Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cat Adoption Event this Sunday

My friend, Yolanda, is a volunteer with the Washington Humane Society. She's sponsoring a cat adoption fair this Sunday.

The fair will be at Annie’s Ace Hardware, 1240 Upshur St NW, Sunday, October 26th, 12pm – 3pm.

So if you are looking for a furry friend and companion, stop by the fair this Sunday and see all the wonderful cats ready to be adopted.

More about the Humane Society:

The WHS Mission
The Washington Humane Society inspires and creates a community where all animals have secure homes and where people and animals live together with joy and compassion.

About WHS
The Washington Humane Society (WHS), the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, has been the area’s leading voice for animals since 1870. As the open-access shelter in the Nation’s Capital, the Washington Humane Society provides comfort and care to over 43,000 animals each year through its broad range of programs and services including sheltering for homeless animals, a comprehensive adoption program and off-site adoption events to find new families for the animals in our care, low-cost spay and neuter for pet owners and other local organizations, an aggressive TNR (trap-neuter-return) program for feral cats (CatNiPP), investigations of each allegation of animal cruelty or neglect through the Humane Law Enforcement, lost and found services to help reunite lost pets with their families, pet behavioral advice to help resolve issues that lead to animals being relinquished to shelters, working with breed rescue groups to find more homes for more animals, volunteer and foster programs to allow other members of the community to help us help more animals and an award winning Humane Education program that teaches kindness to animals to the next generation of animal lovers.

And isn't that the cutest picture of a little kitten all ready for Halloween and to be someone's treat.

You can also follow Petworth Monthly Cat Adoption Event on Facebook.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas and It Isn't Even Halloween

I took the pictures of the Christmas cards a couple of weeks ago. The trees I took at Home Depot this past weekend. So Christmas stuff has been out for a good three weeks before Halloween!!!

I know I shouldn't be surprised. Thanksgiving is late this year so the holiday season is a week shorter than usual. But give me a break three weeks before Halloween. At this rate Christmas decorations will be out right after July 4th.

At least they have good taste, they care Peanuts Christmas cards.

Something Pretty for Tueday

Considering all the bad things that have been going on the past couple of months, I thought it would be nice to post something that would showed some wonderful color and beauty. These flowers are that. Enjoy.

Monday, October 20, 2014

In Honor of the Upcoming Election — Linus Runs for Office

In honor of the upcoming elections (yes people there are elections in a couple of weeks), here's a wonderful Peanuts' story line of Linus running for class president.

Here's the start of Linus and the election.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ebola Hysteria

Hysteria is the only way I know how to describe what has happened since Ebola came to the United States. It is the lead story ever night on the news. With a second health care working in Dallas having contracted Ebola the hysteria is ratcheting up again.

I’m not down playing how deadly this disease is. But a little perspective needs to be used by people in general and the news media in particular. There have been three cases in this country. Three. One person has died from it. Let’s get a little perspective on this.

More people die from the flu each year than have died from Ebola. The numbers bounce around a great deal:
There is a lot of variability from year to year, though, with a low of 3,349 deaths during the 1986-87 flu season to a high of 48,614 in 2003-04, which was considered a severe flu season.
But those numbers give some perspective on what we are dealing with. Here’s another statistic to put Ebola in perspective around 85 people die each day from guns. Average number of people killed in car accidents each day is around 80. Again just putting into perspective Ebola’s impact.

Here’s one more perspective before the second health care worker tested positive:
Here in this country, exactly two people out of 316 million of us have gotten the disease: a man who contracted it in Liberia when he came in contact with a person who was already gravely ill, and a nurse who treated that man. As a point of comparison, twenty-four Americans have been killed so far this year in lightning strikes.

Having said all that, it’s hard to imagine medical community handling this any worse. First off was oh the chances of Ebola getting to this country are very very slim. Well I guess not.

If it does get here, information has been sent out to all hospitals on what to look for and how to treat people with symptoms that might be Ebola. Well that sure didn’t happen did it. Now there is a second health care worker that has tested positive for Ebola. One additional ripple to the story of the second infected health care worker and sure to stoke more panic is the fact this woman traveled by plane a day before she reported having symptoms.

Here’s a little more:

“Today’s development … while concerning and unfortunate, is continued evidence that our monitoring system is working,” said Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer for Texas Health Resources, the hospital system that the Dallas hospital is a part of.

The second infection of a health worker at the facility has called into question the procedures in place to protect workers. Varga said he does not believe that there is a “systematic” or institutional problem at the hospital, but he acknowledged some missteps.

“A lot is being said about what may or may not have occurred to cause our colleagues to contract this disease, but it’s clear there was an exposure somewhere, sometime in their treatment of Mr. Duncan,” Varga said. “We’re a hospital that may have done some things differently with the benefit of what we know today.”

“No one wants to get this right more than our hospital,” he added.

The problem is that this hospital seems to be doing things by the seat of its pants. Note to self if ever in Dallas and I end up going to a hospital make sure it’s not Texas Health Presbyterian.

This type of an event is great for the 24-hour cable news cycle because they can beat this story to death which is exactly what they’ve done. In the process whipping up hysteria about what is going on. The problem is that the actions by the CDC and the hospital in Dallas have not been all that reassuring. So maybe a little hysteria is a little bit justified. But only a little.

The most important thing is for the medical professionals to get their houses in order the sooner the better.

One final note is an excellent article about the ten things America needs to do about Ebola.

Let's hope there can be some calmer heads in the coming days that can give us some good information.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oh My Aching Back

And is it ever aching.

The reason is too many baseball games.

Well more like sitting through too many baseball games.

And having two training sessions each week with a personal trainer.

It finally caught up to me.

I think the 18 inning nearly 7 hour game is what did me in. I’m also a person that once I’m in my seat I stay in my seat for most of the game. I might get up and get some ice cream but otherwise I’m there to watch the game.

And the seats well they are not the most comfortable seats in the world and probably not very good for the lower back which is where most of the pain is. I also have a tendency to lean forward at my desk at work which certainly isn’t helping matters any.

I went to the doctor last Tuesday. He said to take Ibuprofen and use my heating pad. I stayed home from work on Wednesday. I then remembered that the Turkey Thicket rec center had a spa so I went down and soaked in that and boy did that feel good. Didn't do any thing on Saturday and thought that I was on the road to recovery.

But on Sunday I had a terrible spasm in my lower back. I couldn't get comfortable sitting down for like the next three hours. Also had a terrible time trying to get to sleep. Took my second long shower of the day and finally I could feel the muscles in my back relax. Finally got to sleep around 2 or so.

The doctor gave me a number for physical therapy. I called on Monday but they must have been closed because of the holiday. I'm going to call them back today and try and get an appointment. Slowly very slowly the back is getting better but I figure I'm going to go to the therapy guys so they can tell me what I can do to help this get better and maybe prevent it in the future.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday Treat — Snoopy and his Doghouse

Who new that the inside of Snoopy's doghouse was so big.  In this series Linus is painting a mural (the mural is going to depict the history of civilization) on the ceiling. Enjoy.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rhode Island Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Closer to Reality

The span of the bridge showed up a couple of weeks ago. Then all of a sudden the span was up. It was done over night no less.

From the project's web site:

Rhode Island Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge Construction Update District Department of Transportation (DDOT) contractors have completed installation of the 200 foot bridge truss, connecting the completed piers and ramps adjacent to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station and the Metropolitan Branch Trail. This represents a major milestone activity and crews will now focus on remaining tasks to finish up the project. This includes installation of pedestrian railing, protective acrylic panels, electrical system for lighting, and protective netting.

Some pictures of them preparing the span.

Working on the span

And then it's in place.

Putting in the final touches

The view from the Rhode Island Avenue platform

Here's a rendering of what the final product should look like.

So come next spring if not sooner this should be open for people to use.