October 2008


OOOHHHH–I’m so proud!  My girl, Roxanne, is on the cover of a calendar! No, she’s not a pinup model, and you don’t need to turn out the red light, she’s my “hybrid” rescue dog. Roxie and I are members of Happy Tails, an animal-assisted therapy program.  Once a month, a group of 6 dogs and their people go to an assisted living center and entertain the residents and each other.  Some of the dogs are best at just sitting on laps, but Roxie likes to do her repertoire of tricks, like jumping through my arms, bang-bang, and weaving through my legs.  She’s always good for a laugh and loves to really ham it up! She’s also an awsome frisbee dog!

Which brings me to a subject near and dear to my heart. Over the years, I have rescued 6 dogs, and i can honestly say that evey single one of them has been a wonderful addition to our family. They have all (knock wood) lived long and healthy lives, and I sleep well knowing that I have given a new leash on life to a formerly homeless animal.

I was watching Elllen the other day, and she had Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) on, talking about her pet project, Home 4 the Holidays, a program that hopes to help adopt a million pets this year. Check it out, and if you are in the market for a companion, please consider saving the life of a homeless pet. You won’t regret it!  WOOF!!

All the political pissing and moaning has got me down. So last night, honeykins and I decided to lighten up a bit and go see Religulous, the new Larry Charles (Borat) movie starring Bill Maher. If you’re devout and thin skinned (which i doubt you are if you read my blog), don’t go see it. If you’re anybody else, dish out the $$ and go. Maher does a great job of crucifying (pun intended) every religion while keeping the audience in stitches. Granted, he’s taken liberties with the editing process, but, really, who the hell cares?

Did you know that there is actually a “Holy Land Experience” theme park in Orlando?? (hmmm-are you really surprised?) There is hysterical footage taken there, as well as at the Vatican and a truck-stop trailer church. 

Some parts were a little creepy, with the religious fanatics and all, like the scene with the creationists and W. OH NO HE DI-INT!!!  Anyway, go see it.  The people who really SHOULD see it won’t.

Religulous the movie

Religulous the movie

Refuge Lac Blanc

Refuge Lac Blanc

Lunchtime view from Lac Blanc

Lunchtime view from Lac Blanc

Honeykins and I love adventure travel. We’re also notoriously tight with a buck, so here’s how we’ve managed to travel to exotic places on a shoestring budget. I get those wilderness travel magazines (you know the ones, $12,999 to go on a walking tour of Ireland, ADULT BEVERAGES included!!!) Well, having been an adventure travel consultant and tour escort in a past life, (it’ll all be in my book–crazy, man!), I’ve done the research and can pretty much clone those very same itineraries for a fraction of the cost. We even stay in the same type accommodations, if we want (which, frankly, sometimes we don’t.) So on our most recent adventure, the aforementioned “Tour Du Mont Blanc“, an 11 day backpacking trip around the alps, we managed to save about $3000. Funny thing is, we met up with those poor bastards on their organized tour, and they looked miserable. The leader was useless, and they were stuck with each other for 2 weeks. Yikes!

Anyway, the trip was fantastic, and we met totally cool people that we hiked with off and on through most of the trip. If you havn’t been to the Alps, go. Go now. The glaciers are melting (everywhere,) and the beach will only be getting bigger. Here’s a shot of one of the mountain huts at Lac Blanc. Nice view, huh? You Betcha!

Meet  willy and the boyz, our mascot that travels the world with us. I picked him up at a local art shop in Kaikoura, NZ.  He was created to be a napkin holder, according to the artist, but he makes for an entertaining conversation piece, don’t you think?

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