Friday, May 11, 2007
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I suppose it will have to be enough, Tammy. Meanwhile, those who figure that God will provide may be either dumbfounded or extraordinarily philosophical over the events that have transpired over one of "God's Children".
It's hard to figure sometimes, this whole God and Heaven deal. Regardless of what you may think of Tammy and her opinions of the hereafter or her life here, this is a little too much for anyone to go through, and it makes me sad. What it does - mostly - is put a big X in the square over the part of the questionnaire that asks, "Do you find life to be an arbitrary and random sequence of events?" Yes. X.
For those in the God's Children camp, I have to ask you how you rationalize something as heinous as this. After all, what's the point of serving God if you are only going to wind up with colon cancer? On the other hand, if a better life awaits Tammy and her ilk, should she really be sad that her doctors have discontinued treatment? Why does the Pope ride around in that big bullet-proof vehicle if the afterlife is supposed to be full of glory? Is all that Heavenly afterlife worth 3 years of painful agony? Shouldn't a kind and loving God be all about caring for his children? Evil bastards like Fidel Castro and George W. Bush live long and profitable lives, while kind and loving souls like Dale Earnhardt crash into walls. It doesn't make sense.
Maybe that's the point?
You sure ask a lot of questions for someone from New Jersey.
Isn't that what we all hope for, Tammy? Godspeed to you - if that is the best thing.
A chagrined Bush deadpanned that the queen just "gave me a look that only a mother could give a child."
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
The lure of an energetic playmate and warm companionship has brought me to the door of my neighborhood animal shelter, but I was always stopped by thoughts of the poor pup being penned up all day while I'm at work.
San Diego and Los Angeles-based Flexpetz lets you borrow a dog of your choice for a few hours, a day or even a week. All their dogs come from accredited rescue organizations and range from an Italian greyhound named Pike to Tango, a stunning black Afghan.
Owner Marlena Cervantes says many of their San Diego clients are military personnel who don't want to kennel their dogs while out at sea. A number of celebrities also showed interest at a pre-Oscar event this year. "We had a lot of interest from actors who have to be on-location a lot," she says.
Membership is based on a monthly fee of $40 and a Daily Doggy Time charge, payable for each day or part of a day you spend with the dog, amounting to about $20 on weekdays and $30 on weekends.
They are planning to open a branch in New York City in June and have their sights on cities all over the U.S. as well as Europe and Asia. Soon you will never be left without the companionship of a faithful friend.
When I went to Arizona in 1998, I left the little fur ball at my mother’s house because I was going to be gone for 2 weeks and didn’t feel as though I should inconvenience my neighbors for that length of time. Moreover, leaving any animal alone for that long is a bit cruel, I think.
It felt odd leaving him, and mom said it took the cat a few days to come out from under the sofa, but eventually he warmed up to her. It must have been quite a shock to his delicate kitty system to be “abandoned,” since he had no idea if or when I would return.
Playing games with animals is a peculiar choice for a business, and while it’s nice that people like dogs, if they cannot care for them on a consistent basis, then maybe they should accept it. However, as it is with many things, money dictates behavior, and this is yet another toy for wealthy people who think that the world is their personal playground and that animals can be used for their pleasure. They cannot alter their lifestyle, so they use their accumulated wealth to make others adapt to them. Here is yet another example of the rites of money and the power it provides, of which there seems to be no end.
Monday, May 7, 2007
Besides, I spent two days listening to people call him Merryweather, and another two days listening to people tell me whom was going to win the Kentucky Derby. Do we say 'whom' if it's a horse? In the case of the Derby, it strikes me as a bunch of wealthy people gathering together to watch a bunch of horses run around, and a bunch of non-wealthy people thinking that they will become wealthy by picking the winner. Only one bunch is getting wealthier, trust me.
As far as boxing is concerned, there are way too many weight divisions. Besides the fact that there are at least 4 sanctioning bodies, there are 17 weight classes.
Horse racing: 128
Sky diving: 123
Hang gliding: 56
Scuba Diving: 11
Motorcycle racing: 7
College Football: 3
Sunday, May 6, 2007
Meanwhile, those tornadoes that ran through Greensburg, Kansas serve to remind me how we should appreciate the fact that we merely reside here, and that events much larger than us have complete control over whether or not we are allowed to stay. People in my part of the world build homes 50 feet from a raging ocean, then complain when a storm washes part of their front porch away. Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and snow all make me appreciate how powerful the earth is and how easily we can lose everything over something which we have no control.