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The skin of a female shark is much thicker than a male shark because males bite females during mating.


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     It is a sad day when they have to leave.  


Tuesday, July 21st, 2015...  I do not feel like writing MY RAMBLING this morning because I feel old.  Gees, that sounds terrible.  Let me stop writing for a minute and ponder that thought.  Hmmm, okay. I have pondered.  I have changed my mind about both initial thoughts.  I think, as my grandkids grow older, they need less supervision so that is a good thing.  When they were younger, I could jump into those ocean waves and save them.  Today, I only guard the pool in the backyard.  Four of them are here now, and they are not concerned about all the recent shark attacks on our coast.  Even my youngest, Diane, is taking it in stride, and she is the number one worrier in the family.  She told me that she took solace in a recent article that she read about ten things deadlier than sharks.  I don't think I will name them all here, but let's start with number one.  Did you know that 150 people annually are killed by falling coconuts?  Not to worry, I cut down our only palm tree a few years ago.  Number two is a tough one to believe, but it is true.  Twenty children or young adults have died in sand holes since 1985.  Number three - traffic lights.  YOU can read about that one if you want.  Four and five are dogs and icicles.  I might as well list the rest and you can email me if you want the site so you can do some reading.  I know you will want to read it when you get to number ten on the list.  Here is the rest of the list - Cold Weather, Cows, Champagne Corks, Lightning, and Vending Machines.  I was surprised that lightning only made it to number nine.  Oh, yeah, my twenty year old grandson, Nic, did get attacked by a sting ray....very painful.  No ambulance was called, but a visit to the Urgent Care was necessary.  (What are you doing on August 4th?)

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015...  Let's Rumble............oops, I mean Ramble.  I am a Yankee by birth.  I was born in the greatest city in the USA.  When I retired and moved south, I didn't brag and push the ways of the North.  I wanted to fit in.  However, some of my poker buddies were diehard Southerners.  They called me a damn Yankee not just a Yankee.  However, they told me that I wasn't a God Damn Yankee.  I didn't have the inclination to ask what that was because I didn't want to stir up any more Civil War feelings.  None of them flew the Confederate Flag, to my knowledge, but two of them thought the South would rise again.  They disliked the Yankees even though their businesses needed those Northern dollars.  They felt strongly that Washington, DC did not have the right to tell them how to run their state.  I asked them about Blacks and slavery.  Only one was still prejudice.  One pointed out that Lincoln wrote a letter to Horace Greeley saying he would keep slavery.  Here are the exact words.  "I would save the Union.  If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it.  What I do about Slavery and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save this Union."  Okay, enough rambling.  I believe everyone has the right to fly any flag that he or she wants...............and suffer the consequences.  Since I have never met any slaves, I can't tell you how they would feel about the Confederate Flag.  Oh, I am glad that they have removed THE DUKES OF HAZZARD from television so the impressionable youths of today don't get any evil thoughts.  I always thought Daisy's shorts were too revealing.  (Next spouting off day will be on the 21st)

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015...  Summer is here!  Our summer rotation of family has started.  Rip and Mel are here with Halie and Josh, but no Nic - adulthood changes lifestyles.  Not to worry - Nic will be here next month with a friend.  I hope he brings a 'shark' knife with him so he can protect himself.......no, not from his friend, but from any 'unfriendlies' he might come across while he is surfing.  There is not much to talk about the family and friends that just arrived yesterday around 4 a.m.  Oh, yes, Halie and Josh brought friends - Amanda and John.  I hope they enjoy themselves and find everything suitable at 1205.  I will make notes if they have any problems with the amenities.  Okay, let's take a look at the bad news - only because it is difficult to find any good news on the internet.  Gees, I checked out four stories, but they are too bad to write about.  Maybe I can clean two of them to a PG rating.  Are you ready?  Some folks are saying the following was a prank; others say it was Satanic.  Either way it is sick when an 18 year old senior cuts up a dead cow and leaves the parts all over a high school campus.  Yes, students in Woodstock, Connecticut found the 'remnants' when they showed up last week to take their finals.  The next one is funny if no one was hurt.  Well, the Hawkins County Police in Tennessee had to arrest a local couple for stabbing their neighbor.  Did I hear a why did they stab the neighbor.  Well, the neighbor in the apartment next to this couple - Johnny and Erin - called the police because of too much noise.  Police came and determined that the couple were making loud noises during sex.  That was okay with Johnny and Erin, but when the police came a second time for the same reason, I guess, Johnny and Erin just lost it and had to take some 'other' action toward their squealing neighbor.  I do have a question - were they arrested for aggravated assault or aggravating sex?  (Let's meet again on July 7th)     
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015...  I love the United States of America.  I don't know if I have this strong feeling for country because I was a teenager in a time when it was cool to be patriotic and to show it.  Or do I have this spirit because my father always expressed a steadfast love of his adopted country?  Yes, my father came to this country when he was sixteen years old.  He left his mother and three siblings to journey by himself to join his father and two brothers here in a great city and a great country.  Yes, he lived in a section of New York City where the majority of people were of the same nationality, and he learned the language of his new country.  I wish I could say that I am writing this because I was thinking of my father or because Memorial Day just passed or that Flag Day is coming up this week.  However, I can't.  I am writing this because I am annoyed about something I experienced while watching a baseball game on television.  I love baseball so I purchase the MLB package every year from Directv.  I watch my favorite team as much as I can, and I watch a few other games especially the final innings of the close ones.  I am a Yankees fan, but I watch the Mets, too.  Recently, I checked out a game between the Mets and the Marlins.  However, I don't care for the Mets' announcers so I switched over to the Florida Marlins feed.  The MLB package allows me to watch either market..........usually, but that is another story.  It was a good game so I decided to watch it.  I was shocked during one commercial break when they played an entire commercial in Spanish.  I could not believe it.  I thought it was a mistake, but they played another one later in the game.  What is wrong with learning English?  I would never want anyone to forget their native language or traditions!  But if the decision was to come to this country to live and work, then, by God and all that is holy, everyone should become part of the USA and learn English!  (Some of the kids will be here on the 23rd - will you?) 

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015...  IMUS IN THE MORNING is going off the air.  Not to worry, he is still going to be on the radio.  However, I don't think I could listen to him live on the radio - too many commercials.  I wonder if there is a way to 'tape' it and cut out all the commercials.  It was easy to watch/listen to it on FoxBusiness because I could watch the three hour show in about an hour and a half.  So thank you, Imus, it has been an enjoyable experience although you were getting a little repetitive at the end.  Will I find something else on the tube or will I just put on my Amazon Prime music which I love?  Time will tell.  Speaking of time, I started bike riding again.  I am only riding three or four times a week, but I am out of my bad winter habits.  I won't tell you about how far I am riding because my own kids don't believe me.  They say there is a problem with the decimal point in my mileage.  Oh, well, I was not a math teacher.  I have a story to tell about my ride last Friday.  It is a true story, but I know that my youngest is going to doubt it.  First of all, everyone knows I say hello or good morning to everyone I pass even those 'serious' bikers who almost never respond.  Well, I passed a young lady who was walking south as I was going north.  She was plugged in to her iPod, but I said a loud good morning any way.  Needless to say, she did not respond so I gave her the infamous ARGH.... and continued on my ride.  I knew I wasn't going to make it a marathon session because the wind was just a little too strong even at the early hour of seven.  I rode two more miles and turned around.  Riding home, I spotted her a few blocks ahead of me.  She was still plugged in to her iPod.  I moved to the middle of the road, got up right behind her, and in my manly, strongest voice I said, "Have a nice day!"  She jumped to the side of the road as I sped by.  I was smiling so much and giggling to myself that I didn't see one of those 'serious' bikers zoom right by me.  That is the first one that has passed me in two years.  My record is shot because I was being a wiseass.  There has to be a moral to this 'true' story, but I can't think of one.  (Will my summer friends meet us here on June 9th?)


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