Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Smokey the Bear is an idiot.

There, I said it.

Now, before you get into a flap, lemme ‘splain.

Yes,  I do realise that these days it’s definitely a good thing to “prevent forest fires” however, if there wasn’t so damned much undergrowth from having prevented those forest fires for all those years,  we wouldn’t have the run away situations that are now very common. 

Just talk to a native person.


That doesn’t mean you should be careless.  That’s not what I’m talking about.  Don’t go to bed before dousing your “camp fire”,  especially if you’re in an area where it could go on burning undetected.



OK, so that’s a different deal.  Never mind.

Kind of freakin’ scary though,  innit?


The “White Man” prefers to call it "Prescribed Burning", but the Natives have been doing it for millennia.

I vividly recall using fire every spring to burn off the grass once upon a time when growing up on the farm.  And I ain’t no Native.  Sure wouldn’t mind not paying taxes though, but let’s not get off topic.

There was still snow on the ground in the woods,  so there was no worries about the fire getting away from us. Of course the farm house was a bit of a tinder box,  since it was all wood and about a hundred years old.  A few years after we moved to Ontario, it did get torched, and reports are that it burned “reel good”.


Alright so, maybe “Only you can prevent forest fires”,  but there’s not a damned thing you can do about a lightening strike.


Just wanted to get that off my chest.  Feel free to talk amongst yourselves.  Thanks.



Now, under the heading of things that make me go,  “What the??”

You may or may not have heard of this.  Some silly people got sick after eating some kind of cr*p at the Canadian National Exhibition.  (what the hell they’re “exhibiting” there these days is beyond me.)


Anyway, this came into my email inbox:


RIGHT NOW: TPH to provide update after maple bacon jam identified as source of CNE food-borne illness

Toronto Public Health will speak with reporters after announcing earlier Tuesday that the maple bacon jam served atop the Cronut Burger at the CNE caused a food poisoning outbreak that sickened more than 220 people.
TPH's Dr. Lisa Berger is expected to speak at 12:45 p.m.


Wait.  What?  “Lisa Berger”??   Berger?  OK fine,  maybe it’s not that funny.  Just the same though,  I heard they got sick from Listeria.  I suppose Lisa isn’t short for Listeria?  Get it?  Huh?  Huh? 

C’mon people!  Am I the only one with some twisted up crazy name disease? 

Fine. Never mind.

In case you’re wondering just what the hell a “Cronut” burger is,  it’s some sort of cheeseburger-doughnut-croissant hybrid.  OK?  And if that ain’t bad enough,  there’s some sort of “maple bacon jam” that goes on top.  *shudder*.  (or, at least it used to)

I’m not making this up.

Well now, therein lies the problem.  Seems the “maple bacon jam” had “turned” or something.  I’d laugh, but people did get sick from this.  I tend to take the cynics view and lean towards karma.  But that’s just me.

Here’s a tip.  Don’t eat crap,  and plant your corn early.


Um ya.  I guess nothing much really happened today.


Oh, I did have a hitch-hiker last night when I went to Home Despot.  Travelling Companion was quite speechless when I casually mentioned that they were in fact open until 10:00.


Cool huh?

He didn’t come in the store with me,  so I don’t know why the heck he wanted to go to Home Depot. 

I try not to be judgemental.


I don’t think I’ve seen a Preying Mantis in a long time.  Kind of weird that the only place I’d see one is on the hood of the car.

He stayed there all the way there and back.  He was getting a little buffeted, (hey, maybe he was “praying”?) but I did try not to exceed the speed limit.  Didn’t want him to blow off.  I guess that would have been OK,  but I would have missed a photo op.


I got other pictures of stuff from today, but who cares really?

Something called “garlic chives”. 

Oh my goodness.

I’ll tell you tomorrow,  or the next day.  Or…whenever.


Keep yer blades sharp.


Thanks for stopping by.




  1. Eating at the CNE anytime is a crap shoot, so you pays your money and takes your chances. But really sounds like weird stuff.

    Garlic chives are tasty, I know.

  2. can't wait to read about the garlic chives!
    your 'brain is all over the place' but you probably already knew that!!

  3. I thought the same: SHUDDER. And in NY, where it was created, people waited in long lanes to get one. Some of the ones who did turned around and resold it for $40! And impatient people paid for it. I read that last month. Just because it is a novelty. Some said it is so rich you can die of a heart attack eating it. Why would I try? Yuck. People are WEIRED.

  4. I saw that CNE food story on the news but they never explained what that goop was they were spreading on top of the 'listeria berger'. Now that you've told us it was “maple bacon jam” then I think folks who eat that deserve to get sick. Maybe Smokey the Bear is an idiot but those folks are just plain dumb.

  5. OK, now you have started my day with a good chuckle. Those preying mantis stick to cars like maple bacon jam sticks to a wall.


Well, I've been getting too many spam comments showing up. Just a drag, so we'll go another route and hope that helps. So, we won't be hearing anything more from Mr. Nony Moose.
I guess I'll just have to do without that Gucci purse.