a box full of junk

It’s time for The Nest to help you randomly get over that imaginary hump in the calendar by bringing you another exciting edition of Random Image Inspiration!  This is the feature where my top secret random formula picks a photo off Google that I have to make a post out of.  It’s hard work, but no pain, no gain!  Let’s start with our weekly contribution from the Randomator…

10, 78, 74, 17

The 10th post in my Reader was this one by Marilyn

The 78th word in that post is “I”

The 74th word in that post is “days”

It is really strange how many seemingly random two word combinations this exercise spits out turn out to actually have a real world meaning.  Did you know there’s a music festival in Milano called “I Days?”  I didn’t… until just now!

Putting “i days” into Google Images brought this up as the 17th result…

Ladies and gentlemen…. welcome to the biggest concert of the millennium!!!!

The crowd rauciously cheers, smartphones held up high over the clouds of marijuana smoke.

We have gathered the biggest legends of music together for one night full of all star entertainment that you will never forget!!!

The roar of the audience is deafening as the lineup for this concert to end all concerts is about to be announced…

Performing on the main stage tonight, we have ELTON JOHN!!!!

Followed by ERIC CLAPTON!!!


THE GRATEFUL DEAD, complete with animatronic JERRY GARCIA!!!!


And a very special appearance by PAUL MCCARTNEY and RINGO STARR of The Beatles!!!

And now…….. ARE YOU READY TO ROCK!?!?!?!?

With the announcer’s very loud voice now silenced, it becomes painfully obvious that the crowd is deathly silent….

“Who did they say?”

“Something about stones?”

“WTF are the Beatles?”

“This is, like, such a ripoff!”

“Yeah, I haven’t heard of any of these guys!  Were they the losers on that Voice show?”

Um… er… ladies and gentlemen, these are some of the biggest names in rock and roll!

“OMG, WTF is rock and roll?”

“Like, really!  I thought Taylor Swift was playing tonight!”

“And Kanye West!”

“Where’s Ariana Grande!?!?”

“There isn’t, like, a bigger name in music than Da Biebs!!!!”

Uhhhhh… sorry, no Justin Bieber.

The deafening sounds of thousands of people simultaneously typing up angry rants on their Twitter accounts echoes through the arena.

“We didn’t come to listen to no names!”

“Yeah, or rocky road, or whatever you called it!”

“We better get our parents’ money back!!!!’

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Share Your World – Week 41

Some witches from The Nest’s past to get you in that Hallowe’en spirit…

Is it Tuesday again already?  Sheesh, what’s with that?  It seems like Tuesday comes around literally every week.  Oh well, I guess that means it’s time for The Nest to share its wonderfully warped and deeply disturbed world with you all.  And that means I’ll be answering the questions Melanie provided us with for this week.  Who knows… maybe I might even answer one of them with a straight face this time…

The last image any of us will ever see once we’re invaded by the giant aliens…

Why do we have such trouble telling our loved ones that we love them?  Do you have that kind of communication issue with your loved ones?

I personally think a lot of communication of feelings is just so much lip service, and it’s always bothered me (and probably another reason I wouldn’t last a day in the world of romance) that a lot of people feel the need to be told in no uncertain terms how you feel about them, and often.  If you can’t tell by now, I’m not one of those people who is going to just blurt out that I love someone, even family.  If it’s not obvious, well, I guess you’re just in the dark…

(Sniff) How did I raise such an ungrateful, unloving son!?!?

They teach managers at the place you work at to always communicate how appreciative they are of the work of the slaves employees under their charge.  I absolutely despise being given a thank you for all I’ve done because even if it’s sincere, I will always take such niceties cynically.  I can tell by how I’m treated and respected by my bosses whether my work is actually appreciated or not, and absolutely no extra assurances are necessary.  That’s how I feel about love too.  If you actually have to say to someone that you love them for it to mean something to them, there’s an issue with the relationship to begin with…

You don’t, like, have to say you wuv Mitzi. Mitzi can, like, feel your wuv in her happy place!

Decorations for holidays?   Spirit lifters or pain in the butt?   Or a mix?

If you’re one of those people who actually enjoy elaborately decorating for the holidays, then I’d assume it isn’t a pain in the butt.  For those who do so because they feel compelled to for some reason….. well, you have nobody but yourself to blame for your inconvenience.

I decorate more for Shelf Critter Theatre than I do in the real world…

Do you donate to charities?  Of your time, do you feel money is the only true gift, or other?

Geez, the questions this week seem tailor made to bring out the asshole in me!

Yeah, like that’s hard to do…

Other than the occasional round up the change promotions some of the fast food places I eat at offer, I’m a Scrooge when it comes to charities.  I’m not going to say they don’t do good, but they’re basically corporations operating under non-profit protection.  And so many of them are trying to “fight” the very thing that will put them out of business…. and no, I don’t think any of them actually want to be made obsolete.  Too many people within the organization have their livelihoods tied to it continuing to rake in millions of dollars in donations every year.  Think about it…

I miss riffing on charities with Hottie and Tufts of Love in my comics!

Are you too superstitious or  have you ever played with a Ouija Board?

I have a 13th birthday and 13 has long been my favorite number.  Note I said favorite, not lucky.  Superstition is bunk and I don’t believe in good or bad luck… just the randomness of the universe.

That’s true. We black cats aren’t unlucky at all. You’ll never even feel these Claws of Death on your jugular…

A for a Ouija board, I don’t think I’ve ever even seen one in real life, let alone “played” with one.  I don’t even see how they’re supposed to “work.”

Like, OMG! It’s a text from the dead!

This week please share a photo or image of what ‘harvest’ and “Autumn” mean to you!

I harvested some good shit, man!

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A Murder Of Crows

Save a crow. Never admit you were wrong…

We’ve sealed the Dusty Vinyl Archive for a while and taken the phonograph needle out of the hooves of DJ Scratchy.  Yep, I’m taking over the Monday muzak just long enough to play whatever the hell I want to in a little feature I’m calling the Top 30 Songs We Just Feel Like Playing!  The Countdown of Whatever started off nice and easy last week, so this week’s song will transition to….. um, nice and easy.  Well, kinda nice and easy anyway.  At least it’s from a different era, so it’s still variety!  Round here, we play what we want…

#29. “A Long December” – Counting Crows

At some point in the Starbucks fueled era of the early 90’s, the Billboard Hot 100 charts began to stray away from the music that was actually popularly played on radio stations across the nation at the time.  It was the beginning of the trend that continued up through this current decade where the “pop charts” are almost exclusively made up of pop divas (I include Justin Bieber in that category) and what constitutes hip hop and its many crossover derivatives currently.  The variety that dominated the 70’s and 80’s charts is long, long gone…

They’re just jealous of the hair, man!

Case in point… the 90’s standout band Counting Crows.  Led by the instantly recognizable dreadlocks of lead singer Adam Duritz, the Crows had a murder of big songs from the mid 90’s right through till their Oscar nominated theme from Shrek 2 “Accidentally in Love” in the mid 00’s.  Their breakout 1993 hit “Mr. Jones” is a bonafide 90’s anthem that can still be heard ad nauseum on radio stations that play “oldies” today.  You’d probably think that was a #1 song, or at least a Top 10….. but no.  “Mr. Jones” didn’t crack the official US pop charts at all.


What Billboard magazine apparently preferred in the early 90’s.

While the Crows were big successes on the lesser charts in the 90’s, the best they could do on the Top 40 chart that all music is eventually judged by was a whopping #28 ranking for “Hanginaround” in 1999.  What in the name of Casey Kasum was up with that kind of popular snubbery?

That’s got me dazed and confused too, man!

Well, I’m not going to snub Counting Crows from my Countdown of Whatever… and while I like “Mr. Jones” (how could you not?), they have a song I enjoy even more… which is kind of an odd choice since it’s easily the slowest tempoed of their big hits.  Here is the beautifully done 1996 single “A Long December,” which was a big hit in Canada, even if the powers that be in the US rolled their eyes at it…

Rock songs that can seamlessly work in an accordion are so underrated…

Don’t laugh. He gets all of the chicks…

Mr. Squirrel and me will be back next Monday with song #28 on the Countdown of Whatever….

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Squirrel In The Weeds

Is this that “good stuff” I keep hearing about?

How do you mellow out a squirrel?  Why, you give him a toke of the good stuff, that’s how.  This squirrel seems to have found himself a stash of….. well, weeds, if not THE weed.  I mean, it looks a little like that certain plant that’s the sensation of the nation.  I don’t think it would hurt any to try it, little guy.

Go on ahead, I won’t tell anyone!  And I doubt any narcs read my blog….

You’re doing it wrong…

No, no, no!  You’re supposed to get the munchies AFTER you consume it!

Oh well, this week’s Saturday Squirrel knows how to just say no.  And he’ll never have to worry about his tail hairs not being able to pass a random drug test…

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Calendar Squirrel – August

I hate being stuck in an August rut.

The Nest continues on its quest to create a virtual squirrel calendar based solely on the photos I’ve taken each month over the past few years, and this week we turn our attention to August!  Since August has no holidays or special occasions, at least on the American calendar, we at least want to have something pretty to look at for those 31 days when we’re wishing Fall would start!  That’s where you, my readers, come in handy… because you get to pick the squirrel that will represent each month!

And that’s exactly what you did last week for the month of July.  The results please….

Birdbath Cafe was a previously overlooked photo I had to dig out of my archive to fill out the slate of candidates for the blah (in sciurine terms) month of July… and lo and behold, he was the early favorite and eventual winner!  Congrats on gaining overnight fame and a spot on the coveted calendar!

That’s wonderful. Can I finish my lunch in privacy now, please?

And now onto August!  While it continues the Dog Days of summer that make for conditions not fit for man nor beast to participate in squirrel photography, the sciurine early preparation for Fall is usually well underway by the last couple weeks of the month… and it’s led to some of my more interesting squirrel pictures.  Here’s the candidates vying for your love and adoration for August, in chronological order…

#1. Twin Tails (August 23, 2013)

#2. Jaws (August 28, 2015)

#3. Topsy Turvy (August 22, 2016)

#4. Ear Notch Squirrel (August 22, 2016)

#5. More Than A Mouthful (August 22, 2016)

#6. Batsquirrel (August 24, 2017)

squirrel hanging upside down

#7. Happy To See You Squirrel (August 13, 2019)

So…. which one did you like best?  Be sure to vote for your favorite in the poll below, or if you can’t see the poll, let me know in the comments below!

Please participate in the process and help us decide who should be the August squirrel!  Because if you don’t, I’ll make you all vote for actual politicians next week, and nobody wants to resort to that…

Does that mean I can’t stump for votes?

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