Coyote — Cast off your old tired edibles?

Being retired and spending most of my time around the house, my thoughts sometimes run in strange directions.

About a year ago I began watching Andrew Zimmern’s show: Bizarre Foods. Some of the things he eats look quite appetizing and others . . . Well, I don’t think I’d try them on a bet and, possibly, not even if I was starving.

Tonight though, I went “hmmmm . . .”

I was fixing our dinners and in the background Zimmern was visiting the Bronx (NYC). Out of a cooler came a, legally caught, skinned coyote. It was then prepared and eaten . . . hmmmmm.

A popular and brazen coyote that was frequently seen cavorting and hunting in close proximity to people at Huntington Beach's Central Park was euthanized on June 21. This photo was taken by Dawn Macheca of Huntington Beach about two weeks before the animal was darted and then put down by O.C. Animal Control.
Picture by Dawn Macheca at Huntington Beach’s Central Park — OC Register

We have a surplus of coyotes in SoCal.

Tacos de Coyote, anyone?

The Travel Channel: Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern – “The Bronx” – Original air date: 7.12.2016.

Baseball — The Future of?

Baseball 2021

Jessee Traylor stepped to the plate and planted himself in the batter’s box. Left foot on the back line and front foot placed in a slightly open stance the Anaheim Angel shortstop made ready for the first pitch of Opening Day.

Harold Mein of the Oakland Athletics threw a 97 mph fastball that just missed the outside edge of the plate at Traylor’s

“Ball one,” proclaimed the Angel Stadium public address system as the schematic of the pitch’s location was shown on the new right field screen.

Jessee turned and grinned at umpire Billy Rourke, with whom he had a history of feuding, “Well, at least you didn’t get that one wrong.”

Rourke, although feeling a bit redundant in his crouch behind A’s catcher Torin Jones, said not a word.

Mein wound up and threw another 97 mph fastball; this time, just a half-inch closer, it clipped the corner of the plate.

“Strike one,” proclaimed the Angel Stadium public address system. This time the schematic lit up with the enlargement showing the ball edging the plate at Traylor’s knees.

“What a shame, Jessee,” said Rourke, as he grinned at Traylor. “I think I might have called that one a ball.”

“Yeah, right,” responded Traylor.

Traylor swung at and missed the next waist-high fastball, clocked at 98 mph.

Mein then threw an 84 mph curve that crossed the plate six inches below Traylor’s knees and at which he swung and badly missed both in time and space.

As he walked back to the dugout grumbling not quite to himself the embarrassing schematic was shown in slo-motion, much to the delight of scattered A’s fans in the stands.

Introduced just three years previously and subject to extensive testing in the minor leagues and major league spring training, the new “chipped” baseballs were making their regular season debut this opening weekend of the 2021 season.

And, not only were the balls chipped, but so were the bats, gloves, bases and shoes. The umpires wore body-cams in addition to all of the cameras surrounding the field.

baseballThe second batter, Mark Muskie, then came to the plate and entrenched himself in the left side of the batter’s box; Mein threw another curve. Muskie dug it out in a golf shot that headed to left field and hit the wall rebounding into the fielder’s glove. In a single motion he turned and threw to the shortstop standing on second base waiting on Muskie’s attempt to stretch an easy single into a double.

The shortstop’s glove, second base and Muskie’s right hand in a headfirst slide seemed to merge in a single instant and most of the fans in the stands thought the runner was safe.

“You’re out,” cried the public address system as the schematic of the touch appeared on the screen.

The sensors in the baseball, the shortstop’s glove, second base and the runner’s left-hand glove sliding into second base detected the contact between Muskie and the shortstop’s glove less than a millisecond before Muskie touched the base.

Two out.

And so went the game.

The computers adjusted for each batter’s individual strike zone–pre-programmed into the system, of course. Homerun distances were measured to the inch as well as to how far they would have gone if the wall or stands were not in the way.

Pitch speed was measured both as the ball left the pitcher’s hand as well as when it crossed the plate.

Bat speed and the ball’s velocity as it left the bat were posted alongside pitch speed after every swing and hit ball.

The speed of the hitters and runners on the base paths was measured as was the length and velocity of the throws made by the fielders. All became grist for the baseball stat machine.

The closest thing to an argument was a foul ball detected on a second strike in the fourth inning but was not noticed by the batter, the catcher nor by the umpire–but it was noticed by the sensors in the ball and the bat. And posted as such on the board. As Shakespeare might have said, “little ado about less than nothing.”

Play-by-play announcers and color commentators who couldn’t tell an interesting baseball story to save their lives now had a multitude of additional crutches in the form of these new stats to blather about to their poor listeners and, hence, “justify” their existence and jobs.

Younger fans and fantasy leaguers had more reasons to immerse themselves in their portable electronic devices and ignore the game itself. (Including one “fan” whose iPhone X was smashed by a foul ball–the only injury of the day.)

Older fans enjoyed the game, which ended in the tenth inning on a Muskie two-run homer and traveled 512 feet-4.37 inches into the parking lot. Some of them lamented the lost humanity of the redundant umpires, but a Vegas sports book opened a betting pool on when major league baseball would opt to eliminate umpires from the field.

Billy Pillgrim, whose company made the chips and sensors used in the bats, balls, bases and clothing of the players, just smiled and relished the future.

Plumbing Problems — Grrrrr . . . Part 2

Well . . .

Later that day I took Di to her hair appointment at 5:30 pm and returned to the sound of running water.

Yeah, it was the other toilet — in Di’s bathroom. The toilet would not shut off no matter how I adjusted things. (Dirty word, dirty word, dirty word)

So I turned off the valve at the wall and called the plumber. He came out the next morning and replaced the interior mechanism as he had done with the other toilet.

Total damage: kitchen, bathroom 1 and bathroom 2 = just under $450.00.

Better than flooding!

MARIJUANA and MARRIAGE in Washington State

On a single day, Washington State recently passed two laws.
They are:

1. Legalized gay marriage, and
2. Legalized marijuana.

Legalizing gay marriage and marijuana on the same day now makes perfect Biblical sense.

Leviticus 20:13 says:

“If a man lies with another man, they should be stoned.”

Apparently we just hadn’t interpreted it correctly before!

Plumbing Problems — Grrrrr . . .

Yesterday afternoon I was starting to wash a few dishes when I felt water dripping on my feet. I turned off the water and looked around and saw that I had spilled nothing on the sink area — backed up and looked to see water pouring from the cabinet doors under the sink.


Opened the doors and water came pouring out. Got a towel from the bathroom to mop up the water and prevent it from spreading out all over the kitchen and got a flashlight.

Hmmmmm . . . nothing dripping and none of the fittings was wet.

Turned the water back on — just a little bit. Water began to drip from the drain pipe going into the back wall of the cabinet . . .

Bent down to get a good look at the problem and felt around. There was a hole in the bottom of the pipe. Pressed around the hole  . . . and it enlarged as the area was paper-thin.

This was not a small problem — like the under-sink problem last summer in Corfu.

Called Phill ( and actually got him and not an answering machine or voicemail. I described the problem and, as he was in the middle of another job, he asked if the problem could wait until the morning. Of course, I just couldn’t wash dishes for a while — darn. Said he’d call me in the morning about 7:30 am on his way over.

At 7:30 am Joe, from Phill’s Plumbing, rang the doorbell — clean shirt, clean pants, putting booties on his shoes — and said Phill was working on the other job. Showed him the problem and a toilet that would not shut off (had closed the valve most of the way so there would be little water leakage — hadn’t seemed a big enough problem to get the plumber for until I needed him for something else).

Joe’s estimate came in at $236.75 if he could get in and replace the pipe under the sink, i.e., if the pipe was solid enough to get out and replace without having to open the wall — couldn’t tell until he tried.

Meanwhile, I’d gotten Charlie up: into her sunroom with tea, meds, vitamins and raisin toast for breakfast. I finished my coffee and went to sit on the exercise bike — to read and watch the news on my iPad. Less than two hours later, Joe was done with both the kitchen and toilet — everything cleaned up nice and neat.

The new plumbing seems to work properly — wrote a check for $236.75 and Joe went on to another job — installing a custom-made shower.

Note: I found Phill several years ago on Angies List and he’s been over for several different problems (our house was built back in the 60s) including the installation of a new waterheater. I also prefer to deal with small, locally-owned companies where possible. Both our sunroom and Heating/AC system were put in by family-owned OC businesses and we dealt directly with the owners.

Cabernet Sauvignon — Health Benefits

Do you have feelings of inadequacy?

Do you suffer from shyness?

Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?

Do you feel stressed at times?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist, bartender or neighborhood lush about Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions. It can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you’re ready and willing to do just about anything.

You will notice the benefits of Cabernet Sauvignon almost immediately and, with a regimen of regular doses, you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live.

Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had. Stop hiding and start living.

Cabernet Sauvignon may not be right for everyone. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use it. However, women who wouldn’t mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.

Side effects may include:
Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, incarceration, loss of motor control, loss of motor vehicle control, loss of clothing, loss of money, loss of virginity, delusions of grandeur, table dancing, headache, dehydration, dry mouth, and a desire to sing Karaoke and play all-night rounds of Strip Poker, Truth Or Dare, and Naked Twister.

The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may cause you to think you can sing.
The consumption of Cabernet Sauvignon may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.

Please feel free to share this important information with as many people as you feel may benefit!

Now just imagine what you could achieve with a good Shiraz or Merlot…