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December 2009
Tue, Dec. 1st, 2009 09:56 am

Just wanted to help spread word about this event...

Come shop for locally produced goods by Mallory & Marzipan (a.k.a. neophobic), Lizerati, ScurvyDog Photography, and Lorigami without having to trudge through a mall.


Tue, Dec. 1st, 2009 09:47 am

So, Ruby (Pictures: 1, 2, 3) has extended her stay with us a bit. After bringing her home last week and discovering what a perfect dog she is, neither neophobic nor I had the heart to take her into a shelter, so she's been staying with us.

That said, Ruby still needs a home. Either a foster home or a permanent home will do. After getting to know her, I'd have to say she'd be a perfect first dog for someone. She's housebroken, loving, protective (without being aggressive), gets along with other dogs, and really is just a perfect dog. We think she's a ridgeback mix (neophobic says she's seen a ridge along her back when she's outside playing with Marzipan), and she just has a great temperament.

Anyway, if you know anyone who might be looking to add a furry body to their household, please let them know about Ruby. They're almost certain to love her.


Wed, Nov. 25th, 2009 10:34 am

So, a neighbor of ours has recently had two of his roommates move out on him, one of them leaving behind her dog, Ruby. He's in the process of moving out himself (he's not the one on the lease), and moving to an apartment where he can't bring Ruby. Rather than leave her abandoned in a house without food or power, and not wanting to take her to animal control where she's likely to be put down, he's asked us and some of our other neighbors for some help finding a home for Ruby.

Ruby is a sweet, 2-year old mutt that is intelligent and housetrained. She's protective of her people, but not aggressive. She's been somewhat trained (she can sit and shake) and is healthy, though she'll need a flea treatment ASAP.

She may have issues with cats (hence why neophobic and I can't take her in), but she just needs someone to take her for a few days at least while we try to find her longer-term arrangements.

Know anyone who can help?

UPDATE: Ruby's found a place either with the Atlanta Humane Society or Barking Hound Village. Now she just needs a permanent home. She's really a sweet dog.

Current Mood: hopeful hopeful


Sun, Oct. 18th, 2009 10:05 am

So, Saturday's win against Virginia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium was the first time since 1962 that the Yellow Jackets defeated a top-5 ranked opponent at home. Pretty impressive stuff.

Though high on the preseason buzz (pun only partially intended), I have to admit that I've had some significant concerns about the team for most of the year. After Clemson and Miami, I wondered if opponents had figured out Paul Johnson's offense. Then, with later wins over Mississippi State and FSU, I wondered how far we could go with a defense that couldn't seem to stop anyone. But with the victory over VT last night, I think we've seen the power of this Ramblin' Wreck when it's firing on all cylinders.

I still have some lingering concerns about the defense, but we've got some true freshmen really stepping up to the plate when it matters, and I think we'll keep seeing improvement for the rest of the season. That said, I miss the John Tenuta defenses of the Chan Gailey era, and I think a Johnson offense combined with a Tenuta defense could put Tech into contention for a national title, but Tenuta's due for a head coaching gig, and I doubt we could pull him out of West Bend for another stint at DC.

With the remaining schedule, assuming we can avoid the typical loss to a vastly outmatched opponent, we should be able to go 11-1 for the season. I've watched too many GT-UGA games for me to take that game for granted, but I have to say it'll be a nice change to go into that game the favorite.

That said, I do have one lingering concern about the team under Paul Johnson's leadership. As we saw in the loss to LSU in the Peach Bowl (I refuse to call it by it's new name) last year, a well-prepared team who has a season's worth of film to watch can do a good job preparing for the triple option, and stifle Tech's offense. Whether this is just an isolated incident, or what we can expect any time a team has a month to prepare for a big game is anybody's guess, but until we see some bowl games against similarly ranked opponents fall into the W column, it's going to be a concern I have.

But...that's a concern for another time. For now, I'm just happy savoring the sweet taste of Hokie.


Thu, Oct. 1st, 2009 09:05 am

Yeah...not so awesome.

Turns out they only had enough money to pay me for a little over a month. There was a hope that they'd be able to bring in more work (and therefore more money) but that hasn't materialized. So, as of next Wednesday, I'm back to being unemployed.

This shit is getting old.

Current Mood: annoyed annoyed


Sat, Aug. 29th, 2009 01:13 pm

This has been one hell of a week (in a good way).

On Monday, I had a second interview for a job, which ended with a verbal job offer. Not bad for only being in the job market for about 2 and a half weeks. Tuesday was my birthday, with an excellent bacon-themed meal prepared by neophobic. Wednesday was my first day at the new job, and all the craziness that entails, followed by a Flaming Lips concert at Chastain. Thursday I went to see my parents to celebrate my birthday with them, and then last night was dinner and drinks (and dancing, among other things) at Taverna Plaka with quite a wide array of friends, followed by more drinks at the Highlander.

Thanks to everyone, especially my lovely wife, for making this the best birthday week in ages.

Current Mood: content content


Fri, May. 29th, 2009 01:28 pm

Just received this from the shelter director where neophobic and I volunteer:

Hello everyone,

We are desprate for financial help to do transports up North to save countless homeless unwanted dogs. So far, I was able to take 27 dogs in December, 64 in March and 57 in May. I'm hoping to take at least 40 on this trip (next weekend). All the expenses have been coming out of our own pocket and we just can't afford to keep on doing this. The adoption fees barely cover the basic vet expenses (shots, spay/neuters, dewormers, microchip, etc).

Many of the dogs going with us would not have been adopted or rescued here. They are the "typical" smaller/mid-size short hair dogs, Beagle mixes, Terrier mixes, Lab mixes, etc. Many of them are requiring additional medical care (deformed legs, seniors!, eye problems, even heartworms).

Please forward this to all your friends and family who love animals. We need their help. These poor dogs lives are in their hands. Please keep in mind that PayPal is available on our website(http://etowahvalleyhumane.org/) so donating has never been easier.

Thank you from bottom of my heart!


Dorothy Wissler
Etowah Valley Humane Society
Cartersville, GA



I spoke with Dorothy recently and she said that she and you had discussed an article for the upcoming EVHS trip to New York. She asked me to send you some information. She can also add to it, and she has some pictures. Dorothy will be traveling to Yonkers, New York from June 5 - 7 to do a large adoption weekend. This will be the third trip she's taken this year. Last trip, she was able to take 64 dogs from our shelter and find homes for them. This trip she is planning to take 40 dogs. There is such a huge demand for dogs in northern states because they have very strict spay and neuter laws, something that most southern states do not have (which results in the large number of euthanizations we see in our county and beyond). When Dorothy takes these trips, she is literally saving these dogs from death. That's not to say that euthanasia is not still occurring - it occurs in our county at an alarming rate. That is why these trips are so important. We want to let the people of Bartow County know about these trips, and make them aware that while they may not have the time or money to devote to adopting a pet from our shelter, they can save a life by sponsoring one of these dogs. For just $25, anyone can sponsor one of these dogs so that they can make the trip to New York. This will be the first time we have asked for sponsorships, but because these trips are costly and we would like to make more of them, we need help from the people of our county.

Thanks so much for your help with this...I have forwarded this to Dorothy too. Please call me if you have any questions, and you can put my number in the paper for donations (770.324.3775). Also, my email address is Jacey@etowahvalleyhumane.org.

Jacey Howren
Chair, EVHS Board of Directors
Bartow County's available pets:

Please don't breed or buy when animals in
shelters die!

I just want to spread the word along...this is a real way to save animals' lives.


Thu, May. 21st, 2009 11:49 am

I got home around 6:30 last night. I had to stop by the old apartment to pick up a few things, then had the pleasure of sitting in traffic on the connector for a while. If there's one thing I don't like about our move, it's that it has made my evening commute pretty craptacular (at least, I think so, I haven't made the commute from work to home yet without stopping at the old apartment).

Anyway, when I get home, I walk in, and the house feels warm. Admittedly, I'm wearing a long-sleeve button-down shirt (had a meeting with a client earlier in the day) and I'm just tired, both of which will make me feel warm, but this feels a bit above and beyond that, especially given how mild temperatures were yesterday. So, I walk over to the thermostat, and despite being set for 70 °F, the thermostat is showing 74 °F. So, I mess around with the thermostat a bit, then play with some of the vents (cool air is blowing in, so things seem to be working), in the hopes that the temperature will drop over the course of the evening.

Fast forward to around 9:30 PM, and we're putting up curtains in our lounge. Thermostat still reads 74 °F, despite the outside temperature being in the 60's. At this point, it's obvious something is definitely wrong.

After a crappy night's sleep (I have a hard time sleeping well if I'm too warm), I wake up tired and groggy. As I'm taking a shower, it hits me. I finish my shower, get out, dry off, and head over to the fuse box. Yep...the breaker for the AC unit had tripped. I flip the switch and hear the AC unit start up just outside. Quite a relief. I really wasn't looking forward to paying to have someone come out and look at our AC unit less than a week after we moved into the house, and I would have felt like a complete dumbass to have someone come out, flip the breaker, and leave.

Anyway, the move-in continues to progress. With a little luck, we should have TV, internet, and a washer/dryer combo that will actually fit in our laundry closet by early next week. Keep your fingers crossed!

Current Location: The Office
Current Mood: tired tired
Current Music: Joe Pernice - Big Tobacco


Thu, May. 7th, 2009 02:56 pm

Closing on the house on Monday. Move-in date is Saturday, May 16th.

Then the real fun starts... :)


Fri, Apr. 10th, 2009 10:43 am

The house is ours! We went binding as of 10 AM.

Closing date set for May 11th.

BTW, how much geek cred do I gain for buying a house with "1337" for a street number?

Current Mood: ecstatic ecstatic