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Now I have to post a new “Why I hate Valentines Day”. Because I really can’t stand that fuzzy feeling day. Ugh! It was just invented to make single people feel like crap!

Cupid is dead, sorry


So, you have something else to look forward to tomorrow. Ha, ha, haaaaaa . . .

Evil Hamster

evil hamster

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So you thought you were safe, since Halloween won’t come again for another 12 months.  Ha, ha, no such luck. Have you noticed all the zombie and vampire movies out these days? Talk about road kill. Hmm . . . can you kill a zombie with a car? Maybe if you hit the head . . . I don’t watch those movies, they creep me out. Kind of like road kill creeps me out, if I look at it too closely, which in some cases doesn’t have to be all that close.

I start seeing myself if I got hit by a car. Really creepy, I know.  

   Did you hear about the Homeland   Security call out for zombie volunteers to test Delaware’s emergency response teams?

I can’t find the photos today, but there were some really gruesome make-up jobs by the hundreds of people who showed up.

Creeped me out. The idea was for the emergency people to test their skills at containing a chemical spill and keeping the affected people where they could be treated. The volunteer zombies kept wandering away from the site, as zombies are wont to do. Searching for human brains to munch on, apparently. Good luck finding any.

Road kill report this week:

  • Raccoon – 2
  • Squirrel – 1
  • Bird – 1
  • Unidentified – 2

I haven’t personally seen a dead deer this summer – good job people! I have heard of others seeing the poor things by the road, but it is encouraging that I have not – it implies there aren’t terribly many road kill deer this year in Whatcom County.

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One of my favorite cartoons of all time was a Farside one where a couple of aliens buzzed an earth city, terrorizing the humans, while the aliens yelled “Yeehaaa!”. I love it. I’ll have to go through my books and see if I have that one. It is my all time favorite. Second choice is the one where the farmer walks through the barn door and catches the cows drawing a diagram of how to cut up a human into “ribs, rump roast” etc. Creepy, but very funny.

Anywhoo, the road kill count for this week:

  • Raccoons – 3
  • Bunny rabbits – 2
  • Birds – 1
  • Unidentified – 1
  • Opossums – 2

That’s it.  I noticed yesterday that on my way to work, there was a large flattened raccoon to the side of the southbound lane of traffic, and by the time I was heading home, it was completely gone. I’m wondering if people pick them up or if animals do. I thought animals would just eat them where they fall, but maybe they pick them up and carry them off to a less noisy spot to lunch.

Gary Larson roadkill cartoon

Gary Larson roadkill cartoon

Here is a fun definition of roadkill that I borrowed from the website listed below the following:

“Roadkill – To see roadkill in your dream, represents unavoidable death. The death may be a symbolic death representing an end to a habit (whew!), behavior or idea. It is time to let go of old habits and put those ideas to rest, as you are only prolonging the inevitable. Alternatively, roadkill suggests that there is some issue in your past that is hindering your pursuit of your goals.
To dream that an animal is about to become roadkill, indicates loss of control in some aspect of your life.Consider the type of animal that is hit for clues as to what aspect of your life is out of control.” (My life, out of control? Ha, ha, haaaaa!)

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So there you go, more food for thought. More like roadkill for thought. Hmmm . . . Do we have a future, or are we all just roadkill in the Universe? Wrap your head around that. Go read some Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

Douglas Adams: “In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri.”

Douglas Adams: “It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes.”

 Douglas Adams: “The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t.”

Douglas Adams: “There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”

Douglas Adams: “Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”
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2012 end of the world
National geographic graphic of end of the world

For those of us who are still employed, however temporarily that may be, and are working the traditional Mon –  Friday work week –  gosh, there are so many qualifications to a sentence in which I am trying to refer to employment – oh, frack, I’m getting lost here.

Um, yes, I remember –  Wednesday is the day we used to refer to as “hump day” – yeah!!! I finally got to it. Hump day – oh, get you heads out of the gutter – it is the middle of the work week, the top of the hill, it’s all downhill to Friday! Got it? Good.

Now, every day is “Do I sill have a job day?, and how much will unemployment pay if I get laid off today?  Personally, with all the hype about the end of the world due to some ancient Mayan calendar implying the world will end in 2012 (is that January 2012 or December 2012?), I’ve kind of thinking it might be a good thing if it did. End I mean.

Then I wouldn’t have to worry about whether I have a job, whether I can afford to go to the doctor, do I have enough food stored in the closet if there is an earthquake, etc., etc., etc. . . .

Enough of that. On a personal note, my blood sugar is under control with the diet the naturopath recommended, and I’m back at the gym, and out on the hiking trails. My finger is still in a splint, but it feels better and seems to be well on the mend.

I’m looking forward to my planned backpacking trips this summer, and I guess that’s it.

Oh, I LOVE this part of the world – we do not have huge forest fires (too much rain on this side of the mountains), no hurricanes, tornadoes, only local flooding (don’t buy a house in a floodplain – how many times do I have to tell you there is a reason they call those flat, low elevation areas next to rivers FLOODplains), and my personal, favorite – no poisonous snakes.

Hamster report. (Can I hibernate thru the end of the world, please? Or just thru the next 20 years, whichever comes first?) Where’s the beer? Remember, reality is for those whom cannot handle drugs, you know, people like me.

OK, I’m out.


Not so trivial trivia, exerpted from The Funtimes website:

  • There are 6.3 million auto accidents in the U.S.  each year.
  • There are 253,000 animal – vehicle accidents each year (Ummm, how would they know? Did you report it the last time you hit a dog or a squirrel? This may be much higher.)
  • Oh, the next piece of data is this – they estimate 50% of vehicle-large animal collisions are unreported. Do the math!
  • Estimated average minimum cost to repair the vehicle is $2,000.
  • Here is a scary number – 200 human deaths each year from vehicle-wildlife collisions.
  • 1,559 – Number of animals killed on Yellowstone National Park roads from 1989-2003. Figure includes 556 elk, 192 bison, 135 coyotes, 112 moose, 24 antelope and 3 bobcats.
  • 51,000 – Number of vertebrates killed in and around Saguaro National Park by automobiles each year. Figure includes 1,400 birds, 6,500 mammals, 26,000 reptiles and 17,000 amphibians
  • 93 – Percentage by which desert tortoise roadkill was reduced after fencing and culverts were installed on one 15-mile stretch of Mojave Desert highway
  • 40 – Percentage by which deer-vehicle collisions were reduced after installation of a deer crosswalk system in northeast Utah
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Wrap your mind around this

 Watch out for the giant squirrels and Jackalopes.

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kitty vs. water dish

Cat vs. water dish

Does anyone else out there have a cat that likes to play with water? I swear, if I was the type who left the toilet lid up, she would be like the cat on the internet who learned to flush the toilet just to watch the water swirl down. 

The guily one playing in the water

The guily one playing in the water

This morning I was giving her her morning back rub, and her tail was all wet. The only place she could get water is her water dish, but how it could get on her tail was a problem.

So, I go into the bathroom, and there is water all over the floor. I watch her for a few minutes, and she did something with her paw that dumped a LOT of water on the floor, and that makes the water container gurgle as it refills the dish. I think she likes to hear it gurgle, and both cats seemed to prefer licking the water off the floor to drinking out of the dish.

I didn't do it, nobody saw me do it, you can't prove anything.

I didn't do it, nobody saw me do it, you can't prove anything.

With all that water already on the floor, mayber I’ll wash the bathroom floor tonight . . . if I can do it with my left hand.

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Smashed glasses

Smashed glasses

I was so upset on Saturday and confused.  It was sunny here, which hadn’t happened for a long time.  So I was excited – sun!  I always keep my sunglasses where I can find them, as they are kind of expensive prescription glasses.  So I get in my car and the outing started out nicely. 

Sunglasses were in their case, right where I always keep them. No problem.  I put them on and go happily motoring down the road to pick up my 87 year old mom for the day.  I do a few errands, spend an hour at the gym and get to my moms around 10:00. 

I pick her up; we go off on her errands.  Still, all is ok.  Then, the shtf, as they say.  I try to switch glasses, and my regular glasses are all twisted and bent!  I can’t get them on, its so bad!  I had no recollection of leaving them on the passenger seat, or dropping anything on them, or god forbid, sitting on them.  In fact, I’m sure none of these things happened! 

I tried bending them a little, but hey, they were twisted in every way that it is possible to twist wire frame glasses.  I’m surprised the lenses weren’t broken or popped out. I can’t read anymore without the glasses, so I had to put them on, which was embarrasing. They sat on my nose with one side riding way up high and the other side squished low.  I could barely read, as the bifocal lense was not where it should be, and I’m sure I looked like a crazy lady, which gets easier to get that “look”, the older you get.

I had to get new frames, which cost a hundred dollars.  I still don’t know what happened.  I suspect a gremlin or some such grabbed them and just twisted the heck out of them.  Probably the same one that spririted away my favorite jacket from my closet.