mouthpiece, he probably can't tell you 5 minutes after they turn off the teleprompter what he just recited.

But the power behind the throne - the people controlling him - know very well what he's doing and saying, and those people are dangerous.

Attacking 75 million Americans and vilifying them as enemies of their fascist state?

On prime time TV?

Welcome to Nuremberg 2022...

hard to believe, but this photo has NOT been photoshopped

...with the Nazi like blood red background and the military standing at the ready while the lunatic clenches his fists and rages at his political enemies.

Lord, help us.

And finally, a few non-political Parting Shots as you storm the exits on your way to some Labor Day Weekend fun...

a blue heron stopped by the dock at Larry's cottage

some polaroid faves

Mr. Grasshopper eyeballing me

Larry snapped this sunset pic from his kayak

Mr. Toad waiting by the window on a rainy night

Something to keep in mind...

later, mcm fans...

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