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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2012-01-13 17:15
Subject: Jo's Birthday - UPDATE
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Sorry for the late notice, but Jo's birthday is January 10, and I'm trying to line up a get-together for her. Sadly, Jo is in no real condition to travel to the Bay area, so said get-together will have to take place at our place in Modesto (we've moved from Merced, thank goodness). We'll be hosting on January 28, the Saturday after, from 3:00 'til whenever. Please let me know ahead of time if you plan to come over (via e-mail, or phone-510-828-6769), so we can be ready.

We'd love to have you all!

3601 Prescott Road, Apt. 32
Modesto, CA 95356
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2012-01-13 12:43
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OK, I know this is mostly, as it were, "done in editing," and most likely Froma Harrop was, to a certain extent, "in on the joke," but this is honestly hilarious.

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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2011-12-24 10:27
Subject: Merry Christmas...blargh!
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So at about 5:30 this morning, I woke up for no reason I was then aware of, but I went to the bathroom, and while there, I saw cat droppings on the mat in front of the toilet (which is right next to the bthtub in which the cat box sits). Feeling a bit of amused aggravation at Sasquatch's choice, I mentioned it to him in his absence. Leaving the bathroom, I saw three distinct, relatively fresh, and distinctly wet spots of cat vomit. I called out to Sasquatch, to be greeted by a plaintive yowl that I cannot recall ever hearing from Sasquatch before. Tallying these items up quickly in my bleary-eyed condition, I put Sasquatch in the cat carrier, told Jo I was taking Sass to the vet, and hurried out. I was still so sleepy that, except for a distinct frustration at getting caught by every light on the way (no, seriously) despite the early hour, I remember almost nothing of the drive to the emergency vet.

Once there, the vet rushed him into the treatment room while I waited for them. After a few minutes, and the standard diagnostic discussion with the vet tech, the emergency vet came in. We went over the possibilities, including, foremost, his thyroid condition, and the recent shift from Methimazole to Hill's y/d (thyroid treatment) formula. The vet told me that Sass seemed stable, and not in critical danger, despite my earlier worries (he didn't seem in critical condition to me, but I am familiar whith how quickly a cat's condition can deteriorate, and he did NOT seem well to me). The vet recommended full bloodwork, with a T4 panel, and observation. The idea was floated of Sass eating one of Jo's meds, though I frankly have my doubts, given that I was the one who's been giving him his meds, and since I can't use the old pill pockets (contraindicated by his new diet), I've been the one experimenting with coatings just to get him to swallow a pill after prying his jaws open - the idea of Sass voluntarily eating any form of medication, whatever its condition and coating, is anathema to me. Sass has also been losing weight lately, but since it all started at the exact moment that we began to switch his food (and he consequently had to be put on anti-nausea meds to control his hurling), I had originally chalked that up to less eating because of the food switch. I'm still not sure that's NOT what it was, but weight loss in cats, especially ones that didn't start with a huge fat reserve to begin with, is never good.

At 8:00, the shift changed, bringing in a new vet. After going through the same rigamarole with her, she disappeared into the back (all of this examination of Sass was done in the back room, not in the standard rooms, and I did not see any of it). I waited for the bloodwork to vcome back, and the results for all to see - nothing out of the range of normality. His blood glucose was slightly elevated (187 mg/dl - for me, that'd be bad, but for cats, apparently, that's still in normal range, and could be attributable to stress), and his blood appeared thick, but nothing at all popped up. His BUN and creatinine (indicators of kidney/urinary issues) were normal, liver pancreas, all normal.

The most likely, according to the doctor (though I have no idea just HOW likely), is a "thyroid storm," where thyroid levels spin out of control. He was mirroring Riley's condition a little too closely, down to the dull fur (though Sass recently had to be soaked in vegetable oil and washed because he backed into a stick of flypaper), the wobbliness, and, of course, the weight loss, even down to the vet's utter inability to find anything that suggested they both weren't the picture of feline health, right up to the moment Riley was at death's door (a position he steadfastly held onto for two weeks before losing his fight to a disease that can often afford as much as six months or more).

Right now, Sass is under observation. The vet wants to keep him on IV, and off food for twelve hours, then see if he eats. If so, he should be home for Christmas. If not, well, we'll see what then.

On Another, Sadder Note...

Around 8:00, I drove to our more regular vet (the one that was treating Sass and supervising his switch to the y/d formula), because (a) they had a little more experience with Sass, (b) they seemed a little nicer, and had extrememly high patient reviews, and (c) the regular vets prices only give me heart palpitations, not the full-blown coronary crisis that this vet's bill was giving me - I'm not proud of that last. Sadly, they were closed. even more sadly, as I was driving there, I saw a cat by the side (but not completely to the side) of the road. Another car was pulled over near it with its blinkers on, so I figured they were doing something about it. On my return trip, though, I saw him still lying out by the road. So I pulled over and checked him. His body was stiff and cold (so my suspicion that the earlier car had actually hit him was incorrect), but it was at least in a condition that atrongly suggested to me a quick death (the back legs were pointed up, but not unnaturally so, the front paws were to the side, not under him, no obvious signs of trauma or other nastiness - but for his position and placement, he could have been the victim of a heart attack). I wrapped him in an old throwaway blanket and took him with me to the emergancy vet to have him checked for a microchip and humanely disposed of. It's Christmas Eve. I can't control when it's any animal's time, but at the very least, on Christmas Eve, every animal deserves the respect of decent treatment of his earthly remains.

He was at least chipped, and while I was waiting, a man and woman, obviously distraught, came in to claim him. It all happened very quickly, and they obviously didn't want to talk to the guy who brought their cat's body in to the vet (I can't escape the suspicion that they thought that I had actually hit and killed their boy), but at least he had a home and loved ones to mark his passing. It isn't the Christmas wish that I'd choose, but it's all I can do this Christmas.
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2011-05-12 17:10
Subject: Quick Crap...
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From insidethebeltway.com, the nerdiest correction ever. That it's from the sports page just adds that little zest of irony...
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2011-04-21 09:05
Subject: For p3aches
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A rare public post. This is a re-post from cyan_blue's journal. p3aches(the female in the icon to this post) is good people, and deserves the help.

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Hi everyone,

As some of you may have already heard, our dear friend and community
member Teri Harget was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. She
discovered this a few weeks ago while doing a routine breast
self-exam, and she has been undergoing many tests to determine the
severity of the cancer as well as what her best treatment options are.

To make matters even harder, Teri had just begun a new job in the
weeks before she was diagnosed, and therefore she was not covered by
medical insurance at the time of her diagnosis. Hence, her medical
bills are already in the thousands, and there will still be additional
medical fees to cover even as her insurance begins to cover it.

For those of you who don’t know her - Teri is a mother of 4 children
as well as an MFT intern who is working to complete her hours towards
licensure as a therapist. She has a huge heart and a welcoming smile,
and is always there with an open ear for others. People just plain
feel good in her presence.

We love her a ton and so we are reaching out to her communities to
request support in various ways. Financial support will be the best
way to help her right now, so that she can go through her medical
treatment without the added worry of how to make ends meet at home
given the mounting medical bills. But, even if you aren’t in a place
of being able to donate, please keep reading because there are other
ways to offer her and her family support as well.

Ways that you can help:

1. Donate - Below is a donation button where you can donate money
towards her medical expenses. You don't need a paypal account to use
it - it will accept credit card numbers too. Donations will be
collected by Geri Weitzman (cyan_blue) and Jay Glass (brian1789), and paid directly to the medical centers on Teri’s
behalf. If you wish to donate by some other means (check mailed, or
cash given in person), please contact Geri at geriweitzman@gmail.com
or Jay at bjay1789@gmail.com

For those who don't know Teri, Geri or Jay and wish to see some proof
of Teri's medical condition before donating, please email Geri at
geriweitzman@gmail.com and we can show you a copy of Teri's diagnostic
paperwork.


(Go here for donation button: http://cyan_blue.livejournal.com/653675.html)


2. Pass word along - Even if you aren’t in a place to donate, perhaps
somebody else who you know is. Cross-posting this info, or a link to
it, in your own blog or face book would be great.

3. Teri will likely undergo surgery within a few weeks and
chemotherapy or radiation for several months thereafter. It would be
useful for people to help out with things like cooking, cleaning,
shopping, and child care around that time. Please contact her at
408-621-4016 to arrange this with her.

4. Reach out to her partner Scott, if you know him. Scott is a
wonderful man who has been Teri’s primary emotional support during
this and other hard times, and he could use company, child care, and
check-ins as well.

5. Check in on Teri often - your love and care and presence will help
her to feel supported in these hard times. Text messages, emails,
phone calls and visits all help. Sometimes Teri wants lots of company,
other times she needs alone time and might be slower to respond to
messages - but keep on checking in; the loving words are always
welcomed. She can best be reached at 408-621-4016.

6. Do your own breast self-exams and mammograms regularly! Teri dearly
wants the other women in her life to take preventative measures in
order to insure that any cancer is caught as early as possible. 10-12
percent of women get breast cancer at some point in their lives. Many
additional peoples’ lives are impacted by the breast cancer struggles
of those around them.

Thanks so much,
Geri and Jay
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2010-11-01 23:35
Subject: Prop 25 - Changes Vote Requirement to Pass State Budget from 2/3 to 1/2
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2010-11-01 21:57
Subject: Prop 24 - Repeal of Legislation Regarding Business Tax Carrybacks
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2010-11-01 20:07
Subject: Prop 21 - Vehicle License Fee to Fund State Parks
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Sorry, folks, for the delay. I have no idea if more than one or two of you actually read this stuff, and given the late date and the popularity of absentee voting, how useful this is to those of you who do, but I said I'd do this, and it's been far too much procrastinating for me, so here goes...

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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2010-10-13 00:34
Subject: Tuesday Two-fer! Prop 20 vs. Prop 27 - Congressional Redistricting
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Propositions 20 and 27 are mutually exclusive - if they both pass, only the one with the higher vote total will pass. Both Propositions address Proposition 11, passed in November 2008, which created the Citizens' Redistricting Board, and charged it with redrawing State Senate, Assembly, and Board of Equalization (BOE) districts.

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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2010-10-11 23:02
Subject: Election Time (it's baaaack)! -plus- Prop 19 - Legalization of Marijuana
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Well, it looks like it's coming up on election time, again, so I'm going to try this election season to restart my project to blog on the Props. Yes, I read through the actual language of the propositions, so YOU DON'T HAVE TO!

I'm going to try to prepare my own thoughts on each of the Props, at least one every day or so. My format, so's you know, is that everything I write down to "My Take" is an effort to be non-partisan. Some of the background is taken from the Legislative Analyst's report, but as much as possible, the analysis of what the Prop actually does is taken from the text of the bill itself.

Everything below "My Take" is blatantly partisan, biased, and purely my reaction and opinion. Read it as you would any other political position.

That said...

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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2010-04-01 21:35
Subject: Nothing but Crap...
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2010-01-10 11:41
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Happy 40th Birthday, phoenixrisen!

I love you completely, sweetie.
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2009-09-02 20:49
Subject: Kitten Update...
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Well, there's good news and bad news on the kitten front. And it's pretty much the same news. The kittens have tested positive for Feline Calicivirus (FCV), as well as the standard secondary infections.

This is bad news, because there is no cure. The treatment is the same as for any virus - keep them fed, and hydrated, and wait (antibiotics for the secondaries). This is also bad news because recent investigation has led several vets to suspect FCV as the cause of stomatitis. Pretty much all cats with cases of stomatitis have previous FCV infections, though it's too early to say that all cats who have FCV wind up having stomatitis (stomatitis tends to lag FCV by a few years, and the vets only started noticing the FCV-stomatitis link a year or two ago). Stomatitis is very bad, because its symptomology is ugly - extremely painful swelling of the gums and mouth, so bad that cats with stomatitis will refuse food (the vet described cases of starving cats hissing at food from the association with the pain). The standard treatment for stomatitis is to pull the infected teeth.

This is also good news, though less for the kittens than for our cats, because FCV is part of the standard routine of vaccinations that our cats have been given, so there's almost no risk of our cats getting the infection. Given the above, the kittens are currently being housed with the vet, though not because of imminent risk of anything. The kittens are currently being fed by syringe, and apparently doing well. The white kitten has already gained some weight in 24 hours, while the vet is checking the two greys hopefully for weight gain over the next 24 hours. They aren't out of the woods yet, but the prognosis is hopeful.
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2009-08-27 20:45
Subject: Two Steps Forward, Four Kittens Back...
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Well, no sooner do we find a home for Callie and Shadow (thank you so much, whipartist!), than Serafina trots out four more, and adds a, erm, wrinkle or two to the situation...

Jo and I were sitting home Tuesday night, when we heard the most plaintive and miniscule cry. We went outside, and saw kittens srawled across the front yard. Jo saw five of them, and heard the cries of two more, but now there are apparently only four, who have taken up residence just in front of our front porch. We thought they were blind, not only because their eyes weren't open, but all four of them had the same disgusting gumminess around their eyes that Serafina has. However, I now think their just a lot younger than I first realized - probably under two weeks old. As of this afternoon, their eyes are beginning to open, though not fully (yet, hopefully).

Any curiosity of their parentage was gone the second we saw them, two pair of nearly identical twins - two nearly pure white, just like their mom, and two grey, just like Dylan, the neighborhood alpha tom.

Three of the four I saw:


And the fourth...


Serafina was clearly having trouble with the concept of "herding kittens" that night, as the kittens were spread out and crawling in a notoriously open location (the concrete sidewalk along our front yard). Luckily, it was late, and the street was mostly abandoned, and Sera finally caught onto the idea that, if she called them, they'd, y'know, come to her.

I managed a couple more shots this afternoon, to show that they're not blind, but it also shows they're not nearly as healthy as Callie or Shadow. Sadly, the image quality was crap, so I decided to try again tomorrow for better shots.

Sera is very hungry, so we're back to putting out feed for her. However, we were stressed to the breaking point with two perfectly healthy kittens. How can we deal with four sickly kittens and a none-too-healthy mama cat? At least we don't have to stress too much about catching them - if we move fast. But do we just shove them into a crate and feed them, and hope for a place to take them in under a week (Callie and Shadow took at least five weeks to find them a home, though it was worth the wait)? Sadly, Cat House is a bank buster - $60 per cat to intake (plus FIV and FeLV test results from a vet, about $60 each), plus $30/month each, up to $2,000 each. Just geting them all through the front door is going to cost upwards of $500. Sorry, but as much as I care about the lives of four kittens, I don't think I'm up to spending $8k on them. For that kind of money, I could rent the kitty condo at the local vet for nearly three years. Gah!

Does anyone out there know any foster situations for these four kittens that won't require a mortgage? While they are more friendly, as is their mom, and catching them earlier than Callie and Shadow expands their options, socialization-wise, but what can we do? If we were desperate a week ago, we're quite literally doubly so now. OK, Deity or Deities, can you stop sending us strays? We're to capacity as it is...
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2009-08-25 21:15
Subject: A Question For People With Cats...
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OK, I'm upset. Jo, however, is livid. However, I do want to know how upset I should really be. Our vet, who treats Riley, Sasquatch and Minnie, also took care of the kittens' first vaccination; when I took them in, I also asked for a "full test" to make sure they were all right. Knowing that (a) we have other cats, because they treat them, (b) the kittens were feral-born, and (c) had lived in the outside world unvaccinated for at least their first 8 weeks, heard what I said, and when I picked them up, reported to me happily that the kittens, other than heartworms (which can be treated easily with two pills), fleas (ditto with Advantage), and ear mites (a little trickier, as they require two weeks of medication directly into the kittens' ears), the kittens had a 100% clean bill of health. I even expressed some concern as to how communicable the ear mites were to our older cats. I was told, "Unless they sleep ear-to-ear, there should be no risk."

Well, guess what our kindly extremely-soon-to-be-vet didn't test for. FIV and FeLV, only the two most prevalent and deadly diseases in the feline repertoire, or so I hear. Did I mention that Jo lost a cat to FIV, one extremely close to her (who contracted FIV when a friend took care of it while Jo was in England, and allowed it to stay outdoors for a time)? Needless to say, the kittens go into the vet first thing tomorrow for a full panel including FIV and FeLV.

After venting full-on for a moment (and telling whipartist in the original post, who probably is a tad upset), may I ask you all - how bad are the risks? The kittens haven't actually been exposed to the cats, who are fully vaccinated (though against what, at this point, I'm beginning to wonder), except paws under the door (I never personally saw them in contact, but things like this theoretically could happen), but they have had the run of a hallway that the cats also had access to (though not at the same time). How contagious are FIV and FeLV. I intend to look it up as well, but I need to find out from people who have some experience with this stuff. What should I expect?
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2009-08-22 21:07
Subject: WOOHOO! And, Thank You All For Your Help!
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Shadow and Callie have found a wonderful new home! I cannot thank whipartist enough for adopting them. We have come to adore them, but are ecstatic that they are going to a good person. :-)

And a huge thank you to everyone who stepped up to help get out the word. I cannot express my gratitude. It is absoltely true that, without you, Shadow and Callie would not have found their new home.

THANK YOU ALL!
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2009-08-22 09:14
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IN looking back at my journal, I realize that, while I've been talking about Shadow and Callie for some time, and, when the opportunity has arisen, shown photos of them to a few friends, I really haven't been posting photos. So, a bit belatedly, a photodump of photos of the cute little ones. Don't worry...I'm putting them behind a cut tag for once.Collapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2009-08-21 21:15
Subject: Kitten Emergency
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Hey, Folks...

Jo and I are having a bit of a crisis. As those of you who still read this journal know, Jo and I have taken in two kittens. We absolutely CANNOT keep them. For one thing, our lease forbids more than two cats. We've been skating by with three for a few months, risking eviction by doing so. For a second thing, Riley has been super stressed out by all of this. Finally, Jo's health has taken a major downturn in the las month or so, and she doesn't have the mental, emotional, or physical strength to cope with two kittens. She's spent the last month trying to find them a home, and the stress has pushed her to the edge. I know it's difficult times for all of yo out there, but I need to put out a final plea to you all - is there anyone out there that could take in two unbearably cute and friendly kittens? I'm happy to pay costs for vaccinations and spay/neutering, as well as food for them. The only condiiton is that these two need to stay together. They were born the only two of the litter, and have bonded together. Their human socialization has been amazing - when they went to our vet for first checkup and vaccinations, the vet refused to put "feral" on their charts. She said that these two were so sweet and good-natured that they didn't resemble feral-borns. In the last few weeks, we've been doing our best to foster them, but the fact is, as much as we've tried, there's only so much we can do. Just having them in the house has driven Jo to be bed-bound. She worries constantly, not merely about the kittens, but how having them in the house will affect Riley, Sasquatch and Minnie. As I write this, the kittens are sleeping in obscenely cute poses - Callie is kippered on her back with her feet in the air, while Shadow has curled up against my foot.

We're at our wit's end what to do. I have calls in to every shelter from here (full up and then some) to the Bay Area (also full up). These kittens deserve better. I will put up whatever I can (not an insubstantial amount) to a foster family, or an adopter. Is there anyone out there that can help us out?
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2009-08-14 00:23
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Posting from the hallway in our house, because that's the only place we can give the kittens the run of, while keeping Riley, Sasquatch and Minnie from freaking out...

The kittens are showing real personalities by now. They still stick close to each other, and Shadow, who is showing signs of being a gentle giant, spends a lot of his time next to Callie. Callie is more reserved, but she's showing some signs of breaking out of her shell. She doesn't hunker down in fright anymore, which i consider a real breakthrough (if you've been reading my posts, you know that Callie, before she was caught, would run from me if I even looked at her from across the yard). However, once you get her started (something that becomes easier each day), Callie has a real motorboat purr...

Shadow, OTOH, is really coming out. He and I have bonded as much as a foster father and foster kitten can. He LOOOOOVES having his belly rubbed. It's amazing in a lot of ways to see a kitten that, less than a month ago wouldn't let me within a few feet of him (except on rare occasions, when I would sneak a scritch in as he ate), now lolling over to be tummy scritched, paws folded in the air, curled into a "C" to be petted.

I'm going to miss them, but we just can't keep them. Five is at least two too many in our rented house. And they need to stay together - they have clearly bonded to each other...when we move them one by one from their crate in the front room into the hallway, if we take too long with one, they start crying for each other. Right now, they're curled up together, butt to butt; Shadow's little front paw occasionally twitching, Callie's head on her outstretched front legs like Superman. I'll try to post some pics, but right now, all we have is some older shots we got trying to rush out the front door, so we had something to show the attendees of my birthday dinner. For tonight, I'm going to set them back in the crate with some gooshyfood dinner, and let the boys into the bedroom again, but I'll leave you folks with just a couple shots...





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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2009-08-02 11:35
Subject: The Kittens Are Caught! Now what?
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Well, last night, we put the humane trap out for Callie and Shadow. Within about an hour, Shadow was in the trap. It took Callie almost two hours further, but we now have them both. They're a lot less "intractible" than I had originally thought, and may only need a week or so of fostering before they're adoptable. I have to "fast-track" thir socialization because, bluntly, we can't keep them. We're already one over the lease limit (of 2 cats), and while three is hidable, five is more complicated. Also, Riley really poorly handled having Minnie in the house (and we, frankly, misjudged her effect on him). Adding two more kittens, especially feral-borns, would be likely unbearable. He can barely tolerate the current level of chaos that Minnie alone creates. (I grant that, in my dreams, Minnie would take them on, and they her, and leave Riley and Sasquatch alone for once; but that's only a dream, and I have no intention of doing that kind of test on Riley at his age)
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2009-07-28 20:02
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Jo and I have a small problem. Two of them, actually, going by the names of Shadow and Callie. Not their official names, of course, as these two are feral, and need some socialization. Shadow has started to show some inclination to friendliness but I'm afraid Callie has been hurt in some way and is now very afraid of humans. Some of the people in this neighbourhood are not cat-friendly and some are downright cruel. These are the second set of ferals we've found in our neighborhood, and the success rate for the last litter has been pretty good (Ditto, Smudge, Merlin and Minnie). With love and care I know she'd sweeten up and be a wonderful companion for somebody.

I know there are people who take kittens in and foster them. These two desperately need it. This is not a good place to be a feral cat. And they are sooo adorable. Watching them play would melt the hardest heart. Please help - please let me know where and how we might find someone to raise them and give them a good shot at life.

We've got a trap loaned to us, we have them regularly coming to the same place for food, but we can't even try to catch them until we have somewhere to take them. I'm willing to drive them just about anywhere to give them the chance they deserve, and cover costs of a few months' food, vet bills, vaccination, and spaying/neutering.

But for now, on to pics!

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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2008-10-27 18:44
Subject: Prop 5
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2008-10-26 23:59
Subject: Prop 3
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2008-10-26 21:23
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2008-10-26 15:04
Subject: Prop 1A
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Hey, folks! Well, it's time (past time, really, given how many of us vote absentee ahead of time) for me to analyze the propositions on the ballot, so YOU DON'T HAVE TO! Yep, these ballots can be tricky, so I'm once again going to read over the ballot initiatives (most from the actual initiatives, not just the blurbs in the front of the voter guide), digest them, and tell you what they really mean. Of course, THEN I'm going to give you my take, whether you want it or not. So, off we go. Since I only have a week-and-a-half to go, I'm going pack them in as fast as I can.

Prop 1A-High Speed Rail Bond ActCollapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2008-08-01 17:25
Subject: (no subject)
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Happy Birthday, simplykimberly!
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2008-07-31 18:37
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Happy Birthday, smoofy!
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2007-08-05 13:11
Subject: Nicked from juvernaz...
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Name all 50 states in 10 minutes.

OK, I'm posting this also to brag, as I got all 50 in 7:49.

But today is the day, if any, that I allow myself a little bragging...
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-11-06 15:11
Subject: Prop 90...LAST ONE! WOOHOO!!!
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Tags:11-06 props
Prop 90 - Regulation and Government Acquisition of Private PropertyCollapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-11-06 13:44
Subject: Prop 89...
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Prop 89 - Public Financing of Political CampaignsCollapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-11-06 12:09
Subject: Prop 88...
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Tags:11-06 props
Education Funding. Real Propety Parcel Tax.Collapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-11-06 11:32
Subject: (no subject)
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Prop 87 - Alternative Energy. Tax On Oil Producers.Collapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-11-05 22:05
Subject: Prop 86...
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Tags:11-06 props
Prop 86-Tax On CigarettesCollapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-11-05 19:08
Subject: Prop 85...
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Prop 85-Waiting Period and Parental Notification Before Termination of Minor's PregnancyCollapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-11-05 18:15
Subject: Prop 84...
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Prop 84 - Water Quality, Safety And SupplyCollapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-11-05 17:45
Subject: Prop 83...
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Tags:11-06 props
OK, it's been a busy and spoon-intensive couple of weeks, but I'm trying to get back on track, and I think the best way of doing that is to get back to a commitment I made, primarily to myself, to blog the propositions, referably before the election... :-,

Prop 83-Sex Offenders; Sexually Violent PredatorsCollapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-10-22 15:06
Subject: Prop 1E - Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006
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Almost through the Ones...

Prop 1E - Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act of 2006Collapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-10-22 12:34
Subject: Prop 1D - Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Act of 2006
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Tags:11-06 props
Trying to get caught up, want to get the "Ones" out of the way today, so on to...

Prop 1D - Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Act of 2006Collapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-10-22 10:42
Subject: Prop 1C - Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006
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Tags:11-06 props
OK, I'm going to admit that this one has given me pause, primarily because I know several people who are or, but for the help of friends, would be, homeless. In some ways, it makes criticizing this bond measure more difficult. In some other ways, it makes criticizing the cynical moneygrab by the Leg. and special intersts necessary to make this prop possible all to easy...

Prop 1C - Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006Collapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-10-20 14:50
Subject: Prop 1B-Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006
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Tags:11-06 props
This one is easy (at least for me)...

Prop 1B-Highway Safety, Traffic Reduction, Air Quality, and Port Security Bond Act of 2006Collapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-10-19 10:22
Subject: Election Time! -plus- Prop 1A-Transportation Funding Protection.
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Tags:11-06 props
Well, it looks like it's coming up on election time, again, so I'm going to try for a third striaght election season to blog on the Props. Yes, I read through the 119 page Voter's Guide, so YOU DON'T HAVE TO!

I'm going to try to prepare my own thoughts on each of the Props, at least one every day or so. My format, so's you know, is that everything I write down to "My Take" is an effort to be non-partisan. Some of the background is taken from the Legislative Analyst's report, but as much as possible, the analysis of what the Prop actually does is taken from the text of the bill itself.

Everything below "My Take" is blatantly partisan, biased, and purely my reaction and opinion. Read it as you would any other political position.

Prop 1A-Transportation Funding Protection.Collapse )
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-09-18 13:26
Subject: Random Stuff, Einstein and Bohr...
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OK, I, along with probably every person I've ever known, is at least roughly familiar with Albert Einstein's objection to Quantum Mechanics - "God doesn't play dice with the Universe." But it wasn't until today that I heard the response currently attributed to Niels Bohr:

"Albert, stop telling God what to do."

Now that's something that appeals to the contrarian (and the contra-contrarian) in me. ':-,
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-09-10 16:02
Subject: (no subject)
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Happy Birthday, cynan_poly and pusifoot!
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-08-23 16:18
Subject: I Am, Apparently, The Fairy Wog Circuit...
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Just got off the phone with phoenixrisen...

She called because she was struggling with the DVR and the VCR, which were giving her fits, then stopped responding altogether. While she was talking to me on the phone, the DVR started to work, albeit intermittently. She said, mostly-jokingly, that she was a little freaked out that it only seemed to work when I was on the phone with her. So I told her to put the phone against the DVR, at which point I shouted "WORK!"

You can guess what happened next - it started to work. We laughed over this, then we said our goodbyes, and I hung up. She called me back 30 seconds later, saying that the DVR was no longer working, and had stopped as soon as I had hung up. So I told it to "Work and keep working." It started working again. Apparently, now add to the fact that dogs and cats seem to prefer my company (which earned me a Junior Fairy Wog Dog title from friscokitty, junior to her father), the fact that circuitry and electronics now obey my command (though somewhat intermittently, it seems).

I have always seemed to have good luck with suchness. It's just odd sometimes. If only I could figure out how to make this work on a more regular basis (and, of course, how to make such a talent marketable).

I am the circuit whisperer...
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-07-31 14:29
Subject: (no subject)
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Happy Birthday, smoofy!

Much love,
Your Big Brother :-)
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-07-14 17:42
Subject: Funny, You Don't Look Dixish...
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Having been reminded of long-ago discussions on Ozark english in ozarque's journal...

83% Dixie. Do you still use Confederate money?
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-05-23 23:23
Subject: 35 Minutes to Spare...
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Happy Birthday, ag_unicorn!!!!
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-05-12 10:40
Subject: Funny Old World...
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The May 11, 2006 notes from Casey and Andy happened to mention another webcomic, A Miracle of Science. Which happens to be done by two of my friends from college, Jon Kilgannon and Mark Sachs (were you aware of this, friscokitty?)

Now, at first blush, the fact that one of my acquaintances (or, more to the point, a friend of a friend) who does webcomics happens to know other acquaintances who also do a webcomic, shouldn't be much cause for note. Except that (a) the two friend circles that these folks respectively inhabit had (or more accurately, to my knowledge had) no intersection point, and (b) while I knew the latter folks pretty well in college, it's been almost a decade since I saw them, and that was before I knew pretty much any of my current friends (a few notable exceptions notwithstanding). None of my friends from the circle that Andy Weir inhabits were in my circle of friends from college, and none of my friends from college live out here, or are otherwise connected to my current circle (except where I've brought them together). In point of fact, I haven't seen Mark in over a decade, and it's been nine years since I last saw Jon (and that was in Philly). And no, I had nothing to do with the current connection.

It's just a little odd to me how folks who are in so different circles can manage, not one, but two, entirely unique connection vectors.
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-04-28 19:42
Subject: Friday Night Video...
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It's a BIG Ad...

But it's worth it. :-)
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Redhawke, The Bard of Snarkmonkeytown
Date: 2006-04-23 13:00
Subject: Word of the Day
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The word is "tortsaber."

Used in a sentence, like this: "George Lucas' lawyers will get out their tortsabers and go Old Republic on your ass if you do THIS."

nicked from cathouse_blues
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