A long way from Arizona

On my walk through the neighborhood this morning I saw this fantastical creature.


I pointed it out to the tall person and he told me that it is the legendary long-lived phoenix bird. According to various accounts, it has a lifespan of 500 years, 540 years, 1,000 years, 1,461 years, or even 12,994 years. As the end of its life approaches it builds a nest of branches and myrrh (the aromatic resin of a thorny tree), sets it on fire and is consumed in the flames. After three days, the phoenix is reborn and rises from the ashes.


Hmm. The phoenix appears very interested in the gifts underneath the small Christmas tree. I suspect one of them contains myrrh. I suggested to the tall person that we quickly pass by. We don’t want to be caught in the conflagration.

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Pseudonymous seahorses found in Tbilisi!

Tbilisi is a long way from the sea so I was very surprised to discover a family of seahorses resting in a side street.

I pointed them out to the tall person and he smiled and said they are not real ones.

Hmm, if they are not real why is that person standing there waiting for them to move.

Tall person shook his head and said that the man is also not real. He said that the man and the seahorses are examples of street art and reminiscent of Banksy, a pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter.

Ah, so they are pseudonymous seahorses.