A while ago I posted a picture of a large cat that the neighbor’s sent me. Since then there has been another sighting up in Pine Plains and the Eastern Mountain lion may be making a comeback. I was told that the easy way to tell the difference between a bobcat and lion is the tail.
One of my neighbors is quite sure that the sightings are not accurate and the big bobcat is what has been erroneously reported as a Catamount.
I seem to be focusing on some absurd wealth extravangances so here is another. The royal wedding of William and Kate Middleton cost a reported $34,000,000 but here is the most expensive of all time:
Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan had a 20,000-seat stadium specially built for his 7 day wedding to Princess Salama. The couple got married in 1981. They swhould only be happy and healthy together.
This wedding cost $100 million! This was in 1981 so the cost today would probably be about double, a mere bag of shells as Jackie Gleason would say.
The sheikh visited every town in the emirate by horseback during that week, and fed them all.
One of our readers sent the below link to a story about a car restorer or rather car inventor up on the far side of the Catksills. He is quite a character and I have to get up there before the snow flies to see what he is up to. The article has a link to a video of him describing his work.
Three billion dollars, $3,000,000,000 will be spent by both parties on the upcoming election. I read fact checking on promises and statements by senate candidates on both sides of the aisle. Apparently truth is not a requirement in political advertising just spending and attacking the opponent. As Sidney Greenstreet said in The Mask of Dimitrios “What the world needs is a little more kindness.”
Posted on October 15th, 2014 No comments
While writing below about professional football I went to see how my Alma Mater Columbia was doing this season. Columbia is still living in the glory of their Rose Bowl victory over Stanford back in 1934. Of late they are embarrassingly bad and this year is no exception. They have lost every game including losses to Albany and Monmouth who I assume were added to the schedule to give them a fighting chance. When I discussed the team with a friend who works and went to Princeton he sent the following email:
“Yes, Princeton is in fast company among those who have conquered the mighty Lions. I have a scheduling tip: Princeton played Davidson a couple of weeks ago, whose only win in the past 2 year has been against someplace called College of Hope. I would expect that their schedule is filling up fast, but perhaps it isn’t too late.”
I responded: “There is no Hope.” Here is a video of the victory way back when…
It’s starting to get cold here at the farm, temperatures dipping into the 30s although we haven’t had a real frost. Here is a picture of the last apples on the 14 trees. The crop was not great but enough and there is always next year to look forward to.
All together the 400 wealthiest Americans are worth a staggering $2.29 trillion, up $270 billion from a year ago. That’s about the same as the gross domestic product of Brazil, a country of 200 million people. The average net worth of list members is $5.7 billion, $700 million more than last year and a record high. An impressive 303 of the 400 saw the value of their fortunes rise compared to a year ago.
All of which tells you that the separation between rich and poor is growing wider each year. Nothing that I see is likely to change things in the near future. When I interviewed Jacques Barzun , the famous cultural historian he referred to himself as a cheerful negativist and saw the decline starting at the time of the First World War and steadilly going downhill since that time. He thought we still had a way to go.
When I asked him what would change things he said, “some one will come along and say we are a bunch of ninnies and boobs, follow me and I’ll show you the way back.” He said the only way things would change would have to be driven by a new successful means of education.
Now the thing that put this post in mind was an article I saw on the internet below:
2013 Earnings: $3.5 billion
Tepper has set a new standard for hedge fund managers. His track record has long been phenomenal, but since the financial crisis his returns have reached a whole new level. In 2013, the 56-year-old founder of Appaloosa Management outperformed the U.S. stock market and the vast majority of hedge fund managers, with his biggest fund posting net returns of more than 42%. Over the last five years, Tepper’s main hedge fund has generated annualized net returns of nearly 40%—and gross returns of some 50%. In what has almost become an annual tradition, Tepper gave back some cash to his investors at the end of the year.
Shaken Up, Got his Bell Rung,Stinger are terms that are no longer used in football. The new description is “showing signs of concussion” or torn ACL. Medicine has taken over for the sight of seeing someone taken off the field on a stretcher and years later dying of dementia or suicide.
You would think I don’t like or approve of football but in fact I get depressed when the season is over. Of course this year I get depressed watching the Jets and Giants. I watched a lot of soccer during the World Cup and liked it a lot but it will never catch on big time in the US, reason…… can you guess?
Advertising! Soccer doesn’t stop then they take an injured player off the field and doesn’t stop for time outs so there isn’t way to cram in all the ads.
I got on the internet and Googled “What do you do with a giant zucchini?” Most of the responses told you how to make soup or bread but there was one that actually suggested they might be eaten if prepared properly. I wont give the recipe but here are a few pictures showing the result. I ate half about three days ago. I don’t feel too well.