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All I know about superheroes I learned from 'Big Bang Theory'.

As it reaches a weak position between full and new, the Moon is likely to contribute to a softening of harsh Thanksgiving weather. Wrap young outdoor transplants to protect them against frost cracking. At the arrival of the early December cold front, leaves from the sliver maple, pear and beech trees often fall overnight. Hanukkah, Dec. 2-10. At the end of November, sunset has reached to within just a few minutes of the earliest time throughout most of the nation. The latest sunrise, however, is still about half an hour away. Jupiter moves to Ophiuchus and passes close to Venus as the second Morning Star during December. Saturn in Sagittarius skims the western horizon at dusk and disappears from the night sky by the middle of December. (Countryside)

More than a week, snow, rain and the ginkgo's dropped leaves are still as yellow as when they were on the tree. No wonder we like this tree.

I used to know about rainbows, why and what makes them appear and show their colors. Can't say that I was ever very interested, just liked seeing them. It was rainy, the plane was descending into Detroit, when we flew across a rainbow. Hopefully I can explain how this was. Normally we see rainbows vertical, looking like the St. Louis Arch. As I am looking out the plane window, I am seeing a horizontal rainbow, imagine the arch flat on the ground. We are flying first across one leg, then the empty space between the legs and then across the other. I know that the rainbow was not horizontal and there is a scientific reason for what I was seeing. So be it. I just know that I flew across a rainbow.

I do not read superhero comics or watch (very seldom) them or sci-fi movies. I know who Stan Lee is and have some little knowledge of his work. Just like I know a bit about Star Trek, Comic-Con, Steven Hawking and Star Wars (have come a long way since I asked The Boy if the first movie would be too scary for me to see. Didn't realize why he laughed. It was nothing more than an space western, and I know about westerns.)

Why do I know about these things that most of my life were of very little interest? I have been a fan of "The Big Bang Theory" for years. All these things run through the programs. I picked up a bit from watching, and more from reading. Never too old to learn.

Just saw a clip of a Christmas tree-cutting in a town in Ohio. The tree was being supported by a crane, looked good. Then when it came off the trunk, it swung into a pole and snapped the top off. Two part tree, the top would look good in my house, but bottom is only fit for firewood. Commentary was that Christmas would have to wait until after Thanksgiving. Amazing what tickles my funny bone.

The temperature has dropped. My toes are cold. Dug out the socks. First laundry day, four socks went into the washer, three made it back to the drawer. At this rate, I will have to buy more by St. Patrick's Day.

Birthdays. 10 years, Chobani, this startup has grown into America's most popular Greek yogurt brand, and propelled the decade's biggest dairy trend. 20 years, Uncrustables, fans debate whether these crustless PB&J's made by Smucker's are technically ravioli. 30 years, Dippin' Dots. Microbiologist Curt Jones invented these futuristic ice cream beads using cryogenic technology. (By the end of the year there will be coffee/coffee with cream flavored dots.) 40 years, Reese's Pieces. Sale of these peanut butter candies soared when Elliott famously lured E.T. to his room with them.

50 years, Snack Pack. These puddings were a lunch box staple long before making a cameo in the 1995 movie "Billy Madison." 60 years, Jif Peanut Butter, the "Choosy Mother's Choose Jif" ad helped Jif become the nation's top peanut butter. (Used to buy Jif in a 4-pound can. Ron ate a lot!)

70 years, Reddi-wip was the first whipped cream ever packaged in an aerosol canister. (This time of year, lots of refrigerators have a can or two. Know some who prefer it to "real" whipped cream.) 80 years, Nestle Crunch. In 1938, you could buy this crispy crunchy milk chocolate bar for 5 cents.

90 years, Rice Krispies. People fell in love with Kellogg's new cereal -- and its "Snap! Crackle! Pop!" sound. 100 years, Velveeta super-meltable cheese was first created by a Swiss cheesemaker in Monroe, New York in 1918. Kraft released its version 10 years later. (A ton of Velveeta and Rotel dip will be consumed between Thanksgiving and Super-Bowl Sunday. I will help.) (Food Network Magazine)

"White as meal the frosty field, Warm the fireside haven. Not to autumn will I yield; Not to winter even." (Robert Louis Stevenson)
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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Nov 28, 2018
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