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Dennis Castro

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  1. Thanks for asking. The few days after the vet were kind of worrying, but she is all better now. Very active, getting into everything, randomly tackling the older cat, and all kinds of other hell-raising. I’ve never lived with a kitten before, but I apparently this is all quite normal. The only thing that seems a bit strange is that she sniffs constantly, and you can hear it. I don’t think that has anything to do with her health, so she must have really small nasal passages. Doesn’t seem to bother her a bit. Considering how bonkers she is now, when I look back, it’s clear that she really was very sick. And given how small she was, I’m not sure she would’ve made it. So thanks gang, I really do appreciate it, even if my furniture does not.
  2. I’m so out of my element, I had to look up what 2A means. I’m not Googling bang stick though.
  3. The Progressive / Addams Family tie-in is a channel changer for me.
  4. You said you didn’t give a #### about hockey and I never saw someone say that before.
  5. I think the MSM is just trying to spin this story so it fits nicely into their 24-hr news cycle.
  6. Actually, she has screen reading software for her laptop and even her iPhone. It’s pretty amazing how far adaptive technology has come, particularly in the hands of a savvy user.
  7. Jan is a forty-something, totally blind lady living in Pennsylvania who wants to end a relationship with her (fully sighted) boyfriend Dean. They have been together for several years, and although he has his own place an hour or so away, he has effectively been living in her house for some time now. He has a job at a supermarket in her town and has changed his address to hers. I guess that means they are effectively married by common-law, whatever that means. Now Dean has always been a little rough around the edges compared to Jan, who has a very good well-paying job, owns her own house and is an adherent to to clean living. The problem is, but over the last few years, he seems to have given up any pretense of being a decent human being. He drinks a lot, and I mean a lot. We were talking 12 - 14 beers by 2 PM on his days off. On workdays, he starts when he gets home and in any case drinks until he passes out. Every single day. He has absolutely destroyed her good credit, contributes nothing, and has gotten to be verbally abusive. She wants out, but there are some issues. For one, she is blind and is honestly afraid to confront him. Even if he weren’t to ever strike her, which is within the realm of possibility according to her, she is quite sure he would go on a rampage of some sort that would at least leave her house and possessions in a very bad way. Just changing the locks and disappearing for a few days is out of the question for the same reason. She has preemptively talked to the police, but there’s nothing they can do in terms of having her back unless Dean causes real trouble. She knows that I frequent the FFA and has asked me to look for advice on how to move forward. She doesn’t know how or if she can legally evict him or take some other measure given that they have the same address. If there are any lawyers in the house or anyone else who has insight into this sort of thing, Jan and I are all ears. As I said, she is afraid for her safety, and honestly, she is really sweet and cripplingly afraid of confrontation, which is why she has allowed this to go on so long.
  8. I did not know that. But I do remember hearing somewhere that the Guess Who recorded the theme for Scooby Doo.
  9. Shock the world. I’m guessing that most of the world does not know that East Tennessee State University is a thing, so they probably don’t care that they took down Vanderbilt.
  10. Good news. our kitten hadn’t perked up by Friday, and had gotten noticeably skinnier, so we got her an appointment with a vet. It turns out she had been going through an upper respiratory infection with a side order of goo in her left eye. She got three prescriptions: one for the eye, one for the infection, and one for the diarrhea that I think I forgot to mention earlier but was awful. all have been extremely helpful and she is now doing kitten-type things again. The veterinarian had mentioned that we might want to have her tested for feline leukemia, since she had lost weight and was down to 1.7 pounds. Seems like that won’t be necessary though. We got her some high calorie kitten food and she has been inhaling that as well as eating the other cat’s crunchies. We’ve given her the name, Clara (because my wife vetoed Baconator). Thank you to everyone who gave input. This community continues to be a reliable resource in so many ways.
  11. What the #### is a frush? Oh well, I’ve got two sevens, and two sevens beats a frush.
  12. Initially, she purred like a champ. Sounded like a Weedwhacker. Haven’t really heard much from her lately though. Your technique did seem to make her very comfortable. She is still very lethargic. Doesn’t do much, and apparently wasn’t really eating more than a bite or two per session. My wife thinks she was losing weight, so we gave her a little bit of soft food and she inhaled it. So maybe she just doesn’t care for the crunchies. We had been prepared to just ride it out and see how things go, but it seems like her left eye has a bunch of goop in it, so we went ahead and made her an appointment tomorrow with a vet.
  13. We have one other cat, a 13-year-old who has never really been around other cats before. They haven’t interacted much, but when they have, there haven’t been any real issues. The older cat has growled a few times, but seems mostly curious and bewildered. The kitten doesn’t seem to care at all. We’ve tried keeping her isolated in a bedroom with a small litter box and dishes for food and water. She can’t get under the bed. The issue is, my wife works overnight and sleeps during the day. When the kitten is back there with her in a pretty much blacked out room, she cries and wants to be let out (the kitten). So I’ve been letting her spend the day with me in the living room, and then having her sleep back in the bedroom at night. I supervise her pretty closely because I don’t want her to wander down to the basement where the older cat hangs out. So I have the stairs blocked off. Generally, she just seems to find a comfy spot on a blanket or on the sofa and curls up in a little ball and sleeps. She finds a new spot every couple of hours but doesn’t do much else. that last idea of yours seems like a good one. I think I will try keeping her next to me while she sleeps.
  14. Question: I just adopted a nine week old kitten. We brought her home on Thursday and she was playful as all get out on that first day, just like she was at the shelter. Since then though, she has just been laying around and sleeping all day. She is eating and pooping, but not doing much else. No interest in toys, laser, etc, though she does seem to prefer being in a room with people in it. I read somewhere that she just might be depressed because she is overwhelmed by her new environment and being apart from her siblings. If that’s true, and she is just lonely, how long should it take for her to perk up? Could there be some other issue?
  15. Checkered flag. That’s too bad, he was the main NASCAR play by play guy on ESPN during the 80s and 90s, teamed with Ned Jarrett and Benny Parsons. Chris Rose has always reminded me of him, in his dorky, but knowledgeable and very likable way. A big part of my childhood and adolescence gone now.
  16. “Let’s get out of here” According to Guinness, this line, or some variation of it, appears in 93% of all English language films.
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