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Sunday, February 17, 2008

hindsight - always 20/20

It is one of the oldest cliches ever, hindsight is 20/20 vision.
And it is so so true. My husband and I decided to have our
big puppy girl, Lady, spayed. We had heard from several 
folks and read numerous writings about the benefit of having
such a procedure done. Inexperienced in such matters, we
decided to go ahead with it. To put it simply and mildly, we
are besides ourselves, almost desperate with regret. Lady is
so sad in this week since she was spayed. She has had to wear
a lampshade-shaped plastic collar that she hates with all her
might; she has already destroyed one and the 2nd one is
hanging on by a thread. Her physical activity has been 
severely curtailed, as the vet said she cannot jump, run, go
up and down stairs, or any other activities that are normal
for her. Hence, Lady is bored and miserable. Her saucy, cocky, 
crazy spirit is not even 1/2 of what is normally is. Everyone 
has been trying to reassure me that once the 2 week period 
is over and she can take off the lampshade and do her usual
physical antics, she will be fine and back to normal. But 
watching and spending time with her this past week, and 
knowing we have one more week of this to go, has broken
hubby's and my hearts. Lady, we are so so so sorry to have
had this done to you, if we had any idea of the true reality, 
we never would've have gone through with it. We are just 
so sorry and love you even more Lady, we'll never let you
be hurt again baby girl. 

Saturday, February 16, 2008

WAY too much time on hands!

There are all kinds of folks out there, including those who stress
and obsess with every little thing. Alot of these people are just
anal-retentive, while others simply have a boatload of time on 
their hands; many of such people then, either intentionally or
not, make the lives of normal folks a bit more interesting 
(if for nothing else, to make fun of the crazy nitpickers!) Prime
example - a man in Poland received a letter on January 3 that 
had been dispatched December 20. Believe it or not, it had been 
sent priority. In any case, the gentleman who received the tardy 
mail made calculations about the actual time it took to get his 
letter. He came up with the conclusion that a snail moved faster 
than the Polish postal service. It took 294 hours for the letter to
arrive, and had to travel 11.1 kilometers. Given the distance and
the time, the letter traveled at the scorching speed of 0.03775
kilometers per hour; a garden snail was timed at the lightening
pace of 0.048 kilometers per hour. Hence your proof, mail in
Poland moves as slow as snails, or in this case, even slower!

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Good idea.....NOT

In the last month or so, I have gone back to trying to find
unusual and/or whacky things online, be it stories or 
products. Well, I have a product to present from the site
Wallet Pop, one that LOOKS like a good idea, but in the 
long run probably isn't! Camileon Heels has come out with 
women's shoes that convert from high heels to low heels, 
without requiring the wearer to take her shoes off. The heel 
is engineered to fold when the wearer desires a more comfor-
table, casual feel and look. It is quite obviously aimed at 
travelers and business women on the go who don't have alot 
of time or baggage space. No need to pack a 2nd pair of shoes 
here is apparently the idea.  Sounds good?! Well, first and 
foremost, I would be concerned about the balance of the arch 
support. It would obviously change if the shoe went from a 
3 or 4 inch heel to 1 or 2 inches. Second, what if the wearer of 
the shoe doesn't bring it up from a low heel to a high heel pro-
perly (after all, we must take blondes into consideration!). 
She'll go to take a step and stumble instead, or worse. Last, but 
not least, these shoes by Camileon sell for around $300. I don't 
know about you, but for that price, I can buy 3 pairs of very nice 
shoes. And quite frankly, shoes don't take up all that much room 
in an overnight or weekend bag. So you pack a pair of fancy high 
heels, a casual low heel pair, and some comfortable tennis shoes
if room (and your schedule) allows. Done. A good idea in theory
maybe, but thumbs down on the Camileon Heels. 

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