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Out my window

January 17th, 2010 by jomo

Watching an agile squirrel working in the topmost winter-bare branches of a large hackberry, feeding on the little berries, my attention was caught by a large flock of pigeons going over very fast. They were fleeing a caracara. I know that the caracara’s range has expanded northward over the past 30 or 40 years, but I don’t remember having seen one in the middle of Austin before. Their wing markings are similar to the black vulture’s but there’s no mistaking the predaceous trim of the caracara.

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What Vanity Will Get You

January 15th, 2010 by jomo

“You have such wise eyes” the lady with Tary Owens said to me. A group of us was sitting around a table drinking beer, shooting the bull in the Armadillo Beer Garden. I was embarrassed and a couple of the guys at the table laughed.

At home later, standing at the toilet peeing, I thought about what the woman had said. I leaned back to look at myself in the mirror over the sink, checking out my “wise eyes” – and peed all over my shoes.

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Cinnamon Toothpicks, 5¢

January 14th, 2010 by jomo

A fad in my junior high school days was cinnamon toothpicks. Toothpicks could be marinated in a vial of cinnamon oil, purchased at a pharmacy. Each toothpick would bring a nickel or dime from fellow students – so I became a playground hot toothpick connection.

Until one day, a loose lid on the little bottle resulted in cinnamon oil soaking into my pants pocket. The burn I got on my thigh was quite painful and ended my career as a toothpick salesman.

All mild antics compared to the peddle-to-the-metal bleeps who try the cinnamon challenge.

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A Thing About Commercials

January 10th, 2010 by jomo

There are moments in commercials that are special – moments that I look forward to seeing every time they run. One example is the way the girl in the Taco Bell commercial, when told by the customer that he’s more comfortable placing his order with ‘Denise’, purses her lips and delivers a clipped “Fine.” Wonderful…I love it.

Another example is the little girl defiantly announcing “…and I’m not missing Happy Pony!” I believe her and the remote control should be hers, end of discussion.

Great casting, outstanding direction, and marvelous actors. And the nature of TV commercial rotation means that I get to see these great moments often.

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