Department Of Throwing In The Towel
Sometimes it’s just easier to give them their own glass.
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Department Of Profound Reflection After Being A Surgery Buddy 
The inventor(s) of the twist-‘n-seal vomit bags should win the Nobel Prizes for Peace, and Medicine. As well as any other awards the Swedes have lying around.
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Department Of Speaking Of Things Related To Nausea
Sub-Department Of Let’s Get This Out Of The Way
I have been trying to avoid writing about the TexASS’s draconian anti-abortion law, because what hose TexASS politicians have done leaves moiself almost speechless.
Can someone build a barf containment bag for the entire state of TexASS?
I know there are good people there; it’s a state which, once upon a time and despite its history of self-mythologizing and macho posturing, managed to produce a triumvirate of some of my favorite feminist raconteurs:
* Governor Ann Richards
* Author, political commentator, humorist and columnist Molly Ivins
* Journalist Linda Ellerbee
But that was then and this is now.
Meanwhile, in the here and now, TexASS political leaders seem determined to secede from the 21st century.
Speaking of which, there is a history of secession movements in TexASS which extends beyond the Civil War to the present day, producing headlines such as
“Texas Republicans endorse legislation to allow vote on secession from US”
(The Guardian, 2-5-21)
…as well as a quote only a reality-oblivious politician could spew:
“You cannot prevent the people from having a voice.”
(Allen West, Texas Republican party chairman,
quoted in the above article)
The TexASS GOP chairman was speaking about the voice of TexASS citizens, as per their being allowed to vote for their state to secede from the USA and become an independent nation. Meanwhile, TexASS political leaders are hellbent on preventing people – female people – from having the final voice when it comes to managing their own bodies.
TexASS wants to secede? Oh, honey, stop being such a tease. Really; this is the stuff dreams are made of. Fine; let ’em leave.
“Texas is ranked first in the U.S. in the variety and frequency of natural disasters. Flooding, wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes, hailstorms sinkholes, drought, all occur in the state. Sometimes, even utilization of the state’s natural reserves of oil gas, and water can lead to subsidence and earthquakes.”
(“Natural And Man-Made Hazards In The State Of Texas,”
NASA’s NISAR Mission report: Reliable Observations for Hazard Mitigation )
As for that “independent nation” nonsense, it would be delicious to watch TexASS politicians come crawling, 10-gallon caps in hand, the next time they need emergency funds for the natural disasters which strike TexASS with mind-numbing regularity, along with the totally Texan-made disasters ( the most recent being the 2021 power grid failure) their infrastructurally-ignorant leaders refuse to recognize or address.
I’m sorry (former) Gov. Abbot, but can you drop the faux genteel drawl and enunciate clearly?
You see, For a moment, the rest of us thought we heard you request Federal Emergency funds – you remember, funds that come the federal government of the USA, the one y’all flipped off just before the door hit you in the ass as you left?
I urge the rest of us to help any TexASS refugees that you can. Then, do your research as to businesses that are based in that state. From Exxon/Mobil to Southwest Airlines; from 7-11 to Dell trechnologies; from Frito-Lay to J.C. Penny to Gold’s Gym; from Pier I to Pizza Hut; from The Container Store to Zales Jewelers; from Nieman Marcus to Whole Foods (what ?!? Whole Foods? Aw, shit)  …. As much as possible, boycott all things from TexASS, from sports and arts and entertainment to goods and services.
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Department Of the Price of Reminiscence
Dateline: Monday afternoon. MH decides to spend a portion of his Labor Day in doing a labor of love Periodic Household Task ® – going through stuff in the attic. He comes upon a Star Trek Concordance, and finds, tucked into its pages, a list of episodes Someone ® has made. This list contains the names of certain TOS episodes, sorted into three categories. The first category is faves; the second is stinkers.
“Do you know anything about this?” MH says, waving the list in my face. When I see the third category I realize that the list-making Someone ® must have been moiself …although I have no memory of compiling the list.
Category #3 is pesha. ‘Tis a word which, mercifully, will mean nothing to y’all, nor to anyone outside of a certain circle of moiself’s friends and college roommates. 
Pesha is a dear friend’s family slang for, “wet fart.” 
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Department Of Earlier That Same Day…
Sub-Department Of Other Things I Thought Were Long Forgotten
MH and I are discussing son K’s recent surgery (alluded to in the earlier mention of moiself being a surgery buddy), and how it involved moiself doing quite a bit of blood-cleaning up afterwards (K’s post-surgical bleeding was not fully under control for a while). Suffice to say, K’s kitchen floor got a thorough cleaning.
We take a break from household tasks and decide to go out for lunch. As we are gathering critical lunch-out accoutrements (two copies of the days’ NYTimes crossword puzzle) MH starts singing, “Blood on the Saddle,” a song from Disneyland’s Country Bear Jamboree show. With a heh-heh-heh tone to his voice, he teases me about how that song had to be one of my favorites. He refers to the fact that, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, I had a seasonal job at Disneyland’s Hungry Bear Restaurant  (which was adjacent to the Country Bear Jamboree theater). I worked there summers and vacation times, after high school and my first year in college; that song was one I thought (hoped?) I’d never have to hear again.
Minutes later, in the car: MH fiddles with his phone and connects it to his car’s audio system. For reasons only the gods I don’t believe in can understand, the Spotify music service has the Country Bear Jamboree soundtrack. And MH proceeds to torture entertain me by playing the original Blood on the Saddle, which contains the immortal lyrics,
♫ There was….
Blood on the saddle/and b-blood on the ground
And a great…big…p-p-puddle…
Of blood all around. ♫
This is followed by another ear-mangling cacophony favorite I had also, for a few blessed decades, completely forgotten about: Mama Don’t Whup Little Buford.
C’mon, everybody – y’all know the words.
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Department Of Yet Another Pandemic Lessons Learned
Dateline: Saturday afternoon. After enjoying lunch at a Pastaria with MH – NOT the aforementioned lunch outing, where my auditory sensibilities were assaulted by country bear “music” – we headed for a nearby movie theatre, to take in the latest Marvel Superhero flick. 
My lunch of whole grain spaghetti aglio e olio (pasta with garlic and oil), plus a side of garlic lemon spinach, was a gustatory delight…which then haunted me during the movie. For 2 ½ hours in a darkened theater, I received continual feedback via my mask. Read: I was surrounded with – and sometimes felt as if moiself would be suffocated by – my own robust garlic breath.
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Punz For The Day
Italian Noodle Edition
The cook at our local Italian Restaurant has died.
I guess you could say he pastaway.
Noodles are part of my daily rotini.
What type of pasta do they serve at haunted houses?
Why do Gen Xers take selfies when they’re eating spaghetti?
They want to record it for pastarity.
My friend sometimes pretends to be a lasagna noodle – she’s such an impasta.
The shy pasta chef was in a contemplative mood, so I offered him
a penne for his thoughts.
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May you urge your congressional representatives to support
the secession of TexASS;
May you accept the consequences of that which leads to garlic breath;
May you turn up the volume and sing along with,
“Mama Don’t Whup Little Buford,” imagining that Buford
represents Texas politicians; 
…and may the hijinks ensue.
Thanks for stopping by. Au Vendredi!
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 You know what a surgery buddy is, even if you haven’t heard that term (and you may have been one, or needed one). You provide a ride to and from the hospital or day surgery center with someone who is undergoing a surgery/procedure and given medications that prohibit them from driving. Surgery buddy duties may also include pharmacy and drugstore runs, meal prep and other TLC, overnight stays, making sure the patient does not do any online shopping while under the influence….
 I shop at Whole Foods…but not anymore. I contacted them with an “I regret to inform you” letter notifying them that I will not shop there until there is demonstrable evidence that they have lobbied Texas political leaders to rescind the anti-abortion legislation (oh yeah, and fix your state’s racist voter suppression while you’re at it).
 I’m talkin’ you, LMW.
 Which, as many a hangry, tired, overheated and cranky customer (always male) pointed out to me, was not in fact a restaurant (haruumpf!) but was yet another one of Disneyland’s fast food eateries.
 ” Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. ” Like most Marvel/Superhero movies, it is in serious need of editing for length, IMHO, and, of course, by now there aren’t many surprises. Some good characters; you just need to get in the mood for such summer movie froth and it is entertaining.
 I think this is this blog’s longest “May you…” ever. Gee. Thanks for the opportunity, TexASS.