Sunday, October 18, 2009

Doggy Discipline Days

Yesterday, the Dude finally got his cone off after two weeks. He's been wearing the cone to keep him from fussing with a would he got in the front yard (probably scrapping with a cat). He hasn't been able to play outside for a while to give himself a chance to heal properly.

He'd just gotten his cone off and Angie open the front door to go out when he exploded out the door and down the road to chase all the cats next door. He ignored our calls, the cats took off and he chased them off into the forest bounding the lake. I ran after him and into the forest yelling for him to come back. Apparently, the cat got away and I could seem him hiding in the underbrush. He knew he was in a spot of trouble with me.

The Dude took off in the opposite direction coming out of the trees and hiding under Angie by the time I got back.

Needless to say, someone was dealt with rather harshly.

Today I walked down to the general store for a few items and my morning chat with the owner. I noticed the people on the farm next door have a new pit bull. At least I've never seen it before. It ran up to the fence and made a big fuss as I walked by. Eventually, a guy came out of the house and called it back.

On the way back, I was on the opposite side of the street but the pit bull came out hollering and fussing at the fence. Then it ran across the yard and came out the front gates, ran across the highway and tried to attack me. I yelled and came at it and it backed up into the highway where it was almost struck by an oncoming car. The owner heard the commotion and called the dog back in.

I can tell a grievous accident is about to happen with that dog. I'm usually in my car, but Angela and the Dude are not. Not to mention 50mph traffic whizzing along Lake Earl Drive.

All to say that we all need to get more control over our pets. In these troubled times, few of us can afford the results of failing to properly discipline them.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Here Comes the Pitch!!

I'm in a very rainy Crescent City today, pitching the ecstasy of a world with ComputeSpace in it to a very nice banker.

Cover your eyes, Mom! I asked for some money!

Why, you ask, would a seemingly smart and principled guy such as me want to get in bed with morally-compromised banking types?

  1. If I really want Johnny and Janey to get to learn astronomy in this very cool way we've devised, someones going to have to dig deep and give us some love. (BTW, since this is being marketed to rural regions I guess that should be little Clem and Bobby Sue).
  2. It's America, dudes. Time is money and money is time and we all want Johnny, Janey, Clem, or Bobby Sue to get their hands on this thing before I start getting Social Security.
  3. However lefty, geeky, academic, or hippy I am, I'm also the son of a (Republican) business man. I like money. It looks good, feels good, smells good, tastes good. I want the bank to gimme some more of it. I want to take a bath in it and rub it all over my body. Then I want to deploy ComputeSpace around the planet, pop open a cold one and take my dog fishing out on the lake.
...and here comes the pitch...she swings's...

Friday, October 09, 2009

Say (California) Cheese!

I was strolling down to the mailbox and a couple of the "neighbors" were kind enough to pose for a picture...

Thanks, ladies!

The Solo Presentation

Just got a call to give a presentation on ComputeSpace on Tuesday morning at our business advisor's office. Kevin's in Europe, Talia's in DC; Bob, Werner, and Jeri are all doing their respective things in the Bay Area, so that leaves me to give a solo presentation on why ComputeSpace is the greatest thing since cheese and why people should open their wallets and fling high denomination bills our way.

It's not my first presentation but the stakes seem high in getting this person on board with us.

I'd be happier if the entire brain trust was in the room. They are an impressive group of people.

As for me, I have one big surprise up my sleeve for Tuesday and I hope it'll show why ComputeSpace is really different from all the other educational tools out there.

Keep your fingers crossed!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Help a Brotha Out...

My photograph "Our Cabin by the Lake" is being considered for publication in the next JPG Magazine on the theme of Decay and Weathering. It takes votes to be included and I implore you to stuff the ballot box in my behalf.

Here is the link:

and here's the photograph:

Barn Swallowed

Here's a photo that was submitted to JPG on the theme subject of Decay.