Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Summer Shorts & Odd Awakenings: Sound

Source: istock

"Happy Summer!" to everyone who's waited for this moment to arrive, to thrive.

And for those of us far less enamored with June, July, and August, a shout-out to Willis Haviland Carrier and his invention: the electric air conditioner, for without some respite from our area's intense heat and humidity, we'd barely survive.

Hot and hazy, long and lazy: Summertime.
Time for summer shorts: factual stories, short in length.

An Odd Awakening: Comforting or Unsettling?

Dawn's atmosphere must be optimum, for through an open window as I lay in bed, I hear the sweet trill of harmless birds singing, followed by a repetitious...

Painting by Roy Lichtenstein


It takes just a few minutes to exit sleep and enter consciousness before I can place the sound, a sound I've heard before... while walking far from my home, down Pleasant Avenue.

Again, another round, POP! POP! POP!, a most unpleasant sound, of gunshots
fired by police, honing their skills on a firing range: a place I've never seen, but know exists, somewhere... somewhere perhaps too close to where I live.

NYPD Target called "The Thug"


For the story behind the NYPD paper target "The Thug" go here.

"Have Gun Will Travel" was also the name of an American Western television series that aired from the late 50's to early 60's, starring Richard Boone, as Paladin, a gallant gunman for hire who made it his job to help others. To listen to the show's theme song go here.

Source: Kahrtalk.com

"May all your sounds of summer be pleasant ones."

XOX... Dyan


  1. Thank goodness for the invention of air conditioning. But I wish it was used less. Today I went to the grocery store and by the time I came out I was frozen like a popsicle. Why do thy have to make it so cold? Everywhere I go in the summer, I have to take a sweater and wear long pants. Yesterday it rained so we went to the movies (3 to be exact). I had on a jeans jacket and long jeans but still froze. Next time I will bring a blanket, which I have done on other occasions. Growing up, we didn't have air conditioning. I remember a big fan on a tall black pole in the living room. It didn't help much when it got really hot and the humidity was high.

    Guns....there are too many people with them that shouldn't have them. Just this past week a 14 year old girl in our area was killed in her bed by a stray bullet. Her brother and another teen got in a fight and shot at each other. One of those shots found its way to that innocent girl asleep in her bed. There is pending legislation in Ohio that aims to wipe out Ohio's ccw permit program and allow any adult age 21 or older to carry hidden firearms as long as they aren't banned from doing so under federal law. This is INSANE! There are other pending bills that are also crazy and will make everyone less safe.

    My family used to watch "Have Gun Will Travel" every Sat. night. First it was "Leave it to Beaver", then "HGWT", then "Gunsmoke". To this day I can still sing the theme song to "HGWT"from memory. If only they taught history and other subjects to music, I would remember a whole lot more.

    1. Welcome back Bevo!

      Always love reading your comments!

      re: air conditioning... I too feel the same way you do about AC in supermarkets. As soon as I enter the store, I feel like I'm in a refrigerator. Then by the time I get to the dairy items in the refrigerated section, I feel like I'm in a freezer!

      Better than walking into an oven!

      I don't go to movie theaters so I can't comment on appropriate indoor climate attire, but I do like watching movies at home. When it's really hot outside, it's a treat to watch a DVD that takes place in the winter... with snow on the ground.

      Why can't we just appreciate the weather as it is...cold in the winter and hot in the summer?

      re: guns... can't even talk about them. There isn't a day that goes by without some horrific event taking place.

      re: TV Westerns... now here's something I can talk about at length... after all we did grow up with Westerns, lots of them!... Laramie, Bonanza, Rawhide, Bronco, Cheyenne, Gunsmoke, Wyatt Earp, Maverick, Little House on the Prairie, The Virginian, Wagon Train, and HGWT etc.

      Looking forward to more of your thoughts!