Wednesday, November 19, 2014

the return... da da da dum!


“Peace demands the most heroic labor and the most difficult sacrifice. It demands greater heroism than war. It demands greater fidelity to the truth and a much more perfect purity of conscience.”

- Thomas Merton


Well, gosh. I've been away from blogging because technology passed me right by. The world of course hasn't gone away, I've just had to step aside for awhile so I didn't get run over on the information highway. What does Info Hwy roadkill look like? See, the questions are just boundless!

First some shout outs:

To my classmates from San Pedro HS, class of '69, I swear I'll make it for the 50th! I'm really curious... :)

To my couchmates over at Pete Guither's Drug WarRant. If you are interested in drug policy that's the place to go. If you support drugs prohibition, we'd love to have you, be it for breakfast, lunch or dinner/supper. I've been hanging out with some of these anti-prohibition scalawags for over a decade. End the drug war, Damitol!®

And a shout out to a young woman that provided inspiration to me for months while she rented a room in my house here at the farm. Courtney Appleseed is a gorgeous and talented young woman and it was truly a pleasure to have her in my home. I had no idea that muses are real, but they are! I had one and I will forever be in her debt for her friendship and her inspiring work as a model.

My first digital camera went belly up (more than less) and I had to find me a new one. Bought a Pentax K5II. Lovin' it. As always I'll be sharing images once I hit my stride on this blogging thing.

Oh and a shout out to Kevin Sabet and Calvina Fay... NANNER NANNER! It takes a real creative loser to call an ass-whupping a victory. But Prohibition IS coming to an end, again.

I'll be having a whole lot more to say on a lot of things, so please, grab your coffee, pull up your chair and share with me in hopefully providing something of value to our world.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

*cough* whew...

good golly! look at the cobwebs in here...

It's funny (not) how modern technology just zoomed right by me while I was raising two kids as a single dad. Decisions were easy, do I feed the kids, or buy a new computer?

Well Damitol!® After almost 20 years on dial-up and over a decade on an old 40GB eMac I've entered the world of the high speed wwweb! Yay for me!

So stay tuned, I will be back shortly, need to get this place aired out and swept and mopped, then I can get back to coffee and donuts.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Help save Toby! or, it must be Puppy Love...


“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's”

~ Mark Twain

A few weekends ago I received an email from an old friend (maybe I said that wrong, how about from a long time friend...) with "help needed" in the subject line. Now I knew this wasn't a job opening so what could it be?

Well, I was right and wrong... it wasn't about employment, more to do with deployment really.

This friend has a daughter and this daughter (whom I have known since she was 3) is stationed with the US Army in Afghanistan.

The soldiers in her company found a puppy, discarded in the locals' trash/burn pile. And needless to say, they rescued the pup. They nursed it back to health but now Toby's caretaker is leaving and my friend's soldier-daughter asked her to help rescue the dog back to the U.S.

That's where the "help needed" email to me comes in.

So I spent my Saturday reading about and researching Afghanistan dog rescue. Some of the stories had me all weepy-eyed... I love dogs. 99% more than I do people, generally speaking. Being an old Wildlife Rehabilitation guy I know how rough critters can have it out there. Owning dogs off and on throughout my life established an appreciation for our canine friends that is now grown to genuine love.

My work takes me in an out of people's homes. A lot of those people own dogs and I have to acquaint myself with their pets because I'm spending time working in their houses. Some of those dogs I've been seeing for years and they're always tail-wagging happy to see me when I return. Heart warming... truly heart warming.

Anyways... I tracked down the two orgs I would need - Guardians of Rescue and Novzad.

Guardians of Rescue is getting the dog back to the states where he will stay with them until daughter-soldier returns to the US and then Toby will be her and her 3 sons' dog.

But rescuing dogs from logistically challenged locations isn't free. We need to raise $3,000.

Do you love dogs? Do you love or support our soldiers? then think about donating to Toby's cause. We've come this far, Toby is in Kabul now, in a kennel. He's a big boy and in the world of shipping and receiving that means weight...

And consider... if you donate you'll be helping the kennel in Kabul -

Nowzad and the good folks at Guardians of Rescue who are handling transportation logistics, will house and train Toby until his soldier-friend comes home sometime this winter.

So please... help Toby, help our GIs with something that very much matters as something very important to the quality of their lives in the midst of war. Please donate what you can, whether it's $5, $10 or $500...

Save Toby!

Oh... and I mentioned Toby's a big boy? Take a peek at exactly how big this 6 month old is:

Now if that's not a whole lotta puppy love...
“A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down.”

~ Robert Benchley

Toby and his friends