Waterbowl Wednesday

Set down your coffee to read this one, folks. It doesn’t marry well with toilet bowl. I stumbled upon this image early this morning, perusing pics for a Facebook birthday post. I wondered why I had kept this Polaroid for nigh on 40 years. You can see the Polaroid edges, no? In it, the family cat of my tweens, Ran Tan, has decided to rehydrate from an exhaustive day of lounging and nibbling.

Did I keep it because I will always have a special place in my heart for her? No. She was a cat. She was not a dog. The special place is clearly filled with our dog.

But it speaks to a time where one did not have a camera in one’s pocket. If one had stumbled upon the cat mid-drink, one would never have time enough to go find the Polaroid and lug it to the water closet before said cat had vanished. I don’t recall the circumstances of how perchance the shot exists, or even who took it, though it’s been in my possession all these decades. It must have been happenstance.

It also speaks to growing up in a house with one potty for all to share. Patience was a virtue. My son grew up in a home where each bottom has its own toilet. Ah, luxury!

I imagine we sprinkled the bowl with Comet soon afterward. Note the stylish tiles, which, if original to the home, would be nearly 100 years old now. And how often do you see a black toilet seat? It complimented Ran Tan’s fur just fine.

Perhaps the point is the cliché seize the day, seize pleasure where you find it. Perhaps the point is to stay hydrated. Or perhaps the point is to save at least one picture of your family cat, even if it’s just the tail.

heard it from a friend who heard it from a friend who

Miami University 1955

Sometimes when infatuation spills out of you so effusively that you can’t hold your dimples in, you just need your bestie to have your back, and go tell it on the mountain–or go tell the bestie of your crush that you think he’s the most.

Then he can relay the information. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

“Really? Sheila likes me?”

Then it’s up to him to make the next move. Or bring his buddies with him as wingmen.

Sparks may fly between you.

And who knows where that could lead?

Kills pests and you, too

July 1946

I’m sorry, what? Did you just say “won’t harm humans”? That’s right, folks. Our friend DDT was approved by the FDA in 1945 as safe, safe, safe. And we believed them because the FDA was supposed to research and vet and do all its due diligence. But sometimes, you have to wait years for awful, carcinogenic side effects to creep up. And they did! The FDA waited until 1972 to put the ix-nay on it. So maybe think twice next time the government mandates/forces/strongly encourages you to trust the FDA, especially if they’re in a hurry.

At least it killed silverfish, like it promised.

Companies don’t often know exactly what they’re peddling, and collateral damage happens. Just remember, no entity or person (despite funding the NIH and Wuhan lab) has all the answers. Some things take years to uncover.

Let’s just be happy that the FDA does eventually recall items, often due to “undeclared allergens” but also to being packaged in what appear to be drink containers. Didn’t they know that before they sent them out? It’s important to keep Americans safe. So how often do they recall? Always. In fact, a month doesn’t go by that they don’t recall items. Let’s look at just a portion of what was recalled over three months just this year:

July 2021 FDA Recalls

  • GENOSYL DS; Nitric Oxide Delivery System has been recalled by Vero Biotech due to software error.
  • Twelve Lots of CHANTIX® (Varenicline) Tablets have been recalled by Pfizer due to N-Nitroso Varenicline content above ADI level.
  • NEUTROGENA® and AVEENO® Aerosol Sunscreen Products have been recalled by Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. due to the presence of benzene.
  • Injectable Semorelin / Ipamorelin 3mg and injectable AOD-9604 3mg have been recalled by Innoveix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. due to a lack of sterility assurance.
  • LeadCare II, LeadCare Plus, and LeadCare Ultra Blood Lead Tests have been recalled by Magellan Diagnostics, Inc. due to risk of falsely low results.
  • Lyra SARS-CoV-2 Assay (M120) has been recalled by Quidel due to risk of false negative results.
  • Angiographic Guidewire Component has been recalled by Medtronic Vascular due to being nonsterile.
  • One Lot of Topotecan Injection 4 mg/4 mL (1 mg/mL) has been recalled by Teva Pharmaceuticals due to the presence of particulate matter.
  • Limar Hand Sanitizer Packaged in 4 oz Bottles has been recalled by Ardil Commercial due to being packaged in bottles that resemble drink containers.

June 2021 FDA Recalls

  • Medical Convenience Kits have been recalled by Avid Medical due to risk of fungal contamination.
  • Surgical Procedure Packs have been recalled by DeRoyal Industries due to mislabeled lidocaine.
  • Prairie Wolf Distillery Hand Sanitizer Packed in 16.9 Oz. and 20 Oz Bottles has been recalled by Prairie Wolf Spirits, Inc. due to resembling drink containers.
  • Durisan Non Alcohol Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer products have been recalled by Sanit Technologies LLC d/b/a Durisan due to microbial contamination.
  • Jelco Hypodermic Needle-Pro Fixed Needle Insulin Syringes have been recalled by Smiths Medical due to skewed odd-number line graduation markings on syringe barrels.
  • Philips Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (Bi-Level PAP), Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), and mechanical ventilator devices have been recalled by Philips due to potential health risks related to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam component in these devices.
  • Metformin HCl Extended-Release Tablets, USP 750 mg, have been recalled by Viona Pharmaceuticals Inc. due to the detection of N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) impurity.
  • Innova SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Qualitative Test has been recalled by Innova Medical Group due to the risk of false test results.
  • FiberCel Fiber Viable Bone Matrix (“FiberCel”), Donor Lot Number NMDS210011, has been recalled by Aziyo Biologics, Inc. due to possible post-surgical infection.
  • Alaris Infusion Pump Module 8100 Bezel has been recalled by the Biomed Guys due to possible cracked or separated bezel repair posts.

May 2021 FDA Recalls

  • SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Rapid Test Kit and Leccurate SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Rapid Test Kit (Colloidal Gold Immunochromatography) have been recalled by Lepu Medical Technology due to risk of false results.
  • Alaris Infusion Pump Module 8100 Bezel >has been recalled by Step-Har Medical due to possible separated bezel repair posts.
  • Medical Convenience Kits have been recalled by Medical Action Industries, Inc. 306 due to risk of fungal contamination.
  • VICI VENOUS STENT System and VICI RDS VENOUS STENT System have been recalled by Boston Scientific Corporation due to possible stent migration.
  • Durisan Non Alcohol Antimicrobial Hand Sanitizer has been recalled by Sanit Technologies LLC d/b/a Durisan due to bacterial contamination.
  • Assurity™ and Endurity™ Pacemakers have been recalled by Abbott (formally known as “St. Jude Medical”) due to the risk of electrical shortages.
  • Medically Minded Hand Sanitizer has been recalled by Global Sanitizers due to methanol contamination.
  • HeartWare HVAD System Instructions for Use and Patient Manual have been recalled by Medtronic to update safety information.
  • Goose Creek Hand Sanitizer and COCO TKO Hand Sanitizer have been recalled by Scentsational Soaps & Candles, Inc. due to the presence of wood alcohol and other contaminants.
  • DIBAR Labs Hand Sanitizer has been recalled by Dibar Nutricional S. de R.L. De C.V. due to the presence of wood alcohol, or methanol.
  • Levemir®, Tresiba®, Fiasp®, Novolog® and Xultophy® product samples have been recalled by Novo Nordisk due to improper storage temperature conditions.
  • 0.5% Bupivacaine Hydrochloride Injection, USP 30 mL and 1% Lidocaine HCl Injection, USP 30 mL, have been recalled by Hospira, Inc. due to product mislabeling.
  • Sterile Water for Injection, USP, 100 mL, has been recalled by Hospira, Inc. due to the potential presence of particulate matter.

The FDA certainly stays on its toes! Recalling items sounds exhausting.

Thanks to https://mcintyrelaw.com/blog/recent-fda-recall-list for the list.

And thanks to the FDA for recalling DDT.

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep

Elvis, NOLA, Aug 12, 1956 by Jay B. Leviton

What is going on here? No one is rushing the stage. Folks are in their seats. No Zippos in the air. No bra straps showing. Petticoats are full, waists cinched nicely. It’s a remarkable expression of containment and decorum, when you know full well those girls are about to. lose. their. minds.

And there is Elvis, prostrate, barely legal to drink, full of chills that are multiplying and sending electric shocks up the spines of the mostly female audience. I would say he’s all shook up, but that won’t come out till next year, the year he buys Graceland and is drafted into the military.

Fortunately, Elvis lives to tour again and continues the theme of lying down during set lists, even as his age doubles from 21 to 42. Yes, the sideburns and jumpsuits (and karate moves) are new. But some things never change.

Rib-Tickling, Spine-Splitting Pie

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I do love pie (even chose it instead of wedding cake), but I must admit I’ve never consumed it whilst donning a bathing suit, as these lasses did on July 31, 1921 in the nation’s capital. Tidal Basin Bathing Beach had opened only three years prior, and then closed four years after this shot.  Seize the moments while you can.

I Dare Say D’Orsay

For those who enjoy The Blog of Funny Names, please peruse today’s post.

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Y’all, I watch a lot of Hallmark movies. Every new movie on Saturday at 8pm, I am there. And while I am very aware that Candace Cameron Bure is the queen of Hallmark, and that Lacy Chabert is the princess, I contend that Brooke D’Orsay is Miss Christmas, as she was labeled in the movie of the same title. In it, her job was to find the perfect Christmas tree, bold and grand, the opposite of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Here she dons one of many colorful Hallmark film jackets, probably during a warm summer shoot in Vancouver, surrounded by fake snow and empty mugs of what is purported to be hot chocolate.

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But it is not the jacket I covet. Nay! Hands down, it is her covetable hair. Thick and lustrous and long. Almost like a flowing horse’s mane, which is exactly what her last name…

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