"There's small choice in rotten apples."
Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew [I.i.132-3]

It's Hortensio commenting to Gremio, as the two decide to find a husband for Kate -- the rest is in the plot outline.

astrofish.net Gemini: In the vast quantity of material I've got, out of the acres and acres of written, spoken and visual record of my work, a single Gemini comment stands out. As I was lecturing, I recall the exact moment, I likened Gemini to a finely cute gem-stone. Many different facets, as an outside observer, we see all the different angles. As the Gemini, though, you're going to feel like the same person, through and through, on the inside. "I don't get this whole 'two-faced' thing," more than one Gemini has commented, "I just don't see it." That's because you're not on the outside, looking in. Out here, what we see? I've actually watched, seen it before my very eyes, as a Gemini face has morphed, changed construction and the mood has slipped from one point to another. Right before my eyes. Happens. Get used to it. With what's shaking, even as we speak? It's going to be hard to remind everyone that you're like a fine-cut gem-stone, however, you know it, I know it, and that's al that matters. Remember that some people see you as multi-faceted. We, they, we're not sure which face, or which tiny angle, we're looking at. "But it's just me," your Gemini self intones. I understand that. Not everyone does. Work with us. You're moving faster, changing quicker, than anyone else. Happy birthday!

astrofish.netCancer: Birthdays start next week -- that's the fun part. There's still Venus cooking along a little too slow, in Gemini. That's the not so fun part. One of my secret vices has always been dollar stores. Goes back to formative years in my life, in old East Austin, and the dollar store there was the most interesting. Some good deals, so not so good deals, some crap and some clever marketing. It was the clever marketing that caught my attention the other afternoon.
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"Every time
Serves for the matter that is then born in 't."
Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra [II.ii.12-3]

astrofish.net Gemini: Gemini Birthdays! Yes! Party! Happy birthday to that one, special Gemini. Old story, there. Don't have time or space for that tale, but I do have some happy birthday material for my little Gemini friends. Hillsboro, TX: the sleepy, little hamlet was thrust into the national spotlight some years ago when Willie Nelson (music icon, legend, Taurus, Space Cadet) was arrested for alleged drug possession. Other than that, the only remarkable comment I had for Hillsboro, it's between Waco and Ft. Worth on the Interstate, and it hosts the annual "Guitar and Gun" show. It's one of those uniquely Texas kind of event. Guitars and guns, where else would those two seemingly distant items mix so well together? Which makes it the perfect June celebration destination for Gemini. There is so much cooking in Gemini, and this week adds Venus to the fray. Mercury, Sun, Full Moon in Sagittarius, and Venus pops into Gemini. Need a new destination a little off the usual Gemini track. Pick one. Pick any. My suggestion is choosing something just like that Guitar and Gun Show. Two items that don't belong together. Perfect for the Gemini celebrations. This week, make it happen.

astrofish.net Cancer: For most of its history, San Antonio has been larger -- and the most cosmopolitan -- destination in Texas. Bigger than the other big cities, like Houston, Dallas, Austin. For most of the region's history, San Antonio was the largest city in Texas. It wasn't until the last hundred years or less, the other towns started explosive growth. I'd attribute it to "We got discovered." Folks figured out that the climate was good, the fishing was good, the hunting was good (if you're into that sort of thing), and the business climate was excellent. Maybe not so much anymore, but at one time, this was the place to be. Texas isn't really "southwest," and it's certainly not really "deep south," which leaves it alone unto its self. San Antonio, was, at one time, the center. "Remember the Alamo."
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"To the noble mind
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind."
Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark [III.i.112-3]

Jupiter bumps into Taurus.

astrofish.netGemini: Blueberry nachos. Born out of necessity, it was a kitchen experiment that should be rated as an epic fail. Epic-fail. Blueberries are good. Good for you. Nachos, usually melted cheese substance and corn chips, combined, layered, heaped, something, together, perhaps with sliced peppers or other condiments, on top. Not blueberries. I tried. Just really doesn't work. I have some kitchen experiments that have turned out well. Others, not quite as good. Occasionally, there is an epic failure that generates the "What were you thinking" comment. Blueberry nachos was one such experiment. I'm all for a naturally curious Gemini to experiment. I'm all in favor of some tinkering, toying with, modifying and other forms of experimentation. I'm not for you making one of our typical Gemini leaps that results in conjuring a massive failure like Blueberry Nachos. That doesn't work. Doesn't work on many levels. Some of our ideas are good, others are bad.

astrofish.net Cancer: Deepest, darkest secret? Deep, dark fears? What really scares you? As a Cancer, or a Cancer-influenced person, the biggest fears are what matters. The biggest fear, the boogeyman you're most afraid of? The thing that goes bump in the night that frightens you the most. Deepest fears are going to get trotted out for your own, internal pleasure at first. Then, as the this weekend melts into next week?
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    "What masques, what dances shall we have,
    To wear away this long age of three hours
    Between our after-supper and bed-time?"

Shakespeare's A Midsummer-Night's Dream [V.i.36-8]

astrofish.net Gemini: "It was hilarious, I thought so, anyway," a long-winded Gemini explanation, "my husband's truck kept getting broken into, last time, they shattered the driver's window, so he had an alarm installed. Next day, we were out, and he sat on the new remote. He left the truck in gear, and didn't set the parking brake, so it just drove across the parking lot. It was very funny, but he didn't see the humor." Sure it was, as a Gemini you're not immediately involved. However, it was her mate, and he was not amused at her mirth. I thought it was an amusing story, and the truck, trucking across a vacant parking lot? No damage, although a single tree that provided the stopping point, and I'm sure that the tree was inconvenienced. It's about perspective and mistakes. It's all fun and games until someone gets hurt, then it's hilarious. As long as we're not the ones feeling the immediate pain. Dodge the pain, that's part of the message, but be aware that, even though our Gemini selves are much amused? Sometimes it's a good idea to keep our morth to our collective selves. For the time being.

astrofish.net Cancer: I paused here in the parking lot. A neighbor's car was missing and in its place was a fancy, high-dollar brand of SUV, a Stupid Utility Vehicle. Not his style, my neighbor, but then, apparently, dealer tags on the truck, it was a loaner. The back gate was opening and closing, like a giant monster's jaw, snapping at some unseen enemy. The lights were flashing on. The horn would honk, intermittently. Strangest sight. Car -- truck -- SUV -- really, looked like a large toy that had gone haywire. I walked off and when I returned, hours later, I ran into that neighbor. We chatted then he explained, his car was in the shop, which explained why there was that SUV. He asked if I saw the show. I nodded. "That's what happens when you wash the remote of the dealer's loaner."
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"Present fears
Are less than horrible imaginings."
Shakespeare's Scottish Play [I.iii.149-50]

    "I ain't often right but I've never been wrong
    It seldom turns out the way it does in the song"
    ("Scarlet Begonias" composed and written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter.)

astrofish.net Taurus: One of my biggest lesson that I endeavor to impart is about the difference between love and lust. As a younger person, it was easy to confuse the two. As a much younger guy, I'm sure I did. The two are intertwined, hopelessly and inextricably wrapped up in each other's mess. Love and lust. Both begin with a similar sound, the "L" words. Both move mountains. While faith, good works, heroic deeds and good intentions are still waiting on the coffee to kick in, Love/Lust have moved mountains, even pushed continents aside. Crossed the mighty and fearsome seas -- and back. Good deeds? Still in the waiting room of life. Love and/or Lust are far more powerful than any number of other motivating factors. The problem, with Mars-Venus-Mercury intertwined like this? Makes it hard to separate the two emotions. To a younger mind, or even to old guys like me, the difference can pose a challenge. As a Taurus, right now, right here, right now, you're thusly challenged: love. Or lust? Does it really matter? Depends on what your next action is. Depends on what you intend.

astrofish.net Gemini: Sometimes, I only catch portions of conversation. Sometimes, I only hear the last little bit, or partial fragment of whatever was the entire statement. Heard and overheard. Bits and pieces. "I know, it's like watching a dog chase a car, right, he gets it, what's he going to do?" I have know idea what this was in reference to. I was in a bar at the time. I don't know who -- or what -- was chasing whom. My imagination, your Gemini imagination, you can fill in the details as you like. However, I'd like to add my own material to the catch phrase, "Like a dog chasing a car, he get it, what's he going to do?" I can just imagine a Gemini buddy of mine with a bumper of a truck in his mouth, and he's slinging that car around like it was a rag doll. Fairly violent imagery for the birthday crowd, but bear with me.
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