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|December 1st  ||
In December I no more desire a rose|
Than wish a snow in May’s new-fangled mirth;
But like each thing, that in its season, grows.
-- William Shakespeare (circa 1595)
You've seen those words before; it was on this day back in 2015. And they express the truth; Shakespeare was right. But it isn't May now, it's December, and some of us desire more snow and more ice on the lakes (but of course, considering where I am now, the latter is mostly inconsequential, though not entirely). Mr Weatherman, could you please be of some assistance in this matter? Thank you in advance.
|December 2nd  ||The material, the elements, of poetry are "words".......and they're free to anyone who wants to use them. Mr. Shakespeare didn't have to pay a cent for the words he used in yesterday's quotation. Anyone could have used those words or words similar to them, and expressed the same idea.......but it takes a poet to make them really “sing".|
|December 3rd  ||
Here's an update on the LBLR Search Routine. The web crawlers are slowly doing their job and the search is getting much better. It now appears that about 75% of the site has been crawled, or perhaps a bit more than that. Which means that when you do a search, most of the time you'll find what you're looking for. The success rate went from zero to about 75% in a little over a month, so maybe by the first of January it'll really be working well again.
PS:   If you're ever looking for a specific entry and can't find it, send me an e-mail and I'll find it for you.
|December 4th  ||See the September 27, 2017 Chronicles entry (it's here: HERE.)     Hey Stover.......Happy 73rd Birthday!!!!|
|December 5th  ||
Do you remember Tchotchke Hill? It was given its name by Erin Harlan back in July of 2014. But it all began three years before that (July of 2011), when a single swan mysteriously appeared in the woods beside the driveway into the south end of the resort (click HERE). The next year at roughly the same time, a second Swan and a Flamingo showed up, this time decked out in Patriotic accoutrements (click HERE). Little by little over the next few years, the items on Tchotchke Hill grew in number, appearing randomly during the resort season, until May of 2015 when it reach its maximum of at least 17 items (click HERE). I never really found out who put those things there. I have some strong suspicions for a few of them, but for some of them I have absolutely no idea. I think at least one of them was put there by a local because it appeared at a time when the resort was empty.|
Incidentally, Tchotchke Hill is now history. It's gone! The new owners have removed it. But to the best of my memory, it contained 2 swans, 2 flamingos, 3 garden gnomes, 3 sections of picket fence, a fish, a metal pine tree, a butterfly, a head made from a coconut, a dragonfly, 2 bears, and perhaps some things that don't immediately come to mind. Would anyone care to own up to any of the items?
|December 6th  ||
There is a privacy about winter which no other season gives you. In spring, summer, and fall, people have an open season on each other; only in the winter can you have long, quiet, stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself.|
-- Ruth Stout (circa 1960)
In my old LBLR days that was much more pronounced than it is now.......but it's still true. And by the way, Ruth, who wrote many books about gardening and who lived to be 96, was the older sister of Rex Stout, author of the Nero Wolfe mysteries.
|December 7th  ||
Hey Sean H, you've changed your e-mail address??? Send me your new one (or call me), if you don't mind. I'd sure like to keep up with your resort plans. Thanks.
Today is the 77th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.
Sorry about the earlier dumb mistake, and thanks for the heads-up Gary.
|December 8th  ||Concerning Tchotchke Hill (see the December 5th entry, above), some people have been tight-lipped about their involvement (or lack thereof) and have indicated that they will remain so, but a few others have opened up a bit. All I'll say is that, in some cases, I was surprised. I had some things pegged wrong.......surprisingly wrong. Still, the sources for the majority of the items remain a mystery.|
|December 9th  ||As you know, the Detroit Lions are my favorite NFL team. I was watching them on TV when they last won a championship (in 1957). Since then, almost every year at about mid-season (sometimes earlier), I start hoping that they'll continue to lose and end up in last place so that they can get a good pick in the draft. And almost every year they do.......but it doesn't ever do them any good. One thing about the Lions: they're consistent. But I'm still a fan! How about you other Michiganians and ex-Michiganians?|
|December 10th  ||A two mile night-time walk with temperatures in the single digits is sure different in town than it was Up North. Walking the streets is fun, but it just isn't the same as walking on the lake. Things sure have changed. I wonder if LBLR has any cabins available for weekend rentals this winter.|
|December 11th  ||As a result of my dissertation on December 9th (see above), which some might call a gripe session, I received an e-mail from Gary in Tennessee. He told me about several loyal Lion/Tiger fans living in his neck of the woods, who often get together to watch games, and who seem to have feelings about the teams that are similar to mine. Many many times over the last 47 years, someone has berated me for not becoming a Viking fan because I'm now a Minnesotan. Eventually I found a reply that any fan can understand. I simply ask: "If you moved to Wisconsin, for example, would you become a Packer fan?" Their response is invariably something like "Oh, no I wouldn't; I see what you mean".|
|December 12th  ||At LBLR, the summers were drastically different than the winters. In fact, they were so different that they had almost nothing in common. A day at LBLR in the summer wasn't anything like a day at LBLR in the winter. Now that the LBLR days are over, summer and winter are pretty much the same, other than the weather of course. In general, a day in the summer, is not all that different than a day in the winter. Things sure have changed.|
|December 13th  ||
If you saw the full moon yesterday (actually it was full at 11:12 PM the previous night in our time zone) you saw the last full moon of the decade. At least that's what the news media have been saying for the last week. And that brings up a discussion which was huge late in the year 1999. The question is: when does the next decade (like the next century) actually begin? Common usage says that the 21st century began on January 1, 2000 so, likewise, the third decade of the 21st century will begin on January 1, 2020. Okay, the 2020s will begin then, and I'm all for calling that the beginning of the 3rd decade, but let's get technical for a moment, if you don't mind. Since there is no year zero (I don't think anyone disputes that, at least not historians anyway), the year 1 BC was followed by the year 1 AD. With that as a given, the year 10 AD was the 10th (and last) year of the 1st decade AD and therefore, the 2nd decade began in the year 11. If that is carried out to current times, the 21st century actually didn't begin until January 1, 2001, and likewise, the 3rd decade of the 21st century will not begin until January 1, 2021. So technically, we'll have 13 more full moons in this decade.
That being said, I still like to think that our current century began in the year 2000, and the next decade will begin this coming January 1st. To heck with being technical (in this case anyway). PS: Even though I've seen it in the media for a whole week, I still don't see what the big deal is about the last full moon of a decade.