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8.11.13 … working on the MegaBus … mausoleums … first McNugget 30 years ago … America and Elvis Presley… Les Schtroumpfs … The Dwarf House … internet yoga/internet Thoreau

MegaBus, PowerPoint, MARTA:  Last Wednesday, I hit the road again, the MegaBus road.  I maneuvered a single seat. I felt guilty.  There is something about the people dynamics on the bus that is interesting.  I used the bus time to work in my first PowerPoint presentation, and I got a lot a lot done.  I may need to ride a few more trips to finish up.  I’ve added a new public transportation piece.  Unfortunately this time I did not time it well and had to wait for the #25 MARTA bus at Lenox Station … I had timed trip perfectly last time … This trip … Not so much.  Still, thank you MegaBus and MARTA.

mausoleum, Word of the Day, kith/kin:  This word brings up a favorite family story about my middle child.  I never thought to ask the source of the the word “mausoleum.”

Photo: The word mausoleum derives from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus in modern Turkey, the grave of King Mausolus, built between 353 and 350 BCE. They have been popular throughout history as a way to honor the deceased. In the 19th century, mausolea were common features in rural garden cemeteries like Oakland. Visit some of our 55 mausolea on the Art and Architecture of Death tour at 6:30pm, or pay a visit earlier in the day for our overview tours at 10am, 2, or 4pm. (photo on Instagram by nicolethurmansnow)

The word mausoleum derives from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus in modern Turkey, the grave of King Mausolus, built between 353 and 350 BCE. They have been popular throughout history as a way to honor the deceased. In the 19th century, mausolea were common features in rural garden cemeteries like Oakland. Visit some of our 55 mausolea on the Art and Architecture of Death tour at 6:30pm, or pay a visit earlier in the day for our overview tours at 10am, 2, or 4pm. (photo on Instagram by nicolethurmansnow)

30 Things Turning 30 , 1983, cultural icons,  first McNugget, the D.A.R.E. program,  the first modern incarnation of the Internet, Mental Floss: !983 was not a big year in my life, but it seems to have be in terms of cultural icons in my life.

Though we often forget it in favor of its younger and more popular sibling (1984), 1983 was a banner year for American culture: It is the birth year of the first McNugget, the D.A.R.E. program, and the first modern incarnation of the Internet. So if you’re turning 30 this year, you’re not alone—here are 30 things to celebrate with.

via 30 Things Turning 30 This Year | Mental Floss.

Political Humor,  America, Elvis Presley, analogy, John Oliver: America is Elvis Presley:

Photo: Shared by Political Humorvia Political Humor.

Smurfs, corporate law: I am probably one of the few people who have a “legal” connection to the Smurfs … In the late 80’s and 90’s I did legal work for a theme park operator that had a license with The Smurfs owners.  It was always fun to work on the Smurf contract.  🙂

Photo: I am probably one of the few people who have a "legal" connection to the Smurfs ...

For the 1981 series, see The Smurfs (TV series). For the 2011 film, see The Smurfs (film).

The Smurfs

Les Schtroumpfs

The Smurfs (French: Les Schtroumpfs) is a Belgian comic and television franchise centred on a group of Smurfs: small blue fictional creatures that live in mushrooms. The Smurfs were first created and introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian comics artist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) in 1958. The word “Smurf” is the original Dutch translation of the French “Schtroumpf”, which, according to Peyo, is a word invented during a meal with fellow cartoonist André Franquin, when he could not remember the word salt.[3] There are more than one hundred Smurfs, whose names are based on adjectives that emphasize their characteristics, e.g. “Jokey Smurf”, who likes to play practical jokes on his fellow smurfs, “Clumsy Smurf”, who has a habit of creating havoc unintentionally, and “Smurfette”—the first female Smurf to be introduced in the series. The Smurfs wear Phrygian caps, which represented freedom in Roman times.[citation needed]

The Smurf franchise began as a comic and expanded into advertising, movies, TV series, ice capades, video games, theme parks, and dolls.

via The Smurfs – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Dwarf House, Chick-fil-A,, Woodstock GA:  We went to a s

it-down, dine-in,  order off the menu Chick-fil-A, called The Dwarf House … No joke. — at Woodstock.  The vegetables on my vegetable plate were quite good.

Company Overview

It all started in 1946, when Truett Cathy opened his first restaurant, Dwarf Grill, in Hapeville, Georgia. Credited with inventing Chick-fil-A’s boneless breast of chicken sandwich, Mr. Cathy founded Chick-fil-A, Inc. in the early 1960s and pioneered the establishment of restaurants in shopping malls with the opening of the first Chick-fil-A Restaurant at a mall in suburban Atlanta in 1967

via Chick-fil-A: Company Fact Sheet.

Dwarf House®: Truett’s original, full-service Restaurants offer an extensive menu and provide customers a choice of table service, walk-up counter service or a drive-thru window. Eleven Chick-fil-A Dwarf House restaurants currently operate in the metro Atlanta area.

via Chick-fil-A: Company Fact Sheet.

CS Lewis, James Howell, choices, joy/peace/knowledge/power, anxiety/rage/impotence/loneliness: Thanks, james for the quote!

Sunday’s sermon probably will include this insight from C.S. Lewis: “Every time you make a choice you are turning the central part of you, the part of you that chooses, into something a little different from what it was before. And taking your life as a whole, with all your innumerable choices, all your life long you are slowly turning this central thing either into a heavenly creature or a hellish creature, either into joy, peace, knowledge and power, or anxiety, rage, impotence, and loneliness. Each of us at each moment is progressing to the one state or the other.”

internet, the good and the bad, yoga online, Thoreau:  Resources …

Online Yoga Classes Aid Busy Schedules – WSJ.com.

Simplify Your Tech Life, Thoreau-Style – WSJ.com.


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