Buck Moon #362 7/11/2017

The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

Welcome to Drivel Over Coffee. A blog that focuses on nothing really. Caffeine induced coma from French Roast coffee and quite possibly a chocolate chip cookie. All the while my brain reverberates with the best music in the world – The ‘60’s. The journey through life has not always been smooth, but with my music always with me I have managed to 71. My music of the 60’s and early 70’s from rock & roll to folk music to the music of the free spirits. This holiday time is especially bittersweet for me. I love the patriotism displayed during the 4th of July. The other side is the PTSD problems that bubble up with the fireworks and flashbacks. My music blasting in my ears as loud as necessary to block the explosions help cope. May the 4th be with you.

The Buck Moon

July is the month of the Full Buck Moon. At this time, a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode. This Full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.

How did the Full Moons get their names? The Full Moons have descriptive names that come from Native American tribe who used the Full Moons as a sort of calendar to keep track of the seasons. The Almanac tends to use the names of the Algonquins who were prominent along the Atlantic Coast and into the interior along the St. Lawrence River and around the Great Lakes.

The best days this next week for activities, based on the Moon’s sign and phase in July.

Fishing: 1–9, 23–31 Setting Eggs: 9, 10
Castrate animals: 11 Plant below ground crops: 12, 13, 14
Quit smoking: 13 Can, pickle, or make sauerkraut: 12, 13, 14
Wean animals or children: 13 Begin diet to lose weight: 13
Cutting Hay: 15, 16 Destroy pests and weeds: 15, 16
Prune to discourage growth: 15, 16 Cut hair to discourage growth: 17
Harvest below ground crops: 17

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to step foot on the Moon. He also placed the U.S. flag there. On July 31, 1999, the ashes of astrogeologist Eugene Shoemaker were deposited on the Moon.

Wow!!! Only in Pinhook, IA! You will not believe what just happened. I pulled in to Casey’s to get gas. When I got out I noticed a Dallas County Sheriff’s deputy watching a woman who was smoking while pumping gas. I saw her & thought, “Is this lady stupid or crazy!?? With the cops standing right there, too!??” But anyway, as I was paying inside, I heard screaming. When I looked out the window I saw that the woman’s arm was on fire! She was swinging her arm & running around going crazy! I ran outside. The cops had put her on the ground & were putting the fire out with their coffees!! Then they put handcuffs on her & threw her in the police car. I was thinking “what kind of person smokes near a gas pump??” But being curious, I asked the deputies why they were arresting her. One of them looked me square in the eyes & said … “WAVING A FIREARM!”

Well, I went on down to the shopping center. Sipping on my Diet Coke on the way, I tried to calm my nerves. That was quite a sight. I hope the lady will be alright. The cops were all over it pretty quickly. I pulled into the crowded parking lot at the shopping center and parked. I rolled down the car windows to make sure my Boston Terrier Pup had fresh air. He was stretched full-out on the back seat. I wanted to impress upon him that he must remain there. So I walked to the curb backward, pointing my finger at the car and saying emphatically, “Now you stay. Do you hear me?” “Stay! Stay!”

The driver of a nearby car, a pretty young blonde, gave me a strange look and said, (this is going to hurt, but read on) “Why don’t you just put it in ‘Park’?” …. And they vote.

Believe me I have nothing against blondes. In fact, I think they are really cool. I have a friend, believe it or not, Yvette who is blonde. She just got sick and tired of all the blonde jokes the guys were always telling. One evening, Yvette went home and memorized all the state capitals. Back in the office the next day, a colleague started telling a dumb blonde joke. She interrupted him with a shrill announcement, “I’ve had it up to here with these blonde jokes. Raising her hand up to her chin. I want you to know that this blonde went home last night and did something probably none of you could do. I memorized all the state capitals.” One of the guys, of course, said, “I don’t believe you. What is the capital of Nevada?” “N,” she answered. Love you, Yvette, keep that sense of humor.

…. Well my friends, My French Roast withdrawal has finally been neutralized. A steady infusion of French Roast every day since we got back has done the trick. If I can make at least one-person smile, laugh till they leak, or maybe spit out a drink, then my day was not wasted. Until we meet again -TA!”

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