Hello, my droogies!
There is yet another addition to the Baxivanos/Edgar family in the feline realm and what a story there is to be told. Not too many months ago we adopted little Nigel from the Hotel for Cats and Dogs here in Pensacola. He was found in a box on the corner of Davis Highway and Olive Rd. There was naught in the box save for some wet food that had dried into crumbles. This is July in Pensacola, mind you. Think: Phoenix, AZ with a meelion percent humidity. Poor little guy is lucky to have made it, but he did. And the minute Athena took him from the secret cage room of quarantine he was all over her, eating her up and she him. So, there is that story as I have already told. But now… but NOW there is PIPER!
Piper made news in Baltimore after being spotted by a passerby being beaten by two teens with sticks and brought to BARC, a local rescue. Her leg was broken and she needed surgery. We have our own theories as to why she was in the predicament she was in. It could have been it was her owner that found her and decided not to suffer the wrath of others by admitting that he let the kitten escape and get beaten. Hard to say. Doesn’t matter, eh… Athena adopted her and brought her home, shaved leg and all. According to Athena, Piper (our name for her – the shelter named her Marilyn, as in Maryland?) is the most rambunctious and lovable kitten ever. She jumps all over the place, broken leg and all. Well, it has a rod in it now. So, I want to introduce our new girl, Piper. Say hi, Piper! SAYYYY ITTT!!! Kudos to my soon to be wife for rescuing another kitty cat in distress. She apparently loves to stick her tongue out, as you can see. Piper, not Athena, though Athena sticks her tongue out as well when she feels the need.
Here is a link to her story: HER STORY
When I get up to Maryland with Nigel and the rest of the menagerie, it will be interesting times indeed.
I have a huge list of stuff to post to the news here cause I think… well, I think a lot, and I can’t fill up your minds with useless garbage. But here is a good one.
I call it… Six Degrees Of Barack Obama. We have all heard of the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon Game, yes? Of course we have. That is like… soooooo last millenium. Anyway, I posit the next incarnation: SDOBO! And I have to say with a little bit of artistic license that I am only ONE FUCKING DEGREE away. How so, Jim, HOW SO?
Let me tell you, oh my lovelies! Back in the mid nineties, Strabo and I (I can’t give away his real name or he will kill me, but anyone who visits the forums knows him) had season tickets for the Seattle Mariners. Ahhh, what a waste of money. OR WAS IT? Sure Seattle sucked for years and we spent thousands of dollars a year for the privilege of watching them suck away. But hey, Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez and A-Rod (before steroids). You gotta love these guys, as the motto went. So, Strabo and I used to go the Kingdome for almost every home game and drink crappy whiskey and smoke cigarettes while our team toiled to make the last place slot in the AL West. Many years were spent at the Kingdome before it was blowed up!
We then moved over to the Safeco Field when the Kingdome got blowed up. As season ticket holders, we had first dibs on great season seats and tickets for the inaugural game, July 15, 1999, attended by ~47000 folks. I still have the ticket. Lifelong and recently departed broadcaster Dave Niehaus threw the first pitch in the new stadium. I remember this brightly because there was a big mystery around who was going to throw the first pitch. Usually you would have some political figure or local baseball great come out and make the big pitch. This is not a small thing, mind you. It is not every day much less every year that a MLB stadium opens to the public, having only thirty-something stadia in the country. As I recall, everyone, both teams, were down on the field waiting… and Dave is called to the mound in his tux and man was that something! Dave was crying, the fans were crying, it was quite a moment. Here is our announcer who faithfully sat in the box for twenty-two years, since the inception in 1977 of the Mariners, through thick and thin, calling every play for the worst team in history. Fucking awesome. Anyway, that game was rolling along great for us, beating the San Diego Padres until the evil that is Jose Mesa came in as a saver and BLEW the god-blessed game for us. Yeah, well where is HE now? Exactly.
Dave Niehaus passed away Nov 10, 2010, from a heart attack during a bbq at his home in Bellevue, WA. Dave, us Mariners fans thank you for three decades of service to the Northwest. If you are in heaven, please say hi to Jackie Robinson for us. If you are in hell, say hi to Babe Ruth. I remember sitting in a bar in Chico, CA, watching the one-game playoff between the then California Angels and the Seattle Mariners that had fought so valiantly down the stretch to come back fifteen games down. 1995, what a season, and the only feed we had in the bar was from Seattle, and I was the only Seattle fan present. Dave called the game and we won 9-1 and I snuck out the back door.
MY oh MY, Dave, MY oh MY. You will be missed my friend.
So, there we are, Strabo and I, at the first ever game in Safeco Field, drinking the beers and being the fans we always were. Woo hoo and all that shit. We run out of beer and go to get more and I stumble about and bump into this little Chinese guy and almost spill what is left of my swill all over him and his nice suit. Then I recognize him and stumble over my apology, "I am so sorry, Governor Locke, my bad, etc." He is gracious and smiles and goes back to getting his own beer. Our Washington state governor, Gary Locke, almost gets my beer all over him. And that was just the first time I had a run-in with him at a Mariners’ game. Being that our seats were right behind home plate, I saw him a few times, sitting right in front of me, almost spilling beer upon him again. So, there is my 1 degree of Barack Obama. My Governor was brought on to the Obama administration as the Commerce Secretary and now he is going to be the U.S. Ambassador to China. Go Gary! I really like the guy as a politician and even more so as a Mariners fan!
Personally, and I can say this without being browbeaten I hope, I would like to see him run for President in 2016. He is a smart guy and being the first ever Chinese-American Governor, and the Governor of a Pacific Rim state, he might be able to put Taiwan in their place, wherever that may be.
One more thing before I go: welcome home for the last time Space Shuttle Discovery!! Only two launches left. Sort of sad, I think. I have been alive for all the launches and two of the failures. The shuttle program has been the most successful of any space program in the short history of such Endeavors. (no pun) Godspeed and safe returns to the next two missions. On Feb 1, 2003 I posted a news entry about the destruction of the Columbia that was, with all blessings, passed along to the families of the astronauts that died that day. Don’t ask me how that happened, but one of our fans was related to one of the pilots. From Apollo-1 to STS-107, I pray that we never lose another person in our quest to explore our universe.