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Funny, these days, you can’t even inquire about a sick coworker who is out on extended medical leave because of privacy concerns, yet It’s okay to let random strangers at the TSA rifle through your belongings.

Speaking of handing over one’s civil rights, a coworker of mine thinks it’s perfectly okay to racially profile people, and claims it would not bother her in the slightest if they started pulling her over on a vague suspicion (as Sheriff Joe routinely does to people of Mexican descent), because it “keeps her safe.” She claimed they would thank them for being vigilant. This concerns me, since it seems to me that’s exactly what this country was founded to prevent, and it’s just another step to arresting without charge and holding without trial. Hmmm. How happy would she be if she were hauled off to jail for just going out for a drive? (She actually used the line, "If I didn't do anything and wasn't breaking the law, I wouldn't have anything to worry about." Hmmm.)

Fie on the Democrats for losing Massachusetts. Been reading a lot of articles about the election and how Coakley botched it; one line in particular made me shake my head: "And she did what no Kennedy had ever done — she took the voter for granted." (From Timothy Egan's Opinionator post today.)

In other non-political things...

Better Off Ted is hilarious. Watch it so ABC doesn't cancel it.

My Tivo remote will occasionally, without rhyme or reason, change the channel on the old non-HD television when I use a Tivo function (fast forward, etc.). *is weirded out*

It has rained all day. Actually, since sometime last night, since it was raining at 4:30 when I got up and decided not to go to the gym today. The carpet by our fire exit at work was soaked; they had to come and pull up the carpet and put down padding to keep the water out, since apparently it wasn't just the wind blowing it under the door (as we thought), but it was actually coming in all around the door. I naturally can't find my brand-new umbrella, which I THOUGHT I put in my bag, but is not there. (Umbrellas being used so rarely here.)


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Jan. 22nd, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
Stay safe in the storms!

And, hugs.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
We're safe and cozy! *hugs!*

(BTW, been enjoying the shorts -- just can't afford to bid right now!)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 05:57 pm (UTC)
Are y'all having any "but it's not monsoon season!" thoughts? I heard just now on CNN that Yavapai county received, like, 6 inches of rain so quickly that there is massive flooding and a boy got swept away in the fast-moving waters.

You and Barb be safe in the weather! (I remember Tempe in August, where every single road would flood some and underpasses would become lakes... yikes.)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 10:57 pm (UTC)
This is real winter weather. It's been a decade since I last saw a properly wet January (in 1990, before they built the "Tempe Town Lake," the Salt River ran for two months, there was so much rain). Unfortunately, so many people have moved to the Valley SINCE 1990, none of them realize just how destructive Arizona rainstorms of any stripe can be!

Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
Jan. 22nd, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
Ahh rain. You must be getting what was our snow. Freezing is what it is around here.

You two stay dry!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
I think so. It's nice, though. Been a LONG time since we had real rain like this!
Jan. 22nd, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
I hate to bother you, but I was just thinking of rahirah. I know it's been about a week know since Sam past away. Is she and you doing okay ? I was just worried, because I knew how out of sink I felt after my first siamese died. And I was quite surprised to see him pass so quickly, he seemed to have luck on his side, but I hope he went peacefully and without pain.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
Well, Barb had to make the hard choice to have Sam put to sleep, because the granuloma on his face had gotten so large it was starting to interfere with his eating and it irritated him so much he'd make it bleed all the time trying to scratch it off. We talked about it and she talked it over with the Vet, and since it was only ever going to continue getting worse and nothing could be done to make him comfortable, we decided. I know it was hard on her, and she's been down this week, but we know it was the right choice and the poor boy's not suffering any more.
Jan. 22nd, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Okay, thanks. I was just worried about her. I just want to let her know that my mother was sorry to hear that Sam passed away too. And she said she wouldn't be surprised if the next year or so y'all end up with a dog just showing up out of nowhere, and it that it will be Sam who sent him or her to y'all. Because that is what happened to us, Lilith showed up out of nowhere after our last female cat died. And in the last ten years no other cat has showed up.
And thank you for replying to my comment. I know the pain won't ever go away, but the memories of Sam doing his hijinks and funny expressions might some day out weigh the pain, and she will be able to smile again thinking about Sam. I know he is probably in heaven right know eating all the cat food he wants and digging holes everywhere, and chasing cats who won't be mean back to him. And where he be the one thunderstorms are scared off, and he can chase them all off, like the times storms use to make him want to run off in fear. So good luck and I know it won't be long till he comes back to you in some form.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Yes, most of our pets have been of the "showed up and stayed" -- only the Once and Future Cat, Silhouette, was actually chosen and paid for at the Humane Society.

Sam was quite the character, that's for sure! And he was a very handsome dog in his youth. So resilient -- I can't imagine any other creature with a blood sugar spiking over 500 bouncing around like a puppy!

Jan. 23rd, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
It's been the opposite for us, except for Lilith we have had to actively search for our pets. Acourse we tend to end up looking for a new cat in the middle of winter or very early spring like in March before kitten season for our area. A few people have given us pets, but the last one was Toby our first siamese and that was back in 1991. And Morgan our one ever dog we have yet had in my lifetime, is a papillon and they aren't cheap dogs. You rarely even find them in shelters. I was surprised to see Cairo was a stray, because he is a beautiful siamese and looked like a carbon copy of my own first siamese Toby. Acourse I love Traditional Siamese anyway, more than the more common ratlike ones they have know adays.
Jan. 23rd, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Early on we made trips to the Humane Society (or other shelters); Magnus, Kojiki, Damien, Spencer, and Silhouette all came from Shelters; my old cat, Lester, was actually adopted from a friend of my mother's who had kittens. Tom, Tocatta (sillymagpie's cat, adopted when she was living with us), Whisper, and a few others who came and went just turned up on our doorstep, Cairo was found in the parking lot at our old work. In the dog world, Sinji was one of the puppies my brother's dog Shotsie had, while Conan was found as a stray by a co-worker; and Sam was adopted by our old boss for his too-small-for-a-big-dog daughter, and he was just going to send him back to the shelter when we stepped in--poor Sam was then passed around through our office filled with bleeding hearts until he came to us, and there he stayed.
Jan. 24th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
Oh so you didn't get Sam until he was an adult dog. I know he wasn't young, I figured he was about 11-13 years old. All the lab mixes I have know died around 11 or 13 years old. As I said Morgan is the only dog we have had in my lifetime. And we have had six cats, four of which have passed away. Cleo the first was the oldest she died when I was two and she was 18. I got Cleo the second when I was five from the petstore, she was my mother's cat, and mean as all hell. She lived for 13 years. I got cat Toby the siamese from a friend who couldn't keep him, but had a relative of his at age nine. Toby lived until Feburary 10, 2000, and passed away after a long battle dealing with his IBS and pancreastis disease. We then got Mckenzie and he was the most stupidest cat we ever had, not too bright a cat at all. He unfortunately passed away at four from seizures and a possible brain tumor. Higgins was a cat we took in grief two months after Toby died, and mostly for the fact that he was a siamese and the only one avaible. He went through about eight homes before he landed here, and know lives with my grandfather and is his cat. He is almost 15 and the second longest living cat we have ever owned. He is a cat version of Sam, loves to pee on things and is ornery to everyone but my grandfather who he loves to death. And he has almost had as many health issues as Sam, and right on schedule he is losing weight again and pooping the bed for some reason. But then he always flucated on his weight since we have gotten him. Until he starts throwing up or stops eating we just leave him alone. Then their is Lilith, she showed up in the middle of October two months after Cleo died, and lived for a week in the garage and two weeks at the vet until she came home. Morgan we got because my mother wanted a dog, and choose his breed. He was the puppy avaible and we fell in love with him. He's a pain, but part of the family. The first dog I have ever had, and really dogs are more like people than cats can be.
Jan. 24th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure how old Sam was when we finally got him; he was maybe six, seven months old when Paul initially adopted him, all long-limbed oversized puppy with the same sunny disposition he had all his life. It was within the first few months that Paul decided he didn't want the dog after all and was just going to take him back when the office adopted him. He went home first with the office manager, then another girl who had dogs, then finally us.

Ah, we do love our animals!
Jan. 23rd, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
It's Arizona--Do You Know Where Your Umbrella Is?
Your coworker's comments make my head hurt. Trusting soul, isn't she?

You need a Sheldon icon, obviously!
Jan. 23rd, 2010 04:54 pm (UTC)
Re: It's Arizona--Do You Know Where Your Umbrella Is?
I KNOW! (Said in disbelieving Craig fashion)

The second Sheldon said those words I told Barb I needed the icon, but she hasn't made it for it me yet (I don't have Photoshop on Jonathan yet).
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