Update on NOTEFLIX’s production of “Troubles in the Garden”:  We are still traveling in a strange land, and find ourselves in a different garden than usual.  There are all sorts of weird Stuffed Animals here.  But wait!  What is that in the left center of the photo?..under the odd dark blue thing…it looks like a form similar to that of Mamzelle Pinkie.  Is it a dwarf?  A replicant of some sort?  It is not a baby belonging to Mamzelle Pinkie, for she has not yet married our hero, the Multicolored Bluebird of Happiness.  Come back next week in hopes of solving this mystery.



E PLURIBUS, MULTO PLURES  (Translation:  From out of many, many more)

  • You can buy stuff and pay for it with:  PayPal, all kinds of credit cards, all kinds of debit cards, Buy Now Pay Later, Buy with Prime, and more.  You can:  Swipe, Tap, insert the card in the bottom of the gadget, place your phone or watch to the screen, look at the screen and hit the ‘OK’ button…They make it easy; but is it easier than it was?  Pretty soon some generation is going to say “Cash?  What was that?”
  • My readings tell me there are two sub-sets of Americans in the land:  1) Those who are not paying attention and 2) Those who take advantage of those who are not paying attention.  If the ‘News’ is not simply entertainment, then there seems to be as many fraudsters and victims (per capita) in the land as there ever were…and their business is booming.  People stealing millions of nickels from millions of other peoples’ on-line accounts and people stealing millions of dollars from banks, rich people, and crypto exchanges…I wonder:  Was it always thus?  Or is this a new ‘Thus’ to the extreme?
  • I read Stock Market analyses, several, almost everyday.  The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Robinhood Snacks, those sorts of things.  Here is what I’ve learned in the past few sessions:  If corporate earnings (in general) go up, then the economy is in good shape and the markets will go up accordingly.  But, if corporate earnings go down, then the markets will go up because the bad news is out and over with and the good news is yet to come.  What this means is:  I should stop wasting my time reading this stuff.

At this juncture in our post we usually have a comment from MATHUZALA, our Rodent Resident Guest Columnist; but today he is roaming the Cloud, searching the data and seeking more wisdom.  He has told us there is another number up there, other than the Zero and the One and we eagerly await what this portends.  MATHUZALA’s understanding of information contained in the Cloud is what enabled him and his pack to shut down the power plant in Texas the other month – so you are right not to blame the Texas Governor for that fiasco.


Were you to want to know more about MATHUZALA and his pack and what he is up to next, go to Amazon or Barnes & Noble and buy the (non) Best Seller “THE RAT PAPERS”


Due to our traveling to the States for a few months (in order to gather documents which will enable us to reside long term in Tuscany), we will not be posting ‘Notes’ from this section for a short while.  The above picture is a reminder of what was and could be.

A few Quotes:

  • “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe.  Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.  I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.  All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die”   -Batty, “Blade Runner”
  • Dave Bowman:  Open the pod bay doors please, HAL.  Open the pod bay doors please, HAL.  Hello, HAL.  Do you read me?  Hello, HAL.  Do you read me?  Do you read me HAL?  Do you read me HAL?  Hello, HAL, do you read me?  Hello, HAL, do your read me?  Do you read me, HAL?  HAL:  Affirmative, Dave. I read you.Dave Bowman:  Open the pod bay doors, HAL.HAL:  I’m sorry, Dave.  I’m afraid I can’t do that.Dave Bowman:  What’s the problem?HAL:  I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.

    Dave Bowman:  What are you talking about, HAL?

    Hal:  This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.

    Dave Bowman:  I don’t know what you’re talking about, HAL.

    Hal: I know that you and Frank were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.   -Stanley Kubrick “A Space Odyssey, 2001”.      

    …… Sometimes, when I reflect over the political news of the day and couple that with memories from old Sci-fi movies, I think I’m living, virtually, in the next major blockbuster release. 

That’s it for this week…and a fond “Hello” to Bonnie, wherever you are….


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