Monday, June 16, 2008

The Day the Circus Came to Town!

Took the Dog to the Circus tonight.

Bet you didn't see that one coming. If I'd been thinking ahead, I would have brought all four of the Bengals, and with me and my new RED hair, we could have BEEN the circus.

It went like this, tonight's Canine Good Citizen/Outdoor Adventure class met at the Rec Park. We go somewhere new every week, hence the "Adventure" bit. And, gosh darn, if the Circus wasn't in town!

As you might expect, this provided an entire level of "Working With Distractions."

Hey, does your dog chase cats? Walk him past the EIGHT tigers in open sided cages! Does your dog think he is the biggest thing going? The elephants can help! Having a problem with a Dog meeting new people...?????

We have clowns.

Dogs HATE clowns. Sometimes Dogs are not so dumb. Clowns are scary.

Cabal did really well. The other Dog Owners despair when they see his most excellent leash walking and sit/stay skills. I point out that this is his fifth time in Dog School. It's like he is in third grade, but repeated first and second twice.

It's fun, tho. And tonight we got to go to the Circus.

Today was much work, tho I did get the evil cable/phone/Internet company to lower my bill by $50. It's not easy You have to keep calling, over and over, and end up saying things like "Well, gee wiz, if I leave you for Company X for phone and Internet my bill drops $50, are we saying farewell, or are you re-doing my package?"

(which sounds vaguely naughty, somehow)

Venus and Mim did NOT like me staying away last night. Took out two lamps and a nice box filled with dried flowery bits. I actually kind of like my house with dried flowery bits scattered from end to end, so this is good, and lamps are over-rated. I only mention this because they are sitting on the couch with me, one on either side, WATCHING as I type, and if I do a whole blog about taking the dog to the Circus and don't mention them, I am afraid of what they might do next.

Love and critters,
Lorraine

47 Comments:

At 8:11 PM , Blogger Beez said...

The eyes! The Mad Kitty eyes....always watching...

They Who Are To Be Feared and Loved

(are they still looking?)

 
At 8:16 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

No, they have curled up at one end of the couch together and are sleeping...

Be very quiet, It's been a long day and I am now DONE.

 
At 9:06 PM , Blogger Yoga Gal said...

Send in the clowns.

Lorraine, it was so sweet of you to take Cabal out to the circus on the day your boss left for another road trip.

You are a super Lady with a kind heart.

Take a photo with Cabal and you with the beautiful mane of red hair.

 
At 10:31 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Kitty brigade checking on you? Take THEM to the circus next time...
Actually I can imagine Mimsy trying to take on a tiger - or having a laugh at the elephant because it's scared of mice.

 
At 2:07 AM , Blogger Malena said...

Wish I was there at the circus. I would have brought a snake and worn leather pants to match. I kid I kid.

Yes, my name sake WOULD take on a tiger. Here in Hollywood I take them on all the time. Sadly, they aren't furry and cuddley. They are usually "bearded buddha's". That's what I call men that are WAY to old to hit on me.

 
At 2:15 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Bearded Buddhas don't sound so bad.
Of course they would probably never think of themselves as being too old to hit on you.
Don't tell me you are STILL up?
It's almost lunch time here!

 
At 4:25 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

sounds like a fun evening, i'm surprised the kitties didn't perform a coup and command the keyboard! and yeah, clowns are creepy....and so are bearded buddhas. once there were 3 bb's standing in the hallway at school, didn't know i was behind them, and they were actually rating each of the young ladies as they walked in to class, which ones they wanted, which were not desirable. It was disgusting, as they were NO prizes - why do some men hold women to an impossible standard, yet don't hold themselves to it. still infuriates me every time i think of it-i called them on it and was told i was just jealous because i was too old to be desirable anymore...

 
At 4:43 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I feel enticed to provide a counter story to that last one, one of my colleagues having been thoroughly shocked of overhearing the same type of discussion and rating coming from the girls locker at work (we're not talking about teenagers flying high on hormone surge here).
I still can recall the look on his greenish face...

 
At 5:23 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

snicker, turnarouund is fair play.....

 
At 6:24 AM , Blogger Beez said...

Bwah! Glad for the turnaround story, but Sue-

They escaped unscathed after the jealous comment? You were having an off day, weren't you? :P

 
At 6:37 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

i called them a.....h....s, and began to point out some obvious flaws in their physiques, and told them few women of my advanced age would find them attractive let alone the 20 somethings filtering into class. All 3 were walking heart attacks. ahh, how i wish to be witty, i was so furious it was all i could do not to smack each one of them upside the head.

 
At 8:16 AM , OpenID pantagruel said...

Good for you, ivenotime! What jerks. Something to remember when dealing with men who are acting like jerks: a man's greatest fear is that a woman will laugh at him. Sometimes pointing, laughing, and mockery does the job admirably.

Cabal at the circus… now you see the effects of his Cabal. ;) Scouting information received.

 
At 8:32 AM , Blogger LaM said...

Malena would have indeed been up, the little vampire, she is currently safe asleep in her Crypt, and will be for some hours, so we can talk about her all we want, hee-hee..

Yes, men can be jerks, WHY they think a women wants them who gives them absolutely NO signs of it is beyond me.

(and yes, it does work turning it around)

I may be opening up a can of worms, but, uh, aren't there more important things than sex?

Way to go Sue!

 
At 9:02 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Plenty:
Chocolate.
Books.
Cats.
Back rubs (the cats agree).

 
At 9:54 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

talking with good friends
creating - from food to gardens to babies to painting to writing
waking up to a bright new day, grateful for every minute on this small planet

and yes pantagruel and Lorraine as LAM, men can indeed be jerks. and unwelcome advances are some of the most nasty to deal with.
Another thing that seems to happen alot in academia is for a prof to divorce his wife to marry a young student, and don't get me started on the differences in grades awarded by some based on gender and looks. what type of identity problem do some men have that they feel they need a young thing on their arm? i love my 21 yr olds, but they don't possess the wisdom and savvy that the years brings. humph and bah to immature men.

 
At 10:26 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Good points.

I kind of like my relationships to be Fantasies, and all in my head. You date who you want, as many as you want , when you want, and when it's over, they are OUT of there, hee-hee.

You just have to know where that line between Fantasy and Reality is and which side of it you are on at any moment or it gets a little tricky and you end up a stalker.

Have to go. My current Fantasy is taking me to Rio this afternoon.

 
At 10:27 AM , Blogger ivenotime said...

ooo, sounds lovely have a decadent time!

 
At 10:33 AM , Blogger Beez said...

*votes for smacking upside the head*

.....but that's just me.

Good for you, letting them have it.

 
At 12:33 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Does anyone REALLY like clowns anymore? (I'm pretty sure that no one actually finds them funny.)

It's good to know you had such a wonderful time!

~Emily

 
At 2:44 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

you know Emily, I was pondering that precise question too... I don't think I like them. I was thinking that they must, in general, present a bit of a risk actually... think about it.. you have a dressed-up guy who you could never identify... and he is meant to be entertaining young children... sounds like a recipe for creepy people to get close to kids.

hmmm... my fantasy is ... uh oh, I am out of fantasies right now. I will have to check back later.

 
At 5:59 PM , Blogger Malena said...

Things more important than SEX? Hmmmm. I think there are things AS important. Like food and water, and really good friends. But...it's still at the top of my list. I'm a beast. Thank goodness I'm married huh!Vampires and werewolves....what can I say?
Beez..I liked your comment,"The who are to be feared and loved."
That could apply to me. I could be the sword throwing gun slinger in the circus.

 
At 6:01 PM , Blogger Aleta said...

I love that you stumbled into a circus! Crazy! I like the idea that Cabal is the star of the class -- no matter how he got there!

I may be opening up a can of worms, but, uh, aren't there more important things than sex?

I sure hope so! If not I am... well I was going to say screwed but that doesn't really work. SOL I guess.

Sex as sex is one thing. Love on the other hand has always been, for me, about hearts and souls and minds way more than about body parts. I know I am weird that way -- but that's okay.

 
At 6:14 PM , Blogger Malena said...

You aren't weird honey. I think we're all that way..women that is, and yes, even some men.
I've never been the kind of girl who could just sleep with someone. I had to love them first. It's that "Nun on the street and Trollop in the bedroom" idea. Muaaaaaah haa haaa! (Hey the full moon is on the rise! Can't help it)

 
At 6:25 PM , Blogger LaM said...

The moon is nearly full, isn't it??? Watch out, for she who must be loved and feared!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My neighbor and I had plans to get a pedicure thing today, even tho I was way too busy and tried to cancel, she talked me into it, as we have known each-other two years and we had never BEEN anywhere together.

Well, believe it, this is the way my life goes, we went to different salons.

I have some really great toes tho.

I would have turned this into a post, but want nothing more than to take the dog for one more walk and go home to my Bengals, and bed.

 
At 6:27 PM , Blogger Aleta said...

Not to get overly personal here but I think in some ways I am sort of the opposite of that -- I tend to think of sex very separately from love -- I actually have been working on changing my thinking on that somewhat. Anyway I won't bore you with my own internal psychodrama!

(I'm not saying I am a Trollop on the street and Nun in the bedroom btw... it is more about my way of thinking than my actions.)

Yeah for the full moon. (Also Melena I am saving up to do some shopping on your site! I am in the right spot for checking out potions and lotions right now.)

 
At 6:39 PM , Blogger Aleta said...

Hurray for great toes! Hope the pedicure was relaxing for you even if things did not turn out quite the way you planned!

 
At 7:12 PM , Blogger Aleta said...

This is what I got from Very Short List today. It is Isabella Rossellini passionately acting out the means by which different insects reproduce. It is one of the stranges things I have seen in a long time. Most interesting to people here will be the one about bees. Seriously. Check it out.

 
At 7:21 PM , Blogger Malena said...

Atela, WOW very cool!
I think our culture and our creed make up 75% of how we think about...a LOT of things.
Btw, only Isabella could be that fine as a pink worm.

 
At 7:33 PM , Blogger Malena said...

watch the video! It's so weird...way weirder than we are!

 
At 7:35 PM , Blogger Aleta said...

She is so fascinating to watch -- the way she takes on these "characters" is... just... just... weird and wonderful.

 
At 8:51 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ok, that was seriously cool and rather wonderful!!! What lovely shorts, and you should watch them.

Aleta, many thanks for sharing!

 
At 8:58 PM , Blogger Aleta said...

Hee. Glad you enjoyed it! It is certainly the sort of thing that must be shared!

 
At 10:06 PM , Blogger Rubius said...

I don't get to see the videos. They won't be broadcast outside of the US until July.

:-(

but the 'making of' compilation was interesting

 
At 10:13 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Can't watch it!
It's not available for Europe...
(Bad day this will be, already the system forbade me to get on Live Journal - soon it will do the same for Blogger, I am sure...)

 
At 8:04 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

How weird is that????? You can't se them outside the US? Surely Dr WIcked or Dan Guy has some advice here.....

I will try and have an adventure today and write something un tonight, promise!

 
At 8:09 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Nothing too dire, I hope...
Some light merriment involving Dog, kitties and/or bees would be good.

 
At 8:44 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

have to chime in here,
sex is pure magic when with the right person.
has the power to heal and bind.
careful, ladies, with whom you perform this ritual, it is amazingly powerful spell stuff.
and yes, the respect it should command is limitless.

i am grateful daily for the connection i have with my lover.
ok! so serious. but i take that gift very to my heart.

ps Quiche i got a pedicure yesterday and they pulled out the belt sander...hahahAHAHAHAHAHA

 
At 10:59 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Little adventures so far....fingers crossed.

BELT SANDER????? I wish they could use one on mine, They had to bring in one of those things they use for stripping floors, AND a jack hammer, with a team of people to do it!

 
At 11:46 AM , Blogger Malena said...

My toe nails naturally grow pointed. (Like that's a surprise)
Especially the baby toe. It's a claw. i do my own nails because when I go to get them done, the lady says, "Ahhhh, you want to cut that one down yes? Very sharp it is"
and I say,
"NO! I like them sharp!"
Then there is a weird silence. Hey. I am what I am. My toes are useful for picking things up in the dark!

 
At 11:56 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

You do have claws like no other being on this planet, my dear!

 
At 12:20 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

beautifully said kitty, sex can be a powerful ritual (and your Drew is one lucky guy!) (it is drew, isn't it?) ugh i have a weird thing about anyone touching my feet - ewww - so any pedicuring is done by myself, and since i love to go barefoot, my feet are not my uh most clean appendage. One of my daughters has feet like Malena! Pointy! Sharp! little weapons they are, and are darn near prehensile - she could write with them if she had a mind too.

 
At 12:20 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

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At 12:49 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Lorraine - should I be expecting an exploding knife? It hasn't arrived, and I wanted to check but haven't a current email.

 
At 3:12 PM , Blogger Aleta said...

I am sad that our European friends are not able to watch the bug reproduction videos. I always think of the internet everywhere always but it isn't really is it. Save the link. I think it will be worth the wait.

 
At 3:19 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Ah yes, I had forgotten the exploding knife. Yes, I am going to send it, I'll let you know. Darn thing is SHARP tho, so be careful!

 
At 5:55 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I posted a pic of the exploding knife for all to marvel over.

 
At 6:53 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Nick says no problem on the knife after looking at the picture.

 

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