Don’t leave home without it

LTJ and I learned a valuable lesson this week: emergency vet visits are costly and we need a Visa card.


Bogart all better

Bogart first vomited Tues. night around 11 pm and then again in the morning with LTJ. Throughout the day anytime he ate or drank anything he vomited and it was coming out a frothy yellow bile. By the time LTJ got home, we were ready to bring Bogart to the vet but the only thing open at that hour is the emergency hospital in Palo Alto. We were there for about 3 hours while they poked and prodded our furry little baby. They did blood tests, x-rays, and fecal tests and couldn’t find anything wrong with him. The vet was very nice and said that from the x-rays it looked like there was a lot of air in his intestines, a sign that something he ate had irritated his stomach. Since he’s such a huge fan of other dog’s poop, maybe it was that. It could’ve been a snail. We were worried that he ate a mushroom as it’s the season for them here but all his blood work was normal. They gave him an injection of fluids and sent us home with some medications for anti-vomiting and diarrhea.

I was betting the bill would be $350 and Brandon wasn’t sure. It ended up being $548… all to find out that there was essentially nothing wrong with him.

And of course, they don’t take American Express or Discover Card so I had to use my debit. Imagine if there had been something seriously wrong and it cost even more! So lesson learned, we need a card that is accepted everywhere for these types of emergencies.

Bogart was great for the vet though. The doctor said he was the perfect patient and didn’t put up any stink about all the poking and prodding they did to him.

Admittedly as new parents, we probably jumped to bring Bogart to the vet (and hence needed to go the emergency room) faster than others would but with a puppy that’s vomiting it’s probably better to be safe than sorry.

I’m happy to say that Bogart is all better now and back to snacking on all his usual treats. He was so thrilled to be given some of his favorite treats again as he hadn’t had them in so long. We are walking him on the 6′ leash again rather than a flexi-leash so that we can keep him closer and away from anything nasty that might make him sick again. If it’s within our control, we’d like to avoid shelling out 500 bucks again.

We have posted some new pics of Bogart. I just bought him a hat yesterday. He looks so cute in it! Also, the ones from the beach are pretty funny. Here’s the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thediatribe/

Giant Garbage Day

It’s not the official name of the holiday, but it should be. Every year, the city of Santa Clara, holds what they call and Miss Possible and I were totally confused by this strange ritual.

It all started last Saturday night, as we’re driving back from seeing , when we noticed that nearly every house in our neighborhood had a giant pile of trash at the curb and I’m not talking typical garbage. I’m talking Mattresses, Dressers, Refrigerators, Couches, Huge piles of Lawn Junk, Wooden Planks, you name it and you could find it on the street. It was a dumpster diver’s paradise (and trust me, there were plenty of scavangers on the prowl).

Basically, the way it works in California, is if you have a large item that you need to dispose of, you’re required to take it to the city dump — except on ‘Giant Garbage Day.’ Often, you need to pay to have the dump take your trash. Thus the reason behind the holiday’s popularity. People will hold on to stuff for an entire year in order to dispose of it for free at the city’s expense. One friend told me that, as a kid, he used to despise ‘Giant Trash Day’ because his grandfather would make him help clean the closets, basement & garage rooting for large items stashed throughout the year waiting for just this weekend.

As the week went on, I noticed the piles grew steadily larger. It actually became somewhat of a problem for the city, because according to the web site:

“A Clean-Up Campaign map is no longer available on the website due to concern that it is contributing to illegal dumping during the campaign by non-residents of Santa Clara.”

The piles were obviously getting out of control, and the city realized it. I had never seen or heard of such a thing until I spoke to a few of my co-workers explained the laws surrounding California trash pickup. For instance, did you know that it is illegal to throw out batteries in the State of California? They must be recycled. Who knew?

In any event, Miss Possible and I were unprepared for the holiday and will have to mark it in our calendars for next year. I don’t think we really had anything to contribute this year, but you’d better believe that we’ll be saving up our goodies to take part in next year’s festivities.

Retired

At 8:47 AM Pacific Time this morning, I laid my 500mhz Graphite iMac to rest. It was donated to the aimed to offer low-cost computer training to those in disadvantaged San Francisco Communities.

It had seen many great times and hours invested in The Sims & Diablo II. Not to mention countless Internet sites and assisted in 4 different job changes. This guy was purchased on eBay back in 2001 when I was living on Huntington Ave with Rachel. It survived many upgrades & performance enhancements, but it was finally time to step into the next generation with an Intel Core Mac Processor.

Thanks Graphite iMac. You will be missed.

Girls & Video Games

I have to hand it to Miss Possible for her tolerance of video games.. not only does she let me play games periodically, but she’ll often jump in and play with me. This tends to happen with racing or puzzle games (she’s not exactly a fan of MLB 2K7 or Madden, if ya know what I mean.

I bring this up only because I recently discovered an article about , and in it was this great tidbit:

Teach her how to uncramp her hands, because they will get tired during her first few sessions. Show her how you usually stretch out your hands, because if she equates video games with sore and stiff hands, she won’t want to play any more. Maybe you could give her a hand massage to make her feel better.

I couldn’t help but share, because I find this pretty humorous.

Grooming

Little Bogart is growing up. He’s off to the Groomer’s today to get his very first hair cut. Miss Possible made it very clear to me that I am to insist that they do not shave his body, but at the same time do not do anything like this.

Maybe, if we’re lucky, they’ll do something like this:



Pictures will be posted later this week — so stay tuned!

Fourth Grade

It’s amazing some of the things you remember from when you were in grammar school. For instance, every great once in a while I remember a superstitious trick that my fourth grade teacher taught us about the first of every month. She said that if you say “Jimeny Cricket” as the very first words out of your mouth on the first of a new month, it’ll be a lucky month for you.

Now, I’m not saying that she was a superstitious freak.. it was just more of one of those things she said in passing one day to amuse her students.. to this day I remember this. Before today, I can’t remember the last time that I actually said these words upon waking.. I rarely even think about it.. sometimes it just happens, though.

After thinking about this for a bit while I was in the shower this morning, I was wondering if I could remember how to spell my fourth grade teacher’s name, Mrs. Goeckel. After a minute it came to me.. “George’s Old Eagle Caught Kyle Eating Limes.” She taught us this mnemonic on the very first day of school and I believe that she quizzed us on the second day. How do I remember this? I don’t consider this valuable knowledge.. meanwhile, I can hardly recall the fomula for the quadratic equation that I spent at least 6 or 7 years of my life working with in various math classes. It’s strange how the human memory works.

In case you’re wondering about the quadaratic equation.. it’s:


The Ducks

After listening to this week’s episode of on my iPod this morning, I can’t bear to see the AFLAC duck without bursting into laughter. I can’t bear to see any duck for that matter.

If you have 20 minutes, I’d highly recommend listening to Act I of this past week’s episode about Alex & Roman and their adventure in Jamaica Bay.