A dog has to be Harry Houdini to escape from most homes in Seattle/Ballard

Our dog was able to sneak out the other day when workers were installing panels on our roof.  The people who found him were super kind to call us, but also were clearly annoyed that we allowed our dog to get out.  The reality is, a lab is a crafty breed of dog who wants to get out and roam.  And when you live in a house with 3 teens and chaos, the dog is going to get out once in awhile, and once a lab gets out ,they are heading for miles!  But for most dogs in our area, where most people live in high rise condos with elevators, it would take an act of Houdini for a dog to escape.  First, most dogs around us live with 20-somethings who live by themselves or with a partner, which means there is less chaos to create a diversion (our dog’s favorite way to escape is when a teen or worker leaves the door open :)).  Second, most condos are above the top floor, which means even if they get out the door, they have to learn how to open and operate an elevator.  Let’s see by some chance that dog pushes the right buttons with his nose, and escapes to the main floor, even then he is still within a secure building and would have to sneak out yet another open door.  Only then is he free.  So for many of the dogs around us, living in condos, any hopes of escaping are futile at best.  Condos are in some ways the penitentiaries of the dog world…  (NOTE: This is in now way a negative comment towards dogs living in condos, just that it was funny to be judged by a person who has no concept of how much easier to keep the dog penned in when you live in a condo with one roommate 🙂 ).

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A dog has to be Harry Houdini to escape from most homes in Seattle/Ballard

The past 10-20 years, I’ve realized that my beloved America’s elections are as corruptible as anyone’s

The first time I realized that the US’s dometic freedom was not guaranteed was during the Iran Contra hearings in the 1980s when the Bush/Reagan stoolie Oliver North talked about proposals to suspend the constitution in times of crises (it is amazing that Richard Nixon was hung to dry for Watergate but that Reagan and Bush skirted through the Iran Contra situation with barely a mark — that is true and corruptible power).  But somehow I still beieved our elections were mostly honest. 

But watching the George Bush and Al Gore election battle in Florida in 2000, the governor election in the state of Washington a few years later where mysterious votes were found and votes were mysteriously rled ineligible and three different election counts produced different results, and the all the reports of election fraud in Hilary Clinton’s march towards the White House has taught me that what I thought was an honest and free election/process (with flaws, of course) is as corrupt and maleable as some of very Third World Countries we claim are rife with election fraud.  When it comes to power and the access to power, there are a certain percentage of human beings who are actually wired to stop at nothing to get it, including corrupting the process of the most powerful country in the world.  Uncle Sam is as vulnerable as any of them, I’m afraid 😦  It is up to us Commonors to stand up against those in power, to protect the common good.

The past 10-20 years, I’ve realized that my beloved America’s elections are as corruptible as anyone’s

Didn’t know that Henry VII’s defeat of Richard III was part of the War of the Roses

I have known for awhile that Henry VII was the last English king to win his throne on the battlefield, and that he defeated RIchard III, who was buried in an unmarked grave in a church that eventually became a parking lot.  I knew that it is suspected Richard III poisoned his two nephews in The Tower of London to protect his throne, and that Henry Tudor used these and other situations to renew a claim on the throne and march against RIchard.  But I didn’t know that all this was part of The War of the Roses, which was a long series of wars over the throne of England.  

Henry VII sailed from France with a small contingent of men, raised a small army along the way on this march towards London, and was encountered by Richard.  It is likely that 100s of men were killed in the ensuing battle, including Richard himself.  To think that some poor bastards gave their lives, and Henry VIII would end up being born into the throne they helped die for, is a waste of a life in my mind.

What a period these past 1000 years have been, when people in power in major countires rarely have to go to war themselves to win that power, which would be fine except how many commoners have died along the way to gain or protect the ruler’s power?  I honestly can’t see a situation ever where I will personally put my life on the line for the specific purpose of putting another human being in power unlesss that person is fighting right beside me 🙂  I honestly think I would only fight for a true democracy, not this crazy Republic or monarch stuff where corruption can rule the day…

Didn’t know that Henry VII’s defeat of Richard III was part of the War of the Roses

Almost a year…

Almost a year since I separated from Mahfuz, the craziest son of a bitch boss/owner I will hopefully ever work with. It wouldn’t surprise me if he was the reincarnation of Henry VIII, the sociopathic king who beheaded 1000s of unfortunate souls. What is funny, is it seems like a lifetime ago, like a bad dream. I am grateful for that. I still remember my first morning post working for him – it was a huge feeling of relief and I was in the best mood… If I am ever given a terminal diagnosis, I might show up in his parking garage one night to prevent him from ruining anyone else’s financial lives, as he has a loooonnnnnggggg history of firing people then lying to the next person in line. I never could figure out how in America we throw someone in prison for stealing a car but tolerate the Neutron Jack Welch CEOs who fire people willy-nilly for their personal benefit. But then again, many of these guys are nut jobs, and I don’t think it is easy being them either, since everyone around them despises them.

Almost a year…

Off Nabumetome – I am tender and sore but overall okay, but the headaches are back

As the lung disease dug in 5 years ago, one of the things I remember very well were the menacing and daily heachaches.  I was gulping IB profen a lot back then (before my diagnosis) so I could think well enough to work.  The past few years I’ve been on Nabumetome, which essentially killed the headaches.  But now that I am off Nabumetome for this past week, the headaches are creeping back.  I had my first one a few days ago, and a decent one settled in yesterday afternoon.  Today it started early, and it is crawling deep inside my head, behind the lower part of my forehead and back behind my left eye.  I am hanging in there for the moment, but I am struggling to retain my thought and what used to happen is a slight stutter would settle in (unnoticeable to most because I was able to disguise it as a momentary brain fart by going quiet for a few moments).  

Off Nabumetome – I am tender and sore but overall okay, but the headaches are back