Good bye Patrick

My little dog Patrick died suddenly yesterday and I am so sad.

He was a great little dog and a good friend.  He was good company for me and that is important when you live alone as I do.

He was also a good influence on me to get out and get more exercise.  He loved to walk through the forests and along the beaches.  He loved to fetch his tennis balls in the back yard.

He barked like crazy when the mailman came.  That always drove me nuts and I used to scold him for it but now I miss it.  Now I find that it is a nuisance to have to go out and check to see if the mail has come.

Here is a recent picture of Patrick in his favorite “look out” spot on the sofa where he kept watch for the mailman.  (That is Ollie and Shadow behind him.)

A while back I wrote a post about him  here and there are some pictures of him here.

I have another little dog, Waldo, a Shitzu mix that I took in as a stray last summer.  Waldo is a sweetie but he is very quiet and very small, almost like another cat.  Waldo doesn’t bark or fetch and he’s not really much for the outdoors.  Also, he doesn’t look at me the way Patrick used to and he is too small to really hug.  I miss hugging Patrick so much already…

Even the cats loved to cuddle up to Patrick!  Here is a picture taken a few weeks ago of my cat Ollie snuggling up to Patrick.

You can see how woolly Patrick was.  I always let his fur grow out during the winter for warmth and then get it clipped short in the spring .  But even with it clipped short, his fur was like Velcro and it could take hours to pick all the burrs and leaves and stuff out of his coat after a hike.  It was just part of taking him out…  I would get a cup of hot tea or a glass of iced tea, depending on the season, and sit down with him and comb or cut all the scratchy little bits out of his fur.

So I am thinking about him a lot and really missing him today.  Good bye little friend.

Brett Favre Injury Photos

Brett Farve’s injuries in the playoff game were much more serious than previously thought.  Here are the pictures that were sent by his agent to a journalist:

Brett Favre Injury Photo

Brett Favre Injury Photo

Brett Favre Injury Photo

Brett Favre Injury Photo

Click to see extra large close-ups of Favre’s thigh injury photo and Favre’s and Favre’s ankle injury photo.

These photos come from Brett Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, who shared them with Rick Cleveland of the Clarion-Ledger.

Looking at the extent of the injuries certainly gives you some insight into Favre’s fateful end-of-the-4th-quarter decision not to run the ball and go for the pass instead.

I am such a die-hard Favre fan that I can’t think clearly about him.  What I love about watching him goes beyond appreciation of his talent.  I love watching his passion for the game and watching how his enthusiasm energizes the whole team.

If he had stayed out of the game after his ankle injury he would have gone out a hero.  If he had hung onto the ball instead of passing the Vikings might have made the field goal and won the game. 

But the part of Farve that made him get back into the game and made him go for the pass is what people like me love most about him. 

In this life how many chances do we get to see pure passion expressed so openly and joyfully?

I know that posting these photos won’t even begin to silence his detractors but I am hoping that they will help his fans understand what happened at the end of the playoff game.

Viking Saints game a heartbreaker

Watching the Viking Saints game was pure torture for us Brett Favre fans.

I live in the Green Bay area where most people still really love Brett Favre and root for him no matter who he plays for.

I really don’t care about the Vikings and only followed them because Favre seemed happy there.

Obviously the best outcome of the Viking Saints game would have been for Favre to shine and the Vikings to win but if I had to choose I would rather that Favre had a good game and the Vikings lost than for the Vikings to win despite a poor performance by Favre.

Of course the outcome was the worst thing possible:  the Vikings lost because of a mistake by Favre.  He made a very stupid pass which was intercepted and prevented the Vikings from kicking a very doable field goal to win the game.  It was in some ways a gruesome re-enactment of the end of Favre’s last game with the Packers.

You know what the brightest moment of the game was for me?  It sounds crazy but I felt really good when Favre was injured and it looked like he might not come back to the game.

He would have gone out a hero.   That is all I wanted out of this game.

But he will always be a hero to me.

Work is play?

I was reading some poetry today before the Vikings game started and I ran across “Two Tramps in Mud Time” by Robert Frost.  The final stanza spoke to me as I struggle to decide which path to follow in my career.

But yield who will to their separation,
My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one,
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really done
For Heaven and the future’s sakes.

Work has certainly not been play for me lately.  But I am looking forward starting something new!

Wish me luck…

Frozen energy drink cans explode in car!

Did you ever wonder what it would look like if two large cans of orange energy drink froze solid and then exploded in the front seat of a small car?

Well, if so, you have come to the right place!

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When I first saw all the orange ice in the car I couldn’t imagine what it was…

Actually I am very lucky that they were frozen so hard when they exploded because it was relatively easy to sweep and scoop the ice chunks out of the car.  If they had exploded while still liquid and then later the whole mess froze up… yikes!  I don’t even want to imagine what that would have looked like.

So, the moral of the story is (obviously) don’t leave cans of liquid in the car in the winter in northern Wisconsin!