Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sad


One of my biggest fears is being mauled by an animal. I find this story of Canadian folk singer Taylor Mitchell's death by coyote attack very gruesome and equally as sad. I have dear friends in Canada who are also members of the folk music scene and appreciate the connection to "the thing" that inspires them creatively. 

Years ago I recall the coverage of the growing coyote population and migration into North America and an expert saying the predatorial instincts of the animals would continue to adapt so as to take advantage of available food sources. As shocking as the death of a human by coyote attack is, I think it's also telling considering coyote, as a general rule, are sole hunters who seldom hunt as a pack and only do to attack large prey.

Clearly there is a habitat imbalance, and it goes without saying that the death of a human should serve as a representative beacon of its restoration.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Smarty Pants

Around the office, we routinely make reference to a mysterious co-worker named Lynda. She's a demi-goddess when it comes to quirky little software how-to's you just cannot seem to recall, or else have never learned. She's available 24/7, and we won't even talk about how cheap she is. Hey, if she wants to price herself at less than $300 per year that's her business. I will gladly pay!

I love learning new things, and yesterday Lynda took me on a little trip through Data Merge in Adobe InDesign CS3 which saved me hand-typing a number sequence on 145 documents. If you're into efficiency, Lynda farms herself out at a pretty large scale. I highly endorse!

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Inspiration

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. - Buddha

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Vitamin C Day


So I have been the MacDaddy of sickly since returning from England oh, six weeks ago. I love autumn, of course, but it also brings with it seasonal allergies. If I maintain my autumn love-interest metaphor, I'd say this is the part where you realize you have picked up an STD. Thanks a lot, lover!

Fortunately I have an OCD with citrus-flavored chewable tablets (first documented by climbing up the cabinets to the top of the refrigerator to eat all of the Flintstones vitamins when I was like 4; later repeated at 35 at my place of employment), and have been taking 500 mg of vitamin C each day for the past month, which appears to be the actual effective amount per this WebMD article. Has it made a significant difference? From a sinus perspective, no. But I am sleeping better and who am I kidding? I get to chew on tablets. What else could a guy ask for?

If you think I didn't love this song years ago, think again. The video is equally as fetch. I thought Vitamin C was going places, and then she did that horrible, blood-letting-from-ears song about graduation and I, the benevolent, the observer, the pacifist ... I severed the neck of a wild rooster and drew a blood circle in the sand, beneath a full moon, then threw salt over my shoulder as I walked away from Vitamin C the singer, forever. This, readers, is what brought her burgeoning career to a screeching halt. There are bad songs and there are bad decisions and herney, where I come from, two wrongs don't make a right!





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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Retro Harvest Maddie


I try to make it a practice to let sleeping dogs lie, unless of course it involves infidelity or money you owe me in which case, wake your ass up sucka, cuz we gotz to talk.

For this reason alone, I have never gotten into dressing Maddie up in dog clothes. And I sometimes feel inferior and dead-beat for this, especially on Christmas morning when my dog-niece Ping has on her super cute Christmas sweater(s).

Maddie has two items of apparel: her Christmas-motif fleece which was acquired when she had to wait in the car on a cold post-Thanksgiving day in Memphis while I did some pilates observation and exercise (there was a pet boutique next door to the studio) and her Camilla Parker-Bowles Barbour jacket which her Aunt Shannon talked me into buying at a chi-chi boutique in Santa Fe after too many margaritas.

Tomorrow night we're going to Marcia's riverside Halloween pet party, and I thought about a costume for Maddie because, let's face it, if I'm going to put your poopie in a bag and throw it away, you can suck it up and be a daisy costume 3 hours, but I got sucked into more functional apparel last night in the pet section of my local WM. I can't even type the full name because it makes me get all Betty Butterfield. But it is affordable, and that's just how it is.

Maddie is much more Sporty Spice than she is Pink Princess so we avoided the LuLu collection altogether. We opted for 2 sweaters, both of which are based on a brown and orange palette, so she's going as either Retro Harvest Maddie (pictured) or Varsity Marcia Brady Maddie. Stay tuned to see what she decides!

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Nasal Douche

Don't think I won't get a Neti Pot. I so will. I'm so going to. AND I'm going to use it. Thanks Carli for the tip.

I might be allergic to Alabama, but I refuse to spend the next six months going from one sinusitis attack to another. I didn't do anything to deserve a relapse just 4 weeks after round 1. I was just hanging out, getting my game day plan on, working a little, working out a little, and BAM! there it was - itchy throat and puketastic feeling. I have come to know you so well and yet I dislike you more and more each time, sinusitis. Go away. Leave forever.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

B A T T Y H E A D



I love me some Janet (aka "Juanita"). We have been friends for about 6 years or so, and we always have a ton of fun when we're together. Typical of "horse folks" the range of emotions we share in friendship is extreme: super highs and dreadful lows. But also typical of horse folks is the ability to pull yourself up by the boot straps, climb back on, and get goin'.

She sent this email today and I thought I'd share it too. Who doesn't love a.) Virginia b.) handmade jewelry on the cheap and c.) sharing with the world even in times of turmoil?

This is my cousin's site.  She lives in VA with her husband and 4 little girls.  Her husband Chris lost his job almost a year ago.  In their efforts to make things work,  they have established this site and are making handmade jewelry and "original artwork" by the girls.  So typical of them, they donate a percentage to charity.  The jewelry is really nice, I could show you the pieces I have.  Anyway, I am just trying to help them however I can.  Thanks for listening. :)  www.battyhead.com

Love,
Janet



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Monday, October 12, 2009

Caterpillar In Drag

I spent 24 fantastic hours with my family camping at Roland Cooper State Park in Camden, Alabama, over the weekend. In case you've never been to Camden, or the Alabama River near Historic Gee's Bend, I can only describe it as unbridled relaxation, with a soft note of magic vibrating below the surface.

We were visited both days by this really odd caterpillar, which I loved because I felt like it was wearing couture Givenchy. My dad lent his hand as a runway. I have no idea how it will emerge from its chrysalis, but I like to think it will be singing a melody about freedom and individuality.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Baggu II

It should come as no surprise that I am one of those weird people who has and uses reusable grocery bags. People who don't like that can suck it. That goes mostly to the people who work at my local grocery store and look at me like an alien from another planet (that actually happens a lot around here) when I use them EVEN THOUGH THEY SEE ME AT LEAST ONCE EACH WEEK. I have now taken to obnoxious chastising and recognition of the obvious. "Yes, just like last week, those are still my reusable bags ... the same ones I've had for 3 years, and did you know how much petroleum is used to make plastic bags - the same ones you insist on filling with exactly 1 item?" to which I usually get vacant stares of indifference.

For a long time I had 3 Baggu bags - Red, Black, Khaki. Last Thursday we lost Black during a grocery bagging incident in which cashier with creepy weird face and inappropriate questions ("Where do you work?" isn't always the best opener) got me sidetracked so I couldn't manage bagger boy who clearly had questions with what to do with the unused bag. It got left behind. I went back to claim it the next day but of course dealt with "Not now I'm busy," customer service desk and so I came home and I took action. I had to vindicate the loss of Black Bag so I bought 6 more bags from Baggu.

I also like to troll the discount bins at Target and had purchased $1 mesh laundry bags a year or so ago, and which of course I hadn't used because who uses those? But what they ARE fantastic for is produce, as well as storing my other Baggus in my car, when not in use. And so I take a stronger, more colorful stand against the use of plastic grocery bags and, in doing so, renew my commitment to bitch slap the grocery store people for their apathy. You may have claimed Black Baggu in your efforts to emerge as the victor, but you just try to take Poppy. Just try.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Sun Kissed Sleep

If you think I won't go to Bermuda, you're wrong. Not that I'm planning to anytime soon of course, but ever since I elevated my bed on these bed risers (for storage purposes, of course, and it's just been two nights and let's be honest, who might be teetering on the brink of exhaustion?), I have slept a regal sleep, reminiscent of times spent in the Caribbean, even though Bermuda is in the Atlantic, and I think that's why I should go there - to see if the sleep is the same.

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Madame X



My friend Jennifer and I somehow discovered last night that we both remembered this song from the 80's. I remembered the song very well as it was really big at my first job - Camelot Music HEY! - in 1987, but I'd never seen the video. Feast on this gem of the 80's, overloaded with imagery and literal interpretations. I think my favorite part is the champagne coming up out of the desert and that raggedy-ass cat running out from beneath the car.

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

Take II

"Night Portrait" setting on camera; significantly better light. Taken about 6:35 a.m. today.

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