Dog Shopping We Go

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Rescue is what I wanted to do.  There are certain television shows in our family’s weekly DVR list that are based on rescuing animals and giving them a chance at forever homes.  There is one show in particular I have been a fan of for several years that really opened my eyes to all the great dogs that don’t have homes.  Although I thought rescuing wouldn’t be for me, I found myself slowly turning the tide and mentioned the idea to Cristina.  No surprise here that she was all for it and so the hunt began to find the perfect dog to mesh with our family.

There is a local rescue we are drawn to that gets lots of national attention and they really need as much as they can get.  With 300+ large dogs to take care of, being kept in a spot light helps tremendously.  This particular rescue always talks about the importance of getting their dogs homes.   After talking about it as a family, Cristina and I decided this would be where we would put in our application due to the amount of dogs this rescue had.  With that conversation we put in our application choice for this precious baby:

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I probably shouldn’t have done this but I KNEW this girl would be ours.  Nothing could have been further from the truth.  After waiting about 2 weeks we received a call back only to be told that they didn’t think she would make a good fit with our current dog who is 12 years old.  They felt she would “aggravate the hell out of him.”  I tried to explain that our dog Hanzel is well acclimated to dogs of all ages, sizes, shapes, and personalities.  He has several dog friends and does well with everyone.  I was still denied.  They felt a puppy would not be good in our household.

Well instantly this left a bad taste in my mouth for rescuing.  I knew any dog would be happy in our home.  Not to mention we would never acquire another dog in our home if Hanzel, our Min Pin, would be unhappy.   Needless to say this hadn’t deterred us and we applied to yet another rescue in the attempt to give another dog a forever home.

The following Saturday we met someone at a smaller local rescue and he asked that we bring our dog to meet the puppy we were interested in.  We waited all day to go back at our designated time with Hanzel.  The dogs met and everything was fine.  Seemed like a done deal until they noticed Hanzel wasn’t neutered.  Although their dog was altered they would only give her to us if Hanzel was as well.  When I asked what is the purpose since their dog was fixed, the answer was that he may get out of our yard one day and impregnate other dogs.   I replied had I gotten Hanzel as a baby I would have gotten him altered but I rescued him at 4 years old.  I figured he had lived that way for 4 years I wasn’t going to put him through it. She stated again that without verification from our vet that the surgery had taken place, we couldn’t have their dog.  And here is the kicker:  Even if I do get him fixed they will not hold her and its possible I spend the money and put my aging dog in surgery for NOTHING.

And so I’m pissed.  I’m pissed because the first rescue has many “lifers” there that could have possibly been adopted but are too choosy.  I’m pissed because that first baby we wanted had already been there for 8 months and will continue to be there because you insist my dog will react a certain way when you don’t know him.  I’m also pissed because the second rescue insisted that my dog could get out and whore around as if I am some unresponsible pet owner because I hadn’t gotten him fixed.  I’m pissed because we dedicated a lot of time searching for the perfect dog and filling out these lengthy applications short of giving our blood type to end up empty handed.

Seriously all selfishness aside I REALLY wanted a Dogo Argentino or a French Bulldog.  I, however, had put those feelings away and thought it would be best to rescue because all dogs at breeders will find a home.  I wanted to do the right thing.  I wanted to adopt.  As I appreciate all the work these rescues do because it is a hard job, it leads me to believe that the reason so many dogs are at these places is because the interviewers are passing up good homes.  Based on this experience, dog shopping we go.

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Say What?? Newly Discovered IPhone Feature

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“What?  My iPhone? No sorry.  I don’t let kids play with my phone.”  This is an answer I have given several times when I may be in a location with children who are used to playing with iPhones and will ask any random person, “What games do you have on your phone?”  Now I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my electronics but I never let kids play with my phone.  Not even my own child.  It’s not that I’m afraid of the random drops that may occur when being held in those tiny little paws because my phone is well protected by its case.  Nope.  What I will experience from those tech saavy little buggers is deleted apps, rearranged apps, 100s of pictures of inanimate objects like a table, piece of a chair, a ceiling fan, etc, selfies, deleted pictures, game progress lost, and the list goes on.  To show them one thing to do isn’t sufficient.  They want to dig around.  Grrr.

Well maybe the scales have tipped because today (thank you Yahoo Tech) I read about a hidden feature that will assist us control freaks in appearing a bit more welcoming when you get the random “Do you have Temple Run on your phone?”  There is a feature on your phone that will allow you to lock the screen of your iPhone so it functions in one app and one app only.  Hallelujah!  So take notes.  Here we go:

1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility.

2. Scroll down to the section labeled Learning and select Guided Access.

3. Turn on Guided Access.

4. Select Set Passcode. This is the code that will be required when the little one using your phone attempts to go outside the confines of the app you’ve allowed them to use.  It is NOT the same as your Lock Screen Passcode but can be made to be the same if it is easier for you to remember.

5. Turn on Accessibility Shortcut.  This basically enables a quick way to activate the protected access by clicking your home button 3 times.

6. After you’ve saved those settings, go to the app that the child has requested to play. Press the Home button three times. Two bars (one on the bottom and one on the top) should appear on your phone.

7. You can start by circling any areas on the screen you want to disable. After you draw a circle, it will become a gray transparent section that you can stretch and move around the screen. Anything that you circle to select will be disabled.

8. After you have successfully adjusted the sections you want to disable, go to Options, where you can turn off features like the volume, sleep/wake button, motion and touch.  If that child is anything like mine the volume will be turned all the way up blaring it out loud for all to hear.  Once finished (or if you have nothing you want to disable) press Start.

9.  Once your iPhone is back in your safe possession you can get out of that mode by triple tapping the Home button again and entering the passcode you selected in step 4.

Done.

How easy is that?? To think I’ve been an iPhone user all this time and has NO IDEA that was there.  They REALLY DO think of everything.  Now will this allow me to start letting kids to use my iPhone??? Eh…….probably not.  But having this feature will now allow my own Chicken Noodle to use it from time to time without fear of getting it back having to make all kinds of needed adjustments.

Just another option to make your life easier and secure.  *sigh*  🙂

New Years Resolution Thoughts??? How About Saving?

SaveI must first admit I saw this originally on Pinterest.  I am a secret Pinterest lover.  I have several hundreds likes and I refuse to post unless I actually tried the pin.  How can I ever tell people “Hey!  Try this!  It’s sinfully delicious!” if I have never tried it.  Perhaps I think too much about this but there is a method to my madness.  I can’t ever tell you to try this miracle secret cleaner on your house only to find out it stains your porous granite counter tops.  No no, not me.  (However I’m told I do think too much about it.  LOL)

Anywho I saw this sometime last year and I figured I would try this in 2014.  I honestly forgot about it until a co-worker emailed challenging us to save money for 2014.  She attached her version of two plans, one which looked VERY familiar:

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And the other which was the same concept but you paid into the savings plan 10x the amount.  So week one you put in $10 and week 52 you put in $520 resulting in $13,780 big ones!  While it would DEFINITELY be nice to be able to save almost $14K a year it really isn’t feasible for most.  For the month of December alone you would need to deposit $2020!  Most of us don’t have that kind of extra money laying around and especially during Christmas time.  So plan A it is for me!

Now the way I look at it you can do this a few ways.  One way is obviously the original way listed above.  Another that my lovely girlfriend came up with during this discussion would be doing it backwards.  So on Week 1 you put in $52 and week 52 you put in $1.  Her reason being that in December it could still be tough for some to come up with an extra $202  during Christmas time.  So applying her theory for the month of December (doing it backwards) you need only deposit $10.  Brilliant!  Then I got to thinking some more and I realized well  for some people your week to week may not be all that consistent.  So another alternative could be that you just print the 52 Week Challenge out and every week commit to depositing one of those amounts.  So maybe this week  you can afford more than the $1 deposit but next week you can only do the $2.  Then maybe you should pick one of the larger amounts for this week and next week maybe just the $2 you are supposed to.  With this theory you can skip around the deposit amounts and scratch them out one by one but by week 52 you should only have one week’s deposit left to scratch off.  However you decide to skin this cat you should end up with $1378 in a savings account or for the few very fortunate people $13,780.  LOL

So I’m taking this challenge and I challenge you.  Save.  It pays to try it out…..$1378 to be exact.  🙂  And really who CAN’T use that???

For Christ’s Sake Your First Amendment is Still Intact

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People are up in arms about the recent suspension of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson from the show.  Everywhere you look people are defending his comments, posting that A&E should be ashamed for taking that stand as he has every right to say what he wants according to the first amendment.  I do not disagree with freedom of speech.  He can say whatever the hell he wants to say at any given time and I don’t give a shit.  I have the same right.  However if I come to my place of employment and start ranting off about a particular group of people or saying discriminatory things publicly you can bet your bottom dollar that will NOT be tolerated and I WILL be fired.  How is what A&E any different?  I can say whatever the hell I want to say as a constitutionally protected right.  Is my employer going to stand by that?  Is that who they will want to represent the company I work for?  I guess not.  A&E has their own right not to employ someone if they publicly make opinionated comments about a select group of people.

Phil Robertson was not arrested.  He was not hauled off or has charges brought against him.  No right of his is being denied.  The only thing that happened was he lost his paycheck.  The same thing would have happened to many Americans from their place of employment.  As a celebrity you still have the right to speak your mind, in fact on a much larger platform, but at the same time that doesn’t mean there will not be repercussions for what you say.  For anyone’s argument to say that his freedom of speech was revoked you are WRONG.  No legal charges were brought against him, therefore, no right was denied.  In fact now that he is suspended from A&E he is more then welcome to continue his ignorant rant and continue his version of what he believes Jesus would have wanted.

On a side note while his opinions are his and for him to say whenever he chooses, I don’t believe that as a gay person I should be lumped in and compared to terrorists, prostitutes, drunks, etc.  I am a fully functioning, responsible, law abiding, and patriotic citizen.  My beautiful relationship with the woman I love  has no bearing on the judgmental people who claim they do not judge and love everyone yet in the same sentence will then tell me about what I do is wrong or unnatural.  The next logical step from homosexuality is NOT beastiality and alienating a huge portion of the country doesn’t exactly make for the loving behavior Jesus preached about.  And let’s also note that if Phil had made similar comments about African Americans or Jews there would be a public outcry for his head…. a la Paula Dean.  It is just plain wrong not to have the same sense of indignation when the comments are directed at gays.

“Judge not, that ye be not judged.”   Matthew 7:1-3

Get Out of My Village

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Get Out of My Village.

Pineapple Dip

Pineapple Dip Ingredients

Okay people.  Quick and easy Pineapple Dip.  This has recently become sort of a quick go-to-recipe when entertaining or when you need to bring something to someone’s house in a jiffy.  Everyone seems to really like it.  Cristina, however, doesn’t like pineapple so she is not in agreement with me here.  🙂

The lineup:

1 block cream cheese

1 can crushed pineapple drained but reserve the juice *see tips below*  (the above picture is seen with pineapple tidbits because I accidentally grabbed the wrong product in a rush)

at least 1/2 cup chopped pecans (i actually like more)

green onions (like 4-5 including the white part) and some for garnish

Now listen very carefully to these directions and take your time.  Don’t skip ANY steps as it is critical to the preparedness of this dish.  (pausing for effect) Mix it all together.  Done.

Tips:

  1. Softened cream cheese is easier to mix and incorporate all the ingredients
  2. I use more pecans then 1/2 cup because I LOVE pecans.  In a rush I’ll grab the 4 oz bag of Diamond  brand chopped pecans which equals 1/2 cup but I think you need at least that amount
  3. I wind up using some of the reserved pineapple juice and add to my liking.  It helps the cream cheese get a little bit more of that pineapple flavor and also thins it out a little bit.

This recipe is easily doubled.  Serve with club crackers.

Your welcome.

Pineapple Dip

Modern Day Thinking Girl

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Last month I posted a photo blog called “Modern Day Spiderman” and described the time I took a picture from my office window that wound up being one of my all time favorite in my self proclaimed photography career.  Oddly enough almost two years later I would take another favorite photo of the very same window.

Cristina and I were having lunch together and had some time to kill so we decided to sit in my office for the remaining time.  The weather and view were beautiful so she decided to hop up on the window sill and look out for a bit.  Unbeknownst to her as we were talking I decided to take a quick snapshot.  I seem to do this often of which her reaction to the camera click is always a quick turn around and, “What are you doing?”

I couldn’t pass up the shot with the contrast of the sun shining on her and the shadow.  The sky and the clouds just made it better.  Too bad I had junk on my window sill that day but oh well.  Since it wasn’t staged that is just how it had to come out.

Miley- Its No Big Deal

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Okay, let’s talk about it.  Let’s put all out in the open about Miley Cyrus.  Everyone is STILL talking about Miley.  Miley, Miley, Miley.  Her VMA performance, her nakedness, her tongue wagging and licking inanimate objects.  What has all this behavior produced? Non stop chatter about Miley.  Everyone is watching what she is doing.  Everyone is writing about her.  Everyone wants her interview.  Everyone is jumping to see the next video or hear her new lyrics.  She has accomplished EXACTLY what she strived to do which is be relevant.  How can you not see what she has done is hashtag GENIUS?

Her VMA performance was the topic of water cooler talk, radio stations, news, blogs, websites, social media, everything and anything for WEEKS.  And really it was NO BIG DEAL.  It was the MTV VMAs.  Not the Oscars.  Not the Golden Globes.  Not the Tonys.  The MTV VMA awards.  HUGE difference.  The television station that has been playing the videos of half naked woman twerking for decades and now there is a live performance of it and all of a sudden its taboo?  Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines video has naked women all over it and was barely mentioned.  However, Miley is naked on a wrecking ball and for Christ’s sake let’s get the President on the phone.  How is this double standard even fair?   OMG did you see Miley backing it up and twerking on Robin Thicke or her rubbing her foam finger all over him?  Why don’t we talk about the MARRIED man who stood there and let it happen?  Double standard.  He easily could have walked away and sang by his audience.

And lets talk about Mr. Robin Thicke.  The same night the nation was up in arms about Miley’s performace Robin Thicke is at a VMA after party where he down right just about molests this girl in a photo op and it barely makes a ripple.  Robin ThickeThe MARRIED man that did not know there was a mirror behind him when the photo was taken gets to skate by while MILEY gets berated regarding her VMA performance.  How is that fair?  Hashtag double standard.

Miley’s performance was beyond smart, it was genius.  Genius because everyone is talking about her, her album is selling, her videos viral, and she is relevant.  Her 6 minute performance  generated her millions and people can’t get her name out of their mouths. What she did is no different then older artists in their generation filming their shocking videos and making their own documentaries, i.e. Madonna. It gets people talking. It keeps them relevant. It keeps people waiting on their next move. Genius.

No Flu For Me

Influenza Virus

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Well its that time of year again:  Flu season.  Seems like every corner Walgreens are displaying signs out for the flu shot as well as radio stations playing commercials on different area locations you can get one.  I’ve heard a commercial for a local hospital that went as far as providing flu shots via drive thru service this year.  You don’t even have to get out of your car now!  How convenient is that?  Also convenient is that another New Orleans area hospital comes to my office building every year to administer them.  MORE convenient than that? My company will pay for the cost of the flu shot for those folks who may be interested.

So this to me sounds like a no-brainer.  You will come to my place of work AND its FREE.  Cha-ching.  Sign me up.  But every year when this service comes around to my building you hear the chatter of “Are you getting it?” “Did you go?” “No way! I’m not gonna get sick!”  Yep.  It’s crazy to me that in 2013 there is still a myth that if you get the flu shot …..you will get the flu.  Negative, Ghost Rider.  You will NOT get influenza should you opt for the shot.  It is simply impossible.

Impossible because the vaccine contains the dead virus.  Dead.  As in not living.  A dead virus cannot infect you.  Now there is a side effect of the vaccine that your arm will be sore around the area you were vaccinated.  This, people, is just soreness.  You do not have body aches from the flu.  Secondly the the flu season also happens to be around the time that people get colds or respiratory illnesses.  Should you get sick from a bug shortly after you received the vaccine, blame your co-worker that came to work with the sniffles.  You do not have influenza.

Every year thousands of people in the United States die from the flu and many more than that are hospitalized.  So do yourself a favor.  Get the shot.  In the long run you will feel better about it and realize you were worried about nothing at all.  And if you don’t get it, call it for what it is:  you are afraid of needles, its against your religion, etc.  Because when you say that your reason is you don’t want to get the flu, it is obviously not a good one.

Click on the map to enlarge and check out your state risk.

NFL: Nonprofit Football League

NFL-LOGO-TiltedThank you Linda Woolard for bringing to my attention that the NFL, a $9.5 BILLION/year industry, pays NO federal taxes.  I was in disbelief as I read this information on a petition to change its status on Change.org.  Are you kidding me?  So basically while budgets for schools and public services are gutted and while Louisana tax payers paid 1 BILLION dollars to have the Superdome renovated, the NFL pays NOTHING into the system.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.

Now please do NOT get me wrong.  I LOVE football and I LOVE my New Orleans Saints.  I bleed black and gold.  However, I think it’s tragic that this long overdo perk is still around.  It all goes back to when the NFL was up and coming, the government saw a reason to give it a leg up and helped it out with non-profit status.  That day is long gone and the NFL has thrived to become America’s richest sports league.  The NFL doesn’t pay a dime but reaps hand over fist of the money it refuses to pay into.

Just last year the Virginia Governor, Bob McDonnell, took $4 million of tax payer money and handed it to the Washington Redskins for the team to upgrade a workout facility.  The Minnesota legislature took $506 million from its taxpayers (even though the state is facing a $1.1 billion budget deficit) to pay for a new stadium because the Vikings wanted it.  Washington State taxpayers provided $390 million for Seattle’s CentryLink field paying for well more than half of the cost.  Oh and let’s not forget to mention Jerry Jones would owe at least $6 million a year in property taxes for his stadium. Instead he got a sweetheart of a deal and doesn’t get a property-tax bill, resulting in Tarrant County having to  tax the property of average people more than it otherwise would.  And the list goes on and on and on.

Thankfully Senator Tom Coburn introduced a bill that would strip the NFL and other organizations from its tax exempt status.  He estimates such a move could generate 91 million dollars of federal revenue every year!   And we couldn’t use that money why??  The NBA and MLB gave up their right for non-profit in 2007.  It’s time the Nonprofit Football League follows suit.

http://www.change.org/petitions/congress-revoke-the-tax-exempt-status-of-the-national-football-league

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