Science of Stupid on NatGeo

A new NatGeoTV show I found.

Hilarious and painful to watch at the same time. “What went wrong and why.”  And “Don’t try any of this…” There is always a disclaimer at the very beginning and throughout the entire show.

Seth Herzog is funny to begin with and then he improves for each clip-the outtakes are included during the ending credits. These are just as entertaining as his intro’s as there isn’t always context.

This show is a compilation of YouTube videos of epic fails from around the world and the scientific explanation of why it failed, what law they weren’t following (such as Newton’s laws of motion) and an example of how it should have worked, as completed by a professional.

Not bad for 30 minutes of “ oooooooo, nooooooo, that looks like something is broken” and “wow, how stupid can you get?” and “why would you record that AND THEN put it on the internet?”

Sigh and laugh, it really is funny and educational.

Here is the description from the NatGeo website: “On the Science of Stupid, some self-selecting, amateur scientists go head-to-head for the crowned title of most ill-informed as they test scientific principles like torque, gravity, and Newton’s laws. As our amateur scientists have learned the hard way: try and break the laws of science, and the laws will break you. It’s the science of stupid.” (http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/shows/)

 

Posted in Cozy Couch Show Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

When the pup is hurt, the world must wait

A while back, at some point the dog started favoring his back foot. By favoring I mean he was lifting it up and not walking on it. Toe-touching.

I couldn’t find anything in his paw or leg that made him whimper or that looked like it would cause him to limp, such as a thorn or stone. He wouldn’t go up or down the stairs unless I was there for a while, such as upstairs to sleep, or downstairs for the day. Mostly, he stayed on one of the platforms near the stairs where he could look out onto the first floor. This was a red flag because he is my shadow.

Eventually, when he kept the paw off the ground, leg tucked up to his belly, while standing in the house, not just walking around outside, we took him in to get checked out.

The vet needed to do X-Rays to be sure but he out right asked if the limping started out after a trip to a dog park. We said no, no dog parks recently, and Dr. Sean explained that knee problems like this one, which he was willing to bet money on that it was the knee and not the paw or leg, usually are injuries that happen at dog parks from over-extension.

The X-Rays showed very little, thank goodness. Dr Sean told us seeing that was a good sign because there wasn’t much inflammation under the skin; the bones looked just fine. Unfortunately, the dog was freaking out by then and would have needed to have been put under to have a full knee manipulation, just to be sure. We forewent the extra work as surgery was a 90% necessity. I love our vet because even though our location is a hospital, he told us on the sly about another hospital that his friend works at…but we had to promise to come back to ours after, no switching teams. Our dog is too large for the surgeon at our location, this other vet only likes working on small dogs. So they would send us to their sister facility…  and so we had a cost estimate for both places.

I also love Dr. Sean because he did tell us there was a slim possibility that pain meds and anti-inflammatory chews might help heal the knee if we can keep the dog from moving. Now, we tried to explain that he has to walk a mile before he poops, but hey, if it helps, we skip the walk and deal with the poop schedule.

As it turns out, whether on account of the pain or the pain killer, Tanner only walked down the street and back, no longer, no father, no deviation. Unfortunately, he did not find the chews edible, and so we have to push both the pills and the chew down his throat. He was a good sport about it and enjoyed the treat after each 12 hour dose.

I’d say it was about the two week mark, when his meds ran out, that he started running circles around the furniture in the house and wanting to walk longer and farther. We still took it slowly, he wasn’t allowed to play with the dogs at our neighborhood park, we tried to walk shorter distances, at a slower pace for about a month.

He wasn’t having any of it. But he also wasn’t hurting. Fast forward to more recently, we had Tanner in for a nail clipping and they did a whole day’s health and beauty for cheaper, so we took it. As part of it, they put him under sedation. I made sure the vet on call that morning knew to manipulate his leg to see if there was any improvement or worsening. Great news, it moved just fine!

Surprisingly, (although typing it I realize it shouldn’t be) I started gaining weight. Since first getting the dog, I hadn’t lost any weight. But now that I wasn’t walking two miles a day, I was slowly gaining. I say surprisingly because I didn’t think it would have made a difference. But then again, I started adding carbs into my diet so that could be the extra calories that walking would have kept off.

Our life was put on hold while we focused on the dog, which took considerable time. Not only the slower walking but the worrying and trying to figure out what to do if surgery was necessary. And so my blogs went to the bottom of my priority list. Sincerest apologies, readers!

Thinking back, we realized his knee was probably injured when he was running around with his pal Odie. We were sitting in the grassy near old Buddy and Tanner ran over the pavement and skidded out. He had a brush burn on his inner thigh which I treated with antibiotic ointment. That may have been when he strained his knee. There were also all the times he ran up and down the stairs in the house when he could have done it. Or a combination of any of those and some unknowns.

But he is now better and we are moving on if a bit more cautiously.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Khrystos voskres, Happy Easter

Happy Easter to those who celebrate. Khrystos voskres! Voyistynu voskres! (Ukrainian, thanks to wikipedia for the spelling.)

My friend Ama married into a Polish family here in the US. She and I email back and forth since we live on opposite sides of the country. In her last email she mentioned how she was supposed to get her 7 month old’s basket together to be blessed, but she didn’t really understand why. This was my chance to enlightened her, from personal experience. My Mom and I used to get baskets together to be blessed for Easter. 

Like most Catholic traditions, Easter is steeped in pagan tradition, which was assimilated with the conquered people and watered down by Americans in the melting pot days. Different websites offer different reasons or explanations for why items are included in the basket, both Polish and Ukrainian. Some even go into all the Slavic countries/areas traditions. I wish I had the books my Mom has, which explains everything including why it is part of the tradition. I found only one website that mentions the basket linen as being judged by the community on the skill (or worth) of the woman or girl who made it. One book I had mentioned that girls would put the basket out to be inspected by the boys in hopes of a future husband picking her, a way to show off her homemaker skills in baking, sewing, and embroidery. And so we have beautiful baskets filled with hard work and delicious foods which were given up during Lent. Check out these websites for info and pictures:

http://www.brama.com/art/easter.html

http://www.polishcenter.org/polish_easter_traditions.htm

http://www.ukrainian-n-things.com/basketphotos.htm

Brama goes into great detail about the Ukrainian history of Easter and has some great pictures. “The traditions which originated in the ancient, pre-Christian times in Ukraine reflected the religious outlook, social structure and the way of life of the people…With the introduction of Christianity to Ukraine in 988 A.D. the Church adopted many of these annual rituals into the Christian holidays. As a result the Ukrainian traditions are rich and deeply symbolic in their content.”

Polish Easter Traditions include (reasons vary widely):

  • * Egg (pisanka)—Symbol of life and rebirth.
  • * Sausage (kielbasa) or ham—All types of pork were forbidden under the dietary code of the Old Testament (Leviticus 11.7). The coming of Christ was seen as exceeding the old law and the dietary items now became acceptable (Mark 7.19).
  • * Paschal lamb—It can be made of butter, cake or even plaster. It is the centerpiece of the meal. Christ is seen as the “Lamb of God.”
  • * Horseradish/pepper—Symbolize the bitter herbs of the Passover and the Exodus.
  • * Salt—Joins bread in Polish tradition as a sign of hospitality.
  • * Bread—Christ has been called “the Bread of Life.”
  • * Vinegar—Symbolizes the gall given to Christ at the crucifixion.
  • * Wine—Symbolizes the blood of sacrifice spilled by Christ at the crucifixion

Or from the amazing website The Polish American Journal (has a ton of info!):

“A basket is decorated with green parsley, flowers, and sprigs of pussy willow or boxwood (bukszpan), with a ribbon woven through the handle, and covered with a lace or embroidered doily. The basket traditionally contains: a Paschal lamb — baranek wielkanocny made of butter, cake or sugar and carrying in a cross-balanced position, a small banner sometimes with the letters IHS (representing the lamb of God); hand painted and decorated eggs — pisanki (the symbol of new life); meat (signifying prosperity); horseradish (a bitter herb, signifying the suffering of Christ); salt (a Polish tradition of welcome and hospitality); greenery (the awakening of the earth); and bread/babka (a symbol of communion and the Last Supper). This would ensure a good harvest and sufficient amount of food for coming year. ”

 Pisanki. “Although this term has come to mean Easter eggs in general, strictly speaking it refers only to those eggs decorated with the molten-wax technique.”

~I have used wax to make decorations on the eggs. Someday I will move up to the fancy decorated eggs, but it is a seriously long, hard process. The outcome is so worth it but until I have the time to devote to it, it is on my bucket list. 

 

 

 

One thing that is not listed but is in some of  the pictures is Makowiec, poppy seed bread/roll. A delicious sweet bread rolled out and filled with sweet poppy seed filling, then rolled and baked. Some people put icing on it, we never did. Ugh, this is my absolute favorite.

 

I never buy it but could eat until I burst: Pyrohy (Ukrainian) or Pierogi (Polish). It is basically a dumpling, ubiquitous to all cultures. They can be boiled, fried with onions and butter, or grilled on a George Foreman Grill.  Filling can be potato and cheese, sauerkraut or cabbage, meat (which usually has another name) or even sweet cheeses or fruit. The sweet ones are delicious when boiled for breakfast. I love my meat or potato pyrohy with sour cream. I’m not sure if it is traditional, but we also make Kapusta. Our recipe is basically cabbage cooked down in butter-one of those things you can’t stop eating. Sometimes we use rinsed sauerkraut to help it all cook faster. This is usually served with Polish sausage…..and pierogies if I buy them.

This year we had ham, my diet gravy mix, mazto ball soup, and mashed potatoes. Matzo ball soup is more a Jewish thing, but we have it all the time and especially on holidays. I just can’t not have a multicultural holiday. Really, this year it was all leftovers, or easy box stuff and with both of us working or busy until the day of, neither of us thought of buying anything as I am leaving for a week long conference. The ham was frozen, leftover from Christmas, the gravy mix was in a packet, the soup a box. The potatoes were real potatoes, boiled with a chopped onion. Delic! 

For a few years of my childhood we made Italian Easter Pie. It weighed a million pounds and one piece could probably last you all day working out in the fields. It was delicious, but a whole meal in that single slice. I found a great recipe similar to ours at a fellow blogger’s site ouritaliankitchen.blogspot.com/2010/04/pizzagaina-italian-easter-pie.html.

ouritaliankitchen.blogspot.com/2010/04/pizzagaina-italian-easter-pie.html

Pizzagaina (Italian Easter Pie)

I hope you learned something this Easter and were able to share a relaxing, joyous day! Feel free to share your menu or traditions.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Too hot to handle

The sun, that is. Last weekend I was freezing in my house and decided to throw cleaning to the wind and just relax outside with a book, a large hoody sweatshirt, and some thick wool socks.

I eventually warmed up and discarded both additional items of clothing and decided to get some sun on my body. It has been about two years since this bod has seen the light. Working has its drawbacks, especially in offices with no windows. As I was planning on cleaning all day, removing all traces of a shedding dog, and then showering, I had not put on my usual dose of SPF facial moisturizer. The effects of this were quadrupled as the night before I had decided to exfoliate.

I did get a bit of sun, but “kissed” was bypassed for steamrolled. I went from reading my book and lounging outside with the dog directly into a dog walk during which a neighbor mentioned I had gotten a bit of sun. I was taken aback because I had not sweated once but that comment probably meant I would be burnt; all my mistakes of the past few days cascading through my brain.

My face did burn and so I have forgone my simple makeup and spot zit cream for only my SPF facial moisturizer during the day (rather a waste since the office has no windows, but the car does, after all) and a regiment of either cocoa butter cream or a potentate combo of vitamin E, A, and D cream. Well, the latter was potent before it dried up into a nice thick cream. I only had one dry spot, and no pealing-yet, fingers crossed.

Fast forward to this morning. The dog let me sleep in and I didn’t stir until a little after 9 am. We went outside and enjoyed the morning sun for a few minutes, debating whether I should have gone into work today with the clouds closing in. My dog was silently bouncing around and trying to pin me with those, it is potty time I need to go for a walk, eyes. So I threw on some socks and sneakers and head out the door, sans SPF. And sans sunglasses.

I tried to make my face into a blank mask and cast my eyes downward to not unduly tan in some wrinkles. I mentally kicked myself for not putting on the SPF this morning before I came downstairs. I still hadn’t had my morning coffee. After the dog did his business he seemed to be slowing down more than his usual. He will pull for exercise (my husband runs with him) and to sniff everything in the world (a habit I do not allow on our exercise walks) until it is time for him to go and then leisurely stroll afterward. But this morning it was slow. I took a look at him and his tongue was lolling out. 9 am is too hot for my dog to be walking around. Poor guy.

I had been thinking of waking up earlier to get to the gym before work. Since I am jonesing for activity I thought about adding in some cardio on my in between weights days. I had thought about just doing the couch to 5k program again on the treadmill I have at home, but the ones at the gym are so much nicer, so much. And I was thinking of the elliptical machines. We shall see. Unfortunately, the dog always wants to walk about 5 pm, he is very punctual, which is a very hot point in the day. I need to get him some booties to protect his feet and me some more SPF facial moisturizer. Or just get used to wearing a baseball hat.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I’m sold on E-readers

A few months back my friend Kathy let me borrow her Kindle so I could read Inferno by Dan Brown for our base spouses’ clubs’ book club. Thank goodness for her kindness, there were 60 holds on a single copy of the book, I was 90th place for any version of the English language book in the library system. Having finished the novel, she let me hold on to it and read through any other books she had. I could catch up on previous novels the club had read that I had missed.

As DH was studying for a test for the past few months and I knew I had to return the e-reader shortly, I read through as many books as I possibly could with all the extra time from not watching TV or movies. I knocked out the previous year’s misses and moved on to some others that she had. I read her copy of Divergent by Veronica Roth and loved it so much that I sent her an email saying I was going to grab the next ones from the library, I just couldn’t put it down, and maybe we should add that to the book club list. She had also heard good things about it and told me to wait on the books, she will get them and before I could finish reading her immediate email reply, there they were.

I knocked them out in two days, so a day each. My sister thinks I am a speed reader. I’m not, I just don’t sleep. I do, in fact, read fast, but I have known a real speed reader and that was a scary sight. And before you try to discredit her, she did read each and every word-it was out loud, that is how I know. Definitely something I am not but I aspire to be of such talents. She also had great diction, something I mastered long ago. (ha)

Back to the e-reader. It is so light, and easy to use, and holds so many books. And while I love the “free” books (to promote the writer and get the name or novel out there) not only because they are free and gets me out of my usual genres and the concepts for the plots are just amazing, it is great to have so many more at my fingertips when I find a book I just can’t slog through. I mean some are just terrible. So sad to see such potential wasted. I’ll post reviews later on.

Fast forward to just last week, someone showed me how to get it to read to me! I thought that was an option for newer ones. Love it! Unfortunately, I couldn’t hear it over the TV and the pots bubbling away in the kitchen. I had hoped to listen while I prepared dinner. But I bet with all the computer speakers we have, I could hook one of those babies up and crank the volume of the voice. Worth a shot, anyway.

While I only have experience with the Kindle, this one might be the Kindle 2 (? I have no idea), I like the concept. This has the big buttons on the side and the full keyboard. I have noticed the newer ones are sleeker, so if you don’t need glasses to see what your fingers are pressing or you already know what the buttons do, you are good to go. I happened to like being able to read each button title, prev page, next page, home, menu, back, and the whole keyboard. If I moved on from here, I would also probably be good to go with the practice. But when I first started out I was pressing all kinds of buttons by accident and finding myself totally lost.

DH and I have gone back and forth for years as to whether we should put up the money to by an e-reader when I pass a library (free!) on my way home from work. Why pay for books when I can get them for free? I have recently looked it up, and if it is on e-book, I can borrow from the library for about 2 weeks. Not bad, not bad at all. Although, I did just come across a few books that I wanted which were not available on e-book.

Unfortunately, our base library has been closed due to budget cuts. I need to check with our last base to see if I still have access to the world wide base system. I heard it is great but never needed to borrow from any other base. That library rocked, I miss it so.

Well, there you have it. I am sold on e-readers. It is light, portable, sleek, and if the WiFi is off, the battery actually lasts for…ev…er.  I am very impressed. A huge Thank You to Kathy for letting me get used to it and love it.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Hilarious “bad dog” pictures

Since I am dealing with this also…. personal pictures to follow someday soon…

Links found on facebook, makes me laugh so hard I cry each time. It’s the dog(s) and a note explaining what they do. Thanks to my friend, Mindy, who shares these. Makes me feel not as alone in our hour long clean ups. Or as bad about it.

These 20 Dogs Were Busted in the Act. Now They’re Being Hilariously and Adorably Shamed.

and…….

30 Naughtiest Dogs: You’ll Crack Up When You Find Out What They Did

and, the mother load….

Dog Shaming

Posted in Dog and family | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dog Days: Day 4 Tanner’s Temper and the Baby Gates

I had borrowed some baby gates from friends to try to keep Tanner on the tile to clean up any accidents. Because the doorways in this house are extra wide and because the kitchen is wide open to the living room, I had to prop the baby gates.

An hour later, this is what my husband came home to:

He didn't eat anything. Just tore it up.

He didn’t eat anything. Just tore it up.

This is no bueno.  He didn’t eat anything, just tore it up. Apparently all the baby gates were pushed over, and he peed on trash-clearly, he was pissed. So poor hubby had to clean it up and not go straight to sleep after working the graveyard shift. The dog also went upstairs to the loft couch and pulled the cushions off and tossed them onto the floor. This was an after through to the story with the picture. DH thought I might have been cleaning the couch. Nope…

In retrospect, what I should have done was put up some baby gates while we (I) was home to get him used to it.

I put those gates on hold for a few days, but still out in a prominent place. I opened the guest bedroom door downstairs, that has a baby gate now; he doesn’t seem interested in that room. We have a baby gate and our laundry basket blocking the loft… another story.  I am going to try a few more again so he can get used to them. A big thank you to everyone who donated the use of the baby gates! I really appreciate it, and I’m sorry for keeping them so long. I thought a week, it is now probably a month later… ugh, this dog.

After a series of other outbursts and eliminating in the house I have decided he might have Separation Anxiety. And it will take some serious work to stop it. It’s not like barking, which apparently is easier to combat. I have tried music/tv on, I tried walking him before leaving-which just threw off his poop schedule.

Speaking of the schedule, he doesn’t eat unless one of us is around. So it’s off anyway, weeks after this outburst. With his health issues, another story, his eating schedule was off anyway. We also slowly changed up his food for a better quality one and tried to add pumpkin to his dish to help hold his poo together a bit more. All vet approved. He has been on antibiotics, so that could have added to it. He was in a ton of pain, poor thing, so who knows which was possible separation anxiety and which was him feeling down or not being able to hold it in after an hour long walk… >:{

But, as the picture proves, he has a temper. I posted this to facebook and Des reminded me that he does panic. I ordered a bunch of Cesar Milan books from the library.

Posted in Dog and family, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Dog Days: Day 2 (Veteran’s Day)

Day 2 brings Tanner a bit more calmness. He stays mostly in his crate but comes out and follows us around as we walk the house. Last night we tried to secure the crate but he whined and pawed at the crate door. I was already asleep by then. DH woke me up to ask what to do and I told him to just let him out. He stayed in his crate.

Both of us are off from work today, Veteran’s Day. It was the perfect weather outside so we took our coffee out and sat at our patio table. To make sure the dog wasn’t afraid of the pool after his dunking last night, I made sure he saw me walking the perimeter.

redhooklibrary.org

After a while, as we chatted I saw him walking around the pool. Score! No fear, at least not to walk around it. He even bent down to drink out of the pool.

We decided to skip the free meal or appetizer offered by many restaurants in honor of Veteran’s Day. It is always so crowded, stressful. I was hoping to go out for lunch to beat some of the rush but we slept in and had a leisurely morning.

When Tanner walked between us as we sat I tried to pet his head up to a level position and softly pull his tail up. I saw it on The Dog Whisperer. He had tied the tail to the lead so both the head and tail were up, offering the dog forced confidence. Think a support to walk with a straight back, like a dancer. You feel taller, in charge, powerful. Works for dogs, too. DH noticed I was doing it, and then we happened to watch that exact show later that day. Funny how the universe works out.

An appointment was made for grooming at a local Petsmart. This way we could get him washed and see how he acts towards dogs. We had debated whether we wanted to put him into the car so the windows go down, or the truck which only has pop-out windows in the back cab.

We went out to lunch at a local Thai place and left the dog out of the crate as a trial. He was just fine.

dog in the truck day 2

We decided on the truck in case of an accident, its easier to clean. This time we decided not to use the crate and threw caution to the wind. Around the block and back if he couldn’t take it. But he was just fine. We put a blanket down but he pulled it down and pawed at it when he turn in a circle, like nesting, to lay down. Every once in a while he would sit up and look out the window. No whining, no fuss.

We should have taken him for another walk just before the trip because he was even more nervous walking through the parking lot than he was in the house.

We encountered some dogs and he was great with them. Stopped shaking, smelled, circled, it was a huge positive. It got his mind off the grooming room until the dog left and then he started shaking again. DH was nervous leaving him. (awww)

I told the attendants that we had no idea how he would behave and if there was a problem to just stop and we will come get him. But they said he did just fine, nervous, but very well behaved. Excellent. What we did not know was that it was a 3 hour process. During the wait, we bought a lead (short leash) a few water bowls for outside and a new bed to fit in the cage. We grabbed some treats and a toy-on sale, too.

After that we walked over to Ross to check out the bathmats to go under Tanner’s food and water bowl. We decided to just use one of the old towels we have at home. From there we went to Walmart to buy a car cell phone charger and scored a light-up leash we saw someone in our neighborhood use.

I had posted on a facebook page to see if I could borrow a few baby gates to try to let the dog walk around the kitchen near his food and water but not to access the carpet or furniture. So many mom’s offered gates, it was wonderful. We headed west to the neighborhoods over there to pick them up. As it turned out, they all live in neighboring developments.

As we were headed that way we go the call to pick up the dog, of course. DH was instantly worried the place would close on him and we wouldn’t get him back home, that he would be locked in. Ridiculous, he was just attached to the dog, it’s so cute. I knew the last appointment was at 6 pm so if three hours were needed we had until 9 pm.

Tanner was shaking but just fine. Another good interaction with a dog and then we went home. Again the trip was fine. We went for a walk before turning in.

Posted in Dog and family, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dog Days: Day 1

Tanner day 1We have a dog!!!

My friend Des’s sweet little boy has severe asthma and the dog was making it much, much worse. The doctor told her it was best to rehome the dog for the sake of his breathing and I saw her post his picture on a few facebook pages.

We had already planned to foster a rescue dog and figured now was a good time. I contacted her to let her know we were interested but to let him go to anyone who could get there before me. A few people interested couldn’t take him and so he was still around. I wanted to make sure we were both meeting him at the same time and at his own house. I had talked with her before about him and she was very forthcoming with the pros and the cons of his personality. Great with kids and dogs, stays in the crate, only like soft toys.

Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer, is a staple at this house so we knew we had to take him for a walk. Living on base, Des’s house was the perfect location. As soon as we stepped onto the sidewalk kids went whizzing by, strange noises came from bikes or scooters, cars drove right next to us and through it all  he was unfazed. Great.

I made sure DH was there with me the first time I met the dog. He was rescued during a deployment so there was no way to know if his skittishness around males was from a past abuse or just confusion as to why a strange male was suddenly allowed in the house- or a combo of both. I wanted DH to be there to make sure the dog was ok with him. Any trouble and he was a no-go; he seemed perfectly fine.

He came with a plastic crate and we were told he sometimes had to be locked out of it so he would be around the family and not inside of it. None of our dogs growing up ever had a crate so it’s my plan to get rid of that. We shall see.

The crate went into the truck and Des’s DH picked up the dog and put him in; he apparently freaks out if not in the crate for car rides.

Getting him home was fine, he was quiet, and we couldn’t tell much more because the crate is opaque.  To cement the relationship between dog and man, as we were told he follows Des around (and therefore probably me also), I had DH take him for a walk while I unpacked his stuff from the truck. It was at this time I managed to lose control of the full dog bowl and toss it all over the inside of the truck and out on to the driveway. What a mess. At least it was dry. The dog did not want to walk without me (aw!) but he did just fine.

In the house he checked out the lower level. We kept the leash on him just in case, an idea from the Dog Whisperer. Using the leash we were able to convince Tanner to go upstairs and check out the rooms up there but he headed right back down stairs, where we unhooked the leash. I knew to limit him because nervous dogs can be overwhelmed with so much space.

He spent most of the time in the crate. By the time we got him home it was dark out and we thought nothing of letting him out into the backyard. On base they have a good space of grass or rock. Here was have three steps and then a pool. He went right out the door and into the pool on the wading deck, up to his ears. Poor thing, it was cold out.

I yelled into the house for DH, who was upstairs, to bring towels. I dried off the dog with lots of rubbing but managed to miss his neck which became obvious when inside, the dog kept putting his head on my lap, wetting my pants.

He is inquisitive but so skittish. I did notice Tanner looked for DH when went out to pull the truck into the garage. Definitely a good sign.

Posted in Daily Musings, Dog and family | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Vegas!- The Show

Vegas!- The Show

VEGAS! the Show

This is a must-see! The entire show was phenomenal from start to finish. It opens up with a maintenance guy working at the Neon Museum- another must see here in Vegas, and since we have been there, we already had a personal link to this show. This show had something or someone on all levels of the builds and across the stage. Colors popped, a real band (more of an orchestra, really) was all over the sets as well. Sometimes they were on the stage, sometimes in a window cut-out, sometimes way up on a rooftop. The variety was amazing. The wide walkway was even utilized to bring some of the dancers and singers out into the crowd, engaging everyone. To see what I mean, check out http://www.vegastheshow.com/Vegas_Show_Gallery.cfm

There was the Rat Pack, the famous Vegas Showgirls (family show? It is Vegas, baby. Or was, which is the point of this show!), Sony and Cher, Elton John, the list goes on.  And being a local, and an archaeologist, some of the history tossed in here or there may have fallen on the visitors’ ears as, oh, that’s neat, and forgotten.  But I had been to some of those places, heard the history from locals, seen the old newspaper clippings. This was a great addition to the entertainment, and of course, the reason behind the who, the what, the where, and the when, including the story of segregation in the world of performance.

A few of the Variety acts were also in Vegas! The roller skating duo, the tap dancing brothers; all amazing and totally worth being a part of both shows. This was great. If a family can only hit up one show while in town, Vegas! it is.

This show was over the top and then some. The stage seemed to expand exponentially to fit the musicians and the dancers and the singers and the costume changes- cute effect with the brides, I laughed out loud. As a matter of fact, my face hurt from a full night of enjoyable entertainment. This is an excellent show and we have recommended it, just as with Variety, to everyone since.

This also had a long line to get in with general admission, a photo op, and a meet n’ greet at the end. The line was pretty fast moving but finding seating for groups was hard; the employees were running around trying to accommodate. They deserve a hearty, Thank You, you are all amazing, from management-if not more, but let’s be honest here, sometimes getting that is amazing. Being just two of us we were able to get quick seats along with wide walkway. This was maybe not so hot, we felt like missed much of the fancy foot work floor show, although we did see the feet on the tap dancers… But we will definitely be back!  And standing in line from the get-go to get the best view.

Who knows, maybe having a head in the way would have cut out more of the show. Actually, our seats allowed us the see the whole stage, at all levels, including an upfront and personal interaction from one of the dancers on the walkabout, so maybe this was a blessing in disguise. The final WOW was that as we filed out, one of the singer/dancers was walking right behind me! I told him it was a great show and we chitchatted on the way down the steps to the meet and greet section. How cool is that! We will definitely be back to Vegas!

(image from website)

Posted in Out and About, Vegas Experiences | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment