31 July 2006

New Title

The JTHM joke in the old title no longer expresses the timeliness of posted material. With the help of , I have hereby renamed my LiveJournal. I believe my faithful readers will appreciate the relevance of "THE SHERIFF OF HONG KONG." Please update your bookmarks accordingly.

Thank you.

16 July 2006

Wheee Vegas!

Gah! The limo isn't coming for 20 more minutes! I don't think I can wait any longer.....


13 July 2006

Update! With Pictures!

Last week I went to pick up my car from the body shop. Read bumper number three looked very nice. Front bumper number one, on the other hand, had magically been scraped. Apparently my car got hit while AT THE FREAKING BODY SHOP! On Tuesday I brought my car back to get fixed again, yay. The odometer is just over 4000 miles so I'll get that first oil change once I get my car back. That is, assuming no further disasters befall my car.

I am quite pleased with my new place. I'm renting a room (and a bathroom) in a condo. My landlord, her husband, and their friend are all much older than me, but I really like it there. I have less personal space, but it's nicer and cleaner. Also, I can walk to the Third Street Promenade and the beach. It is still surreal that I can walk to the beach in about 15 minutes. As an added bonus, when I do walk there, I get to walk by Google; their Santa Monica office is exactly three blocks away.


Presenting Zero, a one year old mutt that I rescued from a local shelter. He was found wandering near a freeway. After two weeks with him, he has been determined to be Miniature Pinscher, Jack Russell Terrier, Dachshund, Pointer, and some other undetermined breeds. He came house trained, which is absolutely awesome. He also doesn't bark/yap except when Matt or I leave. He mostly just sleeps - on the couch, under the table, in my lap - but almost always gets up to follow me around.

Until a couple days ago, he wore a nylon harness and had a nylon leash for walks. Then, while at Matt's dad's house, he decided to mark his territory indoors. More specifically, he tried to claim Tawny's favorite areas in the house. After he tried twice, I put the harness on him and tied his leash to a recliner in the family room (where everyone was hanging out). Then Matt and I made the mistake of leaving for about a half hour, even though Nancy was still there. We came back to a very naughty little dog. He chewed through the leash in about 30 seconds, and later, when reconfined with a leash, managed to wiggle and chew his way out of the harness. Since then, Zero has had the pleasure of a choke chain and chain leash. I was considering getting one for training anyway, so now seemed like the right time to dig Matt's old dog training supplies out. Shockingly, he doesn't like the new leash and collar as much, but he's really smart and already learning.

Zero has also learned that he doesn't like the vet very much. He had the usual initial just-home-from-the-shelter visit two days after coming home, but then the cut on his leg from having a dew claw removed opened up (the shelter removed both rear dew claws before I adopted him). Also, he started coughing and wheezing. Trip number two resulted in four medicines to treat kennel cough and various parasites that stray dogs can pick up (just in case he had any). That night he puked, and the next day he started coughing up stuff. Trip number three, also know as the day after trip number two, involved chest films. It turned out that he had a light case of pneumonia. Now he gets 1cc of gross tasting (based on his reaction) medicine twice a day. After four days of torturing him daily, he's already almost better. Now he just needs to live through another weeks of meds.