Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fredrik Eklund: Is He Ralphie Parker from A Christmas Story?

Tonight I was watching the reunion show for Million Dollar Listing New York on Bravo. I finally decided to act on a realization that I had when I started watching the show three seasons ago. That realization is that Fredrik Eklund looks like a grown up version of Ralphie Parker on A Christmas Story. So I Googled Fredrik and Ralphie, and I am convinced they are one and the same.

In reality, this is what Ralphie (Peter Billingsley) really looks like now:

I still say Fredrik looks more like Ralphie than Peter does!

Fredrik got a new puppy this season on Million Dollar Listing New York.
Now he and Derek have two beautiful dachshunds.

Hey, Fredrik, please visit and treat your puppies to a naturally healthy treat!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Humpback Whale Freed from Bondage: Can It Happen for Us, Too?

Although I am not a fanatic about them, I do love animals. Indeed, in recent years I have come to prefer their company over that of most humans. So when I came across this video this morning, before I watched it, I thought it must me a Greenpeace thing and would attempt to shove a lot of drivel down the viewer's throat. But I was mildly surprised that it did not. In fact, I was also emotionally engaged as I watched the rescue that this unassuming group undertook on this adventure that happened almost three years ago. See for yourself.

Two things struck me as I watched this video. First, I found the reaction of the whale to be a fascinating study in HUMAN behavior. We often do the same thing that this whale did to show our gratitude: we perform for the person who helped us. I don't mean that in a bad way. Whether we shake a hand, do a dance, tip a hat, curtsy, bow, whatever the action, we give a visual signal or display to go along with the words "Thank you." Apparently is is "whale nature" just as it is human nature.

The second thing that struck me is really related to the first. I couldn't help but think that I would react like that whale did if I were somehow to be freed from the bondage that is gripping us in this country today. We are being oppressed by an overzealous, rogue President who is acting unconstitutionally in so many ways I cannot even begin to list them. If only someone would come along and free us the way this boat full of people did for this whale. But the burden is heavy, and rescuers are few and far between.

The whale in the video was exhausted and was barely keeping its blowhole above water. It was going to die if it did not get help soon. I feel the same way this whale did. Many of us have been fighting the Obama machine since 2008. Unfortunately, we have only become more and more entangled in the nets he and his minions have cast out there to catch and restrain us. We need a hero to come along with a knife who can free us from the bindings, to allow us to swim free.

If that rescue ever happens, I will do as many back flips and tail wags as this tired old body will allow. But it needs to happen fast, before it is too late. My blowhole is barely able to break the surface for air these days.


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