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Saturday, October 27, 2007

If it ain't easy being you...

Be someone else.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

Did someone say "squirrel?"

One of the aspects of fall I most enjoy is exploring the trails in South Park with Beanie, my 13-year-old mixed breed. Like me, Beanie's become grayer and lumpier as she's aged. Unlike me, one of Beanie's lumps is neither benign nor operable, which means each walk with her in the cool air is an event to be savored and burned into long-term memory.

We sometimes stay a few extra minutes and retrace our steps on the trail until we find a squirrel or chipmunk that can be intimidated by Beanie's formidable bark. When the target of the sonic assault flees under the colorful blanket of damp leaves or scurries up a tree, Beanie turns, looks at me and gives me a satisfied smile, as if to say, "I still got it, Dad."

I have scores of things which need to be done around the house, a software problem that's been vexing a customer for a week, and an overdue phone call of some importance which I really shouldn't miss.

I think it's time for another walk...

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

I'm taking the day off. It's Whit Bissell's birthday.

Michael Landon and Whit Bissell in I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957),
and Bissell as Mr. Lurry, manager of tribble-infested Deep Space Station K-7
in the original Star Trek episode The Trouble With Tribbles (1967).

Whit Bissell (October 25, 1909-March 6, 1996) was an alumnus of the Carolina Playmakers, the prestigious amateur-theatrical arm of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He entered films with 1943's Holy Matrimony, instantly establishing his standard screen characterization of fussy officiousness. Twice as busy on TV as he was in theatrical films, Bissell was starred as Woodrow Wilson on a 1965 episode of the Profiles in Courage anthology and was co-starred on the futuristic adventure series Time Tunnel. Lovers of low-budget 1950s horror films have a special place in their hearts for Whit Bissell's brace of "mad scientist" portrayals in I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) and I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957); it was in the latter film that the admirably straight-faced Bissell uttered the immortal line: "Answer me! I know you have a civil tongue in your mouth-I sewed it there myself!" For his contributions to science fiction films, Bissell received a life career award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films in 1994. He served on the Screen Actors Guild board of directors for nearly two decades. - Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Flaming squirrels from the sky

A New Jersey woman's Toyota Camry last week suffered a sciurine kamikaze attack during which a flaming squirrel fell onto the vehicle, slid into the engine compartment and provoked an explosion which destroyed the parked vehicle, the Jersey Journal reports.

Lindsey Millar, 23, and bruv Tony, 22, were at home in Bayonne last Wednesday lunchtime when the incident occurred. The animal had apparently decided it was a really good move to chew through overhead powerlines directly above the motor, and was duly fried for its trouble.

Tony Millar explained: "The squirrel chewed through the wire, was set on fire, fell down directly to where the car was. The squirrel, on fire, slid into the engine compartment and blew up the car."

He added: "They're always coming around here, chewing through the garbage."

Ms Millar is apparently fully insured for incendiary squirrel strike, although her brother concluded: "It's something to laugh about once she has a new car. It's not funny yet."

As a rather poignant footnote, the Jersey Journal notes that the Millars' house is fully decked out in anticipation of Halloween, "complete with a tiny plastic tombstone on their front lawn". Tony Millar said the family "will consider dedicating the tombstone to the squirrel".

(The Register via Rafal M. Sulejman)

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Just kidding...

And the alternate caption for the photo below is, of course, "No! Stay away from the light!"

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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Doug and Angela....

My son Doug and his lovely bride Angela
at their wedding yesterday.

I'm still verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves. See you tomorrow.

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