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E. T. A. Hoffmann was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist.

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    The end of summer....  


Tuesday, September 16th, 2014...  "Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream - Make her the cutest that I've ever seen...."  Yes, those are the words my mother sang to me at night when I couldn't fall to sleep.  She would, then, make-believe she was dropping sand in my eyes.  Now I am older, and I need toothpicks to keep my eyes open at times.  I have discovered that fifteen minute power naps work much better with me than a ninety minute snooze in the middle of the day.  As most of my readers know, I love to learn so I decided to research the origin of the sandman putting something in the eyes to bring on sleep.  I found two written versions about the sandman - one written in 1841, by Hans Christian Andersen.  Here it is.......suitable for all ages.  "In the evening, while the children are seated at the table..., he comes up the stairs very softly..., then he opens the doors without the slightest noise, and throws a small quantity of very fine dust in their eyes, just enough to prevent them from keeping them open, and so they do not see him.  Then he creeps behind them, and blows softly upon their necks, till their heads begin to droop.  Under each arm he carries an umbrella; one of them, with pictures on the inside, he spreads over the good children, and then they dream the most beautiful stories the whole night.  But the other umbrella has no pictures, and this he holds over the naughty children so that they sleep heavily, and wake in the morning without having dreams at all."  I'll bet that tale has been enjoyed by many, many children over the years.  Here is the one that they never tell.  I know all my grandkids will love this one so I must include it here.  E.T.A. Hoffman's (1776-1822) short story about the mythical sandman would be rated R today so stop reading if you are weak of heart.  His sandman would throw sand in the eyes of naughty children who wouldn't fall asleep, causing their eyes to fall out.  The sandman would then collect their eyes and feed them to his own children.  Was I right or was I right?  I'll be back on September 30th.

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014...  Wow, another Labor Day is here!  The tourists will be leaving and all schools should be opened by the end of the week.  I wonder how many of those kids returning will be answering that boring old question - What did you do this summer?  I don't think I ever asked that question.  I might have asked after Christmas break - What was your best present?  However, I did that because I was never ready to return to work the day after the New Year.  I know spoiled kid; spoiled adult.  If I was going back to school today, I think I would ask them to write about this - A great woman once told me....  I know I could write a missive about all the great women in my life starting with my mother who probably said more than once, "Stop playing with it, Ronnie, it will fall off."  My wonderful wife during our many, many years together has said too many things to recall.  Judy Wilson, my supervisor and assistant superintendent, pleaded with me to give counseling a try (as a counselor; not a counselee) and promised me that I could go back to the classroom after a year if I didn't enjoy the one-on-one contact with the kids.  Needless to say, I enjoyed counseling and spent my last 12 years working closely with my kids.  Moving on....  What did I learn this week?  Well, I don't know if I learned it again, but at my age, I don't think it makes a difference.  At 3.6 million square miles, the Sahara is the world's largest 'hot' desert; however, overall, it is the third largest desert.  Did you figure out which deserts are one and two?  Let's close this rambling with Ronald Gerald Wayne, a retired American electronics industry worker.  In 1976, he sold his 10% stake in Apple for $800.  Now did any of you make a bigger mistake than that?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014...  Change is coming!  No, I am not referring to the departure of my youngest and the arrival of my oldest.  I am talking about MY RAMBLING.  My first rambling was published on November 28th, 2005.  I don't think it was published on bondulich.com.  I probably used a free web site in the beginning because I knew nothing about HTML.  I enjoy learning so I knew I wouldn't be satisfied until I had my own domain name.  As the years went by, HTML became much easier to do because Microsoft and others came out with programs that wrote web pages without the writer knowing any HTML.  I don't use as much HTML today as I did back in the beginning, but once in a while, there is a need to fix something using HTML.  The latest trend is to use sites that publish blogs.  I have been using one now for over a year.  My Rambling (Bondo at the Beach) in blog format can be found at bondo.wordpress.com.  A blog is much less time consuming to publish than posting a web page.  However, I enjoy doing the web page, but doing it every week is becoming a chore - and I hate doing chores.  I have decided to put out my rambling once or twice a month.  Once or twice?  That is not a decision.  That is sitting on a picket fence and for those of you who have never sat on a picket fence - IT HURTS.  Here is my decision.  I will take next week off and publish and post my writing on September 2nd.  In that writing, I will put the date of the next publishing.  See, I can make a decision.

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014...  When I bought my first place in Surf City, the now mayor was my next-door neighbor, and he told me that there are never more than two consecutive days of freezing weather on the island during the winter.  Well, two out of the last three winters has disproved that so-call fact.  BTW, to my knowledge, he does not believe in global warming.  He also said that during the summer there is never more than three rainy days in a row in any month.  Well, the last ten days have proven that to be incorrect.  He also told me that if I didn't like the current weather just wait thirty minutes and it will change.  He is correct on that one.  For example, yesterday after breakfast, Diane and JL said they were going to the beach.  I sat down to watch the end of 'IMUS in the Morning' and before I could raise the electric leg-rest up, they were back in the house.  It was raining.  In the last twelve days, since JL's arrival, it has rained six of those days.  He has faced that challenge like a warrior of old.  However, he did mention that he would like to stop to see the mayor before he leaves.  Diane, on the other hand, is complaining only because she feels bad for JL.  Justin and Brady continue to handle the lousy weather as if there were none.  Now, on to the story about the rain. 
The Father and His Two Daughters - Aesop
A man who had two daughters married one to a gardener, the other to a potter. After awhile he paid a visit to the gardener's, and asked his daughter how she was and how it fared with her.
"Excellently well," said she; "we have everything that we want; I have but one prayer, that we may have a heavy storm of rain to water our plants."
Off he set to the potter's, and asked his other daughter how matters went with her.
"There is not a thing we want," she replied; "and I only hope this fine weather and hot sun may continue, to bake our tiles."
"Alack," said the father, "if you wish for fine weather, and your sister for rain,
which am I to pray for myself?"           

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014...  Most of us remember the story of 'The Flood' in Genesis and the story of Noah and the Ark.  Those of us who don't remember the BIBLE story might have seen the movie about this same incident where the lords of Hollywood don't even mention God in it.  However, that is another story.  Well, last Thursday, the rains came and the forecast was for more of the same.  The local weather bureau put out flood warnings for the mainland and the rains continued.  The current time is 0654, and I have not seen the sun since last month.  We are all hoping that it will come out today.  We were lucky that we didn't get any flooding here on the island.  There were many, many puddles, but no flooding.  The puddle at the end of my driveway was the largest one that I have ever seen in that location.  Yes, it rained on and off since last Thursday night.  I am going to find a story about rain in the BIBLE and read it to my family.  A certain member of my family who is visiting was losing patience and becoming quite upset with the extremely wet weather.  Now, I know everyone is thinking that it was Justin, 13, or Brady, 10, who was becoming a pain in the buttocks.  I am happy to say that you are wrong.  The rain did not stop the young ones from going out and enjoying the exciting events that were happening around 1205.  Between Aiden, the lad next door on our north side, and the well-repaired Fishing Pier on my south side, they kept busy from the time they crawled out of bed around 10 am until their 10 pm curfew at night.  There was only one person who complained and complained about the non-beach weather.  It was not my son-in-law JL.  He was quite content using the many other amenities at 1205.  I don't wish to get the impatient one angry so I won't mention her name.  Now I am off to find a story about rain to read to my family if the sun does not come out soon.  Oh, yes, I must choose a name for the well-repaired pier that all the folks are using to fish and to launch their kayaks.   


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