Watching You

You’re this squirrel’s popcorn worthy moment.

Who says my readers have a monopoly on being entertained by watching my squirrels?  This squirrel looks like she’s quite interested in watching YOU!  She even brought along a snack to enjoy as she takes in what exciting and captivating things YOU are doing!

And yes, I know she’s a SHE because….. well, I took a lot of great pics of this squirrel the other day, many of which I’ll probably share over the coming weeks, and you’ll discover why for yourself.

Until then…. do this voyeuristic Saturday Squirrel a favor and be entertaining!  Who knows, you may be the talk around the squirrel water cooler on Monday morning….

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Share Your World – Week 231

You’ve got mail.

On June 8, 1959, the United States Post Office conducted an experiment that it thought would revolutionize the mail delivery industry… Missile Mail!  At the post office’s behest, the US Navy removed the nuclear warhead (!!!) off a Regulus cruise missile and replaced it with several parcels of mail… then fired it from a submarine to a Naval air station in Florida.  The debut of Missile Mail was a success!

“Before man reaches the moon, mail will be delivered within hours from New York to California, to Britain, to India or Australia by guided missiles. We stand on the threshold of rocket mail.”

-Arthur E. Summerfield
U.S. Postmaster General (1953-1961)

Well, that didn’t happen…. largely because the Defense Department wasn’t too fond of using its missiles for mundane jobs like delivering the mail and never attempted the experiment again.  Plus, airplanes were already beginning to be regularly used to transport mail quickly between large distances.  But to think that in an alternate universe, we could have had all that junk mail that shows up at our homes each day come via rocket!

The North Pole is still interested in the technology…

And now here comes a blockbuster bomb containing this week’s Share Your World questions from Di!

Good thing we still have carrier pigeon mail.

Do you like to sunbathe on the beach or by a pool?

I’m a night shift worker whose doctor once told me, and I quote, “You have the Vitamin D level of a cadaver!”  I don’t do any kind of sunbathing, or get much sun at all.

Ody and the late Biskit were more open to sun exposure.

Have you ever used a fake tan or a sun bed?


Eye lasers set to Extra Crispy.

Have you joined or wanted to join a gym?

No, I get plenty of exercise working my job… and occasional walks (spoiler alert!) during my time off are enough to keep me from looking morbidly obese.  I hated weight training in P.E. class and will just stay away from the gyms, thank you…

Gee, if only there was someone else at this gym to work out with me….

Good health permitting, would you prefer to go hiking or take a walk in the woods?

Walking around the neighborhood is good enough for me.  Most of what would qualify as “woods” around here aren’t places you’d really want to be at any time of the day, and hiking is best done on concrete sidewalks…

Even the squirrels prefer urban hiking.

Gratitude Retro Comic:

One of my old characters who was serious about sunbathing….

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#14 – The Pumpkin Tail

Ever looked out your window and see something that just didn’t look right?  The kind of thing that makes you do a double take before rushing off to get your camera?  Maybe a TV news crew in your backyard?  A unicorn peering over the neighbor’s fence?  A mysterious creature running through the night?  Tree branches as far as the eye can see?  Or even a squirrel jumping on a trampoline?

Ten years after it happened, I very distinctly remember getting ready for my Friday afternoon nap…. but by force of habit, I just had to take one quick peek out the bedroom window.  I saw exactly what you see above, minus my nifty logo and copyright watermark, of course.

Why does my discarded Squirrel O’ Lantern suddenly have a squirrel tail flying off of its stem!?!?!?

To answer that question, I just had to go to a different window with a slightly different view…

Another mystery solved…

Yes, there was a squirrel perched on top of the pumpkin stem… and since his back was directly pointed towards my bedroom window, all I could see what back half of his tail!  That’s a pretty clever way to make me think I’m going crazy.  Clever enough to make this king of the pumpkin my 14th favorite Saturday Squirrel of all time!

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A Fixer Upper

This post needs more duct tape.

It’s all Weird Al all the time at The Nest!  Well, at least on Mondays.  It’s time for the next spectacular spoof in our Top 30 Weird Al Parodies countdown!  Let’s all watch as the master takes on one of the most annoying rap artists to ever pick up a microphone…

#21. “Handy”(Parody of “Fancy” – Iggy Azalea)

The year 2014 is one of my favorite years in music.  No, really, it is.  There were so many really cool songs that came out that year which I learned of through the radio station I was listening to at the time, the Mecca CD’s we were playing at work (which inspired me to start the Monday Muzak series nine years ago this week), or both.

But there was also some really, really, REALLY bad dreck that year… and as Weird Al was releasing his final album Mandatory Fun that summer, he wanted to pick a hot and fresh song as the final new parody to write for that album.  And as luck would have it, he chose one of that year’s absolute turds

But it’s a FANCY turd!

Australian rapper (Yes, they apparently rap in the outback) Iggy Azalea had one of the biggest hits of 2014 with the totally dreadful wall of noise called “Fancy.”  Lucky for us, Weird Al managed to salvage the song and turn it into a hilarious spoof on your local handyman…

I was a bit disappointed to find out that many of the reviews on this song were not too good…. though maybe by this point in Yankovic’s career, the critics simply had unrealistic expectations for him.  I tend to like Weird Al’s rap parodies better than many of his regular songs because coming up with new lines for those fast paced hip hop rhyme schemes is not easy, and Weird Al’s a pro at it.

In the video, Al is hilarious in his Schneider from One Day At A Time getup.  And the other thing that just kills me every time I watch it is the “Se habla Espanol” line it ends on!  I don’t know why, it just does….

¿Donde esta el duct tape?

And just like that, we’ve made it through the first third of the Weird Al Parody countdown!  We’ll see what song leads off the Top 20 next Monday….

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We Have Liftoff

(Rocket thruster sounds)

Why go through all the trouble of climbing the tree when it’s so much easier to get to the top by flying up the side of it?

This week’s Saturday Squirrel is getting some serious vertical lift here.  Heck, with that pointy nose he’s almost shaped like a rocket in this photo!  A rocket with a bushy tail, that is….

Have a great weekend everyone!

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