Thursday, February 02, 2017

Jupiter Training

Jupiter is modeling a Cats t-shirt, probably the first time he's worn clothing.  Simone is working on training Jupiter.  So far he can spin with a hand signal (the hand being full of treats).  He was very patient during the photo shoot.

Monday, July 04, 2016

France - Week 3, Arles, some pictures

Simone says, "I'm not quite sure what the dessert was called, but I did have a bite or two of it, and it was really good. By the way., those green thingies are bits of pistachio I think."
Simone drawing cats.  Paw-sitive cat cards!  Tee-hee.
Heavenly Blue Morning Glory, really pretty.  Simone wishes she had a dress that color.  "Certainly prettier than any toenail picture." says Simone. "Just kidding, toenail pictures are not so pretty!"
Lavender tart, I was surprised how good it tasted.  Simone says, "It actually tastes like lavender, it's really good."
Corn nut vending machine.  Could have gotten some, but no.

Editor's note: All photos and captions were chosen by Simone.

Monday, June 20, 2016

France 2016 - Week 1 - Colmar, some pictures

Simone asked me about blogging the other day and has inspired me to begin again, or, at the least, to document our trip to France.  So here goes, the first post was conceived and written by Simone.

Here are some photos and captions from our first week in (and around) Colmar:

Sugared fruit is very pretty.  Fruit is good.  Especially the strawberries!  Doesn't the fruit look like jewels?

Very breath-taking!

Very mysterious and beautiful!

Wheeeeeeeeeee!  Very fun!  Very beautiful carousel. 

Monday, September 08, 2014

Really? We needed a second video?

So, the big news today, domestically (ignoring all the strife in the Middle East and Africa), is that the NFL team, the Baltimore Ravens are dumping Ray Rice after TMZ released a second video from the night that Ray Rice knocked out his (now) wife, Janay Palmer, in an elevator and proceeded to unceremoniously drag her limp body out.

You can check out one of the many reports on it here at USA Today.  The TMZ link has ... adult advertisements, and I'm running a family friendly blog here.

There's much to be said about the whole incident, some are defending Ray Rice, most are defending Janay Palmer .  I don't know much of anything about domestic violence, and don't have much to say about the morality of the "altercation" - other than saying to the Ray Rice defenders, "her slapping him is somehow equivalent to him knocking her out?  He's in the NFL and repeatedly gets hit by guys weighing over 300 pounds!  No person who isn't a trained fighter, let alone someone as small as his wife, is going to make a dent in him with one little slap."

But, what I want to add to this discussion is my disbelief that this new video somehow changes things.

Because, really?

What the ... bejesus did everyone think happened in that elevator in February when this was first made public?  Did people think he hugged her out of love so hard she passed out?  That he bent over to pick up something she dropped and accidentally head-butted her and knocked her out (oopsie)?  That she lapsed into a diabetic coma?  That she tripped and hit her head?

No.  Nobody thought any of that.  He obviously didn't give a damn about her as he dragged her out of the elevator, and dumped her on the ground.  Then he proceeded to push her legs out of the way with his foot!  That was not a concerned boyfriend, that was someone who didn't give a rat's rear what happened to her.

Everybody assumed (which he later confirmed) that he punched her and knocked her out.  End. Of. Story.

This video, as far as I'm concerned, shows about the best possible behavior on his part in this situation.  Really.  He only punched her twice.  He didn't keep pummeling her, he didn't kick her, he didn't do any of a whole host of things he could have done (I don't even want to start to imagine).  Instead, he took about the minimum actions required to knock her out (two punches, instead of one).  And, let me be clear, that is HORRIBLE, INEXCUSABLE behavior.  But what did you THINK he had done?  Exactly what was on the video.  The video shows he's a horrible person, but not Hannibal Lecter.  Pretty much any other behavior leading to her being passed out would have been worse.

If he had done more, then we should be (more) outraged.

Yes, the new footage is uncomfortable to watch.  Yes, it shows they were arguing.  But this video reveals nothing new - we already knew he punched her.  We should have already been this outraged.

I'm annoyed/frustrated that the NFL and all sorts of others are now taking the whole thing more seriously.  They don't give a damn about Janay Palmer, they only care about the image of the NFL/Ravens.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Simone Rides

On Friday, Simone had a play date at a friend's house.  We brought over her bike and they rode around in a parking lot nearby.  Well, "rode" was a relative term.  When we got there, Simone's bike had no pedals - it was a push bike.
Simone looked really confident on her bike.  She would start by the curb on the high end of the parking lot and coast down to the center.  She was having a great time, so I asked her if she would like to put the pedals on.  She coasted a couple more times and I went to get the pedals.
We put the pedals on and she went back to her starting point, coasted down, and then pedaled around.

She spent the next ten minutes coasting down, and pedaling around in a circle with a big smile.
She was very excited out biking and immediately began making plans for the next biking excursion.
So, today, we rode the trail-a-bike to the market and back, and then headed over to Starker Arts Park, where we both rode our bikes around the bike path there.  Simone worked hard practicing her starts on flat ground (not quite as easy as when coasting downhill).  The day ended up being a bit frustrating for Simone because she really wanted to ride, but couldn't quite string together all the pieces to keep riding.
She couldn't see it, but I saw how much better she was at the end of the hour when compared to the beginning.
It'll really help to have a bike that fits her - you can see how small her current bike is for her.
To be continued...