The View From The Golden Dome

Views on the week's events plus some of mine.

Signs. Ak-47. Methane. Patties.and so much more…

I’m sure that you have seen signs posted on telephone poles and light standards when you walk in commercial areas. Some are worth reading; some are happy, some are sad, some are poignant, and many are straight out advertising.


The saddest ones are lost pets. Dogs, cats, lizards.  But I saw one recently where they were looking for a lost bird. And I had to laugh. My sense of humor. So what would happen if you saw the bird. Being the good person that you are, you dutifully go to call the number… and you pause. What do you say? Do you call and say, “Hi, I think I saw your bird. It was in a tree. I didn’t have a long pole with a net on it, but I think it was your bird. Uh, yes, I started to climb the tree to make sure it was your bird because I didn’t want to call you with false hope. Oh… what happened? well, I started to climb the tree – and it flew away.” Why did you even post the sign?


And the man responsible for the invention of the Kalashnikov gun, AK-47, has died. It is said that the AK47 is responsible for the deaths of a quarter million people annually. Since 1947. There are over 100 million of these machine guns in service today. Too bad he didn’t invent a better lawn mower, or more effective washing machine. But he was responsible for a great concoction – mixing vodka, absinth, lemon, cinnamon and sugar is the recipe for the Kalashnikov shot drink. Now that’s a killer of another kind. And some artists have converted the AK47 into guitars – more fitting I think !


Meanwhile, a new study has revealed that the amount of methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent but far less prevalent than CO2 – released into the US atmosphere is significantly higher than previously thought. The report was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science recently. And yes, the biggest supplier of methane comes from the flatulence of cows and resulting cow patties. In case you didn’t know, dry cow patties are used as fuel in many places.


I remember being on a farm during my university days, with a group of friends. We had been actively pursuing the consumption, rather taste testing, of beer during the day. And Canadian beer was far more potent that American beer. We had names for the American product, none of which would pass the spam blockers of the world. So after some taste testing, we decided to play football in a cow pasture. Little did we know how well we quickly we would perfect the art of broken field running. We could have been a better than average Division 1 running back. Or a striker on a par with Pele.  Oh yeah – we had agreed not to play tackle football but sometimes we slipped up on the rules – and the cow patties !


By the time you read this, you will be exhausted, possibly by the celebration with your family, your travel ordeal, or even worse, your consumption of both food and drink. But here’s the better news – there’s only one more party event before you attempt to get back to normal. I hope Santa was good to you and yours, and if you did not celebrate, I hope you bought yourself some good stuff !

And for your real estate and business finance needs, the magic number is 818.305.4695

Have a happy, healthy, safe and prosperous New Year ! and of course, have a better week !


Berman’s Factoids of the Week:

A bicycle can’t stand alone; it is two tired.
A will is a dead giveaway.
Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.
A backward poet writes inverse.
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.


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 Les Berman CMC
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January 25, 2014 - Posted by | business, fun, general interest, humor, real estate, whimsy | , , , , , , , , , ,

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