I saw a post at Cairo's Place about the Westminster Classic...and I went into a small rant about them never picking a classic looking dog...I was wrong...well, so far this year...
Group winners so far:
Working - Rottweiler
Terrier - BullTerrier
Toy - Pug
Non-Sporting - Dalmatian
Sporting, Hound and Herding groups are left, then the Best in Show...so maybe there is hope for them this year to pick a "classic"...
I am going to watch and pull for the Rottweiler...then the most classic dog left if he doesn't win..
Yes! It was a happy household and BigBuddhaPuppy last night...
An ugly game, with just enough big plays, and Seahawk mistakes for the Steelers to win "one for the thumb"...The "Bettis story" had its disney-esque ending...from what has been said about him, he was much deserving of it as well, a rarity...
I can remember the Steelers winning their last two SuperBowls vaguely, I was a young pup at the time...the first two SuperBowls I don't remember at all, I was a very young pup when they won those two...So 26 years after the last win, I wanted to see the Steelers win the SuperBowl where I could have a full realization of it as an adult...
For all you die-hard football fans out there, that is my hope for you, is that sometime in your adult life, that you have the same night that I did last night(not at the Steelers expense hopefully)...
Finally....congratulations to the SuperBowl XL, 2005 NFL Champions, The Pittsburgh Steelers!
Seven things I say
5. George Bush doesn't like black people
6. Hell is other people
Seven Books I like
1. SlaughterHouse Five
2. Tao Te Ching
3. Green Eggs and Ham
4. Brave New World
5. Die fröhliche Wissenschaft
6. The Book of Lieh-Tzu
7. Chuang Tsu - Inner Chapters
Seven movies I enjoy
3. Clockwork Orange
4. Harold and Maude
5. This is Spinal Tap
7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Seven more books I enjoy
2. Alpha and Omega
3. What's the Matter With Kansas?
4. "Dummies" Guides'
5. "Idiots" Guides'
6. "Beginners" Guides'
7. "The History of..." Guides'
Seven things I enjoy about cities
4. More Liberal
5. I can leave
6. Being anonymous
Seven things I cannot do
1. Live forever
2. Understand some people
3. Give Birth
4. Jump(bad knees)
5. Read minds
6. See all of color spectrum
7. Not Care
Seven things I must do before I die
2. Educate myself
3. Get in shape
4. Learn an instrument
6. Be truly happy
To start, hospice is a great idea and organization ran by fantastic people...The idea of hospice is take care of the terminally ill...let them die with dignity and no pain...
Hospice, in reality, is assisted suicide, it is a trade-off between no pain and life...morphine is given by pump at the end of an individuals life where there is no pain, the dose has to be increased more and more until the persons' breathing becomes shallow and they cease to breathe...
There are two camps of thinking about this, one is that the person will die at exactly the same time whether the drugs is given or not, and the other is that the drugs are a trade-off between a small shortening of life and pain...I don't think it really makes one bit of difference which might be actually true...I think the idea of letting a terminally ill person go, pain-free and with dignity is the only humane course of action...
The unfortunate circumstance of hospice care is that only about 18% of eligible people actually use the free service...Hospice service is provided through government and private donations to all terminally ill persons...
I watched my friend slip away with minimial pain, with dignity and grace...I said my goodbyes...I am glad they choose to go the way they did...I will miss them, but will have them always in my thoughts and memories...
Now for my soapbox, the person I speak of, was 69 years old, she died of lung cancer after being diagnosed 6 months earlier...it was quick and very painful...in the end she literally drowned...in mucus, lung tissue and cancer...I am not one for sentiment, or resolutions, or any airy-fairy nonsense...I am a realist...and I saw what smoking did to this precious woman...if you smoke...quit...it is an ugly way to die...the old adage "you have to die someway", well, yes, you do, but this is not the way to die...drowning on your own cancer while being pumped with morphine to feel no pain until you die...
So now, can the Steelers not break my heart this year? 1-4 in Championship gmes(before this year), and 0-1 in SuperBowl in a 10 year span...so 5 years in 10, woulda, coulda, shoulda...
I dislike the SuperBowl format that the game is two weeks instead of one week from the Championship game...it interrupts whatever flow either team had going into the game...and I simply dislike waiting two weeks...especially this year...
I am a happy person this morning after the Steelers victory yesterday at the RCA Dome against the Colts...A side note, I am glad I have TiVo because to wait and go through commericals and those inane halftime show would just drive me crazy...
The Steelers are the first team since the inception of this current wildcard system in 1990 to be a sixth seed and make the Championship game...
Championship games in the last 10 years have not been kind to the Steelers, including losses to the Patriots twice at home...the Steelers have been the Red Sox and Cubs all rolled up in one for these years...Being a Red Sox fan as well, maybe there is a glimmer of hope for the Steelers...
I try not to get too excited about the win because the idea of high expectations goes with lowest lows for a fan...
I will be tuned to my TiVo next Sunday with my 34 jersey with my surname on it, sitting in my favorite recliner, rooting for "my" Steelers and talking to the TV like a crazy man...
If the Steelers win, I will be a little happier than this week, and then repeat the same process for SuperBowl XL ...
If the Steelers lose, I will be a little more sadder than if it was this week, I will put up my 34 jersey, and take a shot of Herradura from my Steelers shot glass, a end of the year of tradition...
Bettis, 7 year old, male rottie, from whom I take my nom de plume, BigBuddhaPuppy...he looks like one when he is sitting...Bettis is true to himself, laid back, but will not stand down if need be...
Brajin is a 14 year old shar-pei female...she has that attitude with cuddliness...she doesn't care about ownership just like a true anarchist...and she loves to mosh with Bettis on a daily basis...
Sarge is a 9 year old shar-pei male...a troublemaker, rebel rouser, but his intentions are good and just...since Bettis is the leader, he wants to give the power back to all the dogs...
Why does a person have to make "an effort" to disguise their atheism or "contempt" for anything?
"Among the faithful, many are agnostics"Then they aren't Agnostic then...the priest goes on to say that disagreements equate to Agnosticism...
II. Did Judge Jones read the evidence submitted to him in the Dover trial?
III. Did Judge Jones accurately describe the content and early versions of the ID textbook Of Pandas and People?"
"Theism among professors throughout this land is rare, but agnosticism and atheism are common, and I know one reason why -- the academic blacklisting of any who show Christian belief outside of an hour on Sunday morning."
His suggestion to keep your college donations away from those insidious institutions...