The Middle East is crazy. Every other day there is a car bombing, suicide bomber, war, death, death and more death… Now factions unhappy with the liberation? of Iraq, who fear the future have resorted to drastic means. They have kidnapped a bunch of private citizens whose nations support the occupation in Iraq. Are these dumbasses aware that in most of the nations that did support the occupation, that the population in many cases did not? I certainly agree with the sign holder… everything involving the Middle East is certainly the shitz.
Marlow our new puppy has been diagnosed with Parvovirus. Without treatment 80 percent or more of dogs with Parvo die. He has a 50 percent chance of survival and there is a chance he can catch it again. Joy! I was already concerned about the cost of keeping a dog without any issues. There is training, tons of shots, examinations, new household things to buy… I was already figuring it would be costly. Now… it is going into the extreme. Shit luck. These are the cards we have been dealt and they are no face, no trump, no ace for sure. Money aside… This is B.’s third dog… all three have had serious complications of some sort. I have not met anyone who loves animals more than B. (well maybe my sister). Someone is seriously jerking her chain. To you I offer my biggest finger.
For me it is just frustration bred out of many things… my lack of dog knowledge… there is a whole dog vernacular I completely don’t understand. I’m away from the situation since I also have a cat I (which I feel I’ve been neglecting) have to care for and other obligations at *home*. And financially it couldn’t come at a worse time. Oh, and of course my new pet is in hospital with IV tubes stuck in him, vomiting and crapping his body out as a virus tries to dehydrate and kill him. Hmm, might explain why my head is throbbing.
Periodically I’ve been having a wonderful problem with my computer where it would ‘spontaneously reboot’ during a game or while working. Not good. It makes the geeky among us very angry, it would be like a prize dog at a dog show leaking on a judge. Bad, bad. So ~ something ~ had to be causing this… Back when I got the computer from ***computer grin> I noticed that the power supply clearly had ‘Pentium 4’ labelled on it. Well… my computer is an AMD XP Athlon… I know AMD is picky about power supplies, they have to be AMD certified… well… I didn’t say anything at the time (since it I had already been there complaining about something else with the computer) so I gave them the benefit of my doubt, figuring it could be a dual chip supported power supply. Ha. Well it wasn’t. After running Asus probe I found the CPU was actually rather cool, the case however was very warm. Odd. So I took the case off and it was obvious where all the heat was coming from. The power supply was giving off some nasty heat… the back was nearly too hot to touch. Joy. So I ripped it out and replaced it. Lo and behold. It has not spontaneously rebooted since. Further to my dismay I found the lack of power to the Hard Drive has created many bad blocks… Gah. The moral of the story kids? It it worth the extra $20 bucks to get a good power supply for your computer.
In other news… I get to see B. tonight after being apart all week. Funny it seems like much longer to me.
1. What was the last song you heard?
Dude, Where is my country audio book by Michael Moore… (highly recommended…) How can Dubya still be in office?
2. What were the last two movies you saw?
Goldfinger and a documentary on the Beach BoyZ
3. What were the last three things you purchased?
Hard Drive, Groceries, AK-47 Fully automatic with an adapted silencer
4. What four things do you need to do this weekend?
Make sweet monkey love with B., get to Toronto, play ball hockey, likely drive B. to VIARAIL…
5. Who are the last five people you talked to?
Neighbour, B., Dad, Mother, Jenn
I’m a big hockey fan. I like the NHL (GO SABRES!), Olympic hockey (GO CANADA!) and playing some pick up ball hockey on the weekends… so when I saw Todd Bertuzzi, Vancouver’s big ‘power forward’, who weighs in at 245lbs, driving someone’s head into the ice after intentionally sucker punching him from behind, it really makes me wonder about the direction the game I love is taking. I have no doubt he will be suspended the rest of the season, maybe even playoffs, and possibly even face criminal charges, and yet I wonder if it will be enough. I have not seen such a vulgar act in hockey. It was so blatant and intent on injuring. I’m aware of the sticking up for the team idea and usually agree with it, but not this this brutal end. At least fight face to face. The NHL has a lot to think about in the forthcoming post season: Possible rule changes, salary caps, 1 referee or 2, remove the blue line, red line, goal line… I hope they think long and hard about the sport and do what is best for hockey… so they incidents like this won’t happen again. shakes his head
In other news… Happy belated 11th month anniversary hon.. I also managed to kill another hard drive. Hard drives of the world FEAR ME! Fortunately there is a technological improvement called Serial ATA which is gaining popularity and should stem my murderous tendencies.
Recently I’ve been listening to streaming audio stations a lot.. simply because commercial radio *does indeed suck ass*. Gee, let’s hear that same song again spanky. I’ve been giving KEXP a generous listening too. It is more modern rock and all sorts of different stuff tossed in… mostly based on listener requests. Certainly a breath of fresh air. Checka- checka- checka- check it out.
Friday evening was spent at B.’s friend Trish’s place. She had a 70’s fondue birthday party. I will go on record: tempura fried broccoli is just divine. yum. yum. YUM! It seemed most of Trish’s friends were very extroverted, singing, playing the piano… where as your truly is clearly not. (Well. not usually) So it was fun. But there came a time when it was time to leave. Happy Birthday Trish.
We had a crazy turn out for hockey this weekend. Nearly 20 guys… It was quite competitive… Of course… beginning injury boy, I got tripped near the end of the game, creating a nasty bruise on my upper thigh. I was expecting it to get all black, purple and gross… but it is just a painful pink at the moment. In the early evening nIVEK and I grabbed a ‘gourmet’ pizza and watched the Leafs drop one to the Habs. ThatEdGuy came over as well… Had a few dobro Karlovacko pivo! Thanks to nIVEK for the Deep Cold… and ice — the bruise seems better today.
The evening was spent on the couch with B. who let me know it is my duty and responsibility to talk while on the telephone. Gah. Is there a device I hate more? I think not. Something are private and I only feel comfortable discussing them in private. Period.
Ahhh yes… A wonderful beginning… Maybe those dumbass leaf fans should put away their tinfoil cups until they are in the stanley cup finals… Go Sens! Go!
Had a nice long walk along some trails in Brampton with B. this afternoon… It was good to get some air. Long walks with B. are always benefical. It seems the future is pretty bright after all. She can make a mean meatball too. Tomorrow we are going to the Toronto Sportsmen Show… dogs, kayaks, outdoorwear… stuff. Should be pretty interesting…
Sabres dropped to 6 back….Fooooooooooore!
Started playing with a fractal generator to create the unsung background… curious Captain.
We decided to pick up The Missing with Tommy Lee Jones and Cate Blancett. Bdot picked this one out… and typically her selections have been bombs and/or disappointing picks. (We even turned one off…) However… while this wasn’t earth shattering… it was a pretty entertaining film. Set in New Mexico circa 1880 it is based on a mother desperate to rescue her daughter who was kidnapped by a curious band of native Americans. The side plot involves Tommy Lee as the estranged father of Blancett’s character (the mother) who enters into her life and helps her track the kidnappers. The *villains* especially the kidnapper’s leader, are a pretty intimidating bunch. I guess Hollywood was out of *terrorist* villains. Anyways – as the story unfolds we learn more about the relationship between father and daughter and understand why they are so distant. I enjoyed the scenery, *New Mexico* was nicely shot by Ron Howard. The religious undertones between Christianity and native spiritualism was also interesting. Tommy’s nasty hair wig however, was not. Not bad to kill an evening when there is nothing on the tube.
unsung rating: *** 1/2