Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
I'm posting this video for a friend. This is a excerpt from what is in my opinion the funniest episode of Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" ever (Season 5). It deals with a subject, the v----a, that is, trust me, not something you want blasting from your work speakers. The last scene in this episode is, unfortunately, not posted on YouTube but is the funniest thing I think I've ever seen on TV.
Granted, I'm a little twisted.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Today, I had a sorely needed appointment with my stylist, Amberley, and she worked her usual miracle on my hair as we traded horror stories about our ice storm experiences and I caught up with the latest gossip thanks to her current supply of People, Us, In Style, and In Touch Magazines.
Today, I ran errands. I stopped by the library to drop off some materials that went with a set of movies I’d borrowed through an inter-library loan. I discovered my account showed $225 in late fees. WHAAA? After a little ‘splainin’, I’m happy to report that’s down to $12. I received a very welcome check through the mail. This meant depositing funds in various accounts and settling up some bills. I’d like to say I took care of all of these tasks with one neat trip downtown, but I kept crisscrossing back and forth like a spaz between my house and the other end of the city. I listened to my Be Good Tanyas CD the whole time. It’s been in the player forever now, but I show no sign of growing tired of it.
Today, I ate more Amy’s food; these all organic, vegetarian frozen entres are fast becoming all I eat at home when I’m feeling lazy (read: every day). If you’re local, it’s available at the Park Avenue Kroger in the frozen case near the Deli (we have a hard time finding organics locally sometimes). I don’t know how Amy’s manages it, but their food is spicy and delicious and tastes like it was prepared with actual fresh ingredients as opposed to a big plate full of MSG-covered unidentifiable crap. Their macaroni and cheese is a meal in itself and the best I think I’ve ever tasted anywhere; their Indian food is perhaps my favorite; their pizzas are divine--the dough has the yeasty wang of homemade. Best of all? I’m only four microwaveable minutes away at any given moment from a mostly guilt-free meal with serious nutritional value.
Today and every day recently, I’m checking out TCM’s amazing “31 Days of Oscar” series—I’ve added a live link in my sidebar that leads to the website. Classic Oscar-winning movies are airing constantly on TCM every day leading up to the Academy Awards on February 22nd. Fortunately, it doesn't much matter if you're late to the party. I’ve taken in “Some Like it Hot”, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”, “Funny Face”, and, today, “42nd Street”. Love!
Today, I enjoyed sunny, windy sixty-six degree temperatures and took the time to examine the formerly beautifully shaped Redbud tree in my front yard. It seemed hopelessly damaged by the storm a few weeks ago having lost at least a third of its branches to the overwhelming weight of the evil ice. Since then, however, it seems to have rebounded and I now think the tree will live to bloom again.
Today, I smelled spring in the air for the first time.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I can't resist posting this bit of video (4 mins 33 secs) from "The Pajama Game" (1957). The excerpt I'm posting here is the show-stopping number "Steam Heat" featuring Carol Haney (center dancer) who won a Tony for her performance in this role in the stage version of the musical. The amazing choreography is by my hero, Bob Fosse. It's a great example of Fosse's revolutionary moves and the thing just makes me smile throughout. It's only recently been posted on YouTube and I'm so glad somebody took the time to finally make it available online.
As I watched this bit of video again tonight, I was suddenly reminded of how Michael Jackson dressed, for much of the 1980's, in pegged black pants, white socks and dark shoes. It's easy to forget, now that poor Michael is a circus freak, what an amazing dancer he was in his time. I suppose it's a long shot that this bit would have inspired Michael's 80's look. Then again, stranger things have happened.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
[I post the above video of the Duggar's last month appearance on The View by way of explanation as to who The Duggars are as well as for entertainment value because the comments by View host Joy Behar (far right) are hilarious. 7 mins 25 secs]
Okay, can’t shut-up about it anymore, will somebody please tell me why Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar , stars of TLC's reality show "Seventeen Kids and Counting" keep producing children? For the life of me, I just don’t get it. And their “We took birth control pills and had a miscarriage and then we were traumatized”, in my book at least, does not account for EIGHTEEN CHILDREN. (Two words: barrier method.)
Do the Duggars really think they need to continue to work to ensure their slice of the future genetic pie? Is their desire to mesh REALLY not satisfied by, say, twelve maybe thirteen kids? Are they totally unfulfilled by a mere fifteen children? Are their lives noticeably incomplete with a paltry seventeen children?
And, yes, I’m sorry I’m going to go there (because that’s what I do): Ever pondered the sheer amount of crap produced by the Duggars in a day? Considering the average human produces a pound of poo a day, let’s say the Duggars, a family of 20, produces, conservatively, 15 lbs of crap per day. One-hundred lbs of poo per week. EVERY week. That’s well over two tons per year, people. Definitely? What we need here is another Duggar. Just ask Jim Bob and Michelle. (And the planet.)
Beyond the obvious just plain excessive nature of the Duggar’s need to reproduce is Michelle’s tried-and-true method of raising her brood. She shared this system in one of their many television specials that I seem unable to tear myself away from watching in sort of a train wreck-ish sort of way. What Michelle does, you see, (she cheerfully reported) is to assign each new arrival a “buddy” as she calls them. In this case the term “buddy” refers to an older child that is regularly officially deputized to care for and look after the needs of a younger Duggar, thus freeing up Mom, I imagine, to begin again the important business of whipping up another Duggar.
Is it just me or is this unfair to the older Duggar? Should an older sibling, who didn’t have a voice in the choice to give birth to their assigned “little buddy” be expected, in all fairness, to regularly act as a parent? For that matter, can any two people effectively parent eighteen children?
What is wrong with these people? (And has nobody told Michelle that hair-do is, indeed, a mullet? And why are Jim Bob and Michelle seemingly both wearing the same style of shoe?) Why can't I stop phrasing everything in the form of a question?
Here I’ll pause to explain that, yes I do love John and Kate Plus 8 because while, okay, they had to resort to fertility treatment to have a family, and yes, that is what caused two multiple births (first twins and then sextuplets), they readily admit that HAVING 8 CHILDREN IS PRETTY CRAZY. And they don’t plan on having more. And they didn’t mean to have that many children but when faced with the unusual multiple pregnancy, felt they could not selectively choose to terminate one potential child and not the other. This? I can understand.
The Duggars? Not so much.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Eventually, it was decided, among the three of us in our little party, that, indeed, we had paid the price (for two hours) for our lack of weservation, that in fact it was Our Turn to be seated at a table and that we had no other recourse but to intimidate Drill Sargent Hostess into seating us. We had the support of our fellow comrade waiters (we're planning a reunion at the KC Hall next year). One among our small group (there were 3 of us) was elected to act as the intimidator--and it wasn't me yay!
When DSH came back, we were ready.
DO YOU HAS WESERVATION?
We're on the list.
The Rest of Us
(Looking appropriately menacing.)
DO YOU HAS WESERVATION?
We're NEXT on the list.
DO YOU HAS WES...
Lady? We're gonna need to be seated. Now.
You sit at bar?
We were in. Oh happy day! We followed DSH toward the bar, and what to our wondering eyes appeared on the journey?
EMPTY TABLES. Empty tables everywhere.
The bar, however, jam packed.
DSH lead us to the farthest, darkest most claustrophobic corner of the bar where there were two tiny empty seats. Um, yah, that wasn't going to work since there were three of us. The four of us stared at each other dumbfounded. This seemed to be the end of the line for DSH. I gestured toward the nearest empty table.
"How about, oh I don't know, this empty table?" I suggested.
And the problem with that table, according DSH, was that it hadn't been wiped off. Like we cared! Finally! A table! We sat down and began massaging away our leg cramps.
Our waitress, clearly surprised (<---hint: key word) to see us at the table showed up a few minutes later.
Can I take your order?
Can we have menus?
You need menus?
Well, that would sure make it easier for us to decide what we'd like to order.
It was a suprising evening all around for our waitress. She was surprised to learn that we needed those little square bowls so we could mix dipping sauce for our sushi. She was shocked, shocked to learn that we needed some sort of extra plates so we didn't have to eat straight off the serving trays. She seemed perplexed when we asked for the check.
Finally? (And granted? We were a downright confusing group) We asked for to-go boxes.
You know, boxes?
What sized boxes would you like?
(exchanging disbelieving looks with my cohorts)
Aren't you the expert on that?
(Taking over and speaking slowly)
Okay, we need boxes? The boxes would be (slowly passing her hands over the leftover sushi) for this food. This food right here. Okay? We want to take it home.
Big boxes or little boxes?
And there I'll finally draw the curtain on our evening out. Because I'm just tired all over again. Eventually, we got boxes.
On the plus side? The food was delicious! We LOVE sushi!
Our hostess? Was bad. The waiting area at this place is itty bitty. And tonight it was jammed with hungry people. I knew there was a problem when, upon my arrival in said itsy waiting area, I was met by a person in my dinner party who confirmed that not only did we not have a reservation, which meant we would have A Wait, but that we had to get on a waiting list in order to wait for a table. Are you with me here? Because this meant we were waiting to wait.
And so? We waited.
And waited and waited. Occasionally, smart people with RESERVATIONS would come in and get seated. But mostly? We waited with these same, oh, about 10 or 12 people or so jammed into this little waiting area. The hostess, mysteriously, would disappear regularly for ten minute stretches. Then she would return to the tiny, jam-packed waiting area in order to to scream at us, the poor bastards who had been waiting for approximately an eternity, at point-blank range,
"DO YOU HAS WESERVATION?"
You know? We didn't has weservation, because probably if we did, we wouldn't have been standing here for an hour. We began to discuss, among ourselves, the 10 or 12 of us or so (because by this time we'd exchanged e-mail addresses and cell numbers and two of our number had fallen in love and were attempting to conceive a child in the corner) that maybe we could somehow, belatedly, get weservation. The hostess obviously seemed to keep expecting us to suddenly has weservation.
We hatched a plan. We would sneak over behind the hostess station while the hostess was on one of her many mysterious forays to points unknown and secretly write our name on weservation list. MWA HA! After a thorough investigation of all the nooks and crannies of the station, however, we learned the wiley hostess had taken the list with her. Damnit!
"DO YOU HAS WESERVATION?"
You know? We still didn't has one. Not a single one of us. Damn the bad luck. But we were getting curious about where the hostess was disappearing to on such a regular basis between weservation interrogatories. It was suggested that maybe she was actually in a workshop out back constructing the tables at which we would (in theory) some day be seated.
At nearly two hours we got brazen and began spilling out into the dining area. Maybe we could intimidate a group of diners into giving up their table with our desperate, angry, exasperated, hollow-cheeked stares.
Just then, two fresh people from the outside world wedged themselves into the waiting area. The hostess returned.
"DO YOU HAS WESERVATION?"
One of the new waiters whispered something to the hostess. The hostess whispered back (and who could have guessed Drill Seargent Hostess was even capable of whispering?)
And then they got seated. Just like that! Shazam! And, ya'll? We knew those new people most certainly did not has weservation. Because we would've smelled it on 'em.
To be continued...
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
OMFG, ya'll. Still can't believe I have power. Can't. Believe it.
I learned of the blessed reconnection via a cell phone call from my Mom I received just before heading into noon meeting. I was completely worthless at the meeting because all I could breathlessly think about was GETTING HOME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND WALLOWING IN ELECTRICITY.
I broke away quickly and made a beeline for my home where, sure enough, flipped switches responded with floods of light, I was finally able to insinkerate the rotting food that had been festering in my kitchen sink drain, and newly formed ice cubes were automatically once again being regularly born in my freezer. I replugged all the stuff that had been powered by the Husky into wall plugs. I texted everyone I knew who had ever inquired about my situation. I called my Dad and someone else who had been exceedingly concerned and wildly supportive during my ordeal.
And then? I slept for four solid hours. Just in the middle of the day.
When I woke up I realized a whole two weeks have passed and, while I've chronicled my experiences here, it still, in the weirdest way, seems like those days disappeared into some kind of void, like they were sucked into the time/space continuum or down a rabbit hole and weren't actually lived. At the very least, they shouldn't count against me on the Big Wall Clock of Life, I think. I mean, it's FEBRUARY, for god's sake. WTF?
Another oddity is Tallulah. She is HUGE. Apparently, she went through a growth spurt during the outage; at one point my Mother remarked she could tell the dog had gotten bigger overnight. Now that we're back to regular life, I can tell Tallulah is SO MUCH bigger than when this all started. She barely fits into her usual snuggle places and she towers over Mom's dog, otherwise known as her Uncle Dudley. I can only conclude the dog is part mushroom and thrives in darkness.
I continue to have to remind myself I can, indeed, go into the bedroom without my little flashlight or a candle and sometimes find myself peeing in a dark bathroom for no particular reason. I haven't been to the gas station for fuel in, well, many MANY hours. I'm starting to feel some backlash against my formerly coveted bright purple flannel jammies, like at a minimum I might never wear them again or, at a maximum, I might invite my friends over for margaritas and an official Jammie Burning Ceremony. (We used to hold such ceremonies after breakups during which we'd drink cheap beer and burn all photographic evidence of the ex. We're much more mature now. We quit smoking cigarettes during these sessions. Mostly.)
You'll notice I've posted a new feature in the sidebar thinking of all those still suffering without power (the Power Guilts set in quickly) with links to the most updated information posted by area power companies. Hopefully, I'll be able to take that down quickly and rejoice in 100% restoration soon.
Monday, February 09, 2009
I'm relieved on so many levels, not the least of which is that this blog can return to its usual ridiculousness rather than acting as a chronicle of despair.
My thoughts are with those still without electric power. This experience has been worse, so much worse than I would have thought before it happened to me. Though I consider myself pretty high on the empathy meter I will never, ever think of "power outage" in the same way again.
An hour or so after the Husky debacle began, Jackson Purchase Electric trucks began whizzing down my street (first one then two--then THREE) and a crew is clearly working not two houses away. I've also received an e-mail communication from a friend and reader that has given me further reason to retrieve my dust-covered sack of hope from an obscure storage bin labeled "Sh!t you really don't need" deep in my psyche.
Saturday, February 07, 2009
We have been blessed with rising temperatures, today reaching into the mid-sixties, praise the Lord. This means I do not have to run space heaters off my generator—those babies really suck the watts. With only a couple of TVs running and some lamps, the Husky can easily provide us with 12 hours of power at a stretch on five gallons of gas; the output is reduced by approximately a third when the heaters are running.
The warmer temperature meant I was able to retire to my bedroom to sleep in my actual bed on my Simmons Beauty Rest last night for the first time in a long time (I heat only the main living space during a cold snap). I spoiled myself by pre-heating my electric blanket and then Talullah, Furgirl and I piled in for the most glorious night of relaxation we have known since this all began. It may have been the most glorious night of relaxation ever in the world.
Today was taken up with laundry; my friends Jan and Jae extended a generous invitation offering me the use of their washer and dryer. I was shocked and amazed at what was going on over at their house in Reidland. They have this stuff over there? This invisible force hooked up to switches that makes lights come on and go off and clothes become clean at the touch of a button. They also fed me food prepared on a big white box with a window in the front and four hot plates on top; the dish was spaghetti to be exact. Warm, delicious spaghetti. I have a similar box contraption at my house; its function is, ostensibly, to hold down the floor. I looked around Jan and Jae’s house while I was there and didn’t see a gas can anywhere, or a huge tangle of extension cords, nor did we at any time have to shout at each other so as to be heard over the roar of the generator. It was all very strange.
Upon returning home, I set about my usual evening preparations. I changed into my super-cute flannel jammies (coordinating pants and top) they are decorated with festive little white grinning doggies with jaunty little red scarves wound about their necks on a bright purple background color; I finished off the ensemble with a pair of ancient Birkenstock clogs. I then emptied the remainder of the contents of the five-gallon gas can into the roaring generator by the glow of a small flashlight held firmly between my teeth.
It was then time to head down to the BP Station to refill the gas can so as to be prepared for the inevitable early morning refill. If you’re still with me here, you realize I made this trip still in my jolly flannels because—let’s be clear—FRANKLY MY DEAR, I DON’T GIVE A DAMN (we're back to GWTW today).
Fortunately, the people at the BP were either too shell shocked to notice I was in (really loud) sleep wear or immediately understood, on a deep, instinctive level, that one does not verbally acknowledge the situation when a middle aged women, quite obviously without electricity, shows up at the BP Station in bright purple flannel jammies at nine o’clock on a Saturday night.
Friday, February 06, 2009
Thanks to all of you who have extended generous invitations to both my dogs and I to stay in your electrified homes. Your concern means everything and knowing you care so much helps more than you can imagine at this point. So many of you have shown concern and various kindnesses to me throughout this ordeal. You know who you are. Thank you so much.
With the Husky, I continue to be minimally equipped to stay put. Next door, my mother has perfected the art of cooking biscuits in a cake pan atop her Kerosene heater. She flips them rather like burgers and they taste delicious. The Husky generates adequate power for us both to run heaters, TVs, and a few lamps.
Both Mom and I faced the faced the grim tasks (me last night, her this morning) of clearing our respective refrigerators of what once was food. In the beginning, we had a strict policy just not to open the doors of the appliances; back when we thought the power would be restored "just any day now". Having given up this hope, we could postpone the job no longer. I'll leave it to you to imagine the gagifying nature of the process. Thankfully, it is done now, and we have washed out and stuffed the now empty appliances with many boxes of baking soda in the hope that the lingering putrid smell can at some point be eliminated.
Thankfully, there is a warming trend predicted weather-wise and we may see temperatures as high as in the sixties this weekend. It is surprising to me how demoralizing living without electricty is for those of us still experiencing it. As I wrote previously, we continue to be tired no matter how much sleep we manage to get and it is quite a struggle to remain positive; much harder than I would have thought before I experienced it myself. On a happier note, most of my friends in places like Lone Oak, Littleville, Reidland, the Southside, and Lowertown are back on the grid.
Someday, we'll all be there. I think.
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Wednesday greetings from Thunderdome.
I am coming to you today through a combination of the miracle of chemistry and a grant from the Brimstone Corporation, plain and simple. After nine days of darkness in suburbia, I am not the only one at the end of my tether. One might expect such lag time in a cabin perched on a remote crag of, say, Brockeback mountain. Within spitting distance of the mall and a major interstate? Not so much.
The fact that my suburban street remains a pocket of darkness surrounded by a sea of light has now become newsworthy. A WPSD-TV news crew filed a report yesterday interviewing on-site one man without power on one side of my street and a woman directly opposite him across the street who does. I cannot find the story posted on the website or I'd link. It's aired at least once; I saw it on the six o'clock news cast this morning after firing up the Husky in the bitter eleven degree cold with a wind chill that I know was much lower.
My evening was brightened last night considerably by a visit from my young friend Stephanie. Her power, praise be, was restored the day before yesterday and she stopped by to check on me last night as opposed to basking in the warmth of her newly electrified house. She entertained me with stories of her stuggle to keep her one pet, a fancy-finned beta fish named Ramone, alive throughout the disaster.
Poor Ramone withstood quite an ordeal, first enduring the cold at Stephanie's until he began swimming sideways and looking panicky. Stephanie, having braved a night without heat decided to evacuate, but first ran a steamy shower warming the bathroom and then slid Ramone's bowl in wrapped in a towel to hopefully benefit from the steamy warmth while she was gone. She returned the next day to find what initally looked like an empty fish bowl (Stephanie suspected suicide). Upon closer examination, she realized Ramone had pre-buried himself in the gravel at the bottom of the bowl, his near-lifeless fins just barely visible above the gravel. Knowing Ramone was near death, Stephanie wrapped the bowl in a towel and cradled it close to her body for warmth on the trip to her in-law's house. Once there, Ramone emerged from his gravel grave just long enough to take up residence inside a conch shell also in his bowl. This is where Ramone remained until power was restored at Stephanie's and he was able to return to his normal shelf in Stephanie's kitchen. At last report, Ramone seems to have made a full recovery, and is enjoying fresh water in his bowl.
Stephanie and I agreed that while Ramone's physical ordeal is over, his emotional scars will likely require years of therapy.
Sorta like the rest of us.
Tuesday, February 03, 2009
We are bracing for temperatures back in the teens tonight, the coldest it has been since the frigid days following the ice storm. Winds up to twenty miles an hour are also predicted. Thanks to the Husky, and Mom's Kerosene heater, we should be able to ride it out in relative comfort until the predicted weekend warm-up. Still, we long for electricity.
Monday, February 02, 2009
A trip to the bank today was an unusual experience with tellers clearly overwhelmed and tempers running short, the lobby line stretched to the front door while the drive-thru line snaked down the street. I learned it was the first day they'd been open since the storm hit and everyone was in need of cash or making a deposit, or in my case, a very important transfer to cover the cost of the coveted generator for which I'd written a cold check the day before. Word to the wise: keep a cache of cash somewhere at your house. Always.
Though cell service comes and goes (and it's gone at the moment), I've managed to touch base with lots of people and it has become a past time to commiserate about our current state of continuing powerlessness. Two friends have had to actually brave the laundry mat and each has shared stories of kind-hearted ghetto people having to walk the clueless upper crust and middle class through the complicated process of operating the washing machinery, guarding their washer, which dryers are a better value, basic laundry mat etiquette, etc. Are you aware, for instance, that laundry mats no longer take quarters? They take swipe cards. Who knew?
Fortunately, I have a fairly extensive stash of clean underpanties because I have a habit of buying them in bunches and then not wearing them if they are the least bit uncomfortable. This means I'm constantly washing my starting line-up on good days, but that an extensive B team is at the ready. It's the little things that keep you going. I continue to moisturize, make-up, shave my legs, and apply high-dollar perfume. They may eventually find me dead, but not hairy or smelling exclusively of gasoline.
Lately, my movie association is back to Gone With the Wind, particularly the time when Scarlett dresses up in her Mama's curtains and visits Rhett in jail in Atlanta at the horse stable. At one point Rhett tells her, " My dear, there is much more money to be made in the destruction of civilization than in building it up."
I think Rhett just might have something there.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
On the bright side, more family members are back in the light; the rural town of Bardwell is completely up and running (my Grandmother lives there). [Update: My son, Chase, has power! Yay!]
I am learning way more than I ever wanted to know about living off the grid. Up to now, I wouldn’t have known what a generator was if one bit me in the ass, now I can pull the ripcord and start one and have a fairly good idea of the wattage requirements of most of my electric appliances and lights. I have a 4,000 watt capacity (the motor is a Subaru design just like my trusty steed) which means, I can basically run all the necessities —a list drastically reduced from what it would have been, say, a week ago. TV, for instance, has long since ceased being a must-have. Basically? What I need is what is plugged in right now: two space heaters, a lamp, this here laptop (sans internet access, ouch) and…well. That’s it. I felt just like a mountain woman filling up my five gallon gas can at the BP Station earlier today. Not to mention all my newly acquired knowledge in regard to the foraging for and use of kerosene. Later, I’ll shoot us a squirrel for dinner.
While the generator was procured as stated earlier here in Thunderdome, the space heaters required yet another out of town run. I didn’t have to drive as far before getting lucky this time. I located a Walmart at the Carbondale exit off I-57 that had just three heaters left of which I bought two. I also couldn’t resist an electric griddle on sale for a mere $17.
In other news, Mom’s dog, Dudley, a dachshund, had a bout of something that seemed somewhat like the flu yesterday and last night. He gave us a bit of a scare being lethargic and feeling warm and feverish throughout the day, but improved with aspirin as the night wore on. This morning, he seems back to his usual self, thank goodness. Of all the dogs, he was the most distressed over the days we spent in the cold.
Yesterday, while I was out on the hunt for C-Batteries (it took me 2 days to find them, but we have a radio now), I’m told Isabelle was out frolicking in the yard, jumping about and chasing her tail when, on top of the hill just up the street appeared a fierce looking German Shepherd normally penned and barking ferociously a few houses down. As the story goes, the Shepherd was surveying the territory as if it were his own and had begun sauntering toward the house when spotted by Isabelle. My Mother, having never seen Isabelle’s aggressive side (and really sort of doubted its existence knowing her only as a mild-mannered fun-loving treat hound) was surprised when it sprang to the fore when faced with the dangerous looking Shepherd. Her frolicking forgotten, Isabelle immediately went into a crouch baring her teeth menacingly and growling, then shot toward the Shepherd who, startled, turned tail and ran like a girl, glancing over its shoulder in terror several times as Isabelle began gaining on the fleeing dog. Isabelle is no long distance runner, but she is a surprisingly fleet sprinter for her size and heft, and can giddy-up like nobody’s business for about three blocks (usually requiring a nap immediately afterward). The two dogs disappeared over the hill and I’m told Isabelle was soon sauntering back alone with a Suck on THAT, Mr. German Shepherd look on her face. She was duly rewarded with treats and we have seen no sign of the questionable dog since.
Speaking of which, this morning, two kindly firemen knocked on our door; they were checking the neighborhood for anyone that might be in medical distress. I said I was fine, but that our dead were out back where we’d plunged them in a snow drift for safekeeping before the thaw and could they please retrieve the corpses as they were starting to smell now that it had warmed up? Okay, so I didn’t say that. But the storm was Tuesday. This is Sunday. I’m thinking in six days those with serious medical issues have resolved them one way or, ahem, the other by now.