Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Now if we could buy cars that were real easy on gas or were electric, that would be great. The current prices of new electric vehicles are a bit pricy yet but this should improve once they are mass produced. I'm looking and following the developments. Well, its time for me to head off to bed. Have a good night all! - Volker
Sunday, October 26, 2008
So, since I had to remain at home, I was busy at the computer between visits to the washroom. I was just puttering along and then made some soup from scatch late in the afternoon, nothing fancy, just a meatless stew with vegetables and broth only. After having three bowls of the stuff, I feel much better. Now I'm having some Jasmin White Tea to wash everything down. There'll be no beer tonight for obvious reasons, not even one!
There are letters to send out but those will have to wait until I'm better which will be tomorrow most likely. This takes 8 to 12 hours to pass (pardon the pun) but I should be well enough to go to work on Monday, knock on wood.
Ah, I had wanted to check out The National Archives (UK) website [ http://ufos.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ ] today as well but that will have to wait till tomorrow as well. There is a lot of interesting material to check out, for me anyway. The three videos just give you a taste of what's out there but the bulk of what I find will be posted on Haliaeetus, the blog I started in early 2007.
I hope you all had a better weekend than I did. Have a great work week for those that do work and for those that are retired (I've got a ways to go yet) have a pleasant week also! More to come later. - Volker
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Anyway, no pics of hot guys tonight because I plan to go to bed early to recover but perhaps such hot photos are possible on the weekend. Good night and take care! - Volker
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
The weather was rainy and overcast, a typical autumn day here along the west coast in British Columbia's lower mainland. It was rain, sometimes heavy, in the morning with some clearing in the afternoon. The weather over the next few days looks more promissing but still very autumn like.
When I got home, sorted my things away and then made supper, I spent some time behind the computer (that's where I still am) reading emails and catching up on some of the blog reading. I also got an email from Robert, the blogger from Delayed and Distracted, who is currently studying in Strasbourg, France. He's made some new friends, improved his French language skills (and who can't avoid that if you're living in the language) and is excited about being in the city and its culture! And who can't be excited about it, I've been in the city three times myself over the years. Wish him luck in his studies and perhaps we'll see some interesting posts from Robert in future when time permits. Oh, you also see, we have our lives outside blogging, otherwise we wouldn't have something interesting to tell you and you'd miss out on all that!
Well, I'm off to bed soon and hope to get more sleep than was the case last night. Here's hoping the sandman hits pay dirt and has me in a deep sleep for a change (you've all heard of the Danish fairytale about the sandman spreading his dream sand haven't you?)! Have a good night!!! - Volker
P.S. - The above photo is a scene of the city of Strasbourg (ponts couverts vus de la terrasse panoramique). I've taken photos from that very terrace, a venue showing the various canals of the Ill River flowing through the old city, such a lovely shot! - The photo is from the Wikipedia Commons.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
I am still waiting for that call from Brad to advise me that he has arrived. Each time the cell phone rings (and not too many call me) I run to answer only to find out it isn't him. It would be nice to hear from him but I guess he's delayed for good reasons. After all, I was hoping he would decide to drive across the country in order to see the beauty of the landscape and how long it actually takes to cross the country we call Canada. Every Canadian should take the time to see it if the opportunity arises and learn to appreciate the beauty, meet interesting people and stop where ever one's mood takes them. He'll surprise me as well as all visitors to this blog when he does arrive. It will be so interesting to hear his story! I love surprises, don't you?
During the trip into town and back, I saw a few interesting guys, some rather hot looking. Some were on the train and others on the bus. They're the kind that find your eyes immediately moving towards. You won't find any barely dressed such as the guy in the photo above, even at the beach, since we are in the midst of autumn with cooler day time and night time temperatures, but hotties are still out to be seen and appreciated. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and each person has their unique sense of it but I guess by now you know what I appreciate and what turns me on. That will continue after Brad arrives and I'm sure he has his own appreciation for the human form (i.e. men). Will he reveal his perspective of beauty, only time will tell. Meantime, we all wait patiently! Have a great Sunday or for those where that day has come and gone, hope it was a good one! - Volker
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Subject: FW: Story from NOL
I’ve written articles over the years about horses who survived amputation surgery. There was Boitron, the California Thoroughbred stallion who could service mares after amputation surgery. There were Dr. Ric Redden’s dramatic cases of founder survivors who galloped around his paddock on artificial feet with "transplanted frogs". Dr. Chris Colles had the never-say-die Appaloosa in England with the spring-loaded foot. And who can forget that paint yearling in India ? Or the landmine-maimed elephant amputee inThailand ? Longtime Hoofcare and Lameness Journal readers will remember them all.
So when I first heard that a pony had survived amputation surgery at Louisiana State University ’s (LSU) equine hospital, I didn’t run to the keyboard and beg for photos. A few weeks later I did, though.
Meet Molly. She’s a gray speckled pony who was abandoned by her owners when Katrina hit southernLouisiana . She spent weeks on her own before finally being rescued and taken to a farm where abandoned animals were stockpiled. While there, she was attacked by a pit bull terrier, and almost died. Her gnawed right front leg became infected and her vet went to LSU for help. But LSU was overwhelmed, and this pony was a welfare case. You know how that goes.
But after surgeon Rustin Moore met Molly, he changed his mind. He saw how the pony was careful to lie down on different sides so she didn't seem to get sores, and how she allowed people to handle her. She protected her injured leg. She constantly shifted her weight, and didn’t overload her good leg. She was a smart pony with a serious survival ethic.
Moore agreed to remove her leg below the knee and a temporary artificial limb was built. Molly walked out of the clinic and her story really begins there.
“This was the right horse and the right owner," Moore insists. “Molly happened to be a one-in-a-million patient. She’s tough as nails, but sweet, and she was willing to cope with pain. She made it obvious she understood (that) she was in trouble.” The other important factor, according to Moore , is having a truly committed and compliant owner who is dedicated to providing the daily care required over the lifetime of the horse.
Molly’s story turns into a parable for life in post-Katrina Louisiana . The little pony gained weight, her mane felt a comb. A human prosthesis designer built her a leg.
“The prosthetic has given Molly a whole new life,” Allison Barca DVM, Molly's regular vet, reports. “And she asks for it! She will put her little limb out, and come to you and let you know that she wants you to put it on. Sometimes she wants you to take it off too." And sometimes, Molly gets away from Barca. “It can be pretty bad when you can't catch a three-legged horse,” she laughs.
Most important of all, Molly has a job now. Kay, the rescue farm owner, started taking Molly to shelters, hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers. Anywhere she thought that people needed hope. Wherever Molly went, she showed people her pluck. She inspired people. And she had a good time doing it.
“It’s obvious to me that Molly had a bigger role to play in life,” Moore said, “She survived the hurricane, she survived a horrible injury, and now she is giving hope to others.”
“She's not back to normal,” Barca concluded. “She's going to be better. To me, she could be a symbol forNew Orleans itself.”
This week, Molly the Pony, a children’s book about the pony who has already inspired thousands of people around New Orleans , has been published.
It’s not a book about amputation or prosthetics, it’s a book about people and ponies. But the photos you see here are from the book.
Maybe Molly won’t make the vet textbooks, but she might reach more people from the pages of this book for children. If you know a child, a library, a hospital, or maybe a therapeutic riding program that can use a lift, here’s a book that can do that. And you can explain how the leg and hoof work!
HOW TO ORDER: This book is an oversized, square "laminated" (so it wipes clean) hard cover book. Hoofcare Publishing is proud to offer it for sale to you at the price of $15.95 each plus $6 post. A portion of the sales price will go toward Molly's fund. To order, send check or money to Hoofcare Books, 19 Harbor Loop, Gloucester MA 01930 . Telephone orders to ( USA ) 978 281 3222. Fax orders to ( USA ) 978 283 8775. Email orders to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visa or Mastercard accepted; please supply account number and expiration date. When ordering, please give phone and/or email details.
You will LOVE this book--and Molly!