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REFLECTION: Sammi Speckle Spot

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I found Sammi's info tonight. He's been gone a few years now. Best retired racer we ever had.





PUPDATE: Hershel von Offenzoomin

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aka Hershey



Facebook and Twitter folks have asked about the "hovering dog" picture.  No, Hershey can't fly.  He does love to break into zoomies when outside.

His original name was Hershey.  (We briefly changed it to Fritz but, after a day, it didn't feel right.) I spotted him last week while on a dog quest (finding a friend for Angus). 

The Pet Adoption League had several pups, but it was a picture that stole my heart. His backstory broke it.

"Meet Hershey. This little nugget is about 4-5 months old and he’s a Dachshund mix. He was originally adopted out through us as a young pup but he became too much for the previous owners so now he’s looking for his new forever home. He’s the happiest little guy and so friendly. He is very active. He has tons of puppy energy and we are requiring he go to someone with a decent sized yard so he can burn some energy. He would make a wonderful running partner. He is still a pup so he can learn to get along with just abou…

ZEPHYR: Goodbye, good friend

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Zephyr Zydeco April 2000 - July 2019

Saying goodbye is never easy. After nineteen years, it seems nearly impossible.  Yet we said farewell to our beloved Zephyr today.  The Rainbow Bridge is a bittersweet place.


This Italian Greyhound was the last of the "Colorado Dogs".  We rescued him from a pet shop in the Citadel Mall when he was only a few weeks old.  Nobody wanted him. Iggy's look frail. They lack that fat, roly-poly essence.  He was in a small cage, frightened yet excited. We had just lost our retired racer, Barron, and seeing this little guy brought back a flood of fond memories. We had to take him home.

There are many words to describe him. Silly, sweet, capricious, prissy.  As a puppy, he loved grabbing onto Better Half's slipper as he walked.  He was the lone male of the Bitch Brigade (we had three large breed females already) but, in his mind, he was the crown prince.

He went by many pet names. Wiggy, Iggy, Buddy, Turd, the Turdous. My favorite was "L…

2019 CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CENSUS: A former Marketing Manager's opinion

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If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.


The 2020 campaign promises to be insufferable right up to election day. We can all expect to be inundated with calls, texts, and mailings regardless of our party affiliation.

Although beneficial to voters, this practice actually annoys me. I was the Marketing Manager for a multi-state territory before retiring and moving to Ohio. You can conceal dog poop in a fancy gift bag festooned with glittery ribbons but, regardless of how promising the presentation, it's still a bag of shit.

Such is the case with the campaign fundraising letter I…

REPUBLICANS: Unpacking the Misconception Trunk

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What do Republicans believe? How can a Republican support Democrat issues?  And, most importantly, why doesn't Republican leadership fall in line with what average Republicans believe or vice-versa? 

It's an interesting topic given the current division between the two major parties.

Let's take a stab at defining Republican basics.  My personal perspective as a Republican may not align with yours, and I tend to swing to the left on some issues, ergo it's natural that we all won't agree.

To begin with, just because a conclusion appears true, it does not mean the argument is valid. Association fallacy runs rampant online and in real life.
Premise: A is a BPremise: A is also a CConclusion: Therefore, all Bs are Cs Typical logic fallacy: Trump is Republican. Trump is also an asshole. Therefore, all Republicans are assholes.   You've likely heard this fallacy argued down as "not all X are Y". 

Let's do away with association fallacy for a while. All Repu…

HOME DELIGHTS: Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

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Tilapia is my second-favorite fish, with catfish taking priority. Give me fish or give me death - though I suspect these bottom-feeders will be the death of me.  

There are a variety of similar recipes found online. The closest I've found to is it from Taste & Tell.

"This Parmesan Crusted Tilapia is a simple fish recipe that is done in 20 minutes and will even impress non-fish lovers!"Taste & Tell Parmesan Crusted Tilapia This tasty recipe takes very little time to prepare and bake, and it isn't weighed down by heavy thick batter.  You can substitute another white fish.  I wasn't fond of the seasonings with cod but it's nummy on flounder. 

Gruff's Parmesan Crusted Tilapia 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese2 teaspoons paprika1 tablespoon chopped parsley or 2 teaspoons dry parsley leaf1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon onion powder 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil4 tilapia fillet, defrosted or fresh lemon juice or fresh lemon to sprinkle
1. Preheat…

COLBERT: Online Knitters Stand Up To White Supremacy

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While I realize some of my younger webpanions will see this as a violation of the First Amendment, it's prudent to note that privately owned websites and forums allow or prohibit topics per their own whims. We agree to their authority when we first make our account; the Terms of Service (ToS) tells us what rights we wave when we become a member.


Without further ado:




Thank you, Mr. Colbert. We need to root out racism regardless of where it seeks safe harbor.