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Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Gynecologist's Assistant

A retired man went into the Job Center in Downtown Denver,Colorado and
saw a card Advertising for a Gynecologist's Assistant. Interested,
he went in and asked the clerk for details.

The clerk pulled up the file and read; "The job entails getting
the Ladies ready for the gynecologist. You have to help the women
out of their underwear, lay them down and carefully wash their
private regions, then apply shaving foam and gently shave off the
hair, then rub in soothing oils so they're ready for the
gynecologist's examination."

"The annual salary is $65,000 and you'll have to go to Billings ,
Montana, that's about 550 miles from here."

"Good grief, is that where the job is?"

"No sir -- that's where the end of the applicant's line is right now.


Brett Favre has done it - as he always done when challenged - he rises to the occasion. He looked positively brilliant yesterday in the drubbing of the Packers on his old home turf. Don't know if you got a chance to watch it or not, but if you are a Packer fan, it wasn't pretty.

I hated the fact that fans booed him loudly during warm ups, upon his return to start the game, and during the first series when the Vikings had the ball. After all, the old hillbilly gave us 16 years of great football. He deserved respect no matter who he is playing for now.

The booing should have been aimed at frickin' Ted Thompson and Coach McCarthy. I am more and more disenchanted with McCarthy's ability to coach. He allows way too much lack of discipline. At one point Johnny Jolly started up with a Viking player on the sidelines and drew a totally unnecessary 15 yard penalty which cost us at least three points.

I was sick to my stomach by the end of the first quarter and turned off the TV - told Kim I was going grocery shopping - then 5 minutes later I am back in front of the TV - middle of second quarter I shut it off again and left.

Our cat Hammy became very ill on sunday morning - throwing up and walking very slowly - then he went down in the basement and hid. We ended up taking him to the one veterinary clinic that is open on sunday (which of course cost an arm and leg) - thee vet took blood, did a work up. Came out somewhat puzzled because all systems were either normal or nearly normal. His conclusion that it was some sort of virus, probably bacterial. He gave him a shot intended to control infection and also a steroid shot.

By evening, Hammy was doing somewhat better. He even wanted to be around us a bit but was still very subdued. Monday morning he began throwing up again so we took him to his regular vet, Dr. Meyer at Westgate (near Mike's Smokehouse). Dr. Meyer decided to do one thing that hadn't been done on sunday - he took x rays and found signs of signs of backup of gas and fecal matter. He asked us to leave Hammy over night as he would have a tech administer an enema and see if that didn't make a difference.

Kim had some trouble with handling it all and cried a bit on the way home worrying about what Hammy must be thinking. We got busy cleaning the garage together -= something we had been putting off all summer - and this kept our minds occupied (mostly). We got a call from Dr Meyer about 5:30 in the afternoon - the enema had produced both hard and soft stool and was as he put it "quite odiferous". He said Hammy seemed to be a lot better. We lobbied to go and pick him up but the Doc wanted to keep him overnight so that he could check his temp first thing in the morning (sunday Hammy had a temp of 106.5 which is dangerously high).

Dr Meyer has dog surgery this morning so we are still waiting to hear about whether we can go get him or not. This. of course, has been really expensive (sunday alone was over $450) but Kim said not to worry - she has the money and will gladly spend it on her "baby boy" as she calls him. Hammy and she have bonded and Stella is my girl. Stella has been very clingy in the absence of her brother.

Waiting for hopefully good news.


We got the call from Westgate Animal Hospital at 10:30 this morning. Hammy's temperature had dropped dramatically overnight and we were able to go and pick up the poor little guy. As soon as we saw him, we could tell just by his demeanor and the look of his eyes that he is much better. He responded to us immediately and wanted to get into his travel cage.

All the way home while he rode in the back with Kim, he was "meowing" - and it wasn't really a mournful meow. More of an excited sound. He even pressed his little nose against the screened door of the cage.

Once we got home and opened the gate, he didn't make a beeline for the basement and his "hiding place" as he had the last time. Instead he roamed about the house, tail swishing, and lay down by the sliding glass doors to both peer out at nature and to wash himself. So we lucked out this time!

Well, not wallet-wise. I mentioned to Kim on the way home that Hammy's two visits cost us more than all our other cats combined! Today's bill was $350!

We are looking into cat health insurance - it's probably better than human insurance! We'll have to check out the "pre-existing conditions" and "the public option".



I was picking the Vikings all along—both games. I think Favre is one of those rare athletes that can will his way to a win, and makes his team-mates around him better.
I wasn’t surprised at the booing-after all, GB fans actually booed Bart Starr, so no one is immune. Personally, I’ve always thought booing is boorish, and immature. Kinda like giving someone the finger. If that is the best thing you can come up with, I feel sorry for you. (Not you, personally, Larry J ) I also feel that fan actions (see upcoming protest at the next Browns game) is highly overated, and only affects the fans themselves. Until the fans can come out of the stands and affect the play, they are simply background noise. Anyone who has ever played, especially at a pro level, can get motivated by being booed, so sometimes it is the wrong thing to do to “egg on” the person you hate.

I was thinking over the weekend about a similar situation. Back 1970 (I was 13) I started following the Cincinnati Reds—the Big Red Machine, Pete Rose, Johnny Bench. Well, Pete had a falling out with the Reds management and left the team in 1979 as a free agent. Now this was truly a home town guy—born there, lived there his entire life, played for the hometown team. He went to the Phillies and they won a World Series with him. I remember fans booing him. What the fans should be doing is booing the organization that let a HOFer and a legend leave.


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