Although well past their prime, there were still pink prickly phlox, purple lupine and orange monkey flower in the more sun sheltered spots.
What a lovely morning it was until I got to the benches at the intersection with the Brand Park Motorway, where I found more trash, but even worse, I found numerous brown bundles of dead dried out colorless wild flowers, which caused me once again to dig deeply into my lexicon of profanity.
In the month or so since I last visited this spot, someone had picked bunch after bunch of live wildflowers and killed them for some sort of thoughtless pleasure. But then amazingly, just after I turned around to go back down the road, here came a woman with a large bundle of wildflowers she had just ripped from the plants along the road.
Needless to say, I rather strongly suggested that she stop picking the flowers. I doubt if she cared much. Her noxious action replaced bright living flowers, to be enjoyed for weeks to come by all walking along the road, with bunches of quickly withered colorless dead flowers heaped around the benches. Also, those dead flowers will never mature and go to seed to furnish the lovely flowers for next spring and the springs for years to come.
I don't understand why so many people appear to click their brain-off button when they head for the hills. Why can't they open their eyes and minds to see that they are senselessly despoiling and endangering our precious hills, including even our homes and lives, by smoking?
The dilemma in Washington, D.C., reminds me of when, many years ago, I would go to Las Vegas to play the slot machines.
I would promise myself I would limit my indulgence to say, $40, and when that was gone I would quit!
But then I would find that I had several more hours in Las Vegas before returning home, so I would allow just a few more dollars. That too, would disappear into the one-armed bandits!
After that, I realized that promising a limit should be kept and thus, I have kept that promise in the following visits to Vegas!
Why can’t the government see that raising the debt limit is just pouring good money into bad? If that limit is not kept, then cut spending, which is often going where it is not appreciated!