I wish that I had seen this before reading Mari's e-mail.
Kinky Friedman, Cousin Nancy (Nancy Parker-Simons) and Tony Simons founded Utopia Animal Rescue Ranch in '98. Friends Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver, Spike Gillespie, Richard Pryor, Jerry Jeff Walker, Molly Ivins, Dwight Yoakam support the ranch. We primarily rescued dogs. Nancy, author of "The Road to Utopia: How Kinky, Tony & I Saved More Animals Than Noah" by UT Press '06 utopiarescue.com. © cousin nancy blog 2023 by Cousin Nancy All rights reserved.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
Signs! or Steps! or Sign!
Well I know that it has been a long while since I've posted anything, but I have been busy or trying to keep myself busy, so I don't get the blues, because of everything that is going on in our world.
Luckily, Tony and I are still working at our jobs which helps pass a lot of time. Plus we're making some money and having contact with our friends at work helps a lot, because we do a lot of laughing. And when we're not working, wed still eat, sleep, enjoy our four-leggers, take naps, solve jigsaw puzzles and binge-watch Netflix, etc.
Last weekend I did accomplish a few things on my days off. First, I drilled holes in the two metal signs that I had ordered and I hung them up.
Since, I already have that cute, funny dish towel that Wolfgang & Angel gave to me and having two metal signs made with that quote I decided to hang one of the signs up in my writing cabin and I put the other one on the side fence right next to our front yard gate entrance.
Saturday, September 12, 2020
The Social Dilemma!
Two nights ago I watched the documentary, The Social Dilemma, on Netflix and it was a real eye-opener for me and it also scared me. This is a quote from Netflix that describes this documentary.
"We tweet, we like, and we share—but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital platforms increasingly become a lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what's hiding on the other other side of your screen."
So last night I asked Tony to please watch this documentary with me, because I felt that he needed to know what is actually going on when he is using the biggest platforms, such as FaceBook, Pintrest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
Needlesss to say Tony was not interested in watching this documentary, so I tried to bribe him by offering to pay him $20.00 to watch it with me. "No Nance," he said, grumpily. "I'll watch it and you don't have to pay me..." So we watched it. And here is the official trailer for The Social Dilemma.
I encourage everyone who uses social media to please watch this, because the next time that you tweet, like or share—you will understand what is actually going on and how these major platforms are using algorithms to feed us the kind of news or fake news that we want to hear, etc.
This documentary, The Social Dilemma, is mind-blowing and is now trending in the Top 10 on Netflix and is rated #9 in the U.S. Today. And it is why it is the Sundance 2020 Film Festival's Official Selection.
Please note that I will be very careful using any of these top, most popular, social media sites. And I've already turned off all notifications and I will no longer be clicking on recommended sites, etc. or believing any of the fake news that is customized for me personally by these mega-computer's algorithms.
And lastly, I will no longer follow any links sent to me by my friends and I hope that they will understand.
Now I will step down from my platform/soap-box and go outside to enjoy the beautiful weather and enjoy nature with my dogs.
Have a great day and keep on laughing! And please take the time to watch The Social Dilemma.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Saturday, September 5, 2020
I Went Back In Time!
This morning a few minutes before I went to meet my dear friends Kris and Denise for coffee, in Kerrville, I decided to do a pyramid check and it was back.
So I grabbed my camera and took these pictures to document the mysterious pyramid. And my rooster clock, above the calendar, shows the time I shot the pyramid. The first picture was taken about 9:03 and the second picture was approximately 9:04.
Friday, September 4, 2020
A Pyramid! or The Famous Horned Toad! or Multi-Tasking!
Today has been great, but it was also a little bit strange. And late this morning, Tony and I actually had a few hours of unexpected fun, because we ate lunch with our good friends Eileen & Wayne. While our friends/awesome mechanics, at Balser's Northside Automotive, next door to Acapulco, gave Silver, Tony's truck, its yearly inspection.
This morning while Tony was working next door, at Escondida Resort & Spa, I was home washing some dishes while listening and chanting to my most favorite Deva Premal & Miten beautiful chant—Om Namo Bhagavate/Oneness.
Anyway, something distracted me, so I turned around from the kitchen sink and saw this perfect pyramid glowing from across the room, on the wall. So I immediately quit chanting and I just stared at it, while asking myself, "How come this kind of weird stuff always happens to me when Tony is never around?" Henry, Beau, Little Debbie & Big Al(ice) said nothing, as they too stared at the shining pyramid.
So I grabbed my camera and took aim at this about one-foot-tall pyramid that seemed to be perfectly centered at the top of my beautiful George Boutwell 2020 calendar, that Kris & The Mineral Man had given to us last Christmas. Here is that picture. And in this picture the clock, above the calendar, shows 9:38 or 9:39.
Then I took this picture of the calendar, close up and at a different angle, so I could prove to Tony that this actually happened while he was gone. And please note the sun does not directly shine through this window, above the kitchen sink and I made sure that nothing was reflecting off of the glass of the kitchen window.
Anyway, when I got up close to the calendar I took this side angled picture and as you can see—no pyramid.