Crazy Cat Lady in Training

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  1. I'll go back and look at it again. Thanks for clarifying.
  2. I have no problem with that and it's good that they did. There are Bengals fans on Twitter saying they hope Shazier never walks again. But we're the assholes. Whatever.
  3. What was illegal about Juju's hit? That's what I'm not getting. It looked perfectly legal to me. If it was indeed illegal, then I'll concede that point. But I don't see it. Juju just got suspended one game. That should make some people happy.
  4. You were saying? ETA: Go back and look at his high school and college careers, too. The guy is a menace and should have been given a lifetime ban long ago. Get rid of him and this craziness will stop. How many times has he been fined for headhunting? Before last night, he's racked up over $2 million in fines. It has done NOTHING to stop him. So, if he gets laid out, good. It's about time someone did it. If that makes me crazy, then whatever. You don't stop bullies by coddling them.
  5. Sarcasm, I hope? Maybe. But the league let Burfict go and encouraged it by not just banning him for life. Eventually he was going to get a dose of his own medicine. If it wasn't Juju, it would be someone else. Eventually. If he was so injured, why was he grabbing Juju's cleat? I also heard that he jumped up off the stretcher and was walking around the locker room. Faking an injury should be a finaeable or suspendable offense. Meanwhile, Ryan Shazier is still laid up in a Cincinnati hospital. I don't see how you can even compare the two.
  6. Totally agree with you. Probably not surprisingly. . I really don't like to see players injured, but Burfict is a special case. I also don't see what was wrong with Juju's hit. He led with his shoulder--did they change the rules and I didn't realize it?
  7. With as much shit as Burfict has done and all the players he's injured? If anyone deserved it, he did. This is sweet karma at its best and Juju should get a medal. He just turned 21 and knocked that thug on his ass. Good for him. This Yinzer won't shed a single tear over it.
  8. My daughter's cat passed away very suddenly last Sunday. It was awful--it happened in minutes and there was no time to even take her to the vet. She was a stray that my daughter rescued from the streets last year, but she had been to the vet several times and was given a clean bill of health. I looked up her symptoms and it could only have been a massive blood clot. She probably had advanced heart disease and congestive heart failure as well. I think my other cats knew she was sick. They never accepted her into the "tribe"--in the wild, they will drive out sick animals. But hindsight is 20/20, I suppose. They didn't take it well, even so. They hate change of any kind and I think they picked up on the mood in the house all week. Two wouldn't eat, and my little tortie started peeing all over the house. The vet gave her an antibiotic and put her on a urinary tract health prescription diet ($70 a bag for food). If that doesn't work, the vet suggested kitty Prozac. I once made fun of one of my co-workers for putting her cat on Prozac. Never again.
  9. Hi, I'm not sure how old you are, but I have two kids in their early 20s. Work/life balance is more important to them than the "greed is good" Gordon Gekko/Reagan philosophy we had drilled into us. Of course they want to make money, but they don't want to spend the next 50 years as indentured servants, giving 120% to an employer who couldn't care less about them. I don't blame them. They grew up during the recession and IMO it had a profound impact on them and the way they view work. They saw their parents lose their jobs, their homes and their life savings at the same time the safety net was being cut from under them. What's the point in loyalty to a job or a career when you could lose everything no matter how hard you've worked or how much of your life you've dedicated? As Rodney Dangerfield said in Back to School, it's a jungle out there. "Move back home with your parents. Let them worry about it!"
  10. Um, no, this is just wrong. Trump lost by 3 million votes. But if you have some evidence for that assertion, I'd love to see it. No doubt some did cross over, but it's nowhere near the overwhelming majority you make it sound like. And only ONE county voted overwhelmingly for both Obama and Trump: Howard County, Iowa.
  11. Hawks, too. Some of them like juvenile Cooper's hawks look like peregrines, only the wing shape is different and the hawks aren't nearly as fast. Peregrines eat live prey--eagles eat mostly fish but they will scavenge if necessary. Last year one of the eagle nests made the national news when the male brought a cat for the eaglets to eat. People flipped out, but this is nature, red in tooth and claw.
  12. I live right on the Ohio River. We're well acquainted with geese, ducks and gulls--I had just never seen that many flying geese overhead at once. I had one chase me once on a fishing trip. I was terrified--the top of the goose's head came up to my chest and it wouldn't leave me alone. I must have gotten too close to its eggs or goslings. I used to be on the board of directors at our rec association. We had a real problem with goose poop on the fields and there's really not much you can do about it. It comes with the territory when you live near large bodies of water, and not just the river, but lakes and creeks as well.
  13. It's kind a weird that the closest living relative to a T. rex is...a chicken.
  14. Years ago, I lived in an area that was almost but not quite rural. We used to get turkey jams on the roads. And there's nothing you can do about it except wait for them to move along. They are HUGE birds.
  15. Crows are jerks. Blue jays are even bigger jerks. They will tag-team dive bomb juvenile crows mercilessly. I've seen them steal peanuts right from the squirrels in my yard and bully their way to the bird feeder. The poor finches and starlings don't stand a chance. About a month ago, I saw literally thousands of Canada geese flying overhead. We must be directly in the flight path. I wish I'd gotten that on video, it was amazing! We just moved to this house last November so I don't know if that's a normal occurrence here or not. It was really something to see, though.
  16. This. They love to be told what to do and how to think. That's how we elected Mango Mussolini--they love their authoritarians because they have no capacity for self-thought, self-reflection or critical thinking. That's also why they're religious nutters.
  17. As someone once said, there is no more gun control debate in this country. If we didn't do anything after Sandy Hook, we never will. Killing children is now acceptable collateral damage.
  18. I love the raptors. We've cleaned up our environment and waterways, and now we have multiple bald eagle nests for the first time in over 200 years. My favorites are the peregrine falcons, though. We have several falcon and eagle cams set up, and both the eagles and the falcons have adapted remarkably well to urban environments. One pair is painful to watch--the last two years have taken their toll on raptor watchers because, well, it's pretty gruesome. That nest has been a soap opera. (See Hope and Terzo at the Cathedral of Learning.) But it's fun to watch the hatchlings grow from white fluffballs to young juveniles in a matter of weeks. There's a local old guy who rehabs birds of prey and is known simply as "The Bird Man"--I have no idea what his real name is! He used to go around to the local schools and the nature center and give presentations to the kids, who got a kick out of it.
  19. I don't care which we'd end up with as long as they pick one and leave it alone. I was fine on Sunday, but I've been wiped out all week. As soon as the sun sets I want to go to bed and sleep. I have a light box that I use every day in the winter and vitamin D is a good friend. Otherwise I'd go into hibernation. It's so gloomy here, especially in January, and we can go weeks without a single sunny day. I actually don't mind going forward and losing an hour of sleep in March--that extra hour of daylight in the evening makes all the difference and doesn't bother me at all. If we stayed on DST it would be dark till around 9 am in winter. But it wouldn't get dark until 5 ish in December.
  20. U2, Syngman Rhee, Payola and Kennedy!
  21. I have three brothers and one sister. As long as no bones were broken and blood wasn't gushing, no one cared. We had to work it out ourselves. Along those lines, bullies have existed in schools and on playgrounds forever and always will. It's how we teach our kids to deal with it that's the difference. I had to literally beat the crap out of my bully in the 8th grade (a boy) before he left me alone. Teaching them to ignore it or go to authority figures is NOT the way to go except as a last resort--schools do NOTHING about it. But that's my opinion. I know I'm probably in the minority for feeling that way, and that's okay. I had to deal with a girl who was bullying my daughter when they were in the 6th grade. After going through all the proper channels, including the girl's parents, nothing happened. So one day I told my daughter, in front of the principal and her parents, to get this girl off school property and kick the sh*t out of her. I wasn't joking and the principal said, "You can't say that!" Well, I just did. And guess what? The bullying stopped that day. It's hard to learn conflict resolution when their idea of doing that is by text message. They have so many more ways to torture each other than we did. It's even easier to be mean and rotten when you're not looking the other person directly in the eye. But you're right, they're not learning that. It doesn't help that we've pumped up their self esteem so much when they've done nothing to earn it and we never let them fail. They need to fail. They need to learn how to handle stress and adversity. My daughter almost didn't march at graduation because she missed 63 days of her first period class senior year. She was under the mistaken impression that once she turned 18 she could do whatever she wanted without consequence. I let it happen and had zero sympathy whatsoever for her tears. She needed to go through that.
  22. I remember sitting in the back seat while waiting to get gas. My dad had a 20 mile drive each way to and from work. I don't know how that boat of a car got good enough gas mileage to make it for a week. (His '72 Polara. We also had a '68 Impala and a '70 Monaco. Got maybe 12 or 13 mpg if you were lucky.) My hair has been every color you can imagine, including rainbow. Kool Aid was cheap! Back then, red hair was NOT the in thing and I did everything I could to hide it. Now I revel in it (before it turns gray). One of my friends was in beauty school and I was her favorite guinea pig. Three months before senior prom she bleached my hair...and fried it. I had to chop it all off, and it took a year or so for it to recover. Never did THAT again. Other than Jaws, the only movie that scared me out of my wits was The Omen. I still can't watch that alone. It's a shame that kids now don't know the pride young kids take in doing things on their own, like walking to school or sitting in a movie theater alone. No wonder they're so helpless well into their 20s. When did that happen and why? I remember the first time my mother let me go to the neighborhood corner store by myself. I was 5. I walked in and Rosie (the owner) asked me if my mother was coming. Nope. Are your brothers with you? Nope! I handed her a $1 bill and asked her for 4 packs of Marlboros. She gave them to me, and on home I went, bursting with pride at being able to do that all by myself.
  23. It floors me that people won't let their 10 year old kids walk half a mile to a friend's house. I remember a few years ago, a woman was arrested for allowing her 12 year old to walk a mile home. It's ridiculous. We rode public transit alone at 10 and had free run of the neighborhood, but if you weren't home by the time the street lights came on, look out Loretta, you were in big trouble.
  24. Born in 1969 so I'll add few to the 70s: Waiting in line at the gas pumps--if you were lucky enough to get gas. The days you could go depended on your license plate. Watching the Watergate Senate hearings because my mother had a crush on John Dean. Nixon's resignation. End of Vietnam War. Viking lands on Mars. Jaws traumatized me for life. Alien Apocalyptic movies like the Planet of the Apes films, Meteor and Airport 74. And then, of course, the Airplane! movies. The Steelers and Pirates, 1979! (The Penguins sucked but they still had their cool blue and white jerseys.) The real beginnings of computers. Riding in open cab pick up trucks. Basically, everything that's illegal now, we did as kids and we survived somehow. 80s: Indiana Jones, ET, Terminator, Aliens, the Brat Pack Miracle on Ice Mohawks (I had one) Space Shuttle (including, sadly, Challenger) Bombing Libya Grenada The 80s were the best decade of my lifetime, period. I don't remember much of the 90s, honestly. I was busy starting a family and missed a lot of the pop culture stuff until my kids were old enough to start paying attention to their own pop culture.
  25. Completely agree! It's far better than The Stand but gets continually overlooked as one of the best horror (and apocalyptic!) novels ever written. Stephen King even acknowledges that in Four Past Midnight. Scared the bejeezus out of me. Here we go round the mulberry bush...