I’ve mentioned before how most of our dogs have not had the clothes-wearing gene. The dogs that win photo contests and costume contests obviously have this gene. Not all of them are purse dogs either.
Axel can be convinced to wear a t-shirt, and someday I may be thankful for this fact if he ever needs minor surgery and thus a barrier to keep him away from the stitches for a few days.
I don’t think there is anything that can convince him to look good in a t-shirt, though. By the time I can get a camera focused, it’s always riding up or pulled down too tightly. It’s still sort of cute in an embarrassing-your-large-dog kind of way. But he won’t be winning any contests in the foreseeable future either!
(NaBloPoMo | November ’12: 10 of 30)
The title is from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass,” of course. Okay, okay. I admit I had to look it up–I was going to say it was from “Alice in Wonderland.”
What happened to Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Tumblr just being fun? Twitter changed the look of its profile pages back in September. I still haven’t fixed mine to add a header image. In fact, I never got around to adjusting the width of my left-side graphic either. Same with the other social media sites. By the time I get around to making them look slick, the rules have changed again.
I used to really enjoy doing that kind of stuff. I don’t know when it started feeling like work.
(NaBloPoMo | November ’12: 9 of 30)
The love for fallen CFD Captain Herbert “Herbie” Johnson is evident in every photo from today’s funeral. The support and strength from the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Police Department, the community, and from brother and sister firefighters from all across North America is truly amazing to see.
It occurred to me that the only times I have seen Dan in his Class As (dress uniform) is for CFD LODD funerals. I wish there were some happy occasions to associate, but so far that has not been so.
(NaBloPoMo | November ’12: 8 of 30)
The chrysanthemums came back a little later than last year and I think they will be leaving a little later as well.
What we thought was “just a few” green onions added to the pot ended up choking out quite a lot of the chrysanthemums. We weren’t sure they would even be back. And in fact, none of the white ones returned. But the purple ones powered through and prevailed.
(NaBloPoMo | November ’12: 7 of 30)
I was in and out of my new polling place in less than half an hour. I had a bad moment when my name wasn’t on the first list they looked at, but they found me and everything went smoothly after that. I’ve heard it didn’t go so well for many other redistricted voters who had problems finding their correct new polling places. Things were made even worse by the website and phones of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners both failing under the demand.
Wondering why the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners is not using a Chicago- or even Illinois-based web host for its site? We have some well-regarded web hosts and data centers in the city that could easily handle high-traffic websites, so why not support local businesses?
But I digress. I hope everyone was able to find their way to their new polling places, although I’m guessing there will be at least some people who are unable to vote this year and some fallout from that fact.
Like I said yesterday though, let your voice be heard. If you can.
(NaBloPoMo | November ’12: 6 of 30)
After over twenty years at this address, the last Illinois redistricting put us in a new ward. We are now part of the 20% of Chicago voters who have been assigned to a new polling place.
My old polling place was a short city block away. My new one is… OMG… 0.6 miles away. How could they inconvenience me like that?
While you shake your head at what a spoiled city girl I am, I will once again post a 2004 quote from Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune that I have posted prior to a few elections now:
“The problem is, we’re not all carrying the same country in our hearts. We all claim we want to be safe and free. But each side in this war–the internal American war that’s shaping the whole world–has a different vision of what it means to be safe and free and how we should share those gifts.”
Support your vision with your vote. Even if you are not sure that your one vote makes a difference (and there have been many times I have questioned it myself), your silence for sure will not make a difference. So let your voice be heard.
(NaBloPoMo | November ’12: 5 of 30)
No matter how long I’ve lived with “spring forward” and “fall back” it still seems to jet lag me. I have been tired and crabby all day, and if this year is true to form, I’ll start feeling normal around Wednesday.
So for now, please enjoy these gratuitous kitties enjoying a cat nap — something I’d like to enjoy as well!
(NaBloPoMo | November ’12: 4 of 30)