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My Dog Stretches…and all is well

March 28, 2010

That may seem like a pretty strange header, but if you knew what I’ve been through regarding Beth the Awesome, you’d understand.

A little background: Until this past December, I had been living alone here in New England in a small garret apartment and just before Thanksgiving I decided to alter the situation so I would not have to become quite as adept at channel surfing on the TV and Ebay-induced impulse buys. I needed something to occupy my time and what is left of my sanity. I was well on the way through the approved phases recommended for singles of “raise a goldfish, keep a plant as well as write in a journal and a dream diary”. I skipped the fish part since I have a bad history with fish rearing. My avocado plants are doing well, however and gave me courage to consider the next step; that is to take on a living, breathing, fur-bearing creature.

I put out the word that I was looking for an apartment size dog, older than a pup but not on its last good leg, preferably a terrier of sorts and that is exactly what I got, “Beth”. She was found beside a major roadway near my house and taken to the local shelter where, through networking, my search found the right person with the right contacts and, just before Christmas, Beth came into my life. Anyone who has ever had a dog, especially as a primary friend, can understand the life-transforming effect. The last two years in my life have been very difficult and now the aches and pains of those months have been almost completely washed away.

Beth is a Corgi/sumptin’ mix, almost made to order for what I had hoped for in temperateness and companionship. It was an instant bond when we met. She is always with me and has succeeded in training me quite well. “Accidents” are usually my fault and my daily schedule has been adjusted to be a bit more normal thanks to her internal clock as opposed to my “I’ll sleep when I’m tired and eat when I’m hungry” way of thinking.

Imagine then that I may have had the most startling and frightening wakeup ever in my life today. Beth usually sleeps curled at my feet, but last night she came up nearer my end so I was able to pet her to sleep. That was just fine until I woke up to find her still there where she was when I fell asleep. However, she was on her side with all four legs sticking straight out stiff as chair legs. Looked like the stuffed dead dog from a bad comedy! You can imagine I was scared to b’jeezers! It took me a moment of near panic before I poked her to see if she was still with me on this earth.
She merely hurrumphed and got out of bed for her morning stretch and breakfast. All this was after doing research yesterday on whether dogs go to heaven so you can imagine I was pretty primed for the worst.
She’s fine, though and I’ve calmed down so have a great day and think well of me and Beth the awesome.


How to spend more money on Ebay – A purely personal approach.

February 3, 2010

The First

Today in one of my bi-polar impulse moves, I decided to see if I could find a model airplane magazine from the month I was born, September, 1955. I was lucky and found the only copy which, of course, I had to have, even though my budget is tighter than an over strung ukulele. For a normal person, that would have been enough; mission accomplished, right? Not likely in my case. So I opened the search to anything from that month in 1955 in Ebay. Oh goody! More stuff!

Now this is where blogging comes in handy. I can channel my desire to buy all those markers of my birthday into writing about my finds and just showing you a mere smattering of what I discovered. I did put a few on the “watch list” however.

Obviously most of these are geared toward the male side of readership, but there are a few for the ladies as well. I challenge you to hit Ebay and search for your birth month and year and see what pops up. Just stay out of your PayPal account!

"Do these jeans make..."

Jeans in the classroom were pretty risqué in ’55. Even the more so when you don’t know if it’s the teacher or a student at the board!

Only the Names are Different

Jackie Robinson, Zsa Zsa Gabor, FrankSinatra and Gloria all made the tabloid in the same day with the rest of the current crop. of the mid ‘50’s.

The Title Tells All

I swear I just might have to buy these.

I think there is a good market for old fashioned pulp romance and I just might re-kindle that spark to bring to full flame the burning heart of the heaving blog bosom …

OK, it needs work, but I have plenty of time to git’er done!

Need to Know

All I want to know is what “kind” of wolf is being tamed here. Is this telling a woman how to cook her man’s steak? Or is it a cautionary article for the fellow who really wants to tame a wild wolf (you know, the fur bearing meat eating critters) and not get turned “into” STEAK*.

*You will notice I almost always put STEAK in caps. I hold it in high esteem.

One way or Another

This may be one of the funniest covers I’ve ever seen. It would lead you to believe that if your “bed habits” as a woman aren’t up to par (either for you or your partner) then you might have to resort to the other option?

And we think we are tough on ourselves in the 21’st century!

Makes ya say..."Whut?"

I’m not exactly sure that I’d want to call this a “good” body shot. Looks to me like a badly healed shark attack wound.

More "Whut?"

OK, Last one of these for the ladies. If you want more, you are going to have to comment on this blog and ask for ’em.

I will say that teens in general were in a lot better shape than they are today. Not as buff as this character, but you know he didn’t spend money gettin’ hisself ripped on McNuggets.

Tricky Dick" the Early Days

Did you recognize the face on this cover as simple as it is drawn?

Nixon did succeed; just not in some of the ways imagined in 1955.

We all go through our cycles, don’t we?

I found it!

Yes, I found a copy. No I did not buy it…yet.

I swear if I did it would only be to read the same articles that my father was reading while he was awaiting the moment of my arrival into this world. I know he never looked at the pictures. He said so!

Besides, Marilyn Monroe was in it.

Bullets of all Kinds

Even then they had bullet trains, bullets in the hands of teens and cars that looked much like. Not much has changed except They may have been a bit safer then.

Before the Swimsuit Issue

I was born among the greats! The name “Bud” Wilkinson is familiar even to those who are not sports buffs.

One More Time

“She looked over her shoulder (the wrong one) with hopes that her feeble attempts to cross the creek would attract the virile, muscular ranch hand so she might reward him with …”

(to be continued)

And Finally...

Yes, I am a “Friday’s Child”…

“Loving and Giving”