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I've had a headache for several days. It comes in and out, and when it's there (like now), it's killer. It seems immune to both Tylenol (Arthritis strength) and Advil (regular strength, in Prescription dosage). Also immune to Nasonex, faux-pseudoephedrine (whatever that stuff is they're allowed to sell off the shelves that doesn't do diddly squat for allergies), and Allegra-D.

I realized I had some close-up shots of a murderer:

Kinda freaky. :/ I am feeling odd, as I often do when an animal in captivity kills a human. Am glad, although curious, why it is when any other endangered species in captivity kills, it's almost invariably destroyed. But this isn't the first time Tillikum has been responsible for a death. I'm glad; I'm always sad when an animal who is only behaving as an animal behaves is put down--but curious.

So I was pondering how long Charles will have to be Prince of Wales in order to beat Edward VII's record (another eight years), and from there my brain wandered to strange areas regarding British royalty, and I wondered, if a Knight's wife is commonly granted the title of Lady, then what does one call Sir Elton John's husband?

I invented this soup:

One largish sweet potato
One white potato
One large shallot
Six gourmet sausages (any meat within will do; these were seasoned pork)
A couple of garlic cloves, smashed
Salt and pepper to taste

Peel and chop potatoes into uniform chunks. Boil in about two, three quarts water or chicken broth (I used water, but think I'll do broth next time) until soft. While that's cooking, chop shallot and sausages; saute until shallots are slightly browned and sausage bits are done. When the potatoes are soft, add garlic; use immersion blender to puree until smooth. Scrape sausage & shallot mix into the pot (if there are excessive drippings in your pan, scoop some of your puree back into the pan to decant that yummy stuff, then scrape all that into the soup pan). Simmer until ready to eat.

I was pleased with how it came out. Coarse cracked pepper and a little kosher salt was all the other seasonings I added.

Hey, Dragon People -- have you been having trouble breeding? None of my dragons will breed with each other (even those who have successfully bred before).

Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today! * Adopt one today!


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Feb. 25th, 2010 03:41 am (UTC)
I hope the headache leaves soon. And those are great pictures. Do you know the whole story of what happened? All I heard on the news was that an orca had killed someone. And is this the same orca that accidentally killed a trainer a few years ago?
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:02 pm (UTC)
It seems better this morning. I took Benadryl and slept...

What the official word from Sea World was, she slipped and fell into the tank and it was an accident, but it happened during a show and a LOT of people witnessed it, and said he swam at her aggressively, jumped up and grabbed her, and shook her so violently her shoe came off before he dragged her under.

He's the same whale who a few years ago was found with a dead body floating in his tank, a man had hidden and stayed in Sea World after hours and jumped into the tank with him (in that case I blamed the man totally, since, well, DUH), and apparently before he was given to Sea World, he killed a trainer in a similar park in Canada. Apparently he was kept separate because he WAS known to be aggressive, and used only in routines to splash the audience (because of those big flukes).

It's one of those things where I know and understand why we have these parks and what good they do and I love them like anyone (and I tend to think PETA is largely, well, nuts), but on the other hand... wild animals WILL behave like wild animals, and usually that means man - 0, wild animals - 1.
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:36 pm (UTC)
And orcas are extremely efficient killing machines that live in an environment that's deadly to us. Also smart and often aggressive. In other words, a very poor choice for an entertainment park. And with his history (the trainer, not the homeless loon), he should never have gone back on exhibit anywhere again. I, too, think PETA consists of a bunch of fringe freaks, but even the "opposition" (which they're really not, but you know what I mean) can make a good point now and then.
Feb. 25th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
I have to say it's a great joy to see them close up, but yeah.

And I guess when you look at the big picture, they've done very well with orcas in captivity. I think the three Sea Worlds only log about four deaths and a few more injuries, and they've been in existence (with Shamus) for well over forty years now, so...
Feb. 25th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
hope the headache goes away

yes this is his second kill isn't it? People tend forget these are wild animals.

yes i can't breed much either. Almost all of mine said no
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:03 pm (UTC)
Seems better this morning. I'll know better when I get to work (I appear to have "work-itis" lately).

Third, if you count the guy who climbed into his tank overnight (see response to nutmeg3 above).

It's frustrating!
Feb. 25th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
that's good (yeah I hear you on workitis)

oh right I sort of discuonted that idiot

it is
Feb. 25th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
*pets you*

Soup sounds yummy!
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:04 pm (UTC)
It came out really good! I have to try it again (although different sausage, since that wasn't something Costco sells regularly, it was a road show... they claimed they weren't coming back, too...).
Feb. 25th, 2010 12:13 pm (UTC)
Ack for headaches! Do you have time to go to the doctor to check it out?

[hugs and a good Thursday]
Feb. 25th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, if it NEVER goes away I might, but the last time I went I paid my co-pay and everything and spent about seven minutes with the nurse practitioner because my doctor had been called away on a family emergency, and THEN my insurance for some reason didn't cover everything from that seven minutes and I still owe ANOTHER $31 bucks, so I'm sort of "meh" about my doctor (and health care, thanks Washington) -- especially since a lot of the time they never find anything wrong with me and a course of antibiotics or painkillers is all I'm given (to be fair, that usually makes me feel better, but STILL).
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