Saturday Farmers’ Market And The Umbrella Connection, Among Other Things

Today, I was at the College of San Mateo Farmers’ Market promptly as it opened at 0900H.  I wanted to buy fresh berries and some great pastries by Crepe and Brioche.  We’re having a brunch at home for my daughter, her fiance, and some of their friends.

Pumpkin Vendor at the CSM Farmers' Market, Saturday, October 4, 2014, photo credit (c) Likeitiz

Pumpkin Vendor at the CSM Farmers’ Market, Saturday, October 4, 2014, photo credit (c) Likeitiz

I was floored when I saw the table for the pumpkins and all sorts of gourds on display. It is after all, October, but the temperature was climbing. We were expecting highs in the mid-90’s. Indian Summer?  Drought?  Global Warming? All of the above?

Are you fed up with the mudslinging? Image courtesy of nicolewetsell.blogspot.com. Go see what she says here.

Are you fed up with the mudslinging? Image courtesy of nicolewetzell.blogspot.com. Go see what she says here.

In the meantime, there’s the upcoming election in about 5 weeks. I’m glad I’m spared from all the attack ads on TV or the regular radio channels. The confusing and misleading messages are probably enough to make one consider hara-kiri but, I take comfort in their evanescence.

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Image courtesy of IFLA on Vimeo. See more about them here.

On the news is the Ebola blunder in Dallas.  Shame, shame, shame, Governor Perry. You could do better, seriously.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters use their umbrellas to deflect pepper spray from law enforcement. Photo Credit Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images; www.telegraph.co.uk

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters use their umbrellas to deflect pepper spray from law enforcement. Photo Credit Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images; www.telegraph.co.uk

Then there’s the people power protest in Hong Kong clamoring for democracy.  Tsk, tsk.  Will there be a reprisal of the Tiananmen Square debacle?  The powers-that-be in Beijing have been known to abhor losing face. I’ve been following the developments closely. I still can’t forget the photo of that lone citizen who stood unflinching at the Square facing the approaching tanks.  It still sends a chill down my back.

 A Beijing citizen stands in front of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace in this June 5, 1989 file photo during the crushing of the Tiananmen Square uprising.  Reuters/ibtimes.com

A Beijing citizen stands in front of tanks on the Avenue of Eternal Peace in this June 5, 1989 file photo during the crushing of the Tiananmen Square uprising. Reuters/ibtimes.com

On the other hand, it was amusing to see yet another use for the umbrella as a shield for pepper spray. The multi-colored umbrellas reminded me of Kermit the Frog’s rendition of the Rainbow Connection. Now I have it playing in my head. So much for earworms.

On yet another front, it took me a few seconds longer to wrap my head around the news that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. He’s up against quite the list of contenders: Pope Francis, Malala Yousafzai, Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning (a.k.a. Bradley Manning), to name a few.   Putin’s claim to fame is that he supposedly prevented US airstrikes against Syria. But, but, but!  What about the Ukraine? The continued gay-bashing in Russia? The Ukraine?

Salad of mixed berries, photo credit (c) Likeitiz

Salad of mixed berries, photo credit (c) Likeitiz

Ah well, I have chosen to just enjoy the warm day, pick up sweet berries, plump tomatoes, and some of that rum almond croissant for brunch. Daughter wants to make some Shakshouka, hers a paired down version of the Middle Eastern dish (sans peppers). We can ponder what ails the world on full stomachs.

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9 Responses to Saturday Farmers’ Market And The Umbrella Connection, Among Other Things

  1. writetowag says:

    Oh, the pic from the farmer’s market…All those pumpkins and gords…Love them…Fall is one of my fav seasons for sure…I’m not a big decorator myself, but love seeing all the ways people glam them up…Such heavy thoughts indeed…It is crazy times…Let’s just enjoy the berries…They look delish!!!! Hugs

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  2. The pumpkins and gourds got me excited. Every year, we visit a pumpkin patch for our Fall celebration. Last Saturday, we went to a Farm outside Houston called Dewberry Farm. We had a fun time playing and taking pics at the pumpkin patch. As for the Ebola in Dallas, scared us here too and I hope and pray, the sick man will get well. A fun post my fiend . Have a great week. Happy Autumn! God bless!

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  3. I live in a state with a rampaging political division that’s heating up. Relentless ads that give me a headache. I wouldn’t trust Rick Perry to do paint by numbers and not completely screw it up.

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    • likeitiz says:

      I heard Texas also has legislation NOT to join such things as Common Core or the truth telling of US history because it paints history to be so negative and may not instill patriotism and love for country. What about telling our kids the truth?

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  4. Leon Mercado says:

    It’s really just Indian Summer although one has to wonder if this one will extend over the rest of Fall. Nobody has said that the Drought is over.

    The gourds remind me of my salakot in Manila. Made from a large upo. I stuck a lion’s head drawer pull on it as a badge insignia. Should really bring it home to California one day.

    I don’t pay much attention to the mid-term election hype and polls. I figure the Republicans will come out surprised as before, that this country’s demographics have shifted and the world has long left the 1950s behind.

    And of course the western media is still oblivious to the Chinese and Russian points of view. You have to understand that these nations maintain a siege mentality, and justifiably so due to centuries of being invaded by outsiders. So Putin remains a hero to his people and Beijing will eventually crush the Hong Kong rebellion. The Russians view Crimea as always having been Russian and Ukraine as a buffer state against the West. You must also remember that the first thing the Communists upon Hong Kong being handed over from the British was to send in truckloads of soldiers and sailors with supporting armored vehicles. Its a long-standing turf war kinda thing.

    I did place myself before Philippine Marine tanks during the ’86 EDSA revolution in Manila. Admittedly I was astride my motorcycle then, ready to scoot away at the slightest sign of trouble. Of course that was still a foolish thought. Since when can a motorcycle outrun bullets? But it was the Catholic nuns who were the most foolhardy Squatting and praying in front of the tank treads. Didn’t they know that tank controls are crude compared to automobiles, and that the slightest slip of the soldier’s foot from the clutch pedal would send that brute of a machine surging forward like a rodeo bull freed from its cage?

    I think I feel a hankering for fruit salad………

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    • likeitiz says:

      You must have been an idealistic teen back then on your motorcycle. Leather and all too? I was imagining the tanks with nun praying in front of them.

      All the rah-rah against the U.S. has really bolstered Soviet patriotism with Putin the benevolent Dear Leader. If you ever listen to my Ukranian friends in Toronto, you’ll see a different perspective of the entire Russian muscle-flexing.

      I’d like to see your upo salad ot with lion’s head on it. As for the drought, sigh!

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  5. prior says:

    wow- so much to think about after reading this post – and I recently heard a radio talk show discussing the umbrellas too – anyhow, the salad looks yum and love the fall feel of the farmer’s market – and here in Virginia we are having our coldest morning this fall…brrr – but back up to higher temps on Monday, Have a nice day

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