Happy Columbus Day!

“Columbus,” says Admin. “Could have been better, could have been worse. Weren’t Cortes and Pizarro worse? Most of it’s just historical inevitability. Continents separated by vast oceans. The development on one side of ships capable of crossing them. Suppose the Atlantic Ocean was only as wide as the English Channel. Then ‘Columbus’ would have been Phoenician or something even earlier. And all the migration would have been lost in the mists of early history and we wouldn’t be so riled up.”

“Um, er,” says Spence. “Those twin conquistador obsessions – gold and conversions – are off-putting.”

“Now you’re sounding like Bernie.”

“Is that a surprise?”


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24 Responses to “Happy Columbus Day!”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:59 am on October 9th, 2017

    Good morning everyone! Buddy posted on FB last night. He said he and his Melanie spent a good day and laughed and had an icy treat. He is such a strong person and so is she.
    Have been pondering the blog bug. Something strange is happening since before both name and mail had to be filled in. Very strange.
    Enjoy your Monday.

  2. B.Stover
    9:02 am on October 9th, 2017

    It seems to me that human beings always have been and probably always will be “riled up”…more’s the pity.

    Good morning all.

  3. Staff
    10:28 am on October 9th, 2017

    Rio. I can not tell the difference by looking at the little suckers. But if trapped in your clothing they bite. And if annoyed (or crushed) they really stink. And my cats will NOT chase them like they do spiders and flies. If you saw one inside it was the wrong one. Not the nice little lady bug. GRUMP

  4. Herd of Hounds
    11:23 am on October 9th, 2017

    Those particular NON-lady bugs are introduced from Asia. They are orange-yellow and not red like a true lady bug.

  5. BearSpiritDog
    11:24 am on October 9th, 2017

    Hounds: Thanks for the Update on Buddy and his Melanie. He has written such Beautiful Words about their time together.

    B: We can think of One Person (who is no longer posting) who would have a thing or two to day about this day named after that certain Explorer.

    Staff: We here are Not Familiar with that particular bug. Thank Dog!

  6. Bmals
    11:31 am on October 9th, 2017

    Rio, Usually if you see one of those fake Ladybugs, you will see a bunch of them. I had a lot of them when I lived out in the country because they hung out in the soybeans till they were harvested, and then they invaded my house, big time! Gross little creatures. And they are stinky, and they do bite, as others have said.

  7. Herd of Hounds
    12:09 pm on October 9th, 2017

    BSD, we miss that friend here. Think the day’s name is wrong but he did sail on an adventure. We wouldn’t have been brave enough to do that.

  8. Masquers
    12:19 pm on October 9th, 2017

    HOH: We miss her too. ^..^

    Dawson: Is this not a special feast day for youse up there in Canada?

  9. dawson
    1:15 pm on October 9th, 2017

    It’s Thanksgiving today! Nothing gets by Masquers!

  10. Herd of Hounds
    1:32 pm on October 9th, 2017

    Dawson, on this feast day what will you and the man who lives in your house be feasting on?

  11. dawson
    2:53 pm on October 9th, 2017

    HOH: Since the Canadian family has scattered for the winter, we are on our own and eating leftovers. Roasted pork with potatoes, onions and carrots from the garden for breakfast, pumpkin soup for lunch. Not sure about dinner.

  12. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:23 pm on October 9th, 2017

    Dawson!…We here have no idea where we will land on Thanksgiving this year…sniff!…One thing (almost) for sure is my friend will NOT be stressing-over and making a big dinner for others who hardly ever volunteer to take on the task back in that other place we used to live….chuffle!

  13. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:32 pm on October 9th, 2017

    Stover!…Humans aren’t the only creatures who get Riled-Up over things….grunt!…I’m good and riled up over the fact that Maura’s GoFundMe campaign has done so well in part from generous donors who call themselves Plunderers!….YIPPPEEEE!

    Goal!…$1,205 of $1,568 of the goal has been met!….WooooHooo!

  14. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:43 pm on October 9th, 2017

    Wow!…Wow!…Maura just raised $150 in the last 11 minutes!…yeeep!

  15. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:45 pm on October 9th, 2017

    Close!…She only needs $213.00 if my computing skills are on point…snort!

  16. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:26 pm on October 9th, 2017

    Baseball!…Well no one is posting so I feel it is the perfect time to post about the baseball playoffs…wheeze!…The Cubbies stole the game from the Nationals…sob!…Cubs ahead 2 ta 1 games so far…buffle!…The Nats really need to make a come back next game…grunt!…Wookie, I am channeling you pal, make it happen!…wheeze!

    Sox!…They are outta the play-offs. I heard the sales of Malbec wine went sky high today….yeep!

  17. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:23 pm on October 9th, 2017

    Bug!…Maybe no one else in the whole world can post here but ME!ME!ME!….yeeep!…Now that’s a bug I can live with…heh!heh!

  18. dawson
    9:02 pm on October 9th, 2017

    Hi Rio: I’ll bug ya!
    Baseball has been put to the side this fall as I don’t know how the Toronto Blue Jays are doing in the standings, same with the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins though I’m pretty sure I heard that the Yankees beat out the Twinkies for the last wild-card spot in the play-offs.
    T’is a sad day out East for the Red-Sox fans.

  19. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on October 9th, 2017

    Dawson!…Tis indeed….sniff!

  20. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:09 pm on October 9th, 2017

    Nats!…We here are rooting for the Nats even though they are up against those towering Cubbies. Who knew they would become Giants and stay Giants?…yeeep!

  21. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    9:53 pm on October 9th, 2017

    Rio. The Nata really need to get their act together. They are great in the regular season but seem to fall apart in the post-season. If they lose to the Cubbies, it will be the fourth time in six years that they get knocked out in the initial round. Sorry about the Rockies but they did have a great year and should be even better next year. Also, I just made a contribution to Maura, so hopefully she is even closer to her goal now.

  22. dawson
    9:55 pm on October 9th, 2017

    I did see a snippet of a National/Cubs ball game a couple days ago and they were hitting homers and scoring runs big time.

  23. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on October 9th, 2017

    Paw!…We just checked Maura’s numbers and there you were!…yes!…Oh my dawg she is so close to her goal…chuffle!

    Nats!…Those darn Cubbies are unbearable now that they are Great…grump!

  24. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:59 pm on October 9th, 2017

    Maura!…She has $133.00 left to reach her goal…snorkel!…I know it will happen, I just know it…wheeze!

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