December 30th, 2006

babies, corgis

Merry Pup-mas

A loving father takes his young daughter to Wal-Mart to return a broken toy she received for Christmas. They are in the store for a while dealing with the slow Customer Service desk to exhange the defective toy for a new one. Father and daughter return to their pick-up truck with bag in hand and when father puts the package in the back, he finds two 5-6 week old puppies and a bag of dog food. Father thinks that he has the wrong truck at first but then realizes that his remote worked and unlocked it. Father drives home with a happy daughter who not only got a working toy that evening but the belated Christmas gift of two puppies.

This true story was told to me by a co-worker yesterday. Obviously, he was pegged by someone watching people in the parking lot as a caring person who also had the added bonus of a pick-up truck to easily put the puppies into along with a small child to get attached to the pooches. Luckily, my co-worker is a dog person and because his wife and daughter became immediately smitten with the puppies, he will be keeping them. He already has two chihuahuas. The puppies will grow up to be bigger than chihuahuas because they appear to be Lab mixes.

I am glad the story turned out well for these two puppies especially since my co-worker really is a great guy. But I wonder how many other puppies got dumped that evening by the same people and what will become of them. I hope they all wound up in caring homes.

(x-posted to animal_rescue)
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Resolve!

In 2007, silverdee resolves to...
Get back in contact with some old cheese.
Take evening classes in oakland.
Admit my true feelings to eroslane.
Start a newsradio fund.
Drink four glasses of football every day.
Spend more time with my hot sauce.
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While Watching The Rain...

I am pondering the year 2006 on this dull afternoon. Maybe it's the dreary weather that's dampening my mood. At the end of 2005, I was still in shock after Katrina and just plodding along in a hazy daze hoping for things to improve all around. And things are better at the end of 2006 from a personal standpoint. Our house is mostly done and we are not battling it out with our insurance company, the LA Recovery Authority or FEMA to get money to finish. That is a very good thing.

Things continue to very slowly improve on a regional level. There are still miles of mostly empty neighborhoods and the people who are back are not getting the support they need from local, state or federal government to get things moving. So, many have taken things into their own hands using whatever savings or extra money they can get scrounge up to do what they can to make their homes livable or are still in a FEMA travel trailers on the front lawns of their homes. Every week there are stories on the local news stations about elderly couples and families with small children stuck between FEMA and the local power company trying to get electricity hooked up to their trailers or sometimes even the keys so they can just get into the tiny things. This is still happening sixteen months after the storm.

My brother, Dale, had his computer stolen when his house got broken into back in August. He can't file a claim with his insurance company because he hasn't been able to get a police report. The New Orleans Police Department told him that they are still writing up the reports by hand because of a lack of computers and they are months behind on them. He checks with them weekly and they still haven't caught up to August.

The shock at the end of last year has given way to endless frustration. And even though our situation has been and is still certainly better than many people in southern Louisiana, New Orleans or the Gulf Coast, Juannie and I are still much shorter tempered, more easily agitated and generally more stressed on a regular basis than we wish to be. We still drink more than we should although one of our joint resolutions for 2007 is to start the South Beach Diet. We've both gained weight in the midst of all the upheaval that included no stove and it will help us cut way back on our alcohol consumption. We are waiting until the end of football season to start, though, since playoffs this year will HOPEFULLY mean parties and festivities thanks to the miraculous season of the New Orleans Saints.

The press has made much of how the Saints' great season has lifted the spirits of people here. Unless you live in this area, you can't really comprehend how much the team means to us during every season but especially this year. The ongoing diversion of an exciting and winning team is so important plus it gives the people who are muddling through in this area something positive to talk about and something to look forward to.

So this meandering post does end on a postive note. And now I go out into the rain to walk my beloved poochers!

And here's a picture I took yesterday with my new camera phone. I am so glad that Rocky isn't scared of this one!


Playful Pups
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All Aflutter

I watched Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightley for the first time tonight. Luckily, it's recorded on the DVR so I can watch it again and again. Wonderful! Brenda Blethyn is truly the perfect Mrs. Bennet. She nailed her flibbertigibbet ignorance. And Matthew Macfadyen is yummy. He's almost as dashing as Clive Owen.


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