Floofs Without Hats (floofinition) – Founded in Montreal in 1977, Floof Without Hats is a Floofnadian new wave floof rock (flock) band.
In use: “The greatest success for Floofs Without Hats came with their release of “The Kibble Dance” in 1982, which became a top ten hit in multiple countries.”
Floofnivore (floofinition) – An animal, especially a pet, who is particular or finicky about what it eats.
In use: “Boo quickly demonstrated that he was a floofnivore, rushing up to a bowl of fresh food as if he’s starving, taking one sniff, and then sprinting away as though he’s being chased by a demon.”
My mind is serenading me wit Red Ryder’s 1981 song, “Lunatic Fringe”, today.
Back when I was commuting and working in an office, I’d often think of this song. I always seemed to encounter people with perspectives and facts that didn’t align with reality. Feels like I’m seeing and hearing more of it on the television, radio, and intertubes. Yet, I always wonder if I’m the lunatic fringe, out of sync with reality. That drives me to verify and vet information, and trace stories, looking for the source.
All this is helpful while writing. I enjoy elements in what I read (or the movies and television shows that I watch), so I plug it into my writing. When I’m writing, I enjoy an imaginary reader wondering, “WTF?” This is especially true if I laugh out loud when I’m writing it.
Here’s a sample of “Lunatic Fringe” lyrics (h/t to Metrolyrics.com), followed by the song.
I know you’re out there
You’re in hiding, and you hold your meetings
I can hear you coming, and I know what you’re after
We’re wise to you this time we won’t let you kill the laughter
Lunatic Fringe – in the twilight’s last gleaming
This is open season, but you won’t get too far
‘Cause you got to blame someone for your own confusion
We’re all on guard this time against the Final Solution
We can hear you coming
We can hear you coming no, you’re not going to win this time,
your not gonna win
We’re always trying life hacks. As we’ve been alive and functioning for over half a century, most are suggestions that we’ve already tried and discarded. Still, we press on, looking for better ways of doing things.
One area is the master bath shower. We’ve owned this house for fourteen years. We moved in when it was new. First occupants. Keeping that shower stall clean has been tooth-grinding frustration from the get.
The shower isn’t large. A three feet wide by four feet long rectangle, one wall is a glass door and panel. The rest are ceramic tile. None are easy to clean. Hard water loaded with minerals combined with soap and shampoo scum load up in layers that refused to away.
Trying to clean it became a hobby. I’d search stores and online, looking for products and methods to do the job. Everything fell short.
My wife read a new hack last week. “This hack says that Finish Powerballs dishwashing tabs will clean your shower glass.”
“I’ll try it.” There wasn’t even hesitation to wonder or doubt. Just try it. What’s to lose.
So we bought package, the only size available in the store, for $12.87, a price that made me think, it’d better work for that price. Then again, /i’ve tried much more expensive and caustic products. With fourteen tabs in the box, the price seems reasonable per use.
Today, after reviewing an article and video, I gloved up and tried it on the glass. Right off, I could feel it cutting the build. I rinsed.
Pretty good, but…
Getting a second one out, I modified my approach. My first effort, I’d done circles, imitating The Karate Kid. (“Wax on, wax off.”) This time, I went vertically, then horizontally. The first time, I dried it after rising. This time, I just rinsed.
Holy cow. As Kylie Klein-Nixon said in the article, a resounding success.
Floof Blossoms (floofinition) – Formed in Tempe, Floofizona, in 1987, the Floof Blossoms are an American floof rock (flock) band who experienced several hit songs in the 1990s.
In use: “Eight Floof Blossoms songs charted as hits, including, “Follow You Around”, which was featured on floofevision shows and the movie, How to Lose A Floof in Ten Days.”
A ginger storm is rising in the house
stalking the air
chasing a pretend mouse
A ginger storm is in the room
with thundering paws
and a flash of zoom
A ginger storm has settled on the floor
soon his purr
becomes a snore
Dreams, news, weather, cats, etc.
Disparate elements of thoughts combine.
New elements form.
Fresh streams of thoughts begin.
With it arrives memories and hopes.
Pieces of song.
And what it all boils down to
Is that no one’s really got it figured out just yet
Well, I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is playin’ a piano
And what it all comes down to my friends, yeah
Is that everything is just fine, fine, fine
‘Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is hailin’ a taxi cab
h/t to Genius.com
The song is “Hand in my Pocket”, the year is 1995, and the performer is Alanis Morissette.
Here is today’s theme music.