After the 50-60 degree temps of Seattle, we were in Arizona today for my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary.. In short, really was loving the 95 degree temperatures. It was like a trip back to summer and it was wonderful. We took a long walk, sat outside and relished in the heat.
For 12 years our yellow lab drove me crazy. Did I love him? Yes. Was I the one who fed him, walked him and picked up after him? Yes. But did he drive me crazy? Yes – and I drove him crazy, too. I loved him, and sometimes my heart swelled for him, but the times he had accidents in the houes, shed all over my clothes, would get out of a gate that wasn’t quite latched all the way, and would bark (literally) at shadows drove me crazy sometimes. But there were times too — especially when I was healing from my illness – I took comfort from him sleeping near me while I rested on the couch.
Today we said goodbye to him. It was time. He had arthritis, dementia, incontinence and was basically unhappy (ears down_ all the time and lived only to eat twice per day, which isn’t a great life. So after discussing it for months, we did it today. It was incredibly peaceful. The vet had a room with a couch and a carpet and pleasant lighting. She spent 10 minutes petting him, then gave him a sedative. When he was so drowsy his tongue was hiding out of the side of his mouth, she administered the sedative while we petted him and told him he was a good boy. He died moments later.
That was three hours ago, and even though I am not a big lover of dogs (I like dogs, I just am not a worshipper of them) I feel awful for him and there is a hole here. In short, it is painful. I miss him already. Hopefully he is at peace.
The book I wrote about my experience as a dog owner when I like dogs but am not crazy about all things dogs. There won’t be a sequel – it’s too painful right now 🙂
Ratings continue to drop for the NFL. They dropped precipitously last year and are down again this year. I myself have not watched a single play this year. Why? I wasn’t really sure, but now I think know why — the two Cs.
1. Concussions are big. I stopped watching boxing because of the damage to boxers’ brains, and I’m starting to feel taht way about football. I don’t watch college football for that reason, and it’s starting to carry over to the NFL for me. I just don’t feel right watching someone (who can be cut by a team tomorrow) damage their brain for my entertainment. I also dont watch college football because I feel like the NCAA are a bunch of scumbags who exploit kids who often don’t get a degree and receive no money and in turn collect billions of dolalrs. Bleh.
2. Commercials. Oh my gosh, the commercials are a turnoff! Kick-off, commercial. Punt, commercial. Time out, commercial. Field goal or TD, commercial. Extra point, commercial. Kick off again, commercial. Etc. etc. and the commercials are all by large uninspiring companies like Truck makers and fast food joints, and they go on and on and on to the phoning I feel like I’m waiting an entire day to watch one game. SO I stopped – life is too short.
I cant speak for other people – the numbers speak for themselves — but I now know why I haven’t been watching football — a sport I once loved — anymore.
On the one hand, it is amazing that only 1 in 3 Americans think Trump does a good job and yet the man has no humility. On the other hand, I am surprised that 1 in 3 Americans think Trump still does a good job despite his lack of progress on anything and the incredible dysfunction he has brought to the WH. That said, I check his aggregate approval rating each week and this week it remains at 38.1% – a slight dip from last week but less than a percent dip.
Last week, I was very embarrassed and mystified by his throwing paper towels to the Americans of Puerto Rico?? Despite horrific jobs of supporting them, Trump praised himself of course.
We watched Wonder Woman last night. I was very disappointed by the movie. On a technical level, the clearly CGI graphics/scenery in the beginning was too cartoonish, and the sappy music going on in the background the entire time was awful, like watching a DePalma or Spielberg movie where they don’t trust the audience to feel their own emotions. Then, on a story level, having Wonder Woman lead a platoon of soldiers where she was directly involved in killing scores of young soldiers (not mercenaries or evil Nazis) was disappointing and even disturbing. Then from a feminist perspective Wonder Woman was treated as an underling or comically naïve subservient woman for much of the film. It was an awful film and a waste of $5.
The Happening was free in the horrors section of HBO, so we watched. An older film with Mark Wahlberg and Zoey D where people suddenly start killing themselves in the Northeast. Walberg is a science teacher and determines it is the trees sending out neurotoxins when sensing packs of humans, so they break off into a small group and survive. A totally cheesey movie but not too awful and entertaining and well priced enough that we enjoyed it.
Friday and Saturday will have double the dosage in prep for next week. Took today Thursday’s… On a side note, whoever invented Nabumetome is a saint.
A cool little blurb in today’s NYT about Uncle Sam’s origins. First referenced in a newspaper on this date in 1813, his image first appeared in political cartoons in the 1860s, and the indelible US Army image appeared in World War 1.
Irma slams into Puerto Rico today, and I can’t stop thinking about those unfortunate souls in its path. We’ve been to Puerto Rico three times, and I love San Juan and the surrounding rain forests. I can’t imagein the force of 185 MPH winds – I’ve been in only 50+ sustained and that alone was frightening, so 185 is unimaginable to me. There have only been 3 Category 5 storms that have hit the US and this is currently a Category 5 – considering all the destructive hurricanes over the years and there were only 3 Category 5 tells me how incredibly dangerous this storm is.
I’d heard about but not seen the video of the police officer arresting a Utah nurse for following police and hospital policy. In the video, you have the nurse, fellow officers and hospital security telling the officer why he should drop it and the officer finally says “We’re done” and arrests the nurse and forces her out into the squad car. I heard today that the officer was fired and the hospital has banned all officers from care areas… After the video where the security guard rips the doctor from the plane, and with all the violence, I am not sure how some officers continue to lose control like this. Is it stress? PTSD? An “us against them” mentality? Or has it always been there and is coming to light? I personally would be treading lighter if I were an officer as more and more video surfaces of rough arrests, etc. but then again I am not an officer. On the one hand, I’m glad the officer was fired, but on the other hand I’d like to know why he lost it like that – does he need therapy? Do more police officers need therapy? In a way, it underscores the lack of mental health care in the US.