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  1. WarOtter - I went to Japan and all I got was this tumor. says:

    Open thread! Plug your noses!

    Crappy week for me, don’t feel like going into detail about it, but it looks like I’ve lost the job opportunity that was nearly a sure thing about a month ago. So it’s back to the job hunt. On the plus side, I just came into possession of a civil war era Smith & Wesson Model 1 2nd Issue in excellent condition that I am going to have restored and put into a shadowbox. Gonna be a busy week for me so I won’t be online much (hey wtf? Stop cheering!)

    Later yall.

    • mauispiderweb says:

      Sorry to hear about the job opportunity … I really hope something turns up for, cause I’ve been there. At least now you have something to keep you busy, in the meantime. :)

    • El_Fez says:

      Sweet! I love old guns! Good on you for that score! (and condolences on the job front – but I’m sure something will come along)

    • Coffee says:

      I’d buy you a beer, but you know…seeing as you don’t drink…

    • Nidoking says:

      How did you afford an antique gun with no job? Go earn your money, you lazy –

      Oh, wait, this is open thread, not an article. I’m glad you’ve got something positive to keep your spirits up while you return to the unpleasant world of job hunting. I haven’t been hearing many positive stories about that lately, but at least Congress is making sure there are plenty of other people looking for jobs with you.

      Wait, no politics either? I need to read more open threads and figure out what’s kosher to discuss. Good luck finding employment, anyway.

      • WarOtter - I went to Japan and all I got was this tumor. says:

        Actually it was given to me so *pththbhtbhbt* :P

        This is the place we come to be mellow and leave behind the bickering and arguing about who killed who…

    • Ratty says:

      Good luck with the job hunting.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Aww poo. Good luck finding something. And yay about the gun; that sounds really cool. :)

  2. El_Fez says:

    So I’m finally getting my pictures from my road trip through The South up on flicker now. It took a bit because the scanner was extra dusty when I was scanning the negatives, I guess – a lot of Photoshop work! (Plus I’m annoyed at the lab – the put a big scratch down the negatives on some rolls. I wont be going back THERE, I assure you.)

    This one of the Blues player down on Bourbon Street turned out really, really well I thought. The lighting in the outdoor club was difficult to work with, but when it came together it came together nicely:

    And I love the lighting on this one:

    Here’s the whole set (so far):

    • WarOtter - I went to Japan and all I got was this tumor. says:

      Did you ever give those other bands a listen (I think you’d really like the Black Keys)? I’m interested to hear what you think.

      • El_Fez says:

        Yeah, actually I did. I plugged all those suggestions into one big Pandora station and came up with a couple of winners. I really liked Wolfmother – they have a nice seventies classic rock sound. The Black Keys were a touch uneven with about a 50/50 thumbs up/down ratio. The big loser? I wasn’t really down with Muse. They had a couple of good songs (I really dug Knights Of Cydonia) but they mostly fell flat with me.

        But yeah, as an experiment I’d say that it was a winner. At least I didn’t delete the station and run screaming for the hills like I did with my Hot 100 station. :)

    • Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

      You have some fantastic pictures! Really nice work!

  3. Ratty says:

    This week has been pretty good. Thanksgiving went off well enough. It is abnormally warm and gorgeous here in northernish Canada, to the point where I have not had to retire the motorcycle quite yet. On the weekend we went riding for a few hours in the city and it’s kind of enchanting going through tiny roads under orange canopies of lines of trees.

    This is the beauty stopped at a glacier, strapped down like a packmule for a crazy trip:

    And this is what I’ll be relegated to doing in the cold:

    Hopefully this year leaves me with enough time and money to take up something else for an adrenaline rush in winter. Snowboarding is the plan.

    • WarOtter - I went to Japan and all I got was this tumor. says:

      I’m betting the motorcycle would be more adrenaline that you would ever need in a canadian winter ;)

      • Ratty says:

        Well, starting next month I think there’s going to be money put into a Ural fund. Lovely 2WD WWII Russian motorcycle and sidecar replica. Then it can be year-round motorcycle action AND super fun offroady stuff to boot.

        Just need a dog, some goggles, and a scarf…

  4. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    I have to share this with everyone.

    One of my coworkers took today off, and brought her grandsons to our office for early trick or treat. One was dressed like a traffic cop. He’s 7. He gave me a yellow parking violation ticket. The fine print says:

    “This is not a ticket, but if it were within my power, you would receive two. Because of your Bull Headed, Inconsiderate, feeble attempt at parking, you have taken enough room for a 20 mule team, 2 elephants, 1 goat and a safari of pygmies from the African interior. The reason for giving you this is so that in the future you may think of someone else, other than yourself. Besides I don’t like domineering, egotistical or simple minded drivers and you probably fit into one of these categories.

    I sign off wishing you an early transmission failure (on the expressway at about 4:30 PM). Also may the Fleas of a thousand camels infest your armpits”.

    I’m still smiling.

  5. Mimbla says:

    D’awww kitteh!

    Not much going on this week. The sick ferret seems to be fine and is back to his usual self, although I’m keeping a close eye on him. Trying to get him a vet appointment still, just in case… but he’s not hiding in the cage tubes anymore, and is bouncing right up to see me when I walk in the room. :)

    I’ve discovered recently that there must be something about my physical appearance that screams “librarian.” I was at the library returning books and taking out some more when a little kid came up to me and asked, lisping, if I knew where the third grade books were. I felt kind of bad because I had to ask him to repeat his question three or four times before I understood what it was. It was cute, though; he was quite polite. After I’d pointed out the children’s section to him, his mom came up and asked him why he was bothering people. :(

    And the fiancé is mad at the cat. Kitty stole half of his delicious burger the other day, and was absolutely unapologetic about it, as is the way of cats.

    • WarOtter - I went to Japan and all I got was this tumor. says:

      Actually the kitteh simply reclaimed half of what belongs to it in the first place. Everything in the world is simply on loan from cats. Cats = BofA of the animal kingdom.

    • LanMan04 says:

      Do you frequently take off your glasses and shake your bun hairdo down to show off your innate hotness? :D

    • El_Fez says:

      Kitty stole half of his delicious burger the other day, and was absolutely unapologetic about it, as is the way of cats.

      No, no – you have it backwards. Kitty, out of the generosity of his heart, allowed his person to have the other half of his delicious burger.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      i am certain that there is something about some people, myself included that just makes them look like something specific, no matter where they are.
      people always ask my friend for directions. no matter how many locals, store employees or policemen are around, he’s the guy who looks like he knows where things are.
      i get retail employee. at the grocery store, target, wherever. i mean, target employee uniforms are well known and distinctive and i still get asked where things are when i am not wearing any red or khaki.
      and the other day i was at ace hardware [also khaki pants and red polos] wearing a purple flowered shirt and jeans, in the plumbing aisle picking up new parts for my toilet and a guy walked PAST the ace hardware employee, the guy with the nametag, walkie talkie and pricing gun to say “excuse me miss, where can i find… ?”

  6. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Not a week goes by that I don’t wish I could remodel my kitchen! Unfotunately I don’t have 20k lying around, and I’m saving for a wedding. I can’t do the work myself – well, I can do a good chunk of it,but it would take me 6 months and who can live without a kitchen for 6 months?! Plus I want to get married, and gutting my kitchen would likely cause the fiance to leave.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I know how you feel. I HATE MY KITCHEN!! I dream of taking a sledgehammer to it. I like one feature – the old fashioned cast iron/porcelin covered sink with the one big well in the middle. That’s it. But the money thing…that keeps me from picking up the hammer.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I need to remodel my bathroom. I mean, really NEED to. It’s literally falling apart. It’s pretty bad when a gas station has a nicer bathroom than I do. :(

  7. Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

    I love pumas, I love deadmau5, and so I did a bad and splurged on deadmau5 pumas sold in the UK. Kinda. It’s labeled purchased on the website but they haven’t sent them out yet. I might email CS this weekend to see what’s the deal, yo!

    Does anyone have a reliable method of getting packages from the UK to the states? Besides me just going over there to pick them up. Because I’d totally do that.

    • Coffee says:

      I have nothing to add to this…I just don’t like to see a girl hangin’…*big hug*

      • Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

        HA HA this was a pity comment?

        *SO MUCH HUGS.*

        When are we going to get married?

        • Coffee says:

          I don’t know…they’re keeping me under protective custody until this mob trial plays out…if you can get a priest and a witness, though, I’m in the Best Western just outside of Chippewa. Room 209.

          • Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

            I think I can manage to round those people up. Don — er, um, Uncle Saviano will be very pleased to hear this.

  8. You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

    I ended up having a blast at my friend’s wedding last weekend, despite being sick. This weekend I have another birthday party for a niece and a nephew (one of my other nephew’s birthday party was 2 weeks ago.)

    I’m thinking of heading out to the farmer’s market tomorrow since I haven’t been there since early summer.

    Other than that… nothing exciting with me… well, I did buy a new betta. I named him King Triton.

    • mauispiderweb says:

      Great name … what color combo? The last one I had was a beautiful shade of red. I always wanted a green one, but could never find one. I no longer have a tank, but I’m thinking about cycling one up.

      • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

        He’s mostly purple, hence the “King” part. A little plain, but I tend to go for the plain ones at the back of the shelf when I’m picking them out at the store.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      Oh I miss my betta. He was blue with a nice splash of red on his tail. I named him Kahless!

  9. HSVhockey says:

    This is probably going to go over horribly here, but so this week I’ve been going out with this girl and things are pretty good, she’s fun to hang out with, pretty cute, has a job, hates kids as much as I do, but here’s the problem. She is the real life version of the eharmony video bio about loving cats ( I really don’t like cats but if they behave its not a problem. Her one cat is cool, the other keeps her from eating in her apartment because if she even goes to the refrigerator this thing jumps on her back and claws the hell out of her (she has cuts all over her back). Yet she can’t discipline this thing or get rid of it because its “just too cute and I love the cuteness.” Plus when I met her she told me she just had the two cats, but she lied and she actually had three but had just been planning on getting rid of the one because it had bladder issues or something. When we talk, about 30% of the time I have to have a conversation about the cats. I have no idea what to do. Other than this I like this girl, but this cat business is driving me nuts, and yes I’ve tried to bring it up subtly and nicely and she says “I guess I’m just weird” which I know is woman code for “yeah, something is up but I’m not going to do anything about it and you will just have to deal with it.”

    • Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

      I have a theory about cat people and there are a lot of cat people here so it probably won’t go over well. That being said, I grew up with a cat, it was an awesome cat and I loved it.

      However, cat people are crazy. I’ve had multiple experiences with cat people and they are completely cat obsessed. I don’t know why this is. If they have a cat and a hobby or some other animal generally they are relatively stable. Other times, cat-centric conversations, emails, shit, one of my friends is like this. I love her, but seriously, all she can talk about is cat stuff.

      It’s not going to change. If you have an issue with it either get over your issue or get over her. Man, I sound cold.

      • HSVhockey says:

        I am thinking the same thing. I mean I friend-ed her on FB and one of the pictures of her is of her sharing an ice cream cone with this freak cat. I should have just run after that. I mean I am a dog person, and I have a video of me teasing my dog by going to give him one of his treats and then eating it myself (those dog cookies don’t taste that bad except for the carob, and he is too smart to fall for me hiding it) and watching him go berserk, but I don’t share a sandwich with my dog. But when his ass acts up he gets a swat and or the spray bottle.

        • Nidoking says:

          I don’t think a cat person and a dog person can have a successful relationship. I’ve got no basis for that statement but intuition and observation, but I think that shows a difference in personalities that just can’t be overcome.

          There are always people who like cats and dogs equally and can successfully play both sides of the fence. Maybe you can find a cute one of those.

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          This sounds more than a little wonky. If it were me, I would not stick around, but that’s only me. (If I were a guy that is).

      • Cat says:

        Substitute “dog” for “Cat” in your post and it’s the same thing.

        • Coffee says:

          The internet would beg to disagree…

          • Nidoking says:

            You’ve never been to

            • Coffee says:

              You’ve never been to

              Look, I know that there are crazy dog people…don’t get me wrong. The ratio just definitely seems to skew toward cat on the internet…even guys squee all over cats…a pet peeve of mine is when a guy says “kitteh”…come on! I don’t hear guys on the internet saying “puppeh” or “mah doggeh” en masse like I do with cats.

              Again, I like cats fine, and I have no problem with cat people…I think lolcat pics are funny as hell…it’s just my opinion that per capita, there are a lot more cat nuts on the internet than dog nuts…I could be wrong.

              • Nidoking says:

                Can’t disagree with you there. I have to assume it’s because cat people have a pet preference worth talking about.

              • Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

                Agreed, in my professional (lol) opinion, dog people are more socialized. Mainly because they tend to have to get out and walk their dogs and interact with other humans, as distateful as that is. There are some crazy ass dog people out there don’t get me wrong, don’t get me wrong. Just like there are non-crazy cat people out there.

                Me? I got a rabbit and I beat all of you.

              • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

                dog people pretty much have to get fresh air sometimes when they walk their dogs. cat people can stay inside forever. – spoken as a crazy cat lady with a dog

      • HSVhockey says:

        Oh and I wasn’t born with emotion, so that just seems logical to me, not cold.

      • Coffee says:

        +1…I love all you cat people, but all y’all are crazy ;)

    • WarOtter - I went to Japan and all I got was this tumor. says:

      Unless you are going to start disciplining the cat yourself things will not get better. It’s really kind of up to you with how much you are willing to take with her cats.

      Like I said, all I know is that things will not get better if she can’t make a decision on her cats. Good luck with that.

      • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

        Seriously. Nothing will change, and that isn’t “cute” its dangerous and shows the cat has issues. It needs help. She needs help.

      • HSVhockey says:

        Yeah I’m thinking the same thing. She also has one other issue, and I’m running into it a lot down here in the south. Seems most of the Southern women down here are real big at pretending to be independent, but in reality they want the guy to do EVERYTHING for them and if the guy isn’t 100% attentive, they don’t get mad, they actually start to question him incessantly if he is “mad” at them. Or maybe its just the girls I’ve dated since I got down here, though I have been out with quite a few (I’m picky as hell).

        • Hmmmmm needs more WarOtter says:

          “Seems most of the Southern women down here are real big at pretending to be independent, but in reality they want the guy to do EVERYTHING for them…”

          That’s a pretty big generalization to make about Southern women. :

          • Coffee says:

            In his defense, he does immediately qualify the statement immediately thereafter with “but that may just be my personal experience…” Just sayin’.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          as a woman who moved to the south and is very independent, i run into southern men who get pissed when i do things on my own and don’t ask for help. it’s just a toilet, i can fix it myself.

          i think southern women might want to be independent and give up in the face of guys who try to take over doing anything remotely unfeminine.
          so i either get the ones who are intimidated by independence, pissed that i don’t ask for help, or the ones that find out i can fix stuff and call me to fix their toilets/cars/shelving/appliances

    • blogger X says:

      Everytime time she opens up the fridge kitty goes bonkers? ROTFL!!! All jokes aside, if she’s no willing to bend like how you have, leave. Otherwise, call that dude from “My Cat From Hell” show on Animal Planet.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      Ok, firstly, getting rid of a cat when it has a bladder issue is.. wrong. It needs a vet not to be dumped on someone who doesn’t care about it. If she doesn’t know what’s going on she doesn’t care about the cats’ well being and is just having them around.
      The tolerating of a cat owning the hell out of her back and not allowing her to eat is going too far. Its a cat. I have two, and if they did that I would teach them not to do it. She’s letting them walk all over her (literally) and that’s not good for her, and its not good for the cats either.

      If you don’t like her affinity to cats, and she doesn’t seem to make any strides to not be as obsessed with them, then I don’t think you two will ever really mesh. Anyway it sounds like she’s a crazy cat lady, too.

      • HSVhockey says:

        I was thinking the same thing. At least she took it to a person who takes in animals like this and takes care of them.

    • Coffee says:

      I’m pretty biased about this issue as well because I’m seriously fucking allergic to cats…like, airway constriction until I’m lying in your bathtub asphyxiating, hoping the cats don’t go into your bathroom. So cats are a major issue for me.

      That said, if I were you, I would think long and hard about how important the relationship is to you, and to her. The chances are that she’s not going to change the way she feels about cats, and if, hypothetically, she did try to make a change, that could also have long-term consequences, as she would likely end up resentful about having made the change later in the relationship. Contrariwise, you may end up resentful if you try to accommodate for her cat obsessiveness and she continues bringing in dysfunctional felines.

      My two cents’.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      eh, i have a psychotic biting attack foster cat from the rescue i volunteer with. i mean, i’m one of the biggest suckers for cats and am well on my way to crazy cat lady – but the psycho kitty is on prozac and in quarantine in the guest room. there’s no need to tolerate insane attack behavior.
      and she was going to get rid of a cat for bladder issues, which usually can be resolved with treatment, but won’t do anything about the insane one?
      run away. really.
      when the cat lady tells you to run away, you know it’s bad

  10. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    We were going to stain our deck this weekend, but it rained and its covered in leaves and it’s supposed to rain all weekend.

    I am sad. I guess it’s now officially fall because its’ cold and dreary and gray outside :(

    I have to finish the final for my project management class and do a paper for our group before monday. How are you supposed to write a paper as a group? Doesn’t make any sense to me. One person (ME) is going to be doing all the work, like always.

  11. Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

    So, tomorrow I’m going skeet shooting with my mother-in-law. That should be… interesting. Hopefully we can have a decent conversation, because she’s usually too busy walking on eggshells because of my brother-in-law and his wife to actually talk to me.

    • WarOtter - I went to Japan and all I got was this tumor. says:

      Well if things take a turn for the worse do not argue with the shotguns. Those are usually definitively resolved, but the outcome is less than desirable. And having your face getting all bullet-ty is no fun.

    • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

      Aww skeet skeet skeet skeet skeet skeet…

    • Alliance to Restore the Republic of the United States of America says:

      Well, if there’s one way to feel empowered whilst feeling a little ancy about having in-laws around, it’s blowing shit out of the sky with one of the funnest instruments known to man.

      I approve of your in-law bonding methods.

  12. Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

    We fired off another round of health insurance applications via our broker. We’re still crossing our fingers that we’ll have better luck this go around.

    • McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:


      ‘Luck’ and ‘Health Insurance’ are mutually exclusive.

      In fact the Venn diagram of ‘Luck’ and ‘Health Insurance’ looks like this:

      O O


      • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

        We figure anything is possible. Supposedly, Highmark rarely rejects anyone, so we’re crossing our fingers and gathering medical records and statements from our doctors.

        In the process, we’ve discovered a C-section is considered a pre-existing condition and can cause a denial of health insurance, even if the policy doesn’t cover maternity (Aetna and UHC).

        We’re now toying with the idea of getting a divorce, so my wife can at least get on the state’s high risk pool and the kids can go on SCHIP. If individual insurance doesn’t work, that’s probably the only alternative (my employer is bumping our premiums up to $1,200/month).

        • McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

          Outrageous isn’t it?
          I have a pair of friends who will probably never marry because if they did, his wife and kids would loose all health coverage, which is now covered by the state plan, even though he pays for it. But if they married they’d loose it, because his income would count, even though in the real reality it already does!

          Not that sanity, reality or compassion (or even economics when looking at the big picture) play a role in healthcare.

          Good luck. I can’t imagine considering divorce to get your kids covered by healthcare. >:

          • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

            It’s an absolutely insane system.

            We can’t afford to put the kids on my plan but make too much for SCHIP. No company offers child-only policies in my state anymore, so if my wife can’t get a policy, my kids can’t either. Neither my kids or my wife can go on the state’s high risk pool because they’re eligible for a group policy.

            I don’t know what we’re going to do. Supposedly, Highmark will come back with an offer within two weeks of receiving our medical records. I guess we’ll just wait and see.

            • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

              so it’s not gay marriage “ruining the institution of marriage” in america, it’s the health care issue.
              sorry, that amuses me.
              but best of luck getting it resolved affordably. health insurance is so necessary

  13. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:


    This week has been a trying one for me. I am having trouble with my foot and what it has turned out to mean is that I can’t wear my shoes until I see the doctor next week to have things adjusted with my braces.

    So, I’m rockin kitty slippers today at work.

    Speaking of slippers, if anyone knows a good source for plush slippers that go around your whole foot (as in, not just flip flop/slides type) and are completely soft, please let me know. Usually these are shaped like stuffed animals and I’m cool with that. I was stuck buying them in the summer time when my old ones got worn out and the only ones I could find were on Amazon, and they are about 5 sizes too big for me.

  14. NarcolepticGirl says:

    Awwwwwwwwwwesome photo.

  15. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Arrggh, I have to go back to work soon, so I won’t get to read posts here until tonight. :P

    THe garage sale is tomorrow! I’ve been running around the house in a fever sticking prices on everything, LOL. I made a little store in my garage with display tables and everything. The furniture and pool and stuff will get dragged outside when I open. I hope I do well; I really REALLY need some money toward that water heater. They said if I came up with half I could pay off the rest.

    Add to that my car is dying repeatedly in traffic. It’s in the shop and of course, won’t do it while they have it! We suspect a fuel pump issue. But I have to get it fixed because it’s dangerous to be in a car that locks up (brakes, wheel, everything) while being driven and then won’t start again. All electrical stuff seems to be okay, so other than fuel pump or some sensor issue, I’m not sure.

    BF is visiting his family this weekend for a cousin’s wedding. We won’t get to talk online much but he usually calls me. I can’t wait until Thanksgiving weekend when I will visit him. :)

    Everybody have a great Friday! :)

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I had a Pontiac Grand Prix that started randomly shutting off while I was driving. It turned out to be a “cam shaft sensor”. Replaced it 3 times. The fourth time, I traded it. Not worth getting plowed into on the 4 lane ’cause it decided to just stop running.

      I loved that car. Darned sensors!!

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        They are saying after looking at it that they suspect a crankshaft position sensor….I too, have no wish to get plowed. Around here that’s a very real possibility, the way people drive. :P

        I wish there was a way I could get a good car on which everything works, but unless there’s a miracle, I don’t think so.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      YAY! I’m so glad you are finally having your sale. It feels like it’s been forever! lol!

      Good luck and I hope you make tons of money!

      Also: Booo car. DON’T DIE.

  16. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    last week i was all happy that my dog’s problem was just a bad ACL.
    then his bloodwork came back monday.
    another two tests and now we know it’s not cancer [yay!] but there’s something wrong and apparently at least three tests are needed to narrow it down.
    between that and a fine from the city who decided my baby privet bushes that i was trying to grow were weeds and came out, cut them down and is fining me $275 plus the cost of labor for cutting them down – i’m now completely broke.
    waiting for a bill from the city to see the exact final cost and to hear from the vet to see how much the tests cost.
    the vet keeps saying “i’m trying to keep the costs down for you” but it doesn’t change the fact that the spare $500 just doesn’t exist right now. i appreciate that she’s trying to keep the costs down, but i’d rather have a payment plan.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I remember when all kinds of places did payment plans. I had several doctors bills I was able to pay that way. Now everyone wants ALL their money NOW, NO exceptions. *sigh*

      I hope your doggie isn’t seriously ill and feels better soon.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        thanks. he’s walking better after a week of painkillers and bedrest so he gets to go camping next week. i have to get him to pee in a cup and take it to them monday. once they rule out infection [if there is one, we’ll treat it and THEN do the next tests] he starts getting specialized tests for liver function and maybe some meds and a low protein diet.
        since he doesn’t do well with most processed dog foods, this probably means i will be cooking him dinners out of rice flour, sweet potatoes and low sodium chicken broth.

    • stranger than fiction says:

      Yeah, payment plans are nonexistent these days — if you’re lucky, they’ll refer you to some skeezy lender who will carry it at 25%. :o(   I hope you can get your dog diagnosed and fixed up soon!

      Since when can anyone, govt or not, just enter your property with no warning and whack your landscaping?! Can you turn the tables on the govt and sue them for the loss of your bushes?

  17. pdxguy says:

    That is just the darnedest cute cat photo! It’s as if he/she is pondering the possibilities of …

  18. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    A new kitteh showed up at my house – nice looking little critter, grey stripes with a lot of white and a striped tail. Friendly as all get out. It purrs and meows at me. I have a sick feeling someone dropped it off. It seems to be clean and healthy, but small. No idea whose cat it could be. It’s not scared of the dog, either.

    So, I decided I’ll put aside some meat scraps, cannned food, and some dry food and make sure it has at least one meal a day. I just can’t ignore it and let it starve.

    If it is a drop off, a pox on the person who did this. If it’s a friendly new cat from the neighborhood, I apologize in advance if the extra food makes your cat obese.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      if you can pick it up and take it to a vet, any vet will scan it for a microchip to see if it’s lost and needs to go home.

      • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

        I never thought of that! I think our local SPCA has one of the scanners, too. Yes, I think it would let me pick it up. It was very skittish at first, but now I think it sees me as the nice lady with the food. If it sticks around for much longer, that’s what I’ll do. Thank you!

  19. Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

    Today would have been a pretty bad day, but became an awesome one. And I have–get ready for it–Apple to thank. Yes, the company I may have battered a few times on this very website, gets my sincerest thanks today. Let me tell you why:

    On my way home from work, my iPod touch (yes, I do own one, and does its job well) fell out of my pocket and landed face-first onto a concrete sidewalk, no doubt with some pebble sticking up. Long story short, the glass front had shattered into a web of nastiness. “Oh great,” I thought, looking at my battered communting companion, “how much will this cost to get replaced/repaired?” Fortunately for me, the trek home from work passes by an Apple Store. Unfortunately for me, this happens today, the day the iPhone 4S launches. I go there anyway, and walk up to the Genius Bar. Understandably, they’re crazy busy with people buying the latest shiny new toy. Eventually, Norman asks me what he can do for me. I place my battered iPod on the counter, explain what happened, and ask how much it would cost to repair it. He explained what I already knew–they’d replace it with a refurbished model, and it would cost $149. Doing the math in my head, that’s 1/2 off a new one of the same model, so I said OK. A few moments later, he asks me to type my email address in the iPod he’s carrying around, then goes to the back area. (I’m guessing so he can find my replacement.) Comes back, thumbs through my broken iPod (still works, just with shattered glass, which really wasn’t pretty) to do some “diagnostics.” Whatever. Goes back to the back. Comes back out, opens a drawer, finds a replacement. Me with debit card in hand to pay, he then tells me “we’re going to make a one-time exception, as you’ve not had to come here before with an issue, we’re giving you this replacement at no charge.” I couldn’t believe it! After thanking him immensely, I came to the realization why Apple charges more for their products–it’s because they actually stand behind them. Despite the fact it was my fault, and I was ready to pay for it, they gave me the replacement free. Yes, I’ve read other stories about similar situations, but I never would have thought this would happen to me. Thank you again, Apple.

    • Fafaflunkie Plays His World's Smallest Violin For You says:

      “Communting” s/b “commuting.” Yes, I will continue to bitch for an edit button.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Yay! I miss my nano. I’d love to get another iPod but right now that just isn’t going to happen. Someday, though.

  20. Thyme for an edit button says:

    That looks just like my cat! He has only white on his chin, chest, belly, and toes. He is an awesome cat.

  21. Alliance to Restore the Republic of the United States of America says:

    Not dead. Send Scotch.