Irving Petunia

17 09 2007

Our cat Irving (on the left in this photo) went to the vet on Saturday for routine rabies and vaccination shots. She had a horrible reaction to the vaccine and almost died. When we took her to the emergency vet clinic her temperature was 85. It is supposed to be 102. I am so grateful for the existence of the emergency vet clinic. If not for them our cat surely would have died.

She is at the vet’s office now. The last word was that she has greatly improved, but her body is still deciding whether she will live or die.

When we left the emergency vet clinic she had a cone around her neck to stop her from pulling out her i.v. She looked so pitiful. I can only imagine what parents feel when their human children are in the hospital.



10 09 2007

I thought that the art of the prank had died with the advent of caller i.d. But there are still some brave young souls out there willing to to randomly dial in the middle of the night. Admittedly, mine were not artistic pranksters. The first call at 2:12 a.m. was simply a hang up. The next call at 2:13 consisted of saying “hello” in a gravelly voice and then hanging up. Who knows what they would have come up with next. Unfortunately, I had to take the phone off the hook as I get up at 3:45 on Saturdays.

It had to be kids, who stumbled upon our phone number. We just moved here in May and our phone number is not widely known. Let me rephrase that, we’re just not that popular, we don’t get many calls.

I thought it would be funny to call them back at about 7 a.m. and do the same thing to them, but when I pushed *69 before leaving for work at 4:15, it said that the number was private and asked if I would like it to dial the number for me. I declined. I didn’t want to wake somebody’s parents up.

This is the first time I can remember being pranked as an adult. But when I was younger, my friend Kristy and I were quite the pranksters. Randomly dialing numbers to ask things like “Is your refrigerator running?” and “Do you have Olive Oil in a Jar?” In the 8th grade, a police officer visited both of our homes to tell us to stop with the pranking. We had been pranking a certain boys house many times a day.

If there was such a thing as karma, I would never sleep through the night!

Coffin Warranties

6 09 2007

Today my parents received in the mail a brochure about the 5 year limited warranty they will receive on my grandmother’s coffin.

It is warrantied against all defects in craftsmanship and protected against all Acts of God except earthquakes and flooding.

How bizarre. Being as the coffin is in the ground in a cement vault it is unlikely to be reviewed for defects. I am hard pressed to come up with another Act of God that could possibly damage a coffin other than earthquake or flooding.

The private viewing and graveside services cost close to $10,000. I have a feeling someone paid for this previously unmentioned warranty, otherwise why would a brochure arrive in the mail?

I am tempted to call the number on the brochure to inquire about warranty redemption rate – and success.