From the monthly archives:

September 2005


September 29, 2005

Oddly enough, because I haven’t had a job the past two weeks, I’ve been very productive. I thought I would be mopey and depressed going back to being a stay-at-home wife (hereafter known as a “dishrag”). Instead, the house is spic and span, I got my smog check done, I went clothes shopping (which I hate, by the way) and the clutter in the closets are slowly getting organized and donated. Not to mention, I actually have time to study and do homework.

True, I’m still a little depressed without my tech job. This time around (without a job), instead of pining away, I actually enjoy being a dishrag. It’s also making me ponder the…dun-dun-DUN… next step. That’s right! Starting a family.

I must be going stir-crazy.

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Post-Rita Update on Pets in Disaster Areas

September 26, 2005

Blah.. I haven’t had time to read the news until tonight. I’ve been trying to catch up with what’s been going on with the animals still needing rescuing in Louisiana, and now, Texas. Apparently, Rita re-flooded most of New Orleans, in addition to flooding several places in Texas and western Louisiana for the first time.

The shelter, St. Francis in Tylertown, where Best Friends Animal Society is set-up, weathered Rita just fine, although it was sketchy for a while there. Also, Humane LA, whose shelter is located down the road from Best Friends St. Francis, had this to say:

“Despite the bitter blow of yet another hurricane ravaging the Gulf Coast, our Tylertown shelter has thankfully been spared from any wind damage or flooding, although the rain and winds have made conditions less than pleasant…”

Best Friends went out the day after Rita hit land to search for more animals still hanging on. In addition to Best Friends, several other animal welfare places, including Noah’s Wish, the ASPCA and countless other local animal shelters, are still going out day after day to rescue dogs and cats still surviving in the aftermath of the two hurricanes.

There are still *thousands* of animals that still need rescuing, especially now because of Rita. All of the above places that are rescuing animals are still continuing to collect donations, as the need is still very great.

To read more (many more!) stories and news, please visit Best Friends – Special Reports.

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Anti-War March/Rally in Los Angeles

September 25, 2005

Saturday, September 24, 2005

10:30 am – I drove to mom’s house and parked my car. She had a hot pot of coffee brewing and gave me another scarf, which she knitted, and happened to match my outfit. How do moms always know what makes you happy?

We then walked a block to the bus stop and took it downtown. Upon arriving there at 12:30pm, we congregated just at the beginning of the march, where it was roped off.

No More Wars Based on LiesSome reporter noticed our signs and asked mom if she had been to Camp Casey. She had been, but only for a day. He asked her several other questions on camera and then I blurted out that myself and my children will be paying the debts the (dumb-ass) president are racking up right now. He turned the camera on me and asked me to repeat that, so I did. He then asked us if he could use this footage for media use and we both had to confirm our OK on camera, quoting our full names in the process.

(Our signs, which mom designed, ended up on KTLA evening news! I took a screen shot. Click for full size.)

We ended up at the front of the march and, later, at the front of the rally, near the stage. Along the route, a newspaper reporter took about two dozen photos of mom and I, right smack in our faces, too. It was hard not to trip over him. He asked our names, ages and what city we came from. No idea what paper he was from! Oh well..

The march ended at a stage where people such as Stephanie Miller (Air America Radio morning talk show host), Martin Sheen (actor), Vickie Castro (Gold Star mother who lost her only son in Iraq) and Ron Kovic (author of Born on the Fourth of July and Vietnam Vet) spoke. We stayed for all the speeches, then headed home around 4:00pm.

Apparently, about 50,000 people were there.

Okay, so… I didn’t want to bring this up, but I’m still fuming about it, so I will. A friend asked me today why I do this “hippy stuff”. Here’s my answer: I do it hoping that this makes some small difference in the history of our messed-up species. I do it hoping that I broaden my mind and hopefully someone else’s along the way. I do it because I feel the need to DO SOMETHING about what I think is wrong and not just sit on my ass complaining about it. That’s partly why I do this “hippy stuff”.

Anyway, I took a ton of photos and will upload them when I get Gallery2 up. For now, here is one I found on the internet:

Los Angeles Anti-War March and Rally - September 24, 2005
Click for full size. The arrows point to mom and I, just in front of the stage.

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Bye, Bye Petsitter

September 22, 2005

We got a letter from our petsitter today; she’s closing her business. 🙁 I’m really bummed about it, because she was a really good petsitter. Celeste and Kanji were very comfortable with her and she always left progress reports.

She also knew pet CPR and how to give shots and medicine. I didn’t worry one minute knowing that she was taking care of Kanji when he got sick the day before we left on our 2nd Anniversary cruise last year.

Fooey. It’s going to be tough to replace her, but I’m hoping to get a reference from her tomorrow. If not, I guess I better start making some calls.

On another note, my mother (whom I’m very close with) and I are going to be marching in the Mass March & Rally this Saturday in Los Angeles city. I will most certainly take my camera and hopefully get my Gallery2 installation working by the end of this weekend to post the pics!

Erm, that is, after I get my homework done… (suure)

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