Sunday – Ho Ho Out in the Snow!

[date Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 2:24 PM]


Taking a break from shoveling the white wet stuff. 6 – 8 inches of very heavy snow dumped last night / early this a.m., and it is raining ever so lightly today. My neighbor Steve calls it “cementric” – a celebration of our romance with the Metric System i.e. last night we had 18 cementrics of the best! That’s 11 snowfalls and it’s only December 12. Maybe a record year here, boss.

I’ve been following (at a distance) the lunacy (is it spelled “loonacy” when you use real loons?) the Cancun kumbaya. You know, Kyoto, carbon dioxide (bad!), it’s not really about controlling the economies of the world, by the way it’s climate change not global warming…… and to top it off, the Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, earned idiot status (Mexico will outlaw the incandescent light bulb!). All during record low temperatures for the Cancun / Yucatan. What brazen twits. One spark of light remains, though. Lord Monckton! That perpetual fly in the ointment, poising well thought questions and proposing a mathematical / scientific review of the cluster f**k. They shut off his microphone so he couldn’t be heard, but you can read his analysis here at “Watts up with that”:

It all be so dreary. Lord Monckton makes it fun…….

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Thursday – Old Dog Friends

[date Thu, Dec 9, 2010 at 11:47 AM]


This is Max. He is Nancy’s dog (neighbor to the east). A typical example of Yellow Lab excellence. This picture was taken to record the 26th snow clearing of 2008 (I’m at 10 snows and 8 clearings so far this winter). Max, being a lab, came over to help out, and see if there might be a treat lying around:

Max was over 12 years old then: his time has come. He is incontinent,more or less deaf, and his sight is failing. His hips are a source of pain and instability. He no longer recognizes me. True to his breed, his magnificent nose still works well – he hobbles over to check out the usual “caches” of scraps and food that I used to leave out for him. His incontinence has made me reluctant to do so.

I didn’t include a recent picture because he’s not that handsome now.

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