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Words of wisdom from your local toilet

talking toilet

Saturday afternoon at the Forsythe refuge (Galloway NJ)



Saturday afternoon at the Forsythe refuge (Galloway NJ)

The life of Jesus in Christmas lights

lights flogging
What’s this? Why,it’s an animated Christmas light Jesus flogging. Frankly, I find this display a disconcerting piece of Americana.

The above picture is part of an annual spectacle in Blue Springs, Missouri. Guided by smiling gingerbread men, visitors drive through a subdivision and see lights that depict the life of Jesus–everything from his birth to his resurrection. At the end, a kid approaches each car with a donation bucket, rewarding contributors with a small candy cane. Weird, huh?

The pictures below were made possible by the ever-patient J. Bubbles, who incurred the wrath of other sightseers by making frequent stops as we traveled along the route.

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Tim Tom

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Free Gumby

gumby in tree

Tough town

police log
The main police log entry in a recent edition of the Lititz Record Express.

Salegy! Jaojoby in Philly

Good thing I turned down that invitation to blog at the Democratic National Convention. Otherwise, I would have missed the perfect concert–right here in Philly! Salegy. How did I get this far in life without knowing about salegy? From the Afropop Worldwide website:

Salegy is the best-known and most widely exported dance pop music of Madagascar. It began in northern coastal towns like Majunga, Nosy Be and Diego Suarez (Antsiranana). Salegy is driving, 12/8 music with clear affinities to mainland Afropop styles in places like Zimbabwe and Mozambique. It is characterized by gently rippling guitar work, organ or keyboards and sometimes accordion, and powerful vocal harmonies.

Which is interesting but says little about how energetic, infectious, and just plain kick ass last night’s Jaojoby show was. Jaojoby, a salegy pioneer, is on tour in the US for the first time, and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center was the first stop. Americans and Canadians: you still have time to find out if Jaojoby is coming to a town near you this summer.

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Spaetzle and Type E

Spaetzle and Type E

Mail Bombs

An Arkansas lawyer and his son are going to jail for mailing a poisonous snake:

Bob Sam Castleman, an attorney and former city judge in Pocahontas, Arkansas, and his son, Jerrod, were charged with mailing a cardboard box containing a venomous copperhead snake to a neighbor with whom they had feuded. The two pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday

Last year, a co-worker of mine (not boss-across-the-hall) was planning to FedEx a crocodile to Texas, though I don’t know if he ever enacted this plan. And once, when I spent the summer working at a QVC returns warehouse (what an education that was), I saw someone open a package full of roaches. It actually isn’t uncommon for QVC customers to express dissatisfaction by including “bonus” items when they return a product.