Saturday, December 20, 2008

Doesn't surprise me

Heard a mention of this story today on the radio, and had to look it up online and read the whole thing. It seems that some well meaning, but ultimately clueless, citizens in England tried to rescue a "distressed owl" for several hours before discovering that it was fake. They even called in the RSPCA and the local Fire/Rescue folks.

I mean seriously, it doesn't even look like a real owl for Pete's Sake:


When asked about the scale of the blunder, the RSPCA spokeswoman was not at all apologetic about the waste of manpower, resources, or taxpayer money on such an obvious waste of time:

"Spokeswoman Klare Kennett said: 'It is not the first time we have been called to rescue an animal that isn't real but we'd rather be safe than sorry.'"

Rather safe than sorry?.... I can see that. That's why you send someone out to take a two minute look-see. Having an officer stare at the plastic bird for two hours, and then calling in Fire/Rescue? - That's just retarded.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I'm Hooked...

Ok. I swear this blog isn't turning into the "pictures of Paladin's grandbaby Blog"...(even though she IS the most beautiful baby in the world). But I just could resist posting another picture.

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I sat in the hospital room yesterday and rocked her for a couple of hours. I even forgot about my jaw hurting :)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

New Arrival...

I hate going to the dentist. Fortunately, I was born with good teeth. I'm 44 years old, and up until now I've only had 3 small fillings - so I've been able to avoid going to the dreaded place. I had some bad experiences with a ham handed dentist when I was a kid, and I've avoided going like the plague.

My anxiety over dentist visits, and my overconfidence in the quality of my dental genetics, led me to put off visiting the dentist for 16 years. I recently lost a filling, and the tooth had begun to cause me a good deal of discomfort. I went in the morning to get it looked at, and walked out the door 4 hours later having had to have a tooth extracted and it's neighboring teeth ground down in preparation for installation of a bridge.

You'd think dental science would have progressed to the point that extracting a tooth didn't involve grabbing it with a pair of pliers and wrenching/pulling as hard as you can.... don't ya think?

Anyway, I now feel like I've been hit in the face with a hammer. I'm wacked on Vicodin, but still in pain.

Didn't stop me from welcoming my little Granddaughter into the big wide world, though. This is Bailey. She's my Daughter's first baby, and our first Grand Child.

I'm already wrapped securely around her finger....


Friday, December 5, 2008

Days gone by...

Youtube is largely a collection of crap... but it does have its high points. I Subscribe to the Youtube channel for the British Film Institute, which is a huge antique and vintage film archive. I can spend hours looking through the old footage that they have on line from the early 1900's.

Recently they posted the clip below. Its a silent movie featuring a holiday theme, and it dates to 1898!!! This is what special effects looked like over 100 years ago :)




I posted this one, since its the Christmas season, but there are some other even more amazing videos posted there as well. Here's one of my favorites: Its scenes from Britain's Blackpool Victoria Pier in 1904. Its fascinating to me to watch the people as they looked in everyday life back in those days. They would mug for the camera just like people do today, and then the film makers would charge people to watch themselves on the "big screen" in the local new-fangled movie house.

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