My obligatory responses to the troll who strolled through my ‘hood last week pretty much made for my entire VOXing experience since my last post. I have a lot of catching up to do, so if you recently announced your pregnancy/promotion/sex-change, I apologize for my delay in congratulating you on your new fetus/status/genitalia.
So, what the hell have I been doing? Some juggling. Have you ever noticed the hardest thing to juggle – even harder than flaming chainsaws – is time? I’m dropping hours all over the damn place!
Those who need a fix of The Deej will want to pop over to Karin’s VOX. DG spent some time on the sofa with Tosh over the weekend. Karin has the heart-melting photo documentation.
Marley recently had a resurgence of his infection in several areas, which you can clearly see in the newest photo. The hair is once again vanishing from his rear paws, chest, neck, and the fronts of his elbows and the skin in these areas is beginning to harden again. The more I read about Malassezia, the less guilty I feel about it afflicting Marley so. It turns out German Shepherds are notorious for having this particular problem and controlling it is far more difficult than some people would have you believe. Trust me when I tell you feeding your dog a perfect diet and dosing him daily with probiotics will not in any way guarantee Malassezia won’t overrun his system. Marley has an excellent diet, receives daily probiotics and digestive enzymes, is bathed with 4% clorhexidine shampoo and kept up-to-date with his flea medication. Save for the yeast infection, he is a completely healthy dog. It's very frustrating.
From the Walking The Walk department comes a report on what I did with my tax refund this year. As you know, I’m a big proponent of spending money like crazy in this recession even though the instinct is to horde. Hording will not help matters. Spending money on non-essential items just might. That was really all the justification I needed to go out and by myself this sweet new amplifier for my guitar.
What’s that? You didn’t know I played guitar? Huh, I thought I’d mentioned it. Yeah, I started playing when I was 15, so it’s been… HOLY CRAP! I’ve played the guitar for 27 years! Wow. Time flies.
Certain peeps out there (you know who you are) will be happy to hear that I’ve been jamming to a lot of Muse lately. Bellamy’s a brilliant guitarist and I’ve really gotten into his bluesy style. I know, I know, the music of Muse bristles with energy and doesn’t sound anything like Muddy Waters. It is true that the chord changes aren’t particularly bluesy, but when you start digging into Bellamy’s leads, the blues scale continues to pop up in very interesting ways. He makes excellent use of the augmented fourth blue note. Those of you who play guitar should go have a listen to Knights of Cydonia and you’ll see what I mean.
Some of you probably long for one of my wonderful political rants. Sorry to disappoint. The best I can do is gripe a little about this.
“…three teenage girls who allegedly sent nude or semi-nude cell phone pictures of themselves… are charged with child pornography.”
OK, I’m guessing that by now you all know what sexting is. I’m also sure most of you will agree with me that parents need to rethink their Birds-n-Bees lesson plans in light of the staggering freedoms created by new technologies.
Common sense stuff so far.
Here’s the part I don’t get: if the deservedly heinous status of things like child pornography and statutory rape are grounded in the simple, unequivocal fact that children lack the level of understanding required to make informed sexual decisions, then how is it when they ignorantly send nude photos of themselves to their boyfriends, they’re charged with felony sex offenses as if they do have that understanding? Either they know what they’re doing or they don’t. We’ve determined that as far as sex is concerned, children are innocently clueless, so these sexting indictments in which under-age children are accused of being child pornographers betray a significant lack of understanding on the part of the prosecutors…
…I guess they haven’t considered that since the girls sent photos of themselves, winning the case will mean sentencing the victims.