7 October 07: Whatever
happened to Janet Kagan?
- Her three remaining cats ate her and, because she was too
much to eat and much too rich, they upchucked her remains on
what was once her favorite rug;
- Between her second and third case of Lyme disease, she was
diagnosed as (also) having severe emphysema and, because she
took the diagnosis badly and she's still pissed that she has
to take all these damn drugs, many of which are worse
than the disease was before the doctor looked at the x-ray and
said, "I can't believe you're mobile!" (Oh, wait! You
make housecalls, Doctor Fell? How is it I didn't know that?)
- Chipmunks are for practice and entertainment only. I am either
out of practice or in want of entertainment. Now that I think
about it, the boys are right on both counts.
Off-site Oddments. Where I go to get picked-up when
23 April 07:
Copies of the '98 edition
of HELLSPARK may still be had
but not for long, apparently.
Get 'em while they last.
18 April 07: A toast---
to Richard Harding Davis (18 April 1864-11
and to James H. Schmitz (15 Oct 1911-18 April 1981)---
a birth and a death.
May we too, between those turning points,
bring such unexpected joy.
1 April 07: Welcome
to the world, Ava Margret!
I give you the obligatory: 8 lbs, 4 oz. The whole meshpucha
is doing fine and great-aunt Janet keeps bursting into laughter.
This is the only kid in the family in remembered history to arrive
on schedule, which makes her officially the best April fool's
17 March 07: Sing out
to two of my favorite leprechauns, Melissa and Meredith!
8 December 2006: Two
I have two gifts for you, both of which came to me by e-mail,
neither of which I'd ever have expected to receive (even though
I asked for one of them).
"The Man with the Sign" is the (almost complete)
lyric that Sheldon Harnick wrote to the tune of John Philip Sousa's
"The Stars and Stripes Forever." The how-this-happened
is here, though I still can't quite believe
it happened. Thank you, MA!
"The Man with the Sign," the best anthem to free
speech I have ever heard, is here.
Thank you, Sheldon Harnick!
Theater is the journal of a zookeeper who takes stunning
photos of the animals in his/her care and who tells wonderful
anecdotes about them and about zookeeping as well. Do not miss
how to tickle a slow
loris out of its dish so you can change the dish, the baby
porcupine that dances
with brooms, the young
tom ocelot who can't quite figure it out (NSFW, if your boss
is an ocelot), and the turtles and the fruit bats and the leopards
and the bears and....
This is not for the faint of heart. Sometimes they lose animals
and they always have to muck out the enclosures. But,
oh, there are so many things here I need to know that I didn't
know I needed to know and the photos are just plain amazing.
Thank you, ungulata!