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First days

April 26th, 2008 | 2 Comments | Posted in work is good

Well, yesterday was our first day at the new store and it is NICE!!  The register counter is marble, the coffee shop upstairs has a covered, outdoor balcony seating area, and the bathrooms are seriously awesome.  This is one of the nicest stores I have ever been in.

Plus, we are going to have all kinds of new stuff in the store because ours is a new ‘concept’ store.  We have a spot where you can mix and burn your own CD’s; we have a place where you can publish your own book; we even have a spot in the travel section where you can go ahead and book your airline tickets.

The day was pretty much a meet and greet kind of thing and a store tour, but today the real work started.  We got the books in – two 18-wheelers with almost 90 pallets of books.   In case you can’t picture it, these trucks were PACKED with boxes upon boxes of books.  Ten hours and about 20-some pizzas later and we have all the books in their new home and waiting to be put up on the shelves.

On one of our breaks the wife and I decided to run right across the street to Walgreen’s and get a soda.  As we left the store we had two vans pull up because they saw us walking out and thought we were open, they sounded so happy about it that I felt bad telling them it was going to be three more weeks before our doors open.  I think our opening day will be a madhouse, but probably a lot of fun too.

The next three weeks for us are going to probably be a whirlwind of work and school.  The store opens and school ends on the same day, and with unlimited hours at work, and lots of homework to do I am wondering how much sleep I will really get.  The wife is going to be doing the same thing, so we are both thinking that it’s going to take some major coordination to take care of our new diabetic cat, do homework/housework, and earn as much money as we can while it is available.

Everything is happening at once it seems, but I guess that’s OK because work is good.

Diabetic Kitty

April 24th, 2008 | 4 Comments | Posted in Furballs

Yes, I found out today that my cat Quazo is diabetic.  I knew she wasn’t feeling well because she hadn’t been acting like her normal self.  She has been sleeping right next to the water bowl and drinking a ton of water over the last week or so and I only recently noticed that because we were always on the run to school or work and then with homework you just don’t pay as much attention as you think you do.

Initially I thought she was sleeping there to be next to me because she does that, she’ll curl up on the back of my chair and lay against my neck, or will sleep next to the keyboard so that I can reach over and scratch her head whenever she wants (which she usually lets me know by grabbing my hand and pulling it onto her head).  I could tell that she just wasn’t herself and her coat started looking dull so I called the vet on Monday and made an appointment for today. 

So, this morning I dragged out her crate and put it together figuring that I was going to have to chase her around the apartment and then wrestle her into the crate for her appointment.  To my surprise, as soon as it was together she walked right into it, laid down and looked at me like “Well, let’s go”.

Once we were at the vet they confirmed what I secretly had feared, she has diabetes.  The good thing is that with a change in diet and insulin she will be able to get back to her normal self in no time, also the Vet said that it is possible that after she has been on insulin for a while that her pancreas will start producing insulin on it’s own again.

She was really good at the vet too, they had to take blood and urine and she didn’t complain once.  Now, she is resting on ‘her chair’ right next to me and hopefully with regular shots over the next week or so she’ll start coming back to her normal self.

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So, now I am going to be giving her shots twice a day for as long as she needs it.  The only bummer is the fact that her insulin costs $95 bucks for a bottle that may last about 2 months, but it’s what needs to be done so I’ll do it.

So very cool

April 24th, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted in cool science, Support the Troops

I really would love to have one of these

The Gryphon attack glider, designed to penetrate combat zones at 135 miles per hour, could revolutionize the art of parachuting. It has got to be at the top of James Bond’s Christmas list this year.

I love this. 

Angry Renter

April 23rd, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in People are Stupid

In the Personal Responsibility section today we have AngryRenter.com 

While most of us have been working hard, living in an apartment and paying rent until we can actually afford a house, some people (less than 2%) went out and bought a house they couldn’t afford using some creative loan practices that came back and bit them in the ass so now they are in foreclosure. 

What is the solution to their bad decision making??   Why, the rest of us should bail them out of course.  We should pay for their greed, stupidity, and inability to live within their means.

All we hear these days is whining from reckless home borrowers and their banks.

But did you know that renters are 32 percent of American households? And that homes in foreclosure are less than 2 percent?

So why is Congress rushing to bailout high-flying borrowers and their lenders with our tax dollars?

Unfortunately, renters aren’t as good at politics as the small minority of homeowners (and their bankers) who are in trouble. We don’t have lobbyists in Washington, DC. We don’t get a tax deduction for our rent and we don’t get sweetheart government loans.

Quite simply, we are just Angry Renters. And now it is our time to be heard: no government bailouts!

When my wife and I first got married we considered getting a condo because the realtor assured us that the mortgage on the condo would be less than what we were paying in rent.  So, we went and looked and found one of their models that we actually liked.  

It was about 1700 sq ft. but they wanted $140,000 for it which made me say WTF?  Then the voodoo started.  The mortgage they quoted was actually $250 more a month that what our rent was  and we said “Well, we can’t afford to do that so maybe when we have save up more”.

The realtor then starts talking about how if we do this on our taxes we’ll get this amount back and it will be as if we are only paying this much, plus after this much time we can refinance it and then do this and that.  The more he talked the sleazier the deal sounded and I said so to him.

“Oh, no” says he,”This is all perfectly legal and trust me, you’ll love it.  Plus, the value of your place will just go up.”

 Well, it may have been legal, but that doesn’t mean it’s smart and I see no reason I should pay because someone else was too stupid to remember that if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.

hat tip to Michelle Malkin

Good for him

April 22nd, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted in webstuff

Allen Keita subdued a man who tried to break into his home.  Normally this isn’t so news worthy, but Mr Keita is legally blind.

“It’s pretty remarkable for anyone that’s blind to be able to defend themselves, let alone make an apprehension,” Lt. Jeff Duhamell said. “To be able to grab this guy and hold him down until police got there is pretty remarkable.”

I say ‘good for him’, he didn’t let a handicap stop him or turn him into a victim.  More people could learn from this kind of example.

The Liberal Way

April 21st, 2008 | 1 Comment | Posted in Libtards, People are Stupid, pretty pictures

Couldn’t find it on his site, so I figured I’d post it here

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