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The Sign of We Pay Cash - Sign 75

Monday, May 20, 2024

 We saw quite a lot of signs around our neighborhood recently.  One of them is "We Pay Cash"

Fig - Sign of we pay cash.

It reasonable to buy second hand running car for resale, but what are purposes to buy wrecked and flooded cars?  

We find "surprising" answer that wrecked and flooded cars could be exported to under developing countries. 

Sure, these cars will be repaired before putting back on the road. These countries have "less stringent regulations."

Other reasons are (after searching through internet):
vehicles often yield valuable parts that can be resold or used for repairing other vehicles.
Although a vehicle may be beyond repair, it retains value as scrap metal. The buyer can extract and sell materials such as steel, copper, and aluminum.
Certain buyers possess the skills and resources to reconstruct a wrecked vehicle, offering an opportunity to acquire a car at a significantly reduced cost.

What do you think?

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warriors carrying offerings to the gods - Sign 74

Sunday, May 5, 2024
We found a sculpture, made of metal from an antique store recently. Since its cheap, we just bought it. 

Fig - Chacmool, a sculpture from Mexico

There are important figures and the sign in the sculpture:
1) The reclined figure with head facing 90 degrees from his front, called as Chacmool.
- The Chacmool is the figure to hold a bowl in his stomach. The bowl is used for offering to a god or gods
- It is likely the Chacmool serves to rain gods (the central Mexico rain god, Tlaloc or Mayan rain god, Chac). 

2) The circular figure looks like a copy of the Mayan calendar.
- The calendar is an ancient system to track time.

3) Chichen Itza
- A Mayan temple ruin on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Near the city of Progresso.
- We may find several Chacmool sculptures around the Chichen Itza temple.

Finally, have you ever seen a sculpture of Chacmool?

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The Red Jalapeno Pepper in the Market - Sign 73

Friday, April 26, 2024
 The Red Jalapeño represents a crimson-hued variation of the Jalapeno pepper, a widely favored chili. 

Fig 01 - Sign of red Jalapeno.

Red jalapeños are a type of jalapeño pepper that has matured to a red hue. They are generally regarded as slightly less spicy than their green counterparts.

Just to let you know that degree of spiciness (heat) is measured by Scoville Heat Unit (SHU). Comparison of SHU for red jalapeños, green jalapeños, bell pepper and poblano pepper are following:
- Bell pepper: 0 SHU (no heat)
- Poblano pepper: 1,000 to 2,000 SHU (mild)
- Red and green Jalapeno are 2,500 to 8,000 SHU with red is milder.

Fig 02 - Red pepper, milder spiciness

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Fig 03 - Red Jalapeno, sold in the market. 

Ripe red jalapeños can be discovered in select grocery stores, particularly those with well-stocked inventories or at Latin American markets.

Fig 04 - Can be found in certain groceries.

Do you like Jalapeno pepper?

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Wild Ducks Don't Eat Bread - Sign 72

Tuesday, April 16, 2024
We always see people feeding wild animals include ducks in the lakes, man made lakes in our city, Baton Rouge, LA.

Fig 01 - Not to feed duck with bread.

Feeding ducks with bread seem "great" treat but could be bad for them and lake (environments). 

Some reasons are following:
1) Water pollution:
-  When bread remains uneaten, it can sink and develop mold, leading to water pollution and harm to the ecosystem. 
- Additionally, this uneaten bread can attract unwanted pests such as rats, cockroaches, ants and flies

Fig 02 - A corner of the city lake

2) Low Nutrition
Bread primarily consists of carbohydrates and provides minimal vitamins, minerals, and protein. These essential nutrients that ducks require for their well-being. In essence, it’s akin to junk food for our feathered friends.

Fig 03 - A duck with several chicks. 

3) Overcrowding
Convenient food availability can result in increased duck congregations within a specific area, leading to resource competition and disease transmission.

Fig 04 - A mother and chicks, ready for swimming.

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The Fresh Yard Eggs - Sign 71

Tuesday, April 9, 2024
Since Covid 19 pandemic, then followed by "skyrocket," we familiar with signs such as "yard eggs, farm fresh eggs or organic eggs."

Fig 01 - The sign of Farm Fresh Eggs

The farm fresh eggs, fresh yard eggs or backyard fresh eggs are laid by chickens raised in a backyard environment.

These chickens got several advantages such as:
- enjoying outdoor access
- allowing them to forage for food 
- and engaging in exercise. 

As a result, backyard-fresh eggs are often praised for their robust flavor and vibrant yolk color, in contrast to commercially produced eggs.

Fig 02 - Fresh eggs, sold by farmers

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Fig 03 - A lost chicken on our deck. 

We saw a chicken in our yard for a while this afternoon and has now settled in for the night on our deck. I think she got lost.

Fig 04 - Fresh Yard Eggs sold by "a small" farmer.

Fresh yard eggs could cost more than US$ 5 for a dozen. Quite expensive compared commercial eggs sold by groceries.

Fig 05 - A hen playing on the yard.

Do you like the fresh yard eggs?

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Population Declining and No Homeless in Town of Clinton - Sign 70

Tuesday, March 12, 2024
Town of Clinton locates in the East Feliciana parish, state of Louisiana, USA. Like other small towns, life is "easy going." 

Fig 01 - Sign of Clinton town.

The Clinton town, East Feliciana parish is characteristics by:
- no homeless and declining of population.
- safer compared to neighborhood towns and parishes.

The parishes are equal to counties in many parts of America. The Clinton town, East Feliciana parish income per capita above state income per capita, hence there are a quite number of "six figure" earners.

Interestingly, the Clinton town, East Feliciana parish was occupied by Spain and French for sometimes.

Fig 02 - A road to Clinton town, in East Feliciana parish

Then, bought by USA from French as part of Louisiana purchases in 1803.

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Late Night Fee for Restaurant Services is Expensive than Tax - Sign 69

Friday, February 23, 2024
We eat out quite a lot especially when we have worked very long hours or gotten out of late a several nights per week.

Fig 01 - The late-night fee service. 

It’s getting harder to find restaurants with decent customer service anymore. We dine at "a certain restaurant" quite often.

We really like the foods. We have noticed the place steadily declining both in the atmosphere and service.

The last time we dined there the server forgot to bring some items we ordered. We reminded her and she still didn’t bring them.

So, we just said oh well, as long as we don’t get charged for these, there’s no problem. We didn’t make a big deal of it. People are human and they make mistakes.

Fig 02 - A cafe, just illustration.

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Fig 03 - At the corner, illustration.

We went back this week. It was 9:06 PM when we walked in. We typically order the same (almost the same) things.

Fig 04 - One of favorite foods

We then sat down at the table they gave us. It was dirty. The server made no attempt to clean it. We ended up cleaning it ourselves.

Fig 05 - A Sign of ice cream on the street.

Finally, when we got the check, we noticed a line that said:
- late night dining service fee $9.62.
- we must pay 18% gratuity for dine after 9.00 PM.

Fig 06 - A cat, illustration only

So, we got to pay extra for the privilege of leaving with their nasty dirt all over us. We have never been treated like this.

Fig 07 - The tropical fruit, illustration.

We should have gotten a discount to sit there eating in the midst of their housekeeping, not charged extra! This is a horrible way to treat customers! We will not be going back any time soon.

Fig 08 - Seafoods, illustration

Before someone asks if We addressed this with management, we did not. They clearly knew all about it when they added this as a line item to the sales check. So why bother.

Fig 09 - The Monarch butterfly and flowers, illustration

We are posting this so other late night (after 9.00 PM) diners will know about this before bothering to go there (restaurants).

Fig 10 - Just for illustration, a sign of food vendor

Have you experienced with multiple fees for late night after 9.00 PM?

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The Criollo Mangoes in the Market - Sign 68

Saturday, February 17, 2024
 We saw quite "small size" mangoes sold in the ethnic store just recently. The mangoes called as "a mango criollo." 

Fig 01 - Sign of Mango Criollo. 

This mango has many common names include wild Mexican, Indio, Coche, Mexican and Corriente mango. Based on its common names, we may guess its origin. Yes, the origin is from Mexico. 

If lucky enough, we may find two kinds of Criollo mangoes in the ethnic markets (Mexican groceries or Asian shops):
1) Criollo wild
- smaller sizes 
- highly favorite because of their flavorful and rich in nutrients.

Fig 02 - Ripe mangoes, bigger sizes

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Fig 03 - Smaller mangoes, not ripe yet.

2) Criollo cultivated:
- quite larger sizes
- juicy flesh and sweet.

Fig 04 - Green, just illustration.

The Criollo cultivated mangoes have some advantage's abilities compare to Criollo wild mangos.

Fig 05 - Indoor plants, illustration only. 

Cultivated mangoes are able to self-pollinate and heavy crops production in warmer areas or regions. 

Fig 06 - 4 smaller sizes of Criollo wild. 

Some beginner mango growers choose Criollo mangoes as their great choice since the plants have minimal care requirements and excellent productions.

Fig 07 - Criollo mangoes sold in the grocery. 

Have you tried Criollo mangoes?

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If your Dog Doesn't Like Somebody - Sign 67

Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Honestly, I can't relate myself to a dog dislike someone as of sign "if your dog doesn't like somebody, maybe you shouldn't." 

Fig 01 - Sign of if your dog ....

How about with you? Do you?

However, there are several possibilities that why dogs might react negatively to someone:
1) Those dogs are rarely exposed to stranger, thus they are wary

2) Dogs feel threatened
- they are fear, anxiety or threaten to new people due to voice, appearance and attitudes that might trigger negative responds. 

3) Dogs have powerful sense of smell to respond strange smell from new people, include scents of smokes, colognes and perfumes. 

Fig 02 - A dog barking at me.

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Fig 03 - Just for illustration.

However, it is important to keep dogs (your dogs) on a leash, and in case of anxiety, they have a space to retreat.

Fig 04 - A dog stares to strangers.

What do you think?

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